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Labor’s plan to revive live music

By Laura Neill The State Labor government has released a detailed plan to revive the live music scene and support venue owners by reversing years of stifling legislation, removing the red tape that prevents existing venues from hosting live entertainment, and simplifying the process for starting a venue. The plan, launched last week by Shadow […]

Testing times for Labor

By Laura Neill The urgency surrounding pill-testing rang loud and clear during a clinical demonstration on Tuesday, when NSW Shadow Health Minister Walt Secord was challenged over the Labor Government’s drug policy by Tony Trimingham, whose son Damien died of a heroin overdose in 1997. “I’m speaking for families who are worried about their kids […]

Rally demands pill testing

By Laura Neill The pill-testing debate ignited at Town Hall last Saturday as hundreds of pro-testing campaigners rallied to force the issue on the government’s election agenda, just one week after the recent drug-related fatality of 19-year-old Alex King. Hundreds of protesters brandishing signs and banners gathered outside Sydney Town Hall to protest the NSW […]

Pill-testing on political agenda

By Laura Neill Pill-testing may be forced onto the NSW government’s election agenda after yet another drug-related death at a Victorian festival on New Year’s Day. In the last days of 2018, a 20-year-old Victorian man was flown to hospital in a critical condition after ingesting an unknown substance at Beyond the Valley music festival […]

The (beach) party is over

by Laura Neill For many Sydneysiders and tourists alike, Christmas Day is synonymous with the beach. It wasn’t so long ago when backpackers and locals descended on Sydney’s iconic eastern beaches armed with Santa hats and eskies full of booze to live the “other” Australian dream –sinking a few cold beers on a scorching Christmas […]

Pyrmont looks to the heavens

By Laura Neill Pyrmont could become the next high-rise peninsula to support Sydney’s CBD, according to development lobby group Urban Taskforce. Last month, the group released a long-term “vision” for the area, which included unprecedented high-rise development to maintain the city’s global competitive edge. The 2040 vision, designed by award-winning Sydney architectural firm LAVA, showed […]

Creative space hard to find

By Laura Neill ‘Out-of-date and ludicrous’ red tape is strangling Sydney’s creative sectors, according to a new report authored by Sydney Fringe Festival (SFF) director and chief executive Kerri Glasscock. Titled ‘An Anthology of Space’, the report proposes solutions to overcome the financial and regulatory restrictions hindering artists from utilizing industrial and retail spaces. “If […]

Short term rentals over-stay welcome

By Laura Neill “I thought of a way to make a few bucks…” started the email from San Francisco college student and Airbnb co-founder Joe Gebbia to his roommate Brian Chesky. The idea was simple: throw a few mattresses on the floor of their flat during the Design Conference, and charge $80 per head. Just […]