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Three strikes, you‘re out

No strikes have been recorded against city venues since the introduction of Barry O’Farrell’s lockout laws, the government says. The ‘three strikes” disciplinary scheme, which came into effect in 2012, imposes strikes when a licensee or approved manager is convicted of one of a range of the most serious offences as set out by the […]

Chinatown demands action on touting

Chinatown business owners are demanding the state government take action against touters operating on Dixon Street, by granting the City of Sydney council powers to have them removed. The touters, representing souvenir and merchandise stores, typically stand on busy Dixon Street outside souvenir shops and attempt to bring potential customers to their own nearby stores. […]

A life of learning

At 39, Andrew Grant found himself at a crossroad of sorts. A “pre-mid-life crisis”, as he terms it. After a neuromuscular condition left him confined to a wheelchair, he was no longer able to enjoy his active lifestyle and career in construction and hospitality. “Being in a wheelchair and looking to take a new direction […]

This tram’s been a long time coming

Sydneysider: A personal journey They’ll be opening the Dulwich Hill light rail extension any month now. It was supposed to be opened on February 1, but the long-awaited day came and went because the whole job is being done in John Holland’s own sweet time – like some builder’s personal vanity project; the showcase home […]

New Potts Point venue to rock the boat, Barry

Amid what seems like a never-ending war against licensed premises in the CBD and city east, a new venue will open its doors this week in Potts Point, in spite of the new liquor laws. Its owners say they want to create a neighbourhood sanctuary away from the neon bustle of the Kings Cross strip. […]

On and off with Opal

The rollout of Sydney’s new “Opal card” ticketing system continues, with the Emu Plains and Richmond lines in the western suburbs due to come online February 28. The East Hills line to Campbelltown in the south west will complete the network. Stations on both these lines have now been fitted with Opal card readers, but […]

TAFE cuts backlash

The Greens will introduce a bill later this month which it says would reverse student fee increases, freeze funding to private operators, and halt the “Smart and Skilled” reform package that will limit the list of qualifications eligible for government funding. Member for Balmain Jamie Parker said the reforms would hit Ultimo TAFE in particular, […]

No lockout exemption for Mardi Gras

The O’Farrell government has confirmed it will not exempt the Mardi Gras weekend from Sydney’s new lockout laws, which will be imposed from February 24. Originally flagged for introduction in April, the restrictions will mean patrons are denied entry to licensed premises after 1.30am and last drinks are called at 3am, within an expanded CBD […]

Preselection battles expose Labor rifts

Labor’s upper house leader Luke Foley has poured scorn over suggestions he is running former staffers for preselection in the seat of Newtown to help shore up his numbers in parliament. Environmentalist Felicity Wade and town planner Sean Macken have entered what is fast becoming a crowded field for the newly-created electorate of Newtown, which […]

Byrne to seek preselection for Balmain

There will be very few raised eyebrows in Leichhardt after Darcy Byrne confirmed on Tuesday that he would seek Labor preselection for the state seat of Balmain. Cr Byrne, who has been mayor since September 2012, was long thought to be planning a move to state parliament. If successful in the community preselection, he will […]