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Smoke-Free Martin Place At this Monday's City of Sydney Council meeting (June 23), council debated a motion put forward by Councillor Christine Forster to implement a six month trial for a smoke-free Martin Place. The motion is being proposed based on the City of Melbourne’s smoke-free trial of Causeway Lane, highlighting the fact that Martin […]

New city cycleway to bridge gap in Sydney’s bike network

The City of Sydney has announced the opening of a new 2.4km cycleway along George St which links Zetland, Waterloo, Alexandria and Redfern with Central. Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the growing number of people travelling on two wheels showed the importance of continuing Sydney’s bicycle network. “Bike lanes keep riders safe – research by […]

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 […]

Retailers call for more free car parking time

  A Darlinghurst retailers consortium wants free 15-minute parking zones in retail areas of village main streets outside the city centre extended permanently, six months into the year-long trial by the City of Sydney. Darlinghurst Business Partnership president Stephen Gyory called for an increase in the trial period to fully experience the benefits of increased […]

Aboriginal tent embassy reclaiming the Block

An Aboriginal tent embassy was established at the Block in Redfern on National Sorry Day last week to protest the Aboriginal Housing Company’s (AHC) planned Pemulwuy project. The project, which had its development application recently approved, will provide for a commercial precinct, student accommodation and affordable housing for the Aboriginal community. While funding for the […]

Bar Fly: Tapeo

Everybody needs a local; a place that’s warm and cosy and familiar. My first trip to Tapeo was for the welcoming daytime coffees of Dan the Man at sister Tapeo Bakery.

What’s next after Millers Point?

Following the recent decision by the NSW government to sell off the Millers Point housing commission units, community members and local councillors alike are raising the question that’s on everyone’s minds. What will be next on the chopping block? Sydney City Greens Councillor Irene Doutney believes that by looking at the rationale behind the Millers […]

Council grant awarded…to the lone applicant

A City of Sydney initiative to improve the facade of shops on Oxford Street has had lacklustre results, despite the program’s previous success in the Redfern area. After 12 months of operation, only one business has submitted an application. The Shopfront Improvement Matching Grant assists store owners to renovate their shop fronts to make them […]

Ten years on, seeking justice for TJ

For ten long years the family of Indigenous Australian TJ Hickey have been campaigning for the justice and proper legal punishment of those responsible for his untimely death. They have stood their ground and, now with heavy hearts, prepare for the tenth anniversary rally and march. On February 14, 2004, 17-year-old TJ Hickey died of […]

Boom towns of the inner west

Newtown and Marrickville have been named among 50 of Australia’s “boom” suburbs for investors in 2014. The “Fast 50” report, by Smart Property Investor magazine, asked experts to consider factors such as rental yields, population growth, employment opportunities and housing demand in nominating their top performers. The magazine’s managing editor, Phillip Tarrant, said gentrification was […]