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‘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 […]

Newtown’s Bedford Square to be renamed ‘Pride Square’

By DOUGLAS MAGALETTI Newtown’s Bedford Square is set to become Pride Square. Inner West Council is seeking to permanently rename the public square outside Newtown Town Hall in time for WorldPride 2023. Pride Square Motion Passed By Council Unanimously Labor councillor Mat Howard put forward the amendment which was passed unanimously. “We have kick-started the […]

‘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 […]

Thousands take to George Street in solidarity with Palestine

By ALLISON HORE Thousands of pro-Palestinian protesters filled George Street in Sydney on Saturday in response to escalating violence in Gaza.  Upwards of 2,500 people marched along George Street to mark what Arabs call “the Nakba,” that is the “disaster” surrounding the of establishment of Israel in 1948 and the mass exodus of Palestinians.  The […]

Sydney activists “commiserate” one year of gathering for Assange

By ALLISON HORE For one year, supporters of Julian Assange have gathered on the steps of Sydney’s Town Hall every Friday night. On the 53rd week of their demonstration, they were joined by a special guest- John Shipton, Julian Assange's father. Although it was the anniversary of their gathering, organisers say the occasion was “not […]

Rally demands pill testing

By Laura Neill The pill-testing debate ignited at Town Hall last Saturday as hundreds of pro-testing campaigners rallied to force the issue on the government’s election agenda, just one week after the recent drug-related fatality of 19-year-old Alex King. Hundreds of protesters brandishing signs and banners gathered outside Sydney Town Hall to protest the NSW […]

Town Hall Square still in limbo

by Allison Hore Despite being in the works for over two decades, Sydney’s proposed Town Hall Square is still in limbo, with a spokesperson for Sydney Council unable to provide any information about the starting or completion dates of the project. The Town Hall Square development is a key part of the City of Sydney’s […]

Eyebrows arch as sculpture’s costs soar skyward

BY ALEC SMART Sydney is renowned for many things, including home to two of the world’s most enthralling pieces of modern engineering: the Opera House and a giant coat hanger bridge that crosses its picturesque harbour. However, one thing for which it has never been known is the manufacture of elastic. In the past week […]

Town Hall secrecy leads to distrust

BY ALEX EUGENE City of Sydney councillors now have so little faith in the Lord Mayor Clover Moore and her constituents, that they were led to believe a chain email claiming city buildings were up for sale had genuinely been endorsed by the Mayor. The Mayor's lack of transparency has been decried constantly by several […]

Council aims to curb pedestrian deaths

By Georgia Fullerton   City of Sydney councillor Linda Scott has called for more action to lessen pedestrian accidents despite Council's current awareness campaign. Clr Scott asked Council at their March meeting what policies they would implement to lessen pedestrian accidents, which are high in the CBD. She said she believes robust procedures should be […]