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Leichhardt to trial free footpath licences

By LYDIA WATSON-MOORE Leichhardt Council has cut red tape for local businesses in an effort to boost the suburb’s dwindling economy. This week, Leichhardt Council announced they would trial a removal of application fees for footpath licences, giving shops free use of the footpath for advertising and displaying products Local business owner Wally Alameddine welcomed […]

Congested College St: “headaches” to come

BY LYDIA WATSON-MOORE Cyclists came out in force to lobby NSW MPs returning to state parliament this week. More than 100 riders took to the partially demolished College Street cycleway on Tuesday morning and rode to Macquarie St, in an attempt catch the attention of politicians. Spokesperson for the Save College Street Cycleway lobby group […]

Last drinks may not be so soon at Alexandria

By LYDIA WATSON-MOORE The campaign to save the Alexandria Hotel has scored a victory after the City of Sydney placed an interim heritage order on the iconic site. The decision came following more than a month of community outcry over a proposal to demolish the hotel and replace it with apartments and commercial space. Coordinator […]

Bellevue Hill Public set for enormous expansion

By LYDIA WATSON-MOORE Bellevue Hill Public School is set to double in capacity, under an Education Department application to erect a new four storey building on the site. The DA, currently on exhibition with Woollahra Council, seeks to demolish four buildings and increase its capacity from 550 to more than 1000 students. Liberal Deputy Mayor […]

Newtown ‘eyesore’ put on hold

By LYDIA WATSON-MOORE Newtown residents gained a modest victory last week after a controversial seven-storey development was stalled, pending amendment. However, the local Alice St residents weren’t celebrating just yet, as they feared the developer may only make slight, bare adjustments. As previously reported by City Hub, elusive developer Al Maha is currently constructing a […]

Tree Day emphasises the ‘absolute disaster’ to come

By LYDIA WATSON-MOORE Residents have rallied together on National Tree Day to protest the planned removal of more than 400 trees in Sydney’s eastern suburbs. On Sunday June 26, more than 150 concerned locals walked the route of the proposed Sydney South East light rail, which will require the removal of many significant trees, through […]

Shifty marina deals

By LYDIA WATSON-MOORE A decision on the future lease of the Elizabeth Bay Marina has been further delayed after Supreme Court proceedings were adjourned on July 17. The case, which is a civil matter between NSW RMS and former lease holder Spicey Caricorn Pty Ltd, will not be heard again until August 14. Spicey Caricorn […]

Waverley’s tennis blockbuster

By LYDIA WATSON-MOORE A state government decision to rezone recreational land in Bondi has sparked fierce council and community outrage. The Wellington Street site currently houses several tennis courts, but after a successful development application from its owners, the site will be rezoned for residential apartments. Waverley Mayor Sally Betts has vowed to fight the […]

Seven story “eyesore” to cast shadow over Newtown

By LYDIA WATSON-MOORE Residents have been left dumbfounded following the announcement that a controversial Newtown development may expand even further. The Alice Street site is currently being constructed by the elusive Al Maha company as a five storey residential block, which will house more than 200 units. The developer has now appealed to the NSW […]

Jury remains out on Oxford revitalisation

BY CHRISTOPHER HARRIS AND LYDIA WATSON-MOORE Once the jewel in the city’s crown, attempts to revive the ailing Oxford Street have been as ineffectual as they have been numerous. But with both Woollahra and City of Sydney councils investing strategies to give the strip a sense of place, the Darlinghurst Business Partnership has abandoned any […]