Inner West Independent

Western Harbour Tunnel route through Rozelle, Balmain and Birchgrove revealed

By ERIN MODARO Inner West residents can now find out if their properties will be affected by construction on The Western Harbour Tunnel. The NSW government has released the detailed route of tunnelling that will cut through Rozelle and Balmain, and into Birchgrove, showing residential properties both directly affected or within an influenced zone. The […]

Balmain Town Hall Precinct set to undergo revitalization by council

By ERIN MODARO The Balmain Town Hall Precinct is set to be revitalized after a community meeting was held last week to gather ideas for the space. The precinct projected to be upgraded spans from the Balmain PCYC to the Balmain Square, which includes the currently unused Balmain Court House. Inner West Mayor Darcy Byrne […]

Passenger in Erskineville vehicle incident charged with drug possession and other offenses

By ERIN MODARO A man has been charged with several offenses including possession of illegal drugs, after running from a reportedly stolen Ford Falcon pulled over by police in Erskineville yesterday. The Ford was stopped by police just before 10am on Tuesday July 12, before then man fled the vehicle on foot and was arrested […]

Leichhardt Oval snubbed for funding by state government

By SAM PASHMI Inner West Mayor Darcy Byrne has called out NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet for again neglecting to fund Leichhardt Oval, a stomping ground for the Wests Tigers. Leichhardt Oval was granted no funding in a recent budget announcement by the state government, stalling previous plans to give the oval upgrades. Cr Byrne said […]

Man shot by police in Erskineville after allegedly driving car at officers

By ERIN MODARO A man has been shot by police in Erskineville this morning after he allegedly drove a vehicle straight towards officers. NSW Police said in a statement that just before 10am officers stopped a Ford Falcon with two men inside that was reported stolen from West Pennant Hills earlier in the month. Police […]

Inner West Citizen of the Year co-winner Liz Yeo on her community work in Newtown

By ERIN MODARO The Inner West Council has recently awarded its 2022 Citizens of the Year awards to Indigenous Activist Cheree Toka and Newtown community leader Liz Yeo. The awards ceremony was held last week at the Ashfield Town Hall, celebrating and thanking the winners’ contributions to the Inner West. Yeo was CEO of the […]

Darcy Byrne’s rates debt remains publicly undisclosed

By WENDY BACON and ERIN MODARO Inner West Mayor Darcy Byrne has failed to declare a rate debt owed to the Inner West Council in his most recent annual return setting out his financial and non-financial interests. A register of the 2019 to 2021 interests is published on the Inner West Council website. As reported by […]

The Perks of Office

Opinion By PETER HEHIR An article in the Sunday Telegraph on 19th June states that “the Inner West Council Mayor Darcy Byrne – who is a close friend and former staffer of Prime Minister Anthony ­Albanese – owes more than $15,000 in rates on a $2.5m property in Balmain. The Mayor, Darcy Thomas Martin Byrne […]

Inner West Council de-amalgamation continues on rocky path as business case comes under fire

By AMBER GRIFFIN A business case detailing the process of de-amalgamation for the Inner West Council (IWC) is receiving heavy criticism from councillors and residents, after it was passed for public exhibition at a recent IWC meeting. Earlier in the year, the Inner West Councils (IWC) General Manager Peter Gainsford commissioned consulting firm Morrison Low to […]

The Inner West Mayor owes $15,000 to council: Should we be allowed to know?

By ERIN MODARO Inner West Mayor Darcy Byrne currently owes council $15,000 in unpaid rates on a Balmain property he inherited from his mother, which was first reported by the The Daily Telegraph earlier in June. Cr Byrne told The Daily Telegraph he hasn’t paid the rates due to not being in possession of the […]