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Future water: desalination or preservation?

by ALEC SMART The NSW Government Water Minister, Melinda Pavey, has directed the operators of Sydney’s desalination plant to expand the premises as soon as possible to cope with the ongoing drought. The plant, near Captain Cook’s landing place in Kurnell on the southern side of Botany Bay, will double in size and output to […]

Bushfires bring out the best (and worst) of Australians

by ALEC SMART The apocalyptic bushfires raging across Australia, incinerating millions of hectares of forest and decimating an estimated 1.5 billion animals, are bringing out the best and, unfortunately, the worst in Australians as we work together to solve the crisis. Over $35million has been donated to the Red Cross Disaster Response and Recovery Fund […]

New Powerhouse fizzles

by ALEC SMART On 17 Dec the winning architectural design was revealed for the new Powerhouse Museum building in Parramatta. French-Japanese firm Moreau Kusunoki and Australian company Genton were chosen following an international design competition that received more than 74 submissions from 20 countries. Making the announcement, Minister for the Arts Don Harwin said: “We […]

Swinging sisters: a tale of two bridges

BY ALEC SMART Calls to repair Glebe Island Bridge and reactivate the 1899-built electric swing bridge over Rozelle Bay will likely go unheeded for the foreseeable future. Bicycle NSW are among those lobbying for the heritage-listed bridge to be put back into permanent service as a combined cycle path and light rail route from Pyrmont […]

Traders railroaded by trams

BY ALEC SMART After months of delays and a $1.3 billion cost overrun, Sydney’s L2 tram line extension, the CBD and South East Light Rail from Circular Quay to Randwick via Surry Hills and Moore Park, will open to the public at 11am on Saturday December 14. It will be the first time since 1961 […]

Sea change for recycling plastic waste

BY ALEC SMART Scavengers took to the inner west bays of Sydney Harbour on Nov 23 to help clean up our shoreline. Seaside Scavenge, a non-profit organisation that has been clearing Australian waterways of garbage since 2015, hosted the first Harbourside Challenge in Jubilee Park in Glebe, partnered with Defy Design plastic recyclers. A team […]

Strip-searches to continue

BY ALEC SMART NSW Police remain defiant that they will continue strip-searches during drug detection operations, despite recommendations they cease the practice by NSW Deputy Coroner Harriet Grahame during a recent inquiry into six recreational drug deaths at music festivals. On Nov 18 NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller defended his force's use of strip searches, […]

Tek’s turfed out

BY ALEC SMART Tek’s Gifts and Things, a discount variety store within the Marrickville Metro shopping centre, is set to close its doors on 29 December after 22 years. The store is reluctant to leave; the situation has arisen after discussions between the Metro management, AMP Capital, and Tek’s failed to reach a compromise over […]

Bushfires: the blame game heats up

BY ALEC SMART With catastrophic firestorms still raging across eastern Australia and now threatening South Australia, tragically incinerating almost 600 homes, destroying over 1.5 million hectares of bush, cremating thousands of animals and birds - including whole colonies of endangered koalas - and killing six people, the blame-game for responsibility has gone into overdrive. And […]

Drug doubt cops strip-search girls

BY ALEC SMART On November 8, NSW Deputy Coroner Harriet Grahame released her findings from the three-week inquest into six MDMA-related deaths of youths aged 18-23 at music festivals between Dec 2017 - Jan 2019. Grahame recommended the NSW Government radically alter its drug policy, including: halting strip-searching; ceasing the use of dogs to sniff […]