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Councils enter election mode

By Joe Bourke   Independents have called for local councillors aligned to political parties to shift their concerns from the upcoming state election and focus on their LGA. Leichardt Councillor John Stamilos said the time spent on the state election in last week’s meeting was “excessive”. “Usually it’s tolerable but on occasion it simply becomes […]

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, […]

WestConnex announcement angers politicians and residents

The Australian and NSW Governments sent a shockwave through parts of Sydney with their announcement that the planning application for the new M5 tunnels as part of the second stage of WestConnex had been lodged. The plans were rejected by both the Greens and Labor at all levels of Government. Residents of the effected areas […]

Councils hit back against amalgamations

Councils and resident groups have expressed their anger at the State Government reopening the possibility of forced local government amalgamation. The NSW Premier Mike Baird and Minister for Local Government Paul Toole last week announced a $1 billion package for council reforms, leaving the door open for forced amalgamations. Under the Fit for the Future […]

Rezoning proposal threatens grassroots arts scene

By Emily Contador-Kelsall The Marrickville arts and music scene has expressed concerns for the livelihood of its culture in light of rezoning proposals. Marrickville Council recently endorsed a rezoning proposal for the Victoria Road precinct in a 6-5 vote. At their September 2nd meeting, Council resolved to notify the Department of Planning and Environment of […]

Uncertain future for childcare in Marrickville

By Emily Contador-Kelsall Marrickville council is fighting funding cuts to Family Day Care [FDC] in a bid to safeguard the future of childcare in Marrickville. Marrickville council is acting against funding cuts to FDC services announced in the May Budget and changes to funding eligibility that threaten the presence of FDCs in Marrickville. For more […]

Anti-racism campaigners outnumber Anti-Ramadan protest

By Elliott Brennan Shoppers arriving at Marrickville Woolworths on Saturday morning (July 26) were confronted with road closures and scenes of protest in the place of the celebratory Ramadan signs they had been hanging in the store for most of June and July. Members of the Party for Freedom organised the rally in response to […]

News in brief

Greens win extra funding for Marrickville bike paths At last week’s Marrickville Council meeting (June 24), the Greens won approval for a bid to increase funding for bike paths in the council area. “Years of underfunding had led to a short fall of more than $7 million to build the priority bike paths identified by […]

Open Marrickville promotes Indigenous performers

Marrickville’s Indigenous artists will be showcased during Marrickville Council’s Open Marrickville festival next week in the lead-up to NAIDOC week. Marrickville’s historic Red Rattler Theatre will play host to a Klub Koori event next Friday, featuring local Indigenous artists such as Krista Pav, Marcus Corowa, Michael Charlton and Green Hand Band. Artist Development Manager at […]

Disability access for Marrickville as Redfern continues to lag

The Minister for Transport has announced a $32 million upgrade for disability access at Marrickville Train Station, leaving Redfern Station commuters out in the cold again. Minister Gladys Berejiklian said the project is part of the New South Wales Government’s $770 million Transport Access Programme, an initiative to deliver accessible, modern, secure and integrated transport […]