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Drumming up a crowd at North Bondi

By ALLISON HORE Mayor of Waverley, Paula Masselos, is urging Bondi locals to remember it’s “not a normal summer” after footage emerged online showing a large gathering at a park by the beach in North Bondi. The videos posted to social media show a large crowd of people dancing at Biddigal Reserve on Sunday evening. […]

Rediscovering home: It’s a beautiful day in the neighbourhood

Opinion by SANDRA SYMONS It is a lovely evening in the inner city. It is the violet hour.  Wayward frangipani blooms still litter the pavement, murraya crowds the iron fence railings, leptospermum lends the air a soft suggestion of lemons.  But stop. Listen. Blot out the sounds of passing cars and passers-by, the sounds of […]

Assange extradition ruling a double edged sword

By ALLISON HORE On Monday a UK judge ruled that Wikileaks founder, Julian Assange, cannot be extradited to the United States after accepting medical evidence he would be at risk in US custody.  Assange has been in prison in the UK since 2019 after hiding out in the Ecuadorian Embassy for seven years to avoid […]

Stranded passengers struggle to distance

By ALLISON HORE Following train line shutdowns and service cancellations across Sydney on Thursday, commuters crowded onto train platforms with little regard for social distancing.  A fatality at Lidcombe station in the early afternoon led to buses replacing trains in both directions between Strathfield and Parramatta, and a number of train services between Strathfield and […]

Public service workers furious as treasurer spends big on consultants

By ALLISON HORE Public service workers have hit out at the NSW Government for spending big on private consultants while cutting the wage increase of public sector employees.  In November last year, NSW treasurer Dominic Perottet revealed a plan to replace stamp duty with an annual land tax on newly bought or sold properties. The […]

Close contact concert sparks COVID-19 concern

By ALLISON HORE A Human Nature concert with little to no social distancing has raised concern about a potential COVID-19 outbreak. The concert took place on Saturday night at The Coliseum Theatre in Rooty Hill in Western Sydney with over 1,100 people in attendance. It ended just hours before the NSW Government’s mask mandate came […]

Creativity in COVID time: Diccon lines up his ducks

By SANDRA SYMONS Eminent Sydney lawyer Diccon Loxton, who lives in the inner city, has 500 ducks. Well, he thinks he has 500 ducks, give or take. At home. All well behaved. Mr Loxton, who has developed an interest in ducks during the Covid pandemic, has, due to health concerns, imposed a lockdown on himself. […]

Sydney’s water security at risk?

By MERRILL WITT At the recent Independent Planning Commission’s hearings for the proposed expansion of the Dendrobium underground coal mine, Wollondilly Councillor Noel Lowry expressed disbelief that the Government was prioritising urban development over mining in coal-rich, semi-rural Wilton while at the same time allowing the expansion of coal mining under the Sydney Water Catchment.  […]

The Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission in Australia celebrates World Arabic language day

By ABDULRAHMAN ALQARNI The Saudi Cultural Attaché in Australia held a celebration to recognise World Arabic language day 2020 . In attendance were a number of Saudis and Australians interested in the field of languages, translation, culture and literature. The celebration began with verses from the Holy Quran and an opening speech by His Excellency […]

Sydneysiders call for an end to “cruel” puppy farming

By ALLISON HORE Hundreds of protesters and their four legged friends gathered in Martin Place on Saturday in support of proposed legislation which would put an end to puppy farming in NSW. Puppy farming, also known as puppy factories or puppy mills, are places where puppies are bred en masse to be sold in pet […]