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Lockdown Lifted: Sydney reopens after 106 days in the dark

By DANIEL LO SURDO The city’s small businesses have breathed a sigh of relief this week after Sydney reopened from its 106-day lockdown, but many shop owners contend that there is a long road back to normality ahead. With NSW surpassing 70 per cent double-dose vaccinations last week, fully vaccinated Sydneysiders were permitted a multitude […]

The freedoms you can now enjoy with the Inner West reopening today

By DANIEL LO SURDO With today being the first Monday since NSW hit 70 per cent double vaccination rate, the Inner West - and the rest of the state - will start to enjoy further freedoms as we pass the first milestone on the COVID-19 reopening roadmap.  What can you do from today?  Travel: People […]

COVID-recovery policy unanimously supported by Inner West Councillors

By DANIEL LO SURDO Inner West Councillors unanimously supported the preparation of a COVID-recovery outdoor dining and live performance policy to “allow and encourage safe use of public spaces by local restaurants, cafes, bars and local premises” at a Council meeting last week.  The motion, tabled from Councillor Darcy Byrne, detailed that the policy would […]

Inner West population growth stalling through COVID-19

By DANIEL LO SURDO Data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has revealed that the Inner West population has grown 7 per cent in the past 5 years.  Up to June 2020, the Inner West registered a population of 201,880, increasing by 13,169 people (7.0%) in the past five years.  COVID-19 has seemed […]

Inner-city COVID-19 cluster hits Darlinghurst’s Crown Street

By DANIEL LO SURDO A COVID-19 cluster has emerged at 254 Crown Street in Darlinghurst, with at least five people in the apartment block returning positive tests in the past week.  The cluster comes after similar COVID-19 surges have been recorded in high-density inner-city housing, including social and Aboriginal housing estates in Redfern and Waterloo.  […]

Sydney Lockdown: COVID-19 numbers surge through inner-city social and Aboriginal housing

By DANIEL LO SURDO COVID-19 rates have skyrocketed in the inner-city over the past week as vaccination clinics are being set up to combat growing cases. Outbreaks across high-density social and Aboriginal housing have rocked the inner-city, as the virus spreads among some of the state's most vulnerable. "We have a number of identified Aboriginal […]

Who Was That Masked Man?

Matthew is a volunteer here at Addi Road’s Food Relief Hub. He’s been working with us now for a year and a half, right from when “the whole COVID thing” first started to have an impact on Sydney back in March 2020. He takes a generous view of why he has kept returning and volunteering […]

Staying Pawsitive: Why pets are the perfect pick me up

By DANIEL LO SURDO An uptick in animal companionship during the Sydney COVID-19 lockdowns has been hailed as a saving grace for Sydneysiders seeking purpose and routine in the absence of conventional work and recreation regimes. Cat Protection Society of NSW CEO Kristina Vesk has witnessed the joy that pet adoption has brought people forced […]

Environment Laws threatened in the midnight shift

Opinion by DANIELA OSIANDER If you visited Centennial Park or another local bit of nature during the lockdown, you can attest to one thing: we rely on nature to keep us sane! All the worse that the Federal Government this week seems set to miss a unique chance to protect our natural treasures – while […]

NSW COVID: Local Government Elections pushed back to December

By DANIEL LO SURDO NSW Local Government Elections scheduled for September 4 this year have been postponed three months to December 4 as the COVID-19 outbreak throughout the state continues to grow. Minister for Local Government Shelley Hancock MP announced Saturday night that December 4 would be the new date that elections would be held, […]