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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 […]

Foreshore, urban and corridor: walking the Inner West

By EVA BAXTER Rules for Greater Sydney came into effect last month prohibiting travel further than 5km from home and making local walks more important than ever. Inner Westies have been donning their active wear, their hiking gear and hitting the dirt, paths, and pavements to rediscover their backyards. The Inner West is a densely […]

Callan Park dispute resounds regarding mound

By EVA BAXTER The Waterfront Green revitalisation is underway. This is the first stage of parkland upgrades for Callan Park funded by the NSW government planning to transition Callan Park into an iconic urban parkland comparable to other iconic parks across Sydney. Tyrrell Studios is the principal landscape architect responsible for designing the works at […]

Callan Park’s $14 million dollar revitalisation project breaks ground

By KATELYN MILLIGAN Work has begun on the government’s $14 million revitalisation project at Callan Park. Renovations of key heritage buildings are near completion, and demolition is set for two dilapidated buildings on the waterfront in mid-August. The buildings were deemed non-heritage and intrusive and their removal aims to open up the parkland and its […]

One size fits all model for Sydney parklands draws criticism

By EVA BAXTER Minister for Planning and Public Spaces Rob Stokes released at the end of May a white paper for public consultation which proposes to legislate the Greater Sydney Parklands (GSP). GSP is a NSW government super agency established last year to oversee more than 6,000 hectares of parklands, Centennial Parklands (Centennial, Moore and […]

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. […]

Rozelle Railyards: The case for football

By SAMUEL GRECO SCHWARTZ Local community club, Balmain & District Football Club, is eager to have priority access to the pitches to be built at the old Rozelle Railyards site. Balmain & District Football Club is the largest club in the Canterbury District Soccer Football Association (CDSFA) with over 2,800 players registered ahead of the […]

Communication fell with trees at Callan Park

By BRIANNAH DEVLIN Residents were appalled and saddened to learn that on the 26th of February, 10 trees were felled at Callan Park’s Glover Street Oval for what the Inner West Council justifies as for “sports fields.” In their 2021 announcements, Inner West Council wrote online that 10 trees were removed from leased land “as […]

Dog lovers call for off-leash ban to be scrapped

By ALLISON HORE Dog owners in the Inner West are calling for areas of Callan Park to be set officially aside for off-leash dogs when the detailed designs are put together for the precinct. Officially, dogs are only allowed on-leash across Callan park’s 60-hectares of green space.  Owners are allowed to let their dogs off-leash […]

Clues to the missing trust in Greater Sydney Parklands

Opinion by WENDY BACON Is Taking the TRUST out of Sydney’s Public Parklands a Good Idea?   On 17th February, an alliance of Sydney community organisations held its first forum at NSW Parliament.  The forum 'Is Taking the TRUST out of Sydney’s Public Parklands a Good Idea?" focussed on the new Greater Sydney Parklands, which is […]