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Liberals trounced in eastern elections

BY ANITA SENARATNA The eastern suburbs have been safe Liberal territory for years, but as the weekend’s council elections have shown, not even the most loyal voters can be taken for granted. The Liberals experienced a backlash from voters across the state, with noticeable swings towards Labor, Greens and independent candidates. The votes are still […]

Pokies take their toll

BY ALEX EUGENE An eastern suburbs man has been arrested and charged for cheating three elderly people out of more than half a million dollars, which he allegedly used for gambling. The man, who pretended to be a financial adviser in order to nab the victims’ life savings, is said to have stolen a total […]

Liberal party could stack Woollahra Council with pro merger candidates

BY DYLAN CRISMALE The Liberal Party appears to be placing pro-amalgamation candidates at the top of their ticket for Woollahra Council. If they are elected they could kill off Council's High Court appeal to block a merger with Waverley and Randwick Councils. Liberal councillor Andrew Petrie alleges the Liberal Party is stacking a ticket of […]

Bondi braces for backpacker upheaval

BY CHRISTOPHER HARRIS The removal of the tax-free threshold for working holiday visas in the federal budget has Bondi backpackers fired up and local businesses bracing for economic loss. From July next year, backpackers will be taxed at 32.5 per cent from the first dollar they earn in the country, despite citizens and permanent residents […]

Randwick’s light rail concerns

By Lydia Watson-Moore   Eastern Suburbs residents have continued to express concern about the proposed CBD and South East Light Rail following the recently released construction schedule. Residents, business owners and local councillors have said the light rail is bringing more harm than good, voicing concerns over parking, environmental destruction and congestion. Randwick resident Andrew […]

Eastern Suburbs mega council on the horizon

By Elliott Brennan Randwick, Waverly, and Woollahra councils look set to merge into a mega council under the State Government’s ‘Fit for the Future’ amendments to local Government. The Fit for the Future system of local Government is aiming to reduce the number of local councils in Sydney from 41 to just 18. Randwick council […]

Rumours fly around future of Moore Park Stables

By Tang Li   The Moore Park Stables community is fearful that their license may not be renewed at the end of the year. Rumours have been circulating that four out of five riding schools (Budapest Riding School, Centennial Stables, Eastside Riding Academy and Papillon Riding Stables) at the Centennial Parklands Equestrian Centre (CPEC) have […]

Eastern suburbs campaign promotes early help to gamblers

By Chris Sutton A new advertising campaign will encourage problem gamblers in Sydney's east to seek early help. The state-wide campaign encourages gamblers in East Sydney, particularly Bondi, to address the issue before it becomes too serious. Sondra Kalnins, the team leader at Inner City Gambling Help on Hope Street, said too many people were waiting before reaching […]

Concerns heighten over rise of anti-Semitism in Bondi

By Emily Contador-Kelsall The Jewish Community in Sydney’s Eastern suburbs have faced a rise in anti-Semitism, according to local politicians and community members. Last week, a white supremacist group distributed flyers into mailboxes around Bondi and Double Bay, attacking Jewish people and urging “White Australia” to “Wake up”. This rise in anti-Semitism gained widespread attention […]

News in brief

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 […]