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Street widening reduces pedestrian safety

By ALEC SMART Poorly-written signage, pitch-black footpaths after sunset, and construction work that nearby residents claim has almost ground to a halt, characterises a $2.1 million street widening and bridge strengthening operation at the interface between Camperdown and Annandale. The widening of Booth Street across Johnston Creek, Annandale, is annoying more than a few of […]

Vale Jack Mundey, saviour of Sydney city

By MEREDITH BURGMANN The true saviour of inner city Sydney, Jack Mundey died this week on 10 May 2020, aged 90. We residents owe our pleasant and convenient lifestyle to Jack and the rank and file members of the NSW Builders Labourers’ Federation (BLF). Sydney would be a very different place if the BLF had […]

Brakes taken off NSW development approvals

Opinion by MERRILL WITT A great leap forward? If you know a little about the history of China, you may have been bemused to read that Tom Forrest, the new CEO of Urban Taskforce, described the recently announced planning system reforms as "a great leap forward for jobs, housing supply and the NSW economy." As […]

Sleepless nights as WestConnex breaks curfew

By ELIZA SPENCER Turn off the Princes’ highway, and from Campbell Street to Stanmore Road, the sound of compression breaking, rattling trucks and booming horns sound the march of progress towards the competition of the WestConnex New M5 project. The controversial project has already caused the forced eviction of residents across the Inner West, and […]

Is your house being acquired for Westconnex? What you need to know

Opinion By PETER HEHIR Now that the RMS are sending notices in relation to the compulsory acquisition of the land beneath properties in Rozelle and Lilyfield – which includes almost all of the homes in SW Rozelle, most of Lilyfield and a good percentage of NW Rozelle – it’s timely for homeowners to consider how […]

Mural faces mauling

By ALLISON HORE The Westconnex has met with more controversy with the release of their proposed changes to the approved design of the Rozelle and Lilyfield interchange for the M4-M5 Link. The change would bring the complex and expensive underground interchange above ground in a series of overpasses. However, many believe the changes pose a […]

Seaside sculptures walking away

BY ALEC SMART Sculpture by the Sea, the annual three-week artists’ trail that takes place between late October and early November every year on the seafront walkway between Bondi Beach and Tamarama, is threatening to leave the area after this year’s event. It will end 22 years of incredible artworks set imaginatively into the landscape, […]

Right to free speech flags in Australia

BY ALEC SMART Construction companies face a ban from obtaining federal government contracts if employees fly a Eureka flag or display union-affiliated symbols on clothing and equipment in new regulations set by the Turnbull administration. On 30 January 2018 the federal government-managed Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC) warned that employers in breach of a […]

Battle in Bulwara

BY JOHN MOYLE Local councils and developers are both prolific and usually untruthful when they describe areas as “village precincts”, but in the case of the residents living in and around Ultimo’s Bulwara Road, that is an apt description of their neighbourhood. The area consists of Victorian terraces, single story dwellings, re-purposed factories and ancient […]

WestConnex Hell

BY ANNA FREELAND Following weeks of complaints from residents in St Peters, Haberfield and Ashfield, the Inner West Council is calling on the NSW Government to halt construction and review plans for the next stage of WestConnex. At last Tuesday’s Council meeting, Independent Councillor Pauline Lockie put forward a motion calling for urgent action from […]