Inner West Independent

Art school opens up

Leichhardt’s Art Est. Art School will hold an Open Day on Saturday, January 30, between 10am and 2pm. The establishment is the two-year-old brainchild of Jennifer McNamara, who embarked on the business after contracting breast cancer five years ago. “I didn’t want to go back to the corporate world,” she said. “Having cancer helps you […]

Walking on water

It was once a hive of activity, employing over 4,000 workers from Balmain and the surrounding areas. But for decades afterwards, Cockatoo Island has been silent, affected only by the sea breezes setting off the gently rusting industrial machinery and workshops which characterise this small outcrop in Sydney Harbour. Now, however, there is a plan […]

Diamonds of the Dunghutti come to Rozelle

After three years ‘missing in action’, artist John “Gurri” Kelly hopes his new exhibition in Rozelle will help introduce art audiences to the unique Aboriginal cultures of New South Wales. Kelly’s paintings tell the stories of the Dunghutti Nation of the NSW mid-north coast, whose people were amongst the first to have contact with European […]

Tall gum cops the chop

Stanmore’s tallest eucalypt met a grim end earlier this month, with the lemon-scented gum opposite Stanmore Public School cut down on Tuesday, January 19. The tree was likely to have been between 70 and 100 years old. Residents at 139 Cambridge Street lodged a public liability claim for damage to the building, which they claimed […]

Iconic Glebe cafe destroyed

Glebe has lost one of its most iconic institutions after flames consumed the popular Cafe Otto early last Wednesday morning. A shocked community was left to lament the loss of a favourite haunt, as sombre passers-by surveyed the burnt-out shell with blank faces, while regulars and neighbours expressed their sadness and disbelief. Cafe Otto employee […]

Locals battle against cruise terminal decision

It may have been a Christmas decision, but the frigid reception greeting the state government’s announcement it had decided to relocate the Cruise Passenger Terminal to White Bay failed to chime with the summer heat. And just weeks into the new year, tensions between Leichhardt Council and the state government are set to ramp up […]

Call for Tigers submissions

The redevelopment of Balmain Leagues Club has taken another step towards gaining development approval, with relevant plans and documents on public display until February 22 at Leichhardt Council Administrative Centre, Leichhardt Library and Balmain Town Hall. This period may be used by the public to make submissions regarding the application to Leichhardt Council. A Development […]

New director for NSW Writers’ Centre

For the first time in two years, the NSW Writers’ Centre has a new permanent Executive Director. David Ryding has been keeping himself thoroughly occupied in his new role since the beginning of January, having moved from Melbourne following his most recent experience as Director of the Emerging Writers’ Festival – a role in which […]

Marrickville gets a piece of the stimulus pie

Marrickville Council has launched several new projects which will receive funding from the Federal Government’s Community Infrastructure Program. Marrickville Mayor Sam Iskandar, accompanied by the Federal Minister for Infrastructure and local MP Anthony Albanese, announced the recipients for the grant money earlier this month. “A total [of] $493,000 in funding support has been provided for […]

Liberal Councillor’s party membership suspended

Ashfield Councillor Nick Adams’ suspension from the Liberal Party, for verbally abusing a television journalist outside Council Chambers, has been ratified by the organisation’s State Executive. The suspension came after footage of Cr Adams abusing Channel Ten journalist Brett Mason was screened on the network’s news bulletin earlier this month. Cr Adams has been a […]