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Historic walkout defers plebiscite demerger vote

BY JOAN HENSON A historic walkout of Inner West councillors has deferred a vote on whether a plebiscite should undo the council’s amalgamation. On Tuesday 26 March, Mayor Darcy Byrne used the first council agenda item to request a retraction and apology from two colleagues for alleged Facebook comments made last July. At the time of […]

The race for Maroubra

BY ALLISON HORE With less than a month until the state election, the race for the seat of Maroubra is reaching its final leg. Labor has held the seat of Maroubra since the electorate’s inception in 1950, making it a very safe seat for the party. Labor’s margin was broadened from 1.6% to 2.3% after […]

Westconnex bottoms out

Inner West residents learned for the first time last week that the WestConnex Stage 3 tunnel between Haberfield and St Peters would be less than 20 metres under some of their homes. NSW Planning approved the project in April with only an ‘indicative route’. Since then residents have been waiting for a map. The final […]

Hope for Cross lock-outs

BY JOHN MOYLE This week will see the last glimmer of hope for the Kings Cross and CBD lock-out laws before Glad the Impaler’s government is swept away in the state election on March 23rd 2019. A bill is being proposed from an unlikely source, Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party’s MLC Robert Borsak, who intends […]

Powerhouse plans unplugged

BY JOHN MOYLE Last week saw the usually soporific scenes in the the NSW Legislative Council take a turn towards high drama when a government member crossed the floor to help deliver the Greens and Labor a win in the Powerhouse Museum relocation saga. When NSW Liberal Legislative Council member Matthew Mason-Cox took his upper […]

Kiwis drive locals out of work

BY JADE MORELLENI First the opposition lost in the fight against bus privatisation in the Inner West, now the new private operators are dividing the city with their decision to recruit drivers from New Zealand. In February, Transit Systems won the Government contract to operate the Region 6 network and this means they have the […]

Paramedics Under Attack

BY JADE MORELLINI The Australian Paramedics Association (APA) is demanding the reduction of single paramedic responses as paramedics are sick and tired of being attacked on the job. If paramedics attend emergencies where they feel unsafe or are being threatened, they will now walk away and wait for police to arrive. When paramedics are alone, […]

Inner West goes red and green

BY JOSEPH FENAUGHTY Labor and the Greens were the biggest winners in this weekend’s Inner West Council elections with the Liberal party trailing a distant third. The weekend’s election ended over a year’s uncertainty since the forced amalgamations in 2016. This was the Inner west council’s first chance since to have democratically-elected councillors to preside […]

Newtown: King Street clearway moves trade away

BY WENDY BACON The NSW Government has backed down on its promise not to introduce clearways along Newtown’s King Street. Last week’s announcement by the government that weekend clearways would be introduced in King Street has upset many in the community. Clearways are designed to remove parking whilst speeding up traffic, but are known to […]

One year after the greyhound ban

BY ALEX EUGENE It's the first anniversary of former Premier Mike Baird's short-lived ban on greyhound racing -- leading to what Parliamentary Opposition Leader Luke Foley called "mother of all back flips". Mr Baird had declared a total ban on greyhound racing in NSW after the shocking exposure of cruelty rife within the industry, including […]