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Balmain Rape Crisis Centre in crisis

By ALEC SMART A rape crisis centre in Balmain will have to undergo multiple staff redundancies and faces likely closure over a dispute on client privacy. The Rape & Domestic Violence Services Australia (R&DVSA), a not-for-profit NGO in Balmain, provides trauma counsellors for rape victims calling the 1800RESPECT phone number. Medibank Health Solutions, Australia’s largest […]

Towers illuminate to meet their Waterloo

BY ALEC SMART The twin towers at the centre of Waterloo public housing estate have been illuminated with squares of coloured lighting for an arts project that draws attention to their uncertain future. Visible from a distance, the 30-storey high Matavai and Turanga building windows light up at 5.30pm each evening with a display that […]

Waterloo Social Housing tenants seek security

BY KENJI SATO AND CHRISTOPHER HARRIS Public housing tenants in the Redfern – Waterloo area have voiced fears that they could be forced to leave their neighbourhoods, according to City of Sydney Councillor Linda Scott. The Labor councillor told City Hub that she had been approached by public housing tenants, who had expressed fears that […]

Millers Point residents still fighting for right to remain

BY CHRISTOPHER HARRIS As the population in Millers Point continues to dwindle, those who remain are fighting hard against the government to stay in their homes. The number of residents in the area has diminished since the government embarked last year on its agenda to rid the area of social housing tenants. The residents turned […]

Millers Point residents in the dark

BY CHRISTOPHER HARRIS Millers Point residents are still uncertain about their fate, more than a month after NSW Housing Minister Brad Hazzard said there could be possible exceptions to the forced evictions. In correspondence with Independent Sydney MP Alex Greenwich, the minister wrote he was “actively considering the question of whether there should be exceptions, […]

State Government departments lock horns over Sirius building

By EMILY CONTADOR-KELSALL Contention continues to rise over the future of the Sirius Building as state government bodies and the local community are locked in an argument over heritage, development potential and revenue. Architect Chris Bosse released plans for the Rocks building last week that included the addition of balconies onto Sirius, adapting its current […]

Stairway to developer heaven

By EMILY CONTADOR-KELSALL The resolve of Millers Point housing tenants remains strong as properties in the area continue to move from public to private hands. Minister for Social Housing Brad Hazzard visited the Millers Point community in late June, giving residents renewed hope, despite continued concern over the growing number of vacant tenancies in the […]

RSL proposal ‘beyond reason’: Notley-Smith

A planned redevelopment of Bronte RSL is “excessive” and “inappropriate” because of its impact on child safety and traffic movement within Bronte, says Coogee MP Bruce Notley-Smith. Located at 113 Macpherson Street, the RSL site is subject to a development application by Winston Langley Burlington, which would create a six-storey commercial retail space with a […]

Kolotex redevelopment to press ahead

An eight-storey apartment complex at the former Kolotex and Labelcraft site in Leichhardt should go ahead, Urban Taskforce chief executive Chris Johnson argues, because it is a modest proposal in line with changing consumer preferences. The NSW government sidestepped Leichhardt Council to approve the rezoning of the George Street sites for medium-density residential development. Up […]

WestConnex to wipe out wetlands

Marrickville residents and councillors fear the state government’s WestConnex motorway project will threaten the Tempe Reserve and Lands, after ministers refused to guarantee the area would be preserved. A viaduct from St Peters to Tempe could impact the reserve and wetlands as part of the Taverners Hill to St Peters tunnel, which would connect the […]