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NSW Government: Reduced Developer Taxes to Impact Local Council Community Projects

By SASHA FOOT Sydney Councils fear for the future of community infrastructure as the NSW Government proposes the removal of developer paid taxes, leaving the costs to ratepayers.  Councils use developer contributions paid from large-scale projects to fund local sporting infrastructure, libraries, swimming pools and other council-led upgrades.  However, there are concerns that increasing ratepayer’s […]

Community welcomes Heritage Public Square for Balmain’s Telstra Exchange site

By SASHA FOOT The transformation of Balmain’s Telstra Exchange building has been praised by local residents as it nears completion following an extensive community campaign. The Heritage Square will introduce public seating, urban landscaping and a green wall to the corner of Montague and Darling Street. In 2015, Telstra announced they would demolish the building's […]

Vulnerable renters put out despite reinstated ban on evictions during lockdown

By SASHA FOOT The NSW government reintroduced an eviction moratorium for renters this week. Tenants who can’t pay their rent in full due to Sydney’s lockdown cannot be evicted between now and September. However, the eviction moratorium only applies to households that can prove their income has reduced by 25% or more due to the […]

Councils welcome $490 million NSW Government Electric Vehicle investment

 By SASHA FOOT The NSW Government's announcement to incentivise electric vehicle (EV) use has been received positively by Inner West and City of Sydney Councils. The Inner West Council has declared their particular support for the Government's Electric Vehicle Strategy.     "Council is now keen to work with the NSW Government to encourage EV uptake in […]

Waterloo social housing upgrade not enough for the city’s housing crisis

By SASHA FOOT  Planning Minister Rob Stokes has approved revised plans for Waterloo South’s redevelopment but concerns remain that the amount of social and affordable housing is insufficient. The proposal has allocated an extra 98 social housing units to the development - an increase from the site's 789 existing residences.      Member for Newtown Jenny […]

July’s takeaway coffee cup ban a sustainable shift for Bondi cafés

By SASHA FOOT Local businesses in the Eastern Suburbs are initiating a sustainable movement for coffee culture in Bondi by banning takeaway cups for a week.       Over forty local cafes have signed up for the initiative taking place from 31 July-8 August.  Responsible Cafés, the non-profit behind Bondi BYO Cup Week, addressed the positive impacts […]

Meet the Greens candidates for the 2021 Inner West Council elections

By SASHA FOOT, ELYSIA COOK and DANIEL LO SURDO Ahead of the Inner West Council local elections on September 4, the Independent profiled all five Greens candidates seeking to either be elected or gain re-election to Council.  Kobi Shetty Kobi Shetty is the Greens candidate running for Baludarri-Balmain, which encompasses the suburbs of Balmain, Balmain-East, […]

Sydney gives their verdict on the Powerhouse Museum’s $500m transformation

By SASHA FOOT The NSW Government announced yesterday a $500m conversion of the Powerhouse Museum to a fashion and design institution.  The decision comes after many years of uncertainty surrounding the Powerhouse Museum’s future in Ultimo.  Museum specialist and Powerhouse Museum Alliance spokesperson Kylie Winkworth expressed disappointment at the planned transformation.  “[The investment is] destructive […]