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Inner West Independent

Local council elections postponed

By MERRILL WITT If you’re thinking the coronavirus pandemic has thrown our liberal democratic order into disarray, you’re not wrong! On Weds 25 March the Minister for Local Government, Shellley Hancock, announced that the Sept 2020 local government elections will be “postponed to address the risks posed by the COVID-19 virus.” In all likelihood, they […]

Recycled materials make covid-19 masks

by TONY KALLEGEROS Reverse Garbage, a recycling organisation in Marrickville’s Addison Road Community Centre, called on the public to make masks to donate to Westmead Hospital. In a Facebook post on 25 March they asked “Crafters, we need you! The health professionals need face shields and have come to us for help. Along with the […]

Coronavirus catering: from dine-in to take-away

By ALEXI DEMETRIADI Australia’s bars and restaurants have shut their doors for dine-in service to halt the spread of COVID-19 and business plans across the country were simultaneously ripped apart over night. One saving grace for many of Sydney’s food and drink spots is that take-away has remained an option. Hundreds of venues had to […]

Fun Police halt home-delivered cocktails

by ALEC SMART The Rio cocktail bar in Summer Hill, in Sydney's inner west, was shut down On Tues 24 March by licensing police for running a home-delivery drinks service. This closure came despite the owner explaining to the police officers that home-delivery was permitted by the Federal Government in the rules announced by the […]

No footie for foreseeable future

by ALEC SMART On Tues 24 March, the A-League soccer followed the NRL, which followed the AFL, and suspended the 2020 football season in response to the coronavirus outbreak and efforts to curb its spread. Football Federation Australia (FFA) boss James Johnson said “This is a unanimous decision of the FFA board, but it is […]

Could the coronavirus pandemic save the koalas?

By MERRILL WITT On Mon 19 March, the Total Environment Centre’s Urban Sustainability Campaigner, Saul Deane, told ABC radio Breakfast hosts Wendy Harmer and Robbie Buck that the growing southwestern Sydney koala population is at risk of being wiped out. Vast swathes of rural land from Campbelltown to Wilton are being rezoned for up to […]

Last call at Sydney’s small venues

By ALEXI DEMETRIADI With the coronavirus escalating in Sydney, so too have the necessary, but strict, ‘social distancing’ laws. Non-essential gatherings were capped at 100 people, while the government announced that venues now must provide four square metres per person. For many small venues across Sydney’s Inner West, the current climate has become near-impossible to […]

Coronavirus: how Sydney city councils are managing

by ALEC SMART CoronaVirus cases are still on the rise across Australia as venues close, public events are cancelled, sporting matches played without audiences, and borders close to all foreign visitors for the foreseeable future. People are slowly adapting: those that are able begin working from home, and consumers stock up – often hoarding – […]

Food relief hungry for help

by ALEC SMART The Addison Road Food Pantry, a food relief operation in Marrickville run by the Addison Road Community Organisation (ARCO), is experiencing a substantial surge in users since the COVID-19 coronavirus began infecting Australians. The Food Pantry rescues fresh fruit, vegetables, bread and other quality tinned and packaged foods, as well as household […]

Passas issues reluctant apology

by ALEC SMART Julie Passas, Inner West Council’s controversial Liberal Party representative for Djarrawunang Ward (Ashfield), has caused another stir concerning her alleged hostility to homosexuality. On 11 March the Inner West Courier published Ms Passas’ official apology to a gay neighbour, Daniel Comensoli, whom she vilified 26 months earlier in Nov 2017. The apology […]