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Pedal Power wins the day in the Inner West

By JOHN MOYLE The demand for more cycleways and the advent of COVID-19 made for strange bedfellows that have seen new pop-up cycleways created across Sydney. They have come about through responses from government, local council and residents to take pressure off public transport and the demand for safer routes offering access to key employment […]

Inner West Council slash meetings in 2021

By DANIEL LO SURDO Inner West Council has decided to halve the amount of Council Meetings taking place in 2021. The recommendation to decrease two monthly meetings down to one was made official in December when a majority of Councillors led by Mayor Darcy Byrne expressed their support for the motion. Independent Councillor Pauline Lockie, […]

Inner West Council receive sports honour

By EVA BAXTER The Inner West Council was named 2020 Local Council of the Year in the Community Sports Awards by the NSW Office of Sport. The council was given the award for its collaboration with local sports clubs to boost participation in sport across the local government area, particularly among women and girls. In […]

Where will the children play?

By ALLISON HORE The plans for a skatepark at Leichhardt Park have hit another roadblock after council voted to put the park's plans under an extra layer of scrutiny.  The move will mean the decade-long decision making process for a new Inner West skatepark will be drawn out even longer.  The vote follows lengthy debate […]

Council splash cash for community projects

By GEORGIA ROBINSON 89 community projects are starting the year off with a bang after the Inner West Council announced the recipients of the Inner West Council 2020 Grant Program. Through the program the council is providing $500,000 in funding to offer financial support to a variety of different projects, such as arts, community and […]

‘Highly inappropriate’: New Year’s Eve portaloo fiasco

By DANIEL LO SURDO Inner West residents were left bewildered last month as over 90 portable toilets were delivered to foreshore parks in Balmain East and Birchgrove in preparation for New Year’s Eve celebrations, despite Inner West Council declaring the popular vantage points closed over three weeks earlier.  Inner West Council Mayor Darcy Byrne pleaded […]

WestConnex blasting property damage concerns Leichhardt locals

By DANIEL LO SURDO Leichhardt residents are growing increasingly concerned with potential property damage resulting from the WestConnex tunnel blasting that could begin as early as next month.  WestConnex contractor Acciona Samsung Bouygues (ASBJV) applied to the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment in November seeking permission to break rock under areas between Leichhardt’s 36th […]

Callan park cash boost a “historic achievement”

By ALLISON HORE Callan Park advocates are celebrating the announcement of a further $4 million in funding for park upgrades which the NSW Government hope will transform the park into “one of the true jewels in Sydney’s crown.” The funding announcement comes as the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment released their final Callan […]

Rates harmonisation winners and losers

By ALLISON HORE Upcoming changes to the way rates are calculated in the Inner West will leave some ratepayers out of pocket up to 20 percent more. Currently there are three rates structures across the Inner West. This disparity comes as a result of the three pre-amalgamation councils- Ashfield Council, Leichhardt Council and Marrickville Council- […]

Delays plague bath reopening

By ALLISON HORE Construction delays have plagued the reopening of Australia’s oldest sea pool.  Located in Elkington Park, Balmain, the Dawn Fraser Baths were not reopened for the start of the summer swim season as the Inner West Council had hoped. The popular swimming spot has been closed since September 2019 for extensive renovations to […]