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Feline low in Darlo

BY WILL FOURNIER If you live in Darlinghurst, you might want to keep your cats inside at night.  There is a gruesome rumour circulating among locals of an old man stalking and killing the furry felines.  Darlinghurst resident Anna hasn’t seen her cat Lenin in a month.  “You should’ve seen me this morning,” she said, “I was bawling […]

Cat Ripper prowls

BY WILL FOURNIER   If you live in Darlinghurst, you might want to keep your cats inside at night.  There is a gruesome rumour circulating among locals of an old man stalking and killing the furry felines.  Darlinghurst resident Anna hasn’t seen her cat Lenin in a month.  “You should’ve seen me this morning,” she said, “I was […]

Can sortition sort WestConnex?

BY PETER HEHIR If there is one thing that is certain about the WestConnex debacle it’s the fact that in spite of its overwhelming unpopularity it seems there is no possibility of relief. Not on the political front at any rate. The real tragedy for us all is that both major parties wholeheartedly support this […]

Waverley’s dead zone back to life

BY GEORGIA FULLERTON One of Sydney’s most significant and historical sites has re-opened after a 12-month construction program.  The Waverley Cemetery Coastal Walk was forced to close in June 2016 due to damage caused by a huge storm battering Sydney’s coast.  The walk, and parts of the cemetery, have since undergone restoration works said to […]

WestConnex’s unlawful trucking

BY LANIE TINDALE A transport union has accused the Sydney Motorway Corporation [SMC] of failing to force truck drivers to abide by the law at a NSW parliamentary inquiry.  The Transport Workers Union [TWU], which represents 20,000 people in NSW, told the Inquiry concerns had been raised by members since mid 2016.  The failure of […]

Hope for Cross lock-outs

BY JOHN MOYLE This week will see the last glimmer of hope for the Kings Cross and CBD lock-out laws before Glad the Impaler’s government is swept away in the state election on March 23rd 2019. A bill is being proposed from an unlikely source, Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party’s MLC Robert Borsak, who intends […]

Schools’ concerns dusted over

BY WENDY BACON Sydney Motorway Corporation (SMC) consultants have finally acknowledged that air pollution has been significantly worse this year at St Peters Public School than at nearby NSW Office of Environment and Heritage ( OEH) monitors at Earlwood and Chullora. This information is contained in the latest monthly SMC reports of results from an […]

Inner West checks its mental health

BY SARAH MCLENAGHAN   In light of Mental Health Month the Inner West Council is supporting a number of mental health events and initiatives running throughout October. These programs range from family barbecues to training programs and professional networking, and will primarily target young people and seniors living in the Inner West. Mayor Darcy Byrne […]

Smokescreens instead of filters

BY WENDY BACON A professor of respiratory medicine and a specialist doctor who has researched air pollution told the NSW Parliamentary Inquiry into WestConnex last week that they do not accept NSW Roads and Maritime Services’ claim that unfiltered stacks are world’s best practice. The Inquiry has published hundreds of submissions from groups and residents […]

United in a new approach to drugs

BY MICHAEL HITCH Sir Richard Branson, founder and CEO of the Virgin Group has thrown his support behind the Uniting Church and its service arm, uniting for its call to end the war on drugs. Uniting launched their ‘Fair Treatment Campaign’ last week to call attention to reforming drug policy in Australia as drug-induced deaths […]