Inner West Independent

Favoured perspective

‘Balmain Favourites’ does just what it says on the tin. A photographic exhibition at the Watch House, featuring the works of David Liddle and Barbara Hamilton, it provides an opportunity to marvel in the peninsula, through the eyes of the people that live there. For curator Fergus Fricke, the exhibit offers a chance to document […]

Tree pays the price as Greens cry foul

Marrickville Greens councillors are upset after Council voted to remove a large tree in Stanmore because of fears its roots are damaging a nearby house. The lemon-scented gum tree in Cambridge Street has been blamed for exacerbating structural damage to the house, and the Greens were unsuccessful in a motion to grant a stay of […]

Local band en route to Copenhagen

Marrickville indie band The Lurkers are going global, set to play gigs at the upcoming United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen. Well, okay – not quite. Said banjo player and vocalist Mithra Cox: “We weren’t exactly ‘invited’ to go to Copenhagen – we’ll be on the streets with the activists and protesters mostly! But […]

Cinis defends Shooters’ membership

Leichhardt Greens Councillor Alan Cinis has defended his membership to the NSW branch of the Sporting Shooters Association of Australia, after questions were raised regarding the organisation’s close links to the NSW Shooters’ Party. The Sporting Shooters’ Association is the single largest donor to the NSW Shooters’ Party, which has recently pushed to allow shooting […]

Lewisham tower development faces continued opposition

Summer Hill Community Centre was packed out last Thursday evening, as area residents gathered to hear about progress on the grassroots campaign to oppose the McGill Precinct development in Lewisham. A concept plan submitted by the developer envisages converting the current industrial site into a group of five towers, including one 12-storey and two 14-storey […]

In a class of their own

It’s not in every classroom that students listen to the voice of late New York rap artist, Notorious BIG. But this isn’t every classroom. At the Glebe Youth Service (GYS), school has taken a new direction. A new education program, known as The Pathways Project, commenced at the GYS in late October. The project is […]

Harbour Authority backtracks on Ballast Point

Birchgrove’s Ballast Point Park will remain open to the public on New Year’s Eve, after Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority (SHFA) denied plans to restrict numbers on the evening. The suggestion numbers may be limited at Ballast Point Park was originally raised at the Birchgrove Precinct meeting on November 3, attended by Leichhardt councillors Jamie Parker, […]

Superfluous Men in Balmain

Acclaimed Australian author Michael Wilding will launch his new novel, Superfluous Men, at Balmain Library on December 15. Set in a writers’ centre, it is the sequel to the best-selling tragi-comic campus novel Academia Nuts, drawing on his experiences at the University of Sydney, where he taught literature and creative writing for many years. Said […]

Protesters rally as Common Ground rolls on

Camperdown residents rallied last Wednesday against State Government plans to demolish four housing commission terraces in preparation for a new housing project. The protest came as Housing NSW announced it had lodged a Development Application with the City of Sydney for the site. The new building will be constructed on a park owned by Housing […]

Hilarity and ridicule, whichever comes first

Following numerous rounds of heats which began on September 20, the final four teams for the 2009 Cranston Cup were announced last Sunday. Presented by Impro Australia, the Grand Final will be held at the Enmore Theatre on December 5 and will showcase some of Sydney’s bravest comic actors and professional comedians together in teams, […]