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Newtown’s Hub theatre to become “craft brew embassy”

By ALLISON HORE Once infamous for adult entertainment, plans are in the works to transform Newtown’s dormant Hub theatre into a classy craft beer shop and entertainment venue.  The heritage Hub theatre building on the corner of King Street and Enmore Road started life as a vaudeville theatre in the early 1900s and ended life […]

Net zero by 2030? Waverley Council investigates ambitious new goal

By ALLISON HORE In a bid to urgently tackle the devastating impacts of climate change, Waverley Council will investigate an ambitious target of net zero emissions by 2030.  Currently, Waverley Council aims to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050. But this may soon change with council voting unanimously to support a Mayoral Minute calling […]

Removing Al Fresco red-tape a “game changer” for hospitality businesses

By ALLISON HORE Social distancing in some of Sydney’s small inner-city cafes, restaurants and bars is almost impossible, that is, unless the seats take to the street. Last year, to allow inner-city hospitality businesses to remain open, while facilitating social distancing, the City of Sydney launched an outdoor dining scheme which saw al fresco permit […]

Inner West Council calls for community feedback on policies tackling gender inequality

By EVA BAXTER The Inner West Council has released its gender equal representation policy and draft gender equity strategy for public exhibition in April and May, respectively. Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, pre-existing gender-based social and economic inequalities have worsened. This has added a new sense of urgency to the development of a gender equity […]

The Billy Lids picnic

Opinion by PETER HEHIR Residents have until the 18th June 2021 for submissions to the NSW Upper House inquiry into the Western Harbour Tunnel. My take on this ecological disaster, one year from now, borrows from the ‘Teddy Bears Picnic:’ Don’t’ go down to the harbour pools today Or you’re sure of a big surprise […]

Rescue revamp: First aid facility on the way for Bondi Beach

By ALLISON HORE Bondi is set to get a major safety upgrade with plans for a purpose-built first aid facility on the world-famous beach underway. Now, when a beach goer needs first aid they have to go to the lifeguard tower to receive it. But, when plans are approved, the space under the promenade to […]

Jodi McKay steps down as NSW Labor leader

By ALLISON HORE Following a crisis meeting over the NSW Labor leadership on Friday morning, Jodi McKay has resigned as state Labor leader. The decision comes after a week of speculation over her position. Ms. McKay had held the position of state Opposition Leader since 2019 but in an emotional press conference today, Ms. McKay […]

Climate teens win class action against federal government

By ALLISON HORE In a world first decision, the Australian Federal Court has ruled that Environment Minister Sussan Ley has a duty of care not to cause harm to young people by exacerbating the effects of climate change.  The class action against Minister Ley was filed by eight high school students in September last year. […]

De-amalgamation vote: The rescission filibuster

Opinion by PETER HEHIR It’s been suggested by those who oppose de-amalgamation that the argument for it, is simply nostalgia or some unsubstantiated notion that smaller is better. This clearly needs to be examined in some detail. Prior to amalgamation Leichhardt was in the top 10% of financially viable councils in NSW. The KPMG report […]

Federal budget again fails the environment

Opinion by MERRILL WITT The Morrison government’s lack of interest in making the environment and climate change a priority in this year’s federal budget is at the same time depressingly familiar and difficult to fathom. Depressingly familiar because according to analysis by the Australian Conservation Foundation the proportion of the federal budget spent on the […]