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Council to review boarding house framework after tragic Newtown fire

By PATRICK MCKENZIE Inner West Council will discuss a revised boarding house inspection regime at a meeting on Tuesday evening, in the wake of the March fire at Albermarie Boarding House in Newtown which claimed three lives. The review, prepared by Council Environmental Health & Building Regulation Manager Peter O’Connor, offers an extensive report on […]

Inner West mayor decries delayed demolition of ‘hazardous eyesore’ following Balmain fire

By PATRICK MCKENZIE Inner West mayor Darcy Byrne has called on the NSW government to demolish the “hazardous eyesore” Balmain Leagues Club, following a large fire at the disused site yesterday. While police continue to investigate the suspicious fire at the abandoned Balmain Leagues Club that left black smoke blowing into the sky, Cr Byrne […]

NSW government rejects Inner West boarding house safety proposal

By DANIEL LO SURDO Inner West mayor Darcy Byrne has said that a proposal to jointly review the safety of boarding houses in the wake of the March Newtown fire has been rejected by the NSW government. Earlier this month, Inner West councillors unanimously supported a motion urgently requesting the NSW government to participate in […]

Emergency safety orders issued to two other boarding houses held by Newtown fire owner

By DANIEL LO SURDO Officers from Inner West Council have issued emergency orders to two other boarding houses owned by Albert Wong, after a fire at his Newtown boarding house last month claimed the lives of three people. Inner West mayor Darcy Byrne said on Friday morning that council officers observed "some health and safety […]

‘Heart wrenching’: Inner West grieves tragic Newtown fire, as police charge man with murder

By DANIEL LO SURDO The Inner West community continues to grieve the tragic fire at a Newtown boarding house on Tuesday morning, which claimed the lives of three people. Inner West Mayor Darcy Byrne said in a statement on Wednesday that the event was a "shocking tragedy", calling for "a renewed effort to improve safety and […]

Fatal Newtown fire treated as suspicious, three people escape separate house fire in Glebe

By PATRICK MCKENZIE The Inner West has endured two critical house fires in the past two days after police officers suffered smoke inhalation on Monday morning after rescuing three people from a house fire in Glebe, while a fire in a Newtown boarding house on Tuesday morning claimed three lives, in an incident which police […]