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Slow NAPLAN growth for elite schools

By LANIE TINDALE NAPLAN data shows lower academic growth in elite schools compared to the New South Wales state.  Of the top 22 most expensive schools in NSW, 16 showed lower gains in NAPLAN numeracy and reading results than the state average from 2016 to 2018 among current Year 11 students.  This cohort were in […]

Ground shifts under tenancy laws

BY LANIE TINDALE   New tenancy reforms introduced by the NSW government have no addressed ‘no grounds’ eviction laws. The Inner West Council and inner west advocacy groups have expressed support for tenancy reforms proposed by better regulation minister Matt Kean but say landlords should not be able to evict tenants without a reason. The […]

Council grants give and take

BY LANIE TINDALE   Thirteen organisations have been granted $324,000 under the Inner West Council Stronger Communities Grant Program. The report published by the council identifies 41 grant applications, with grant requests totalling over $1.35 million. The 13 organisations granted money were awarded between $10-$50 each. The grant program commenced in 2016, running for three […]

Childcare workers spit the dummy

    By Lanie Tindale   Sydney childcare educators left work early on Wednesday to gather in Martin Place to protest low wages. Childcare union United Voice wants the federal government to increase the award rate by 30 per cent. Child care educators currently earn a minimum of $22 an hour, but say they should […]

Dawn’s million dollar baths

By Lanie Tindale Balmain Ward Councillors are tussling over $1.1 million of the several million needed to save Dawn Fraser Pool. Significant upgrades are required to restore the pool, a Council report has found. The report says the bath poses a public safety risk, and may need to be closed. The initial estimated cost of […]

Powerless in the Inner West

By Lanie Tindale Local businesses in the Inner West have suffered from a power outage which hit the area last Saturday at 1pm. The Soul Bowl cafe manager Kiran Gire said when Marketplace Leichhardt lost power “Nothing was working in the shop, it just went completely dark…There [were] a lot of people coming out of […]

Council saves May Murray

By Lanie Tindale The Marrickville community is celebrating an Inner West Council motion that ensures that the May Murray Early Learning Centre will remain on Premier Street. A petition created by parents Shae Phuong and Annabel Prince garnered over 1100 signatures in support of protecting the 24-place child care centre. Ms Prince, mother of May Murray […]

Camperdown hot for asbestos

By Lanie Tindale “When the fire happened we escaped with our children, our lives, and our pyjamas. That’s it.   “We are now in the 9th week of crisis accommodation and holding it all together as a family.   We’re tired, we’re emotionally and physically exhausted. This horrible time has been exponentially worsened by the fact that […]

Dulwich Hill heritage house saved

By Lanie Tindale The Inner West Council has had its decision to pause the development of a Dulwich Hill heritage home into an apartment block upheld on appeal. The Interim Heritage Order was placed in March this year, giving Council six months breathing room to consider the Development Application on the property. The home at […]

Sydney Park to be tunneled

By Wendy Bacon and Lanie Tindale Electricity company Transgrid plans to dig a deep three metre wide trench across Sydney Park to install a cable that is part of a project to increase available power to central Sydney. If approved by NSW Planning, the project would involve digging into contaminated landfill, removing trees, intruding into […]