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Sydney Fireworks to fizz this year, rocking local election campaigns

BY LUCINDA GARBUTT-YOUNG Despite Sydney being weeks away from reopening, this year’s 9pm fireworks have been canned. It is the second time the city will be going digital for the family event.  The City of Sydney Council has been concerned about the large crowds the fireworks generate. Before cancellation, this year’s event was set to […]

Macri 4 Marrickville: the local councillor focused on local issues

By GEMMA BILLINGTON Local council, local issues. That’s the mantra of Marrickville’s ex-mayor and current independent Inner West councillor Victor Macri. When it comes to navigating the diverse needs of the Marrickville community, Macri’s goal is for every voice to be heard and for his policies to transcend what he considers political barriers. “I’m not […]

Inner West Independents say local suffers when party politics thrive

By EVA BAXTER Inner West Council is infamous for its infighting. Independent councillor John Stamolis told the Inner West Independent, that’s what happens when big party politics interferes at the local level. Stamolis has served his community for 24 years but will be fighting desperately to win an election against rookies backed by political parties […]

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 […]

The other side of the rainbow

By ALLISON HORE This week a 90-meter rainbow footpath which runs along the area of Prince Alfred Park known “Equality Green” was unveiled in Surry Hills.  But its reveal, through a photoshoot on the Lord Mayor’s personal facebook page, has raised concern among other councillors. The footpath was painted in rainbow colours in celebration of […]

Local council elections postponed

By MERRILL WITT If you’re thinking the coronavirus pandemic has thrown our liberal democratic order into disarray, you’re not wrong! On Weds 25 March the Minister for Local Government, Shellley Hancock, announced that the Sept 2020 local government elections will be “postponed to address the risks posed by the COVID-19 virus.” In all likelihood, they […]

The City of Sydney betrays business

BY LAWRENCE GIBBONS The City of Sydney is about to break the law. Under new legislation enacted by the NSW State Parliament in February of last year, the City’s CEO is required to create a roll of all businesses that are eligible to vote in upcoming Council elections. Whether a business owns, leases or occupies […]