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About Lanie Tindale

I am a Sydney-based journalist.

Tunnel vision used for business case

BY WENDY BACON The NSW government has squandered the opportunity to properly cost infrastructure projects by omitting substantial costs from the equation, Associate Professor Glen Searle told the NSW Parliamentary Inquiry into the impacts of WestConnex. Professor Searle’s evidence came near the beginning of three days of evidence in which the the government’s defence of […]

Toll road threatens heavy toll

BY WENDY BACON Brian Gorman could have died at 37 years of age. He told the NSW Parliamentary Inquiry into WestConnex last week that he was diagnosed then with grade three bladder cancer. After radical surgery, he survived. At the time he was living in Balmain near the ferry terminal from where diesel fumes drifted into […]

Residents fed up with lack of feedback

BY LANIE TINDALE Residents have slammed WestConnex’s consultation and complaints processes at a NSW parliamentary inquiry. A key concern raised in the inquiry is the effectiveness and sincerity of the consultation process conducted by the NSW Roads and Maritime Services [RMS] and private company Sydney Motorway Corporation [SMC] that owns WestConnex. RMS told the Inquiry […]

In Waiting

Liviu Monsted’s fascination with death has culminated in a dark comedic play, In Waiting.  Estelle Avery finds herself in a waiting room with a cast of recently deceased characters who have unresolved issues, to be helped by a mysterious psychologist. “I don’t think there’s a single day I haven’t thought about death,” says writer-director Liviu.  […]

Learning from “Return and Earn”

By Jefferson Lee When Premier Gladys Berejiklian introduced the Return and Earn bottle and can recycling system for New South Wales there were critics of the system. Six months into the program, I am here as your faithful City Hub delivery boy to give an update from the coal-face. My involvement is more than superficial, […]

Annandale business effort to help Aussie farmers

By Lisa Seltzer We all know the current drought affecting Australia has hit farmers hard, and with no relief in sight (the Bureau of Meteorology forecasts a Spring likely to be warmer and drier than normal) Australians across the nation are stepping up to help the nation’s farmers battle through. Organisations and individuals are pitching in […]

Opinion: Potts Point loses the plot

By Andrew Woodhouse If small business is the backbone of a community, is Potts Point about to become spineless? Right before Christmas, high hoardings on the foot path will block access to six cherished local shops at 133 Macleay Street, opposite the Fitzroy Gardens fountain. Macleay Street is the area’s “High Street”. It’s where the […]

Waverley targets dumpers

By Linda Hoang Waverley Council is implementing a twelve month trial to clean up illegally dumped waste in the area. A Public Place Cleansing collection crew will be hired to remove illegally dumped waste from Waverley streets within two to three days of being notified. Mayor of Waverley Council, John Wakefield, said “Council is very […]

The Little Church that needs a Prayer

By John Moyle A little understood loophole in the new Development Application (DA) process has been used by a developer to bring a small church in Rose Bay under threat from the wrecking ball. The battle for Rose Bay’s Uniting Church on the corner of Old South Head and Dover Roads began last year when […]

Powerless in the Inner West

By Lanie Tindale Local businesses in the Inner West have suffered from a power outage which hit the area last Saturday at 1pm. The Soul Bowl cafe manager Kiran Gire said when Marketplace Leichhardt lost power “Nothing was working in the shop, it just went completely dark…There [were] a lot of people coming out of […]