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Smoking halted on Hall Street

BY SATHSARA RADALIYAGODA & TOMMY BOUTROS Waverley Council will implement a smoking ban from March 30 on Hall Street in Bondi, in an attempt to match the success of a smoking ban placed on Oxford Street Mall in 2016. The ban will be in place from 7 am to 9 pm and will include both […]

Bye bye Bairdy

BY D. E. GRIEVE QC For some extraordinarily uncompromising – and quite irrational – reason, shortly before Mr Baird’s retirement as NSW Premier, the government seduced the parliament into passing legislation to privatise the Land and Property Information Service (LPI). So, for the next 35 years, the crucially important process of land title registration will […]

Indigenous group calls for treaty

BY GEORGIA CLARK Members of the Indigenous community rallied for the recognition of Indigenous sovereignty in Redfern last week. The move comes amidst the Government’s proposed alteration of section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act. The Young Women Speak out for Treaty forum was held in Redfern last week to highlight the need for recognition of […]

March in March, small but strong

BY JESSICA HILL The Sydney March in March didn’t live up to the success it had in 2014 but organisers and protesters still believe it’s an effective way to drive change. Jessie-Lee Peacock, Sydney March in March Organiser, said there were less people in attendance than in previous years. “It wasn’t the huge resounding success […]

Newtown reclaims its streets

BY ALEX EUGENE King Street and Sydney Park were transformed into a playground awash with glitter, fire twirling and partygoers of all ages at the Reclaim the Streets protest on Sunday 19th March. The street festival-come-protest was organised in response to the rise in violence since the New South Wales Government lockout laws took effect […]

Share house prices sky rocket in Inner West

By SATHSARA RADALIYAGODA & TOMMY BOUTROS Sydney’s housing affordability crisis is putting immense pressure on shared housing in the Inner West. Between 2011 and 2014 the area has seen an increase of 30,000 people living in shared housing accommodation. Andrew Potts, National Convener for the Affordable Housing Party of Australia, said the situation is so […]

Greens MP rails against Sydney light rail costs

BY GEORGIA CLARK Greens MP Dr Mehreen Faruqi is calling for greater transparency of the Sydney light rail project, alleging the budget blow out has tainted the project’s reputation. Her call comes after NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian was accused by the NSW Opposition party of misleading the public about the reasons for the overspend. “The […]

Harbourside highrise hit with Libs

BY LIN EVLIN Despite fierce objections from residents and the City of Sydney council Liberal councillors are backing the proposed redevelopment of Harbourside Shopping Centre. Mirvac proposes to add a new retail shopping centre and a residential apartment tower on the site.   The Director of City Planning, Development and Transport, Graham Jahn argued against […]

The Greater – or lesser – Sydney Commission

BY ANDREW WOODHOUSE WARNING! Material in this article may cause offence to some readers. The power struggle between state government and councils is formative: friction was born into the relationship. Council is the legal creation and child of the state government. Councils themselves are not even recognised in our Federal Constitution. Sydney Council, for example, […]

Bondi Junction high rises over shadow residents’ concerns

BY TALLULAH THOMPSON & DYLAN CRISMALE The Waverley community is continuing their efforts to “halt the high-rise” development of two residential towers at West Bondi, after developer Stargate Property Group, took their case to the State Government. Over 100 people attended a rally on Saturday 11 March to raise their concerns about the new planning […]