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Good Lords outcome for Leichhardt

BY JOHN MOYLE After more than four years of struggle, the Inner West celebrated a win last week to save a stretch of light industrial land from a developer’s wrecking ball. The disputed land at 67-73 Lords Road, Leichhardt, near Market Place, currently houses 17 businesses employing 62 full time workers, with an additional 100 […]

Behind Closed Doors

BY MICK DALEY A Sydney Morning Herald article last week on housing market inequalities caused by government rezoning is only half the story, according to activist Maire Sheehan. The one-time Mayor of Leichhardt says that confidential rezoning decisions made between developers and planners are driving property prices up and encouraging ‘Hong Kong’ style residential high […]

Creative Conflict

BY ALEC SMART A scaled-down Sydenham Creative Hub, a proposed arts and live music zone close to Sydenham Station in the inner-west, has been voted on and accepted by the Inner West Council after it threatened to divide the fractious chamber. The Inner West Council (IWC) has clashed on several divisive issues since three constituencies, […]

Sydenham skate and scoot

BY JADE MORELLINI The Inner West Council has listened to the calls of young people and has created the newest state-of-the-art skate space in Sydenham Green. Inner West Mayor, Darcy Byrne will be officially opening the space on Saturday 10th February, where they will be holding a free BBQ and skate demonstrations from 11am – […]

Marrickville, not Mirvacville

BY ALEC SMART There is growing concern among residents in the inner west that the NSW Government's Sydenham to Bankstown ‘Urban Renewal Corridor’ will swamp the area with high-rise developments, attracting thousands of new residents, leading to traffic gridlocks and public transport unable to cope with the increase in numbers. The planning department of the […]

Hire bikes back in hot water

BY ALEC SMART Rental bicycles, the ubiquitous brightly-coloured machines seen scattered across Sydney suburbia, and often found hanging from trees or rusting in canals, are back in hot water again. A coalition of six Sydney councils - Canada Bay, City of Sydney, Inner West, Randwick, Waverley, and Woollahra – have introduced strict new guidelines to […]

A crock at the end of the rainbow

BY JOHN MOYLE It has taken the Inner West Council just two months since its formation to achieve headlines for all the wrong reasons, and most of these come down to two words: Julie Passas. Having served three terms on the old Ashfield Council, in September Councillor Passas was elected as a Liberal candidate for […]

Council locked out of Lilyfield

BY ANNA FREELAND The Inner West Council has forfeited their right to act as the Relevant Planning Authority (RPA) for the proposed rezoning of a Lilyfield industrial site after failing to meet the deadline set by the NSW Department of Planning and Environment (DPE). A Rezoning Review of the site, located opposite Callan Park on […]

Liberal with her mouth

BY ALEC SMART Inner West Council Deputy Mayor Julie Passas is in hot water over an allegation that she abused and intimidated a gay neighbour after she saw a rainbow flag hanging on his balcony. Ashfield resident Daniel Comensoli posted an accusation on Facebook on November 25 that Ashfield Councillor and Deputy Mayor Julie Passas […]

Not a lunatic asylum plan

BY GEORGIA CLARK More than a year after the State Government pushed back bids to have the Refugee Welcome Centre in Callan Park transformed into short-term accommodation. The newly-elected mayor of the Inner West Council, Darcy Byrne, has renewed calls to convert the State Government heritage site into temporary accommodation for newly-arrived refugees. The move […]