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Inner West Mayor guilty of misconduct, finds Tribunal

By WENDY BACON Inner West mayor Darcy Byrne breached conflict of interest provisions and improperly used his power as a Councillor to remove social media comments that he alleged were defamatory, a NSW Tribunal has found.  The NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT) found the Mayor guilty of four allegations of code of conduct breaches […]

Trees “massacred” in Inner West while climate crisis worsens

By GEORGIA ROBINSON In areas with less green cover, and more hard surfaces to absorb and radiate heat, the Urban Heat Island Effect is increasing. The Urban Heat Island Effect is an issue in most urban areas around the world. It sees urban areas becoming hotter as a result of human energy waste, this can […]

Council meeting chaos: IT issues and councillor clashes leave controversial motions unmoved

By ALLISON HORE Technical issues, conflict and cancellations turned the first in-person Inner West council meeting in 13 months into an “embarrassment.” With over 40 issues on the agenda, the council meeting on Tuesday 13th of April was set to be a big one. The meeting took place in the Inner West Council's headquarters in […]

Signs of the times: #RACISMNOTWELCOME

By KATE RAFFERTY 50 “#RACISMNOTWELCOME” street signs have been erected across the Inner West, as part of a new campaign by the Inner West Multicultural Network and Addison Road Community Organisation. Initiated in response to a rise in racist attacks during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, #RacismNotWelcome addresses racism in the Inner West. Independent […]

Mayor Byrne feels the burn

By ALLISON HORE Inner West mayor Darcy Byrne is feeling the burn of a potential suspension he faces as a result of a NSW Office of Local Government (OLG) inquiry.  The local government watchdog accused the mayor of an “abuse of power” as a result of a 2019 council meeting where he used a council […]

Inner West Council slash meetings in 2021

By DANIEL LO SURDO Inner West Council has decided to halve the amount of Council Meetings taking place in 2021. The recommendation to decrease two monthly meetings down to one was made official in December when a majority of Councillors led by Mayor Darcy Byrne expressed their support for the motion. Independent Councillor Pauline Lockie, […]

Inner West councillors clash over skate park

By ALLISON HORE In a move which the Inner West mayor called a “betrayal of local children and young people” a group of councillors tabled a motion which would delay the construction of a skate park in Leichhardt Park. The motion to look for a “more suitable” location for the skate park was put forward […]

Figures reveal Inner West “tree massacre”

By ALLISON HORE Data released by the Inner West Council reveals there has been an 80% increase in applications for tree removals across the council area and a 100% increase in removals.  The sharp increase in the number of applications for tree removals comes after the Inner West council made changes to tree removal policies. […]

Inner West Council pauses deal with Newington School

By WENDY BACON The Inner West Council pressed pause last night on its agreement to give private boys’ school Newington exclusive right to use part of Tempe Reserve in exchange for a contribution to upgrading sporting fields at the Reserve. After a lengthy debate, a majority of Councillors voted against continuing with the deal that […]

Elite college wants to ‘privatise’ public sports park

By ALLISON HORE The Inner West Council faced backlash after confidential negotiations to grant “preferential access” to a large public park to one of Sydney’s wealthiest schools were leaked by a member of council. If approved, the 30-year licence would give Newington College in Stanmore exclusive use of the fields at Tempe Reserve for 17 […]