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Councils hit back against amalgamations

Councils and resident groups have expressed their anger at the State Government reopening the possibility of forced local government amalgamation. The NSW Premier Mike Baird and Minister for Local Government Paul Toole last week announced a $1 billion package for council reforms, leaving the door open for forced amalgamations. Under the Fit for the Future […]

Students and seniors unhappy with Opal

Students and pensioners have hit out against the NSW Government for the lack of a concession option for the new Opal cards. Over 700,000 Opal cards have been issued with approximately 3 million journeys taken each week on Opal cards. Following the September 1 retirement of 14 paper ticket types, Minister for Transport Gladys Berejiklian […]

Support gathers for removal of Oxford Street clearway

The Daily Telegraph’s Miranda Devine has directed harsh criticisms at Lord Mayor Clover Moore’s plan to remove a clearway on Oxford Street. “Clover Moore lives in a fantasy world where people spend their time sitting around cafes drinking chai or riding pushbikes,” Ms Devine wrote. In response, long-time resident, business owner and chair of the […]

Backlash against Bays Precinct development unfolds

Resident groups and local politicians have criticised the NSW Government's Bays Precinct development announcement on the grounds it favours private development with little community input. On Thursday July 17th, two years since The Bays Precinct Taskforce released its Strategic Framework Report, NSW Premier Mike Baird and Planning Minister Pru Goward announced a 30-year strategy for […]

Randwick light rail project in deadlock

The Randwick leg of the recently approved Sydney CBD and South-East Light Rail (CSELR) has been heavily criticised by community groups and local politicians. Tensions between Randwick City Council and Transport for NSW (TfNSW) culminated in council’s rejection of the development agreement with TfNSW on June 24. The resolution summarily rejected the development agreement due […]

Victory for The Block

Demonstrators at the Redfern Tent Embassy are describing their overnight protest on the opening day of NAIDOC Week as a victory, as developers did not begin construction on Monday as scheduled. Blockade for The Block invited protestors to join the Tent Embassy on Sunday night to halt construction on the Aboriginal Housing Company's (AHC) $7 […]

Labor to launch ‘Stop the Cuts’ campaign

The New South Wales Labor Party is set to embark on a six week ‘Stop the Cuts’ campaign focusing on funding for health, according to an email circulated to campaign teams and candidates this week. The email outlined a six-week campaign program focusing on State Government cuts to health services. “Organisers will be in touch […]

Inner city high school consultation finishes

As the deadline for community consultation on the inner Sydney schools proposal passes, the Department of Education and Communities (DEC) has received a flurry of offline and online submissions. According to action group CLOSE (Community for Local Options for Secondary Education), one parent argued at a June 19 community consultation the DEC “needs to wake […]

Brown development for Green Square

City of Sydney Council has approved the Employment Lands Strategy for Green Square despite objections over its content and process. Amongst the issues council has identified are burgeoning transport flows, increases to building heights, high density urban renewal and commitments to affordable community housing. Liberal councillor Edward Mandla was the sole opposing voice during the […]

Open Marrickville promotes Indigenous performers

Marrickville’s Indigenous artists will be showcased during Marrickville Council’s Open Marrickville festival next week in the lead-up to NAIDOC week. Marrickville’s historic Red Rattler Theatre will play host to a Klub Koori event next Friday, featuring local Indigenous artists such as Krista Pav, Marcus Corowa, Michael Charlton and Green Hand Band. Artist Development Manager at […]