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Leichhardt skate park approved by council despite local concerns

By SEJA AL ZAIDI The Inner West Council has officially approved plans for a controversial new skate park in Leichhardt.  The plan was carried at the latest Inner West council meeting earlier in May. Approval for the Leichhardt skate park was rescinded in December 2020 following the initial adoption of the Leichhardt Park management plan […]

Balmain Leagues Club site no longer needed for Western Harbour Tunnel

By DANIEL LO SURDO The NSW government announced on Tuesday that the abandoned site of the Balmain Leagues Club would no longer be required as part of the multi-billion dollar Western Harbour Tunnel project, in a move that has been celebrated by the Inner West community. Transport for NSW said that the site was discovered […]

Emergency safety orders issued to Balmain Leagues Club after fire

By DANIEL LO SURDO Inner West Council has issued emergency safety orders to clean up the Balmain Leagues Club after a large fire was discovered at the disused site earlier this month. Last week, a suspicious fire arose from the abandoned Balmain Leagues Club leaving black smoke blowing into the sky and disrupted traffic in […]

Council to review boarding house framework after tragic Newtown fire

By PATRICK MCKENZIE Inner West Council will discuss a revised boarding house inspection regime at a meeting on Tuesday evening, in the wake of the March fire at Albermarie Boarding House in Newtown which claimed three lives. The review, prepared by Council Environmental Health & Building Regulation Manager Peter O’Connor, offers an extensive report on […]

Former mayor says 10:30pm demerger meeting sends ‘clear message’ to community

By DANIEL LO SURDO A former mayor of Inner West Council has said that the current mayor and general manager's decision to schedule an extraordinary demerger council meeting at 10:30pm on Tuesday night "sends a clear message to the community that accessibility is not a priority", adding that it's "clear" that council wasn't going to […]

Inner West councillor says state government invitation to skate park an ‘insult’

By DANIEL LO SURDO An Inner West councillor has called the mayor and general manager's invitation of the NSW Greater Sydney Parklands Trust chief executive to the site of the proposed Leichhardt skate park an "insult to the community", accusing the pair of dismissing "the local residents and [instead asking] for opinions from state government". […]

New plans for Leichhardt Oval released ahead of expected NSW funding boost

By DANIEL LO SURDO A major grandstand, a museum of rugby league in the Inner West, and at least six Tigers home games each year is part of a new Leichhardt Oval master plan released by Inner West mayor Darcy Byrne this week, ahead of expected state government funding for the ground. Cr Byrne will […]

Mayor’s decision to schedule 10:30pm demerger meeting ‘completely ridiculous’: councillor

By DANIEL LO SURDO An Inner West councillor has savaged mayor Darcy Byrne's decision to schedule next Tuesday's extraordinary demerger council meeting for 10:30pm, calling it "completely ridiculous and unsuitable for our community". Independent councillor John Stamolis, who has been a councillor in the Inner West since 2008 and is staunchly in favour of de-amalgamating […]

Leichhardt skate park receives state government seal of approval

By DANIEL LO SURDO The chief executive of the NSW government's Greater Sydney Parklands Trust has thrown her support behind a controversial new skate park in Leichhardt, saying that it would be a "key recreational facility for young people and families". In a letter to Inner West Council General Manager Peter Gainsford last month, Suellen […]

Inner West mayor lashes Perrottet’s ‘bonkers’ neglect of suburban sporting grounds

By DANIEL LO SURDO Inner West mayor Darcy Byrne has lashed NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet's refusal to adequately fund upgrades to suburban grounds across the state, as the state government held crisis talks last week to keep the NRL grand final in Sydney. NRL Chairman Peter V'landys and Perrottet entered crisis talks after an agreement […]