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Risky high-rise faces fast-track approval

By WENDY BACON St Peters’ residents fear that the NSW Minister for Planning, Rob Stokes, is fast-tracking a development proposal that is based on outdated and misleading information about contamination, aircraft noise, pollution and traffic risks. The development, known as Precinct 75, is currently a ‘creative hub’ of 70 small businesses housed in old industrial […]

Historic walkout defers plebiscite demerger vote

BY JOAN HENSON A historic walkout of Inner West councillors has deferred a vote on whether a plebiscite should undo the council’s amalgamation. On Tuesday 26 March, Mayor Darcy Byrne used the first council agenda item to request a retraction and apology from two colleagues for alleged Facebook comments made last July. At the time of […]

WestConnex dirty secrecy games

BY WENDY BACON AND LUKE BACON Fresh evidence of poor air quality in St Peters has been actively hidden from parents and the community by WestConnex. This includes higher levels of fine particulate matter which is known to be dangerous to health, especially that of small children, pregnant women, older people and those with heart […]

Air pollution levels alarming

BY WENDY BACON Community groups and school parents are calling on the NSW government to investigate disturbingly high levels of dangerous air pollution around WestConnex works in Haberfield. The calls follow reports that two WestConnex Haberfield air quality monitors in Sydney’s Inner West recorded higher average levels of fine particulate matter (PM2.5) in 2018 than […]

Skate park insanity

By Michael Hitch The Inner West Council has again sought approval for the development of a skate park in Lilyfield after multiple failed attempts. The Council has sought an urgent meeting with the NSW Ministers of Health and of Environment and Heritage to discuss principal approvals for the development of the park in Callan Park […]

Inner West shutdown

By Lanie Tindale There has been outcry at the decision to shut out public comments on items heard at the Inner West Council meetings from debate on those same items on the agenda.  The conservative bloc - made up of Labor, Liberal and independent councillor Victor Macri - voted to change the format of the meetings.   Greens […]

Haberfield in a haze over WestConnex

BY WENDY BACON UPDATE: Today, we learned that WestConnex Stage 3 was quietly approved on April 17th without any public announcement until a media release was issued by the NSW Minister for Planning Anthony Roberts this morning. The approval includes the Rozelle Interchange for which there is not even a preliminary construction plan or design. […]

IWC demerger urged

BY JOHN MOYLE It could be a case of going back to the future for the newly-merged Inner West Council if a coalition of independents and Greens get their way for a demerger from their 2016 forced amalgamation. “Communities a lot less affluent than our council have challenged the mergers and they have won,” Councillor […]

WestCon protestors snubbed

By JESSICA DE VERA Community groups in the inner-west opposing the WestConnex road development scheme have been denied funding following last Tuesday’s extraordinary meeting at the Inner West Council. Disruption descended in the meeting when residents grew angry after they waited over three hours to discuss the notified agenda. “The substantive motions put forward by the […]

Inner-west Liberal-Labor pact

BY ALEC SMART A deal between Labor and the Liberal Party in last week’s Inner-West mayoral election has critics furious that democracy has been subverted, with The Greens claiming they’ve been marginalized. The Mayoral election pitted former Leichardt Mayor Darcy Byrne (Labor) against first-time councillor Pauline Lockie (Independent), in a contest that was ultimately decided […]