Inner West Independent

Don’t dial and drive

By ASHNA BHARKHADA Mobile phone detection cameras were activated across the state this weekend in a new initiative by NSW authorities to catch drivers using their phones while behind the wheel. A six-month trial earlier this year in Sydney, along the Anzac Parade and M4 Motorway, scanned 8.3 million vehicles of which thousands were caught […]

Sea change for recycling plastic waste

BY ALEC SMART Scavengers took to the inner west bays of Sydney Harbour on Nov 23 to help clean up our shoreline. Seaside Scavenge, a non-profit organisation that has been clearing Australian waterways of garbage since 2015, hosted the first Harbourside Challenge in Jubilee Park in Glebe, partnered with Defy Design plastic recyclers. A team […]

Strip-searches to continue

BY ALEC SMART NSW Police remain defiant that they will continue strip-searches during drug detection operations, despite recommendations they cease the practice by NSW Deputy Coroner Harriet Grahame during a recent inquiry into six recreational drug deaths at music festivals. On Nov 18 NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller defended his force's use of strip searches, […]

Tek’s turfed out

BY ALEC SMART Tek’s Gifts and Things, a discount variety store within the Marrickville Metro shopping centre, is set to close its doors on 29 December after 22 years. The store is reluctant to leave; the situation has arisen after discussions between the Metro management, AMP Capital, and Tek’s failed to reach a compromise over […]

Assange – Sweden drops rape allegations

BY ALEC SMART Swedish authorities announced on Nov 20 they will discontinue their investigations into a rape allegation levelled at WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, which dates back to 2010, the third time they’ve been dropped. Sweden’s Deputy Chief Prosecutor Eva-Marie Persson declared: “After conducting a comprehensive assessment of what has emerged during the course of […]

Star Casino fight far from over

By ALLISON HORE On Wednesday the Independent Planning Commission (IPC) released the findings of their review of the Star Casino’s plans for a 237-metre tower in Pyrmont, rejecting it on the grounds that it was “overly obtrusive”. The tower development was part of the Star Casino’s strategy to remain competitive with Crown’s $2.2 billion resort […]

Bushfires: the blame game heats up

BY ALEC SMART With catastrophic firestorms still raging across eastern Australia and now threatening South Australia, tragically incinerating almost 600 homes, destroying over 1.5 million hectares of bush, cremating thousands of animals and birds - including whole colonies of endangered koalas - and killing six people, the blame-game for responsibility has gone into overdrive. And […]

War on Waste launched

By MARK MORDUE Last Monday morning, Addison Road Community Organisation announced the start of its WOW (War on Waste) Food! Inner West campaign. The campaign encourages local businesses to donate food and support the work Addi Road does through its ‘food rescue and food security’ supermarket, The Food Pantry. Matt Kean, the NSW Minister for […]

Pastizzi Café says ‘addiju’ to South King

By ELIZA SPENCER For decades, the south end of King Street in Newtown has been a space for Sydney’s artists and outcasts. However, years of gentrification and council knock-backs have hit the small businesses of South King. Too far from the station for the comfort of tourists, and too obscure for even the hippest influencers, […]

Metro tree felling fallout

By VANESSA LIM An announcement that 10 mature trees on Smidmore Street in Marrickville, next to the construction site for the expansion of the Metro Shopping Centre, will be chopped down, has caused anger. The Metro shopping mall expansion, which was approved by the NSW Planning and Assessment Commission (PAC) in 2012, first stated that […]