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“Excessive” penalty rates under attack

By Tang Li The NSW Business Chamber launched an Easter campaign to end “excessive penalty rates” last weekend as the contentious issue picks up steam in public debate. Dozens of restaurants, cafes and small businesses closed over the Easter long weekend in protest against penality rates that have seen junior staff paid up to $50 […]

Election leaves opposition Green with envy

By Joe Bourke The Liberal Party comfortably hung onto government at last Saturday’s election but the Greens stole the show, gaining more representation in NSW parliament than ever before. Greens MP Jamie Parker retained the close seat of Balmain against strong opponent Verity Firth while Jenny Leong comfortably won the hotly contested seat of Newtown […]

Help City Hub survive – Don’t make your news limited

By Kayla Canne City Hub has survived two long decades but in light of recent rising costs and decreasing revenues, the paper now needs your help. This week City Hub announced our first crowdfunding campaign,hoping to gather community support in fundraising $50,000 to help ensure the future of our paper. Community funding isn’t a […]

New coalition forms against carcinogenic WestConnex

By Wendy Bacon and Elise Dalley With the NSW state election over, the future of WestConnex is set to become the focus of a huge community campaign over coming months. Lack of funding for public transport, secrecy surrounding the 33 kilometre tollway WestConnex project and its environmental and health impacts will be hot issues in […]

White Bay’s powerful asset for the Bays Precinct

By Joe Bourke Calls for making innovative use of the old White Bay Power Station have risen with development of the controversial Bays Precinct drawing closer. The building has not been in operation for over 30 years and residents and politicians have said it could be an asset to the community if developed in the […]

City connects against WestConnex

By Emily Contador-Kelsall. In a show of opposition against WestConnex the City of Sydney hosted a public meeting in an almost-full Town Hall on Monday. The meeting comes after the majority of councillors openly denounced the project upon receiving the findings of the council-commissioned SGS report. The report was the first independent review of WestConnex […]

Millers Point sell-off “too big a risk” for Sydney’s heritage

By Emily Contador-Kelsall & Joe Bourke The National Trust of Australia has voiced their concern over the loss of national history as the NSW government sells off Millers Point housing without adequate heritage protection. Millers Point is the oldest surviving urban area in Australia, with some buildings dating back to the 1820s. Director of Advocacy […]

Complaints against police rise “significantly” at Mardi Gras

By James Elton-Pym Gay legal groups received “significantly more” complaints about police conduct at this year’s Mardi Gras parade than at the 2014 event, the head of the Inner City Legal Centre has reported. Despite police saying crowds were mostly well behaved, the centre will be engaging criminal lawyers to provide advice to aggrieved parade […]

Cruise ship terminal big issue for Balmain

By Joe Bourke More than 100 residents gathered at Balmain’s Clontarf Cottage on Sunday March 8 to attend an electoral forum. The forum was focused on the controversial White Bay Cruise Terminal following a damning Upper House inquiry released last month on its effect on Balmain. Independent councillor John Stamilos, a long time campaigner against […]

Another round for city Safe Space

By James Elton-Pym A new late-night program aimed at curbing alcohol-fuelled violence in downtown Sydney has been extended for a further three months following a successful pilot. The Safe Space program lets revellers take a break from the bars and clubs at a special marquee next to Town Hall, while teams of Salvation Army volunteers […]