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Inner West demerger motion falls behind opposition of Labor bloc

By DANIEL LO SURDO The only motion at an extraordinary Inner West Council demerger meeting has been voted down behind the opposition of the one-seat majority Labor bloc this week. The 11-part motion, tabled by Greens councillors Justine Langford and Liz Atkins, as well as Independent John Stamolis, included calls for council to establish a […]

Former mayor says 10:30pm demerger meeting sends ‘clear message’ to community

By DANIEL LO SURDO A former mayor of Inner West Council has said that the current mayor and general manager's decision to schedule an extraordinary demerger council meeting at 10:30pm on Tuesday night "sends a clear message to the community that accessibility is not a priority", adding that it's "clear" that council wasn't going to […]

Inner West councillor says state government invitation to skate park an ‘insult’

By DANIEL LO SURDO An Inner West councillor has called the mayor and general manager's invitation of the NSW Greater Sydney Parklands Trust chief executive to the site of the proposed Leichhardt skate park an "insult to the community", accusing the pair of dismissing "the local residents and [instead asking] for opinions from state government". […]

Mayor’s decision to schedule 10:30pm demerger meeting ‘completely ridiculous’: councillor

By DANIEL LO SURDO An Inner West councillor has savaged mayor Darcy Byrne's decision to schedule next Tuesday's extraordinary demerger council meeting for 10:30pm, calling it "completely ridiculous and unsuitable for our community". Independent councillor John Stamolis, who has been a councillor in the Inner West since 2008 and is staunchly in favour of de-amalgamating […]

Leichhardt skate park receives state government seal of approval

By DANIEL LO SURDO The chief executive of the NSW government's Greater Sydney Parklands Trust has thrown her support behind a controversial new skate park in Leichhardt, saying that it would be a "key recreational facility for young people and families". In a letter to Inner West Council General Manager Peter Gainsford last month, Suellen […]

Inner West Trans and Gender Diverse swim night a ‘raging success’: Deputy Mayor

By DANIEL LO SURDO The Inner West's deputy mayor has called the first Trans and Gender Diverse swim night a "raging success", with the event going ahead on Friday night after receiving a deluge of transphobic comments earlier this month. The swim night, which took place at Ashfield Aquatic Centre, was announced this month and […]

Morrison Low to prepare Inner West de-merger business case

By MARCUS HAAR The General Manager of Inner West Council has dismissed concerns that the independent consultancy firm tasked with building a business case for the council's demerger will skew its assumptions based on a previous cost-benefit report. When asked last week at a public meeting about the suitability of consultancy firm Morrison Low preparing […]

Inner West General Manager to address de-amalgamation at public meeting this week

By DANIEL LO SURDO Over four months after residents voted in favour of de-amalgamating back to the former Ashfield, Leichhardt and Marrickville councils, the General Manager of Inner West Council is set to update the community on the state of the split later this week. Accompanying the ballots at the December elections was a poll […]

Plans for controversial Inner West skate park back on the table

By DANIEL LO SURDO Plans for a Leichhardt skate park in the Inner West have been put back on the table, with the project on public exhibition until Monday. It comes after a back-and-forth between councillors in the previous term of council, whereby approval for the Leichhardt skate park was rescinded in December 2020 following […]

Inner West Council to trial micro forests as part of $2 million tree planting commitment

By SEJA AL ZAIDI Inner West Council will trial ‘micro forests’ around the Inner West as part of a $2 million commitment for new tree planting in the next council budget, despite Greens and Independent councillors believing that a better recommendation for tree development control was left on the table. A micro forest, which was […]