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Centrelink’s debt debacle

BY CHARLOTTE GRIEVE Rebecca Hynek, now aged 28, lives with PTSD as a result of childhood trauma and her subsequent experience with the Royal Commission. She suffers constant breakdowns, has attempted suicide on a number of occasions and is regularly admitted to hospital. “I got into public housing after ending up in a refuge. Mental […]

Suffragette City

BY MICHAEL FORNO The City of Sydney is in the process of settling on a name for Barangaroo’s new plaza linking the waterfront precinct to Wynyard train station. Since the plaza’s construction earlier this year it’s been given the working name Napoleon Plaza, due to its proximity to Napoleon Street. The Transport for New South […]

Funds for local business groups slashed

BY ELIOT BARHAM Local business groups in the City of Sydney are preparing to tighten their belts following massive cuts to their allocated funds from council. Four Chambers of Commerce received a total of $148,500 at this month’s council meeting. The same four groups received $409.000 combined several years ago. The cuts represent a two […]

Save Bondi Pavillion’s Last Dance

BY BENEDICT BRUNKER Hundreds gathered at the Bondi Pavilion last Sunday for a free concert in protest against Waverley Council’s plans to redevelop the historic community centre, which locals fear will exclude the public from use of the site. The “Save Bondi Pavilion” concert showcased the cream of Sydney’s local talent, including rock legends Hoodoo […]

NOISE, the Biggest Threat to Urban Health

BY ANDREW WOODHOUSE President Potts Point and Kings Cross Heritage and Residents' Society   NOISE happens, as a social commentator has said in this illustrious journal before. Do we want Noise Monitors with gagging powers prowling streets stifling the decibels of discussion? After all, all working cities produce occasional outbursts that aren’t broadcast quality. So […]

Inner West Council Misleading on Norton Street Revival

By Michael Forno The Inner West Council has heralded its revitalisation of the lackluster Norton Street as a success, but the council’s claims may prove to be baseless. In a media release published last week the council said the number of vacant retail premises on the Leichhardt high street had dropped from 23 to 10 […]

Greens MP Slams NSW Government for Ignoring Heritage Site

BY LUCAS BAIRD Prominent Sydney architect, Edmund Blacket, designed the Bidura house in 1857 when he was Head Architect at Sydney University. Photo: Clytemnestra Greens MP for Balmain Jamie Parker has called on the state government to stop selling public land and buy the Bidura heritage site in Glebe to protect it from future developments. […]

Gay Hate Crime Memorial in Bondi

BY ELIOT BARHAM Fundraising efforts for a memorial in Hunter Park honouring victims of gay-hate crimes committed around the eastern suburbs have been promising, according to organisers. The memorial will represent more than 88 gay men who have disappeared in suspicious circumstances or have been victims of unsolved murders over a 20 year period that […]

Developers win hook, line and sinker at the Fish Market

BY JORDAN FERMANIS On Monday November 7 the NSW government announced a $250 million plan to relocate the Sydney Fish Market from the current site in Pyrmont to new site near Wentworth Park. The Pyrmont site is scheduled to be replaced by almost 2700 new residential dwellings. Last month City Hub reported on the ongoing […]

Dulwich Hill Development Debacle

BY LANI OATAWAY   Inner West residents fear their suburb won’t cope under development plans linked with Sydney’s new Southwest Metro railway scheme.   The NSW Government’s Corridor Strategy has slated up to eight storey development projects to be built in Dulwich Hill.   Resident and member of the community run Save Dully Action Group […]