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Opinion: Heritage bulldozed

By Peter Hehir The development infrastructure has waged war on New South Wales’ heritage for decades. Whenever the Liberal Party gains power, the bulldozers are turned loose and destruction is unleashed on a grand scale. In its 1999 oral history Development of the Pacific Highway and the Sydney–Newcastle Freeway, Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) says […]

Finding safe harbour

BY MICK DALEY Sydney Harbour’s reputation as one of the finest in the world owes everything to its superb geographical advantages. But a working harbour requires infrastructure, and from post-Invasion to post-reality, commercial shipping and recreational boaters depend upon the wharves and safe waterways that enable every aspect of maritime endeavour. Ex-mayor of Leichardt and […]

Post office stamped out

BY JOHN MOYLE If developers get their way a brass plaque will be all that remains of Bondi’s landmark post office. The Development Application (DA) 475/2017 lodged with Waverley Council in November calls for the demolition of the heritage-listed Hall Street site, along with the removal of trees and planter boxes at its front. The […]

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 […]

The Sirius Question

BY ISABELLE BASTIAN The NSW Minister for Heritage, Gabrielle Upton, has again decided not to place the threatened Sirius Building in The Rocks on the State Heritage Register. Finished in 1980, the building is known as a prime example of Brutalist architecture. Its distinctive position in The Rocks makes it visible from the Harbour Bridge […]

Blackwattle Bay Marina shanghaied

BY JOSH KINDL Pyrmont residents have been angered by UrbanGrowth NSW’s proposed plan to relocate the Blackwattle Bay marina closer to the existing population in order to make room for 2,750 new apartments as part of the redevelopment of the existing Sydney Fish Market site. The proposed plan would see the current marina facilities in […]

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 […]

Towers illuminate to meet their Waterloo

BY ALEC SMART The twin towers at the centre of Waterloo public housing estate have been illuminated with squares of coloured lighting for an arts project that draws attention to their uncertain future. Visible from a distance, the 30-storey high Matavai and Turanga building windows light up at 5.30pm each evening with a display that […]