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‘Highly inappropriate’: New Year’s Eve portaloo fiasco

By DANIEL LO SURDO Inner West residents were left bewildered last month as over 90 portable toilets were delivered to foreshore parks in Balmain East and Birchgrove in preparation for New Year’s Eve celebrations, despite Inner West Council declaring the popular vantage points closed over three weeks earlier.  Inner West Council Mayor Darcy Byrne pleaded […]

The uncomfortable reality of January 26th

The Inner West Independent would like to begin by acknowledging the Traditional Owners of the land, the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation. We also pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging, and that sovereignty was never ceded.  By BRIANNAH DEVLIN The 26th of January, also known as Australia Day, will be looking […]

Rates harmonisation winners and losers

By ALLISON HORE Upcoming changes to the way rates are calculated in the Inner West will leave some ratepayers out of pocket up to 20 percent more. 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 Council and Marrickville Council- […]

Delays plague bath reopening

By ALLISON HORE Construction delays have plagued the reopening of Australia’s oldest sea pool.  Located in Elkington Park, Balmain, the Dawn Fraser Baths were not reopened for the start of the summer swim season as the Inner West Council had hoped. The popular swimming spot has been closed since September 2019 for extensive renovations to […]

WestConnex blasting threatens Leichhardt residents

By RIDA BABAR The WestConnex project’s joint-venture contractor has applied for permission to blast under Leichhardt’s residential streets. The Acciona Samsung Bouygues joint venture (ASBJV) submitted the application to break rock for excavation on a segment of Leichhardt’s Norton and MacKenzie Streets last month after abandoning the procedure in Annandale earlier in the year. The […]

From food waste to fuel

By ALLISON HORE A food waste recycling scheme in the Inner West is transforming uneaten food into renewable energy. The food waste recycling service in Leichhardt has been operating since 2008, in 500 apartment buildings and 5,000 households. Inner West Mayor, Darcy Byrne, first introduced the program when he was mayor of the pre-amalgamation Leichhardt […]

Inner West roads not two-wheel ready

By BRIANNAH DEVLIN Sydney CBD cycleways constructions connecting the Inner West to Sydney CBD are just the tip of the iceberg for cycling connections in the Inner West. The construction of “two-way” cycleways on Saunders and Millers Street in Pyrmont will help link Sydney’s central business district to the Inner West. Construction began in October, […]

Calls for gender balance on recruitment panel

By KATE RAFFERTY Inner West Councillors have expressed concern about a lack of gender representation on the next General Manager recruitment panel, voted through in a council meeting on Tuesday 10 November. “We have a majority of female councillors in council, eight versus seven, yet we couldn’t get a majority of councillors to vote for […]

Green energy gardens light up the Inner West

By SOOFIA TARIQ A new community project could see Inner West Residents who were previously unable to have solar panels, reap renewable rewards. The Haystacks Solar Garden will be Australia’s first large scale solar garden. It is a project between the Community Power Agency and community energy provider Pingala, who previously organised the solar panel […]

Lack of Leichhardt bus stop shelters leaves locals livid

By JACK MAHONY Leichhardt commuters are being left to contend with the elements thanks to a lack of bus stop shelters in the area. In 2019, during a typical week there were close to 60,000 bus trips to and from or within Leichhardt from well over 50 bus stops. Yet, currently there are only 18 […]