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Inner West Council moves Australia Day celebrations

By ELIZA SPENCER In an historic decision, Sydney’s Inner West Council (IWC) has voted to move the annual Australia Day celebrations to January 25, the day before the existing national holiday, becoming the first NSW council to change the controversial date. On 12 November, after a heated debate within council chambers, the motion passed with […]

Tree felling falling-out

By ALEC SMART The Greens and several independent councillors on the Inner West Council (IWC) are fuming after a revised plan for tree protection was amended at the last minute and voted into policy. The aggrieved councillors claim they were ‘ambushed’ when it was revealed the amendments, which permit residents to fell trees within three […]

Marrickville joins stand against WestConnex

By Emily Contador-Kelsall   Marrickville Council officially declared their opposition to the contentious WestConnex project at last week’s council meeting, a move that the WestConnex Action Group labelled “a great win for grassroots resident groups”. This vote came a week before revelations that the WestConnex project will not ease congestion based on the state government's […]

Gallipoli Centenary Peace Campaign calls for new ANZAC focus

By Emily Contador-Kelsall   The ANZAC centenary is approaching and while tributes are flowing, debates surrounding the ANZAC legend are moving into the public eye. Several Marrickville councillors last year attempted to stop an ANZAC debate happening at Petersham Town Hall on Wednesday 22 April, as this edition of City Hub went to print. The […]

Marrickville to debate fate of heritage houses

By Georgia Fullerton Marrickville Council may reassess the heritage value of three terraces situated on the site of the old Marrickville Hospital.The development application, put forward in September of last year, is part of a plan to redevelop the rear half of a site on Livingstone Road. Marrickville Hospital closed in 1991 and was purchased […]

Amalgamation debate continues in the inner west

By Joe Bourke   Council meetings were held across the inner west last week to brief councils on a report into proposed amalgamations. The Morrison and Low report found inner west councils are struggling with infrastructure backlog. It said the $150 million savings anticipated by the state government from amalgamations would achieve longer term sustainability […]

Whistleblower wins: Marrickville councillor’s suspension overturned

The appeal of Marrickville Greens councillor Max Phillips against his two month suspension from council has been upheld by the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal. The suspension was issued by the NSW Division of Local Government after Cr Phillips refused to apologise for informing local residents about a $5 million offer made to council by […]

Wheels turn again on cycleway

Local residents and cyclists are applauding Marrickville Council’s decision to construct the missing link in the Camperdown to Cooks River cycleway. At the last council meeting a rescission motion made by several councillors to halt the construction of the Carrington Rd separated cycleway was overturned. Greens councillor David Leary said the vote against the rescission […]

Sorry not sorry: councillor suspended for refusing apology

Marrickville Greens councillor Max Phillips has been suspended for two months after refusing to apologise for informing residents about a $5 million offer made to council by developer Meriton. The Division of Local Government (DLG) suspended Cr Phillips, who has now lodged an appeal with the Pecuniary Interest and Disciplinary Tribunal. Cr Phillips said he […]