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58-storey high-rise buildings most sustainable for Sydney’s future, report says

By EVA BAXTER Urban Taskforce (UTA), a non-profit representing property developers and equity financiers, released a report this month finding 58-storey high-rise buildings are the most environmentally friendly dwelling type. Suburban, separated households represent the poorest option. UTA CEO Tom Forrest states in the report that the “Australian dream” of a home with a backyard […]

Controversial Coogee Bay Hotel development decision deferred

By EVA BAXTER A decision on the controversial Coogee Bay Hotel development was deferred until March by the Sydney Eastern City Planning Panel last month due to insufficient information. The panel said more information was needed regarding the proposed size and bulk and its impact on view corridors and traffic. The deferral gives the applicant […]

Submissions to Inquiry into Bill impacting future of Callan Park almost due

By EVA BAXTER Public submissions to the Upper House Inquiry into the Greater Sydney Parklands Trust Bill 2021 are open until January 16th. Last year debate over the use of Callan Park, a parkland with 61 hectares of space including waterfront, sites connected to Country, and history as a hospital for the treatment of mental […]

‘Equity matters’: health organisations call for expanded access to RATs as PM doubles down

By EVA BAXTER Health organisations across Australia are calling on the federal government to urgently expand access to rapid antigen tests. The Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA) and the Australian Medical Association (AMA) said free rapid antigen tests are a matter of equity. “With the difficulty of getting a PCR test, many people just […]

City of Sydney to boost business by transforming high streets for 1 day only this summer

By EVA BAXTER The City of Sydney is transforming a series of village high streets into spaces for walking, shopping, and dining for 1 day only this month and in February as part of the City’s Community Recovery Plan. The City will provide acoustic roving entertainment and chairs and tables around the street, and a […]

Bondi backpackers request for liquor licence receives resident backlash

By EVA BAXTER The Village Hostel on Lamrock Ave Bondi Beach has lodged an application with the Independent Liquor and Gaming Authority for an on-premises licence. If the application is granted, the hostel will be authorised to serve liquor to customers at the premises during liquor trading hours. The hostel is proposing to serve its […]

Omicron spoils NYE plans across Sydney

By EVA BAXTER Sydneysiders are being forced to change plans and businesses are cancelling New Year’s Eve events as cases of Omicron soar. Long lines have formed at PCR testing clinics over the festive season, with some clinics closed or operating on reduced hours until January 4th. Sonya queued for three hours at RPA to […]

Inner West road deaths: an avoidable tragedy

Opinion by ANDREW CHUTER A pair of recent pedestrian deaths in Sydney's inner west are a sad indictment of our cars-first transport planning. In October in Leichhardt, mother-of-two Valentina Gioia, was hit by a van while crossing the road in front of MarketPlace on Marion St. In December, a 3-year old boy was hit by a Toyota Kluger in front […]

Climate activists continue efforts as Adani prepares to ship first coal cargo seven years behind schedule

By EVA BAXTER The Adani coal mine is set on exporting its first coal before the year is over. Having already blown Adani’s schedule out by seven years, climate activists continue their efforts to stop Adani. Frontline Action on Coal (FLAC), a movement aiming to end fossil fuel extraction through community-led, non-violent action, has reported […]

Liberals win big for Waverley Council in Dover Heights, Rose Bay and North Bondi, ALP trails behind

By EVA BAXTER The results of the 2021 local government elections have been finalised and there has been no change in the representation of parties sitting on Waverley council, and nine of the 12 elected served as councillors in the previous term. The Liberal party has won five seats, Labor has won four and the […]