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There are none so blind…

Opinion by PETER HEHIR What does a burning Koala clinging to a eucalypt ablaze in the Blue Mountains, have to do with a brand new diesel-powered SUV with just the driver on board, travelling in air-conditioned comfort at 80 kilometres an hour in a WestConnex tunnel under Ashfield some 100 kilometres away? Is there a […]

Ten Ordinary Men – The ANZACS of Addison Road

Inside this book are the stories of ten ordinary men. None of them especially distinguished before, during or after World War One. Men who were here at Addison Road — briefly — then gone: to other camps in Australia; to battlefields in Europe and the Middle East; or to early graves in foreign soil. Ten […]

Make Google & Facebook support public interest journalism

By LAWRENCE GIBBONS Everyone recalls the great news blackout of 2021. Earlier this year, Facebook prevented Australians from posting news stories on their platform. The move came in response to a proposed new law giving the Treasurer Josh Frydenberg the power to force Facebook and Google to bargain with Australian media companies, big and small. […]

Addressing the Climate Emergency on our Doorstep

Opinion by DANIELA OSIANDER Do you like dinosaurs? Many kids go through a period of dinosaur obsession. Interestingly, studies show that these kids tend to be smarter than those who don’t. Don’t jump to conclusions, but it turns out the NSW Government doesn’t seem to care much about dinosaurs! At least not when it comes […]

Power to the People

By MARK MORDUE Addison Road Community Organisation and Newtown Neighbourhood Centre are combining forces to create a national alliance of community organisations working together to lobby for social justice and a basic living wage at the next election. “The inner west is the boarding house capital of Australia," Newtown Neighbourhood Centre CEO Liz Yeo said. […]

Deadly Good: different cultural communities come together at Addi Rd

By MARK MORDUE Keenan Mundine, Carly Stanley and Dean Lloyd are here from Deadly Connections, picking up hamper boxes from Addi Road’s Emergency Food Relief Hub. They’re using two vans to do a big delivery run to Glebe, Waterloo, Redfern, Marrickville and Dulwich Hill. Deadly Connections work across those areas and throughout the Inner West […]

Cost of de-amalgamation must be paid by NSW government

Opinion by PIP HINMAN In response to a seeming concern by Labor councillors Darcy Byrne and Mark Drury that rates would rise in any demerger, the majority of councillors on September 14 tabled a letter from the Office of Local Government which again stated that the cost of any demerger of Marrickville, Leichhardt and Ashfield […]

WestConnex: The Road Tunnel Time Bomb

Opinion by PETER HEHIR There are two approaches to ventilating road tunnels. Obviously the longer the tunnel the bigger the problem, both logistically and in terms of the volume and concentration of the released toxic air. The best method by far is “in tunnel filtration”. This begins with the design of the tunnel. Special areas […]

Environment Laws threatened in the midnight shift

Opinion by DANIELA OSIANDER If you visited Centennial Park or another local bit of nature during the lockdown, you can attest to one thing: we rely on nature to keep us sane! All the worse that the Federal Government this week seems set to miss a unique chance to protect our natural treasures – while […]

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 […]