Tag Archives

Construction of light rail to be risky business

The construction of the contentious CBD light rail could threaten businesses on Sydney’s George Street. The light rail, which will run from Circular Quay to Kingsford, begins construction in September despite previous plans to begin next week. During construction, parts of George Street will be closed and foot traffic is set to drastically decrease, prompting […]

Baird’s new harbour crossing plan under fire

By Joe Bourke Co-convenor of EcoTransit Sydney, Gavin Gatenby has attacked Mike Baird’s plan for a second harbour rail crossing, calling the government’s recent announcement that drilling has begun on the project a “stunt”. Mr Baird and Minister for Transport Andrew Constance last week announced geotechnical drilling would occur up to 70 metres below Sydney […]

Election leaves opposition Green with envy

By Joe Bourke The Liberal Party comfortably hung onto government at last Saturday’s election but the Greens stole the show, gaining more representation in NSW parliament than ever before. Greens MP Jamie Parker retained the close seat of Balmain against strong opponent Verity Firth while Jenny Leong comfortably won the hotly contested seat of Newtown […]

State election 2015: the hot seats

By Joe Bourke   The outcome of the state election is tipped to be tight and inner city seats could play a pivotal role. The seats of Balmain, Newtown, Coogee and Sydney look to be some of the most interesting in the state, and are so far too close to call.   Balmain Balmain, historically […]

Power to the people at Ultimo Community Centre

A public forum to protest the controversial relocation of the Powerhouse Museum will be held this Friday. Balmain Greens MP Jamie Parker, historian Shirley Fitzgerald as well as City Hub publisher and president of the Pyrmont Ultimo Chamber of Commerce Lawrence Gibbons will speak at the ‘Fight for the Powerhouse’ event. The forum follows the […]

Cruise ship terminal big issue for Balmain

By Joe Bourke More than 100 residents gathered at Balmain’s Clontarf Cottage on Sunday March 8 to attend an electoral forum. The forum was focused on the controversial White Bay Cruise Terminal following a damning Upper House inquiry released last month on its effect on Balmain. Independent councillor John Stamilos, a long time campaigner against […]

Amalgamation debate continues in the inner west

By Joe Bourke   Council meetings were held across the inner west last week to brief councils on a report into proposed amalgamations. The Morrison and Low report found inner west councils are struggling with infrastructure backlog. It said the $150 million savings anticipated by the state government from amalgamations would achieve longer term sustainability […]

Return of Goat Island presents a ‘unique opportunity’ for reconciliation

By Joe Bourke   Luke Foley’s State Labor party along with former Prime Minister Paul Keating have announced the return of Goat Island to the Aboriginal people if Labor wins the upcoming NSW State election. The island is the second largest in Sydney Harbour and has been under state ownership since 1908. Deputy Opposition Leader […]