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Abused in the workplace: councillor speaks out

By Melissa Brooks I have been a councillor since September 2012, when I was elected to represent the community of Marrickville. At council meetings I face verbal abuse week after week. Last week we were discussing a fairly contentious land use issue with a long history. During the course of the debate, a fellow female […]

Violence down despite later trading

There has been a reduction in the rate of alcohol-related assaults in Newtown at the same time as Marrickville Council has been trialling extended trading hours for a number of venues on Enmore Road, City Hub can reveal. The statistics were outlined in a council report based on data from the NSW Bureau of Crime […]

Street art to displace graffiti

Renowned inner west street artist Sid Tapia has teamed up with Sydney Water and Marrickville Council on an initiative with the unique proposition of utilising street art to reduce the sort of graffiti which some see as vandalism. In what is the pilot project of Sydney Water’s anti-graffiti initiative, Mr Tapia has painted a 75 […]

Marrickville: boarding house central

The Marrickville Legal Centre believes many of an estimated three to four hundred boarding houses in the Marrickville area are unregistered, leaving residents in legal limbo when disputes arise. Legislation passed in 2012 established a boarding house register and gave occupancy rights to residents including access to the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal. “Prior to […]

Marrickville makes noise over airport master plan

With the federal government poised to confirm Badgerys Creek as the location of the city’s second airport, Marrickville Council and residents have condemned Sydney Airport’s new master plan, which they argue will increase air traffic and noise over the inner west. Federal infrastructure minister Warren Truss approved the Master Plan 2033 in February, but disagreed […]

Reclaiming the Sunday streets

Every Sunday in Bogota, Colombia, 120 kilometres of streets are closed and opened up to cyclists. Similar events, though not as frequent, take place in cities around the world, including New York, London and Berlin. The latest addition to these cycling enclaves could be Sydney’s Marrickville, after council decided to support and investigate a local […]

Mayor backs affordable housing levy

Like so many inner city suburbs, Marrickville’s gentrification and rising real estate prices are resulting in a crisis of affordable housing. Marrickville Mayor Jo Haylen last week addressed a NSW parliamentary inquiry on the issue and recommended a housing levy for the local area. Cr Haylen said Marrickville suffers from one of the highest levels […]

News in brief

Give us a minute Lord Mayor Clover Moore’s procedural etiquette came into question at Monday night’s council meeting, with two councillors upset at the lack of prior notice for an important mayoral minute. The paper addressed the new laws concerning liquor licensing and the Lord Mayor’s recommendations for the City to consider. “Given this is […]

Golden anniversary: Pollys Club turns 50

The Pollys Club, Australia’s oldest continuing gay and lesbian social group, will celebrate the 50th anniversary of its founding this year. Founded in July 1964, the club has about 600 members and remains involved in a number of initiatives in the gay and lesbian community, including the hosting of fundraisers and social events. The club […]

Wheels turn again on cycleway

Local residents and cyclists are applauding Marrickville Council’s decision to construct the missing link in the Camperdown to Cooks River cycleway. At the last council meeting a rescission motion made by several councillors to halt the construction of the Carrington Rd separated cycleway was overturned. Greens councillor David Leary said the vote against the rescission […]