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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 […]

Mayor refers own council to auditor over Dawny delays

By ALLISON HORE Inner West mayor Darcy Byrne has referred his own council for investigation after repeated delays to the reopening of Balmain’s beloved Dawn Fraser baths. "The Dawny", Australia’s oldest public pool, closed in September 2019 for extensive renovations to preserve its heritage and to make it safer for swimmers. Initially, the council said […]

Politics muddies the waters at the Dawny

By EVA BAXTER A string of delays to the reopening of Dawn Fraser Baths in Balmain has local politicians pointing fingers. Inner West Council’s heritage restoration of the Baths was meant to be completed in time for the 2020/21 summer season. The opening has been delayed well past December, with the reopening date now set […]

Delays plague bath reopening

By ALLISON HORE Construction delays have plagued the reopening of Australia’s oldest sea pool.  Located in Elkington Park, Balmain, the Dawn Fraser Baths were not reopened for the start of the summer swim season as the Inner West Council had hoped. The popular swimming spot has been closed since September 2019 for extensive renovations to […]

Commercial rent hikes frustrate Balmain businesses

By RACHEL CLARK The increase in commercial rent along Balmain’s infamous Darling Street is an ongoing issue that is potentially leading to the loss of a vibrant community of small businesses. In recent years, the turnover of business along Darling Street in Balmain has been quite high, with a once-vibrant street filled with small businesses […]