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Disgraced Mayor penalised for misconduct

By WENDY BACON Inner West Council is seeking advice from the NSW government on how a suspension of pay penalty for its Mayor Darcy Byrne will work in practice. On August 3rd, the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT) convicted Byrne of four counts of misconduct and two further partial breaches of the NSW Local […]

Bondi’s power move: Labor candidate Tim Murray wants better renewable energy across Sydney

By LUCINDA GARBUTT-YOUNG After running in two Federal elections, Tim Murray is no stranger to politics.   Murray has turned his priorities to Waverley Local Council and will run for the Bondi ward on Saturday September 4. He hopes the area will adopt a wide-spread renewable energy roll out in the upcoming term.  For Murray, his […]

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 […]

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 […]

Abortion no longer a crime in NSW

By WENDY BACON Update: On September 26, the NSW Legislative Assembly passed the Abortion bill to take abortion out of the NSW Crimes Act. The bill was passed with all its amendments and on the voices without a division.   The story provides an insight into how the bill progressed through parliament.  The Human Rights Law […]

Tree felling falling-out

By ALEC SMART The Greens and several independent councillors on the Inner West Council (IWC) are fuming after a revised plan for tree protection was amended at the last minute and voted into policy. The aggrieved councillors claim they were ‘ambushed’ when it was revealed the amendments, which permit residents to fell trees within three […]

Independents’ success offers silver lining

BY MERRILL WITT The newly elected Prime Minister Scott Morrison credited the “quiet Australians” for the Coalition's surprising election win. But the campaign to dislodge Independent Kerryn Phelps from the formerly safe Liberal seat of Wentworth was anything but quiet. In the final few days leading up to last Saturday’s election, Wentworth voters were bombarded […]

Legislative Council power balance

By ALLISON HORE Last month’s state election handed another term to the Coalition but the results for the upper house of NSW, the Legislative Council, are still rolling in and the crossbench is growing. The NSW Legislative Council is elected by a proportional representation system which treats the whole state as one single electorate. This […]

Inner West Council demerger urged

BY ALEC SMART The newly elected Inner West Council is considering overturning the forced amalgamation that brought three councils together in May 2016, and return them to their constituent parts. At the Inner West Council meeting on 24 October, councillors debated whether to hold a plebiscite on de-amalgamating Inner West Council. The issue was ultimately […]

Bondi Pavilion perseveres

BY ANITA SENARATNA It was a scene that might never have been possible again had former Bondi Mayor Sally Betts got her way. Last Friday night, the Bondi community threw a party to celebrate Bondi Pavilion staying in public hands, after a two-year long campaign against the $38 million upgrade proposed by Cr Betts during […]