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Community engagement – are we feeling the love?

by Peter Hehir The Government’s approach when trying to flog a real dog of a project like WestConnex is to conduct what they euphemistically call ‘Community Information sessions’, where the community can have their questions answered and also tell the Government what they think of what’s being proposed. On the surface this appears to be […]

Powerless in the Inner West

By Lanie Tindale Local businesses in the Inner West have suffered from a power outage which hit the area last Saturday at 1pm. The Soul Bowl cafe manager Kiran Gire said when Marketplace Leichhardt lost power “Nothing was working in the shop, it just went completely dark…There [were] a lot of people coming out of […]

Share Bikes Rounded Up

By LANIE TINDALE Inner West Mayor Darcy Byrne has been rounding share-bikes off pathways, saying that “we now have to use the stick.” Three months ago, 6 Sydney councils proposed guidelines for bike share companies. The Inner West Council announced a trial period of three months for the companies to comply, which has now come […]

Good Lords outcome for Leichhardt

BY JOHN MOYLE After more than four years of struggle, the Inner West celebrated a win last week to save a stretch of light industrial land from a developer’s wrecking ball. The disputed land at 67-73 Lords Road, Leichhardt, near Market Place, currently houses 17 businesses employing 62 full time workers, with an additional 100 […]

Behind Closed Doors

BY MICK DALEY A Sydney Morning Herald article last week on housing market inequalities caused by government rezoning is only half the story, according to activist Maire Sheehan. The one-time Mayor of Leichhardt says that confidential rezoning decisions made between developers and planners are driving property prices up and encouraging ‘Hong Kong’ style residential high […]

Rally cry for public transport

BY JOSHUA KINDL Disgruntled NSW residents and commuters gathered in the Sydney CBD last Saturday to protest recent transport decisions made by Gladys Berejiklian’s state government. Approximately 1000 individuals marched together through the Sydney CBD, commencing at Hyde Park and finishing at Martin Place, as a demonstration of concern and frustration with the NSW State […]

Marrickville, not Mirvacville

BY ALEC SMART There is growing concern among residents in the inner west that the NSW Government's Sydenham to Bankstown ‘Urban Renewal Corridor’ will swamp the area with high-rise developments, attracting thousands of new residents, leading to traffic gridlocks and public transport unable to cope with the increase in numbers. The planning department of the […]

No light at the end of the tunnel

BY JOSH KINDL The state government has been unable to find a contractor to construct the Rozelle Interchange as part of WestConnex Stage 3. Gladys Berejiklian’s government rejected the only bid it received to build the proposed interchange, which if completed would help connect the M4 and M5 motorways. Nathan English, co-convenor of Eco Transit, […]

Mayhem in Marrickville

  BY JESSICA DE VERA   In June this year, the Inner West Council approved the plans for the rezoning of Victoria Road Precinct in Marrickville, despite community criticism and the decision being made while the council was still in transition. The plans are now set for forwarding to the Minister for Planning, and if […]

Line in the sand for Adani

BY ANITA SENARATNA   On Saturday October 7, thousands of Australians will be donning red and black and forming human signs saying ‘STOP ADANI’ on beaches and parks across the country to protest the Indian mining conglomerate’s proposed coal mine in Queensland’s Galilee Basin. In Sydney, the local branch of the Stop Adani campaign have […]