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Council and community oppose state government plans to privatise Callan Park

By EVA BAXTER A new draft Bill from the state government has proposed a series of amendments to the Callan Park (Special Provisions) Act 2002. The Act disallows any private or commercial uses on the site. The Bill’s amendments to the Act include permitting 50 year potentially commercial leases in the heritage buildings, removing council […]

Colgate Avenue: the Colgate Company’s connection to Balmain

By EVA BAXTER The Colgate-Palmolive company is celebrating its 100th anniversary in Australia this year, and has a special connection to the Balmain Peninsula. In December 1923 the company opened a factory in the suburb on Broadstairs Street. The factory produced its first iconic toothpaste in 1928. According to Inner West Council, the company was […]

Inner West library services set to reopen next week

By EVA BAXTER Inner West library click and collect and home delivery services will be reopened on Monday September 20, or the week commencing. The library services were shut under the NSW government’s Public Health Order. Libraries are categorised separately from retail, for which click & collect and delivery has been permissible. An exemption to […]

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 […]