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The shock of the new

Opinion By ANDREW WOODHOUSE In a controversial decision, Sydney Council has decided to heritage-list a range of modern Brutalist buildings. “These items are proposed for listing to recognise their significance as part of the modern movement of architecture and art in Sydney that were designed from 1945 to 1975,” says Council. However, not all owners […]

Clover’s bulldozers create stir

Opinion By ANDREW WOODHOUSE Clover Moore has decided to “improve” Macleay Street with paving to create a higher aesthetic. However, aesthetics, like art, are in the eye of the beholder. One person’s higher aesthetic is someone else’s ugliness. Moore’s ideas were outlined at a night meeting on Tuesday 25th July in Kings Cross Library. Her letter […]

Skate park roller ride

Opinion: By ANDREW WOODHOUSE After six years Woollahra Council is still no closer to finding a location for its $1.1 million skateboard structure for youngsters aged 5-12. The NSW Heritage Office intervened to impose an Interim Heritage Order over the proposed Rushcutters Bay site, effective from 25th January this year. The Order lasts twelve months and […]

Skatepark saga continues

Opinion by ANDREW WOODHOUSE Take my one-minute quiz. Question: when is a park not a park? Answer: when its open space, the one thing that defines it, is reduced. And what if it’s jam-packed already with two cafés, mega-concrete paths, a gym, tennis courts and club kiosk, a cricket oval (complete with white picket fence), grandstand, […]

Lockout laws: a defence

Opinion by Andrew Woodhouse When the 2014 lockout laws were introduced, Kings Cross residents hoped they’d get their streets back and the night-time economy would cease butchering the daytime economy. The legal amendments were introduced by the O’Farrell government to reduce alcohol-fuelled violence; all other measures having failed. Teenager Daniel Christie died in January 2014, […]

Town Hall Drags on Digital Transparency

By John Moyle  Live streaming of council meetings has been enthusiastically taken up across Australia, but in New South Wales the country’s largest and wealthiest council, the City of Sydney, is proving to be a reluctant adaptor to the digital age.  Their stance is despite repeated efforts by the Council’s independent and Liberal councillors to […]

The empire strikes back

BY ANDREW WOODHOUSE This week, the City of Sydney Council unanimously heritage-listed three individual major sites in Kings Cross. The three sites are Kingsley Hall, 1A Elizabeth Bay Road, a ten-storey art deco block of apartments by famous architect Emil Sodersten, including its light well; the façade of the Bourbon Hotel with an eight-metre setback behind the famous […]

Skateboard issue hots up

By Andrew Woodhouse The epic saga over Woollahra Council’s proposed skateboard structure in Rushcutters Bay Park continues. The Council’s original decision to refuse it at a full council meeting in 2017 – 14 votes to 1 – was applauded. But after the September 2018 local council elections, council changed its political complexion. This $1.2 million, […]

Mega development of Darlinghurst church

By Andrew Woodhouse “Onward Christian soldiers, marching as to war” is the nineteenth century hymn for those calling for divine intervention. And it may be invoked by locals wanting to defeat a new $13 million mega-development application for the former First Church of Christ, Scientist, 262 Liverpool Street, Darlinghurst (DA/2018/1526). The church is a well-known […]

Skateboard farce in the park

By Andrew Woodhouse The farce known as Woollahra Council's Skateboard Park project in Rushcuttters Bay Park has taken longer than Wagner’s Ring Cycle to reach a conclusion. After eight years, council has delivered only divisiveness. The Paddington school boys who mooted the original skateboard idea now have no use for it because they have left […]