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Skatepark hits heritage hurdles

Opinion by ANDREW WOODHOUSE Woollahra Council’s long running and controversial proposal for skateboard facilities in Rushcutters Bay Park has hit a major speed hump. The NSW Heritage Office’s Recommendation Committee has recommended the park be state heritage listed, its highest protective listing. This means no development can occur without the Heritage Office’s approval. Its listing […]

Skate park roller ride

Opinion: By ANDREW WOODHOUSE After six years Woollahra Council is still no closer to finding a location for its $1.1 million skateboard structure for youngsters aged 5-12. The NSW Heritage Office intervened to impose an Interim Heritage Order over the proposed Rushcutters Bay site, effective from 25th January this year. The Order lasts twelve months and […]

Mega development of Darlinghurst church

By Andrew Woodhouse “Onward Christian soldiers, marching as to war” is the nineteenth century hymn for those calling for divine intervention. And it may be invoked by locals wanting to defeat a new $13 million mega-development application for the former First Church of Christ, Scientist, 262 Liverpool Street, Darlinghurst (DA/2018/1526). The church is a well-known […]

Lord Mayor rejects Playhouse political football claims

The redevelopment of Darlinghurst’s Eternity Playhouse and the timing of an open day at the site has sparked claims the project is being used by Lord Mayor Clover Moore MP as a political football. Critics say the redevelopment of the theatre (formerly the City Tabernacle Church) has been subject to protracted delays and the timing of […]