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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 […]

Skatepark hits heritage hurdles

Opinion by ANDREW WOODHOUSE Woollahra Council’s long running and controversial proposal for skateboard facilities in Rushcutters Bay Park has hit a major speed hump. The NSW Heritage Office’s Recommendation Committee has recommended the park be state heritage listed, its highest protective listing. This means no development can occur without the Heritage Office’s approval. Its listing […]

Flawed inspections in Zetland flats

By VANESSA LIM The Zetland apartments evacuation over the building’s serious defects has raised concerns on the lack of inspection laws for building developments in Australia. At the moment in NSW, state government laws only require developers to get their work certified during construction and there is no requirement for inspections. Geoff Hanmer, the Adjunct […]

Kerry Phelps’ Reflection on Elections

By JOHN MOYLE Kerryn Phelps is used to running for elections, whether it be the first woman to head the Australian Medical Association, as councillor for the City of Sydney, or as the history making game-changer in the Wentworth by-election. Throughout her long public life, she has maintained ‘the sensible centre’ along with an approach […]

Food without strings

By ALLISON HORE It’s a chilly Autumn night in Sydney’s CBD. But the warmth from a barbecue and friendly conversation offer some relief from the cold wind. Every weekday night volunteers from the grassroots charity group Will2Live set up their barbecue on the corner of Eddy Avenue and Pitt Street to serve up food to […]

Honouring Hank

BY ALANA LEVENE Fifteen years ago, Hank, a homeless man, turned up at the Footpath Library’s mobile site in Woolloomooloo. He cracked a cheeky grin and jokingly asked the library’s founder, Sarah Garnett, if she had any colouring books. The two became fast friends. Last week, at Garnett’s request, Deputy Lord Mayor Linda Scott moved […]

Parking meter plans suspended in Paddington

BY ALANA LEVENE The City of Sydney Council is putting off plans to install parking meters in Paddington and Darlinghurst due to a unified and forceful resistance from local residents and business owners. Councillors voted unanimously on 8 April to reject a proposal from the traffic committee to install paid meters along sections of Greens […]

Local hero: John Brooks

BY IRINA DUNN Retired engineer and regional planning consultant John Brooks has been the Convenor of the Blackwattle Cove Coalition since 2008. This forum of various community groups and organisations get together to share information about planning matters affecting the Bays precinct and surrounds and to comment on new developments such as the Fish Markets […]

An Overarching Concern for Public Art

by Michael Hitch The City of Sydney Council has hit the pause button on the controversial Cloud Arch project as tensions rise over the $22 million sculpture. The contentious art piece, set to soar over Sydney’s newly “pedestrianised” George Street, was originally expected to cost $3.5 million and has divided Liberal and Labour Councillors as […]

THE NAKED CITY – SYDNEY, THE WORLD IS WATCHING?

Most people would agree that Sydney is one of the worst planned cities in Australia, if not the world. A legacy that began when the early settlers ran cattle tracks in all directions, which has left us with a jumble of narrow streets, increasing traffic congestion and a series of band aid measures designed to […]