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Turning off parking meters again to cost Inner West Council up to $640,000 in lost revenue

By DANIEL LO SURDO Parking meters across the Inner West will be turned off once again after they were reactivated last Monday in a move that could cost $640,000 in loss of Council revenue.   Throughout the COVID-19 lockdowns this year, Inner West Council elected to turn off their parking meters to support the local businesses […]

Inner West population growth stalling through COVID-19

By DANIEL LO SURDO Data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has revealed that the Inner West population has grown 7 per cent in the past 5 years.  Up to June 2020, the Inner West registered a population of 201,880, increasing by 13,169 people (7.0%) in the past five years.  COVID-19 has seemed […]

Inner West Council: Byrne tables motion

By DANIEL LO SURDO Inner West Mayor Darcy Byrne has tabled a de-amalgamation motion to vote on at Council’s August 25 meeting.  In the motion, Mr Byrne will gauge Councillors’ support of ‘the direct election of the position of Mayor by citizens rather than the Mayor being elected by Councillors’.  The motion has been developed […]

Inner West Council finances fail to satisfy residents, survey reveals

By KATELYN MILLIGAN Some Inner West residents believe that council does not offer good value for money or manage their finances well. According to research found by Inependent Inner West Councillor John Stamolis, only 29% of residents believe Council offers good value for money, whilst only 1 in 4 believe that Council manages its finances […]

De-amalgamate! And put the local back into local…

Opinion by PETER HEHIR With the decision due in relation to what has been described as “several counts of misconduct in 2019” during the execution of his mayoral duties, the Balmain electorate awaits the fate of Mayor Darcy Byrne. It was reported in the Sydney Morning Herald and Telegraph on Wednesday that Mr Byrne told […]

Inner West Independents say local suffers when party politics thrive

By EVA BAXTER Inner West Council is infamous for its infighting. Independent councillor John Stamolis told the Inner West Independent, that’s what happens when big party politics interferes at the local level. Stamolis has served his community for 24 years but will be fighting desperately to win an election against rookies backed by political parties […]

Inner West Council: Greens candidate launches petition for basic maintenance of Balmain Town Hall and Library

By ELYSIA COOK Greens candidate for the Balmain-Baludarri Ward Kobi Shetty last week launched her petition to refurbish the Balmain Town Hall and Library. The Inner West Council’s 2021 infrastructure budget lists an upgrade to the Balmain Town Hall as a priority project, with $6.8 million of funding allocated to improving community centres across the […]

Greens accuse Labor of refusing to share power in Inner West Council debate over Mayoral misconduct

By EVA BAXTER A tumultuous Inner West Council meeting led to council acknowledging the findings by the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT) that Labor Mayor Darcy Byrne was guilty of misconduct. Greens Clr Louise Steer told the Independent, “it is a big step to do a motion like that against the Mayor and it […]

Marrickville Town hall live music proposal back to the drawing board

By ALLISON HORE  From council meetings to contemporary culture, the Marrickville Town Hall was set to begin a new life as a live music venue.   But those plans have been halted after some councillors had second thoughts about the idea.   In September last year, the Inner West Council moved to transform the building into a live music […]

Inner West Council calls for community feedback on policies tackling gender inequality

By EVA BAXTER The Inner West Council has released its gender equal representation policy and draft gender equity strategy for public exhibition in April and May, respectively. Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, pre-existing gender-based social and economic inequalities have worsened. This has added a new sense of urgency to the development of a gender equity […]