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WestConnex blasting threatens Leichhardt residents

By RIDA BABAR The WestConnex project’s joint-venture contractor has applied for permission to blast under Leichhardt’s residential streets. The Acciona Samsung Bouygues joint venture (ASBJV) submitted the application to break rock for excavation on a segment of Leichhardt’s Norton and MacKenzie Streets last month after abandoning the procedure in Annandale earlier in the year. The […]

From food waste to fuel

By ALLISON HORE A food waste recycling scheme in the Inner West is transforming uneaten food into renewable energy. The food waste recycling service in Leichhardt has been operating since 2008, in 500 apartment buildings and 5,000 households. Inner West Mayor, Darcy Byrne, first introduced the program when he was mayor of the pre-amalgamation Leichhardt […]

Lack of Leichhardt bus stop shelters leaves locals livid

By JACK MAHONY Leichhardt commuters are being left to contend with the elements thanks to a lack of bus stop shelters in the area. In 2019, during a typical week there were close to 60,000 bus trips to and from or within Leichhardt from well over 50 bus stops. Yet, currently there are only 18 […]

Experience Christmas in the Inner West

By RIDA BABAR & ALLISON HORE The festive season for many will be a welcome distraction from the troubled year that was 2020.  Here’s how you can put bushfires, a pandemic and economic recession behind you and experience five senses of festive sensations in the Inner West this Christmas. HEAR What would Christmas be without […]

A new model for mental health care

By ALLISON HORE A new counselling social enterprise in Leichhardt is pioneering a new model for mental health care in Sydney’s Inner West. Rough Patch Affordable Counselling opened in Leichhardt in August and has been met with an enthusiastic reception from locals who’ve accessed its services. Amber Rules, a psychotherapist who specialises in addiction recovery, […]

It’s your home. You fix it

By Peter Hehir It’s now abundantly clear that the Sydney Motorway Corporation and the RMS have absolutely no intention of repairing any family homes damaged by WestConnex construction, despite this being a legal obligation. The Department of Planning and Environment have also failed the community, in not enforcing compliance of this requirement. The SMC and […]

Skate park plans shredded and reborn

By Michael Hitch After six years of debate, dispute and foiled plans, the Inner West Council has finally committed to build a skate park in Leichhardt. Council will proceed to undertake community engagement for the development of the skate park near Leichhardt Oval, after years of previously unsuccessful attempts to develop the facility in Rozelle. […]

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 […]

Behind Closed Doors

BY MICK DALEY A Sydney Morning Herald article last week on housing market inequalities caused by government rezoning is only half the story, according to activist Maire Sheehan. The one-time Mayor of Leichhardt says that confidential rezoning decisions made between developers and planners are driving property prices up and encouraging ‘Hong Kong’ style residential high […]

Independents Day of reckoning in the Inner West

BY TOMMY BOUTROUS   On Saturday, September 9, residents of the former Leichhardt, Marrickille and Ashfield Councils will elect councilors for the new Inner West Council. In 2016 the amalgamation of these three separate inner west councils more than halved the number of local representatives in the area from 36 to 15. On Saturday voters […]