Inner West Independent

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 […]

Westconnex out chopping again

By ALLISON HORE On Thursday 7 November, over 150 residents attended a meeting held by Balmain MP Jamie Parker, calling on the government and the Inner West Council to back away from a plan to fell trees in Annandale for the Whites Creek Link section of the Westconnex project. “The government is waging a war […]

Inner West Council moves Australia Day celebrations

By ELIZA SPENCER In an historic decision, Sydney’s Inner West Council (IWC) has voted to move the annual Australia Day celebrations to January 25, the day before the existing national holiday, becoming the first NSW council to change the controversial date. On 12 November, after a heated debate within council chambers, the motion passed with […]

Drug doubt cops strip-search girls

BY ALEC SMART On November 8, NSW Deputy Coroner Harriet Grahame released her findings from the three-week inquest into six MDMA-related deaths of youths aged 18-23 at music festivals between Dec 2017 - Jan 2019. Grahame recommended the NSW Government radically alter its drug policy, including: halting strip-searching; ceasing the use of dogs to sniff […]

Cracks appear in passenger jets

By VANESSA LIM Cracks in Qantas’ Boeing 737NG planes have raised safety concerns for consumers flying this holiday period. The cracks, which are located on “pickle forks,” so named because of their resemblance to the kitchen utensil, have been found on a load-bearing assembly, which attaches firmly to each side of the fuselage between the […]

The latest from the Hubbub: Ricky Gervais, Dingo Puppy and more!

Bite-sized bulletins by ALEC SMART Fake Aboriginal Art Replaced The British production company of actor-writer Ricky Gervais (The Office, Extras, Night at the Museum) is to pay an Aboriginal artist compensation for using an unauthorised copy of his painting, which featured in Gervais’ latest TV drama series on Netflix, After Life. The critically-acclaimed series features […]

Aboriginal footy show kicked out of bounds

By ALEC SMART Viewers of the Marngrook Footy Show are incensed that NITV and SBS have axed the popular program and it won’t be broadcast to coincide with the 2020 Australian Rules’ Football season. National Indigenous Television (NITV), a free television channel that broadcasts programs produced largely by Aboriginal Australians, and its managers Special Broadcasting […]

Vic Police accused of Nazi links

By ALEC SMART A Victorian police officer, who was accused of making a racist hand gesture while policing anti-mining protests during the recent International Mining and Resources Conference (IMARC) in Melbourne, has been identified as a supporter of white supremacist groups. Senior Constable Travis Gray (who uses 'Gravis Tray' as his Facebook pseudonym) - made […]

School dumped, ship hotel mothballed, buses bull: Hubbub – 30 Oct 2019

Bite-sized bulletins by ALEC SMART School is a Dump The Dept of Planning are working with NSW Dept Education and Northern Beaches Council to relocate French’s Forest High School on Sydney’s North Shore, in order to build a new town centre on the school site, with shops, bars, a sports oval and 3,000 apartments. However, […]

Glebe Island dust-up

by ALEC SMART The proposed construction of a facility for the delivery, storage and distribution of construction materials, including sand and concrete, on the east side of Glebe Island in Sydney Harbour, faces strong community opposition. On Monday 28 October, the Port Authority of NSW granted approval to its own plan for a ‘multi user […]