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Rushcutters Bay: Heritage report concerns community over skate park development

By TESSA PELLE Eastern Suburbs locals are fearful Woollahra Council’s heritage report for Rushcutters Bay Park will greenlight a contentious skate park development. The Darling Point Society (DPS) says the report includes a Heritage Impact Statement to challenge the park’s heritage listing. President of DPS Charlotte Feldman learned of the matter from a source with […]

$65 million Potts Point development approved

By ASTON BROWN A $65 million hotel and apartment redevelopment on the site of Sydney’s former Bourbon and Beefsteak pub and Les Girls nightclub on Darlinghurst Road has been approved. The decision by the City of Sydney marks an end to a tedious and eventful application process that has been in the pipeline for over […]

Juanita Nielsen murder mystery finally set to unravel? 

Opinion by ANDREW WOODHOUSE Juanita Nielsen’s name is synonymous with injustice, allegations of police corruption/negligence, developers’ tactics and the stygian abyss of the 1970s Kings Cross underworld.   Mrs Nielsen wrote, published and hand-delivered her newspaper, NOW, from her home at 202 Victoria Street, Potts Point, now heritage-listed.  The newspaper initially focussed on favourable reviews for restaurants and women’s haute couture for which she was an example. […]

Sydney council’s Oxford Street planning failure

Opinion by ANDREW WOODHOUSE Our City of Sydney Council passed a motion last Monday putting its designs to vivify Oxford Street on public exhibition.  Oxford Street is an ancient pathway used by the Gadigal people of the Eora nation. But why bother? Today, parts of Oxford Street are covered with black boards and look like […]

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 […]