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Sydney council’s Oxford Street planning failure

Opinion by ANDREW WOODHOUSE Our City of Sydney Council passed a motion last Monday putting its designs to vivify Oxford Street on public exhibition.  Oxford Street is an ancient pathway used by the Gadigal people of the Eora nation. But why bother? Today, parts of Oxford Street are covered with black boards and look like […]

Gehl’s grand vision for a people-centric Sydney unveiled

By ALLISON HORE The City of Sydney has released a new study detailing an ambitious plan to make Sydney’s CBD more people-centric. Based on international best-practice and data tracking, the council says the study by urban design firm Gehl will help the city work towards a number of goals laid out in their Sustainable Sydney […]

Kerryn Phelps withdraws from mayoral race

By ALLISON HORE Councillor Dr. Kerryn Phelps has withdrawn from the City of Sydney mayoral race to care for a family member with a health issue. In a Facebook post on Friday evening, Dr. Phelps said she was “sad to have to announce” that she would not be nominating for the position of Lord Mayor […]

Street Creatives: The dark horses of Sydney’s art scene

By LUCINDA GARBUTT-YOUNG An acoustic melody travels through Central Station’s commuter tunnel. Further along, a steady accordion hums while the player slouches into conversation with invisible visitors. These patterns repeated themselves on the way to Jai Jaru’s house; a simple yellow place in one of Sydney’s social housing precincts. Jai is proud of this humble […]

South end of George Street set for permanent pedestrianisation

By ALLISON HORE Work has begun on the transformation of the south end of George Street, between Bathurst Street and Railway square, into a “world-class boulevard.” Granite footpaths, outdoor dining spaces, new street trees, seating and lighting are all part of the City of Sydney’s grand plan to permanently pedestrianise the remainder of George Street […]

Unused lot to be transformed into new affordable housing for Alexandria

By ALLISON HORE The City of Sydney has resolved to transform an unused council site in Alexandria into 21 affordable apartments, creating more inner-city housing for low-income households. Council is currently undergoing negotiations with community housing provider Bridge Housing over the sale of an unoccupied site at 44-54 Bourke Road in Alexandria for the development […]

Sydney after dark: Open for business

By ALLISON HORE The City of Sydney council voted unanimously to approve a plan which would allow shops and businesses in the city to stay open until 10pm, without needing further approval. Under a suite of changes aimed to revitalise the city’s struggling economy, existing shops and businesses in the City of Sydney local government […]

Heat islands and climate change may make parts of Sydney “unliveable”

By ALLISON HORE Some parts of the greater Sydney area may become unliveable as a result of climate change and the urban heat island effect if immediate action isn’t taken, a new report shows.  But the City of Sydney has announced an ambitious plan to tackle this problem.  The report commissioned by the Australian Conservation […]

Bringing the wild back to the city

By ALLISON HORE Sydney is set to get a whole lot more wild. The City of Sydney passed a motion this week which could see more native biodiversity returning to the city. The motion requesting a native nursery, proposed by Kerryn Phelps, passed through the City of Sydney council unanimously on Wednesday. The idea was […]

Labor’s Linda Scott enters mayoral race

By ALLISON HORE As the City of Sydney elections approach, more challengers for the top job are emerging.  This week, Labor councillor Linda Scott announced her intention to run for mayor and to “build Sydney back into a fun, fair and sustainable city for the future.” Ms. Scott, a member of the Labor party, was […]