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Why Local News Matters

By MERRILL WITT In the last week of June, Australians received more grim news about the future of news coverage in Australia. The managing director of the ABC, David Anderson, announced cutbacks to news divisions and job losses in response to a cut in federal funding for the public broadcaster. Seventy jobs in news and […]

Green ban might save Willow Grove

by ALEC SMART A Green Ban has been served on the heritage-listed Willow Grove villa and 1881-built St George’s Terrace cottages in Phillip St, Parramatta, by the CFMEU construction union. The historic buildings were facing demolition for the NSW Govt’s proposed new Powerhouse Museum building. The state government’s project also involves razing the historic tram […]

‘Temporary reprieve’ for Sydney’s Powerhouse Museum

Opinion by ALEC SMART Sydney’s Powerhouse Museum in Ultimo, which faces demolition and most of its exhibits put into storage for up to five years while NSW Govt build a smaller, milk-crate-shaped alternative in Parramatta, has been granted a temporary reprieve. Due to close on 30 June, the demand for last-minute tickets has been so […]

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 […]

Herds begin hoarding loo paper again

By ALEC SMART Toilet paper, dried foodstuffs and essential items are being hoarded again across NSW in anticipation of a ‘second wave’ of Covid-19 infections, despite there only being 5 new infections in the state’s population of 7.544 million during the past fortnight. Most of them were overseas travellers returning to Australia who are now […]

The dreamworld of WestConnex PR

By WENDY BACON This week WestConnex launched what the Federal and NSW governments boasted was an “interactive, world-first online community event” to promote Transurban’s WestConnex M8, the tollway from Kingsgrove to St Peters that will open soon. It’s an interactive video with lots of places where you can click to immerse yourself in the tollway […]

Marsh mural censored

by ALEC SMART A controversial Scott Marsh wall mural in central Sydney has been covered over by City of Sydney Council authorities, following a NSW Police request, only 19 hours after it was painted. Marsh, an internationally-respected artist, is renowned for his detailed and humorous wall murals in central Sydney that typically satirise prominent politicians […]

Powerhouse in peril

by ALEC SMART The NSW Govt has released costings that underpin their motive to close the Powerhouse Museum, prior to its demolition and transfer of some of its exhibits to a smaller museum in Parramatta. However, the documents, obtained under Parliamentary Order by a cross-bench of Upper House MPs, reveal NSW Govt’s plans for the […]

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 […]

Libs split over preserving Sydney’s heritage

By ALEC SMART A split has appeared in the Australian Liberal Party over preservation of Sydney’s heritage, with Premier Gladys Berejiklian’s NSW Government favouring commercialisation over the Federal Government’s plans for conservation. NSW Planning Minister Rob Stokes rejected the outcome of an independent inquiry into maintaining and caretaking historically and culturally important sites in Sydney […]