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Housing Mill Stone for Summer Hill

By Lauren O’Connor Conversion of the historic Summer Hill Flour Mill into residential and commercial buildings was scheduled to begin in December but critics of the project warn it’s too large for the suburb. Under the plans to reinvent the industrial Flour Mill, four new high-rise buildings are to be built along Edwards and Smith […]

Separation of siblings angers inner west parents

By Chris Sutton Changes to school catchment areas in Leichhardt may force siblings to attend different schools as the inner west faces a baby boom. Annandale North Primary School (ANPS) is the local school for many families in the previous catchment area, but they now face the possibility of added travel distance and the separation […]

Abolished budget proposal set to benefit inner west jobseekers

By Chris Sutton The cancellation of a government proposal to force the unemployed to apply for 40 jobs per month is set to relieve pressure on jobseekers and businesses in the inner west. The plan, initially proposed by Prime Minister Tony Abbott in this year's federal budget, was set to be enforced next year. Anthony Albanese, […]

WestConnex uncertainty to continue to 2015

By Jessica Yun House owners cannot be certain if the NSW Government will acquire their property until the final WestConnex development plans are released in mid-2015. Though a number of residents and tenants have received acquisition notices, a WestConnex Delivery Authority spokesperson confirmed that planning was still at the conceptual stage. In late June, the […]

Inner west less affordable than ever

A national rental affordablity report has found that less than one per cent of properties are affordable for people living on minimum wage in inner west Sydney. In the Marrickville local government area, this decreased to zero per cent. Anglicare Australia conducted its annual Rental Affordability Snapshot last month, collecting data on rental properties from […]

Back to school on so-called baby boom

Leichhardt Council will lobby NSW Education Minister Adrian Piccoli for a new primary school in the area, arguing the state government has grossly underestimated the size of the baby boom in Sydney’s inner west. In a media release, Mayor Darcy Byrne cited “exponential” growth in student numbers uncovered by independent research. But a close look […]

Get LOST in Leichhardt

By Myles Stedman Hidden in the urban jungle of Sydney’s inner west are the creative spaces where art begins its long journey from concept to canvas. For one weekend in March, they emerge from the dark to form the Leichhardt Open Studio Trail. On March 8 and 9, 40 galleries and studios will be open […]

Spotlight on small business survival

Efforts to reboot the ailing small business sector will intensify this month with a number of initiatives to assist innovation and growth. A “Better Business Community Hub” will be established today, Thursday, at Leichhardt Town Hall, where business operators can interact face-to-face with expert advisors. The initiative is a partnership between Leichhardt Council and the […]

Steroid use “widespread”

The frequency and brutality of violent, drunken brawls on Sydney streets has led some to speculate that steroid usage might be fuelling this aggression. The state government announced on Tuesday that it will increase the maximum penalty for supply and possession of illegal steroids to 25 years. John Terilli, owner of Broadway Gym and former […]

Stand clear, doors closing

Testing will soon begin on the inner west light rail extension, Transport for NSW has informed residents. The tests are scheduled to take place between 9pm and 4am on weeknights over five weeks from January to March. The overhead wiring on the track between Lilyfield and Dulwich Hill went live on Saturday. Passenger services are […]