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Skatepark hits heritage hurdles

Opinion by ANDREW WOODHOUSE Woollahra Council’s long running and controversial proposal for skateboard facilities in Rushcutters Bay Park has hit a major speed hump. The NSW Heritage Office’s Recommendation Committee has recommended the park be state heritage listed, its highest protective listing. This means no development can occur without the Heritage Office’s approval. Its listing […]

Mined out – east opposes Adani

By JOHN MOYLE The largest coal mine in the southern hemisphere looks likely to proceed in the coming months if it gains final environmental approval from the Queensland government, but this has only strengthened the resolve of a small band of Stop Adani activists in Sydney’s inner east. As a part of the national Stop […]

Skate park roller ride

Opinion: By ANDREW WOODHOUSE After six years Woollahra Council is still no closer to finding a location for its $1.1 million skateboard structure for youngsters aged 5-12. The NSW Heritage Office intervened to impose an Interim Heritage Order over the proposed Rushcutters Bay site, effective from 25th January this year. The Order lasts twelve months and […]

Kerry Phelps’ Reflection on Elections

By JOHN MOYLE Kerryn Phelps is used to running for elections, whether it be the first woman to head the Australian Medical Association, as councillor for the City of Sydney, or as the history making game-changer in the Wentworth by-election. Throughout her long public life, she has maintained ‘the sensible centre’ along with an approach […]

Independents’ success offers silver lining

BY MERRILL WITT The newly elected Prime Minister Scott Morrison credited the “quiet Australians” for the Coalition's surprising election win. But the campaign to dislodge Independent Kerryn Phelps from the formerly safe Liberal seat of Wentworth was anything but quiet. In the final few days leading up to last Saturday’s election, Wentworth voters were bombarded […]

Are they worthy of Wentworth?

BY ALEC SMART City Hub hosted a forum at Beauchamp Hotel in Darlinghurst of the prospective candidates vying for the seat of Wentworth in the forthcoming federal election. Those present included Matthew Drake-Brockman (Independent), Tim Murray (Labor), Dominic Wy Kanak (Greens) and incumbent MP, Dr Kerryn Phelps (Independent). Liberal candidate Dave Sharma was notably absent. […]

Can Kerryn cure our democracy?

BY MERRILL WITT Wentworth MP Dr Kerryn Phelps has given the electorate some very good reasons for keeping the Independent in the House of Representatives. In the six months since winning the traditionally safe Liberal seat - a remarkable feat that robbed the Morrison Government of its majority - Phelps has shown the advantages of doing […]

Meet the challengers

By ALLISON HORE Jacqui Munro (Liberals) Running for the Liberal Party in the seat of Sydney is first-time candidate Jacqui Munro. For her, it was a passion for the local area that inspired her to run. Despite being the youngest woman to be pre-selected by the Liberal party, Ms Munro has a wealth of experience […]