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Backpacker backlash

BY JOHN MOYLE The warm weather is here and just like birds chasing an eternal summer, backpackers arrive in Kings Cross to complete their migratory rite of passage to party, party, party. Or at least that is how it appears to some residents living near Kings Cross’s backpacker central in Victoria Street. Recent months has […]

Oxford Street backpacker beef

BY ALEX EUGENE A proposed backpackers' hostel for Oxford Street in Darlinghurst has locals worried their area would be destroyed by noise and all-night disturbances. The City of Sydney received an application from a company identified only as "Nukotel" to open the new business on level two of 38-46 Oxford Street, which is near the […]

Bondi braces for backpacker upheaval

BY CHRISTOPHER HARRIS The removal of the tax-free threshold for working holiday visas in the federal budget has Bondi backpackers fired up and local businesses bracing for economic loss. From July next year, backpackers will be taxed at 32.5 per cent from the first dollar they earn in the country, despite citizens and permanent residents […]

THE NAKED CITY – SOMETHING IN THE WATER

Back in February of 2013 a number of guests at the low budget Cecil Hotel in Los Angeles discovered a strange taste in the drinking water. After the hotel finally investigated the source of numerous complaints the naked body of a 21 year-old Canadian student Elisa Lam was found in one of their rooftop water […]

Dangerous boarding houses still operating around Sydney

By Callum Cyrus A City Hub follow up investigation has identified several rogue boarding house operations just five months before state reforms are set to be introduced to tackle covert housing operations. City Hub spoke to agencies letting six different properties, each cramming between six and ten tenants into apartments with only one or two bedrooms. […]

Bar Fly: Apothecary Bar

Denim wallpaper, disco balls, paranormal activity and taxidermied roosters... what more could you want from a bar, really? Set over four storeys, The World Bar is a labyrinth of rooms, booths, stairwells and hidden nooks.

Unauthorised backpacker accommodation uncovered in Bondi

Following an investigation into a large ring of illegal boarding houses in the city last week, City Hub has discovered a collection of similarly unauthorised backpacker accommodation in the Bondi Beach area. While posing as a prospective tenant, a City Hub reporter was shown around a series of overcrowded apartments and houses on Bondi Road, […]

Dangerous inner city housing operation uncovered

Following a fire in an overcrowded property in Alexandria on July 2, the City Hub has identified a series of up to 150 unauthorised boarding houses throughout the city, all of which appear to be part of a single operation. An undercover investigation found dangerously overcrowded living conditions with tenants sharing small rooms with up […]

Naked City: High on high-rise – low on pep!

  The inferno in an illegal backpackers’ caravan ‘gulag’ in Alexandria two weeks ago demonstrated how desperate some people are to find cheap accommodation in Sydney, living as they were in a kind of third world slum. As Sydney’s skyline soars it appears there is little room for low-budget tenants in the gleaming new residential […]

Illegal boarding houses threaten inner city safety

A property on Quarry Street in Ultimo has been brought to the attention of the City of Sydney Council as a serious safety hazard to its lodgers and surrounding residents. Council was alerted to the risk when a neighbouring resident informed councillors that the building appeared to be overcrowded. Upon inspection, Fire and Rescue New […]