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Not such a vicious cycle

In early May, Lord Mayor Clover Moore released the latest Sydney bike count data, showing that morning bike trips have increased by more than half over the same period last year, with afternoon trips increasing by almost as much. Sydney has certainly become a more cycled city over the last 5 years, as evidenced by […]

The Economics of Happiness

A bold new documentary titled The Economics of Happiness has been drawing notable praise globally for its championing of localization as the counterbalance to globalization unbound. The film made its Australian debut at The Ideas Festival recently in Brisbane and will be launching in Sydney at 6:30pm on Thursday May 5th at the College of […]

Lighting a candle for Fukushima

Starting at 6pm on Tuesday April 26, a candlelight vigil will be held outside the Sydney Opera House to commemorate the anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster and to show support for Japan’s suffering in the face of the ongoing Fukushima nuclear disaster. The evening is supported by a number of groups – Japanese for Peace, […]

BOF’s environment of disdain

In one of his first official and potentially defining acts, Premier Barry O’Farrell did something he had never previously mentioned – he dissolved the Department of Environment and Heritage. What remains is now the Office of Environment and Heritage, situated within and controlled by the Department of Premier and Cabinet. This is just one consequence […]

Breaking into Australian film

The Metro Screen Breaks Awards for emerging filmmakers announced 14 lucky recipients of funding, mentorship, and technical support in late March. Twelve winners received First Break awards, comprising $3,000 to make an 8-minute short film, as well as access to production facilities, specific training in production and script development, and of course a free screening […]

Jamie Parker Can’t Lose!

Leichhardt Mayor Jamie Parker has famously become the first Green MP to enter the New South Wales Legislative Assembly, following a historic win over beleaguered former Education Minister, Verity Firth in the formerly safe Labor seat of Balmain. Other than swimming legend Dawn Fraser running as an Independent, Parker is only the second non-Labor candidate […]

Marrickville monstrosity

By Roger Hanney Residents of Marrickville, St Peters, and surrounds are actively campaigning against developer plans to more than double the size of local shopping centre, Marrickville Metro. In mid March, opportunity for further public input was closed as provided by the state government’s 3A planning powers. In a recent twist, Metro owners AMP Capitol […]

Greens could hold balance in NSW

The election on March 26 will deliver the Lower House and Government to Barry O’Farrell’s NSW Liberals. But whether the social, economic, and environmental future of New South Wales is ultra-conservative or something less unpleasant may yet be decided in the Upper House. The New South Wales Greens officially launched their 2011 election campaign this […]

Green heart attack for NSW Labor

BY ROGER HANNEY The New South Wales election is still a few weeks away, but already the campaign for Labor’s formerly safe seats of Balmain and Marrickville has been dominated by Green political celebrities, leader Bob Brown and Melbourne’s Adam Bandt, the Greens’ first federal Lower House MP. Brown’s visit was low-key, taking in a […]

What are you planning, Barry?

Although one of the more substantial issues yet raised in the state election campaign, little notice has been given to Liberal leader Barry O’Farrell’s promise to repeal the divisive 3A planning powers introduced under Frank Sartor MP and reviled by councils, community groups and environmentalists across New South Wales. This section of the state’s main […]