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Bourbon development a total facade

Opinion by JOHN MOYLE The second attempt to get a development application passed on the Bourbon block in Kings Cross is a great exercise in façadism designed to obfuscate the brutal reality. Behind developer Iris Capital and designers Tonkin Zulaikha Greer’s submission is another facade of a design deeply flawed and one that will impact […]

The killing of Darlinghurst Road

Opinion by JOHN MOYLE Not since the Green Bans and the Victoria Street wars of the ‘70s has Kings Cross faced such a powerful and existential threat to its existence. Under the cover of COVID on Friday 11th of September Iris Capital for developer Sam Arnaout lodged its second Development Application with the City of […]

Kings Cross faces uncertain future

Opinion by ANDREW WOODHOUSE Kings Cross is under attack. Its eccentricity is threatened by the very thing that keeps it alive: a living breathing critical mass and ribbon of funky people and things who don't mind being deliberately different. It's defending itself from volleys of large development applications that, if approved, would erode its individuality, […]

Heritage halts skatepark

Opinion by ANDREW WOODHOUSE Champagne corks are popping across Elizabeth Bay, Rushcutters Bay and Darling Point. The NSW heritage office previously recommended that the much-cherished Rushcutters Bay Park on its eastern side and Yarranabbe Park, both under the control of Woollahra Council, be state heritage-listed. And last week the Minister signed off on the proposal […]

Murder mystery may soon be solved

By ANDREW WOODHOUSE Heiress Juanita Joan Nielsen was a Kings Cross-based owner of the newspaper, “NOW” and a writer who became notable for her activism for urban conservation and community issues, particularly anti-development campaigns. She was vociferously against Sydney Council projects to “up-grade” Oxford Street, a monorail for Darlinghurst Road and the demolition of both […]

Potts Point alterations cause confusion

Opinion by ANDREW WOODHOUSE After three public meetings, Sydney Council Lord Mayor, Clover Moore, is still no closer to garnering unequivocal support from small businesses and the local community for her zany Macleay Street alterations in Potts Point. At the most recent meeting on Wed 18 March at Council’s Rex Centre, about 150 anxious locals […]

Navy’s unwanted Xmas gift to Potts Point

Opinion by ANDREW WOODHOUSE “Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse,” says the 19th-century poem. Yet outside people’s homes and at the letter boxes of number 20 Wylde Street, Potts Point, our Australian Defence Department was in mouse-like fashion scurrying about secreting a […]

Clover Moore’s Christmas gift

Opinion by ANDREW WOODHOUSE Who dared whisper that Santa Claus is not real? After Sydney Council community meetings, plans and counter plans, discussions, arguments and accusations, Clover Moore’s public panacea for Macleay Street, Potts Point, is now a nihilism. All so-called “upgrade” plans have come to nothing. The much-maligned “vision” concept has been quietly cancelled […]

Macleay St upgrade a downgrade

Opinion BY ANDREW WOODHOUSE Clover Moore’s proposed mega-million dollar Macleay Street “upgrade” has hit a snag; it’s not universally popular. Residents were roiled at the first community meeting in early November and another vociferous meeting on 19th November raised alarm bells. About 130 local residents and businesses attended the meeting which Mrs Moore described as […]

Elizabeth Bay residents all a-buzz

Opinion by ANDREW WOODHOUSE “Bzzz bzzz.” Hear that? That, dear readers, is the hum of a “bee hotel” coming to a park near you in Lawrence Hargrave Reserve, Elizabeth Bay, if Sydney’s Lord Mayor and Queen Bee, Clover Moore, has her way. Lock up your children. A 24-hour, 7-day bee hotel is not a honey-making […]