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Tempe locals receive Council support against Bunnings traffic plan

By ASTON BROWN Tempe residents' opposition to the traffic plan for a proposed Bunnings development has received $25,000 in support from Inner West Council as the grassroots campaign builds momentum. Tempe residents have opposed the proposal for years, which would see the amount of traffic more than triple on nearby narrow streets. Locals are fighting […]

Power to the People

By MARK MORDUE Addison Road Community Organisation and Newtown Neighbourhood Centre are combining forces to create a national alliance of community organisations working together to lobby for social justice and a basic living wage at the next election. “The inner west is the boarding house capital of Australia," Newtown Neighbourhood Centre CEO Liz Yeo said. […]

Deadly Good: different cultural communities come together at Addi Rd

By MARK MORDUE Keenan Mundine, Carly Stanley and Dean Lloyd are here from Deadly Connections, picking up hamper boxes from Addi Road’s Emergency Food Relief Hub. They’re using two vans to do a big delivery run to Glebe, Waterloo, Redfern, Marrickville and Dulwich Hill. Deadly Connections work across those areas and throughout the Inner West […]

Cost of de-amalgamation must be paid by NSW government

Opinion by PIP HINMAN In response to a seeming concern by Labor councillors Darcy Byrne and Mark Drury that rates would rise in any demerger, the majority of councillors on September 14 tabled a letter from the Office of Local Government which again stated that the cost of any demerger of Marrickville, Leichhardt and Ashfield […]

WestConnex: The Road Tunnel Time Bomb

Opinion by PETER HEHIR There are two approaches to ventilating road tunnels. Obviously the longer the tunnel the bigger the problem, both logistically and in terms of the volume and concentration of the released toxic air. The best method by far is “in tunnel filtration”. This begins with the design of the tunnel. Special areas […]

Environment Laws threatened in the midnight shift

Opinion by DANIELA OSIANDER If you visited Centennial Park or another local bit of nature during the lockdown, you can attest to one thing: we rely on nature to keep us sane! All the worse that the Federal Government this week seems set to miss a unique chance to protect our natural treasures – while […]

De-amalgamate! And put the local back into local…

Opinion by PETER HEHIR With the decision due in relation to what has been described as “several counts of misconduct in 2019” during the execution of his mayoral duties, the Balmain electorate awaits the fate of Mayor Darcy Byrne. It was reported in the Sydney Morning Herald and Telegraph on Wednesday that Mr Byrne told […]

De-amalgamation. Why the scare tactics?

Opinion By PIP HINMAN The political forces that were against even asking the Inner West Council to request the NSW Electoral Commission for a poll on de-amalgamation – giving residents their first democratic say on the matter – were defeated by a majority of councillors agreeing. Their efforts are now going into furious postings on […]

Deamalgamation a distraction from a vision of a better Inner West

Opinion by OSMOND CHIU Local councils get a bad rap, but what they do matters.  More than just roads, rates and rubbish, they shape our community’s look and feel, from our common and green spaces to what is encouraged whether it be music precincts or revitalized high streets. They take leading roles in fighting racism […]

The Party Plot

Opinion by PETER HEHIR “Who would vote for a Party Plot that would milk a hardy land? Rather a call for the working man in a voice he’ll understand As he picks his pitiful pittance up, the fruit of a weary toil,” These are the opening lines of a poem that could have been penned […]