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Inner West Council demerger urged

BY ALEC SMART The newly elected Inner West Council is considering overturning the forced amalgamation that brought three councils together in May 2016, and return them to their constituent parts. At the Inner West Council meeting on 24 October, councillors debated whether to hold a plebiscite on de-amalgamating Inner West Council. The issue was ultimately […]

NAKED CITY – BICYLE THIEVES

In case you hadn’t noticed Sydney has a problem with dockless rental bicycles with both Councils and citizens alike complaining about the way they now supposedly clutter our footpaths. In some cases there’s been downright public hostility with bikes thrown onto roofs or dumped in waterways. Whilst many have embraced this cheap, pollution free means […]

Invasion Day averted in the Inner West

BY JESSICA DE VERA New citizens may soon receive an invitation to be sworn in as Australian citizens during NAIDOC Week instead of Australia Day. Inner West Council will be the first council in NSW to initiate and hold a citizenship ceremony during NAIDOC Week, which is held in the first week of July each […]

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 […]

Inner-west Liberal-Labor pact

BY ALEC SMART A deal between Labor and the Liberal Party in last week’s Inner-West mayoral election has critics furious that democracy has been subverted, with The Greens claiming they’ve been marginalized. The Mayoral election pitted former Leichardt Mayor Darcy Byrne (Labor) against first-time councillor Pauline Lockie (Independent), in a contest that was ultimately decided […]

Inner West goes red and green

BY JOSEPH FENAUGHTY Labor and the Greens were the biggest winners in this weekend’s Inner West Council elections with the Liberal party trailing a distant third. The weekend’s election ended over a year’s uncertainty since the forced amalgamations in 2016. This was the Inner west council’s first chance since to have democratically-elected councillors to preside […]

Callan Park left to rot

BY DYLAN CRISMALE Community members are urging the NSW State Government to act on the Callan Park Master Plan, with the future of the site still unknown despite the plan having first been drafted almost a decade ago. In May, the University of Sydney announced the closure of Sydney College of the Arts in it’s […]

Balmain Leagues Club drama drags on

The long running saga of the redevelopment of Balmain Leagues Club is entering another chapter. But there is no sign of it being the denouement to a seemingly unending drama of Dickensian proportions. Leichhardt Mayor Darcy Byrne has pointed the finger at the Rozelle Village for stalling the process, an accusation which has been denied […]

Local jobs to go in Leichhardt

BY LUCAS BAIRD A business owner in Leichhardt has said that government plans to rezone an industrial area for residential use will cost jobs and destroy local community space. The Department of Planning and Environment recently decided to rezone land along Lords Road in West Leichhardt which will allow up to 315 residential units to […]

Troubled bridge needs to go over water: council

BY CHRISTOPHER HARRIS It is a short distance as the crow flies, but a long way from any notion of a tech hub slated for the site of the former White Bay Power station, according to Leichhardt Mayor Darcy Byrne. He called on the NSW Government last week to reopen the Glebe Island Bridge to […]