Featured Inner West Independent

Bunnings bummer for Balmain

BY STATON WHALEY After the Inner West Council had a development application to build a new Bunnings on Parsons Street in Rozelle withdrawn twice, the developer appealed to the Land and Environment Court of NSW. The original application was withdrawn for reasons that included blocking the street view, late working hours, and traffic congestion. Another […]

Meters days are numbered

BY GABRIELA SZYMANOWSKA It is no secret that parking meters are the gift that keeps on giving when it comes to politics, but that isn’t always true for the community. Both Darling Street in Balmain and Norton Street in Leichhardt have seen business downturn because of parking meters, while Waverley Council is set to make […]

Vivid turn off

BY JOHN MOYLE A war of light sabres between Destination NSW’s Vivid Sydney festival and the Inner West Council has seen the popular festival outdrawn by the westies as they proclaim their own EDGE festival. The spat started a couple of months ago when the Inner West Council inquired to Destination NSW to investigate the […]

RMS thumbs its nose at NSW EPA

OPINION BY WENDY BACON NSW Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) has thumbed its nose at the NSW Environmental Protection Authority (EPA), NSW Health, City of Sydney, the Inner West Council and the authors of 13,000 submissions, nearly all objecting to the Stage 3 WestConnex interchanges and tunnels between St Peters, Haberfield and Rozelle. Last week, […]

NSW Chief Scientist Writes to City Hub

Letter from Mary O'Kane, 
NSW Chief Scientist & Engineer I was concerned to read your article WestConnflicts of Interest, dated 24 January 2018, suggesting that the Advisory Committee on Tunnel Air Quality (ACTAQ) did not deal with conflicts of interest in commissioning the 'Optimisation of the application of GRAL in the Australian context' study and […]

Domestic disputes increase

BY ANNA FREELAND To meet a growing demand for youth family and domestic violence support services, Marrickville Legal Centre has for the first time employed a Youth and Family Violence Solicitor. With nine out of every ten clients under the age of 25 seeking domestic violence-related help, it is now the most common issue raised […]

Passas misses protest

BY ALEC SMART Protestors calling for the resignation of Deputy Mayor Julie Passas disrupted an Inner West Council (IWC) meeting after the controversial councilor delayed her appearance by several hours. On 12 December, approximately 10 protestors bearing rainbow-coloured signs saying ‘Please Resign’ were admitted to the Council chambers in a public protest over allegations that […]

WestConnex opposition celebrates first anniversary

BY WENDY BACON Save Sydney Park WestCONnex protest camp is holding its first birthday celebration this Sunday, September 24. The camp began as an early morning protest on September 19th 2016, the day WestConnex moved in to take sections of the park and knock down hundreds of trees. That protest ended in a decision to […]

Inner West’s empty nests

BY TOMMY BOUTROUS New figures from the 2016 census reveal that nearly one in 10 homes in the Inner West are presently unoccupied, inciting calls for a crackdown on investors who leave their properties vacant. A record 10,525 homes have been left vacant in Sydney’s Inner West, Canada Bay, Burwood, and Strathfield districts, showing an […]

WestConnex pollution on the rise

BY TOMMY BOUTROS The Inner West Council has hit out at the NSW Government’s most recently released Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for WestConnex. The WestConnex Stage 3 EIS was released only 10 working days after the period for community consultation closed. The EIS outlines that there will be an increase in pollutant concentrations from automobiles […]