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Mardi Gras pride not for all

By Michael Hitch Rainbow flags, Drag Queens and a false sense of achievement? The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras will return in 2019 to celebrate its 41st anniversary, but activists say the event is ignoring the suffering of queer refugees and forgetting its roots in protest in favour of commercialism. The theme next year […]

Skate park insanity

By Michael Hitch The Inner West Council has again sought approval for the development of a skate park in Lilyfield after multiple failed attempts. The Council has sought an urgent meeting with the NSW Ministers of Health and of Environment and Heritage to discuss principal approvals for the development of the park in Callan Park […]

United in a new approach to drugs

BY MICHAEL HITCH Sir Richard Branson, founder and CEO of the Virgin Group has thrown his support behind the Uniting Church and its service arm, uniting for its call to end the war on drugs. Uniting launched their ‘Fair Treatment Campaign’ last week to call attention to reforming drug policy in Australia as drug-induced deaths […]

Schools switch to solar

BY MICHAEL HITCH   Solar powered schools could soon be the norm in the inner west as the Inner West Council works with student leaders to help local schools maximise their use of renewable energy. The Sydney Student Leaders Coalition (SSLC) aims to deliver solar energy panels to schools across the area and the initiative […]

Amalgamation report card troubles IWC

BY MICHAEL HITCH Inner West Councillors have expressed dismay after being presented with only a single page organisational report as part of the inner west council amalgamation process. At the Inner West Council meeting on 25 September, councillors were given the one page report detailing the General Manager and Senior Staff structure of the council, […]

Heath to give Wentworth an education

BY MICHAEL HITCH   Community for Local Options for Secondary Education (CLOSEast) campaigner, Licia Heath is running as an independent candidate for the Wentworth by-election. The “proud product of our public education system” announced her candidacy in September, with both Alex Greenwich and Clover Moore throwing their support behind her. Ms Heath is Director of […]

Ritz-Carlton back for a Star wedding

By Michael Hitch   After a decade in the wilderness, the Ritz-Carlton brand is returning to Sydney. The Star Entertainment group has lodged a development application with the NSW Department of Planning to build a 237-meter high hotel in Pyrmont. The hotel, which will be an addition to The Star Casino, will have 220 hotel […]