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Metro tree felling fallout

By VANESSA LIM An announcement that 10 mature trees on Smidmore Street in Marrickville, next to the construction site for the expansion of the Metro Shopping Centre, will be chopped down, has caused anger. The Metro shopping mall expansion, which was approved by the NSW Planning and Assessment Commission (PAC) in 2012, first stated that […]

Cracks appear in passenger jets

By VANESSA LIM Cracks in Qantas’ Boeing 737NG planes have raised safety concerns for consumers flying this holiday period. The cracks, which are located on “pickle forks,” so named because of their resemblance to the kitchen utensil, have been found on a load-bearing assembly, which attaches firmly to each side of the fuselage between the […]

Eastern Contributors

By Vanessa Lim Waverley Council and Randwick Councils elected new Mayors last week, both of whom will run for a 12-month period. On September 24, Randwick Council voted in Labor Councillor Danny Said as the new Mayor and Greens Councillor Philipa Veitch as the Deputy Mayor. On September 26, Waverley Council chose Labor Councillor Paula […]

Upton opposes Abortion Bill

By VANESSA LIM Liberal Vaucluse MP Gabrielle Upton voted against the abortion bill after Premier Gladys Berejikilian caved in to her conservative colleagues in the Liberal Party and allowed a conscience vote on the bill. This allowed politicians a vote based on their personal moral and ethical beliefs and did not attach politicians to the […]

Not dogged by depression

By VANESSA LIM NBCUniversal in Sydney were surprised with furry friends on R U OK? Day – the annual event created by a suicide prevention charity in Australia to remind people that having meaningful conversations with friends and loved ones could save lives - highlighting the importance of mental health and the benefits of pet […]

Bookish backlash

By VANESSA LIM Scots College, a prestigious private boarding school in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs, has had their $29 million library upgrade approved, despite backlash from Bellevue Hill locals worried about traffic issues and a further increase in student numbers. The Independent Planning Commission (IPCN), which approved the renovations, said: “.. it will allow for the […]

Dangerous Gums

By VANESSA LIM In August 2019, an Eastern Suburbs’ couple spoke out about their four-year battle with Woollahra Council to cut down a dangerous tree. Julie Benson and Ken Khavin, who want to remove the gumtree next to their house, say that unpredictable falling branches could harm children in the neighbouring park. They have been […]