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Backlash to forced council amalgamations unites suburbs big and small

BY ANDREW BARCLAY Councils from across NSW’s have continued to unite in their fight against the Baird Government’s forced amalgamations, which they say is a “threat to their local communities”. Mayor of Woollahra Toni Zeltzer said she met with councils from across NSW because mergers could be “the beginning of the end” for smaller councils. […]

Alcohol-free zone removal a ‘win for the marginalised’

BY ANDREW BARCLAY Sydney’s homeless population is set to benefit after the City of Sydney Council proposed scrapping over 60 alcohol-free areas across the city. Under the plan zones will be removed across several suburbs including Redfern, Surry Hills, Newtown and Darlinghurst. Homelessness NSW has welcomed the proposal, which it said unfairly targeted people sleeping […]

Sniffer dogs have had their day: experts, Greens

BY ANDREW BARCLAY The NSW government continues to push ahead with a drug policing strategy that has been an “abject failure” in the face of mounting evidence and criticism, according to experts and opponents. Member for Newtown Jenny Leong last week brought to the NSW lower house a bill aimed at ending the use of […]

Chain reaction: new bike laws increase hostility

BY ANDREW BARCLAY New laws for cyclists have had little effect on dangerous behaviour and have increased hostility between riders and drivers, according to a cyclists group. Stephen Wilks, a recreational cyclist from NSW, said the new laws have further flared tensions and reversed recent improvements to “drive a divide” between drivers and riders. He said the new laws perpetuated the perception that cyclists don’t belong […]

Jeers and heckles as Powerhouse move is debated in NSW Parliament

By ANDREW BARCLAY In a raucous discussion, complete with wolf calls and booing, the NSW Government sought to position so called inner city elites against western Sydney in a parliamentary debate over the selloff of the Powerhouse Museum on Friday. The debate in parliament occurred after a petition with 10,000 signatories was tabled in Parliament […]

Medical marijuana so near, so far

BY ANDREW BARCLAY Medical marijuana could be available by prescription in Australia by 2017 due to landmark legislation that provides the “missing piece”, yet the announcement has been met with caution by campaigners and the industry who say access may still be “years away”. Prominent medical marijuana businessperson Paul Benhaim told City Hub he was wary […]

Connex the dots: home acquisition process labelled “unfair”

BY ANDREW BARCLAY Hundreds of families could be left out of pocket as the New South Wales government moves ahead with controversial plans to forcibly acquire homes in the way of major infrastructure projects. Residents across the inner west have raised concerns about the forcible purchase of homes along the WestConnex route, branding the exercise […]

Powerhouse move continues to light up community opposition

By Andrew Barclay A new report shows the number of visitors to the Powerhouse Museum is increasing, contradicting the NSW Government’s claim that the venue should be moved due to declining attendance. The NSW Government hopes to sell the Powerhouse building to high-rise property developers for a reported $150 to $200 million dollars, with the […]