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Sydney goes green for COP26, as Scott Morrison stumbles in Glasgow

By DANIEL LO SURDO Sydney has been lit up green to mark the beginning of COP26, the United Nation’s Climate Change Conference, in Glasgow this week. Sydney joins other global cities in lighting up its civic buildings green to signal a desire for decisive international action. This year’s conference is seen as the most important […]

Inner-city leaders welcome State Government’s plans to cut emissions in half by 2030

By DANIEL LO SURDO Inner-city leaders have supported the NSW Government's decision to cut greenhouse gas emissions to 50 per cent by 2030, with City of Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore labelling it "exciting news". The cut, announced this week, will create a new climate change target that aims to cut greenhouse gas emissions to […]

Sydney’s food bowl at risk

Opinion by MERRILL WITT Last Friday, the Daily Telegraph reported that the Berejiklian government had reached an in-principle agreement with acting Nationals leader Paul Toole to weaken the Koala State Environment Planning Policy (Koala SEPP) in preparation for its cabinet meeting this week.  Needless to say, the relaxation of the rules governing koala habitat protection […]

Marsupial madness in NSW coalition

By ALLISON HORE It was a tumultuous week for the coalition government last week, with the national party threatening to go rogue over opposition to koala habitat legislation. On Thursday deputy premier and NSW Nationals leader John Barilaro threatened to pull his party out of the coalition if State Environmental Planning Policy (SEPP)s protecting the […]

Cracks appear in NSW building policy

BY ALEC SMART Mascot Towers, the Sydney apartment blocks from which residents were urged to vacate on June 14 after structural cracks appeared in the basement, remain uninhabitable. Tenants are expected to pay for superficial repairs, although it has since been revealed the flats are moving in a ‘downward motion’ – sinking into the ground, […]

IWC demerger urged

BY JOHN MOYLE It could be a case of going back to the future for the newly-merged Inner West Council if a coalition of independents and Greens get their way for a demerger from their 2016 forced amalgamation. “Communities a lot less affluent than our council have challenged the mergers and they have won,” Councillor […]