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Honouring Hank

BY ALANA LEVENE Fifteen years ago, Hank, a homeless man, turned up at the Footpath Library’s mobile site in Woolloomooloo. He cracked a cheeky grin and jokingly asked the library’s founder, Sarah Garnett, if she had any colouring books. The two became fast friends. Last week, at Garnett’s request, Deputy Lord Mayor Linda Scott moved […]

Obituary for a ghost pub

By Joan Henson Glebians remember the Roxbury Hotel as a “ghost pub”, so it’s unsurprising Sydney Council’s local planning panel approved its demolition last Wednesday. A red corner pub, closed for three years, is hard to ignore. But it seems the Roxbury was mediocre enough to inspire an unusual indifference. Residents did not march to […]

An Overarching Concern for Public Art

by Michael Hitch The City of Sydney Council has hit the pause button on the controversial Cloud Arch project as tensions rise over the $22 million sculpture. The contentious art piece, set to soar over Sydney’s newly “pedestrianised” George Street, was originally expected to cost $3.5 million and has divided Liberal and Labour Councillors as […]

Pubs say “no” to meters

By Sarah McLenaghan Sydney’s historic Oxford Street is facing further decline if the City of Sydney introduces parking meters to the area. Businesses and residents have joined forces to protest the parking changes and save the iconic strip. Sue Ritchie, owner of the Beauchamp Hotel on Oxford Street, said: “Oxford Street needs help, it doesn’t […]

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By Laura Neill ‘Out-of-date and ludicrous’ red tape is strangling Sydney’s creative sectors, according to a new report authored by Sydney Fringe Festival (SFF) director and chief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 […]

New budget growing pains

by Erika Echernach Despite the City of Sydney’s projected rapid expansion to over 350,000 residents in the next 18 years, the 2018/19 City of Sydney budget approved at last week’s Council meeting lacks the investment in infrastructure needed to sustain such growth. City of Sydney Labor councillor Linda Scott has contested the new budget saying: […]

Mac Attacks Martin Place

BY MICK DALEY Sydney’s Macquarie Bank have drawn a storm of high-level protest against their planned $637 million developments in Martin Place - already at the Stage Three approval phase. Perhaps their escape from scrutiny by the banking Royal Commission has emboldened them to think they’re bulletproof. As the somewhat opaque ‘fifth pillar’ of Australia’s […]

Powerhouse plans unplugged

BY JOHN MOYLE Last week saw the usually soporific scenes in the the NSW Legislative Council take a turn towards high drama when a government member crossed the floor to help deliver the Greens and Labor a win in the Powerhouse Museum relocation saga. When NSW Liberal Legislative Council member Matthew Mason-Cox took his upper […]

Rally Call for the Cross

by John Moyle Last Saturday saw Kings Cross and Potts Point residents come together and do what they do best, have a damn good time. This was in spite of the serious issue of the DA D/2017/1705 that brought around 300 people to the Rex Centre to hear local MP Alex Greenwich, Councillor Prof Kerryn […]

Making Sydney more affordable

BY ISOBEL RUSHE The turn of a New Year hasn’t vanished Sydney’s housing affordability crisis, with housing costs at an all-time high. The City of Sydney’s Labor Councillor Linda Scott is committed to working towards a housing affordability scheme that benefits our city. Mrs Scott has long been an advocate for more affordable housing and […]