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New Sydney harbour tunnel proposal reignites Westconnex debate

By Joe Bourke   The NSW Government has announced a $20 billion plan for the state’s infrastructure, which would include a new western Sydney harbour tunnel which has reignited public debate about the state’s struggling sector. The western Sydney harbour tunnel would start in Rozelle and run to Gore Hill or the Warringah Freeway. NSW […]

Hammer falls on the Italian Forum

After more than a year of uncertainty and bitter disputes the Italian Forum on Norton Street has been sold to the Italian cultural organisation Co. As. It. The contracts were exchanged on Friday (November 28) and the organisation paid $2.8 million for the site. The Italian population in Leichhardt has drastically reduced and the Forum […]

Parramatta Road to house 60,000 new dwellings

The Baird Government has been forced to release the draft plan for the future Parramatta road which reveals 60,000 new dwellings as the target. The development being labelled the ‘new’ Parramatta Road will be the biggest so far in terms of housing that is planned for Sydney. The number of houses along the corridor is […]

International Summit overshadowed by Treasurer’s ‘mistake’

  The Bays Precinct international summit was held last Wednesday and Thursday (November 20-21) and saw hundreds of international experts converge on The Australian Technology Park to help decide the future of the precinct. But the event has been overshadowed by a remark made by the Treasurer of NSW, Andrew Constance. “The Bays Precinct Urban […]

News in brief

Woollahra beaches become smoke-free Woollahra Council and the Cancer Council of NSW have made all beaches in the Woollahra local government area smoke-free. Woollahra Council voted to enact a smoke-free policy on all of the council's foreshore. As of October 1, smoking on any Woollahra beaches will be met with a $550 fine. “This ban […]

Separation of siblings angers inner west parents

By Chris Sutton Changes to school catchment areas in Leichhardt may force siblings to attend different schools as the inner west faces a baby boom. Annandale North Primary School (ANPS) is the local school for many families in the previous catchment area, but they now face the possibility of added travel distance and the separation […]

Co.As.It becomes highest bidder in Forum deadlock

Italian community centre Co.As.It has raised its bid for the purchase of the Italian Forum Cultural Centre. In an attempt to end a year-long deadlock between Leichhardt Council and the centre’s administrators SV Partners, Co.As.It announced they would raise their bid to $2.8 million, making them the highest bidder. Since the Cultural Centre went into […]

Darling Street reopens as Rozelle recovers from fire

Darling Street, Rozelle was opened for the first time in almost two weeks on Tuesday, September 16 at 3pm. An explosion in the early hours of Thursday, September 4 left the majority of the Rozelle shopping strip closed to traffic and pedestrians. Emergency services immediately began to clear the rubble left by the explosion and […]

New bid to shake up Italian Forum sale

The controversial sale of the Italian Forum Cultural Centre may not go ahead after all, according to the centre’s administrators SV Partners. When previous owners Italian Forum Limited (IFL) went into voluntary receivership in late 2013, SV Partners was appointed to take over administration of the property. SV Partners has been in conflict with Leichhardt […]

Balmain Leagues Club saved from receivership

This week the Balmain Leagues Club reached an agreement with developer Rozelle Village and as a result is no longer at risk of going into receivership. Leichhardt Mayor Dracy Byrne has welcomed the news. "I hope the public pressure myself and other supporters of the Club have exerted on the developer has contributed to this […]