Inner West Independent

Dibble Ave Waterhole restored and safety audit expected for nearby Marrickville Golf Club

By EVA BAXTER Stabilisation and preservation works at the Dibble Ave Waterhole in Marrickville are almost complete and revegetation of the stabilised banks has commenced. The project coincides with the plans for Marrickville Parklands including the Marrickville Golf Course which in August was contentiously granted a 21-year lease by Inner West Council. The waterhole has […]

Ambitious community plan to halve rubbish in the Cooks River by 2025 endorsed by council

By ASTON BROWN The Cooks River is set to get cleaner under a new strategy that aims to coordinate clean-up efforts across council, community, and local authorities to target litter at its source. Earlier this week, the Inner West Council unanimously voted to endorse the new plan that aims to halve the amount of rubbish […]

Unlock the gates: resident petition disputes parks kept under lock over lockdown

By EVA BAXTER An Ashbury resident’s petition questioned the council practice of keeping large open spaces such as athletic fields and ovals locked behind fences over the course of Sydney’s lockdown. Local resident Luke Buckle started the petition 4 weeks ago asking Canterbury-Bankstown Council to “open up our locked down spaces, Campbell Oval and Blick […]

The freedoms you can now enjoy with the Inner West reopening today

By DANIEL LO SURDO With today being the first Monday since NSW hit 70 per cent double vaccination rate, the Inner West - and the rest of the state - will start to enjoy further freedoms as we pass the first milestone on the COVID-19 reopening roadmap.  What can you do from today?  Travel: People […]

Advertising company seeks ten-year lease for signage on Glebe Island Silos

By EVA BAXTER Advertising company oOh!media is seeking approval for a ten-year consent term for the display of the existing advertising signage on the Glebe Island Silos. Roof signage has existed on the Glebe Island Silos for 29 years from 1992 when the southern and western facades of the silos were decorated with an Olympic […]

Inner West Council to prepare fee support for sporting clubs impacted by COVID-19 lockdown

By DANIEL LO SURDO Inner West Council will prepare a report on waiving ground hire fees for sporting clubs whose seasons were cancelled after Sydney entered a mandatory lockdown on June 26.  The report will be prepared after the neighbouring Canterbury-Bankstown and Canada Bay Councils both waived similar ground hire fees due to the COVID-19 […]

Council and community oppose state government plans to privatise Callan Park

By EVA BAXTER A new draft Bill from the state government has proposed a series of amendments to the Callan Park (Special Provisions) Act 2002. The Act disallows any private or commercial uses on the site. The Bill’s amendments to the Act include permitting 50 year potentially commercial leases in the heritage buildings, removing council […]

Inner West Council to reduce aquatic centre fees for social security recipients

By DANIEL LO SURDO Inner West councillors supported a motion last month to reduce aquatic centre entry fees for social security recipients.  With overwhelming approval from councillors, Council will immediately adopt the proposed Social Security Recipient Concession, which will instate a $1.20 fee in all Aquatic Centres in the Inner West. The move follows the […]

Growth in community use indicates improving health of the Cooks River, survey reveals

By EVA BAXTER The Cooks River Community Values survey closed earlier this month. The survey is part of a range of studies being undertaken as part of the development of ‘A Whole of River Plan’ known as the Cooks River Catchment Coastal Management Program (CMP). The public consultation period was 30 July to 5 September […]

Inner West Council to launch $250,000 community COVID-19 support program

By DANIEL LO SURDO Inner West Council has moved to support a program that will provide financial assistance totalling $250,000 to local organisations impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Council resolved in an August meeting to receive a report addressing how up to $250,000 can be targeted to those most in need throughout the Inner West […]