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Reigniting the live music scene

By RACHEL CLARK The Inner West council has “scrapped” the need to submit a development application to hold live music and art events in shopfronts, offices and industrial premises, allowing for new venues to host live performances. Live music and performances have been struggling for the past few years. With some of the obstacles preventing […]

Barbara Ramjan’s extraordinary life of advocacy

By BRIANNAH DEVLIN Meet Barbara Ramjan. Change-maker. Advocate. She has lived in the inner west her whole life.  She’s a woman who has seen the world change in many ways and evolve into a different world than the one she was born in. Ramjan was nominated as part of Inner West Council’s International Women’s Day […]

Rates harmonisation stirs disharmony

By ALLISON HORE The rates harmonisation process has continued to cause strife for Inner West councillors who called an extraordinary meeting to discuss the changes in response to growing community frustrations. Currently there are three rates structures across the Inner West. This disparity comes as a result of the three pre-amalgamation councils- Ashfield Council, Leichhardt […]

Politics muddies the waters at the Dawny

By EVA BAXTER A string of delays to the reopening of Dawn Fraser Baths in Balmain has local politicians pointing fingers. Inner West Council’s heritage restoration of the Baths was meant to be completed in time for the 2020/21 summer season. The opening has been delayed well past December, with the reopening date now set […]

Mayor Byrne feels the burn

Inner West mayor Darcy Byrne is feeling the burn of a potential suspension he faces as a result of a NSW Office of Local Government (OLG) inquiry.  The local government watchdog accused the mayor of an “abuse of power” as a result of a 2019 council meeting where he used a council vote to quash […]

Dog lovers call for off-leash ban to be scrapped

By ALLISON HORE Dog owners in the Inner West are calling for areas of Callan Park to be set officially aside for off-leash dogs when the detailed designs are put together for the precinct. Officially, dogs are only allowed on-leash across Callan park’s 60-hectares of green space.  Owners are allowed to let their dogs off-leash […]

Council “plays cupid” for street artists and property owners

By ALLISON HORE It started as a way to reduce graffiti around the Inner West, now it’s a pioneering program which has transformed the Inner West into Sydney’s street art capital. The Inner West Council has opened up applications for it’s Perfect Match initiative which tackles unwanted graffiti and tagging by reducing the number of […]

Pedal Power wins the day in the Inner West

By JOHN MOYLE The demand for more cycleways and the advent of COVID-19 made for strange bedfellows that have seen new pop-up cycleways created across Sydney. They have come about through responses from government, local council and residents to take pressure off public transport and the demand for safer routes offering access to key employment […]

Inner West Council receive sports honour

By EVA BAXTER The Inner West Council was named 2020 Local Council of the Year in the Community Sports Awards by the NSW Office of Sport. The council was given the award for its collaboration with local sports clubs to boost participation in sport across the local government area, particularly among women and girls. In […]

Where will the children play?

By ALLISON HORE The plans for a skatepark at Leichhardt Park have hit another roadblock after council voted to put the park's plans under an extra layer of scrutiny.  The move will mean the decade-long decision making process for a new Inner West skatepark will be drawn out even longer.  The vote follows lengthy debate […]