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Greens introduce rent and mould protection bill to NSW parliament

By DANIEL LO SURDO Landlords across NSW could only increase rent once every 12 months and would have to ensure that their properties are mould-free under a new Bill that has been introduced to state parliament by Greens Member for Newtown Jenny Leong, who accused the NSW government of being "the worst landlord in the […]

Mark Drury to champion Ashfield in new Inner West Council term

By DANIEL LO SURDO Mark Drury has been a councillor in the Inner West for over 16 years. In that time, he has helped build the new Ashfield Aquatic Centre, propelled calls for the GreenWay infrastructure project and pushed for improvements to Dulwich Hill Station. He has also served as the Chair of the Parramatta […]

Push to preference Aboriginal flag over Australian fails in Sydney council

By MARCUS HAAR An amendment to an Inner West Council motion calling on the Aboriginal flag to take precedence over the NSW and Australian flags on council buildings was defeated this month. The original motion, which was moved by mayor Darcy Byrne in a mayoral minute, called on council to assemble a public forum on […]

Inner West Council demands $30 million NSW government funding for ‘traffic nightmare’

By PATRICK MCKENZIE Inner West Council has continued a push for the NSW government to install “long-overdue” safety upgrades along streets affected by WestConnex, including a dangerous pedestrian crossing in Ashfield.  At a meeting on April 12, councillors unanimously passed a motion brought by fellow councillors Philippa Scott and Marghanita da Cruz that demanded the […]

Sydney businesses will ‘need to adapt’ to single-use plastic ban: City of Sydney councillor

By SEJA AL ZAIDI All single-use plastics across NSW will be banned from June this year, forcing many Sydney businesses to change their practices to adhere to the new law. From June, NSW legislation will prohibit the use of certain single-use plastic items, posing a challenge to hospitality businesses using the products for takeaway services.  […]

NSW government rejects Inner West boarding house safety proposal

By DANIEL LO SURDO Inner West mayor Darcy Byrne has said that a proposal to jointly review the safety of boarding houses in the wake of the March Newtown fire has been rejected by the NSW government. Earlier this month, Inner West councillors unanimously supported a motion urgently requesting the NSW government to participate in […]

Bunnings Tempe: Planning panel defers decision in win for the community

By PATRICK MCKENZIE Inner West councillors have unanimously supported a motion to conduct an independent risk assessment and feasibility review of proposed traffic lights near the site of the controversial proposed Bunnings store in Tempe. In passing a motion moved by councillor Mat Howard at a meeting last week, council resolved to “determine if safety […]

Emergency safety orders issued to two other boarding houses held by Newtown fire owner

By DANIEL LO SURDO Officers from Inner West Council have issued emergency orders to two other boarding houses owned by Albert Wong, after a fire at his Newtown boarding house last month claimed the lives of three people. Inner West mayor Darcy Byrne said on Friday morning that council officers observed "some health and safety […]

‘Disappointing and very unfair’: Glebe ferry excluded from free public transport deal

By AMBER GRIFFIN A Glebe ferry that travels from Blackwattle Bay to Barangaroo has been excluded from the state government's fare-free travel period that will begin tomorrow, sparking outrage from residents who think the service "should be promoted, not punished". The Me-Mel ferry, a 60-capacity mini-cat vessel that operates twice an hour, is a jewel […]

NSW government ‘chose to ignore’ warning signs before Inner West pedestrian death

By SWAGATALAKSHMI ROYCHOWDURY Inner West Council warned the NSW government four years ago about the dangers of the Ashfield intersection where a pedestrian was killed last month. The WestConnex local area improvement report, commissioned by council and released in 2018, flagged the dangers of the Frederick and John Street intersection, warning that increased traffic volume […]