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For fox sake: UNSW students rally around feisty fox

By ALEC SMART A wily fox that nipped a few students on the University of NSW (UNSW) campus has been threatened with pest control exterminators by the university’s estate management team. On Mon 15 June, Newsworthy, the UNSW campus newspaper published by journalism students, reported that at least three students had been bitten by a […]

Sydney transport: trams halted, buses ‘hacked’

By ALEC SMART In a series of incidents that impacted Sydney’s central public transport network, the light rail service was halted following a ‘fire alarm’ incident, and the state-run bus network experienced a computer outage blamed on ‘hackers’. A mysterious fire alarm at the Randwick depot caused the suspension of Sydney’s new light rail service […]

Heritage halts skatepark

Opinion by ANDREW WOODHOUSE Champagne corks are popping across Elizabeth Bay, Rushcutters Bay and Darling Point. The NSW heritage office previously recommended that the much-cherished Rushcutters Bay Park on its eastern side and Yarranabbe Park, both under the control of Woollahra Council, be state heritage-listed. And last week the Minister signed off on the proposal […]

Captain Cook: navigator or coloniser?

By ALEC SMART Captain James Cook is under the spotlight again after two women were arrested for spray-painting graffiti on his statue in Sydney’s Hyde Park in the early hours of the morning on 13 June. One of the alleged perpetrators is a part-time employee of NSW Greens MP David Shoebridge. The 1879 bronze life-sized […]

Tears for Bondi Road

Opinion by INGRID STREWE Once again Waverley residents are being forced to reassess their living space by a state government and greedy developers. Our shopping strip - Bondi Road - has just about all we could ask for: a French bakery, a Russian deli, second hand white goods, an organic butcher, restaurants and pizza joints, […]

Bronte Surf Club upgrade making waves

By ALEC SMART Bronte Surf Life Saving Club (SLSC) lays claim to be the world’s first surf lifesaving organisation and its beach the birthplace of surf lifesaving. Unfortunately, a proposed new clubhouse for this historically significant club is making waves among the Bronte community. Until late 1903, the same year the first volunteers began patrolling […]

Bondi Beach in the wake of COVID-19

By ALLISON HORE Interview with Waverley Mayor Paula Masselos As much of Bondi reopens for business, City Hub spoke to Mayor of Waverley, Paula Masselos, about what’s in store for the iconic beach and its surrounds in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis. Waverley, and neighbouring Woollahra, were considered NSW “hotspots” early in the pandemic. […]

TB link to cursed Ruby Princess cruise ship

By ALEC SMART In a startling new revelation, passengers on the infamous death ship Ruby Princess, the luxury cruise liner responsible for over 850 - more than 10 per cent - of Australia’s total Covid-19 cases, were warned that they might also have been exposed to tuberculosis (TB) while on board. In a letter dated […]

Waves of face masks force closure of Sydney beaches

By ALEC SMART Several of Sydney’s most popular beaches were closed after they were inundated with an unexpected tide. Coronavirus restrictions imposed at the end of March 2020 led to multiple closures and re-openings of Sydney’s southern beaches, attributable to people violating rules on social distancing. However, several beaches were closed again on Wed 27 […]

Transport chaos expected as Sydney eases Lockdown Laws

by ALEC SMART On 8 May the Australian Government announced a three-stage strategy to ease the restrictions introduced on 22 March to halt the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic. The emergency measures, which saw the country enter a near-total ‘lockdown’ on March 30, are being repealed and ‘stage three’ - where society returns to a […]