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Mural faces mauling

By ALLISON HORE The Westconnex has met with more controversy with the release of their proposed changes to the approved design of the Rozelle and Lilyfield interchange for the M4-M5 Link. The change would bring the complex and expensive underground interchange above ground in a series of overpasses. However, many believe the changes pose a […]

To be, or not to be heritage

By Joan Henson The fast-tracked demolition of Lilyfield houses, on streetscape that residents have been advised to maintain like heritage, has surfaced in a 2004 Leichhardt Council report that recommended local conservation areas be expanded. This extension would have incorporated the streetscape of Mary Street, where a house was demolished about six weeks ago using […]

Nursery rhymes with empty facility

By ALEC SMART Opposite Leichardt Oval, the former home ground of Balmain Tigers Rugby League Club, now the merged Wests Tigers, construction on a childcare centre began in 2015. Comprising of multiple classrooms and three partitioned play zones, the building work was finally completed in 2018. The premises, consisting of citrus trees, sand pits, an […]

Childcare workers chuck a tanty

BY GABRIELA SZYMANOWSKA More than 300 childcare centres shut down on Tuesday, 27 March as thousands of workers walked off the job to demand higher pay. The walkout was part of the Union United Voice’s Big Steps campaign, which is a response to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s failure to act on the equal pay crisis […]

Callan Park under threat

BY ISOBEL RUSHE The Inner West Council is in limbo after an award-winning master plan for Callan Park was rejected by the NSW State Government late last month. The crucial need for a Master Plan for Callan Park arose after the site ceased being used as a psychiatric hospital, with the last remaining patients transferred […]

Balmain Leagues Club drama drags on

The long running saga of the redevelopment of Balmain Leagues Club is entering another chapter. But there is no sign of it being the denouement to a seemingly unending drama of Dickensian proportions. Leichhardt Mayor Darcy Byrne has pointed the finger at the Rozelle Village for stalling the process, an accusation which has been denied […]

Council amalgamations threatens independents most

BY LUCAS BAIRD Council Amalgamations are set to cost independents their seats in local government, according to a Leichhardt councillor. Independent Leichhardt Councillor John Stamolis, has voiced concerns that under the current amalgamation proposal councils will be dominated by the two major parties. He claimed that this move by the government was the end of […]

Balmain Leagues’ Club can’t afford to move back to historic home: Mayor

BY ANDREW BARCLAY The Balmain Tigers appear certain to lose their chance to return to their spiritual home in Rozelle after Leichhardt Council claimed it would be too expensive for the club to return to the historic venue. The concerns come amidst an ongoing feud between the developer and council after the developer said it […]

No one is sure about Foreshore Authority’s dissolution

BY CHRISTOPHER HARRIS The state government’s decision to extinguish the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority (SHFA) has been met with caution from Sydney councils. City of Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore welcomed the news last week, and said that it could potentially mean the return of planning controls around Circular Quay to the City of Sydney. […]

Leichhardt Parents Punished for picking up kids

BY RYAN QUINN Leichhardt Council is investigating free 15 minute parking around schools, after numerous councillors head complaints of parents being slapped with fines. Balmain Public School and the nearby Fr John Therry Catholic Primary School were said to be the hot spots for fines, Independent Councillor John Stamolis said the council wanted to ensure […]