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The Mayor Unmasked: Darcy Byrne discusses his re-election bid after a tumultuous first Mayoral term

By EVA BAXTER Darcy Byrne is the inaugural mayor of Inner West Council and was the last mayor of Leichhardt Council. Leichhardt Council ceased to exist when it was amalgamated with Ashfield and Marrickville Councils in 2016 to form the Inner West Council. 2021 will mark the end of council’s first term, and over five […]

Waverley Council declares net-zero emissions by 2030

By ASTON BROWN Waverley Council has fast-tracked their net-zero emissions target planning to be 100% carbon neutral by 2030. Council unanimously supported a Mayoral Motion to investigate setting a new target of 2030 last month and has since confirmed they will be surpassing their original goal of 70% emissions reduction by 2030. Waverley Council Mayor […]

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 […]

Green Bans Turn Fifty

Opinion by WENDY BACON Fifty years ago last week, two NSW unions took a bold step. At the request of thirteen Hunters Hill women, they agreed to impose a construction black ban (later renamed a green ban) on a small piece of bushland at the junction of the Lane Cove and Parramatta Rivers in Sydney […]

Juanita Nielsen murder mystery finally set to unravel? 

Opinion by ANDREW WOODHOUSE Juanita Nielsen’s name is synonymous with injustice, allegations of police corruption/negligence, developers’ tactics and the stygian abyss of the 1970s Kings Cross underworld.   Mrs Nielsen wrote, published and hand-delivered her newspaper, NOW, from her home at 202 Victoria Street, Potts Point, now heritage-listed.  The newspaper initially focussed on favourable reviews for restaurants and women’s haute couture for which she was an example. […]

Inner West Council can take action on affordable housing

Opinion by DYLAN GRIFFITHS Sydney is the third worst city in the world for housing affordability. In Australia, one in six young people aged 15–19 have experienced homelessness, 25 percent of whom are based in NSW. For many the amount needed for a home loan deposit seems insurmountable with the inability to become a homeowner […]

Airbnb is eating the neighbourhood

Opinion by JANE HEARN Last month the NSW “Airbnb Policy” was quietly gazetted by the Minister for Planning, Mr Robert Stokes MP. This is a major planning reform that permits all housing to be used for short stay tourism.  It takes some chutzpah to give in to tourist Platforms in the middle of pandemic with […]