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The Inner West’s war on waste

By KATE RAFFERTY The Inner West is making moves towards a more ecologically sustainable community, with reuse, recycling and a circular economy at the heart of new Council and community initiatives. At government level, the Inner West Council has released their new “Zero Waste Strategy 2021-2036” draft document, which outlines ways to address and reduce […]

WestConnex substrata acquisition cheats residents out of receiving fair compensation

By KATE RAFFERTY Permanent acquisition of underground land due to WestConnex construction has left property owners in the Inner West battling the government for compensation. Under the Land Acquisition (Just Terms Compensation) Act 1991, governments can permanently acquire underground land, or substratum, without compensation if it is in the path of project plans. In the […]

Balmain locals lend a hand to the Hawkesbury

By KATE RAFFERTY At the time of the Hawkesbury floods, the Warragamba Dam was spilling a Sydney Harbour’s worth of water, about 460 gigalitres, into the Sydney basin each day. While that flood water from the Hunter-Nepean Valley filled the dam, rain battered the NSW coast, washing away homes, businesses and land. As the devastation […]

Signs of the times: #RACISMNOTWELCOME

By KATE RAFFERTY 50 “#RACISMNOTWELCOME” street signs have been erected across the Inner West, as part of a new campaign by the Inner West Multicultural Network and Addison Road Community Organisation. Initiated in response to a rise in racist attacks during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, #RacismNotWelcome addresses racism in the Inner West. Independent […]

Calls for gender balance on recruitment panel

By KATE RAFFERTY Inner West Councillors have expressed concern about a lack of gender representation on the next General Manager recruitment panel, voted through in a council meeting on Tuesday 10 November. “We have a majority of female councillors in council, eight versus seven, yet we couldn’t get a majority of councillors to vote for […]

Community calls out illegal dumping

By KATE RAFFERTY Amid COVID-19 conditions and closure of op shops, illegal dumping and waste pile-up has increased in the Inner West, and locals say the issue is not getting better. “Just visibly the dumping has increased twice as much in the Inner West,” says Kieran Archee, sales employee at the Bower Reuse and Repair […]