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Reimagining of Glebe’s social housing estate a “much-needed win” for the inner-city community

By DANIEL LO SURDO Revised plans for housing renewal on Glebe’s Cowper Street and Wentworth Park Road have been heralded as an important victory for social housing tenants in the City of Sydney Local Government Area. NSW Government Minister for Water, Property & Housing Melinda Pavey announced last month its intentions to deliver 100 per […]

Saving Australia’s wildlife is the best way to honour Prince Philip’s legacy

Opinion by MERRILL WITT Prince Philip’s remarks at the opening of the Australian Mint in 1965, recently aired by Geraldine Doogue on RN’s Saturday Extra, were an early marker of his impressive credentials as an environmentalist.  At that time, the Duke of Edinburgh didn’t hold back in warning his audience that Australia’s native wildlife was […]

Looking back at the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody, three decades on

By ALLISON HORE April 10th marks the 30th anniversary of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody. But in the three decades since the landmark Royal Commission, Indigenous activists say the core recommendations, of the report’s 339, have been enacted by any government. The commission began in 1987 following campaigning by Indigenous activists over […]

The toxic threat confronting Inner West residents

Opinion by PETER HEHIR This Guardian article highlights the bleak future that faces all inner west residents who live within the fallout zone associated with any of the unfiltered WestConnex exhaust stacks. In concert with the aggressive position taken by the fossil fuel lobby, reminiscent of that last ditch stand by the cigarette companies, the […]

For the love of cats

Opinion by SANDRA SYMONS I never set out to acquire a cat, rather cats acquired me.  Once, when I was coming home late at night with my young husband, walking across the grass under the northern pylon of the Harbour Bridge, a pretty little calico cat started following us. Every few metres, we stopped, I […]

Remembering friend to Darlinghurst, Norman Thompson

By ALLISON HORE Darlinghurst is mourning the loss of a beloved community advocate this week with the passing of Norman Thompson. Born in Orlando Florida in 1936, Thompson grew up, studied and entered the world of academia in the United States before moving to England in the 1970s. There, he was a Visiting Fellow at […]

Hey Rob Stokes, please don’t let Sydney Water trash the Two Valley Trail

By GAVIN GATENBY Planning Minister Rob Stokes is spruiking a “bold” new post-COVID planning statement for Sydney – a “regulatory instrument” that, among other laudable things, enshrines the creation and protection of accessible open spaces for everyone.  Supposedly, it's all about the government stepping in to “ensure good design”. So here's a challenge for Rob […]

Museum of Flood Engineering and Innovation at Parramatta

Opinion by KYLIE WINKWORTH For the second time in 13 months the Parramatta River broke its banks last weekend and washed across the site of the Powerhouse Parramatta development. It was a bad look for the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS) which is trying to raise $75m for the project. Museums and dirty […]

The fallacy of sustainable growth

Opinion by PETER HEHIR In the slums of the England that Dickens wrote so vividly about, the working poor saw 3 or four families squeezed into one dwelling with a dozen or more sleeping in one room. Irish immigrants were welcomed as a source of cheap labour and in the eyes of many English, they […]

Hundreds of greyhounds died on tracks, report reveals

By ALLISON HORE A shocking report has revealed hundreds of greyhounds died on race tracks across the country in 2020.  The report, released by the Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds analysed data from thousands of official stewards’ reports from across the nation. The data they collected reveals last year there were 202 on-track deaths […]