Inner West Independent

Powerhouse in peril

by ALEC SMART The NSW Govt has released costings that underpin their motive to close the Powerhouse Museum, prior to its demolition and transfer of some of its exhibits to a smaller museum in Parramatta. However, the documents, obtained under Parliamentary Order by a cross-bench of Upper House MPs, reveal NSW Govt’s plans for the […]

Risky high-rise faces fast-track approval

By WENDY BACON St Peters’ residents fear that the NSW Minister for Planning, Rob Stokes, is fast-tracking a development proposal that is based on outdated and misleading information about contamination, aircraft noise, pollution and traffic risks. The development, known as Precinct 75, is currently a ‘creative hub’ of 70 small businesses housed in old industrial […]

Facebook ‘bans’ Sydney ska musicians

By ALEC SMART Musicians from Inner West Sydney were among thousands worldwide who were randomly picked as ‘racists’ by social media giant Facebook. Their online profiles were suspended on 9 June in a massive membership cull that was a misguided attempt by the corporation to synchronise with the Black Lives Matter social movement targeting systemic […]

Inner West Council pauses deal with Newington School

By WENDY BACON The Inner West Council pressed pause last night on its agreement to give private boys’ school Newington exclusive right to use part of Tempe Reserve in exchange for a contribution to upgrading sporting fields at the Reserve. After a lengthy debate, a majority of Councillors voted against continuing with the deal that […]

Cat Protection Society Op Shop To Close After 40+ Years

COVID-19 is set to claim yet another victim by the end of this month when the Cat Protection Society Op Shop on Enmore Road closes its doors for good. "This decision was heartbreaking," said Cat Protection Society CEO Kristina Vesak. "The Cat Protection’s Op Shop volunteers, customers and donors have made a profound and positive […]

Sydney Metro refuses to release business case

By JESSICA GUTTRIDGE The NSW Legislative Council’s Inquiry report for the Sydenham to Bankstown line conversion has recommended the immediate release of the full business case of Sydney Metro Southwest but Transport for NSW continues to deny public access to the critical document. Transport for NSW has just deemed a Government Information Public Access (GIPA) […]

Get Folked Punk gets around coronavirus clampdown

by ALEC SMART Get Folked Punk is a monthly live music event in Sydney’s inner west. It features aspiring and established performers from the city’s dynamic folk circuit and comes with a punk attitude that gives it a varied and interesting edge. Co-founder Joel Cook, himself a drummer with punk-ska band Operation Ibis and the […]

Sorry, not sorry, for Indigenous youth, apparently

By ALEC SMART On the week of Sorry Day, the national day to commemorate the mistreatment of Australia’s first peoples by European settlers, it was revealed that the NSW Govt plan to slash vital support funding to an Aboriginal welfare service that provides essential help to Indigenous children. The Sorry Day, aka National Day of […]

Inner west taskforce sought

Sydney’s Inner West Council is calling for Expressions of Interest from members of the community for the Inner West Economic Recovery Taskforce. The taskforce will help Council plan and coordinate the economic recovery of the Inner West, which has been smashed by the COVID-19 crisis. Council wants the membership of the taskforce to include a […]

Fast-track for new fish market

By ALLISON HORE The NSW Government announced that the development proposal for the new Sydney Fish Market will be fast-tracked through the planning assessment system, which NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian claims is part of a bid to boost the state’s economy in the wake of the coronavirus crisis. The fish market proposal, by Danish architecture […]