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Leichhardt Oval incident sparks internal investigation

By WENDY BACON and AMBER GRIFFIN The Inner West Council (IWC) has declared that Leichhardt Oval is “a safe football venue” that can be used for games this weekend. According to an IWC spokesperson that the area where a stand collapsed last Sunday will be “off limits to the public.” The accident resulted in thirty […]

Freedom of the Press?

Opinion by PETER HEHIR It seems that the Inner West Council (IWC) has adopted a selective interpretation of a fundamental right in a democracy; freedom of the press. It has always been the practice for each of the Councillors to be given a daily copy of a list of all published articles that relate to […]

Fresh evidence casts doubt on Inner West Mayor Darcy Byrne’s conduct

By WENDY BACON New evidence has emerged that Inner West Mayor Darcy Byrne provided inaccurate information about his private interests in his most recent annual 'disclosure of interests' form. A title search shows that Byrne owns a 50% interest in a property in Allen Street, Leichhardt. This was not included in his last disclosure of […]

Inner West Mayor’s property up for sale but questions remain

By WENDY BACON Inner West Council Mayor Darcy Byrne has listed his property in East Balmain for auction in August. On Monday last week, Domain.com published a photo of the house with inspection times and an advertised auction date of August 11. The house is promoted as “the ultimate blank canvas in a coveted location” […]

Balmain Town Hall Precinct set to undergo revitalization by council

By ERIN MODARO The Balmain Town Hall Precinct is set to be revitalized after a community meeting was held last week to gather ideas for the space. The precinct projected to be upgraded spans from the Balmain PCYC to the Balmain Square, which includes the currently unused Balmain Court House. Inner West Mayor Darcy Byrne […]

Leichhardt Oval snubbed for funding by state government

By SAM PASHMI Inner West Mayor Darcy Byrne has called out NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet for again neglecting to fund Leichhardt Oval, a stomping ground for the Wests Tigers. Leichhardt Oval was granted no funding in a recent budget announcement by the state government, stalling previous plans to give the oval upgrades. Cr Byrne said […]

Inner West Citizen of the Year co-winner Liz Yeo on her community work in Newtown

By ERIN MODARO The Inner West Council has recently awarded its 2022 Citizens of the Year awards to Indigenous Activist Cheree Toka and Newtown community leader Liz Yeo. The awards ceremony was held last week at the Ashfield Town Hall, celebrating and thanking the winners’ contributions to the Inner West. Yeo was CEO of the […]

Darcy Byrne’s rates debt remains publicly undisclosed

By WENDY BACON and ERIN MODARO Inner West Mayor Darcy Byrne has failed to declare a rate debt owed to the Inner West Council in his most recent annual return setting out his financial and non-financial interests. A register of the 2019 to 2021 interests is published on the Inner West Council website. As reported by […]

Inner West and Woollahra councils 100% powered by renewable energy

By ERIN MODARO Woollahra Council and The Inner West Council have announced that they are now 100% powered by renewable energy with the Inner West also 100% divested from fossil fuels. Both council's committed to the switch to renewables earlier in the year, along with 23 other NSW councils for "one of the largest renewable […]

The Perks of Office

Opinion By PETER HEHIR An article in the Sunday Telegraph on 19th June states that “the Inner West Council Mayor Darcy Byrne – who is a close friend and former staffer of Prime Minister Anthony ­Albanese – owes more than $15,000 in rates on a $2.5m property in Balmain. The Mayor, Darcy Thomas Martin Byrne […]