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Brothels to be audited

Leichhardt Council is planning an expansion of random audits of brothels in the local government area, following a Sydney Morning Herald report that unlicensed brothel owners were expanding their operations along Parramatta Road. The Herald report identifed Vasilios Perdikaris as operating the Thai Treatment Centre on Parramatta Road brothel as an unauthorised brothel. The Centre, […]

Minister warns mayors on WestConnex

Roads Minister Duncan Gay has dismissed the threat of a community campaign against the WestConnex motorway and says the project will go ahead regardless. And he warned that mayors who do not cooperate would be locked out of the planning process. Leichhardt Council will spend up to $20,000 providing information and lobbying kits to residents […]

Critics slam tram but Betts is on board

Waverley Council is investigating the feasibility of a light rail corridor from Bondi Junction to Bondi Beach in the next 10 to 15 years, amid community concern about its potential impact on local businesses and amenity. A feasibility study commissioned by Council and undertaken by transport consultancy group AECOM proposed three possible route options within […]

Regions reap homeless funding but city loses out

The state government’s budget for homelessness will be overhauled in 2014, with funding to be distributed on a “needs basis” – to areas with a lower socio-economic status. Funding will go to areas with greater instances of factors causing homelessness. The changes mean regions such as the Hunter and New England will see funding boosted […]

Planning laws set to pass

The state government’s Planning Bill was expected to pass the Legislative Council on Wednesday night. City News understands more than 160 amendments were being discussed, with the government focused on those from the Labor opposition, the Christian Democrats and the Shooters and Fishers. On Wednesday, government MLCs were in negotiations with key crossbenchers. Labor was […]

Three runners in race for Italian Forum

EXCLUSIVE A childcare provider, an Italian language association and the Actors Centre Australia (ACA) are vying to take over the Italian Forum Limited, it can be revealed. Tick Tock Services would use a childcare facility to help subsidise the cost of running the Italian Forum Cultural Centre, if successful in its bid. Along with ACA, […]

Tebbutt and Marrickville to bid goodbye

Former South Sydney Councillor Sean Macken is tipped for Labor candidacy for the newly-created state seat of Newtown, following Linda Scott’s decision not to contest the seat. The new seats of Newtown and Summer Hill will be contested in 2015, replacing the seat of Marrickville currently held by outgoing state MP Carmel Tebbutt. The wife […]

Devils in the planning detail

The State Government’s new planning laws will face a fight with Labor voting against the bill and other opponents lobbying minor parties in the Legislative Council. The Planning Bill 2013 passed the Lower House last week and will be debated in the Upper House once it resumes sitting on November 12. The laws seek to […]

No fair play at Fitzroy Gardens

The Land and Environment Court has granted an injunction against the City of Sydney Council building a canopy over the playground at Fitzroy Gardens in Kings Cross, as part of its broader upgrade plans for the park. The decision prevents the Council from building the 45-square metre, five-metre high and steel-framed canopy until a development […]

Saturday night Cross road closure

The City of Sydney Council will trial a partial closure of Bayswater Rd in Kings Cross and is considering a similar initiative in Darlinghurst Rd following other initiatives to crack down on violent incidents. At a Council meeting on Monday night, the City decided to close Bayswater Rd to vehicles for a trial period of […]