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Amalgamation debate continues in the inner west

By Joe Bourke   Council meetings were held across the inner west last week to brief councils on a report into proposed amalgamations. The Morrison and Low report found inner west councils are struggling with infrastructure backlog. It said the $150 million savings anticipated by the state government from amalgamations would achieve longer term sustainability […]

Violence on the rise at the Star

By Tang Li   Alcohol-related violence at the Star Casino has doubled since the introduction of the controversial lockout laws in February 2014. The rise in late-night assaults followed the decision to exclude two major entertainment venues from the lockout zone – Star Casino in Pyrmont and Crown Sydney in Barangaroo. While the casino pulled […]

Randwick community cross over light rail

by Emily Contador-Kelsall Last Saturday Feburary 28, members of the Randwick community came together at High Cross Park to oppose the planned path of the Sydney Light Rail through Randwick Junction and the terminus at the park. Construction of the light rail is set to begin later this year and finish by 2019 despite consistent […]

Labor candidate dismisses forum as partisan

The Labor candidate for the seat of Sydney, Edwina Lloyd, has called out the Potts Point Partnership (PPP) and the Darlinghurst Business Partnership (DBP) for what she says was a “loaded debate”. Her dismissal of the legitimacy of the debate comes in light of the story published by City Hub last week which revealed that […]

Councils enter election mode

By Joe Bourke   Independents have called for local councillors aligned to political parties to shift their concerns from the upcoming state election and focus on their LGA. Leichardt Councillor John Stamilos said the time spent on the state election in last week’s meeting was “excessive”. “Usually it’s tolerable but on occasion it simply becomes […]

Council concerned over ATP privatisation

By Lauren O'Connor   The City of Sydney have recommended employment and heritage sites at the Australian Technology Park (ATP) be contractually protected in the event of its privatisation. An independent review into the "opportunities and risks relating to the sale of the ATP" commissioned by the council was examined on Monday February 23. Lord […]

Powerhouse Museum to be moved

Community members and politicians have slammed the state government’s decision to relocate the Powerhouse Museum to Parramatta. The announcement by Premier Baird and the Minister for Arts, Troy Grant, that the current site would be sold to developers came after months of speculation around its future. Yimmy Serfert, the Chair of the Ultimo Village Voice […]

Albert ‘Tibby’ Cotter walkway opened

Last Friday February 27, the contentious Albert ‘Tibby’ Cotter walkway was officially opened in Sydney by NSW Roads Minister Duncan Gay and Minister for Sport Stuart Ayres. According to the state government, the pedestrian and cycling bridge above Anzac Parade at Moore Park aims to provide safer and more direct access to major events. Mr […]

NDIS back on the table

By Raveena Grover   NSW Labor have put the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) on their agenda, making it an election issue. The scheme aims to individualise funding packages and ensure individuals have autonomy. The coalition government established the NDIS in 2013 after the issue of disability services was brought into the spotlight by the […]

Greyhound industry on the ropes

By Emily Contador-Kelsall   The Greyhound racing industry has come under fire in the past week, with many demanding review and change within the industry. Last week the Greyhound Racing NSW Board stepped down following revelations on ABC's Four Corners of live baiting, mistreatment and cheating within the industry. In Sydney city, Wentworth Park is the sole greyhound […]