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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 […]

Stumping up for trees

BY ANNA COMINOS The landscape of NSW is about to undergo a radical shift if the Berejiklian Government has its way with NSW legislation changes, which will allow property developers to fast-track land clearing approvals. The current NSW government has a less than impressive environmental record. Many Sydneysiders still remember the reign of Premier Baird's […]

Double Bay rallies to retain council

BY CHRISTOPHER HARRIS Hundreds of concerned citizens rallied at a Save Our Councils Coalition meeting last weekend, pushing for the retention of Woollahra Council. Support came from an unlikely place, with NSW Attorney-General Gabrielle Upton going against the government grain and showing support for an independent Woollahra Council. Ms Upton spoke of the need for […]

“Most effective suicide prevention strategy ever”: report reveals promising findings

BY KENJI SATO A study of notorious suicide destinations has found that installing nets and barriers at these ‘suicide hotspots’ reduces the rate of suicide at these sites by 91 per cent. “It’s amazing”, said Dr Karolina Krysinska, a researcher at the Black Dog Institute in Sydney and one of the report’s authors. “It seems […]

New life for Waverley police station

NSW Police minister Stuart Ayres, Coogee MP Bruce Notley-Smith and Vaucluse MP Gabrielle Upton last week announced the Waverley Police Station would recieve a multi-milion dollar rebuild should the coalition be re-elected. The current station and courthouse are 40 years old, placing them among the oldest metropolitan police stations in Sydney. Labor Candidate for Coogee […]

Safe seat politics: the battle for Vaucluse

By Tang Li Labor candidate Gloria Nicol and Greens candidate Megan McEwin are fighting for a chance at winning the seat of Vaucluse at this month’s state election, despite it being held by the Liberals since 1988. The Vaucluse electorate includes the eastern suburbs from Watsons Bay to Woollahra, including parts of Bondi. Gabrielle Upton, […]

Social Housing paper criticised as out of touch

By Kieran Adair Ending the year with the release of the Social Housing in NSW discussion paper Minister for Family and Community Services,Gabrielle Upton looks like she’ll be heading into an equally contentious 2015. It follows the controversial sell-off of Millers Point public housing and has already come under criticism from those that fear it […]

Looking back at the plight of women’s refuges

By Jessica Yun. The fate of NSW women’s refuge homes were the focus of media attention this year after structural changes were announced as part of the state government’s Going Home, Staying Home (GHSH) reforms. GHSH meant many women-only services had to consider packages that did not allow women-only services to remain as such but […]

Local councils join community groups to oppose Millers Point sell-off

Inner city councils, including Leichhardt and Marrickville, have joined community group Friends of Miller’s Point in opposing the selling off of public housing by the NSW Liberal Government. Friends of Miller’s Point is now made up of MPs, tenants, and public housing advocacy groups. In April, the NSW Government announced plans to sell off public […]

News in brief

Bondi Park Fitness Centre re-opens The "outdoor gym" on Bondi Beach has re-opened following extensive refurbishments. The gym, formally known as the Bondi Park Fitness Centre, recently underwent a $220,000 overhaul including the addition of new and updated exercise equipment. Vaucluse MP Gabrielle Upton said she is pleased the gym has re-opened for use by […]