Inner West Independent

Publisher refutes Courier’s biased report

An Open Letter to the Publisher of the Inner West Courier: The last time I checked there are only two newspapers that send reporters to cover Leichhardt Council meetings: the Inner West Independent and your chain paper. Locals should be relieved that someone else is reporting the facts, given the Murdoch media’s bias in Kate […]

Lessons from the past still relevant for today

That venerable organisation, the Sydney Mechanics School of Arts, is presenting a free screening of the equally venerable 1996 documentary, Rats in the Ranks, as part of their Art of Government month. The film follows the activities of the 12 councillors on Leichhardt Council in the lead up to the 1994 mayoral elections. Filmmakers Bob […]

Greens announce candidate for federal election

Former Marrickville Mayor Sam Byrne has been preselected by The Greens to stand in Grayndler at this year’s federal election. The inner-west seat is currently held by Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Local Government Anthony Albanese with a two-party preferred margin of nearly 50 per cent. Mr Byrne, who served two one-year terms as Marrickville […]

Tony Abbott, and a kangaroo that ate Sydney

“You’re going straight to hell!” On the face of it, the reaction of a delivery boy who collected one of Joseph Cavalieri’s first sold pieces might not have been construed as altogether encouraging. But for Cavalieri himself, it was a sign he was on the right track. “Once I heard this I knew I had […]

Annandale fundraiser for children of Jenin

Artists including Diana Anaid, Melanie Horsnell and Australian Idol winner Wes Carr are amongst those donating their time for a fundraising concert for a Palestinian preschool on Sunday, March 28, at the Annandale Hotel. The concert, which will bring together a range of styles from alternative rock to contemporary hip hop, is the initiative of […]

Smokers face further restrictions

Leichhardt LGA is to ban smoking in alfresco dining areas across the municipality, after a vote at Council approved the measure. The measure, first put forward by Independent councillor John Stamolis in April 2009, called for a ban in a bid to protect patrons and passers-by from the effects of secondhand smoke. Cr Stamolis said […]

Qirkz closure forces hand for local bands

Sydney’s underground music scene has taken a hit with the recent closure of Marrickville live entertainment venue Qirkz, but the Council says its proposed new Local Environmental Plan will give emerging musicians and artists the opportunities and spaces they need to grow their arts. The shuttering of Qirkz last month, due to its failure to […]

Honour Roll recognises inspiring Leichhardt women

Nine inspirational, community-minded women were selected on March 7 to be added to Leichhardt Council’s International Women’s Day Honour Roll. The names were announced following nominations sent in by the community for women who had made an outstanding contribution to social justice. One of the women selected was Frances Milne, convener of Balmain for Refugees. […]

Apartment fire leads to arson arrest

A 52-year-old man has been charged with arson following an apartment fire on Balmain Road in Leichhardt around 5.30pm on Saturday, March 20, which left another man with burns to 18 per cent of his body. The victim, described as being in his early 20s, is in a serious but stable condition at Concord Hospital […]

Racist flyers strike again

Inner-west letterboxes have again been hit by anti-immigration leaflets, much to the disappointment of local residents and community leaders. For the second time in less than two months, little, white, squares of paper were delivered anonymously to houses throughout the area. Printed on them was the message, “350,000 immigrants arrived during the crisis. That’s more […]