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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 […]

Pandemic blow to renter mental health

By ALLISON HORE More than half of renters in Australia have experienced worse mental health outcomes during the pandemic as a result of their living situation, new data reveals.  A survey of 15,000 tenants revealed factors such as loss of income, inability to pay rent, insecure leases and eviction risk- coupled with lockdowns and social […]

Premier palliates pork barrelling

By ALLISON HORE NSW premier Gladys Berejiklian has admitted tens of millions of dollars in council grants were distributed in a way which was beneficial to the Liberal party, but said she saw no issue with the process. The Stronger Communities fund was originally established to help merged councils with infrastructure needs after controversial council […]

Domestic violence “exacerbated” by pandemic

By ALLISON HORE The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted many people in many different ways. Of course, there’s the obvious health and economic impacts that come from isolation and social distancing, but some of the impacts have been more hidden.  One of those hidden side effects is domestic violence, which Sydney’s Lord Mayor Clover Moore says […]

From feast to famine – food insecurity in a global pandemic

By FRANCIS EDWARDS 2020 has been a year of firsts. The first female, woman of colour elected as the US Vice President. The first signs of peace in the middle east following decades of war; of environmental rejuvenation in the Venice canals, and of innovative approaches to education.  But not all of 2020’s firsts have […]

Brandy Hill Quarry planning tragedy

Opinion by MERRILL WITT The federal government's approval of the expansion of the Brandy Hill Quarry in Port Stephens was heartbreaking, not only for the local community but for the people of NSW and beyond.  A local community organisation, the Brandy Hill and Seaham Action Group, had launched a last-minute, very effective campaign to stop […]