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The Inner West’s war on waste

By KATE RAFFERTY The Inner West is making moves towards a more ecologically sustainable community, with reuse, recycling and a circular economy at the heart of new Council and community initiatives. At government level, the Inner West Council has released their new “Zero Waste Strategy 2021-2036” draft document, which outlines ways to address and reduce […]

Meet the Greens candidates for the 2021 Inner West Council elections

By SASHA FOOT, ELYSIA COOK and DANIEL LO SURDO Ahead of the Inner West Council local elections on September 4, the Independent profiled all five Greens candidates seeking to either be elected or gain re-election to Council.  Kobi Shetty Kobi Shetty is the Greens candidate running for Baludarri-Balmain, which encompasses the suburbs of Balmain, Balmain-East, […]

Mobility parking space cancelled in council confusion

By GEMMA BILLINGTON Stanmore resident Dr. John O’Brien had his mobility parking space revoked after a complaint was made about the space being unoccupied. O’Brien hadn’t owned a car since his accident in February but needed the space for transport services. Greens councillor Louise Steer tabled a motion in April noting the importance of reinstating […]

Inner West Council can take action on affordable housing

Opinion by DYLAN GRIFFITHS Sydney is the third worst city in the world for housing affordability. In Australia, one in six young people aged 15–19 have experienced homelessness, 25 percent of whom are based in NSW. For many the amount needed for a home loan deposit seems insurmountable with the inability to become a homeowner […]

Marrickville Town hall live music proposal back to the drawing board

By ALLISON HORE  From council meetings to contemporary culture, the Marrickville Town Hall was set to begin a new life as a live music venue.   But those plans have been halted after some councillors had second thoughts about the idea.   In September last year, the Inner West Council moved to transform the building into a live music […]

Perilous Petersham pedestrian crossing dubbed “the most dangerous” in the Inner West

By GEMMA BILLINGTON  Community concerns about a perilous Petersham pedestrian crossing culminated in the Inner West council’s unanimous decision to enhance the safety at the West Street and Railway Terrace intersection.  In a meeting last month, the Inner West council voted to alert Transport for NSW and the Minister for Transport, Andrew Constance, of the […]

Council de-amalgamation: Rage Against the Machine

Opinion by Peter Hehir Monday night saw the ALP machine get a well-deserved kick in the teeth and the result was a great win for democracy! The ALP Councillors, voting as a block, as is the ALP caucused custom, were soundly thrashed by a majority of 10 to 5 when their rescission motion; which effectively […]

Newtown’s Hub theatre to become “craft brew embassy”

By ALLISON HORE Once infamous for adult entertainment, plans are in the works to transform Newtown’s dormant Hub theatre into a classy craft beer shop and entertainment venue.  The heritage Hub theatre building on the corner of King Street and Enmore Road started life as a vaudeville theatre in the early 1900s and ended life […]

Inner West Council calls for community feedback on policies tackling gender inequality

By EVA BAXTER The Inner West Council has released its gender equal representation policy and draft gender equity strategy for public exhibition in April and May, respectively. Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, pre-existing gender-based social and economic inequalities have worsened. This has added a new sense of urgency to the development of a gender equity […]

De-amalgamation vote: The rescission filibuster

Opinion by PETER HEHIR It’s been suggested by those who oppose de-amalgamation that the argument for it, is simply nostalgia or some unsubstantiated notion that smaller is better. This clearly needs to be examined in some detail. Prior to amalgamation Leichhardt was in the top 10% of financially viable councils in NSW. The KPMG report […]