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Inner West road deaths: an avoidable tragedy

Opinion by ANDREW CHUTER A pair of recent pedestrian deaths in Sydney's inner west are a sad indictment of our cars-first transport planning. In October in Leichhardt, mother-of-two Valentina Gioia, was hit by a van while crossing the road in front of MarketPlace on Marion St. In December, a 3-year old boy was hit by a Toyota Kluger in front […]

Sydney ranked Australia’s safest city

By Raveena Grover Australia’s most populous city, Sydney, has been ranked the safest city in the nation and the sixth safest city in the world. According to The 2015 Safe Cities Index, produced by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), Tokyo is the safest city on the globe.  The Japanese city is also the most populated. The […]

Illegal boarding houses threaten inner city safety

A property on Quarry Street in Ultimo has been brought to the attention of the City of Sydney Council as a serious safety hazard to its lodgers and surrounding residents. Council was alerted to the risk when a neighbouring resident informed councillors that the building appeared to be overcrowded. Upon inspection, Fire and Rescue New […]

Pedestrian safety project unveiled

By Brendan Day Waverley councillor Leon Goltsman has welcomed a $300,000 project proposed by the NSW government to improve pedestrian safety on Old South Head Road. If approved, the project will install new crossing points at Kobada, Military and Diamond Bay roads, as well as renovate existing pedestrian refuges at Lancaster Road and Princess Street. […]

Beach climb on the ropes

Waverley Council will revisit safety issues at Bondi Beach amid calls for the popular Ben Buckler climbing rope to be taken down. In January, Bondi Beach “bar brute” Dimitri Maskovich lost his grip on the rope, plunging five metres to the rocks beneath and breaking both legs. According to Waverley Council, the 48-year-old’s case poses […]

The forgotten violence victims

OPINION - Nicole Doughty On Saturday, a young woman in Melbourne’s suburbs died after an argument with her partner turned violent. This news may not have caught your attention, because on Saturday all eyes were focused on the tragic death of another young person from a violent assault: Daniel Christie, the latest victim of alcohol-fuelled […]

Drownings prompt new focus on beach safety

Last year was especially dangerous on the state’s beaches, according to Surf Life Saving Australia’s annual National Coastal Safety Report. The report shows NSW reached a coastal drowning toll of 48 causalities, ten more than the nine-year average. Coastal regions constitute NSW beaches and coastal waterways. According to the report, most drownings occured during activities […]

Laneway terror, but no CCTV

The City of Sydney will install 10 new CCTV cameras in the CBD, Kings Cross and Surry Hills at an immediate cost of $350,000. The decision is a win for Liberal councillor Christine Forster, who moved for the project to be fast-tracked in October. She told City News the council had initially been resistant toward […]

Robertson’s rules: Labor calls for last drinks in the Cross

The NSW Opposition is urging the state government to adopt an eighteen-month trial of Newcastle-style lockouts in Kings Cross and the Sydney CBD. The plan, titled ‘Drink Smart, Home Safe’, would impose measures such as 1am lockouts, 3am last drinks and restrictions on drinks with a high alcohol content (such as shots) after 10 pm […]