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Inner West: Fears Western Harbour Tunnel could render Dawn Fraser Baths ‘unusable’

By DANIEL LO SURDO Inner West Mayor Rochelle Porteous told a Parliamentary Inquiry yesterday that the Western Harbour Tunnel, a planned underground motorway connecting the Warringah Freeway to the Rozelle Interchange, could render Balmain's newly-reopened Dawn Fraser Baths 'unusable'. The Dawn Fraser Baths reopened last week after Health Minister Brad Hazzard granted Councillor Darcy Byrne's […]

The Billy Lids picnic

Opinion by PETER HEHIR Residents have until the 18th June 2021 for submissions to the NSW Upper House inquiry into the Western Harbour Tunnel. My take on this ecological disaster, one year from now, borrows from the ‘Teddy Bears Picnic:’ Don’t’ go down to the harbour pools today Or you’re sure of a big surprise […]

Parliamentary committee to investigate Western Harbour Tunnel project

By ALLISON HORE An inquiry into the suitability of the Western Harbour Tunnel project has been launched in the NSW Upper House.  The Public Works Committee, who are responsible for scrutinising public works of the NSW Government, will inquire into and report on the impact of the Western Harbour Tunnel and Beaches Link Project. This […]

Another one bites the dust: Inner West Council GM calls it quits

By ALLISON HORE Following mayor Darcy Byrne's referral of his own council to the auditor general over its handling of the Dawny refurbishment, a senior official in the Inner West Council has decided to call it quits.  In an email sent to council staff on Tuesday afternoon, acting general manager of the Inner West Council, […]

“WestConnex and I hate each other’s guts”: community concerned WestConnex will make harbour pools unusable

By EVA BAXTER Community around Balmain fears the looming construction of the controversial Western Harbour Tunnel will make the harbour west of the Harbour Bridge unfit for human use. Marine scientists have reported construction of the tunnel risks disturbing hundreds of years of toxic pollution on the harbour floor. The Western Harbour Tunnel route connects […]

Mayor refers own council to auditor over Dawny delays

By ALLISON HORE Inner West mayor Darcy Byrne has referred his own council for investigation after repeated delays to the reopening of Balmain’s beloved Dawn Fraser baths. "The Dawny", Australia’s oldest public pool, closed in September 2019 for extensive renovations to preserve its heritage and to make it safer for swimmers. Initially, the council said […]

Politics muddies the waters at the Dawny

By EVA BAXTER A string of delays to the reopening of Dawn Fraser Baths in Balmain has local politicians pointing fingers. Inner West Council’s heritage restoration of the Baths was meant to be completed in time for the 2020/21 summer season. The opening has been delayed well past December, with the reopening date now set […]

Delays plague bath reopening

By ALLISON HORE Construction delays have plagued the reopening of Australia’s oldest sea pool.  Located in Elkington Park, Balmain, the Dawn Fraser Baths were not reopened for the start of the summer swim season as the Inner West Council had hoped. The popular swimming spot has been closed since September 2019 for extensive renovations to […]

Dawn’s million dollar baths

By Lanie Tindale Balmain Ward Councillors are tussling over $1.1 million of the several million needed to save Dawn Fraser Pool. Significant upgrades are required to restore the pool, a Council report has found. The report says the bath poses a public safety risk, and may need to be closed. The initial estimated cost of […]