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Waverley’s tennis blockbuster

By LYDIA WATSON-MOORE A state government decision to rezone recreational land in Bondi has sparked fierce council and community outrage. The Wellington Street site currently houses several tennis courts, but after a successful development application from its owners, the site will be rezoned for residential apartments. Waverley Mayor Sally Betts has vowed to fight the […]

Save our Councils coalition

BY MIRIAM WEBBER Sydney’s local councils and community groups are pushing forward with resistance to the NSW government’s proposed forced amalgamations. The Save our Councils Coalition met in Mosman on Thursday 16 July to discuss the upcoming parliamentary inquiry into IPART and the approach they will be taking at upcoming public hearings. Coalition spokesperson Cathy Griffin […]

Recycling rewards Sydneysiders

BY JAZ SINGH-BRAR Two more reward based recycling machines have been placed in Wynyard and Redfern following a successful 12 month trial that collected over 75,000 plastic bottles and cans. The scheme, implemented by the City of Sydney, started with machines in Haymarket and Circular Quay, and rewarded participants not with cash but various prizes. […]

Never doubted, Irene honoured by party faithful

By CHRISTOPHER HARRIS Although she’s a politician, City of Sydney Councillor Irene Doutney doesn’t behave like one. Modest, unassuming, “with a common touch” and a discerning eye for art, Irene Doutney was lauded for her contribution to the Australian Greens and the Sydney community last Friday evening, July 10, at Redfern Town Hall. Doutney’s motivation […]

Scots College’s appeal dismissed by court

By PETA GILBERT Bellevue Hill residents group Concerned Scots Neighbours has raised the prospect of legal action against Scots College, following a decision by the NSW Land and Environment Court last week. Last week, Scots College’s appeal to increase its student cap by 30 per cent was dismissed by the court, after the court found […]

Seven story “eyesore” to cast shadow over Newtown

By LYDIA WATSON-MOORE Residents have been left dumbfounded following the announcement that a controversial Newtown development may expand even further. The Alice Street site is currently being constructed by the elusive Al Maha company as a five storey residential block, which will house more than 200 units. The developer has now appealed to the NSW […]

Art Money scheme is “subsidising” investors

BY STEPHANIE TILLER The Sydney art community is divided over an interest free loan scheme that was implemented by City of Sydney Council in March this year. The Art Money scheme, administered by the 10 Group, is part of the City of Sydney’s Creative City Policy and aims to support artists and galleries by stimulating […]

Residents rally against Alexandria demolition

By EMIKO REED Residents have rallied with local politicians to seek an interim heritage order for the Alexandria Hotel, as it faces proposed demolition. The heritage proposal, discussed at the Alexandria Residents’ Action Group public meeting on Wednesday 8, aims to have the pub’s historical industrial significance recognised by the City of Sydney and the […]

Jury remains out on Oxford revitalisation

BY CHRISTOPHER HARRIS AND LYDIA WATSON-MOORE Once the jewel in the city’s crown, attempts to revive the ailing Oxford Street have been as ineffectual as they have been numerous. But with both Woollahra and City of Sydney councils investing strategies to give the strip a sense of place, the Darlinghurst Business Partnership has abandoned any […]