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Linda Scott calls for ‘long-term’ local funding after $500m budget backing

By DANIEL LO SURDO City of Sydney councillor and Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) President Linda Scott has praised a $500 million extension of a roads and community infrastructure program as part of the newly-announced federal budget, but has said that greater funding for local councils is still needed to provide "long-term benefits" to Australian […]

FOGO to face ‘enormous’ challenges: City of Sydney CEO

By RAHULESH ASHVIN and DANIEL LO SURDO The chief executive of the City of Sydney has warned that there will be "enormous" challenges with implementing food and garden organics (FOGO) waste collection in the inner city. A push to commit to FOGO collection in City of Sydney households during the current council term failed this […]

Childcare spending under scrutiny in City’s biggest budget

This month's City of Sydney council meeting revealed that the Lord Mayor Clove Moore had moved to cut $22 million previously allocated for spending on childcare from the council's 2014-2015 budget. A 2013 report produced by the City showed a gap of 3104 in the number of places needed to meet the current demand for […]

Going home, staying home

Under new reforms set to be implemented from July 1, the City of Sydney will face funding cuts to homeless services and will lose control of its Homeless Persons Information and Referral Service. In February 2013, the NSW Minister for Family and Community Services, Pru Goward, released the Going Home, Staying Home reform plan for […]

Resident fights City over mural removal

Woolloomooloo resident James Argent is defying a council order to remove a mural from his McElhone Street property, and will most likely face legal action from the City of Sydney. The artwork depicts Mr Argent’s dog, Colby, and was painted by local artist Marvin Stiel. But the council says Mr Argent did not have permission […]

Councillor defends right to ask questions

City of Sydney Councillor Angela Vithoulkas has defended her right to ask questions, after claiming the City’s CEO asked her to withdraw a Question on Notice directed to Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore. Questions on Notice are posed in writing at least a week before Council meetings, to give respondents time to research their answers. […]

Macdonald, Obeid fallout hits Town Hall

The City of Sydney Council has been urged to stop using a professional services company that cleared a suspicious mining deal involving former NSW Mining Minister Ian Macdonald and one-time Labor powerbroker Eddie Obeid. Councillor Angela Vithoulkas has written to the City’s CEO Monica Barone, requesting that the City no longer use O’Connor Marsden & […]

Clover hit by nepotism claims

Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore has been hit by allegations of nepotism and improper conduct. Complaints have been lodged with City of Sydney CEO Monica Barone alleging favouritism by the Lord Mayor towards the development of a public children’s playground at Fitzroy Gardens, Kings Cross and the proposed expansion of a private childcare facility in […]

Council urged to retain Reg Murphy Centre

In the wake of the City of Sydney’s announcement that the Eternity Playhouse project in Darlinghurst is nearing halfway point, the City is being urged to retain the Reg Murphy Centre in Potts Point. The Darlinghurst Theatre Company, currently housed in the Reg Murphy Centre, will relocate to the Eternity Playhouse early next year. The situation […]