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Sydney Eastern Suburbs a COVID-19 hotspot

By ALLISON HORE Data released by NSW Health on 26 March reveals that Waverley is one of NSW’s hotspots for COVID-19. The area, which includes Bondi, Bronte, Tamarama and Vaucluse, recorded 105 infected out of NSW’s total of 1,405, the highest number of cases in the state. Nearby suburbs also recorded high counts of confirmed […]

Coronavirus: how Sydney city councils are managing

by ALEC SMART CoronaVirus cases are still on the rise across Australia as venues close, public events are cancelled, sporting matches played without audiences, and borders close to all foreign visitors for the foreseeable future. People are slowly adapting: those that are able begin working from home, and consumers stock up – often hoarding – […]

Lithium batteries exploding in trash

by ALEC SMART Garbage in a waste disposal truck suddenly ignited during a recent rubbish collection in the Eastern Suburbs, but thankfully the fire was extinguished by quick-thinking Waverley Council refuse workers. Disaster was averted when a crew member standing on the back of the truck alerted the driver after he saw an explosion and […]

Eastern Contributors

By Vanessa Lim Waverley Council and Randwick Councils elected new Mayors last week, both of whom will run for a 12-month period. On September 24, Randwick Council voted in Labor Councillor Danny Said as the new Mayor and Greens Councillor Philipa Veitch as the Deputy Mayor. On September 26, Waverley Council chose Labor Councillor Paula […]

Ferocious roosters, flying shark, bun boycott, ship ahoy: News Bites – 11 Sept 2019

Bite-sized bulletins by ALEC SMART Deadly pecker On 3 Sept, news sources around the world reported a bizarre Australian tragedy about a woman in Adelaide who was pecked to death by her pet rooster. The 76-year-old was collecting eggs on her farm when she was fatally pecked by the rooster, which targeted her varicose veins […]

Bondi Beach mural makes waves

By VANESSA LIM Wednesday morning saw Luke Cornish’s contentious Bondi mural artwork defaced with graffiti by an unknown vigilante. The controversial mural was an indictment of the Australian government’s asylum seeker treatment. The artwork depicted 24 Australian Border Force guards and symbolised the 24 asylum seekers who have taken their lives since 2010. Cornish, who […]

Seaside sculptures walking away

BY ALEC SMART Sculpture by the Sea, the annual three-week artists’ trail that takes place between late October and early November every year on the seafront walkway between Bondi Beach and Tamarama, is threatening to leave the area after this year’s event. It will end 22 years of incredible artworks set imaginatively into the landscape, […]

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 […]

Dam water restrictions affect Eastern Suburbs

By Vanessa Lim Water restrictions were implemented on the 1st of June, affecting residents all over Sydney. Due to the prolonged drought, dam levels have declined from 95% to only 53% capacity in NSW. This catalysed the implementation of Sydney Water’s level 1 water restrictions, with some restrictions including banning the use of standardised sprinklers, […]

Building futures

BY JOHN MOYLE Buildings directly and indirectly account for almost 40 per cent of global energy consumption and that is why this week Waverley Council rolled out the second phase of its Building Futures program aimed at reducing energy costs across the municipality’s strata buildings. To date, 10 buildings have completed this first roll-out of […]