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The Main Drag Is Back

By Lydia Jupp COVID may have taken our usual Mardi Gras celebrations from us, but it certainly won’t be taking Oxford Street. Oxtravaganza is back for a fifth year, and it’s bigger and better than ever. The event usually only runs for one day during the lead up to Mardi Gras, but this year the […]

THE NAKED CITY – LIVE AND LET LIVE!

Over the past decade many initiatives have been put in place to revitalise live music in Sydney. Both the State Government and local councils have funded programs aimed at bringing back a music scene that flourished in the 80s and 90s. The biggest problem seems to have been the constantly changing landscape when it comes […]

Mardi Gras 2020

By Madison Behringer. Each year the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras festival gets a little bit bigger, a little bit louder and attracts thousands more people each year to the city’s celebration of the LGBTQI+ community. The 2020 Mardi Gras in Sydney will undoubtedly be the largest festival yet, with the organisation stating: “From […]

Barred out

BY RHIANNON SOLIMAN With the bright lights of Sydney’s once-bustling Oxford St dimming in recent years, one part of the LGBTQ+ community has been hit the hardest. Bars and clubs that cater specifically to lesbian, bisexual and transgender women are far and few, with many iconic lesbian bars across the country having shut their doors […]

Parking meter plans suspended in Paddington

BY ALANA LEVENE The City of Sydney Council is putting off plans to install parking meters in Paddington and Darlinghurst due to a unified and forceful resistance from local residents and business owners. Councillors voted unanimously on 8 April to reject a proposal from the traffic committee to install paid meters along sections of Greens […]

ANZ to shutter Oxford St branch

BY ALANA LEVENE In 2014, 10 glammed-up “GAYTMS” sprouted up across Sydney as part of the ANZ Bank’s campaign for Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. ATMs adorned with dazzling rainbow rhinestones and sequin-studded patterns lit up social media and showcased ANZ’s commitment to the LGBTIQA community. Next month, the bank will shutter its branch […]

Exemption to party party party

BY MICHAEL HITCH The Mardi Gras parade represents diversity, equality, love… and being permitted to enter a licensed premise after 1:30am. Yes, you did read that right! Sydney-siders, tourists and gays everywhere can rejoice as the NSW Government will once again lift its controversial lockout laws for the Mardi Gras parade following the success of […]

T2 Not a Great City of Sydney Legacy

BY JOHN MOYLE Yes, Dorothy, you can take the rainbow way to Kansas this Mardi Gras, but if you are going via Oxford Street it might be a bumpy ride. Six years after its predecessor in the heart of Taylor Square was rubbed out for safety reasons, last Friday the City of Sydney launched a […]

Nightmare on Oxford Street continues

By John Moyle Oxford Street’s woes continue as it lurches further into the abyss with the lockout laws, many retail vacancies and now parking meters having a detrimental impact on this once vibrant and booming strip. And this year retailers are saying that the annual Mardi Gras March can no longer be counted upon to […]

Pubs say “no” to meters

By Sarah McLenaghan Sydney’s historic Oxford Street is facing further decline if the City of Sydney introduces parking meters to the area. Businesses and residents have joined forces to protest the parking changes and save the iconic strip. Sue Ritchie, owner of the Beauchamp Hotel on Oxford Street, said: “Oxford Street needs help, it doesn’t […]