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Council and community oppose state government plans to privatise Callan Park

By EVA BAXTER A new draft Bill from the state government has proposed a series of amendments to the Callan Park (Special Provisions) Act 2002. The Act disallows any private or commercial uses on the site. The Bill’s amendments to the Act include permitting 50 year potentially commercial leases in the heritage buildings, removing council […]

Back on: 9pm fireworks to go ahead after Clover Moore backflip

By DANIEL LO SURDO Sydney's traditional 9pm New Year's Eve fireworks will now go ahead after Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore reversed her decision to cancel the event this year. The fireworks will now proceed with extra provisions from the NSW Government and a guarantee that the government would take control of the event should […]

Growth in community use indicates improving health of the Cooks River, survey reveals

By EVA BAXTER The Cooks River Community Values survey closed earlier this month. The survey is part of a range of studies being undertaken as part of the development of ‘A Whole of River Plan’ known as the Cooks River Catchment Coastal Management Program (CMP). The public consultation period was 30 July to 5 September […]

Community group call on Paul Keating to secure public space in Blackwattle Bay renewal

By EVA BAXTER The Blackwattle Bay Precinct Plan has been criticised as being designed for profits not people. The Bays Water Club Collective represents nearly 2000 people who row, kayak and dragon boat and use the Bays for exercise and recreation every week. Jacob White, the convener of the Collective is a rower and by […]

WestConnex: The Road Tunnel Time Bomb

Opinion by PETER HEHIR There are two approaches to ventilating road tunnels. Obviously the longer the tunnel the bigger the problem, both logistically and in terms of the volume and concentration of the released toxic air. The best method by far is “in tunnel filtration”. This begins with the design of the tunnel. Special areas […]

Are traffic signals discouraging responsible commuting patterns in Sydney?

By DANIEL LO SURDO Leading transport experts have become concerned with traffic signal prioritisation schemes throughout the state, warning that a continued preference for motor vehicles may disincentive sustainable movement patterns in both the inner-city and beyond. While existing traffic signals are designed to ensure the safety of pedestrians, an outdated crossing road system has […]

NSW Government: Playing ‘catch up’ with proposed Green Square Primary School

By KATELYN MILLIGAN The NSW Government’s proposed Green Square Primary School has been criticised for being too little, too late. The Government has recently announced plans to deliver a 600-place primary school to accommodate the growing enrolment demands of the Green Square area. Concerns have been raised by community members surrounding the demand it will […]

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 […]