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City music program skips a beat

By Georgia Fullerton Musicians and students say finding somewhere to live and practise uninterrupted in Sydney has become more difficult. The City of Sydney’s Live Music and Performance Action Plan made community halls in nine venues across the city into free rehearsal spaces. The program was a welcome change for many young creatives, who say […]

2014: The year Sydney built a city without a foundation.

By Elliott Brennan Premier Mike Baird came good on two of his longest standing promises last year. In 2011 as Treasurer of NSW he announced that the state was 'open for business', and whilst Barangaroo was certainly symptomatic of this Liberal drive, 2014 was the year that the effort went into hyper drive. How did […]

Discussing homelessness in a pub

By Sophie Trigger   A conference was held by Politics in the pub on Thursday (November 13) at the Harold Park Hotel to address the increasing homelessness in Sydney. Gary Moore, the CEO of Homelessness NSW, pinned the spike in price of the housing market as a driving factor in the increase of rough sleepers. […]

Naked City: Welcome to Slumlord Millionaires

It’s a story that’s been written many times over the past few months – the chronic shortage of rental accommodation in Sydney and the stampede of hopefuls whenever a property ‘to let’ comes on the market. Anybody who has queued up for a recent inspection will be aware of the lottery involved in applying to […]

Mixing business and pleasure

A City of Sydney initiative could see William Street in Darlinghurst become home to the next Archibald Prize winner or another Aussie fashion sensation. The council has invited artists, writers, designers and composers to apply for subsidised housing along the strip. “For Sydney to be globally competitive we need a vibrant community that values creativity […]

Opening doors for the homeless

The City of Sydney will continue funding its successful Way2Home project until July. Established in 2010, Way2Home assists people experiencing homelessness to move into long-term housing and re-establish ties with the community. Its “housing first” approach is based on the philosophy that people should be able to enter long-term housing contracts without first having to […]

Regions reap homeless funding but city loses out

The state government’s budget for homelessness will be overhauled in 2014, with funding to be distributed on a “needs basis” – to areas with a lower socio-economic status. Funding will go to areas with greater instances of factors causing homelessness. The changes mean regions such as the Hunter and New England will see funding boosted […]

Stepping Out to stability

There could scarcely be a greater breach of faith than the sexual abuse Danielle* suffered as a child at the hands of a state-sanctioned youth worker. It is a memory the 30-year old is understandably not keen to revisit. "It was somebody who was given that authority who actually then completely violated that trust by […]