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Inner West Councillors clash over addressing community arts sector concerns

By ERIN MODARO Two arts recovery motions tabled by Greens Councillors at a recent Inner West Council meeting have been struck down, with both motions falling to an 8-7 vote against. Inner West Councillor Liz Atkins brought forward a motion that would push for the introduction of a fixed income support scheme for artists, after […]

Is de-amalgamation in the toilet?

Opinion by PETER HEHIR Politics has always been a numbers game. The winners are those who get a seat at the trough, everybody else can “eat shit and die”, as one of my rougher acquaintances used to say.  The numbers as far as the de-amalgamation of the Inner West Council (IWC) are clear. Over 62 […]

Push to preference Aboriginal flag over Australian fails in Sydney council

By MARCUS HAAR An amendment to an Inner West Council motion calling on the Aboriginal flag to take precedence over the NSW and Australian flags on council buildings was defeated this month. The original motion, which was moved by mayor Darcy Byrne in a mayoral minute, called on council to assemble a public forum on […]

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 […]

Inner West Council votes unanimously to put food waste recycling bins in every home

By PATRICK MCKENZIE Every household will be provided with food waste recycling bins during the council term as the Inner West becomes the third Sydney inner-city council to make the commitment. During an ordinary meeting this month, council unanimously voted to distribute food organics and garden organics waste recycling (FOGO) to every residence in the […]

Labor councillors accused of ‘gagging discussion’ as Inner West Council meeting schedule changed

By SEJA AL ZAIDI Ordinary meetings in the new year of Inner West Council will be halved to one per month after support from the Labor majority amended the meeting schedule for 2022. It comes after amendments were made to the meeting schedule last year, with the change to the one meeting per month model […]

Inner West councillors support expansion of food waste recycling program

By SEJA AL ZAIDI Inner West Council will discuss the introduction of food organics and garden organics (FOGO) recycling to all residences this Tuesday at its first meeting of the new year.  Newly-elected Labor Councillor Mat Howard has tabled a motion proposing that council "commits to provide food organics and organics waste recycling (FOGO) to […]

Inner West Council to incorporate Uluru Statement from the Heart as ‘philosophical underpinning’ for Aboriginal relations

By SEJA AL-ZAIDI Inner West Council has announced that they will incorporate the Uluru Statement from the Heart into the council’s Community Strategic Plan following last month's elections. Councillor Darcy Byrne, who was re-elected as Inner West Mayor in December, said that the Uluru Statement from the Heart, once incorporated, would become the “philosophical underpinning […]

Parents and teachers left needing ‘more information’ on NSW school return ahead of National cabinet meeting

By DANIEL LO SURDO Rapid antigen testing is set to play a crucial role in NSW’s back to school plan, with Premier Dominic Perrottet refusing to keep schools closed despite many students set to return to classrooms unvaccinated on February 1. Under a “test to stay” program, students in the same cohort as any confirmed […]

Inner west relieved by ‘really positive’ light rail resumption

By DANIEL LO SURDO Inner west light rail services will resume in February after NSW Transport Minister Rob Stokes confirmed that repairs to all 12 cracked trams will be finished by October next year.  The state government will supply the network with trams from the CBD line for services between Central and Lilyfield in February […]