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Murder mystery may soon be solved

By ANDREW WOODHOUSE Heiress Juanita Joan Nielsen was a Kings Cross-based owner of the newspaper, “NOW” and a writer who became notable for her activism for urban conservation and community issues, particularly anti-development campaigns. She was vociferously against Sydney Council projects to “up-grade” Oxford Street, a monorail for Darlinghurst Road and the demolition of both […]

Potts Point alterations cause confusion

Opinion by ANDREW WOODHOUSE After three public meetings, Sydney Council Lord Mayor, Clover Moore, is still no closer to garnering unequivocal support from small businesses and the local community for her zany Macleay Street alterations in Potts Point. At the most recent meeting on Wed 18 March at Council’s Rex Centre, about 150 anxious locals […]

Navy’s unwanted Xmas gift to Potts Point

Opinion by ANDREW WOODHOUSE “Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse,” says the 19th-century poem. Yet outside people’s homes and at the letter boxes of number 20 Wylde Street, Potts Point, our Australian Defence Department was in mouse-like fashion scurrying about secreting a […]

Clover Moore’s Christmas gift

Opinion by ANDREW WOODHOUSE Who dared whisper that Santa Claus is not real? After Sydney Council community meetings, plans and counter plans, discussions, arguments and accusations, Clover Moore’s public panacea for Macleay Street, Potts Point, is now a nihilism. All so-called “upgrade” plans have come to nothing. The much-maligned “vision” concept has been quietly cancelled […]

Macleay St upgrade a downgrade

Opinion BY ANDREW WOODHOUSE Clover Moore’s proposed mega-million dollar Macleay Street “upgrade” has hit a snag; it’s not universally popular. Residents were roiled at the first community meeting in early November and another vociferous meeting on 19th November raised alarm bells. About 130 local residents and businesses attended the meeting which Mrs Moore described as […]

Elizabeth Bay residents all a-buzz

Opinion by ANDREW WOODHOUSE “Bzzz bzzz.” Hear that? That, dear readers, is the hum of a “bee hotel” coming to a park near you in Lawrence Hargrave Reserve, Elizabeth Bay, if Sydney’s Lord Mayor and Queen Bee, Clover Moore, has her way. Lock up your children. A 24-hour, 7-day bee hotel is not a honey-making […]

Double Bay Festival celebrates 9 years

By ANDREW WOODHOUSE The vivacious Double Bay Street Festival is the largest free street festival in Sydney. Now celebrating its ninth year, the event was enjoyed by over 80,000 people last Sunday. Children, families and people of all ages, shapes and types and cultures enjoyed a chance to flanneur their way around Double Bay’s open […]

Vale – Reverend Ray Richmond

Memoriam by ANDREW WOODHOUSE The Reverend Ray Richmond passed away in September 2019. He was a pioneer, maverick, general good bloke, even possibly a saint. One big-name CEO told me once, “if anyone needed a job or second chance in life, Ray would employ them at the chapel to give them a reference, even if […]

No place to call home

By ANDREW WOODHOUSE The City of Sydney Council has refused a development application (2019/674) for a boarding house at 170 Victoria Street, Potts Point. The application was lodged by the developer’s builders. The planner’s report was scathing. Putting it politely, they noted: “The site has recently been used as a boarding house without development consent […]

Discontent over TAP Gallery DA

Opinion By Andrew Woodhouse The former TAP Gallery site at 87 Palmer Street, Darlinghurst, is subject to a NSW Land and Environment Court case beginning 5 November 2019. At issue is the new owner’s development application (DA) for a multi-storey apartment block in this historic precinct. The TAP Gallery was formed in 1989 and was […]