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Metro tree felling fallout

By VANESSA LIM An announcement that 10 mature trees on Smidmore Street in Marrickville, next to the construction site for the expansion of the Metro Shopping Centre, will be chopped down, has caused anger. The Metro shopping mall expansion, which was approved by the NSW Planning and Assessment Commission (PAC) in 2012, first stated that […]

Inner West Council moves Australia Day celebrations

By ELIZA SPENCER In an historic decision, Sydney’s Inner West Council (IWC) has voted to move the annual Australia Day celebrations to January 25, the day before the existing national holiday, becoming the first NSW council to change the controversial date. On 12 November, after a heated debate within council chambers, the motion passed with […]

Glebe Island dust-up

by ALEC SMART The proposed construction of a facility for the delivery, storage and distribution of construction materials, including sand and concrete, on the east side of Glebe Island in Sydney Harbour, faces strong community opposition. On Monday 28 October, the Port Authority of NSW granted approval to its own plan for a ‘multi user […]

Tree felling falling-out

By ALEC SMART The Greens and several independent councillors on the Inner West Council (IWC) are fuming after a revised plan for tree protection was amended at the last minute and voted into policy. The aggrieved councillors claim they were ‘ambushed’ when it was revealed the amendments, which permit residents to fell trees within three […]

Berejiklian Govt stomps on transparency

BY WENDY BACON Public accountability and transparency are often described as core principles of modern parliamentary democracy. However, it is one thing to set up accountability mechanisms, it is quite another for those mechanisms to deliver actual accountability by which is meant a willingness on the part of public officials to account for or accept […]

Town Hall Drags on Digital Transparency

By John Moyle  Live streaming of council meetings has been enthusiastically taken up across Australia, but in New South Wales the country’s largest and wealthiest council, the City of Sydney, is proving to be a reluctant adaptor to the digital age.  Their stance is despite repeated efforts by the Council’s independent and Liberal councillors to […]

Asbestos policy needs support

BY JOAN HENSON​ Linden Thorley’s home was covered in deadly asbestos after an Australia Street warehouse fire on June 17 last year.​ It took over 10 months to completely clean his address of asbestos. His home had to be demolished as it could not remain standing with the necessary removal of 100 millimetres of soil.​ […]

WestConnex class action

BY JOAN HENSON The world’s largest law firm may lead the first class action on property damage related to WestConnex tunnelling.​ Claims of severe cracking have been routinely rejected by the M4 East contractor.​ But for residents who are waiting to be impacted by Stage 3 construction, and are suspicious of the existing compensation claims […]

Historic walkout defers plebiscite demerger vote

BY JOAN HENSON A historic walkout of Inner West councillors has deferred a vote on whether a plebiscite should undo the council’s amalgamation. On Tuesday 26 March, Mayor Darcy Byrne used the first council agenda item to request a retraction and apology from two colleagues for alleged Facebook comments made last July. At the time of […]

WestConnex dirty secrecy games

BY WENDY BACON AND LUKE BACON Fresh evidence of poor air quality in St Peters has been actively hidden from parents and the community by WestConnex. This includes higher levels of fine particulate matter which is known to be dangerous to health, especially that of small children, pregnant women, older people and those with heart […]