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Greens want open space, not Greyhound tracks

BY LUCAS BAIRD Greens MP, Jamie Parker, has labelled the Premier’s reversal of the greyhound racing ban as “disappointing” because it will deprive the Ultimo and Pyrmont community of key green space. The NSW member for Balmain believed that the ban would free up a portion of Wentworth Park, which is currently used as a […]


By Andrew Woodhouse We’re not crinklies. And no, Mr Tyson Koh, human megaphone for Keep Sydney Open, we are not “boring old rich people that don’t know how to have a good time”. Empty barrels make the most noise. Claims of 10,000 of all age groups in last week’s faux-demonstration in Belmore Park are fancification. […]

Home-sharing a “nightmare”, says community group

BY LUCAS BAIRD The Neighbours not Strangers community group has urged the City of Sydney to reconsider their attitude towards citizens using home-sharing sites like AirBnb and Stayz. Short term house-letting services can now be classified as “exempt development”, and Neighbours not Strangers claimthat the impact of these services have been a “nightmare”. When classified as […]

Tim Freedman opens up about truth, beauty and A Picture of You

When you first set eyes on the blurb of Truth, Beauty and a Picture of You, it's hard not to think this is a play about the Whitlams themselves. “[It’s] about the hope you find when all hope seems gone, as four lost souls struggle to find peace with themselves and their pasts,” the website […]

Pokies fund Lambert Park upgrade

The $3.5 million redevelopment of Lambert Park in Leichhardt was largely funded by poker machine revenue intended for disadvantaged communities, it has been revealed. A 0.4 per cent tax on pokies revenue above $1 million, established in 2011 under the “ClubGRANTS program”, raised more than $14 million. The state government promised the money would fund […]

On the trail with Verity Firth

Exclusive It was a stroke of rare serendipity. Walking along an Ultimo street, Verity Firth is telling me of the warm reception she has received from the community as she contests Labor’s community pre-selection for the electorate of Balmain. Non-Labor members have been switched-on and interested in what she has to say. And then, as […]

Will second airport bring racket or relief?

By Jonathan Mimo Local Greens politicians have warned that a second airport at Badgerys Creek could counter-intuitively lead to increased aircraft noise in the inner west. Marrickville councillor Max Phillips said a Western Sydney airport could leave Kingsford-Smith open to receiving more of the heavy jumbos that produce the most noise, like 747s and A380s. […]

Nowhere to live: Aboriginal Housing supply dries up

EXCLUSIVE Just 125 Aboriginal Housing properties were built in the past 10 years, Housing NSW has revealed, while almost 2500 applicants remain on the waiting list statewide. Only eight of those dwellings were constructed in the major urban areas of Sydney, Newcastle and Wollongong, despite those cities being home to more than 40 per cent […]

Rozelle Village rejected

The proposed Rozelle Village development at the old Balmain Tigers site has now been rejected for a third time. The complex was to contain 247 apartments across two towers of 20 and 24 storeys, plus the redeveloped Balmain Leagues Club and a retail section. The Department of Planning and Infrastructure previously recommended the development be […]

A first class foreign policy tour

SKETCH There was not so much as an Anzac biscuit, let alone steel-cut oats, available on Tuesday night as Bob Carr conversed with former WA premier Geoff Gallop about his memoir. Indeed, the only refreshment apparently on offer at the University of Sydney law school was a tumbler of water for the guest of honour […]