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Lockdown Lifted: Sydney reopens after 106 days in the dark

By DANIEL LO SURDO The city’s small businesses have breathed a sigh of relief this week after Sydney reopened from its 106-day lockdown, but many shop owners contend that there is a long road back to normality ahead. With NSW surpassing 70 per cent double-dose vaccinations last week, fully vaccinated Sydneysiders were permitted a multitude […]

Inner West Council to reduce aquatic centre fees for social security recipients

By DANIEL LO SURDO Inner West councillors supported a motion last month to reduce aquatic centre entry fees for social security recipients.  With overwhelming approval from councillors, Council will immediately adopt the proposed Social Security Recipient Concession, which will instate a $1.20 fee in all Aquatic Centres in the Inner West. The move follows the […]

Inner-city leaders welcome State Government’s plans to cut emissions in half by 2030

By DANIEL LO SURDO Inner-city leaders have supported the NSW Government's decision to cut greenhouse gas emissions to 50 per cent by 2030, with City of Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore labelling it "exciting news". The cut, announced this week, will create a new climate change target that aims to cut greenhouse gas emissions to […]

City of Sydney: Councillors unanimously support a new Women’s Refuge in the inner-city

By DANIEL LO SURDO City of Sydney Councillors have unanimously supported a motion that will increase services to communities affected by Family Violence. The motion, which sets to establish a publicly-funded Women's Refuge in the City of Sydney Local Government Area (LGA), was moved by Councillor Kerryn Phelps in direct response to the rising Domestic […]

Inner West: Porteous and Lockie plan to bring ‘calm’ back to Council

By DANIEL LO SURDO New Inner West Mayor Rochelle Porteous and Deputy Mayor Pauline Lockie will look to bring back the community focus to Council over their three-month term.  Ms Porteous beat out the previous mayor Darcy Byrne and previous deputy mayor Victor Macri for the position at Council’s extraordinary meeting on the 7th of […]

Sydney Lockdown: COVID-19 numbers surge through inner-city social and Aboriginal housing

By DANIEL LO SURDO COVID-19 rates have skyrocketed in the inner-city over the past week as vaccination clinics are being set up to combat growing cases. Outbreaks across high-density social and Aboriginal housing have rocked the inner-city, as the virus spreads among some of the state's most vulnerable. "We have a number of identified Aboriginal […]

Inner West Councillors to request investigation of freight line noises in Marrickville

By DANIEL LO SURDO Inner West Councillors unanimously supported a motion requesting the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) to investigate noise concerns from Marrickville residents living by the goods rail corridor. Councillor Julie Passas, who seconded the motion tabled from Marrickville Ward Councillor Victor Marci, offered little hope for the request, despite her support for […]

Inner West: Strathfield home featured as part of 2021 Sustainable House Day

By DANIEL LO SURDO A Strathfield South home has been featured as part of 2021 Sustainable House Day. The house, named the PassivCourtyard, is a Passive House, meaning that it is nearly airtight and highly insulated to allow the temperature to be kept stable throughout the year. PassivCourtyard and Envirotechture Director Andy Marlow told the Independent […]

Cycling surges in the inner-city

By DANIEL LO SURDO The inner-city has seen a boom in cycling use in the past two years.  The City of Sydney’s 2021 Active Transport Survey revealed that regular cycling has more than doubled since 2019, with more than half of regular cyclists beginning in the last two years.  State Member for Newtown Jenny Leong […]

Coogee business leaning into Sydney lockdowns

By DANIEL LO SURDO A Coogee-based business has used the Sydney COVID-19 lockdowns as an opportunity to further their trading. Coogee Creations Co, a locally-owned and produced handmade and natural artisan soy wax candles and bath product business, has launched a new collection last month after coming to life last year during Sydney's first lockdown. […]