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Big win for Powerhouse Museum

By ALLISON HORE Five years after the decision was made, the NSW Government has backflipped on the plan to move the Powerhouse Museum from its Ultimo site to a new location in Parramatta. The relocation and staged closure of the Ultimo museum, which was expected to cost between $420m and $645m, was due to start […]

Covid-19 returns to Sydney via Melbourne

By ALEC SMART Victorian health authorities allowed a man who tested positive for coronavirus to leave his quarantine early and travel to Sydney, where he returned to work in a Woolworths supermarket in Balmain. The man, who flew into Melbourne on June 11 after a trip to Bangladesh, was initially ordered to self-isolate in a […]

For fox sake: UNSW students rally around feisty fox

By ALEC SMART A wily fox that nipped a few students on the University of NSW (UNSW) campus has been threatened with pest control exterminators by the university’s estate management team. On Mon 15 June, Newsworthy, the UNSW campus newspaper published by journalism students, reported that at least three students had been bitten by a […]

Powerhouse in peril

by ALEC SMART The NSW Govt has released costings that underpin their motive to close the Powerhouse Museum, prior to its demolition and transfer of some of its exhibits to a smaller museum in Parramatta. However, the documents, obtained under Parliamentary Order by a cross-bench of Upper House MPs, reveal NSW Govt’s plans for the […]

Libs split over preserving Sydney’s heritage

By ALEC SMART A split has appeared in the Australian Liberal Party over preservation of Sydney’s heritage, with Premier Gladys Berejiklian’s NSW Government favouring commercialisation over the Federal Government’s plans for conservation. NSW Planning Minister Rob Stokes rejected the outcome of an independent inquiry into maintaining and caretaking historically and culturally important sites in Sydney […]

Cross-current demands to stop Powerhouse move

By ALEC SMART As the June date for the controversial closure and eventual destruction of the Powerhouse Museum draws closer, with its exhibits transferred to a new building out west, opponents are ramping up pressure for the museum to remain at its current site in Ultimo. An inquiry, featuring cross-party members from NSW Legislative Council, […]

Strip search inquiry halted by NSW Govt

By JACKSON SIMON Gladys Berejiklian’s government halted an inquiry into NSW Police strip-searching on 31 Dec by dismissing the commissioner of the Law Enforcement Conduct Commission (LECC) overseeing it, just a few weeks into the investigation. Last week the LECC conceded the inquiry is on permanent hiatus and unlikely to proceed any further. Strip-searching by […]

Building safety on the edge

BY ALEC SMART Residents of a four-year-old building in Sydney’s inner-southern Rosebery have been warned not to let their children play on the balconies, or allow more than three people to stand on them, after safety investigators found they were of “inadequate strength”. Otto Rosebery, an ‘island site’ of 298 multi-storey apartments bordered by four […]