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THE NAKED CITY – LAST TANGO IN PITT STREET

Record stores have always had a great romance about them – a gathering place for the like-minded to chat about their favourite music, the excitement of discovering something new and exciting and the sheer mental pleasure of browsing through thousands of CDs and old school vinyl. Whilst they are by no means extinct, and celebrations […]

Council grants give and take

BY LANIE TINDALE   Thirteen organisations have been granted $324,000 under the Inner West Council Stronger Communities Grant Program. The report published by the council identifies 41 grant applications, with grant requests totalling over $1.35 million. The 13 organisations granted money were awarded between $10-$50 each. The grant program commenced in 2016, running for three […]

Warding off city residents

BY ALEX EUGENE AND ANITA SENARATNA City of Sydney residents could have yet another plebiscite on their hands in the upcoming 2020 local election, if local advocates get their way. This time it would be to decide if the council should consist of geographical wards with more councillors, instead of being one large, united area […]

Heritage heresy

BY ISABELLE BASTIAN   The unauthorised demolition of the protected façade of historic Hensley Hall in Kings Cross may have exposed a developer to more than simple repairs.   At the corner of Bayswater Road and Ward Avenue, where the 1912 Edwardian-era Hensley Hall once towered, all that remains of the former grand façade are […]

Mayhem in Marrickville

  BY JESSICA DE VERA   In June this year, the Inner West Council approved the plans for the rezoning of Victoria Road Precinct in Marrickville, despite community criticism and the decision being made while the council was still in transition. The plans are now set for forwarding to the Minister for Planning, and if […]

Expenses and Facilities Policy for Councillors reviewed.

BY SORAYA PEREZ MOHAMMED An analysis of the Councillors’ Expenses and Facilities Policy was carried out at the recent City of Sydney Council meeting after it was exposed that Lord Mayor Clover Moore and councillors were requesting up to 30 times more on expenses than their Western Sydney counterparts. The Councillors’ Expenses and Facilities Policy […]

No space at Martin Place

BY ALEX EUGENE Sydney's homeless have been displaced in droves, after being moved on from a camp at Martin Place last Saturday. Police and City of Sydney Council workers evicted dozens of rough sleepers from the area who had been living there for months, and over time had accumulated wooden furniture, a food stall with […]

City of Sydney withholds Mayor’s guest list

By Kayla Canne   The City of Sydney refused to release city records containing information on a public event to the City Hub last week, claiming that the information was private in nature. On March 13 City Hub filed a formal application under the Government Information Public Access Act (GIPA) seeking the guest list of […]

Gold-plated pissoirs

SKETCH Half a million dollars for a toilet? Well, not quite. But there was momentary confusion at Monday’s council meeting over whether the City of Sydney was poised to approve $500,000 in expenditure on pop-up urinals. The ‘public toilet strategy’ will investigate the permanent installation of retractable urinals in party-zones such as Kings Cross, which […]

The garbo, baker, milko, and iceman cometh

Sydneysider: A personal journey When I was a small boy in Strathfield in the mid-1950s, the council garbage truck’s weekly progress down the street was an affair to wake the dead. The truck had a narrow platform at the rear and a hold-on bar. Two or three garbos rode, standing up on the platform, if […]