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Wrecking balls hang in the balance

BY WENDY BACON UPDATE: On Friday, Justice Pain refused to continue the injunction. This means demolition is underway inside the stadium. However Local Democracy Matters have appealed and will be back in court on Monday. City Hub paid a visit this morning and you can hear internal parts of the stadium crashing to the ground. […]

ICAC – The Musical

Saturday, May 3 was an average sort of Saturday on the Central Coast. About 6:20am, police and emergency services were called to a house fire in Wyoming. The building was unoccupied and well alight by the time they arrived. Inside, the cops discovered a hydroponic cannabis plantation and seized 175 plants with an estimated street […]

Citizens Jury delivers unsurprising verdict

A ‘Citizens Jury’ of 43 Sydneysiders has presented a list of 25 recommendations to Lord Mayor Clover Moore and Premier Barry O’Farrell on how to make the city’s nightlife safer and more vibrant. The jury recommends the state government establish a “night-time events co-ordination” department to businesses to extend their trading hours and diversify the […]

Barry O’Farewell: bottle of wine brings down premier

A soap opera of historic proportion unfolded Wednesday before the shocked citizenry of New South Wales. As Prime Minister Tony Abbott travelled to Liverpool to announce the city’s long-awaited second airport, Premier Barry O’Farrell – who was supposed to join him at that press conference – was instead announcing his resignation. In one of the […]

Forgo the glory, declare the thing open, slip away

They opened the Dulwich Hill light rail extension at 7.15 am last Thursday. It was a sort of thief-in-the-night opening but set in the cold wet light of a sullen morning. I’m the co-convener of EcoTransit Sydney, and the project has occupied a big part of my life since May 2008, when we launched the […]

They think we doth protest too much

OPINION Three protesters were arrested in Melbourne defending their democratic right to protest following a review of the Summary Offences Act in the Victorian upper house that had been passed on March 11, 2014. The Victorian Bill was being debated in parliament when a group of around 20 protesters - including those engaged in an […]

Three strikes, you‘re out

No strikes have been recorded against city venues since the introduction of Barry O’Farrell’s lockout laws, the government says. The ‘three strikes” disciplinary scheme, which came into effect in 2012, imposes strikes when a licensee or approved manager is convicted of one of a range of the most serious offences as set out by the […]

New Potts Point venue to rock the boat, Barry

Amid what seems like a never-ending war against licensed premises in the CBD and city east, a new venue will open its doors this week in Potts Point, in spite of the new liquor laws. Its owners say they want to create a neighbourhood sanctuary away from the neon bustle of the Kings Cross strip. […]

No lockout exemption for Mardi Gras

The O’Farrell government has confirmed it will not exempt the Mardi Gras weekend from Sydney’s new lockout laws, which will be imposed from February 24. Originally flagged for introduction in April, the restrictions will mean patrons are denied entry to licensed premises after 1.30am and last drinks are called at 3am, within an expanded CBD […]

Lockouts: any venue can be exempt

Any CBD venue could be exempted from Barry O’Farrell’s new lockout laws providing it pays a “reasonable fee”, it can be revealed. The legislation allows the Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing’s Director General to issue an exemption as long as it “is unlikely to result in an increase in the level of alcohol-related violence […]