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Waverley targets waste

By Linda Hoang Waverley Council and community groups spent July working together to promote a plastic free future, encouraging a move towards zero waste and sustainable living. As part of Plastic Free Bondi in July, the groups held documentary film screenings and panels, market stall days and beach clean ups to encourage locals to come […]

Meters days are numbered

BY GABRIELA SZYMANOWSKA It is no secret that parking meters are the gift that keeps on giving when it comes to politics, but that isn’t always true for the community. Both Darling Street in Balmain and Norton Street in Leichhardt have seen business downturn because of parking meters, while Waverley Council is set to make […]

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 […]

Dockless bikes get the boot

By Addie Morton Waverley Mayor John Wakefield has succeeded where no other Councillor has before. He has taken a stand against dockless bikes. There are four companies operating in Waverley and the broad inner city, and around 10% of the bikes in circulation are damaged or a public safety hazard. Wakefield can see the problem […]

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’s unreal estate

Part 1 of a two-part feature by PAUL PAECH   It happens all the time: you’re chatting with some promising new acquaintance when they toss out the got-ya question, and you know you’re being pegged out. You’re trapped: whatever you answer it means way more than you want it to mean. Erskineville, Bronte, Ultimo they […]

Amalgamation blues

BY JADE MORELLINI The festive season is meant to be a time of giving, but that’s not the case for the State Government, which has reneged on their promise to reimburse Waverley, Woollahra and Randwick District Councils of $1,068,996 for the merger preparation costs. On the 27th July, the NSW State Government announced all proposed […]

Homelessness on the rise in the east

BY JADE MORELLINI Homelessness in NSW has spiked, with new studies indicating that there are not enough services available to support the number of people sleeping rough. In the Eastern Suburbs, the number of homeless fluctuates, yet evidence has proven homelessness increases particularly during the summer months. A Waverly Council spokesperson said, “The Waverley Homeless […]