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The rise and fall of the Empire

BY JOHN MOYLE It’s amazing how one day a community is complacently going about its business and then the next all hell breaks loose, as it did when news of a major over-development along Darlinghurst Road was broken by the City Hub and later picked up by the dailies. People are angry, mobilising and discussing […]

Cross to lose more pubs

BY JOHN MOYLE The ghost of the Bourbon and Beefsteak Bar’s founder, Bernie Houghton, howled Tuesday night as news arrived of a development application (DA) proposing the construction of 83 apartments along a strip of Darlinghurst Road from near the famous El Alamein Fountain to the Empire Hotel located at the other end of the […]

People take to streets to protest lockouts

BY JASON MARSHALL Two thousand people danced from Hyde Park to Taylor Square to protest Sydney’s lockout laws last weekend. The protest festival, or ‘protestival’ was organised by Reclaim The Streets and featured over 50 DJs across 10 sound systems. Protest organiser Chris Lego said the lockout laws were introduced during a period of “moral panic”. “These ill-conceived laws punish the majority of responsible adults while […]

Outdoor ‘Pissoirs’ to come out on Oxford

By CHRISTOPHER HARRIS Plans for a retractable urinal in Kings Cross have been flushed, but Oxford Street partygoers may be able to take a slash in the $350,000 contraption instead. On Monday night, City of Sydney Council dismissed plans for a urinal in Kings Cross’s Springfield Plaza. Independent Councillor John Mant said the square needed […]

ICAC reportedly investigating City of Sydney

By Joe Bourke   The City of Sydney is reportedly being investigated by the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) over its Development Application (DA) policy. President of the Potts Point and Kings Cross Heritage Society Andrew Woodhouse referred a DA for outdoor seating from the Sugarmill Hotel to the commission, asking if Council was breaching […]

Council urged to guarantee future for Kings Cross heritage

Andrew Woodhouse, President of the Kings Cross Heritage Society, has called on the City of Sydney to guarantee the future of Kings Cross library’s heritage collection. Network Manager of the library Jeffery Cruz said the library is not “planning on moving the collection” and it would remain “for the foreseeable future”. A spokesperson for the […]

Residents have their spray on City’s graffiti policy

By Joe Bourke   The City of Sydney has been accused of showing “disrespect” and “nonchalance” towards heritage by the president of the Potts Point Heritage and Conservation Society for taking too long to clean up vandalism in the area. Andrew Woodhouse said Potts Point residents “expect a higher standard of care” from council after […]

Fingers crossed for Coke sign overhaul

BY Georgia Fullerton The iconic Coca Cola sign in Kings Cross has turned off its lights for renovations that are expected to take up to six months. Residents have stressed the importance of the sign in relation to the famous strip, saying it may be one of the last symbols of the old Kings Cross. […]

Rushcutters Bay locals fenced in over oval concerns

  Rushcutters Bay residents are up in arms over an upgrade to Reg Bartley Oval that they believe will fundamentally change the passive nature of the park. The City of Sydney council is proposing replacing the timber picket fence around the oval, which was built in 1885, with a metal lookalike for maintenance reasons. Council […]

Clover’s South African sojourn questioned

Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore’s proposed trip to Johannesburg to attend the C40 Summit next February has been labelled by rival councillors as a junket. Ms Moore is travelling to South Africa for the C40 Large Cities Climate Change Summit, a three-day biennial meeting of mayors from the world’s largest cities to discuss effective responses […]