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By Vanessa Lim Waverley Council and Randwick Councils elected new Mayors last week, both of whom will run for a 12-month period. On September 24, Randwick Council voted in Labor Councillor Danny Said as the new Mayor and Greens Councillor Philipa Veitch as the Deputy Mayor. On September 26, Waverley Council chose Labor Councillor Paula […]

A crock at the end of the rainbow

BY JOHN MOYLE It has taken the Inner West Council just two months since its formation to achieve headlines for all the wrong reasons, and most of these come down to two words: Julie Passas. Having served three terms on the old Ashfield Council, in September Councillor Passas was elected as a Liberal candidate for […]

Inner West Council demerger urged

BY ALEC SMART The newly elected Inner West Council is considering overturning the forced amalgamation that brought three councils together in May 2016, and return them to their constituent parts. At the Inner West Council meeting on 24 October, councillors debated whether to hold a plebiscite on de-amalgamating Inner West Council. The issue was ultimately […]

Angela takes on the big end of town

BY ALEX EUGENE Small businesses suffering a downturn in revenue because of the bungled Sydney Light Rail construction could soon have a dedicated Member of Parliament defending their rights. Independent City of Sydney Councillor Angela Vithoulkas plans to enter state politics as leader of the 'Small Business Matters Party.' After fighting uphill battles in local […]

Inner-west Liberal-Labor pact

BY ALEC SMART A deal between Labor and the Liberal Party in last week’s Inner-West mayoral election has critics furious that democracy has been subverted, with The Greens claiming they’ve been marginalized. The Mayoral election pitted former Leichardt Mayor Darcy Byrne (Labor) against first-time councillor Pauline Lockie (Independent), in a contest that was ultimately decided […]

Inner West goes red and green

BY JOSEPH FENAUGHTY Labor and the Greens were the biggest winners in this weekend’s Inner West Council elections with the Liberal party trailing a distant third. The weekend’s election ended over a year’s uncertainty since the forced amalgamations in 2016. This was the Inner west council’s first chance since to have democratically-elected councillors to preside […]

All Betts are off for Waverley election

BY ANITA SENARATNA Liberal councillors, including current mayor Sally Betts, currently dominate the beachside council of Waverley. But the failed merger with neighbouring councils of Randwick and Woollahra and the controversial Bondi Pavilion upgrade could see the tides change for the Liberal Party at the upcoming local government election on September 9. The State Liberal […]

Independents Day of reckoning in the Inner West

BY TOMMY BOUTROUS   On Saturday, September 9, residents of the former Leichhardt, Marrickille and Ashfield Councils will elect councilors for the new Inner West Council. In 2016 the amalgamation of these three separate inner west councils more than halved the number of local representatives in the area from 36 to 15. On Saturday voters […]

Randwick elections will be a close call

BY ANITA SENARATNA In the forthcoming 2017 Local Council Elections, the political outcome of the City of Randwick is unpredictable. Although Randwick Council used to be a Labor stronghold, the Liberals and the Greens have had success there in recent years. But the failed merger with Waverley and Woollahra Councils could see a couple more […]

Ashfield election insider: Labor and the Greens come head-to-head

BY GEORGIA CLARK With early voting opening this week for the Inner West Council elections, the battle for one of three positions on the Ashfield ward is escalating, with predictions swaying in Labor’s favour. The race is braced to be a close call, after the number of Councillors was slashed following the 2016 amalgamation of […]