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Sleepless nights as WestConnex breaks curfew

By ELIZA SPENCER Turn off the Princes’ highway, and from Campbell Street to Stanmore Road, the sound of compression breaking, rattling trucks and booming horns sound the march of progress towards the competition of the WestConnex New M5 project. The controversial project has already caused the forced eviction of residents across the Inner West, and […]

Is your house being acquired for Westconnex? What you need to know

Opinion By PETER HEHIR Now that the RMS are sending notices in relation to the compulsory acquisition of the land beneath properties in Rozelle and Lilyfield – which includes almost all of the homes in SW Rozelle, most of Lilyfield and a good percentage of NW Rozelle – it’s timely for homeowners to consider how […]

Mural faces mauling

By ALLISON HORE The Westconnex has met with more controversy with the release of their proposed changes to the approved design of the Rozelle and Lilyfield interchange for the M4-M5 Link. The change would bring the complex and expensive underground interchange above ground in a series of overpasses. However, many believe the changes pose a […]

Seaside sculptures walking away

BY ALEC SMART Sculpture by the Sea, the annual three-week artists’ trail that takes place between late October and early November every year on the seafront walkway between Bondi Beach and Tamarama, is threatening to leave the area after this year’s event. It will end 22 years of incredible artworks set imaginatively into the landscape, […]

Right to free speech flags in Australia

BY ALEC SMART Construction companies face a ban from obtaining federal government contracts if employees fly a Eureka flag or display union-affiliated symbols on clothing and equipment in new regulations set by the Turnbull administration. On 30 January 2018 the federal government-managed Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC) warned that employers in breach of a […]

Battle in Bulwara

BY JOHN MOYLE Local councils and developers are both prolific and usually untruthful when they describe areas as “village precincts”, but in the case of the residents living in and around Ultimo’s Bulwara Road, that is an apt description of their neighbourhood. The area consists of Victorian terraces, single story dwellings, re-purposed factories and ancient […]

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 […]

No light at the end of the tunnel

BY JOSH KINDL The state government has been unable to find a contractor to construct the Rozelle Interchange as part of WestConnex Stage 3. Gladys Berejiklian’s government rejected the only bid it received to build the proposed interchange, which if completed would help connect the M4 and M5 motorways. Nathan English, co-convenor of Eco Transit, […]

Mirvac eyes Marrickville

BY JESSICA DE VERA Yet another precinct in Marrickville may be about to fall victim to a stint of over-development, courtesy of property giant Mirvac. The Sydney-based company has submitted a proposal for new high-density redevelopments on Carrington Road, although the Inner West Council has deemed the initial plans unacceptable. Mayor of Inner West Council […]

WestConnex opposition celebrates first anniversary

BY WENDY BACON Save Sydney Park WestCONnex protest camp is holding its first birthday celebration this Sunday, September 24. The camp began as an early morning protest on September 19th 2016, the day WestConnex moved in to take sections of the park and knock down hundreds of trees. That protest ended in a decision to […]