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Clean-up order given after Caltex spill

Caltex has been issued a clean-up notice by the Environmental Protection Authority after an oil spill from a Caltex refinery in Botany Bay spread to nearby beaches last month. The clean-up notice requires Caltex to nominate “ecological practitioners” to analyse the extent of any pollution along the shores affected by the spill and monitor their […]

Back to school on so-called baby boom

Leichhardt Council will lobby NSW Education Minister Adrian Piccoli for a new primary school in the area, arguing the state government has grossly underestimated the size of the baby boom in Sydney’s inner west. In a media release, Mayor Darcy Byrne cited “exponential” growth in student numbers uncovered by independent research. But a close look […]

Moore opposes compulsory vote for business

Lord Mayor Clover Moore’s office has lashed out at recommendations made by a NSW parliamentary inquiry which would require all local businesses to vote in council elections. The Electoral Matters Committee report recommends the City of Sydney adopt the electoral model used by the City of Melbourne “in all respects,” which includes compulsory voting for […]

Funding set for Walsh Bay festival

A new community festival in Walsh Bay will attempt to bring people back to the area’s quiet streets and assist struggling retailers. The Walsh Bay Arts Festival, the brainchild of Walsh Bay Arts and Commerce, is expected to take place in December. “We’ve had shopfronts empty for seven or eight years because of lack of […]

Artists condemn ‘malicious’ government attack

Local artists have reacted with outrage at suggestions from the federal government that artists who reject corporate funding should not receive government funding. In reaction to the Biennale of Sydney’s decision to drop the Transfield Foundation as a sponsor, arts minister George Brandis sent a letter last week to the Australian Council for the Arts […]

Food trucks to rev up numbers, fees

Sydney’s food truck operation will be quadrupled, with up to 50 set to roam the streets providing day and night food options around town. After a 22-month trial, the City of Sydney has approved a report recommending the program be made permanent and expanded from the nine trucks currently licensed to serve. The council has […]

Kolotex redevelopment to press ahead

An eight-storey apartment complex at the former Kolotex and Labelcraft site in Leichhardt should go ahead, Urban Taskforce chief executive Chris Johnson argues, because it is a modest proposal in line with changing consumer preferences. The NSW government sidestepped Leichhardt Council to approve the rezoning of the George Street sites for medium-density residential development. Up […]

Green Left Weekly clocks up 1000 issues

After more than 20 years in print, the Green Left Weekly has celebrated its 1000th issue, which was published on Wednesday. The newspaper, distributed across Australia, views itself as a progressive alternative to growing levels of media concentration and actively campaigns for a range of causes including feminism, anti-imperialism and the protection of civil liberties. […]

Artists boycott Biennale over asylum camps

At least five artists will boycott the Biennale of Sydney due to its connection with Transfield Services, the contract-holder to operate detention centres on Manus Island and Nauru. The five boycotting artists, Ahmet Ögüt,  Libia Castro, Ólafur Ólafsson, Gabrielle de Vietri and Charlie Sofo said in a statement they had revoked their works, cancelled their […]

Airport station fee survives inquiry

A parliamentary inquiry into Sydney Airport’s station access fee has declined to recommend scrapping the fee, but instead suggests investigating the use of discounts for certain users. The stations, privately operated by Airport Link Company, require all passengers who purchase a train ticket to or from the domestic or international terminal to pay the station […]