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Tip the scales back to resident power

Opinion By PIP HINMAN The NSW Coalition and NSW Labor voted on November 23 to gift developers another opportunity to tip the scales in their favour and away from local residents and local government. They decided to remove councils’ ability to charge for compliance investigations, despite warnings that this would lead to councils being forced […]

The case for and against de-amalgamation in the Inner West

By DANIEL LO SURDO Included in the Inner West Council election papers on December 4 will be a de-amalgamation poll, which will ask voters the following question: In May 2016, Ashfield, Leichhardt and Marrickville councils were amalgamated into one local government area by the State Government.  Do you support the Inner West local government area […]

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 […]

Cost of de-amalgamation must be paid by NSW government

Opinion by PIP HINMAN In response to a seeming concern by Labor councillors Darcy Byrne and Mark Drury that rates would rise in any demerger, the majority of councillors on September 14 tabled a letter from the Office of Local Government which again stated that the cost of any demerger of Marrickville, Leichhardt and Ashfield […]

Inner West councillors, candidates and residents argue the case for de-amalgamation

By EVA BAXTER A remote grassroots residents forum was held on Wednesday night to argue the case for de-amalgamating Inner West Council. A question will be put to residents to answer voluntarily on December 4, ‘do you support the inner west LGA being de-amalgamated so as to restore the former local government areas of Ashfield, […]

De-amalgamation. Why the scare tactics?

Opinion By PIP HINMAN The political forces that were against even asking the Inner West Council to request the NSW Electoral Commission for a poll on de-amalgamation – giving residents their first democratic say on the matter – were defeated by a majority of councillors agreeing. Their efforts are now going into furious postings on […]

Absence of anti-abortionist points to absence of debate

BY JAZ SINGH-BRAR The deportation of US anti-abortion activist Troy Newman last week has drawn criticism from some unlikely places. Two pro-choice campaigners said that the deportation of Mr Newman was superficial, and failed to acknowledge the difficulty many NSW women face in accessing abortion services. The deportation of Mr Newman drew media attention last […]

Future of coal seam gas in inner west questioned as gas companies merge

Questions are being raised about Coal Seam Gas exploration in Inner Western Sydney after community group Stop CSG Sydney held a protest last week to lobby the government to cancel a CSG license for the area. The issue was flagged last week by community the group who has been carefully watching gas company Dart, who […]

Fears over rise of racism in the inner city

Local residents have voiced concerns about xenophobic flyers distributed to inner city suburbs this week. Community activists have speculated that the federal government's lenient approach towards discriminatory speech may have fostered this activity. As City Hub goes to print, the federal government announced it would abandon proposed changes to Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination […]