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Inner West’s empty nests

BY TOMMY BOUTROUS New figures from the 2016 census reveal that nearly one in 10 homes in the Inner West are presently unoccupied, inciting calls for a crackdown on investors who leave their properties vacant. A record 10,525 homes have been left vacant in Sydney’s Inner West, Canada Bay, Burwood, and Strathfield districts, showing an […]

Ashfield election insider: Labor and the Greens come head-to-head

BY GEORGIA CLARK With early voting opening this week for the Inner West Council elections, the battle for one of three positions on the Ashfield ward is escalating, with predictions swaying in Labor’s favour. The race is braced to be a close call, after the number of Councillors was slashed following the 2016 amalgamation of […]

WestConnex pollution on the rise

BY TOMMY BOUTROS The Inner West Council has hit out at the NSW Government’s most recently released Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for WestConnex. The WestConnex Stage 3 EIS was released only 10 working days after the period for community consultation closed. The EIS outlines that there will be an increase in pollutant concentrations from automobiles […]

WestConnex nightmare continues

BY WENDY BACON Last Friday, residents of apartments on the corner of Euston and Sydney Park Rd in Alexandria scored a small win. The NSW government has decided that instead of building the Westconnex motorway less than two metres from their house, it will now be between 3.5 and four metres. Spokeperson for the Friends […]

On a crash course: Inner West bus accidents skyrocket as light rail scrapped

BY GEORGIA CLARK Commuters in Sydney’s Inner West are drawing the short straw, as the rate of bus crashes in the area skyrocket, while solutions to choked roads and poor public transport infrastructure are scrapped by the state government. Recent data from State Transit reveals that collisions with buses are occurring at a rate of […]

Locals wage war on bus privatisation  

BY ALEX EUGENE Local politicians and community members have ramped up their fight against the privatisation of Sydney buses this week, with a string of meetings and rallies held to resist the state government's latest public asset sell-off. The Minister for Transport and Infrastructure, Andrew Constance announced in May that the region 6 bus network […]

Food News – Quick Bottle

The holidays are almost upon us, and like many Australians, if you use your time off to eat, drink and be merry, you’ve likely been caught needing to visit a bottle shop whilst a little on the side of merry. Throw in NSW Police’s current MDT campaign (no it’s not a hip new drug, they mean Mobile Drug Testing) and you start to amass a powerful number of disincentives to driving under the influence of anything.

Democracy the biggest loser in amalgamations

By Wendy Bacon   Any doubts that the Baird LNP government has forced mergers of local Councils on its agenda have evaporated since the March state election. A debate in NSW parliament last week, along with documents outlining processes being used by the LNP government in its “Fit for the Future” local government reform program, […]

Sydney’s nightlife moves local

By Emily Contador-Kelsall   As Sydney’s nightlife continues to move out of the CBD, its controversial lockout laws received a lift last week after the Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR) revealed a significant drop in violence across the CBD and Kings Cross area. While BOCSAR has cemented the positive impacts of the laws […]

Amalgamation debate continues in the inner west

By Joe Bourke   Council meetings were held across the inner west last week to brief councils on a report into proposed amalgamations. The Morrison and Low report found inner west councils are struggling with infrastructure backlog. It said the $150 million savings anticipated by the state government from amalgamations would achieve longer term sustainability […]