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Local hero: John Brooks

BY IRINA DUNN Retired engineer and regional planning consultant John Brooks has been the Convenor of the Blackwattle Cove Coalition since 2008. This forum of various community groups and organisations get together to share information about planning matters affecting the Bays precinct and surrounds and to comment on new developments such as the Fish Markets […]

Woollahra’s arrogant councillors

BY IRINA DUNN Former City of Sydney Councillor and barrister Dixie Coulton is among many people appalled by the behaviour of some Woollahra councillors towards constituents opposing the proposed skatepark on the eastern side of Rushcutters Bay Park. The proposed skatepark is larger than an Olympic-sized swimming pool at 1,225 square metres. Coulton is a […]

Paddington local hero: Will Mrongovius

BY IRINA DUNN As President of the Paddington Society and Convenor of the Paddington-Darlinghurst Community Working Group, Will Mrongovius is kept very busy. The Paddington Society is concerned with “heritage, and the built from and the amenity of Paddington, so it’s everything, it's the urban landscape, it’s all of it,” Mrongovius explains. The community working […]

Mary Mortimer: the woman who “can’t say no!”

By Irina Dunn The Pyrmont that Mary Mortimer moved into some 17 years ago was a very different suburb to what it is today. Then it was being developed as a dormitory suburb where childless workers would go home to eat and sleep between stints at work in the city. Now it has become the […]

Be the sculptor of your own body!

by Irina Dunn Want to have a pert new bottom without an expensive operation? Like to get rid of those love handles without facing the surgeon’s knife? Fancy getting a smooth belly without suffering unsightly scars? Balmain beauty salon Skulpt Face & Body offers a variety of non-invasive procedures to make you look your bikini […]

Meet your Waterloo

By Irina Dunn After consulting multiple stakeholders and government agencies for two years the State government presented their plans for a massive $20 billion makeover of Waterloo Metro Quarter to a group of local resident and community activists. Representatives from both UrbanGrowth NSW and Sydney Metro (Transport for NSW) visited the Factory Community Centre in […]

Exploring the Post-Soviet Novel

Lovers of Russian novels know Tolstoy and Dostoevsky from the nineteenth century, and Pasternak and Solzhenitsyn from the twentieth, but what have Russian writers produced since the fall of Communism in 1991? In a series of lectures at the Art Gallery in October and November, Irina Dunn will introduce you to exciting new Russian novelists […]