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THE NAKED CITY – FUTURE SHOCK!

You have to hand it to the visionaries in the City Of Sydney Council and various architectural firms around town. They seem determined to transform vast areas of the city into huge paved plazas, despite the pain and suffering often associated with this kind of urban renewal and beautification. We have all seen the turmoil […]

‘I’ve been very reluctant to get involved at all’: Yvonne Weldon on life at Town Hall

By DANIEL LO SURDO Yvonne Weldon has to think when asked why she was hesitant to enter public office. Eventually, she finds an answer. It isn't for the scrutiny, nor for the responsibility, but for something much more unsuspecting. "Because I'm quite a private person," Weldon tells City Hub with a laugh. "Which is crazy considering […]

London Mayor to speak at future of Sydney event

By DANIEL LO SURDO London Mayor Sadiq Khan will be the keynote speaker at an event held by the City of Sydney next month discussing the future visions of sustainable and global cities on the path to pandemic recovery. The 'CityTalk' event, which will be held at Town Hall next month, will focus on exploring […]

‘Help Ukraine Now’ demonstrations scheduled in the city this week following weekend rallies

By DANIEL LO SURDO The Ukrainian Council of NSW has announced a spate of rallies to take place this week in protest of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, with the organisation saying that a "significant event" may also be held at the Opera House over the next seven days. It comes as the Ukraine national […]

Progress Pride flags soar across the city for the first time as Mardi Gras season begins

By DANIEL LO SURDO The Progress Pride flag is flying across the inner city to mark the start of the Mardi Gras season, with the new flag to also fly permanently at Taylor Square. City of Sydney lord mayor Clover Moore said that the flag demonstrates that "our precincts are inclusive and safe and that […]

‘We don’t accept their bigotry’: Hundreds expected to gather at Town Hall to protest Religious Discrimination Bill

By DANIEL LO SURDO Protestors will gather at Town Hall this afternoon to protest the Religious Discrimination Bill discussed in federal parliament this week, with the Community Action for Rainbow Rights, the protest organisers, calling the Bill a "vile piece of legislation that will enshrine the right for a tiny bigoted minority to discriminate against […]

Town Hall faces final face-lift

By ALLISON HORE The final stage of the restoration of Sydney’s iconic Town Hall is set to begin soon, with the southern and western facades of the building to disappear behind screens and scaffolding, to be polished, repaired and replaced. The project will take two to three years to complete and will utilise blocks of […]

THE NAKED CITY – HITS AND MISSES AT THE SYDNEY FEST

Throughout the world major cultural festivals inevitably reflect the social environment and historical background of the cities in which they are held. Look at Australia for example. The highly successful and always innovative Adelaide Festival has built its brand on both the intimate layout of the city itself and decades of strong patronage of the […]

NAKED CITY – SYDNEY’S OMNIPRESENT WRECKING BALL

When the then premier Jack Lang opened Sydney’s grand T&G building in the early 1930s he declared it would stand for another hundred years or more. At 68m to the top of its impressive tower and with no less than 12 expansive floors it was then the city’s tallest office building and an architectural marvel of […]

THE NAKED CITY – A LICENCE TO KILL

It was an unusually balmy autumn night in Kings Cross last Wednesday week. A group of musicians had gathered on the chairs outside the Piccolo Bar in Roslyn Street for an impromptu jam. The music was by no means loud and hardly noticeable amongst the usual cacophony of passing traffic and pedestrian banter. Nevertheless, almost […]