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Amalgamation report card troubles IWC

BY MICHAEL HITCH Inner West Councillors have expressed dismay after being presented with only a single page organisational report as part of the inner west council amalgamation process. At the Inner West Council meeting on 25 September, councillors were given the one page report detailing the General Manager and Senior Staff structure of the council, […]

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Macri wants politics out of IWC

BY LANIE TINDALE   The Inner West Council's new Deputy Mayor wants to "get back to the basics." Independent Councillor Victor Macri replaced Julie Passas as Deputy Mayor last week. Cr Macri told City Hub he would like to use his role to improve council meetings. "At the moment they're very poor, I'd like to […]

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IWC demerger urged

BY JOHN MOYLE It could be a case of going back to the future for the newly-merged Inner West Council if a coalition of independents and Greens get their way for a demerger from their 2016 forced amalgamation. “Communities a lot less affluent than our council have challenged the mergers and they have won,” Councillor […]

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IWC meeting ends in deadlock

The annual meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) ended a day early at the Casino Park Hotel on the island of Madeira in Portugal, with no agreement on the future of the IWC and no end in sight to whaling. IWC chief William Hogarth said: "If we don't have answers by 2010, I think […]

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Lies, lies and more lies

Opinion by PETER HEHIR Quoting a line from the great Rolling Stones song “You can’t always get what you want”, is the Rozelle Interchange contractor John Holland/CPB practiced in the art of deception?  Definitely, if previous experience is anything to go by. In the earlier stages the contractors were pushing early inspections, ostensibly to identify […]

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Street widening reduces pedestrian safety

By ALEC SMART Poorly-written signage, pitch-black footpaths after sunset, and construction work that nearby residents claim has almost ground to a halt, characterises a $2.1 million street widening and bridge strengthening operation at the interface between Camperdown and Annandale. The widening of Booth Street across Johnston Creek, Annandale, is annoying more than a few of […]

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Risky high-rise faces fast-track approval

By WENDY BACON St Peters’ residents fear that the NSW Minister for Planning, Rob Stokes, is fast-tracking a development proposal that is based on outdated and misleading information about contamination, aircraft noise, pollution and traffic risks. The development, known as Precinct 75, is currently a ‘creative hub’ of 70 small businesses housed in old industrial […]

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Council demands former ‘ghost’ store close again

by ALEC SMART The proprietor of a convenience shop in Sydenham, known as the Corner Store, is puzzled why the Inner West Council (IWC) served him with a demand to cease trading. Prior to his reopening the premises in February 2020, it was a ‘ghost’ store for over three years, with stock inside but no […]

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Inner West Council votes ‘No’ to Religious Discrimination Bill

By Mike Hitch The Inner West Council (IWC) has officially taken a stand against the coalition government’s proposed Religious Discrimination Bill after noting the importance of universally accessible healthcare during the COVID-19 pandemic. Spearheaded by Councillor Pauline Lockie in partnership with Independent MP for Sydney, Alex Greenwich, the Inner West Council passed a motion yesterday […]

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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 – […]

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