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No vote for Waverley referendum

  Waverley Council last week voted down Greens councillor Dominic Wy Kanak's proposed referendum on amalgamations. Liberal Mayor Sally Betts voted against the referendum, saying it would make it difficult for businesses to comment and denied ratepayers a vote if they were not citizens. Waverley Council has publicly declared it is opposed to amalgamating with […]

“Impossible victory” achieved for Bronte RSL

By Emily Contador-Kelsall The Bronte RSL has finally been saved after more than two years of sustained community pressure on the NSW government. The Bronte community, Waverley council and local politicians including Coogee Liberal MP Bruce Notley-Smith have campaigned against the plans which were lodged by developer Winston Langley Burlington (WLB) in March 2013. Last […]

Councils coy on amalgamations

Waverley Council has refused to guarantee a public referendum on a potential amalgamation with surrounding Local Government Areas (LGAs). Councils across Sydney are being urged to prepare submissions for the NSW Government regarding potential amalgamations and mergers under proposals from the Government’s Fit for the Future reform document. Fit for the Future recommends a merger […]

Bronte fights against overdevelopment of RSL

By Emily Contador-Kelsall Bronte residents have expressed concern over the upcoming development of the Bronte RSL. Developer Winston Langley Burlington has proposed to double the floor space of the RSL and increase the height of the building by half, sparking overdevelopment fears amongst local residents. Waverley Council recently rejected a proposal by Winston Langley Burlington (WLB) to […]

Waverley Council divided over amalgamations

By Jessica Yun Waverley Mayor Sally Betts has sparked controversy within council over her response to the NSW Government's planned local government reform, including council amalgamations. The reform, called Fit For Future, encourages councils to consider voluntary amalgamations with neighbouring councils. A council report outlining the Mayor's position reads: "Council's stated position has been one […]

Overdevelopment battle hits Waverley

By Emily Contador-Kelsall An early planning proposal in Waverley has caused controversy among residents and sparked a debate about the threat of overdevelopment in the eastern suburbs. The Easts Group recently launched a planning proposal to redevelop and rezone the Waverley Bowling Club into a $100 million residential and commercial centre. The proposed development includes […]

News in brief

Carrington Road cycleway completed This week the Carrington Road cycleway in Marrickville is expected to be completed. The cycleway, an initiative of Marrickville Council, provides a cycle link between the Cooks River and Marrickville Station. The route will create a new link in Regional Cycle Route 05, which runs from the Cooks River to Camperdown. […]

News in brief

Waverley Mayor Sally Betts fights for re-election Sally Betts is confident that she has successfully served people of Waverley and will do so again, if mayoral elections held tonight (Thursday, September 18) result in her re-election. Ms Betts said she believes that her strong financial track record at a time when other councils around Sydney […]

Waverley Council developments spark transparency concerns

By Emily Contador-Kelsall Community consultations for the West Oxford Street Precinct Plan are about to open up after a rocky start with residents. Earlier this year, the Bondi Junction community strongly opposed proposed developments to West Oxford Street. The community feared amendments to the 2012 Waverley Local Environment Plan [LEP] that would allow for high-rise […]

Unauthorised backpacker accommodation uncovered in Bondi

Following an investigation into a large ring of illegal boarding houses in the city last week, City Hub has discovered a collection of similarly unauthorised backpacker accommodation in the Bondi Beach area. While posing as a prospective tenant, a City Hub reporter was shown around a series of overcrowded apartments and houses on Bondi Road, […]