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Ministers dodge WestConnex debate

BY WENDY BACON NSW Minister for Roads Duncan Gay loves to abuse critics of WestConnex as “nasty little anarchists”, “hippies” or “zealots” who are part of the “chattering classes.” He does this to divide them from the people of Western Sydney who are supposed to benefit from the project. Mr Gay particularly dislikes the people […]

Alex is looking safe for nowf

BY GEORGIA HING The Alexandria Hotel is one step closer to a heritage listing after City of Sydney Council voted to approve an amendment of zoning laws to allow preservation. The council discussed the proposal on Monday October 19. The City will firstly attempt to extend the current interim heritage order with the Office of […]

Alex Hotel looks set to be saved

By RYAN QUINN Concerned locals will get their chance to voice objection to the proposed demolition of the Alexandria Hotel at a public conciliation meeting. Alexandria Residents’ Action Group Co-Convenor, Ben Aveling, said the meeting, to be held at the end of the month, may bring good results. “At the conciliation meeting, residents get to […]

Silver Lining: Gayby Baby more popular than ever following controversy

BY CHRISTOPHER HARRIS Cinema goers in Newtown are expected to flock to see Gayby Baby over the weekend as Dendy Newtown released discounted tickets for students. The film sparked controversy late last week after the state government introduced a statewide ban on the film being shown in schools. Last Thursday, The Daily Telegraph’s front page […]

Redfern Tent Embassy calls whitewash on Supreme Court finding

BY CHRISTOPHER HARRIS The NSW Supreme Court has ordered the Redfern Aboriginal Tent Embassy not to interfere with the redevelopment of the former site of the Block. The decision was handed down on Monday, with Justice Hulme stating the Embassy must “be restrained with from attempting to interfere with the plaintiff’s possession of the land”. […]

Westconnex clearways could turn King Street into Parramatta road: Plibersek

By ALEXANDER LEWIS Federal deputy Labor leader Tanya Plibersek has joined an accelerating campaign to put the brakes on WestConnex. Ms Plibersek said the toll road should not proceed as it would kill retail in Newtown and surrounding areas. “The extension of clearways would turn King Street into Parramatta Road,” she said in a statement […]

Seven story “eyesore” to cast shadow over Newtown

By LYDIA WATSON-MOORE Residents have been left dumbfounded following the announcement that a controversial Newtown development may expand even further. The Alice Street site is currently being constructed by the elusive Al Maha company as a five storey residential block, which will house more than 200 units. The developer has now appealed to the NSW […]

Never doubted, Irene honoured by party faithful

By CHRISTOPHER HARRIS Although she’s a politician, City of Sydney Councillor Irene Doutney doesn’t behave like one. Modest, unassuming, “with a common touch” and a discerning eye for art, Irene Doutney was lauded for her contribution to the Australian Greens and the Sydney community last Friday evening, July 10, at Redfern Town Hall. Doutney’s motivation […]

Residents rally against Alexandria demolition

By EMIKO REED Residents have rallied with local politicians to seek an interim heritage order for the Alexandria Hotel, as it faces proposed demolition. The heritage proposal, discussed at the Alexandria Residents’ Action Group public meeting on Wednesday 8, aims to have the pub’s historical industrial significance recognised by the City of Sydney and the […]

Cowboys are pushing for Westconnex, says researcher

By WENDY BACON Standing in Goddard Park at Concord on the edge of Sydney’s inner west on Saturday, it was hard to imagine how a green swirl of intersecting threads on a sketchy motorway map of nearby streets could be the exit from six lanes of toll way tunnels within a few years. But for […]