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Modern raises historic concerns

BY ANNA FREELAND The Development Application for the Sydney Modern project has received hundreds of submissions following its month-long public exhibition, which closed on 15 December. Among those objecting is a group of advocates for the Domain and the Royal Botanic Gardens (RBG), comprised of former RBG Trustees Ros Andrews and Gillian Appleton, urban designer […]

Pyrmont residents kept at bay

BY ANNA FREELAND Following ongoing pressure from residents, UrbanGrowth NSW Development Corporation have extended the community consultation period for the revised proposal to relocate Blackwattle Bay Marina (BBM) to 5 Bank St, Pyrmont. A four-month review of the proposal was undertaken after UrbanGrowth received 200 submissions from locals opposing the plan and citing concerns about […]

Domestic disputes increase

BY ANNA FREELAND To meet a growing demand for youth family and domestic violence support services, Marrickville Legal Centre has for the first time employed a Youth and Family Violence Solicitor. With nine out of every ten clients under the age of 25 seeking domestic violence-related help, it is now the most common issue raised […]

Council locked out of Lilyfield

BY ANNA FREELAND The Inner West Council has forfeited their right to act as the Relevant Planning Authority (RPA) for the proposed rezoning of a Lilyfield industrial site after failing to meet the deadline set by the NSW Department of Planning and Environment (DPE). A Rezoning Review of the site, located opposite Callan Park on […]

WestConnex Hell

BY ANNA FREELAND Following weeks of complaints from residents in St Peters, Haberfield and Ashfield, the Inner West Council is calling on the NSW Government to halt construction and review plans for the next stage of WestConnex. At last Tuesday’s Council meeting, Independent Councillor Pauline Lockie put forward a motion calling for urgent action from […]

Bright idea for leftovers

BY ANNA FREELAND A new study by the Institute for Sustainable Futures (ISF) at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) has revealed the potential for innovative food and organics waste management to generate renewable energy in Australia’s growing cities. With the population set to reach 40 million by the middle of the century, there is […]

Youth cop unwanted attention

BY ANNA FREELAND The Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) has publicly condemned the disproportionate targeting of Indigenous and young Australians by a NSW Police program. Described as a pre-emptive policing initiative, The Suspect Target Management Plan (STMP) came under fire last month after a report by the Youth Justice Coalition (YJC) revealed that the […]

Boomalli Arts 30th anniversary

BY ANNA FREELAND In 1987, a group of promising young Indigenous artists banded together to form the Boomalli Aboriginal Arts Cooperative. Heralding from arts schools across Sydney, the 10 multidisciplinary art-makers set up shop in a shabby old warehouse in Chippendale which they gutted, swept, scrubbed and painted to host their very first show ‘Boomalli […]

The fight against fake Aboriginal art

BY ANNA FREELAND   The sale of artwork as 'Aboriginal' when it is neither of indigenous origins nor provides income to Indigenous communities is an issue that infuriates Aboriginal artists. Following cuts to the Australia Council by the Federal Government last year, funding remains a significant issue for the Arts sector at large. For Indigenous artists, however, the problems […]