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Greens Demand Greater Support For Artists In Lockdown

By Tessa Pelle The arts, entertainment and live music industries were some of the first hit by social distancing restrictions and continue to face further uncertainty as the Sydney lockdown drags on indefinitely. Greens MP for Balmain, Jamie Parker has backed calls for greater government support to be given to creatives affected by Sydney’s stay at […]

Community welcomes Heritage Public Square for Balmain’s Telstra Exchange site

By SASHA FOOT The transformation of Balmain’s Telstra Exchange building has been praised by local residents as it nears completion following an extensive community campaign. The Heritage Square will introduce public seating, urban landscaping and a green wall to the corner of Montague and Darling Street. In 2015, Telstra announced they would demolish the building's […]

Pub launches safety initiative following child approach in Rozelle

BY EVA BAXTER At about 3:15PM on June 7 a 12-year-old girl was waiting to be picked up after school at the intersection of Terry and Thornton streets in Rozelle when she was approached by a man who was not known to her. Police have been told the man attempted to speak to the girl […]

Balmain nurses walk out over staffing ratios

By ALLISON HORE Nurses from Balmain Hospital rallied on Thursday afternoon to draw attention to their concerns about nurse-to-patient ratios in NSW hospitals.  The rally was part of a broader campaign by the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA), who are calling on the NSW government to introduce a mandated minimum nurse-to-patient ratio.  A study […]

Callan Park pooch policy under review

By ALLISON HORE Callan Park in Balmain has been a popular spot for off-leash dog walking for decades.  Some days, when community sports aren’t being run, dog owners and their best friends are the only ones making use of the 60-hectare parkland. Technically speaking, off-leash dog walking in the park is illegal outside designated zones. […]

Balmain locals lend a hand to the Hawkesbury

By KATE RAFFERTY At the time of the Hawkesbury floods, the Warragamba Dam was spilling a Sydney Harbour’s worth of water, about 460 gigalitres, into the Sydney basin each day. While that flood water from the Hunter-Nepean Valley filled the dam, rain battered the NSW coast, washing away homes, businesses and land. As the devastation […]

Callan Park canine crackdown

By ALLISON HORE The Inner West council will not enforce a proposed new ban on off-leash dog walking in Callan Park, says Mayor Darcy Byrne. Despite Callan park being used as an unofficial off-leash dog walking area for decades, the NSW government’s Greater Sydney Parklands Authority, which recently took control of the park, has warned […]

Balmain deli celebrates 57 years of family and community

By BRIANNAH DEVLIN On Saturday March 20, Papa Joe & Co opened its doors to the public to come celebrate 57 years in Balmain on Darling Street.  Despite the endlessly heavy rain, the family business was humbled by the amount of people that turned up to the celebration of homemade Italian goods, deli delicacies, a […]

“WestConnex and I hate each other’s guts”: community concerned WestConnex will make harbour pools unusable

By EVA BAXTER Community around Balmain fears the looming construction of the controversial Western Harbour Tunnel will make the harbour west of the Harbour Bridge unfit for human use. Marine scientists have reported construction of the tunnel risks disturbing hundreds of years of toxic pollution on the harbour floor. The Western Harbour Tunnel route connects […]

Efendy’s win at small business ‘Oscars’ meaning more in tough times

By BRIANNAH DEVLIN And the ‘Oscar’ for the ‘Champion Restaurant’ goes to… Efendy Restaurant! (Applause erupts around The ICC Sydney) Balmain’s Efendy Restaurant on Elliott Street has taken home ‘Champion Restaurant’ at the Australian Small Business Champion Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony. They were among other winners across the country, with the awards aiming to […]