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Grassroots campaign fuels Powerhouse debate

BY KENJI SATO Fierce opposition to Powerhouse Museum relocation plans peaked last week, when campaigners collected enough signatures to trigger a parliamentary debate. Community group Friends of Ultimo collected the 10,000 signatures needed to get the issue onto the floor of parliament last Thursday. The plans to relocate the museum has long been criticised by […]

Abandoned railway line transforms into busy walkway

BY KENJI SATO The Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority has turned a disused stretch of railway into a “strategic” walkway between Railway Square, Ultimo, and Darling Harbour. Formerly a rail line, The Goods Line opened up for public access last Sunday, and Sydneysiders can now walk and cycle along it. Like its name suggests, The Goods […]

Ultimo Public School questions left ‘unanswered’

By JOE BOURKE Ultimo Public School P&C members have been left scratching their heads after questions were left unanswered at a meeting on July 1 with Education Minister Adrian Piccoli. The meeting, which took place in the minister’s office, was organised to discuss the future development of Ultimo Public School. The government announced last month […]

$10 million set aside for Powerhouse relocation plans

By Emily Contador-Kelsall   Ultimo residents are concerned by the state governments announcement that $10 million will be  spent planning for the move of the Powerhouse Museum. In last week’s budget $30 million was allocated over four years to the arts in western Sydney, of that $10 million has been dedicated over two years to […]

Community calls for an ‘open’ report

By Leanne Elahmad   The Ultimo Public School community called for the Department of Education and the City of Sydney to reopen negotiations at a fiery community meeting on June 17. The community has demanded that government stakeholders undertake an independent survey of the Fig and Wattle Street site to gauge the actual level and […]

Residents’ Wentworth Park worries

By Joe Bourke   Speculation is mounting over the future of Wentworth Park as the inquiry into Greyhound Racing NSW heats up and the inner city property market booms. The nearby Bays Precinct is set to house 16,000 new residents and last weekend the Minister for Housing Brad Hazzard announced a $170 million development of […]

Ultimo school pays the ultimate price

By Leanne Elahmed In six months, the cost to remediate a contaminated Council depot has more than doubled, according to the NSW government, ultimately costing the students of Ultimo Public School a new school at the site. The Department of Education confirmed its decision came after “independent expert advice” revealed the remediation of the Wattle, […]

Community continue fight to save Powerhouse

By Tang Li   Community groups and politicians are fearful that the proposal to shut down the Powerhouse Museum and relocate it to Western Sydney will soon become a reality since the re-election of the Baird Government. A Save the Powerhouse rally will be held on this Saturday 30 May at the corner of Harris […]

Dangerous boarding houses still operating around Sydney

By Callum Cyrus A City Hub follow up investigation has identified several rogue boarding house operations just five months before state reforms are set to be introduced to tackle covert housing operations. City Hub spoke to agencies letting six different properties, each cramming between six and ten tenants into apartments with only one or two bedrooms. […]

“Fight for Powerhouse” gains community support

Around 100 people unanimously voted in a resolution to create a campaign to preserve the Powerhouse Museum site in Ultimo last Friday night at a “Fight for the Powerhouse” forum. The event acted as the community’s response to Premier Mike Baird’s announcement last month that the government would sell the current Powerhouse Museum site to […]