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Inner West Council to invest in local music and film festival

By Patrick McKenzie Inner West Council has voted unanimously to invest in a raft of new COVID-safe outdoor community events, in a bid to provide more support to the local arts and culture sector. The vote came during a Council meeting on Tuesday evening, where Labor Councillor Chloe Smith moved a motion to build on […]

Hope after lockdown: Randwick City Council Candidates on the local issues they aim to address

By EVA BAXTER Randwick City Council is divided into five Wards: North Ward  Each Ward has four to six candidates contesting three seats. There is at least one Labor, Liberal, Greens and Independent standing for each ward, and the Arts Party has a candidate in the East Ward and two in the North Ward. Kim […]

Culture, climate and de-amalgamation: Stanmore-Damun Ward priorities according to Inner West election candidates

By EVA BAXTER Stanmore-Damun Ward includes Camperdown, Newtown, Stanmore, Enmore, Petersham and Lewisham and is currently represented on Inner West Council by Labor councillor Anna York, Greens councillor Louise Steer and Independent Pauline Lockie. Lockie is the only councillor bidding for re-election. Pauline Lockie Lockie told the Independent that despite the difficulty of campaigning as […]

High hopes new Inner West Mayoral positions will reset council culture

By EVA BAXTER Greens councillor Rochelle Porteous has been voted in as the new Mayor of the Inner West after defeating Labor Mayor Darcy Byrne and Independent Deputy Mayor Vic Macri for the position. The new Mayor and Deputy Mayor will hold the position until this Council term concludes in three months, coinciding with the […]

Sydney councillor elected president of national association

By ALLISON HORE City of Sydney councillor Linda Scott was elected president of the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) which represents more than 500 councils nationwide. Councillor Scott was elected to the position unopposed at the association’s AGM on Friday night. She will take over the role from Prospect mayor, David O'Loughlin, who has served […]

George Street tender exemption splits council

By ALLISON HORE After a vote which split the City of Sydney council, the planning and construction of the George Street pedestrianisation project will go ahead without the usual tenders process. The $35 million project will see the pedestrian zone on George Street extended further south from Bathurst street to Rawson Place.  Sydney’s Lord Mayor […]

Mergers front and centre in September

BY MEL SOMERVILLE   The NSW Government’s proposed amalgamations will be a major issue for candidates to address in the lead up to Randwick Council elections, which will be held on Saturday the 9th September. The proposed merger of Randwick council with Waverley and Woollahra councils has been halted pending Woollahra’s appeal to the High […]

Abused in the workplace: councillor speaks out

By Melissa Brooks I have been a councillor since September 2012, when I was elected to represent the community of Marrickville. At council meetings I face verbal abuse week after week. Last week we were discussing a fairly contentious land use issue with a long history. During the course of the debate, a fellow female […]

Calls to turbo-charge local government reform

Proposed “Joint Organisations” of councils should be expanded and made mandatory, the chief executive of Urban Taskforce NSW, Chris Johnson, has said. Revitalising Local Government, an independent report to the state government made public last week, recommends Sydney’s 41 councils be reduced to 18, primarily through amalgamating small inner-city councils. The report suggests clustering Leichhardt […]