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No place to call home

By ANDREW WOODHOUSE The City of Sydney Council has refused a development application (2019/674) for a boarding house at 170 Victoria Street, Potts Point. The application was lodged by the developer’s builders. The planner’s report was scathing. Putting it politely, they noted: “The site has recently been used as a boarding house without development consent […]

Can local character be saved?

Opinion by MERRILL WITT Earlier this year two strange bedfellows, Tony Recsei of Save our Suburbs and Chris Johnson, the former CEO of the developer lobby group Urban Taskforce, joined together to co-write an op-ed in the Sydney Morning Herald that was critical of the NSW Government’s push for more medium-density housing in Sydney’s suburbs. […]

Inner West’s empty nests

BY TOMMY BOUTROUS New figures from the 2016 census reveal that nearly one in 10 homes in the Inner West are presently unoccupied, inciting calls for a crackdown on investors who leave their properties vacant. A record 10,525 homes have been left vacant in Sydney’s Inner West, Canada Bay, Burwood, and Strathfield districts, showing an […]

Stairway to developer heaven

By EMILY CONTADOR-KELSALL The resolve of Millers Point housing tenants remains strong as properties in the area continue to move from public to private hands. Minister for Social Housing Brad Hazzard visited the Millers Point community in late June, giving residents renewed hope, despite continued concern over the growing number of vacant tenancies in the […]

Controversy on Cowper Street

By Joe Bourke   Glebe residents have criticised the NSW government’s plan to develop a site on Cowper Street, Glebe, into a mix of private apartments and social and affordable housing. The development will be made up of approximately 250 private apartments, 150 social housing units and 100 affordable housing apartments. President of the Hands […]

Government property sale brings forward planning problems

By Joe Bourke and Emily Contador-Kelsall   The state government’s planning policy and transparency have come into question following the announcement that a property acquired for the failed metro line will be sold. 108 Miller Street Pyrmont, previously owned by photo and imaging company C.R. Kennedy, was bought by the former Labor government for the […]

Dangerous boarding houses still operating around Sydney

By Callum Cyrus A City Hub follow up investigation has identified several rogue boarding house operations just five months before state reforms are set to be introduced to tackle covert housing operations. City Hub spoke to agencies letting six different properties, each cramming between six and ten tenants into apartments with only one or two bedrooms. […]

“Urgent action needed” for Sydney’s housing crisis

By Lauren O’Connor A panel of housing and social sector experts have called on all levels of government to address a housing affordability “crisis” in Sydney. On March 12 the City of Sydney invited eight guests to discuss the social and economic impacts of falling rates of home ownership. John Daley of political policy think-tank […]

Rising property prices stifle city’s creativity

By Mariana Podesta-Diverio The increasingly unaffordable property market in Sydney is having repercussions for artists who are struggling to find studio spaces. A quarterly report on house prices released by the Domain Group last week announced that the Australian property market is in a period of strong growth and Sydney is again leading with the […]

Moore childcare, housing and traffic jams

By Kieran Adair With City of Sydney Council due to begin meeting again on Monday the 16th, Clover Moore has signaled that transport, child care and affordable housing will be among her top priorities for the year ahead. The completion of the city’s light rail and cycle networks feature heavily on the Lord Mayor’s transport […]