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Bringing the wild back to the city

By ALLISON HORE Sydney is set to get a whole lot more wild. The City of Sydney passed a motion this week which could see more native biodiversity returning to the city. The motion requesting a native nursery, proposed by Kerryn Phelps, passed through the City of Sydney council unanimously on Wednesday. The idea was […]

Pyrmont: bounced or bouncing into the future?

By ALLISON HORE A “bounce group” to discuss the Pyrmont Peninsula Place Strategy (a strategy for planning and investment in development projects on and around Pyrmont peninsula) will be launched this week, as announced in a Pyrmont community webinar hosted by the Pyrmont Chamber of Commerce on 7th May. The group will provide the NSW […]

Mary Mortimer: the woman who “can’t say no!”

By Irina Dunn The Pyrmont that Mary Mortimer moved into some 17 years ago was a very different suburb to what it is today. Then it was being developed as a dormitory suburb where childless workers would go home to eat and sleep between stints at work in the city. Now it has become the […]

The Almost-Occupants of the Abandoned Ultimo Depot Site

BY ADDIE MORTON Australia’s most densely populated suburb is about to lose its last large site owned by the ratepayers of Sydney as it currently goes to market. The highest bidder will take over the Ultimo Depot site, located at 14-26 Wattle St, which has sat idle for decades. The City of Sydney has made […]

Pyrmont residents kept at bay

BY ANNA FREELAND Following ongoing pressure from residents, UrbanGrowth NSW Development Corporation have extended the community consultation period for the revised proposal to relocate Blackwattle Bay Marina (BBM) to 5 Bank St, Pyrmont. A four-month review of the proposal was undertaken after UrbanGrowth received 200 submissions from locals opposing the plan and citing concerns about […]

Powerful plans for Powerhouse

BY JOSH KINDL The University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) and The Powerhouse Museum are preparing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on the latter’s future, new reports indicate. A UTS spokesperson confirmed that the university was developing an MOU with The Powerhouse Museum to “facilitate further opportunities to work together closely and better streamline and co-ordinate […]

Blackwattle Bay Marina shanghaied

BY JOSH KINDL Pyrmont residents have been angered by UrbanGrowth NSW’s proposed plan to relocate the Blackwattle Bay marina closer to the existing population in order to make room for 2,750 new apartments as part of the redevelopment of the existing Sydney Fish Market site. The proposed plan would see the current marina facilities in […]

Grassroots campaign fuels Powerhouse debate

BY KENJI SATO Fierce opposition to Powerhouse Museum relocation plans peaked last week, when campaigners collected enough signatures to trigger a parliamentary debate. Community group Friends of Ultimo collected the 10,000 signatures needed to get the issue onto the floor of parliament last Thursday. The plans to relocate the museum has long been criticised by […]

Ultimo community pushes campaign for bigger school

BY CHRISTOPHER HARRIS The Ultimo Pyrmont Education Campaign Committee has ramped up its campaign to attain a primary school which will adequately service the rapidly growing area. The group was formed a month ago by Mary Mortimer, who feared that attempts to gain political traction for the inner city school had failed. Since the group […]

Ultimo community slams Department’s plan for local school

BY CHRISTOPHER HARRIS The Ultimo community have slammed Department of Education plans to demolish and rebuild Ultimo Public School, with a petition receiving 514 signatures in just 12 days. Collecting more than 500 signatures means that the Education Minister must respond to the concerns raised by the petition in parliament. The Ultimo Pyrmont Education Campaign […]