Featured Inner West Independent

Trees to finally be trimmed in Balmain

BY LUCAS BAIRD Leichhardt Council have taken more than a decade to finally listen to their community after regards to “overgrown,” trees around Mort Bay Park. Leichhardt Council at the last council policy meeting resolved to trim trees throughout Mort Bay Park to restore previous view lines in their revised management plan of the park. […]

Balmain Leagues Club drama drags on

The long running saga of the redevelopment of Balmain Leagues Club is entering another chapter. But there is no sign of it being the denouement to a seemingly unending drama of Dickensian proportions. Leichhardt Mayor Darcy Byrne has pointed the finger at the Rozelle Village for stalling the process, an accusation which has been denied […]

Local jobs to go in Leichhardt

BY LUCAS BAIRD A business owner in Leichhardt has said that government plans to rezone an industrial area for residential use will cost jobs and destroy local community space. The Department of Planning and Environment recently decided to rezone land along Lords Road in West Leichhardt which will allow up to 315 residential units to […]

Troubled bridge needs to go over water: council

BY CHRISTOPHER HARRIS It is a short distance as the crow flies, but a long way from any notion of a tech hub slated for the site of the former White Bay Power station, according to Leichhardt Mayor Darcy Byrne. He called on the NSW Government last week to reopen the Glebe Island Bridge to […]

WestConnex Business Case: “A confused document filled with contradictions”

BY WENDY BACON When the Minister for Planning Rob Stokes announced two weeks ago that he had approved the Westconnex M4 tunnel between Homebush and Haberfield in Sydney's Inner West, few were surprised. Despite serious concerns raised by City of Sydney, Marrickville and Ashfield Councils and independent experts, as well as thousands of objections from […]

Inner City residents demand concrete affordable housing targets

KENJI SATO Affordable housing is urgently needed in the face of soaring house prices in the inner city, according to local residents and the REDWatch community group. The concerns were raised last week at a REDWatch meeting in Waterloo, a suburb which has been slated for extensive redevelopments. These include the demolition of two public […]

Balmain Leagues’ Club can’t afford to move back to historic home: Mayor

BY ANDREW BARCLAY The Balmain Tigers appear certain to lose their chance to return to their spiritual home in Rozelle after Leichhardt Council claimed it would be too expensive for the club to return to the historic venue. The concerns come amidst an ongoing feud between the developer and council after the developer said it […]

Leichhardt labels mergers “deceitful”

BY LUCAS BAIRD Leichhardt accuses state gov of being “deceitful” on council amalgamations Leichhardt Council has filed a freedom of information request concerning the unreleased KPMG report on amalgamations after the state government denied the council’s requests for the full report. In an Extraordinary General Meeting on amalgamations last Monday, the council unanimously resolved to […]

Connex the dots: home acquisition process labelled “unfair”

BY ANDREW BARCLAY Hundreds of families could be left out of pocket as the New South Wales government moves ahead with controversial plans to forcibly acquire homes in the way of major infrastructure projects. Residents across the inner west have raised concerns about the forcible purchase of homes along the WestConnex route, branding the exercise […]

Power struggles on the Western Front

BY LUCAS BAIRD The Save The Powerhouse group has bitten back at comments made by Museum of Contemporary director Elizabeth Ann Macgregor regarding Powerhouse Museum’s potential move to western Sydney. Before Christmas, Ms McGregor claimed poor urban planning had made the move essential. The Save The Powerhouse campaign coordinator, Patricia Johnson, labelled the comment “untrue”. […]