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Absence of anti-abortionist points to absence of debate

BY JAZ SINGH-BRAR The deportation of US anti-abortion activist Troy Newman last week has drawn criticism from some unlikely places. Two pro-choice campaigners said that the deportation of Mr Newman was superficial, and failed to acknowledge the difficulty many NSW women face in accessing abortion services. The deportation of Mr Newman drew media attention last […]

E’Bay not for sale

BY CHRISTOPHER HARRIS In one of the densest areas of the city, a development application to add two storeys would not usually seem excessive or imposing. But that is not how an entire building of residents in Elizabeth Bay see the construction of four new apartments at 13-17 Ithaca Road. The residents claim it will […]

Glebe Point garden on the rocks

BY CHRISTOPHER HARRIS A man has been ordered by the state government to dismantle a garden he had worked on for six years. The Department of Family and Community Services has ordered the public housing tenant to return the property to its original condition, sparking a campaign in the local community to allow him to retain […]

Marrickville calls for residents to stickybeak on ibis birds

BY RYAN QUINN Marrickville Council wants you to grab those binoculars and get stickybeaking this weekend. Residents are being encouraged to participate in the upcoming Australian White Ibis Community Survey this Sunday, October 8. The Royal Botanic Gardens Wildlife Ecologist John Martin said the results would help them understand the White Ibis bird population, size […]

Red tape blocks skate

BY CHRISTOPHER HARRIS New Leichhardt Mayor Darcy Byrne said the state government has “blocked” the council from submitting development application for a skate park, despite support from numerous government agencies. The Labor mayor told City Hub last week that the government had stalled on giving consent for a DA for a skate park in Callan […]

No one is sure about Foreshore Authority’s dissolution

BY CHRISTOPHER HARRIS The state government’s decision to extinguish the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority (SHFA) has been met with caution from Sydney councils. City of Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore welcomed the news last week, and said that it could potentially mean the return of planning controls around Circular Quay to the City of Sydney. […]

Leichhardt Parents Punished for picking up kids

BY RYAN QUINN Leichhardt Council is investigating free 15 minute parking around schools, after numerous councillors head complaints of parents being slapped with fines. Balmain Public School and the nearby Fr John Therry Catholic Primary School were said to be the hot spots for fines, Independent Councillor John Stamolis said the council wanted to ensure […]

Tis the season to rescue stray animals

BY LEXY AKILLAS The number of cats being adopted and re-homed has reached an all-time high, according to figures from the RSPCA’s 2013-2014 ‘Report on animal outcomes from our shelters, care and adoption centres.’ Over 25,000 cats were adopted after being received by the RSPCA, which is a 27 per cent increase since 1998-1999. CEO […]

Protestors thrown off WestConnex drilling site

BY RYAN QUINN Police were called to a WestConnex protestor site in Haberfield on Tuesday morning, September 29. The protestors, part of the WestConnex Action Group (WAG), were allegedly warned by police that they could be arrested for occupying a new M4 East project drilling site. The protestors followed workers as they entered the fenced […]

Ultimo community pushes campaign for bigger school

BY CHRISTOPHER HARRIS The Ultimo Pyrmont Education Campaign Committee has ramped up its campaign to attain a primary school which will adequately service the rapidly growing area. The group was formed a month ago by Mary Mortimer, who feared that attempts to gain political traction for the inner city school had failed. Since the group […]