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Newtown’s Bedford Square to be renamed ‘Pride Square’

By DOUGLAS MAGALETTI Newtown’s Bedford Square is set to become Pride Square. Inner West Council is seeking to permanently rename the public square outside Newtown Town Hall in time for WorldPride 2023. Pride Square Motion Passed By Council Unanimously Labor councillor Mat Howard put forward the amendment which was passed unanimously. “We have kick-started the […]

Sydney council votes for new rainbow pathway in Newtown ahead of WorldPride

By MARCUS HAAR A rainbow pathway in the Inner West may be just around the corner, after a motion to begin plans for a new pathway in Newtown ahead of next year’s World Pride event was carried unanimously by Inner West Council last week. The motion, which was moved by Independent Pauline Lockie and seconded […]

‘Long overdue’: Upgrades for Stanmore Station praised despite concern for tree removal

By SEJA AL ZAIDI Measures improving accessibility have headlined a spate of new upgrades for Stanmore Station proposed by Transport for NSW. The proposed changes are currently in the planning stage while the community offers feedback on the key features. The project is set to commence this year, with completion expected around 2023.  Several of the […]

Inner West Council to incorporate Uluru Statement from the Heart as ‘philosophical underpinning’ for Aboriginal relations

By SEJA AL-ZAIDI Inner West Council has announced that they will incorporate the Uluru Statement from the Heart into the council’s Community Strategic Plan following last month's elections. Councillor Darcy Byrne, who was re-elected as Inner West Mayor in December, said that the Uluru Statement from the Heart, once incorporated, would become the “philosophical underpinning […]

Norton Street facelift readies for February completion behind $22.5m grant

By DANIEL LO SURDO Works on Norton Street are taking shape ahead of an expected completion date next month, with a $22.5 million grant from 2018 financing the facelift for the area. Streetscape works hope to provide a safer place for pedestrians and instil a greater sense of pride in the public domain but have […]

Labor to increase presence on Inner West Council

By DANIEL LO SURDO The Australian Labor Party (ALP) is set to increase its presence on Inner West Council after Jessica D'Arienzo - who ran alongside incumbent ALP councillor Mark Drury in the Ashfield-Djarrawunang ward - has all but secured the party a sixth seat on council, one further than in the previous Inner West […]

Inner West candidates pledge to put residents first on next term of Council

By DANIEL LO SURDO Nine select Inner West candidates discussed their desire to work for the community after a tumultuous inaugural Inner West Council term.  At City Hub’s Inner West Candidates’ Forum earlier this month, those contesting local office at the December 4 elections were quizzed on their desire to either continue in or enter […]

Culture, climate and de-amalgamation: Stanmore-Damun Ward priorities according to Inner West election candidates

By EVA BAXTER Stanmore-Damun Ward includes Camperdown, Newtown, Stanmore, Enmore, Petersham and Lewisham and is currently represented on Inner West Council by Labor councillor Anna York, Greens councillor Louise Steer and Independent Pauline Lockie. Lockie is the only councillor bidding for re-election. Pauline Lockie Lockie told the Independent that despite the difficulty of campaigning as […]

WestConnex activist to Deputy Mayor: Pauline Lockie hopes her road through Inner West Council continues

By EVA BAXTER Independent Deputy Mayor of Inner West Council Pauline Lockie never planned on becoming a political representative. As her first term on council comes to an end and she campaigns for re-election for Damun/Stanmore ward, she told the Independent it’s the work of local government that makes life in the inner city great. […]

Turning off parking meters again to cost Inner West Council up to $640,000 in lost revenue

By DANIEL LO SURDO Parking meters across the Inner West will be turned off once again after they were reactivated last Monday in a move that could cost $640,000 in loss of Council revenue.   Throughout the COVID-19 lockdowns this year, Inner West Council elected to turn off their parking meters to support the local businesses […]