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George Street tender exemption splits council

By ALLISON HORE After a vote which split the City of Sydney council, the planning and construction of the George Street pedestrianisation project will go ahead without the usual tenders process. The $35 million project will see the pedestrian zone on George Street extended further south from Bathurst street to Rawson Place.  Sydney’s Lord Mayor […]

Alternatives sought for New Year’s Eve fireworks

By JAMES HARRISON City of Sydney Councillor Craig Chung has put forth a motion to replace the New Year’s Eve fireworks with silent, non-incendiary alternatives that do not risk starting fires or stressing family pets with loud noises. This motion, which was originally deferred from earlier this year to this month, has come after the […]

Oxford Street Shuffle and other Blues

by JOHN MOYLE A stretch of real estate consisting of offices and shops along Oxford Street, Darlinghurst, looks set to undergo a major overhaul by developers as the City of Sydney Council is considering offering it to property and investment group Ashe Morgan. This comes after a long, drawn out process beginning in early 2018, […]

Town Hall Drags on Digital Transparency

By John Moyle  Live streaming of council meetings has been enthusiastically taken up across Australia, but in New South Wales the country’s largest and wealthiest council, the City of Sydney, is proving to be a reluctant adaptor to the digital age.  Their stance is despite repeated efforts by the Council’s independent and Liberal councillors to […]

No Pubs Please, We’re NIMBYS

BY JOHN MOYLE Last week the urban phenomenon known as NIMBYism struck across Sydney as four iconic and much loved pubs were hit with complaints about noise. The four pubs under the pump are the Royal Oak, The Moore Park View, The Marlborough and The Kings Cross Hotel, all well established hotels of a hundred […]

An Overarching Concern for Public Art

by Michael Hitch The City of Sydney Council has hit the pause button on the controversial Cloud Arch project as tensions rise over the $22 million sculpture. The contentious art piece, set to soar over Sydney’s newly “pedestrianised” George Street, was originally expected to cost $3.5 million and has divided Liberal and Labour Councillors as […]

Digital spotlight on City of Sydney

By Vanessa Lim Access to live recordings from the City of Sydney Council meetings will soon be at the tips of your fingers. Live streaming of public Council meetings is now required by NSW Law, dragging a reluctant City of Sydney in its wake. The City of Sydney’s meetings will “go live” from October, and […]

Councillors Up the Cross

BY JOHN MOYLE Last Saturday the residents of Kings Cross and Potts Point were stunned and amazed in equal proportions when two City of Sydney councillors made an appearance at the popular Kings Cross Markets. And there isn’t even an election in sight. At least, not for now. City of Sydney councillors Christine Forster and […]

Rally Call for the Cross

by John Moyle Last Saturday saw Kings Cross and Potts Point residents come together and do what they do best, have a damn good time. This was in spite of the serious issue of the DA D/2017/1705 that brought around 300 people to the Rex Centre to hear local MP Alex Greenwich, Councillor Prof Kerryn […]

Clover Moore: our lips are sealed

BY ALEX EUGENE City of Sydney Councillor Craig Chung is gathering signatures for a petition demanding that the Lord Mayor Clover Moore stops refusing to allow council meetings to be live streamed to the public. Cr Chung moved a motion at the most recent council meeting to propose taking up live-streaming, electronically recorded voting and […]