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Post office stamped out

BY JOHN MOYLE If developers get their way a brass plaque will be all that remains of Bondi’s landmark post office. The Development Application (DA) 475/2017 lodged with Waverley Council in November calls for the demolition of the heritage-listed Hall Street site, along with the removal of trees and planter boxes at its front. The […]

Cross to lose more pubs

BY JOHN MOYLE The ghost of the Bourbon and Beefsteak Bar’s founder, Bernie Houghton, howled Tuesday night as news arrived of a development application (DA) proposing the construction of 83 apartments along a strip of Darlinghurst Road from near the famous El Alamein Fountain to the Empire Hotel located at the other end of the […]

Aboriginal tent embassy reclaiming the Block

An Aboriginal tent embassy was established at the Block in Redfern on National Sorry Day last week to protest the Aboriginal Housing Company’s (AHC) planned Pemulwuy project. The project, which had its development application recently approved, will provide for a commercial precinct, student accommodation and affordable housing for the Aboriginal community. While funding for the […]

Rushcutters Bay locals fenced in over oval concerns

  Rushcutters Bay residents are up in arms over an upgrade to Reg Bartley Oval that they believe will fundamentally change the passive nature of the park. The City of Sydney council is proposing replacing the timber picket fence around the oval, which was built in 1885, with a metal lookalike for maintenance reasons. Council […]

Land ahoy for heritage fleet at Pyrmont despite concern

The City of Sydney council has joined a Pyrmont residents’ group in expressing concern over the approval of an educational and museum facility for the Sydney Heritage Fleet (SHF) in Bank Street. The development, underneath the deck of the Anzac Bridge and fronting onto Blackwattle Bay, will also serve as a berthing point for the […]

Council to overhaul local planning assessments

Leichhardt councillors will no longer have authority over any planning decisions, under a radical overhaul of the council’s development application process. Rather than councillors deciding on applications at Building and Development meetings, an expert-led Independent Hearing and Assessment Panel (IHAP) will be set up, following a vote at an extraordinary council meeting on May 6. […]

News in brief

Neville Wran farewelled Former NSW Labor premier Neville Wran was remembered at a state funeral at Sydney Town Hall on May 1. “His brain was forever crackling with ideas,” said former prime minister Paul Keating at the service. Mr Wran's legacy included the introduction of random breath testing, creating the Land and Environment Court and […]

Rats won’t take the bait

Darlinghurst residents in Little Surrey street are contesting building works and a development application proposed by popular jaunt, Beach Burrito Co., which also has branches across the inner west and eastern suburbs. In January of last year, Beach Burrito Darlinghurst carried out illegal works by demolishing a garage at the back of the property, and […]

Clover feels the heat over bid to gag media

City of Sydney councillors from across the political spectrum have supported the Alternative Media Group of Australia, publishers of this newspaper, after representatives of Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore threatened legal action over a story published in City News on September 5. The story reported the experience of Surry Hills resident Luke Harper, whose 2011 […]

Cycleway objection “irrelevant”, admits Lord Mayor’s office

A spokesperson for Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore has admitted staff in her office were in error when they linked a resident’s Development Application (DA) and his alleged opposition to the Bourke St cycleway. Surry Hills resident Luke Harper, owner of an historic four-storey terrace house on Bourke St, alleges his 2011 DA for home […]