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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 […]

Upton opposes Abortion Bill

By VANESSA LIM Liberal Vaucluse MP Gabrielle Upton voted against the abortion bill after Premier Gladys Berejikilian caved in to her conservative colleagues in the Liberal Party and allowed a conscience vote on the bill. This allowed politicians a vote based on their personal moral and ethical beliefs and did not attach politicians to the […]

Skatepark saga continues

Opinion by ANDREW WOODHOUSE Take my one-minute quiz. Question: when is a park not a park? Answer: when its open space, the one thing that defines it, is reduced. And what if it’s jam-packed already with two cafés, mega-concrete paths, a gym, tennis courts and club kiosk, a cricket oval (complete with white picket fence), grandstand, […]

Vaucluse electorate profile

By Allison Hore The electoral district of Vaucluse is made up of Watsons Bay, Vaucluse, Rose Bay, Dover Heights, Bondi Beach, Bellevue Hill, Point Piper, Double Bay, Darling Point, most of Woollahra and some parts of Bondi. Socio-economically, the area is very well off, according to the 2016 census. The median weekly household income in […]

Callan Park at breaking point

By Hall Greenland The future of Callan Park is back on the political map and is set to become a state election issue. Friends of Callan Park successfully lobbied MPs on Tuesday as the first step in a campaign to persuade the state government and state opposition to take immediate action. They held a short […]

Beach quality on Rose Bay’s watch

By Georgia Fullerton The Rose Bay Working Group has set its sights on cleaning up Rose Bay’s polluted beaches. At the group’s latest meeting on October 19, the area’s water quality improvement action plan was reviewed, and the group discussed improving signage and maintenance of dog poo bag dispensers along Rose Bay foreshore. The group, which […]

Watsons Bay hordes descend

BY GEORGIA FULLERTON   A proposal to convert part of Sydney’s South Head National Park into a commercial function and wedding centre has been met with fury from local residents.  The proposal for the centre, put forward by businessman and head of Dockside catering group, Christopher Drivas, could see a further 800 guests visit Watsons […]

Return and Earn

BY JOHN MOYLE You’ve just cleaned up after the barbie and stacked all the long necks with the intention of cashing them in at the nearest Container Deposit Scheme bottle depot, except, where the hell is it? Since 1st December 2017, NSW residents have been able to return their drink containers to obtain a 10 […]

Council merge splurge diverge

BY JOHN MOYLE In 2016 the Baird Government did an embarrassing backflip over NSW council amalgamations, resulting in only 19 of the 35 proposed mergers going ahead. The only inner city amalgamation to proceed was between Leichhardt, Ashfield and Marrickville councils, as all others fought or escaped when Baird’s plans fell into a malodorous heap. […]

But Siriusly

COMMENT BY JIM ANDERSON I have to confess to being a late convert to the SOS (Save Our Sirius) cause, but on a hot January day last week, I found myself taking a walk up from Circular Quay to have my first close look at the building in question. It was practically love at first […]