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Mardi Gras 2020

By Madison Behringer. Each year the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras festival gets a little bit bigger, a little bit louder and attracts thousands more people each year to the city’s celebration of the LGBTQI+ community. The 2020 Mardi Gras in Sydney will undoubtedly be the largest festival yet, with the organisation stating: “From […]

Barred out

BY RHIANNON SOLIMAN With the bright lights of Sydney’s once-bustling Oxford St dimming in recent years, one part of the LGBTQ+ community has been hit the hardest. Bars and clubs that cater specifically to lesbian, bisexual and transgender women are far and few, with many iconic lesbian bars across the country having shut their doors […]

Parking meter plans suspended in Paddington

BY ALANA LEVENE The City of Sydney Council is putting off plans to install parking meters in Paddington and Darlinghurst due to a unified and forceful resistance from local residents and business owners. Councillors voted unanimously on 8 April to reject a proposal from the traffic committee to install paid meters along sections of Greens […]

ANZ to shutter Oxford St branch

BY ALANA LEVENE In 2014, 10 glammed-up “GAYTMS” sprouted up across Sydney as part of the ANZ Bank’s campaign for Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. ATMs adorned with dazzling rainbow rhinestones and sequin-studded patterns lit up social media and showcased ANZ’s commitment to the LGBTIQA community. Next month, the bank will shutter its branch […]

Exemption to party party party

BY MICHAEL HITCH The Mardi Gras parade represents diversity, equality, love… and being permitted to enter a licensed premise after 1:30am. Yes, you did read that right! Sydney-siders, tourists and gays everywhere can rejoice as the NSW Government will once again lift its controversial lockout laws for the Mardi Gras parade following the success of […]

T2 Not a Great City of Sydney Legacy

BY JOHN MOYLE Yes, Dorothy, you can take the rainbow way to Kansas this Mardi Gras, but if you are going via Oxford Street it might be a bumpy ride. Six years after its predecessor in the heart of Taylor Square was rubbed out for safety reasons, last Friday the City of Sydney launched a […]

Nightmare on Oxford Street continues

By John Moyle Oxford Street’s woes continue as it lurches further into the abyss with the lockout laws, many retail vacancies and now parking meters having a detrimental impact on this once vibrant and booming strip. And this year retailers are saying that the annual Mardi Gras March can no longer be counted upon to […]

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 […]

Oxford Street backpacker beef

BY ALEX EUGENE A proposed backpackers' hostel for Oxford Street in Darlinghurst has locals worried their area would be destroyed by noise and all-night disturbances. The City of Sydney received an application from a company identified only as "Nukotel" to open the new business on level two of 38-46 Oxford Street, which is near the […]

Hide and Squeak – Rat Tales Increasing Across City

BY ALEC SMART   Loiter behind a city restaurant after sunset and chances are you’ll encounter some of our oldest, and often most feared, companions rummaging for food scraps. Usually reticent and inclined to nocturnal wanderings, lately they’re becoming bolder, frequently seen scrounging in broad daylight. An increase in rat activity across Sydney’s city and […]