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Skaters hanker for more spaces

More than 200 Sydney skateboarders descended on Town Hall for a City of Sydney council meeting to voice their support for a skateboarding facility in the CBD. The petition, signed by 3000 riders within three weeks, was tabled on Monday by Labor councillor Linda Scott, who was greeted with thunderous applause from the gallery. “Tonight […]

Consultant blasts energy plan

An independent sustainability coach has slammed parts of the City of Sydney’s Renewable Energy Plan adopted at a council meeting on Monday. Michael Mobbs, a former environmental lawyer now associate lecturer at the University of Technology, described points of the plan related to anaerobic digestion of food waste as “deeply misleading” and “obscene”. Anaerobic digestion […]

Pyrmont brothel banished

Pyrmont residents and office workers are applauding the City of Sydney’s decision to refuse a proposed brothel at 200 Harris St. The building’s rear entrance, on Paternoster Row near the Quarrymans Hotel, is only three doors from an existing brothel and 80 metres from a childcare centre. Liberal councillor Edward Mandla said the addition of […]

Oscar’s shaggy tale lives on

OPINION This week Lord Mayor Clover Moore voted to put down my dead dog Oscar. An item listed for the December 2 council meeting was a year old request that a dubious "dangerous dog" declaration against my family pet be revoked. Last week I attended a City committee meeting, where I informed councillors that Oscar […]

Laneway terror, but no CCTV

The City of Sydney will install 10 new CCTV cameras in the CBD, Kings Cross and Surry Hills at an immediate cost of $350,000. The decision is a win for Liberal councillor Christine Forster, who moved for the project to be fast-tracked in October. She told City News the council had initially been resistant toward […]

Potts Point cafe takes aim at council over closure

Yet another popular establishment has fallen victim to prescriptive City of Sydney regulations, with Potts Point cafe La Croix closing its doors. “We have closed as we are no longer able to continue to operate under council’s unreasonably restrictive conditions”, the cafe’s website reads. Cafe co-owner Annie Wilkes describes it using terms of warfare. She […]

Oscar’s shaggy story comes to a sad end

Last month I lost my best friend. For the last nine years Oscar and I lived in a back lane in Darlinghurst together with his brother Felix, another rescue pup. When Oscar was just eight weeks old I brought him home from the pound. Felix followed a few months later. Six years ago the Odd […]

Heritage listing divides government, appeases communities

Community groups and local councils have welcomed NSW Heritage Minister Robyn Parker’s decision to place Glebe Island Bridge on the state’s heritage list. But the move has sparked resistance from the government’s roads minister, Duncan Gay, who recommended it be demolished based on an independent cost-benefit analysis. Ms Parker said the bridge, which is one […]

News in brief

15-minute parking approved  The City of Sydney has introduced free 15-minute ticket parking zones in the retail areas of village main streets outside the city centre from December 1, 2013. The year-long trial of free 15-minute ticket parking covers nine streets, including Oxford St, Crown St, Glebe Point Rd and King St. Parking meters in […]

Harold Park supermarket unwelcome

Community groups and residents in Glebe are voicing discontent over a proposal to build a major supermarket in the planned Harold Park parklands, where Mirvac is proposing to build the new supermarket in the old tramshed building. Committee member of FLAG Harold Park, Andrew Rolfe, said that building a supermarket in parkland was unsuitable and […]