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Grassroots to global: Inner West Council Greens aren’t afraid to go big

By EVA BAXTER Inner West Council has one of the strongest representations of Greens on council in Sydney. There are currently five Greens on council, tied with Labor for the most representatives for a party. In comparison, nearby Canterbury-Bankstown Council has one Green on council, and one candidate. City of Sydney has no Greens currently […]

‘Do something thoughtful,’ Inner West war on waste

By EVA BAXTER As Planet Ark’s National Recycling Week nears its end, the Independent examines the recent ways the inner west is warring with waste. Coinciding with National Recycling Week 2020, Planet Ark released a report that found, as a result of COVID, 70% of councils had increased volumes of general waste in kerbside bins […]

Grandstanding, development and a choked peninsula: Balmain-Baludarri Ward priorities according to Inner West election candidates

By EVA BAXTER Balmain-Baludarri Ward covers Lilyfield, Rozelle, Balmain, Balmain East and Birchgrove and is currently represented on Inner West Council by Labor councillor Darcy Byrne, Greens Mayor Rochelle Porteous and Independent John Stamolis. Porteous is not standing for re-election. Darcy Byrne Byrne is the spokesperson of Inner West Local Labor and was the inaugural […]

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 […]

Affirmative consent reforms to be enacted in NSW

By ELYSIA COOK Last month the NSW Government announced that the state’s sexual consent laws will be reformed. The changes will see the adoption of an ‘affirmative consent’ model, requiring the accused to have actively obtained consent. The reform comes after recommendations were made by the NSW Law Reform Commission's Report to ‘strengthen’ and ‘simplify’ […]

Meet the Greens candidates for the 2021 Inner West Council elections

By SASHA FOOT, ELYSIA COOK and DANIEL LO SURDO Ahead of the Inner West Council local elections on September 4, the Independent profiled all five Greens candidates seeking to either be elected or gain re-election to Council.  Kobi Shetty Kobi Shetty is the Greens candidate running for Baludarri-Balmain, which encompasses the suburbs of Balmain, Balmain-East, […]