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NSW Government: Reduced Developer Taxes to Impact Local Council Community Projects

By SASHA FOOT Sydney Councils fear for the future of community infrastructure as the NSW Government proposes the removal of developer paid taxes, leaving the costs to ratepayers.  Councils use developer contributions paid from large-scale projects to fund local sporting infrastructure, libraries, swimming pools and other council-led upgrades.  However, there are concerns that increasing ratepayer’s […]

NSW Government: Bill condemned for obstructing women’s reproductive rights

By KATELYN MILLIGAN The NSW Government’s introduction of a foetal personhood bill to NSW Parliament has been criticised for setting a dangerous precedent, clashing with women’s rights. The proposed amendments are a diluted version of “Zoe’s law” - a controversial foetal personhood bill that has been pushed for over a decade to consider the mother […]

Vulnerable renters put out despite reinstated ban on evictions during lockdown

By SASHA FOOT The NSW government reintroduced an eviction moratorium for renters this week. Tenants who can’t pay their rent in full due to Sydney’s lockdown cannot be evicted between now and September. However, the eviction moratorium only applies to households that can prove their income has reduced by 25% or more due to the […]

De-amalgamation. Why the scare tactics?

Opinion By PIP HINMAN The political forces that were against even asking the Inner West Council to request the NSW Electoral Commission for a poll on de-amalgamation – giving residents their first democratic say on the matter – were defeated by a majority of councillors agreeing. Their efforts are now going into furious postings on […]

Yvonne Weldon on NAIDOC Week in the inner-city

By DANIEL LO SURDO Unfortunately for Yvonne Weldon, the COVID-19 outbreak means that she will be forced to observe NAIDOC Week this year much the same as the last: indoors. Dreary aesthetics aside, Weldon contends that no lockdown could dampen the community spirit that remains at the core of NAIDOC Week, which will run from […]

Creatives left ostracised from Small Business COVID-19 Grants

By DANIEL LO SURDO Member for Sydney Alex Greenwich and Deputy Lord Mayor of Sydney Jess Scully yesterday launched a joint Parliament petition to extend financial support to the creative sector as part of the NSW Government’s Small Business COVID-19 Grants.  The petition has called on the State to reduce the $75,000 turnover threshold as […]

Councils welcome $490 million NSW Government Electric Vehicle investment

 By SASHA FOOT The NSW Government's announcement to incentivise electric vehicle (EV) use has been received positively by Inner West and City of Sydney Councils. The Inner West Council has declared their particular support for the Government's Electric Vehicle Strategy.     "Council is now keen to work with the NSW Government to encourage EV uptake in […]

NSW Budget won’t fix housing crisis, sector says

BY EVA BAXTER Those who work in the sector call for dramatic expansion and clearer terms following the 2021-2022 NSW Budget’s $800 million commitment to the state’s housing crisis. Cathryn Callaghan, Senior Policy Officer at Shelter NSW, told City Hub, “you’d expect to see billions, not hundreds of millions.” Victoria announced $5.3 billion in 2020, […]

How much support will the City of Sydney’s affordable housing expansion offer inner-city residents?

By DANIEL LO SURDO The NSW Government approved plans last month to extend the City of Sydney’s affordable rental housing scheme throughout the inner-city, with the new changes to come into effect on the 1st of July this year.  Changes will mean that more affordable rental properties will be available in the city as new […]

What does the NSW Housing Strategy 2041 mean for inner-city housing?

By DANIEL LO SURDO The NSW Government announced plans to provide immediate support for people experiencing homelessness and better housing as part of its Housing Strategy 2041 report.  The Housing Strategy 2041 outlines the State Government’s 20-year vision for better housing, with the establishment of a cross-sector expert housing advisory panel, better use of government-owned […]