Inner West Independent

Last chance to see Balmain workers

The “Balmain Workers Help Make Our Nation” exhibition has run very successfully throughout April, but if you haven’t had a chance to check it out, you’ve still got a chance to catch the photographs from the suburb’s industrial past. “The managements of the soap and edible oil factories, timber yards, sail makers, chemical factories, the […]

Hotel upgrade, democracy downgrade?

Improvement of social equity and the interaction of a community have traditionally been held up as paramount in good urban planning. But local Newtown residents and councillors say such principles, along with the voices of the community, have been stricken from the proposal for the new 63-room hotel, club and retail plan set to grace […]

Should Leichhardt Council accept contaminated and rejected land from the State?

As work presses ahead with the Masterplan for Callan Park, progress on the Heads of Agreement for the site remains deadlocked, with Leichhardt Council retaining concerns over funding of remediation, cleanup of site contamination, and maintenance of the grounds. According to the Friends of Callan Park, “basic on-site investigations were done last September”, with Council […]

Chalking out a reputation

Jessica Chalker feels like a ‘God antenna’. That’s the phrase used by the 26-year-old singer and songwriter from Summer Hill to explain how a stream of words will randomly appear in her head, leaving her as a conduit to make sense of them all. If that is indeed the case, then her antennae certainly seem […]

Locals say development goes off the rails

An increasingly loud voice, comprised of local politicians, community action groups and residents, is demanding the two and-a-half hectares around the Rozelle Tram Sheds be excluded from the development proposal for Harold Park Paceway. On April 12, about 100 residents met in response to City of Sydney Council’s draft plans, with concerns quickly emerging about […]

Post-mortem reveals the real victims of Metro

A couple of months after its official axing, the Metro may just be a distant memory for most residents of Rozelle. But for some, the wounds run very deep indeed, and the fallout is far from superficial. ‘Balmain Bob’ Gault ran a well-regarded motorcycle repair shop next to the Tigers club. He said his business, […]

New archive for Newtown

Quite a few people know that AC/DC got their start in Newtown, originally meeting and rehearsing there in the early 1970s. Fewer people, however, are aware that former alderman and Newtown Mayor, Lilian Fowler, was the first female mayor in Australia. Or, indeed, that Newtown itself is said to be named after John Webster’s early […]

Travelling exhibition

The Aboriginal art community of Wangkatjungka is located at the northern end of the Canning Stock route, some 120 kilometres south-east of Fitzroy Crossing, and 200 kilometres south-west of Halls Creek. The community formed over the years following the establishment of the Canning Stock Route, with an exodus of Aboriginal people following it north from […]

Juvenile convictions halve in Glebe

Glebe police say that a curfew system to keep offenders off the streets at night is working to reduce juvenile crime. The number of violent juvenile convictions in the suburb has halved over the last two years, from 43 to 23, since the initiative commenced. Senior Constable Sam Donni, who case manages young offenders, said […]

Support for Independent

After less than a year, a survey by Leichhardt Council shows the Inner West Independent has already made a significant impression on local residents. The survey, within the Local Government Area, showed one in five of respondents were aware of the Independent after just eight issues. Balmain state MP Verity Firth wrote to express her […]