Inner West Independent

Another one bites the dust: Inner West Council GM calls it quits

By ALLISON HORE Following mayor Darcy Byrne's referral of his own council to the auditor general over its handling of the Dawny refurbishment, a senior official in the Inner West Council has decided to call it quits.  In an email sent to council staff on Tuesday afternoon, acting general manager of the Inner West Council, […]

“WestConnex and I hate each other’s guts”: community concerned WestConnex will make harbour pools unusable

By EVA BAXTER Community around Balmain fears the looming construction of the controversial Western Harbour Tunnel will make the harbour west of the Harbour Bridge unfit for human use. Marine scientists have reported construction of the tunnel risks disturbing hundreds of years of toxic pollution on the harbour floor. The Western Harbour Tunnel route connects […]

Communication fell with trees at Callan Park

By BRIANNAH DEVLIN Residents were appalled and saddened to learn that on the 26th of February, 10 trees were felled at Callan Park’s Glover Street Oval for what the Inner West Council justifies as for “sports fields.” In their 2021 announcements, Inner West Council wrote online that 10 trees were removed from leased land “as […]

Efendy’s win at small business ‘Oscars’ meaning more in tough times

By BRIANNAH DEVLIN And the ‘Oscar’ for the ‘Champion Restaurant’ goes to… Efendy Restaurant! (Applause erupts around The ICC Sydney) Balmain’s Efendy Restaurant on Elliott Street has taken home ‘Champion Restaurant’ at the Australian Small Business Champion Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony. They were among other winners across the country, with the awards aiming to […]

Inner West girls get a master class in cooking

By ALLISON HORE Girls at the Girl’s Refuge in Leichhardt had the opportunity to take part in their own special Masterclass with 2016 Masterchef winner, Elena Duggan.  Ms. Duggan told the Inner West Independent she has been looking for ways to get involved with the organisation after hearing about them through a friend. She said […]

The unlikely resident fighting back against the NSW Government’s war on public housing

By DANIEL LO SURDO Leading an emotion-fuelled campaign against the monoliths of the NSW Government is a responsibility Louisa Blair never thought she would shoulder.  The 30-year resident of the Explorer Street public housing estate in Eveleigh describes herself as more bashful than boisterous; not the sort to ordinarily welcome newcomers into her living room […]

I AM NOT A VIRUS: How Inner West artists are fighting back against racism

By GEORGIA ROBINSON “Racism is a social disease and it needs to be addressed as a matter of urgency.” – Susan Chen Asian based racism is an issue which has existed for as long as Asian people have been migrating to Australia, however, the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated it for Asian people all over Australia […]

New draft strategy a pathway for White Bay Power Station and Glebe Island Bridge renewal

By ALLISON HORE The NSW Department of Planning, Industry and the Environment have today released their new strategy for the Bays West Precinct.  The strategy, which promises to deliver a “new kind of Sydney urbanism”, outlines six “big moves” for the area which spans over three times the area of Barangaroo. The six moves outlined […]

Community comes together through crisis to support rough sleepers

By ALLISON HORE The extreme weather hitting NSW has led to severe damage, flooding and disruptions across Sydney this weekend. But two Newtown businesses have come together to make the best of the bad situation and help out those in need. Heavy rainfall on Friday caused “catastrophic electrical failure” at Lloyd’s IGA in Newtown, meaning […]

“At long last,” accessibility upgrade for Inner West stations

By ALLISON HORE After years of community campaigning, details have been released about accessibility upgrades for two stations in Sydney’s Inner West. As part of the Transport Access Scheme, Transport for NSW have started planning much needed accessibility upgrades at Erskineville and St Peters stations. The proposed upgrades at St Peters and Erskineville stations will […]