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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: Hubbub – 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 […]

Bondi Pavilion revamp

BY VANESSA LIM The new Waverley Council has submitted plans to restore the Bondi Pavilion upgrade culture and art facilities important to locals. The new council’s $26.7 million dollar plan comes after the old council’s controversial $38 million dollar plans for Bondi Pavilion were scrapped. Mayor of Waverley Council John Wakefield commented that they were […]

Lendlease ordered to halt demolition

BY WENDY BACON The NSW Land and Environment has ordered construction company Lendlease not to begin demolishing the Sydney Football Stadium until March 8. The order is a setback for the Gladys Berejiklian government, which is desperate to get the roof off the stadium before the election on March 23. With the Labor opposition, Greens, […]

Stadium wrecking balls yet to swing

By Wendy Bacon UPDATE Waverley Council rejected a Liberal rescission motion on Thursday evening and voted for legal action aimed at stopping Infrastructure NSW's (INSW) plan to demolish the Sydney Football Stadium at Moore Park. This means there will now be two legal actions. Also on Thursday, City of Sydney Mayor Clover Moore, Waverley Mayor […]