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Inner West Independent

Metro mall an ‘election issue’

With over 4,000 signatories to its petition, and some 200 banners expected on display throughout the area in September, residents’ action group Metro Watch is gaining a formidable community support base in its push to stop the proposed doubling in size of the Marrickville Metro Shopping Centre. The proposed $140 million project by Metro owners […]

Balmain businesses welcome Cruise Terminal

Leichhardt Council’s rearguard action against the Cruise Passenger Terminal at White Bay is one policy which is by no means universally popular amongst local businesses. Grant Crowle, representative for Policy and Advocacy at the Balmain Rozelle Chamber of Commerce, believes the Terminal will provide a welcome shot in the arm for local enterprises. “The Chamber […]

Ashton seeks success with second novel

Local inner west author, Wayne Ashton, is not a man short of things to do. Quite aside from producing another highly-anticipated novel, Equator, after the success of his literary debut, Under a Tin-Grey Sari, the multi-talented Annandale local has in recent times also been indulging his passion for visual art, not to mention radio drama. […]

Council supports call for inquiry into Barangaroo

Even as the bulldozers moved into Barangaroo to begin demolition of the Cruise Passenger Terminal, Leichhardt councillors continued to lambast the decision to shift its location to White Bay at the August ordinary council meeting. Council overwhelmingly supported a motion stemming from the Friends of Barangaroo rally on August 3, which asked the NSW Liberal […]

Ferry cuts spike ire at Council

Independent Leichhardt councillor John Stamolis has spoken out against proposed changes to ferry services to the Balmain peninsula, arguing a number of the changes represent significant reductions to services and missed opportunities to address existing deficiencies. “The proposed changes to the morning and evening peak hour services, from Circular Quay to the Darling Street Wharf, […]

Shedding light on the big picture

“I’m an artist’s artist. I’m not a household name who appeals to people who buy for investment – people who buy my work literally fall in love with it, and then get loans and pay them off over ten years.” That, in a nutshell, summarises Anne Judell’s philosophy. As she puts it, the connection isn’t […]

Sirens sound off

With the election campaign now well and truly underway and a close contest expected, there is renewed focus on party fundraisers – which means plenty of events over the next few weeks for local residents to indulge themselves. One such is ‘Sirens Sounding’, a fundraiser for The Greens promising “a concert for change”. To be […]

Hickey seeks political refugee status for Tanya

Greens candidate, Tony Hickey, says his upcoming campaign for the seat of Sydney will focus on a number of issues he feels have been neglected by the Labor government, ranging from refugees and schooling to housing and transport. The seat has been held by the ALP since its creation in 1969, but the Chippendale teacher […]

Every dog has his victory

It’s a time-worn truism that the way to a judge’s heart is to offer them something irresistible – and it is equally true there is no more effective way to do this than offer up an unutterably cute puppy. That may well have been the secret to the success of Brian Lye, whose pug, ‘Mr […]

Sung set for Swedish sojourn

Picking up an instrument as a child is by no means an uncommon pursuit – but turning it into a career? That’s an altogether rarer endeavour. But for Lilyfield resident Alistair Sung, what began as childhood enthusiasm has blossomed into a highly promising career, which is about to take the next big step. In mid-August, […]