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Labor looks to pick up the pieces

It’s always darkest just before the dawn – an age-old saying that many Labor loyalists have been reflecting on in the wake of the state election result. For Darcy Byrne, however, sitting back and musing on the result is wholly insufficient. Fresh from his role as volunteer co-ordinator on Verity Firth’s state election campaign, the […]

Marrickville Metro still controversial despite amendments

The redevelopment of the Marrickville Metro shopping centre has been debated within the inner west for over 18 months. With both sides strongly represented within the community, businesses in the surrounding areas remain split over the plans and the effect they will have on Marrickville as a whole. Edward Lancaster manages a bike repairs shop […]

Author talks at local libraries

Twice a month, Leichhardt Council plays host to author talks at its local libraries. This month’s author is also a local – Glebe-based Sandy Bröcking, a health professional who used to be heavily overweight who, after seeing her patients also battling weight issues, was driven to find a way to help them change for the […]

Calls to limit alcohol availability in Ashfield

Murray McFayden is alcohol and gambling mentor program leader for local welfare organisation the Exodus Foundation. In the past, he’s also been a client – one of many in Ashfield. McFayden knows the consequences of addiction well, and volunteers his time to mentor others with alcohol and gambling problems. “I had everything. I used to […]

Porteous tipped to take over

With Leichhardt Mayor Jamie Parker set to relinquish the role within weeks, having succeeded in his bid to win the seat of Balmain at the state election, Deputy Mayor Rochelle Porteous is tipped to become the new mayor of Leichhardt at an Extraordinary Council Meeting in May. A meeting of Greens councillors in early May […]

No-interest finance for inner-west battlers

For low-income households living ‘paycheck to paycheck’, it’s frequently difficult to be able to access small, no-interest loans to put towards buying basic household items like washing machines, refrigerators or furniture. Recognising this difficulty, the Metro Migrant Resource Centre has moved to make such loans available for battlers, recently launching the No Interest Loan Scheme […]

Unique glimpse of Leichhardt’s past

In an era of limitless digital images, it’s easy to forget it wasn’t so long ago that photographs were an altogether rarer form of historical documentation. It’s therefore a pleasant surprise for historians when a previously-undiscovered set of images from the turn of the twentieth century turn up out of the blue. But fortunately for […]

Firth distances herself from 3A at small business forum

In a pre-election forum for small businesspeople in the inner west in March, the three major-party candidates elaborated on their visions for local businesspeople – with ‘state significant’ planning laws forming a point of contention between the contenders. In her opening address, sitting state Labor member Verity Firth acknowledged the prolific number of shopping strips […]

Dog death raises fears of poison reprisal

The suspected poisoning of a dog in Ewenton Park has revived calls for inner west locals to be vigilant about threats to their canine companions. In early March, a dog died after seemingly falling victim to a similar spate of poisoning which afflicted around a dozen dogs in Mort Bay Park last September. However, a […]

Leichhardt embraces Youth Week

For Youth Week 2011, Leichhardt’s Youth Council has prepared a solid lineup of activities, focusing on equipping young people with the skills and know-how for both life and work. A yearly national event for young people aged 12-25 years, this year’s program from LYC features tips on a range of subjects, from cooking advice – […]