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Labor’s plan to revive live music

By Laura Neill The State Labor government has released a detailed plan to revive the live music scene and support venue owners by reversing years of stifling legislation, removing the red tape that prevents existing venues from hosting live entertainment, and simplifying the process for starting a venue. The plan, launched last week by Shadow […]

Fix is in for Powerhouse

By Kylie Winkworth Just before Christmas, NSW Arts Minister Don Harwin appointed four new trustees to the board of the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS), displacing two highly regarded trustees who were dropped after only one term. Reading the entrails of these new appointments reveals the grim future of the Powerhouse Museum (PHM). […]

Late night Sydney loosens its bonds

By Sarah McLenaghan Since the inception of the NSW lockout laws in 2014 there have been growing calls for a revitalisation of Sydney’s nightlife. Last week, City of Sydney responded to these demands with a proposal for some of the most drastic changes to City planning and development across Sydney in decades. Lord Mayor Clover […]

Eyebrows arch as sculpture’s costs soar skyward

BY ALEC SMART Sydney is renowned for many things, including home to two of the world’s most enthralling pieces of modern engineering: the Opera House and a giant coat hanger bridge that crosses its picturesque harbour. However, one thing for which it has never been known is the manufacture of elastic. In the past week […]

“Affordable” arts hub to boost economy

By Edmund Kirkwood The City of Sydney insists the new $25 million creative arts hub development will be kept affordable for artists to live and work in. A City spokesperson said overheads will be kept low to pass on to the hub’s users. The council will not employ staff, removing employment costs. "We can provide […]

Mobbs: Sydney to reach breaking point

A Sydney expert in sustainable living has cast doubt on the capacity of the city’s infrastructure to withhold the string of large-scale, State Government-approved urban developments. Michael Mobbs, a Chippendale-based author and environmental consultant, is concerned the CBD’s transport system will fail to cope with the influx of people stemming from the line of developments […]

Business calls for greater voice at elections

Key business figures and councillors are calling for changes to the electoral roll, to ensure a greater voice for business in local government elections. In a situation unique to the Sydney LGA, businesses are allowed to vote in local government elections under the City of Sydney Act 1988 – however, the roll is wiped at the conclusion of […]

George St to be “reimagined”

Over $9 million in public artworks is expected to be funnelled into George St over the next decade, in a bid to revitalise Sydney’s main street. The City of Sydney Council recently announced plans to transform George St into a "light rail and pedestrian boulevard" complete with public art to reflect its heritage and identity. […]