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Councils fight forced amalgamations

By Georgia Fullerton   The fight of many Sydney councils against forced amalgamations has intensified with the Shadow Minister for Local Government Peter Primrose calling for an investigation into the Baird government's 'Fit for the Future' program and the June 30 deadline for a response to merger proposals drawing closer. Marrickville Council voted to strengthen their […]

Dispute over Victoria Road rezoning

By Lauren O'Connor   The rezoning of an industrial area on Victoria Road, Marrickville to allow for high-density residential housing is causing contention between the council, locals and State Planning department. The Victoria Road Precinct is 36 hectares of industrial land in the middle of Marrickville and has been functioning as a site for business, […]

Marrickville divestment not all it’s fracked up to be

By Mariana Podesta-Diverio Marrickville Council has become the first council in NSW to divest in fossil fuel. In November they voted to take $15 million out of investments in unrenewable energy whenever possible. Marrickville Greens Councillor and candidate for the seat of Summer Hill Max Phillips, who moved the divestment motion, said that divesting from […]

Marrickville festival welcomes new Australians

By Mariana Podesta-Diverio Marrickville Council’s Australia Day citizenship ceremony, annually held in Enmore Park, hosted the NSW Governor and his wife this year. His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC and Mrs Hurley joined the Council in welcoming new citizens to Australia. Also present at the ceremony were Member for Heffron Ron Hoenig […]

Australia First Party contests Marrickville seat

By Chris Sutton Australia First Party chairman Dr James Saleam has announced he is running in the Marrickville West Ward by election on November 15th. Dr Saleam has been a prominent figure in the Sydney far right since the 1970s, but believes that this election could be a turning point for his party and movement. […]

Marrickville Council evicts theatre group

Marrickville Council has come under fire from the arts community after evicting local theatre group Short + Sweet from their offices on the Princes Highway. The council has received a number of complaints from the community in recent months over a rezoning proposal that would allegedly make conducting a successful arts business more difficult. New […]

Marrickville Council supports local campaign to stop coal seam gas

By Chris Sutton Marrickville Council has supported a campaign to cancel the drilling licence for coal seam gas (CSG) in the local area. The decision has been welcomed by Stop CSG Sydney, a community group that is fighting to stop all CSG mining and drilling activity across Sydney. Stop CSG Sydney President Pip Hinman told […]

Inner West Light Rail criticised over lack of wheelchair access

By Emily Contador-Kelsall Marrickville Council is taking action against the lack of wheelchair access along the Inner West Light Rail Extension. This week council wrote to Transport for NSW (TfNSW) expressing “disappointment that the Inner West Light Rail Extension continues to preclude independent access to the vehicles”. According to council, this concern was passed on […]

Local councils join community groups to oppose Millers Point sell-off

Inner city councils, including Leichhardt and Marrickville, have joined community group Friends of Miller’s Point in opposing the selling off of public housing by the NSW Liberal Government. Friends of Miller’s Point is now made up of MPs, tenants, and public housing advocacy groups. In April, the NSW Government announced plans to sell off public […]

Marrickville Mayoral election sparks council controversy

By Jessica Yun Marrickville Council has elected Independent councillor Mark Gardiner to be their new mayor for 2015. Independents Mark Gardiner and Morris Hanna were elected mayor and deputy mayor respectively. Competing with Greens councillor Sylvie Ellsmore for the top job, Cr Gardiner won the votes of all councillors except the 4 Greens councillors. A […]