Inner West Independent

To the victor the spoils

For some, at least, the global financial crisis has a silver lining. In its attempts to keep the economy stimulated, the Federal Government is supporting infrastructure projects around the country, and at an Extraordinary Meeting of Council last week, the Italian Forum Cultural Centre was given the nod as Council’s nominated Strategic Infrastructure Project, for […]

Issy Wyner Reserve set to re-open

He was a councillor, a mayor, a unionist, an activist and an historian. Now, local legend Issy Wyner is being honoured with the reopening of the Balmain park that bears his name. Wyner, who passed away last year at the age of 92, was a long-standing community campaigner whose contribution to the area and involvement […]

Cooling-off period

The mercury might have been soaring across the state last Sunday, but Lilyfield provided the perfect antidote – the official reopening of Leichhardt Park Aquatic Centre, following the completion of $7 million worth of renovations and upgrades. Hundreds of locals turned out for the day, which included the opening of the centre’s brand-new gym and […]

Mental issues head priority list for Newtown

Twenty per cent of the population will experience a mental illness at some point in their lives. This startling statistic is at the heart of Newtown Neighbourhood Centre’s ‘One in Five’ report, launched in conjunction with Mental Health Week. The report canvassed opinions from sufferers of mental illnesses, their families and carers, and service providers. […]


Hypocracy Many Marrickville residents will have received an email or letter from local MP Carmel Tebbutt offering them the opportunity to participate in her ‘excellent’ online democracy project, asking local residents to vote for community infrastructure projects they think should be funded with $300,000 worth of NSW Government funding. This project is an attempt by […]

Bilingual bonus

Leichhardt’s Italian Bilingual School, located in the Casa d’Italia, is amongst the latest to receive largesse from the Federal Government, with Federal Member for Grayndler and Minister for Infrastructure Anthony Albanese announcing a grant of $586,000 for the school. The money will go towards building refurbishment (including two new classrooms) and expansion of resources. Established […]

Halloween hits seventeen

Remember Halloween parties? The organisers of the Nicholson Street Halloween Festival certainly intend you do. As a prelude to an evening of trick-or-treating, held in the grounds of Nicholson Street Public School in Balmain, it is well-known both in the local community and outside. “The Halloween Festival is such a successful event, with visitors coming […]

Coming up in November

October 24: Food for the Future Fair in Kensington Street, Chippendale, from 10am on Saturday. Come along and enjoy fresh, low-cost produce in the midst of art and gardening workshops, tours of local galleries and talks by Sydney food personalities. In particular, don’t miss the launch of the Chippendale Fresh Food Co-operative, to be officially […]

Conspiracy or cock-up?

When it comes to governments, said the famous American economist J. K. Galbraith, what looks like a conspiracy is usually a cock-up. It’s safe to say he’d never been to New South Wales. Over here, sadly, the government specialises in both. Look at the Heads of Agreement that Leichhardt Council is being asked to sign […]

Victoria Road modelling ‘flawed’

Announcements of massive losses on the Lane Cove tunnel project have prompted fresh concerns about the viability of the Victoria Road upgrade, with opponents saying the same flawed modelling methodology was employed for the Inner West Busway. Investors in the Lane Cove tunnel have lost a combined $1 billion on the $1.6 billion project, with […]