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Leong prevails Jenny Leong has won Greens preselection for the newly-created seat of Newtown ahead of next year's state election. The seat should be an easy win for the minor party, according to election analyst Antony Green, with a nominal margin of more than four per cent. Ms Leong narrowly beat former Marrickville mayor Fiona […]

This tram’s been a long time coming

Sydneysider: A personal journey They’ll be opening the Dulwich Hill light rail extension any month now. It was supposed to be opened on February 1, but the long-awaited day came and went because the whole job is being done in John Holland’s own sweet time – like some builder’s personal vanity project; the showcase home […]

Push to get students on light rail

The state government is under pressure to enable a wider use of student concessions on the light rail network, ahead of the inner west extension opening later this year. School passes cannot be used on the light rail, and only tertiary students from UTS or Sydney TAFE are eligible for discounted rates using their concession […]

Light rail win for council

The City of Sydney’s $220 million investment in the CBD and South East Light Rail Project will secure its interests in both the George Street and Surry Hills sections of the route, council documents show. A council background paper states that the Development Agreement, negotiated by the council and Transport for NSW, contains provisions “that […]

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 […]

Trees uprooted for tram line

City of Sydney Labor councillor Linda Scott has raised concerns over the clearing of 780 trees as part of the CBD and South East Light Rail project. The new tracks will also eliminate around 900 parking spaces between the City and Randwick. “One of my main concerns is the removal of 780 trees along the […]

‘Get it right’, says PUSH

Community action group PUSH (People Unite Surry Hills) is throwing its full force behind an alternative plan for the proposed State Government construction of the South East light rail route along Devonshire St. Under the ‘Get it Right’ plan, PUSH advocates for the light rail route shifting to Foveaux St, involving the construction of a […]

News in brief

PM wants Garden Island sell-off Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has announced his intention to shut down the Garden Island naval base at Potts Point if he wins the Federal Election. Mr Rudd said on Tuesday he wanted to see the base scaled back or even closed, and its facilities relocated to other parts of Australia, […]

Fresh impetus for Oxford St light rail

Local political and business leaders have vowed to continue the fight for light rail along Oxford St, despite the State Government’s decision to build Sydney’s first new light rail lines since the year 2000 on Devonshire St instead of Oxford St. At a forum held at the Beauchamp Hotel, Darlinghurst on Monday night – hosted […]

Remove blinkers for public transport fix

The underground metro proposed by the State Government is not an idea whose time has come. It is a product of the "big project" mentality that has dominated government thinking in recent years, where government and public pay a premium for the private financing of public infrastructure. At $5.3 billion for 4.8km and growing, with […]