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‘Disappointing and very unfair’: Glebe ferry excluded from free public transport deal

By AMBER GRIFFIN A Glebe ferry that travels from Blackwattle Bay to Barangaroo has been excluded from the state government's fare-free travel period that will begin tomorrow, sparking outrage from residents who think the service "should be promoted, not punished". The Me-Mel ferry, a 60-capacity mini-cat vessel that operates twice an hour, is a jewel […]

George Street building to receive $16 million facelift

By PATRICK MCKENZIE A heritage-listed building on George Street is set to receive a $16.6 million facelift, with the first stage to be complete by December next year. The Palazzo-style building at 343 George Street features 11 office floors and basement storage, and is currently home to the Sydney flagship store of luxury fashion company […]

Martin Place Christmas Tree Turns 50

The Martin Place Christmas tree turns 50 this year, fulfilling its role as the centrepiece of the City of Sydney’s Christmas decorations for half a century. Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the tree occupies a special place in the hearts of Sydneysiders. “People love the Martin Place tree, the tallest Christmas tree in New South […]

Lanz Priestley Remembered – A Memorial Tribute

By BERNADETTE SMITH On November 2nd the death of Lanz Priestley was announced by his family on Facebook. He will be remembered as a tireless activist for social justice who fought for the rights of homeless people in the city as well as drought-ravaged farming communities out west. I first met Lanz at Martin Place […]

Sydney Burmese community rally against coup

By ALLISON HORE With just a day’s notice, hundreds of members of Sydney’s Burmese community gathered at Martin Place on Wednesday to raise awareness about the unfolding coup in Myanmar. On Monday, Myanmar’s military detained Aung San Suu Kyi, the democratically elected civilian leader, and declared a year long state of emergency in a television […]

Calls for Australian commitment to anti-nuclear treaty

By ALLISON HORE A seven meter tall inflatable nuclear missile was erected in Martin Place on Friday to recognise a significant milestone in the campaign to abolish anti-nuclear weapons. It was just one of many actions around Australia in celebration of the the 2017 UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) coming into […]

Students call on government to fund their future, not gas

By ALLISON HORE Hundreds of COVID-safe rallies took place across Australia on Friday as part of a national day of action calling on the government to commit to funding renewable energy.  Last year’s school strikes around the country were amongst the largest protests in Australia’s history. However with COVID-19 restrictions making such mass gatherings impossible, […]

Trash talkers, toad attackers, Indigenous art destroyed: News Bites – 25 Sept 2019

Bite-sized bulletins by ALEC SMART Trash talk On Friday 20 September, an estimated 80,000 people – primarily youngsters – took over The Domain in Sydney for the global Strike for Climate rally, which culminated in a march to Hyde Park. City Hub witnessed a young man clutching a green shopping bag attempt to disrupt the […]

Pell to Hell, killer decisions, drug pushers punished: News Bites – 28 Aug 2019

Bite-sized bulletins by ALEC SMART Pell fell back to Hell Disgraced Archbishop George Pell, who won’t be stripped of his titles by The Vatican until all his appeals are exhausted, has apparently decided he will appeal his sex abuse convictions in the High Court. On August 21, Victoria’s Court of Appeal upheld Pell’s December 2018 […]

Honouring Hank

BY ALANA LEVENE Fifteen years ago, Hank, a homeless man, turned up at the Footpath Library’s mobile site in Woolloomooloo. He cracked a cheeky grin and jokingly asked the library’s founder, Sarah Garnett, if she had any colouring books. The two became fast friends. Last week, at Garnett’s request, Deputy Lord Mayor Linda Scott moved […]