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Could The Alex be saved?

BY CHRISTOPHER HARRIS The developers of the Alexandria Hotel site may be walking away from the table, following the turn out of 100 people at a conciliation conference on Wednesday September 30. The NSW Land and Environment Court ordered the conference to see if either party could compromise on the proposed redevelopment. Speaking to City […]

Taylor Square News Agency falls victim to lock outs

BY ALEXANDER LEWIS There is bad news for partygoers seeking to stock up on smokes and Coke in the wee hours, as Taylor Square’s oldest news agency becomes the latest collateral casualty of lockouts. The 24-hour purveyor of darts, deakfast and magazines closed last Saturday September 26, after 83 years of operation by the same […]

Stairway to developer heaven

By EMILY CONTADOR-KELSALL The resolve of Millers Point housing tenants remains strong as properties in the area continue to move from public to private hands. Minister for Social Housing Brad Hazzard visited the Millers Point community in late June, giving residents renewed hope, despite continued concern over the growing number of vacant tenancies in the […]

$10 million set aside for Powerhouse relocation plans

By Emily Contador-Kelsall   Ultimo residents are concerned by the state governments announcement that $10 million will be  spent planning for the move of the Powerhouse Museum. In last week’s budget $30 million was allocated over four years to the arts in western Sydney, of that $10 million has been dedicated over two years to […]

Budget tough on TAFE

By Leanne Elahmad The decline of student enrolment to TAFE courses, revealed in recent budget papers, has been blamed on fee increases introduced in the NSW government’s Smart and Skilled reforms, which started on January 1 this year. “Enrolments in 2015 reflect a lower than expected market response to Smart and Skilled reforms in transitional stage […]

City squad set to stamp out illegal housing

By Emily Contador-Kelsall   The City of Sydney last week announced a dedicated squad and investigation to crack down on illegal accommodation across the city. While this announcement answers calls for action, the future of current tenants has been thrown into uncertainty. The City investigation squad is targeting illegal accommodation providers, and has executed 20 search […]

Community calls for an ‘open’ report

By Leanne Elahmad   The Ultimo Public School community called for the Department of Education and the City of Sydney to reopen negotiations at a fiery community meeting on June 17. The community has demanded that government stakeholders undertake an independent survey of the Fig and Wattle Street site to gauge the actual level and […]

Preschool plagues East Sydney residents

By Emily Contador-Kelsall   East Sydney residents are dissatisfied with the City’s consultation process, as a Development Application (DA) to knock down KU Frances Newton Preschool in Darlinghurst and create a new park, was passed without community knowledge at Council meetings in May of this year. The site of KU Frances Newton Preschool has been […]

Housing tenants say enough is enough

By Leanne Elahmad   Public housing tenants in Surry Hills are fed up with anti-social behavior and alleged illegal activity occurring in their buildings by their neighbours and guests. Locals from the John Northcott and the Pottery Housing Estates have notified Housing NSW of their concerns about drug dealing on their housing premises. The tenant’s […]

Minister Gay urged to ‘catch a train to the 21st century’

By Wendy Bacon   Hundreds of residents packed into Leichhardt Town Hall on Tuesday June 16 to call for an “immediate halt” to all home acquisitions and work related to the WestConnex project until the findings of a parliamentary inquiry into the project are released. This is the latest in a string of community meetings […]