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COVID heroes honoured at Coogee

By DANIEL LO SURDO Street banners honouring the "resilience and commitment of the workers" throughout the pandemic will hang in Coogee for the next fortnight, in a move by council to honour those critical to the COVID-19 response. The banners, which were created by local artist Sandra Cipriotti and funded under council's community creative investment […]

Omicron Postponements & Cancellations Hit The Arts

Following the inclusion of positive Rapid Antigen Test results in the official COVID-19 numbers NSW reported 92,246 new cases. With Omicron now sweeping the State the Sydney arts community is reeling as postponements and cancellations become more and more commonplace. Although there have been no super-spreader events linked to live theatre shows the spread of Omicron […]

Almost 1000 new premature COVID-19 test results issued by St Vincent’s Hospital

By DANIEL LO SURDO St Vincent's pathology clinic SydPath has identified 995 new people who were sent a premature SMS advising them that their COVID-19 test was negative when the true result was yet to be confirmed. It comes after SydPath confirmed yesterday that 400 incorrect test results were issued, with both occurrences related to […]

The nurse bringing joy to the elderly during COVID-19

By DANIEL LO SURDO For Jarrod Wolhuter, the onset of the COVID-19 formed an unlikely intersection between his two main passions: nursing and barbering.  One year before the pandemic began, Wolhuter, a 37-year-old Kingsford resident, started his barbering business after noticing the benefits of a hot towel shave and a nice haircut for patients in […]


As the last white dove is released and the lingering strains of John Farnham’s That’s Freedom reverberate through the playlists of commercial radio, we can put so called ‘Freedom Day’ to bed and get ready for the largely abnormal return to pseudo normalcy – if that makes sense. Looking back on the months of lockdown we […]


As the bubbly goes on ice in Sydney, ready to be popped whenever so called ‘Freedom Day’ is officially announced, elsewhere in NSW mixed messages abound. Take the somewhat hedonistic playground of Byron Bay for example. Branded by some as the anti-vax capital of the State, due to its very low vaccination rates, it went […]


With vaccination rates soaring and the promise of a clear pathway out of lockdown it’s hard to reconcile last weekend’s violent demonstration in Melbourne. Whilst scheduled Sydney protests might have been a fizzer, Bleak City saw some 235 arrests and numerous police injured. Why anybody would risk a substantial fine and a criminal record a […]

Inner West population growth stalling through COVID-19

By DANIEL LO SURDO Data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has revealed that the Inner West population has grown 7 per cent in the past 5 years.  Up to June 2020, the Inner West registered a population of 201,880, increasing by 13,169 people (7.0%) in the past five years.  COVID-19 has seemed […]

Inner-city COVID-19 cluster hits Darlinghurst’s Crown Street

By DANIEL LO SURDO A COVID-19 cluster has emerged at 254 Crown Street in Darlinghurst, with at least five people in the apartment block returning positive tests in the past week.  The cluster comes after similar COVID-19 surges have been recorded in high-density inner-city housing, including social and Aboriginal housing estates in Redfern and Waterloo.  […]

Sculpture By The Sea Cancelled, Again

For the second year running Bondi's iconic Sculpture By The Sea event has cancelled. Organisers of the event which would historically draw up to 500,000 people to the two-kilometre coastal stretch from Bondi to Tamarama have sighted the ongoing COVID-19 delta outbreak as the reason behind their decision. In a statement the organisers conceded that […]