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NSW to continue COVID-19 restrictions until February 28 in another blow for inner city nightlife

By TOKS OGUNDARE Singing and dancing in nightclubs and entertainment facilities across NSW will continue to be banned as Premier Dominic Perrottet announced today that COVID-19 restrictions would continue until February 28, after being scheduled to lift in two days time. Mr Perrottet said today that the restrictions put in place earlier this month will […]

Sydney launches Lunar New Year festivities as prosperous Year of the Tiger awaits

By DANIEL LO SURDO The City of Sydney has launched its Lunar New Year celebrations for the Year of the Tiger following a COVID-interrupted festival last year marred by fewer events and no curator or artistic director being appointed. The 2022 festival will run from 29 January to 13 February and will feature an array […]

Inner West rents rise as prices across Sydney record steep increase

By PATRICK MCKENZIE House rents across Sydney increased by over $20 in the final quarter of 2021, according to a new report confirming the steepest annual increase since 2009. Data from Domain's December 2021 rental report has revealed that house rents in Sydney jumped a record 9.1 per cent last year, hitting a record high […]

Perrottet calls return to school a ‘key priority’ as National cabinet opts for separate reopening plans

By DANIEL LO SURDO NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet has called the safe return to face-to-face learning a "key priority" as the state government finalises its plans for the reopening of schools on February 1. Mr Perrottet said that there would be challenges with the return to classrooms, but backed the government's plans for a safe […]

‘Thoughtless, selfish and opportunistic’: RAT price gouging on the rise as two more Inner West COVID-19 deaths reported

By PATRICK MCKENZIE The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission has expressed concerns about the rampant price gouging of Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs) following an analysis of consumer, retailer and supplier reports. The analysis found that the retail price of RATs was often between $20 and $30 per test, with some priced as high as $100 […]

Five new inner city COVID-19 deaths as NSW – and Australia – records deadliest day of the pandemic

By PATRICK MCKENZIE NSW and Australia have recorded their deadliest day of the COVID-19 pandemic so far as the state recorded 36 deaths in the last reporting period, while 74 total deaths were recorded across the nation.  Five people from Sydney were among the deaths while none were recorded from the Inner West, down from […]

Watsons Bay markets to return in January following $17,500 council backing

By DANIEL LO SURDO The Watsons Bay markets will return on January 30 this month, as a three-year, $17,500 funding boost from Woollahra Council readies organisers to welcome back visitors for the summer period. Local retailers and businesses across Sydney have struggled over a summer period that was initially billed as the return to regular […]

NSW government announce fund for events cancelled or disrupted by COVID-19

By TOKS OGUNDARE Organisers of major events and festivals disrupted by COVID-19 will be able to apply for up to $10 million in funding after the NSW government released details of a support package earlier today. Dubbed the "Event Saver Fund", the $43 million scheme aims to support events and festivals impacted by the Omicron surge. […]

City of Sydney to inject $4 million into creative and cultural precincts following laneway party success

By DANIEL LO SURDO The City of Sydney has announced that it will inject up to $4 million into the inner city's creative and cultural precincts as it strives to generate a 24-hour economy following the COVID-19 pandemic. The City will host an evening of "networking and collaboration" next month for property owners and businesses […]

Two people from the Inner West die as inner city records almost 2,500 new COVID-19 cases

By DANIEL LO SURDO Two people from the Inner West have died from COVID-19 in the last reporting period as the Sydney Local Health District, which includes the Balmain, Concord, Canterbury and Royal Prince Alfred Hospitals, recorded 2,480 new cases. It comes as NSW detected 63,018 new cases of COVID-19, while hospitalisations rose to 2,525 […]