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Community unites against high density development

by Mariana Podesta-Diverio Local politicians and community members came together last Sunday to attend an action picnic hosted by the Save Petersham Park group protesting against UrbanGrowth’s high-rise development plans. More than 400 submissions were written on the day to Planning Minister Pru Goward and UrbanGrowth, protesting the planned high-rise development in the area surrounding […]

Rising property prices stifle city’s creativity

By Mariana Podesta-Diverio The increasingly unaffordable property market in Sydney is having repercussions for artists who are struggling to find studio spaces. A quarterly report on house prices released by the Domain Group last week announced that the Australian property market is in a period of strong growth and Sydney is again leading with the […]

Marrickville divestment not all it’s fracked up to be

By Mariana Podesta-Diverio Marrickville Council has become the first council in NSW to divest in fossil fuel. In November they voted to take $15 million out of investments in unrenewable energy whenever possible. Marrickville Greens Councillor and candidate for the seat of Summer Hill Max Phillips, who moved the divestment motion, said that divesting from […]

Marrickville festival welcomes new Australians

By Mariana Podesta-Diverio Marrickville Council’s Australia Day citizenship ceremony, annually held in Enmore Park, hosted the NSW Governor and his wife this year. His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC and Mrs Hurley joined the Council in welcoming new citizens to Australia. Also present at the ceremony were Member for Heffron Ron Hoenig […]

Newtown seat a two candidate race

By Mariana Podesta-Diverio   The electoral race for the state seat of Newtown is coming to a head with campaigners from Labor and the Greens taking to the streets. This will be the first election for the seat, which was formed after the Marrickville electorate was divided into Newtown and Summer Hill in 2013. The […]

Festival and Freedom Rides 50 years on

by Mariana Podesta-Diverio Sydney will welcome the new year with two Indigenous celebrations, the 13th annual Yabun music festival on Australia Day and a 50th anniversary reenactment of the Freedom Rides in February. January 26 (Australia Day or Survival/Invasion Day) has dramatically different implications for the Indigenous community of Australia than it does for people […]

City of Sydney chases Chinese business and tourism

By Mariana Podesta-Diverio Chinese business and tourism relationships remain a focus for the City of Sydney into the new year with the Lord Mayor visiting the country and speaking at a business forum. In November finance company executives, leading academics and government officials met for the fourth annual Sydney China Business Forum. Lord Mayor Clover […]

Vagina censorship offensive

A photographic exhibition of women’s vulvae at the Sydney Fringe’s Fringe Arts Forum was last week forced to censor its work over concerns it could offend the public. The 101 Vagina Book Exhibition – aiming to break taboos around body image and challenge the belief there are ideals women should conform to – was told […]

Push for polyamorous recognition

While hundreds of people gathered at Town Hall on Sunday to rally for same-sex marriage rights, calls for the recognition of polyamorous relationships and relationships involving more than two partners have been decidedly absent from the discourse. The marriage equality campaign has maintained strong momentum since efforts were ramped up following the Howard government’s 2004 […]

Greens call for more affordable housing

The Greens are calling on the O’Farrell Government to back their ‘Convert to Rent’ plan in order to increase affordable housing in Sydney. The plan involves financially incentivising owners of unused commercial spaces to transform the spaces into affordable housing. Greens candidate for the seat of Sydney by-election, Chris Harris met with Australian Greens housing spokesperson, Senator Scott Ludlam last week to discuss […]