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Metro contractor fined for polluting Sydney Harbour

By ALLISON HORE A construction company contracted by the NSW Government to work on the Sydney Metro Project at Central Station has been fined for allegedly dumping contaminated wastewater into Sydney’s harbour. The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) fined Laing O’Rourke Australia Construction $15,000 for releasing low pH water from a water treatment facility into […]

THE NAKED CITY – THE CREATIVE GUIDE TO LOCKDOWN PROTESTS

In case you hadn’t noticed, last Saturday was declared ‘Freedom Day’ with hundreds of anti-lockdown protestors confronting police in Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane and Perth. In Brisbane signs were displayed evoking a Trumpian ideology of “Make Australia Great Again” along with an appropriated “Freedom Matters.” In every city the relatively small number of demonstrators comprised […]

Harbour health dead in the water

By VERONICA ANASSIS Stormwater debris from suburban gutter and land pollution are destroying Sydney Harbour, smothering marine life and creating uninhabitable areas called “dead zones,” say researchers. According to the Sydney Institute of Marine Science (SIMS), they’ve found patches of harbour water where no signs of life, not even bacteria, can exist due to low […]

Coathanger climb, cruise ship crusade, diving birds, diving for trash: News Bites – 18 Sept 2019

Bite-sized bulletins by ALEC SMART Climate of peers Thousands are expected to attend Friday’s Global Climate Strike gathering at The Domain in Sydney. On September 20, three days before world leaders meet in New York for the United Nations Emergency Climate Summit, hundreds of thousands of school students and workers across Australia will join millions […]

THE NAKED CITY – LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION – SYDNEY!

Think of some of the classic movie locations of all time and you might immediately recall the mean streets of New York City, the boulevards of Paris or the historic precincts of Rome. All have been the urban film sets of some of cinema’s greatest classics. Sydney, on the other hand, can’t quite match its […]

Rushcutters Bay on the nose

BY ALANA LEVENE Sydney Water is urging residents to watch what they’re flushing down their toilets after a recent sewer blockage caused wastewater to drain into Rushcutters Bay, blocking the area to swimmers for weeks. This is the fourth choke in the in Paddington area since the beginning of November, according to a Sydney Water […]

REVIEW: West Side Story

First written as a book by Arthur Laurents in the late 1940s, West Side Story first appeared on Broadway in 1957 and has remained a steady favourite on stages the world over since then. That it was chosen as Opera Australia's first musical foray on Sydney Harbour proves it is just as appealing 70 years […]

THE NAKED CITY – SCREW THE VIEW!

Sydney is a city obsessed with views – harbour views, beach views, skyline views and district views. Anybody would think we spend most of our time starring out the window admiring the landscape or waterscape beyond. Rent some shoebox apartment and if there’s the slightest glimpse of the harbour or some far distant beach out […]

Australia Daze

COMMENT BY WARREN FAHEY I am now quite resigned to the arm-swinging chorus that tells me ‘I am, you are, Aust-ral-ian’. After hearing the song ad infinitum in Rugby World Cup promotions, Salvation Army Red Shield campaigns, endless loops from Telstra, school assemblies, and anything else that vaguely smacks of flag-waving, I am preparing myself […]

Finding safe harbour

BY MICK DALEY Sydney Harbour’s reputation as one of the finest in the world owes everything to its superb geographical advantages. But a working harbour requires infrastructure, and from post-Invasion to post-reality, commercial shipping and recreational boaters depend upon the wharves and safe waterways that enable every aspect of maritime endeavour. Ex-mayor of Leichardt and […]