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Green Square’s future on the rails

By JOE BOURKE The state government’s mention of potential light rail from the city to Green Square has been met with caution. Minister for Transport Andrew Constance told an audience last week he would be “very keen” to see light rail going to Green Square to address congestion. Greens Transport spokesperson Mehreen Faruqi said the […]

Controversy on Cowper Street

By Joe Bourke   Glebe residents have criticised the NSW government’s plan to develop a site on Cowper Street, Glebe, into a mix of private apartments and social and affordable housing. The development will be made up of approximately 250 private apartments, 150 social housing units and 100 affordable housing apartments. President of the Hands […]

Amalgamation ideas merge in Leichhardt

By Joe Bourke   The amalgamation debate has intensified as the June 30 deadline for local councils to submit their proposals demonstrating they are ‘fit for the future’ draws closer. Leichhardt Mayor Rochelle Porteous criticised the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal’s (IPART) final ‘Methodology for Assessment of Council Fit for the Future Proposals’, which was […]

Construction scheduled for George Street light rail

By Joe Bourke   The major construction schedule for the CBD and South East Light Rail was released last week after sustained pressure on the state government for its release. Minister for Roads Duncan Gay and Minister for Transport Andrew Constance combined at an event in Martin Place last Thursday May 28, announcing that construction […]

Borsak floats bill for radical South Sydney development

By Joe Bourke   A large part of South Sydney bordered by Gardeners Road and South Redfern, including the industrial suburbs of Waterloo and Rosebury, could be substantially redeveloped in what will be called the Southern Industrial Area (SIA). The area could house 100,000 people and 75,000 new workers under a bill brought to parliament on […]

Government property sale brings forward planning problems

By Joe Bourke and Emily Contador-Kelsall   The state government’s planning policy and transparency have come into question following the announcement that a property acquired for the failed metro line will be sold. 108 Miller Street Pyrmont, previously owned by photo and imaging company C.R. Kennedy, was bought by the former Labor government for the […]

Baird’s plan to decide future of ICAC

By Joe Bourke   The Coalition government last week passed a bill to review the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) and determine its jurisdiction following a high court ruling that the commission would not be allowed to investigate Crown prosecutor Margaret Cunneen. Premier Mike Baird also announced that the government would legislate to ensure previous […]

Go-time for Balmain Leagues site

By Joe Bourke   Leichhardt Council received an independent study into the future configuration of the infamous Balmain Leagues site at last week's council meeting, marking a step forward in the development of the site. The site, subject to controversy since developers Rozelle Village attempted to get plans through for a high rise development, currently […]

Light rail reaching the business end

By Joe Bourke   The CBD and South East Light Rail has moved forward this week despite its construction schedule remaining unfinished. A business owners forum and a community forum on the light rail took place within four days of each other last week. The forums are a regular part of the project’s consultation process, […]

Editorial: On refugees, Australia remains the lucky country

By Joe Bourke   The events of the last couple of weeks have well and truly brought the issue of asylum seekers into the spotlight. Last week, an estimated 800 refugees died in the Mediterranean Sea on the way to what they thought would be a better life, and just hours prior The Sun, a Murdoch-run […]