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Libs play games with stadium’s future

By Wendy Bacon Waverley Council Liberals have boycotted debate on their own rescission motion aimed at reversing Council’s support for legal action to stop demolition of the Sydney Football Stadium. The motion supporting taking action was passed after Waverley Council received advice from a senior barrister that the Minister for Planning Anthony Roberts’ approval of […]

Bondi Pav rises with people power

BY GEORGIA FULLERTON Two years after strong public backlash, Waverley Council will start work on an upgrade to Bondi Pavilion next year. The proposed development, which will cost an estimated $25 million, will be more of a “sympathetic restoration”, and will maintain the iconic building’s reputation as a cultural hub in the community. The now […]

Stars Of The East, Dance For Cancer

This has nothing to do with three wise men but it does involve goodwill, generosity and a lot of stamina. Stars Of The East, Dance For Cancer is a competition that pairs professional dancers with celebrities and local heroes in a public show of grace and flare - or at least an honest effort - […]

Lazarus rising once again

BY PAUL PAECH Good Friday back in 2015. Waverley Council’s Mayor Sally Betts was being interviewed live by 2UE’s Stuart Bocking, and she was trying to justify writing a character reference for a local resident called Luke Lazarus. Lazarus had been found guilty of the vicious rape of an 18-year-old virgin in the laneway behind […]

Eastgate goes free

By Paul Paech “Well aren’t you smart, then.” That was how Waverley's colourful Councillor Sally Betts responded recently when Mayor John Wakefield told her that he'd resolved a dispute from Betts' time as mayor that could have cost Waverley Council millions of dollars. City Hub understands that the legal dispute relates to the Eastgate Shopping […]

All Betts are off

BY PAUL PAECH We know from the odd public antics of Tony Abbott and Kevin Rudd how emotionally destabilising losing high public office can be, but unfortunately that’s the democratic price they pay. (Under a dictatorship, of course, leadership change can have a rather more destabilising effect). People have more respect for leaders (especially women […]

Bondi heats up

BY PAUL PAECH From cab-fares to cabbages, there’s value in measuring. Trapping mercury in a thin glass tube and measuring what it did tells us all that on January 6, Sydney had its hottest day in almost 80 years, and the autumnal sunburnt leaves on the streets confirm the harsh reality of that measure. Politicians […]

Bondi Bursting at the Seams

COMMENT BY PAUL PAECH Part 2 of a 2-part article Bondi Beach Post Office is facing closure. Australia Post is still insisting that “we are committed to the local community,” but with the local community saying NO, that’s looking increasingly difficult to believe, even though Australia Post promises to retain all its product services in […]

Bondi Pavilion perseveres

BY ANITA SENARATNA It was a scene that might never have been possible again had former Bondi Mayor Sally Betts got her way. Last Friday night, the Bondi community threw a party to celebrate Bondi Pavilion staying in public hands, after a two-year long campaign against the $38 million upgrade proposed by Cr Betts during […]

Liberals trounced in eastern elections

BY ANITA SENARATNA The eastern suburbs have been safe Liberal territory for years, but as the weekend’s council elections have shown, not even the most loyal voters can be taken for granted. The Liberals experienced a backlash from voters across the state, with noticeable swings towards Labor, Greens and independent candidates. The votes are still […]