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Inner West Councillors clash over addressing community arts sector concerns

By ERIN MODARO Two arts recovery motions tabled by Greens Councillors at a recent Inner West Council meeting have been struck down, with both motions falling to an 8-7 vote against. Inner West Councillor Liz Atkins brought forward a motion that would push for the introduction of a fixed income support scheme for artists, after […]

Inner West demerger motion falls behind opposition of Labor bloc

By DANIEL LO SURDO The only motion at an extraordinary Inner West Council demerger meeting has been voted down behind the opposition of the one-seat majority Labor bloc this week. The 11-part motion, tabled by Greens councillors Justine Langford and Liz Atkins, as well as Independent John Stamolis, included calls for council to establish a […]

Former mayor says 10:30pm demerger meeting sends ‘clear message’ to community

By DANIEL LO SURDO A former mayor of Inner West Council has said that the current mayor and general manager's decision to schedule an extraordinary demerger council meeting at 10:30pm on Tuesday night "sends a clear message to the community that accessibility is not a priority", adding that it's "clear" that council wasn't going to […]

Mayor’s decision to schedule 10:30pm demerger meeting ‘completely ridiculous’: councillor

By DANIEL LO SURDO An Inner West councillor has savaged mayor Darcy Byrne's decision to schedule next Tuesday's extraordinary demerger council meeting for 10:30pm, calling it "completely ridiculous and unsuitable for our community". Independent councillor John Stamolis, who has been a councillor in the Inner West since 2008 and is staunchly in favour of de-amalgamating […]

Inner West Trans and Gender Diverse swim night a ‘raging success’: Deputy Mayor

By DANIEL LO SURDO The Inner West's deputy mayor has called the first Trans and Gender Diverse swim night a "raging success", with the event going ahead on Friday night after receiving a deluge of transphobic comments earlier this month. The swim night, which took place at Ashfield Aquatic Centre, was announced this month and […]

Sydney council votes for new rainbow pathway in Newtown ahead of WorldPride

By MARCUS HAAR A rainbow pathway in the Inner West may be just around the corner, after a motion to begin plans for a new pathway in Newtown ahead of next year’s World Pride event was carried unanimously by Inner West Council last week. The motion, which was moved by Independent Pauline Lockie and seconded […]

Inner West Council condemns transgender discrimination, calls for change to NSW gender recognition act

By DANIEL LO SURDO Inner West councillors have unanimously condemned transgender and gender diverse discrimination at a council meeting this week, with the motion also calling on the NSW government to amend the Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Act, to enable legal gender recognition without requiring surgical intervention. The motion, which was moved by Greens […]

Stations across the Inner West set for accessibility upgrades after ‘tireless effort’ from locals

By SEJA AL ZAIDI Improved accessibility measures have been introduced at various train stations in the Inner West as part of a spate of new upgrades in the area. Major works have taken place at Petersham, Erskineville and St Peters train stations following calls from residents for enhanced accessibility, with a variety of changes made […]

The case for and against de-amalgamation in the Inner West

By DANIEL LO SURDO Included in the Inner West Council election papers on December 4 will be a de-amalgamation poll, which will ask voters the following question: In May 2016, Ashfield, Leichhardt and Marrickville councils were amalgamated into one local government area by the State Government.  Do you support the Inner West local government area […]

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 […]