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Inner West library services set to reopen next week

By EVA BAXTER Inner West library click and collect and home delivery services will be reopened on Monday September 20, or the week commencing. The library services were shut under the NSW government’s Public Health Order. Libraries are categorised separately from retail, for which click & collect and delivery has been permissible. An exemption to […]

Anti-trans bill supported by Parliament but condemned by trans and gender diverse community

By KATELYN MILLIGAN An anti-transgender education bill proposed by One Nation’s Mark Latham and endorsed by NSW Parliament has been condemned as a war on trans and gender diverse young people. Latham recently introduced two bills to NSW Parliament that call into question the rights of the LGBTIQ+ community, with the Education Legislation Amendment (Parental […]

Pyrmont community pinched for space with centre set for upgrades

By EVA BAXTER Design development of the Pyrmont community centre is underway, and a development application is expected to be lodged mid-September. City of Sydney Council endorsed the refurbishment of the centre in 2020 and the expansion of the project scope in July 2021. The upgrade and new addition to the centre will commence in […]

High hopes new Inner West Mayoral positions will reset council culture

By EVA BAXTER Greens councillor Rochelle Porteous has been voted in as the new Mayor of the Inner West after defeating Labor Mayor Darcy Byrne and Independent Deputy Mayor Vic Macri for the position. The new Mayor and Deputy Mayor will hold the position until this Council term concludes in three months, coinciding with the […]

Social housing residents form Action Group after ‘over-policed’ hard lockdown rollout

By EVA BAXTER Mission Australia’s Common Ground social housing facility in Camperdown was placed into lockdown from 8AM on Thursday 2 September for 14 days until Wednesday 15 September after four tenants tested positive to COVID-19. Common Ground residents formed an Action Group to ensure they are properly supported. Common Ground Action Group criticised the […]

Voluntary assisted dying debate reignited by NSW Parliament bill

By KATELYN MILLIGAN The euthanasia debate has been reignited by the release of a draft voluntary assisted dying bill by Member for Sydney Alex Greenwich in July. The bill will give adults suffering with neurodegenerative conditions or terminal illness that will cause death within six months or twelve months access to voluntary assisted dying. In […]

WestConnex noise takes toll on HSC students

By ELYSIA COOK Students sitting the HSC locked down in homes near WestConnex construction sites have had their studies affected by “relentless” drilling. The HSC trial exam period nears its conclusion as Sydney enters its tenth week of lockdown. On August 11, the NSW government lifted the snap ban on construction, just a week out […]

Bondi Pavilion restoration investigated as keeping place for Aboriginal artefacts

By EVA BAXTER Waverley Council is investigating the feasibility of a keeping place for local Aboriginal artefacts at the Bondi Pavilion. Aboriginal Greens councillor Dominic WY Kanak put the motion to Council last month. A spokesperson for the Council said the keeping place will celebrate aspects of ancient and modern Aboriginal culture, heritage and cultural […]

City of Sydney seeds a symbol of peace, joins Green Legacy Hiroshima project

By EVA BAXTER City of Sydney Council voted unanimously to join the Green Legacy Hiroshima project this month and have begun working with the Royal Botanic Gardens to secure the seed of a tree that survived the Hiroshima atomic bombings. This year is the 76th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Between […]

Marrickville golf club scores 18-holes and 21-year lease

By EVA BAXTER Inner West Council voted to grant Marrickville golf club a 21-year lease. The decision follows an intense and ongoing debate over the use of dwindling public land. The inner west has one of the lowest ratios of public green space per resident in Sydney with 789 residents for every hectare of public […]