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Macleay St upgrade a downgrade

Opinion BY ANDREW WOODHOUSE Clover Moore’s proposed mega-million dollar Macleay Street “upgrade” has hit a snag; it’s not universally popular. Residents were roiled at the first community meeting in early November and another vociferous meeting on 19th November raised alarm bells. About 130 local residents and businesses attended the meeting which Mrs Moore described as […]

The Cross hung out to dry

by JOHN MOYLE On Tuesday 14th January 2020 Sydney will wake to what it has wanted for five years when the lockout laws will be repealed. The changes will come into effect for the CBD and Oxford Street, but not Kings Cross, which the NSW Government Response to Night Time Economy report says will be […]

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 […]

Pastizzi Café says ‘addiju’ to South King

By ELIZA SPENCER For decades, the south end of King Street in Newtown has been a space for Sydney’s artists and outcasts. However, years of gentrification and council knock-backs have hit the small businesses of South King. Too far from the station for the comfort of tourists, and too obscure for even the hippest influencers, […]

Pyrmont in the cross-hairs

By ALLISON HORE Following the release of the results from the Greater Sydney Commission’s review of the planning protocols in Pyrmont at the end of last month, Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced the NSW Government’s intentions to “transform” Pyrmont into “the next jobs hub”. “For our city and State to continue to be the jobs capital […]

Red tape strangles markets

By VANESSA LIM The Pyrmont Bay Markets, scheduled for Sunday 1 September, have been cancelled after a long application process due, principally, to the NSW Government’s red tape strangling the organisers’ initiative. During the year-long process to try to get the monthly markets approved in Pyrmont Bay Park, the NSW Government kept asking for multiple […]

Clover’s bulldozers create stir

Opinion By ANDREW WOODHOUSE Clover Moore has decided to “improve” Macleay Street with paving to create a higher aesthetic. However, aesthetics, like art, are in the eye of the beholder. One person’s higher aesthetic is someone else’s ugliness. Moore’s ideas were outlined at a night meeting on Tuesday 25th July in Kings Cross Library. Her letter […]

Steps to a greener Sydney

By ALLISON HORE In the last week of June, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced a $340 million dollar “Open Spaces and Greener Sydney” package, outlining her commitment to increasing Sydney’s tree canopy and creating more quality green spaces in residential areas. “Planting trees and creating new parks is just as important as building new roads, […]

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 […]