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Can local character be saved?

Opinion by MERRILL WITT Earlier this year two strange bedfellows, Tony Recsei of Save our Suburbs and Chris Johnson, the former CEO of the developer lobby group Urban Taskforce, joined together to co-write an op-ed in the Sydney Morning Herald that was critical of the NSW Government’s push for more medium-density housing in Sydney’s suburbs. […]

Vaucluse electorate profile

By Allison Hore The electoral district of Vaucluse is made up of Watsons Bay, Vaucluse, Rose Bay, Dover Heights, Bondi Beach, Bellevue Hill, Point Piper, Double Bay, Darling Point, most of Woollahra and some parts of Bondi. Socio-economically, the area is very well off, according to the 2016 census. The median weekly household income in […]

Aussie Crawl to Bondi Beach

BY PAUL PAECH Now that the school holidays are over, driving around Sydney is back to its usual frustrating mess. Our State Government is ploughing billions of our money into private transport, and weirdly some cash into an on-call almost-free mini-bus service in the Shire, Manly and parts of Waverley/Woollahra (aka Woolverley). But what if […]

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 […]

Pushing boundaries: why size matters

BY ALEC SMART When you think of countries where local council boundaries are fragmented and their administrations centralized by government decree, when populations with disparate interests and economic ties are consolidated, often against their will, you would be forgiven for suspecting some sort of gerrymandering was taking place. However, when the government that’s imposing these […]

Sydney drowns: coastal properties submerged in 80 years

BY GEORGIA CLARK The global icecaps are melting with greater inertia than ever before, causing some of Sydney’s most iconic coastal suburbs to be at risk of flooding. A groundbreaking visual map depicting parts of Sydney’s inner city and east underwater by 2100 has prompted concern that some residential properties may not be adequately safeguarded […]

Mehwish Iqbal – Flux

Following on from showing at a couple of curated shows late last year local artist Mehwish Iqbal is currently holding her first solo exhibition at Woollahra’s .M Contemporary gallery. With this latest exhibition Iqbal explores the role of women and children in contemporary society and the phenomena of global migration in relation to the commodification […]

Amalgamation cessation: Woollahra’s legal bid could be first of many

BY CHRISTOPHER HARRIS Woollahra Council has brought out the big guns: it threatened the Minister for Local Government Paul Toole with legal action and hired eminent Barrister Bret Walker SC. On Monday, the council wrote to the Minister, warning him of a legal challenge to forced amalgamation of its council with Waverley and Woollahra, saying […]

News in brief

Woollahra beaches become smoke-free Woollahra Council and the Cancer Council of NSW have made all beaches in the Woollahra local government area smoke-free. Woollahra Council voted to enact a smoke-free policy on all of the council's foreshore. As of October 1, smoking on any Woollahra beaches will be met with a $550 fine. “This ban […]

Council grant awarded…to the lone applicant

A City of Sydney initiative to improve the facade of shops on Oxford Street has had lacklustre results, despite the program’s previous success in the Redfern area. After 12 months of operation, only one business has submitted an application. The Shopfront Improvement Matching Grant assists store owners to renovate their shop fronts to make them […]