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Win for affordable housing in Waverley

By ALLISON HORE Waverley Council has won a five year battle to give councils in metropolitan Sydney more power to levy developers for losses in their local government area’s affordable housing stock.  Previously, in order for councils around Sydney to receive a monetary contribution from developers who had removed affordable rental housing for a high-end […]

WestConnex blasting property damage concerns Leichhardt locals

By DANIEL LO SURDO Leichhardt residents are growing increasingly concerned with potential property damage resulting from the WestConnex tunnel blasting that could begin as early as next month.  WestConnex contractor Acciona Samsung Bouygues (ASBJV) applied to the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment in November seeking permission to break rock under areas between Leichhardt’s 36th […]

Sydney’s water security at risk?

By MERRILL WITT At the recent Independent Planning Commission’s hearings for the proposed expansion of the Dendrobium underground coal mine, Wollondilly Councillor Noel Lowry expressed disbelief that the Government was prioritising urban development over mining in coal-rich, semi-rural Wilton while at the same time allowing the expansion of coal mining under the Sydney Water Catchment.  […]

Pyrmont: bounced or bouncing into the future?

By ALLISON HORE A “bounce group” to discuss the Pyrmont Peninsula Place Strategy (a strategy for planning and investment in development projects on and around Pyrmont peninsula) will be launched this week, as announced in a Pyrmont community webinar hosted by the Pyrmont Chamber of Commerce on 7th May. The group will provide the NSW […]

Big Sydney comes at a cost to environment

By Merrill Witt Last week, in a presentation to the Property Council, the newly appointed Minister for Planning, Rob Stokes, gave a surprisingly candid assessment of the NSW planning system. He said that "the culture of development that has grown up in this city has pitted in many ways supposedly avaricious developers against supposedly blinkered […]

Stadium may be headed for court

By Wendy Bacon  Waverley Council voted to take legal action to stop demolition of the Sydney Football Stadium unless the Minister for Planning, Anthony Roberts, informs it about what action he will take to address concerns about the validity of his project approval by 10am on Monday January 14. Council passed this motion on Monday […]

Waverley’s tennis blockbuster

By LYDIA WATSON-MOORE A state government decision to rezone recreational land in Bondi has sparked fierce council and community outrage. The Wellington Street site currently houses several tennis courts, but after a successful development application from its owners, the site will be rezoned for residential apartments. Waverley Mayor Sally Betts has vowed to fight the […]

Bronte fights against overdevelopment of RSL

By Emily Contador-Kelsall Bronte residents have expressed concern over the upcoming development of the Bronte RSL. Developer Winston Langley Burlington has proposed to double the floor space of the RSL and increase the height of the building by half, sparking overdevelopment fears amongst local residents. Waverley Council recently rejected a proposal by Winston Langley Burlington (WLB) to […]

State government development may threaten Leichhardt’s future

Leichhardt Mayor Darcy Byrne has raised concerns about the future of Leichhardt following a NSW Government announcement that it will build up to 1000 new units in the small inner west suburb. Following this announcement, Mayor Byrne has questioned the level to which the NSW State Government is willing to let local councils control the […]

School enrolments skyrocket in Waverley

A report presented to Waverley Council has called for an increase to educational infrastructure in order to accommodate surging school enrolments. The April 22 report outlines the ailing capacity of public schools in the Waverley LGA, noting particularly the dearth of available places in Rose Bay Secondary College (RBSC), the area’s only public high school. […]