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No distancing in Double Bay

By ALLISON HORE The Golden Sheaf Hotel in Double Bay has been issued a $5,500 fine after failing to impose social distancing on patrons queued up outside its doors on Wednesday night.  The hotel was investigated by Liquor & Gaming NSW after a picture emerged on reddit showing up to 250 people packed tightly into […]

Carriageworks Receives Reprieve

One of Sydney's foremost arts institutions, Carriageworks, looks set to emerge from the ashes like a phoenix following a last minute reprieve.  Back in May the institution went into voluntary administration after being hit hard by COVID-19 and suffering a "significant reduction in revenue streams'. At the time the organisation owed over $2 million to […]

29 years, 437 deaths – yet no answers, no convictions and no justice

By Wendy Bacon Aboriginal families whose sons or daughters have died in custody formed a circle for a healing smoking ceremony, performed by Gadigal elder Aunty Rhonda Dixon-Grovenor at Djarrbarrgalli (the Gadigal word for ‘Domain’), during a Black Lives Matter rally in Sydney on Sunday 5 July. Protesters called for fundamental changes in the criminal […]

Cats: neuter now for nine long lives

By ALEC SMART From 1 July all cat owners in NSW have up to two months to desex their cat or pay for a permit. All cats over 4 months old must be neutered (rendered permanently incapable of reproduction) or otherwise registered as non-desexed, which requires an $80 annual permit. This is in addition to […]

Big win for Powerhouse Museum

By ALLISON HORE Five years after the decision was made, the NSW Government has backflipped on the plan to move the Powerhouse Museum from its Ultimo site to a new location in Parramatta. The relocation and staged closure of the Ultimo museum, which was expected to cost between $420m and $645m, was due to start […]

City of Sydney defer Aboriginal woman statue

By ALEC SMART On 2 July, City of Sydney Council voted 6 – 3 to amend and defer Councillor Dr Kerryn Phelps’ motion to commission a statue of Cadigal language teacher Patyegarang, what would have been the first publicly-funded statue in central Sydney to feature an Indigenous person. Deputy Lord Mayor Jess Scully, who issued […]

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 […]