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City acts on business voting reform

The City of Sydney Council has begun the process of implementing controversial reforms to business voting in the City’s local government elections. The reforms, proposed by the Shooters and Fishers Party and supported by the NSW Government, seek to increase the franchise of business owners working in the City of Sydney. The bill gives businesses […]

Union disappointed with response to Barangaroo bomb threat

A bomb threat caused the evacuation of the construction site at Barangaroo last week. On Wednesday, October 29, the NSW Police received a phone call regarding a suspicious object at the site. All workers on the site were evacuated. “At about 6.45am, a triple 0 call was received and information provided regarding an object at […]

News in brief

Woollahra beaches become smoke-free Woollahra Council and the Cancer Council of NSW have made all beaches in the Woollahra local government area smoke-free. Woollahra Council voted to enact a smoke-free policy on all of the council's foreshore. As of October 1, smoking on any Woollahra beaches will be met with a $550 fine. “This ban […]

Seniors unsatisfied with Gold Opal

The NSW Government last week announced that pension rates will be available on all Opal cards beginning Monday, November 3. The pensioners’ card, called the Gold Opal, will cap transport fees at $2.50 per day. “The new Gold Senior/Pensioner Opal card means eligible customers won’t pay more than $2.50 a day for travel on trains, […]

University students demand action on sexual assault

Students at the University of Sydney have staged a protest against the university for its response to an incident of sexual harassment that occurred on campus this year. University student Alexander Wright recently shared an explicit photo of a female student with his peers. The woman in the photos complained to the university, which reportedly […]

Marrickville Council evicts theatre group

Marrickville Council has come under fire from the arts community after evicting local theatre group Short + Sweet from their offices on the Princes Highway. The council has received a number of complaints from the community in recent months over a rezoning proposal that would allegedly make conducting a successful arts business more difficult. New […]

Redfern lift scheduled for 2015

Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian has announced that a long-awaited accessibility lift will be installed at Redfern station in 2015. Minister Berejiklian promised the upgrade in August of 2013, however until this month there have been few further developments since the announcement. Community group Redwatch organised a campaign for the increased accessibility of Redfern station in 2012. […]

Government faces roadblocks to homelessness reform

The NSW Upper House has ordered the state government to release all documents relating to its controversial reforms to homelessness services. The reform package, called Going Home Staying Home, introduced competitive tendering to homelessness services across NSW. The tender process resulted in the takeover of all of NSW’s women’s only refuges and women’s specific services, […]

Potts Point Galleries opens doors to local community

Early this month, Lord Mayor Clover Moore and Sydney icon Paul Baker opened the new Potts Point Galleries. The galleries, located on Mcleay Street in Potts Point, are now home to a large collection of Sydney’s finest antiques belonging to Sydney’s most reputable antiques dealers. The galleries are considered the newest addition to a vibrant […]

Norton St Festa brings cooking stars to Little Italy

Leichhardt's Norton Street Festa will return for its 28th year on Sunday, October 26. Over a kilometre of Norton Street Leichhardt will be blocked off to traffic and filled instead with stalls, entertainment and activities. Organisers estimate the festival attracts over 100,000 visitors each year. This year, one of the highlights of the festival will […]