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Coronavirus complicates problems faced by homeless

By JOHN MOYLE In uncertain times the one certainty is that the homeless are likely to be hit harder by COVID-19 than the general populace. Health-wise they are already in an unenviable position having a life expectancy of almost half that of the average Australian. The homeless are also over-represented with mental disorders, alcohol and […]

Time for action to help Sydney’s small businesses

Opinion by CHRISTINE FORSTER Sydney is reeling from the spread of coronavirus and it’s time the Lord Mayor put her money where her mouth is to assist the small businesses that may not survive the crisis. The City of Sydney currently has more than $670 million in the bank and yet not one cent of […]

2020 foresight: city retailers struggling

By ELIZA SPENCER After bushfires, viruses, and redevelopments, Australian businesses are counting the costs. A slower than expected start to financial trading in the new year has taken a toll on businesses across the city. Feeling the effects of lower profits across the sector, businesses small and large are facing the risk of closure as […]

City Council to live-stream meetings

By MAX TILLMAN The City of Sydney Council will begin live-streaming meetings from 10 Feb, ending an enduring debate that has seen independent and liberal councillors advocate for the technology within the chamber. “The Committee meetings will be streamed on 10 February, followed by Council meetings the week after,” a spokesperson for The City of […]

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 […]

Star Casino fight far from over

By ALLISON HORE On Wednesday the Independent Planning Commission (IPC) released the findings of their review of the Star Casino’s plans for a 237-metre tower in Pyrmont, rejecting it on the grounds that it was “overly obtrusive”. The tower development was part of the Star Casino’s strategy to remain competitive with Crown’s $2.2 billion resort […]

Building safety on the edge

BY ALEC SMART Residents of a four-year-old building in Sydney’s inner-southern Rosebery have been warned not to let their children play on the balconies, or allow more than three people to stand on them, after safety investigators found they were of “inadequate strength”. Otto Rosebery, an ‘island site’ of 298 multi-storey apartments bordered by four […]

Lockout laws take new twist

Opinion By ANDREW WOODHOUSE Kings Cross is at the epicentre of a storm. This week the state government’s Joint Select Committee on Sydney’s Night Time Economy delivered its report. It recommended 40 changes to controversial lockout laws. Lockouts were introduced in February 2014 to reduce alcohol-fuelled violence. Teenager, Daniel Christie, died in January 2014, the […]

Light rail traders railroaded

by JOHN MOYLE Just as Transport for New South Wales (TfNSW) had finished crowing about settling a $1.1billion light rail legal claim for the bargain amount of $576million they are preparing to defend a new $400 million claim. The class action set down for a hearing on July 1 next year is being brought by […]

Sedition Festival

By Irina Dunn If you’re a child of the 70s, or you wish you were a child of the 70s, Sedition Festival has something interesting and exciting to offer you. Loaded with nostalgia, the festival offers a seditious range of 70s entertainment, from cabaret to concerts to art exhibitions to films and talks. Put together […]