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THE NAKED CITY – OLD BUILDINGS REBORN

Repurposing old and historic buildings is nothing new when it comes to both urban and rural communities. Go to any Australian country town and you are more than likely to find an old post office or bank that has been converted to a coffee shop or b’n’b. In the big cities many fine old buildings […]

Inner West Council pushes to protect historic church

By ALLISON HORE The Inner West Council is moving to have a now-closed local church listed on the environmental heritage register to ensure that it is protected.  In response to the threat of demolition, the Inner West Council are seeking to amend the Marrickville Local Environmental Plan 2011 to recognise the heritage significance of the […]

Kings Cross faces uncertain future

Opinion by ANDREW WOODHOUSE Kings Cross is under attack. Its eccentricity is threatened by the very thing that keeps it alive: a living breathing critical mass and ribbon of funky people and things who don't mind being deliberately different. It's defending itself from volleys of large development applications that, if approved, would erode its individuality, […]

Historic cottages damned to new hotel horror

Opinion by JOHN MOYLE Whenever an area is termed “rich in heritage” you can bet that a developer will be quick to descend. That is the case in Darlinghurst’s Hardie Street where over a couple of years a developer swooped on six in-line Victorian terraces and now threatens not only the heritage values of the […]

Opinion: Heritage bulldozed

By Peter Hehir The development infrastructure has waged war on New South Wales’ heritage for decades. Whenever the Liberal Party gains power, the bulldozers are turned loose and destruction is unleashed on a grand scale. In its 1999 oral history Development of the Pacific Highway and the Sydney–Newcastle Freeway, Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) says […]

Dulwich Hill heritage house saved

By Lanie Tindale The Inner West Council has had its decision to pause the development of a Dulwich Hill heritage home into an apartment block upheld on appeal. The Interim Heritage Order was placed in March this year, giving Council six months breathing room to consider the Development Application on the property. The home at […]

Bondi Pavilion’s second wind

BY PAUL PAECH It was clear to everyone - except Waverley’s colourful Mayor Sally Betts - that the $38 million proposal to transform Bondi Pavilion into a sleek commercial operation was a dud. So when the NSW Government finally stopped its deeply unpopular compulsory amalgamation of councils, local electors had their chance to create the […]

Past Perfect Future Tense

By Rita Bratovich. With the incredible degree of building and development occurring in almost every part of the country, it can feel like our entire past is being slashed and burned. That’s why organisations such as The National Trust and events like the upcoming Australian Heritage Festival are so important. They not only raise awareness, […]

Tranquility tested as locals sample taste of things to come

BY EMIKO REED It has been dubbed a “wedding factory” and local residents have said it will choke local streets on weekends. But opposition to a development on the Watsons Bay peninsula now has some fire power behind it. The director of legendary Australian film Mad Max invited Watsons Bay residents to the foreshore on […]

Alex is looking safe for nowf

BY GEORGIA HING The Alexandria Hotel is one step closer to a heritage listing after City of Sydney Council voted to approve an amendment of zoning laws to allow preservation. The council discussed the proposal on Monday October 19. The City will firstly attempt to extend the current interim heritage order with the Office of […]