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The unlikely resident fighting back against the NSW Government’s war on public housing

By DANIEL LO SURDO Leading an emotion-fuelled campaign against the monoliths of the NSW Government is a responsibility Louisa Blair never thought she would shoulder.  The 30-year resident of the Explorer Street public housing estate in Eveleigh describes herself as more bashful than boisterous; not the sort to ordinarily welcome newcomers into her living room […]

“At long last,” accessibility upgrade for Inner West stations

By ALLISON HORE After years of community campaigning, details have been released about accessibility upgrades for two stations in Sydney’s Inner West. As part of the Transport Access Scheme, Transport for NSW have started planning much needed accessibility upgrades at Erskineville and St Peters stations. The proposed upgrades at St Peters and Erskineville stations will […]

Privatisation scheme threatens South Eveleigh public housing

By DANIEL LO SURDO The NSW Government’s plan to privatise a large portion of public housing in South Eveleigh’s Explorer Street has been staunchly opposed by the community. Residents fear what may become of their street in the coming years. As part of the State Government’s plan to create a 38 per cent increase in […]

Taken for a ride

By JOAN HENSON Redfern, in Sydney’s inner-south, is a cycling hub and home to Sydney’s sixth busiest station. The cycling infrastructure from Redfern’s George Street connects Green Square with the city centre, and NSW state government policy is to include cycling paths in new developments. Urban Growth’s 2016 Central to Eveleigh Development Strategy is an […]

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 […]

All stations to nowhere

By GRACE JOHNSON Residents of Erskineville and St Peters are outraged by government plans to cut train services on the Bankstown line. Local community group Friends of Erskineville (FOE) have petitioned against the cuts and lobbied for increased public transport to end the overcrowding on current rail services. Under the state government proposal, the Sydney […]

Newtown, new seat, new faces

By Kayla Canne Candidates for the new seat of Newtown spent last Friday night answering questions from the public at a forum hosted by the Friends of Erskineville residents organisation. A crowd of nearly 50 people gathered at Erskineville Town Hall to hear five of the seven candidates respond to major election issues, such as […]

Brown development for Green Square

City of Sydney Council has approved the Employment Lands Strategy for Green Square despite objections over its content and process. Amongst the issues council has identified are burgeoning transport flows, increases to building heights, high density urban renewal and commitments to affordable community housing. Liberal councillor Edward Mandla was the sole opposing voice during the […]

Community garden faces the shovel

The Erskineville Road Community Garden could be turfed out, with the City of Sydney proposing to move it to a more “suitable” site. The garden was created in 2009  on a block of land that had been vacant for decades. “It’s kind of like a gorilla garden that the council hasn’t endorsed and it’s been […]

Inner city supermarkets in firing line

Discontent with new and proposed supermarkets has become a prominent issue in inner Sydney, with residents and community groups voicing concerns about noise, traffic problems, parking issues and early morning goods deliveries. In one of several flashpoints of contention over new supermarkets, residents in Erskineville are calling on the City of Sydney Council to take […]