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Marrickville Public Toilets: no lids, no butts

BY CHRISTOPHER HARRIS What does your loo say about you? In the Marrickville local government area, the stainless steel bowls may be more maximum security prison than minimalist chic. A draft public toilet plan sparked intense debate within Marrickville Council and on social media, after “prison style toilets” were proposed for the LGA. Marrickville’s Council’s […]

Mirvac resuscitates old Marrickville Hospital Site

BY RYAN QUINN Marrickville Council has finally signed a contract to deliver a new library, park and a residential development with affordable housing after twenty years of deliberation Real estate company Mirvac formally approved the negotiations with Marrickville Council last Wednesday, October 14 to develop the old Marrickville Hospital site. Marrickville Greens Councillor Max Phillips […]

Marrickville to debate fate of heritage houses

By Georgia Fullerton Marrickville Council may reassess the heritage value of three terraces situated on the site of the old Marrickville Hospital.The development application, put forward in September of last year, is part of a plan to redevelop the rear half of a site on Livingstone Road. Marrickville Hospital closed in 1991 and was purchased […]

Candidates talk key issues in Summer Hill

By Joe Bourke A modest crowd of around 30 people attended a candidates forum for the newly formed Summer Hill electorate at the Addison Road Community Centre last Sunday. Present at the forum was notional Labor candidate Jo Haylen, Greens candidate Max Phillips and Socialist Alliance candidate Susan Price. Liberal candidate Julie Passas did not […]

Amalgamation debate continues in the inner west

By Joe Bourke   Council meetings were held across the inner west last week to brief councils on a report into proposed amalgamations. The Morrison and Low report found inner west councils are struggling with infrastructure backlog. It said the $150 million savings anticipated by the state government from amalgamations would achieve longer term sustainability […]

Councils enter election mode

By Joe Bourke   Independents have called for local councillors aligned to political parties to shift their concerns from the upcoming state election and focus on their LGA. Leichardt Councillor John Stamilos said the time spent on the state election in last week’s meeting was “excessive”. “Usually it’s tolerable but on occasion it simply becomes […]

WestConnex debate goes Sydney wide

By Joe Bourke and Emily Contador-Kelsall   A packed Enmore theatre took on the WestConnex Delivery Authority while Sydney City Council had their first viewing of a damning report of the controversial plan. The SGS report, commissioned by council, is the first independent report on WestConnex, and found it will not achieve its intended goals […]

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 Council says no to Citizen’s Question Time

Marrickville Council has voted against a motion to introduce a “Citizen’s Question Time” in council meetings. The Question Time would involve a dedicated 30 minute slot at each Marrickville Council meeting during which members of the public are able ask questions of councillors and speak about community issues of their choosing. The motion would change […]

Marrickville Council reforms confidentiality policy

By Sophie Schmidt Marrickville Council has reversed its implied ban on disclosing confidential information between council and developers. According to Greens Councillor Max Phillips, however, there is still a need for more transparent procedures. Earlier this year, Cr Phillips released confidential information regarding a proposed Voluntary Planning Agreement (VPA) between local council and Meriton, the […]