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‘Communities Plus’ what? Understanding the inner-city social housing program

By DANIEL LO SURDO When the NSW Government announced plans last November to redevelop the social housing estates of the City of Sydney, what followed a fleeting emotion of relief was a sustained, unprecedented feeling of panic.  Much of the affordable housing of South Eveleigh, North Eveleigh and Glebe had been without proper maintenance for […]

Reimagining of Glebe’s social housing estate a “much-needed win” for the inner-city community

By DANIEL LO SURDO Revised plans for housing renewal on Glebe’s Cowper Street and Wentworth Park Road have been heralded as an important victory for social housing tenants in the City of Sydney Local Government Area. NSW Government Minister for Water, Property & Housing Melinda Pavey announced last month its intentions to deliver 100 per […]

Hundreds congregate in Sydney CBD for Refugee Justice

By DANIEL LO SURDO Hundreds gathered in Haymarket’s Belmore Park Sunday afternoon as part of the National Justice for Refugees Palm Sunday Rallies.  The rally petitioned for the release of Medevac refugees and all those transferred from Manus and Nauru and now being held in hotels and detention centres within Australia, as well as a […]

The unlikely resident fighting back against the NSW Government’s war on public housing

By DANIEL LO SURDO Leading an emotion-fuelled campaign against the monoliths of the NSW Government is a responsibility Louisa Blair never thought she would shoulder.  The 30-year resident of the Explorer Street public housing estate in Eveleigh describes herself as more bashful than boisterous; not the sort to ordinarily welcome newcomers into her living room […]

WestConnex blasting scrapped, concern over roadheaders grows

By DANIEL LO SURDO A proposal by the WestConnex’s joint-venture contractor to undertake tunnel blasting beneath Leichhardt’s 36th Battalion Park and Pioneers Memorial Park has been abandoned.  The decision was made formal in last month’s construction update after a WestConnex spokesperson revealed to City Hub on February 16 that blasting was “highly unlikely” to occur […]

‘No progression at all’: renewal proposal threatens Glebe’s Franklyn Street

By DANIEL LO SURDO The NSW Government’s plans to renew social housing in Glebe has been met with strong opposition by Inner West community leaders believing the project will amplify the vulnerabilities of the residential community. The State Government officially proposed redevelopment on Glebe’s Franklyn Street social housing estate in November of last year, with […]

WestConnex: Blasting underneath Leichhardt ‘highly unlikely’ to occur

By DANIEL LO SURDO The WestConnex contractor’s proposal to blast underneath Leichhardt’s 36th Battalion Park and Pioneers Memorial Park has been deemed “highly unlikely” to occur.  City Hub understands a final decision on the proposal will be made by the joint-venture contractor, Acciona Samsung Bouygues, in the coming days.  “The contractor has advised that it […]

Privatisation scheme threatens South Eveleigh public housing

By DANIEL LO SURDO The NSW Government’s plan to privatise a large portion of public housing in South Eveleigh’s Explorer Street has been staunchly opposed by the community. Residents fear what may become of their street in the coming years. As part of the State Government’s plan to create a 38 per cent increase in […]

Inner West Council slash meetings in 2021

By DANIEL LO SURDO Inner West Council has decided to halve the amount of Council Meetings taking place in 2021. The recommendation to decrease two monthly meetings down to one was made official in December when a majority of Councillors led by Mayor Darcy Byrne expressed their support for the motion. Independent Councillor Pauline Lockie, […]

‘Highly inappropriate’: New Year’s Eve portaloo fiasco

By DANIEL LO SURDO Inner West residents were left bewildered last month as over 90 portable toilets were delivered to foreshore parks in Balmain East and Birchgrove in preparation for New Year’s Eve celebrations, despite Inner West Council declaring the popular vantage points closed over three weeks earlier.  Inner West Council Mayor Darcy Byrne pleaded […]