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Saving Australia’s wildlife is the best way to honour Prince Philip’s legacy

Opinion by MERRILL WITT Prince Philip’s remarks at the opening of the Australian Mint in 1965, recently aired by Geraldine Doogue on RN’s Saturday Extra, were an early marker of his impressive credentials as an environmentalist.  At that time, the Duke of Edinburgh didn’t hold back in warning his audience that Australia’s native wildlife was […]

Heat islands and climate change may make parts of Sydney “unliveable”

By ALLISON HORE Some parts of the greater Sydney area may become unliveable as a result of climate change and the urban heat island effect if immediate action isn’t taken, a new report shows.  But the City of Sydney has announced an ambitious plan to tackle this problem.  The report commissioned by the Australian Conservation […]

School dumped, ship hotel mothballed, buses bull: News Bites – 30 Oct 2019

Bite-sized bulletins by ALEC SMART School is a Dump The Dept of Planning are working with NSW Dept Education and Northern Beaches Council to relocate French’s Forest High School on Sydney’s North Shore, in order to build a new town centre on the school site, with shops, bars, a sports oval and 3,000 apartments. However, […]

Big Sydney comes at a cost to environment

By Merrill Witt Last week, in a presentation to the Property Council, the newly appointed Minister for Planning, Rob Stokes, gave a surprisingly candid assessment of the NSW planning system. He said that "the culture of development that has grown up in this city has pitted in many ways supposedly avaricious developers against supposedly blinkered […]