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Inner West Election Candidates Profile: Leichhardt-Gulgadya Ward

By DANIEL LO SURDO The Inner West’s Leichhardt-Gulgadya Ward will also have at least one new occupant after December 4, with Labor councillor Lucille McKenna opting to not seek reelection. Leading Labor’s campaign in the Leichhardt-Gulgadya Ward will be Philippa Scott, while incumbent Greens councillor Marghanita da Cruz will be campaigning to retain her seat.  […]

Outdoor Public Pools reopen across the Inner West and Inner City

By ASTON BROWN Outdoor pools reopened on Monday following an announcement from the NSW Government last week, with the change allowing both vaccinated and unvaccinated people to visit outdoor pools across NSW. Inner West Mayor Rochelle Porteous welcomed the news. “Opening these to our community will significantly improve wellbeing and services can be managed in […]

COVID-recovery policy unanimously supported by Inner West Councillors

By DANIEL LO SURDO Inner West Councillors unanimously supported the preparation of a COVID-recovery outdoor dining and live performance policy to “allow and encourage safe use of public spaces by local restaurants, cafes, bars and local premises” at a Council meeting last week.  The motion, tabled from Councillor Darcy Byrne, detailed that the policy would […]

Inner West Council tree policy sees canopy decline

By EVA BAXTER The Inner West has regressed on city tree canopy targets with canopy coverage under 20%. The NSW government’s ‘5 million trees’ program aims to increase Greater Sydney’s tree canopy by 40% by 2030. Council data found two of the 25 suburbs accounted for nearly half of the tree canopy loss in the […]

Inner West Council considers discounted pool entry for those receiving government support

By ASTON BROWN The Inner West Council is considering reducing the cost of entry to its pools for people receiving social security support. If passed, the proposal will see a casual swimming fee of $1.20 for social security recipients across all Inner West Council Aquatic facilities. The current pensioner swimming fee is $4.70 at most […]

The Mayor Unmasked: Darcy Byrne discusses his re-election bid after a tumultuous first Mayoral term

By EVA BAXTER Darcy Byrne is the inaugural mayor of Inner West Council and was the last mayor of Leichhardt Council. Leichhardt Council ceased to exist when it was amalgamated with Ashfield and Marrickville Councils in 2016 to form the Inner West Council. 2021 will mark the end of council’s first term, and over five […]

Annandale community bands together to save heritage property

By LUCINDA GARBUTT-YOUNG The Inner West community has rallied together to save a historic Annandale property threatened by subdivision and redevelopment. Annandale boasts some of Sydney’s oldest buildings, with wide roads revealing gothic-style architecture and WWII buildings.  When a historic home on Nelson Street featuring original wooden facades and a historic 10metre wide frontage was […]

The Inner West’s war on waste

By KATE RAFFERTY The Inner West is making moves towards a more ecologically sustainable community, with reuse, recycling and a circular economy at the heart of new Council and community initiatives. At government level, the Inner West Council has released their new “Zero Waste Strategy 2021-2036” draft document, which outlines ways to address and reduce […]

Meet the Greens candidates for the 2021 Inner West Council elections

By SASHA FOOT, ELYSIA COOK and DANIEL LO SURDO Ahead of the Inner West Council local elections on September 4, the Independent profiled all five Greens candidates seeking to either be elected or gain re-election to Council.  Kobi Shetty Kobi Shetty is the Greens candidate running for Baludarri-Balmain, which encompasses the suburbs of Balmain, Balmain-East, […]

Inner West Council calls for community feedback on policies tackling gender inequality

By EVA BAXTER The Inner West Council has released its gender equal representation policy and draft gender equity strategy for public exhibition in April and May, respectively. Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, pre-existing gender-based social and economic inequalities have worsened. This has added a new sense of urgency to the development of a gender equity […]