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Leichhardt locals campaign to ‘kickstart’ BYO Coffee Cup after COVID cup confusion

By EVA BAXTER Locals are campaigning to challenge the people of Leichhardt to use reusable coffee cups for ten days from the 1st to the 10th of December. Darina Wallace, a Leichhardt local involved with the campaign told the people of Leichhardt to dust off their keep cups, take an extra ten minutes to sit […]

‘Do something thoughtful,’ Inner West war on waste

By EVA BAXTER As Planet Ark’s National Recycling Week nears its end, the Independent examines the recent ways the inner west is warring with waste. Coinciding with National Recycling Week 2020, Planet Ark released a report that found, as a result of COVID, 70% of councils had increased volumes of general waste in kerbside bins […]

Inner West community want more government action on climate change, poll reveals

By EVA BAXTER In July this year, a campaign by the Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF) Together We Can conducted a poll of 15,000 Australians in all 151 federal electorates on their opinions on climate change. According to the poll, nationally, 67% of voters want the federal government to do more to combat climate change. Across […]

London plane trees to remain in city’s canopy despite health risks

By KATELYN MILLIGAN City of Sydney Council voted on Monday not to stop the planting of London plane trees. The city aims to increase overall green cover to 40% across the local area, including a minimum of 27% tree canopy by 2050 with its Greening Sydney Strategy. London plane trees make up around 11% of […]

St Peters parklands meant to compensate for WestConnex are contaminated, says environmental scientist

By KATELYN MILLIGAN An environmental scientist is calling for an independent contamination assessment into landfill offered by the NSW government as potential parklands to ‘compensate’ for WestConnex to the St Peter’s community. The proposed hilltop park at the southwestern end of the St Peters Interchange was previously a highly polluted landfill site which contained contaminants […]

Lights out over Sydney for Earth Hour

By ALLISON HORE If you couldn’t get down to the harbour and watch it light up on New Year’s Eve why not get down to the harbour and watch the lights go out for Earth Hour? This Saturday the 27th of March, at 8:30pm local time, millions of people around the world will turn off […]

School solar panels “a no-brainer” say climate conscious parents

By ALLISON HORE Ahead of the deadline for public submissions for the next federal budget, a grassroots movement of Aussie parents is calling on the government to prioritise funding for solar panels on every school and early childhood education centre. The group, Australian Parents For Climate Action (AP4CA), say supporting their Solar Our Schools is […]

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.  […]

Trash talkers, toad attackers, Indigenous art destroyed: News Bites – 25 Sept 2019

Bite-sized bulletins by ALEC SMART Trash talk On Friday 20 September, an estimated 80,000 people – primarily youngsters – took over The Domain in Sydney for the global Strike for Climate rally, which culminated in a march to Hyde Park. City Hub witnessed a young man clutching a green shopping bag attempt to disrupt the […]

Return of Inner West democracy groups

BY SARAH MCLENAGHAN   Inner West residents are being invited to participate in local politics by joining the Council’s democracy groups. The newly elected Council has re-established a democratic system of 14 advisory committees and working groups. Inner West Mayor, Darcy Byrne, said these groups are an important part of how Council engages with the […]