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Bondi heats up

BY PAUL PAECH From cab-fares to cabbages, there’s value in measuring. Trapping mercury in a thin glass tube and measuring what it did tells us all that on January 6, Sydney had its hottest day in almost 80 years, and the autumnal sunburnt leaves on the streets confirm the harsh reality of that measure. Politicians […]

Redfern Station railroaded

BY JOHN MOYLE Mike Baird’s legacy gets another boost as the fight for Redfern Station upgrades and new stations for the proposed Sydney Metro Line continue within the NSW Government. Meanwhile the community, University of Sydney and other stakeholders are ignored. Baird was known for his love of taking assets held in public hands and […]

Baird’s plan to decide future of ICAC

By Joe Bourke   The Coalition government last week passed a bill to review the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) and determine its jurisdiction following a high court ruling that the commission would not be allowed to investigate Crown prosecutor Margaret Cunneen. Premier Mike Baird also announced that the government would legislate to ensure previous […]

Eveleigh railworks and Technology Park to be sold

By Lauren O'Connor The Australian Technology Park (ATP) will be sold and subdivided in coming months to accommodate the State Government’s Central to Eveleigh development. Leaseholders and residents of Eveleigh and Redfern have expressed concern that the railyards and heritage buildings are not protected from redevelopment. Greens spokespeople and community activists met on January 20 […]

Council hesitant on Parramatta Road urban renewal

Leichhardt councillors have flagged their suspicion of the state Government’s plan to redevelop Parramatta Rd. There is growing concern among residents the urban renewal project will see high-density development cut through Leichhardt and Annandale. The Parramatta Rd Urban Renewal Programme, by the state Government city planning body Urban Growth NSW, would involve a transformation of […]

Lockout laws: tough on crime, bad for business

Despite reports of a considerable drop in the rate of violent crime in Kings Cross, business owners are calling for an immediate review of the state government's lockout laws. NSW Police released figures this week indicating that violent offences committed inside licensed premises located in Kings Cross had fallen by 30.5 per cent during the […]

A mad act of infrastructure vandalism

I got back to Central station just after six on Friday evening. The intercity was comfortably populated going out of Newcastle station, nearly full leaving Broadmeadow, and packed to the gunwales from Gosford on. Lots of folk were going down to Sydney for the weekend to take in the Vivid light art festival. I'd spent […]

New plans for west Oxford Street, Bondi

Labor councillor Paula Masselos has criticised the Waverley Liberals about plans for western Oxford Street in Bondi Junction, alleging a lack of transparency in the negotiation process. The precinct is the focus of an extensive neighbourhood re-development project with proposed changes to the current zoning and development controls in the Local Environment Plan (LEP), in […]

Residents rail against station tower

A planned 16-storey apartment block on Station Street in Marrickville has community groups and councillors up in arms. The proposal, which has been approved by the NSW Department of Planning’s Gateway Process, exceeds current planning restrictions. Greens councillor Max Phillips said the developer of the apartment block will create a public square in exchange for […]

News in brief

Barangaroo casino receives green light A casino is set to operate at Barangaroo after the State Government announced an agreement with James Packer’s Crown Resorts for VIP-only gambling at its proposed $1.3 billion hotel complex. The casino is scheduled to open November 2019. Premier Barry O’Farrell announced cabinet had struck an agreement with Crown on […]