Inner West Independent

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 […]

Foreshore, urban and corridor: walking the Inner West

By EVA BAXTER Rules for Greater Sydney came into effect last month prohibiting travel further than 5km from home and making local walks more important than ever. Inner Westies have been donning their active wear, their hiking gear and hitting the dirt, paths, and pavements to rediscover their backyards. The Inner West is a densely […]

Inner West: Porteous and Lockie plan to bring ‘calm’ back to Council

By DANIEL LO SURDO New Inner West Mayor Rochelle Porteous and Deputy Mayor Pauline Lockie will look to bring back the community focus to Council over their three-month term.  Ms Porteous beat out the previous mayor Darcy Byrne and previous deputy mayor Victor Macri for the position at Council’s extraordinary meeting on the 7th of […]

Callan Park dispute resounds regarding mound

By EVA BAXTER The Waterfront Green revitalisation is underway. This is the first stage of parkland upgrades for Callan Park funded by the NSW government planning to transition Callan Park into an iconic urban parkland comparable to other iconic parks across Sydney. Tyrrell Studios is the principal landscape architect responsible for designing the works at […]

COVID-recovery policy unanimously supported by Inner West Councillors

By DANIEL LO SURDO Inner West Councillors unanimously supported the preparation of a COVID-recovery outdoor dining and live performance policy to “allow and encourage safe use of public spaces by local restaurants, cafes, bars and local premises” at a Council meeting last week.  The motion, tabled from Councillor Darcy Byrne, detailed that the policy would […]

Inner West population growth stalling through COVID-19

By DANIEL LO SURDO Data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has revealed that the Inner West population has grown 7 per cent in the past 5 years.  Up to June 2020, the Inner West registered a population of 201,880, increasing by 13,169 people (7.0%) in the past five years.  COVID-19 has seemed […]

Colgate Avenue: the Colgate Company’s connection to Balmain

By EVA BAXTER The Colgate-Palmolive company is celebrating its 100th anniversary in Australia this year, and has a special connection to the Balmain Peninsula. In December 1923 the company opened a factory in the suburb on Broadstairs Street. The factory produced its first iconic toothpaste in 1928. According to Inner West Council, the company was […]

Come Home Fonzi…

By ASTON BROWN The fate of Glebe’s renowned missing cat remains a mystery despite his family and the community’s best efforts. On May 29 - a Saturday morning - Fonzi was let outside to go to the toilet. Instead of returning for breakfast, the 2-year-old Burmese cat vanished without a trace. "It’s awful, I've never […]

Inner West library services set to reopen next week

By EVA BAXTER Inner West library click and collect and home delivery services will be reopened on Monday September 20, or the week commencing. The library services were shut under the NSW government’s Public Health Order. Libraries are categorised separately from retail, for which click & collect and delivery has been permissible. An exemption to […]