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Council clashes with state government over Waterloo Estate proposal

By ALLISON HORE After lengthy discussions, the City of Sydney council has voted to support a revised version of the NSW Land and Housing Corporation (LAHC)’s proposed redevelopment for a public housing estate in south Waterloo.  But the LAHC has fired back at council for their delay in approving the development, leading to bitter debate […]

Barbara Ramjan’s extraordinary life of advocacy

By BRIANNAH DEVLIN Meet Barbara Ramjan. Change-maker. Advocate. She has lived in the inner west her whole life.  She’s a woman who has seen the world change in many ways and evolve into a different world than the one she was born in. Ramjan was nominated as part of Inner West Council’s International Women’s Day […]

Clues to the missing trust in Greater Sydney Parklands

Opinion by WENDY BACON Is Taking the TRUST out of Sydney’s Public Parklands a Good Idea?   On 17th February, an alliance of Sydney community organisations held its first forum at NSW Parliament.  The forum 'Is Taking the TRUST out of Sydney’s Public Parklands a Good Idea?" focussed on the new Greater Sydney Parklands, which is […]

NSW parliamentarians vow to outlaw “conversion therapy”

By ALLISON HORE Following a ban on so-called “conversion therapy” in Victoria, a group of NSW parliamentarians are vowing to push similar policy to outlaw the practice in NSW. During a nine hour sitting on Thursday this week, Victoria's upper house voted 27 to 9 to pass the Change or Suppression (Conversion) Practices Prohibition Bill. […]

Media diversity under investigation

By ALLISON HORE Has your local newspaper shut down or ceased print? Is a Murdoch rag the only print publication you can get your hands on? Or are you just a news junkie who loves your local paper? Activist group GetUp! would like to hear from you for a report they are putting together to […]

The uncomfortable reality of January 26th

The Inner West Independent would like to begin by acknowledging the Traditional Owners of the land, the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation. We also pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging, and that sovereignty was never ceded.  By BRIANNAH DEVLIN The 26th of January, also known as Australia Day, will be looking […]

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 […]