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Budget tough on TAFE

By Leanne Elahmad The decline of student enrolment to TAFE courses, revealed in recent budget papers, has been blamed on fee increases introduced in the NSW government’s Smart and Skilled reforms, which started on January 1 this year. “Enrolments in 2015 reflect a lower than expected market response to Smart and Skilled reforms in transitional stage […]

Community calls for an ‘open’ report

By Leanne Elahmad   The Ultimo Public School community called for the Department of Education and the City of Sydney to reopen negotiations at a fiery community meeting on June 17. The community has demanded that government stakeholders undertake an independent survey of the Fig and Wattle Street site to gauge the actual level and […]

Housing tenants say enough is enough

By Leanne Elahmad   Public housing tenants in Surry Hills are fed up with anti-social behavior and alleged illegal activity occurring in their buildings by their neighbours and guests. Locals from the John Northcott and the Pottery Housing Estates have notified Housing NSW of their concerns about drug dealing on their housing premises. The tenant’s […]

Locals slam cable car system

By Leanne Elahmed   Locals have criticised the proposal for a cable car system across Sydney Harbour as an ineffective plan to ease traffic in the Bays Precinct and city. The proposed 3.4 kilometre cable system would transport commuters to stations at Rozelle Bay, White Bay Power Station, White Bay cruise terminal, Pyrmont and Barangaroo […]

Ultimo school pays the ultimate price

By Leanne Elahmed In six months, the cost to remediate a contaminated Council depot has more than doubled, according to the NSW government, ultimately costing the students of Ultimo Public School a new school at the site. The Department of Education confirmed its decision came after “independent expert advice” revealed the remediation of the Wattle, […]

Community stresses ‘proper planning’ for Bays

By Leanne Elahmad   Locals, planners, council members and advocates gathered at Leichhardt Town Hall last Sunday May 7 to discuss UrbanGrowth NSW’s plans for the Bays Precinct and the impacts it will have on the community. The Bays Precinct has been the centre of controversy as UrbanGrowth has continually come under fire from the […]

Millers Point housing residents face ‘harassment’

By Leanne Elahmad   Millers Point residents have complained of feeling ‘bullied’ and ‘harassed’ and continue to fear losing their homes in wake of the state government’s announcement last week that more properties were being sold. The Family and Community Services (FACS) Department is currently working with tenants to relocate them to other housing communities […]