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Inner West: Fears Western Harbour Tunnel could render Dawn Fraser Baths ‘unusable’

By DANIEL LO SURDO Inner West Mayor Rochelle Porteous told a Parliamentary Inquiry yesterday that the Western Harbour Tunnel, a planned underground motorway connecting the Warringah Freeway to the Rozelle Interchange, could render Balmain's newly-reopened Dawn Fraser Baths 'unusable'. The Dawn Fraser Baths reopened last week after Health Minister Brad Hazzard granted Councillor Darcy Byrne's […]

Inner West: Council to hold NSW Government accountable for contaminated WestConnex Park

By KATELYN MILLIGAN Inner West Council has called for the NSW Government to conduct an immediate investigation into potential contamination at WestConnex St Peters Interchange Park. Council will write to Premier Gladys Berejiklian and relevant Ministers to hold NSW Government accountable for the remediation, ownership and management of the toxic parkland within the Inner West […]

WestConnex noise takes toll on HSC students

By ELYSIA COOK Students sitting the HSC locked down in homes near WestConnex construction sites have had their studies affected by “relentless” drilling. The HSC trial exam period nears its conclusion as Sydney enters its tenth week of lockdown. On August 11, the NSW government lifted the snap ban on construction, just a week out […]

WestConnex: The Road Tunnel Time Bomb

Opinion by PETER HEHIR There are two approaches to ventilating road tunnels. Obviously the longer the tunnel the bigger the problem, both logistically and in terms of the volume and concentration of the released toxic air. The best method by far is “in tunnel filtration”. This begins with the design of the tunnel. Special areas […]

Inner West Next in Line for Deep Excavation Risks

By DANIEL LO SURDO Deep excavation set to take place in the Inner West has raised concerns with the Rozelle community about the ramifications to their lives and properties. Excavation as part of the Rozelle Interchange, a three-storey spaghetti junction connecting the M4-M5 Link Tunnels and the City West Link, began last month after 60 […]

St Peters parklands meant to compensate for WestConnex are contaminated, says environmental scientist

By KATELYN MILLIGAN An environmental scientist is calling for an independent contamination assessment into landfill offered by the NSW government as potential parklands to ‘compensate’ for WestConnex to the St Peter’s community. The proposed hilltop park at the southwestern end of the St Peters Interchange was previously a highly polluted landfill site which contained contaminants […]

Perilous Petersham pedestrian crossing dubbed “the most dangerous” in the Inner West

By GEMMA BILLINGTON  Community concerns about a perilous Petersham pedestrian crossing culminated in the Inner West council’s unanimous decision to enhance the safety at the West Street and Railway Terrace intersection.  In a meeting last month, the Inner West council voted to alert Transport for NSW and the Minister for Transport, Andrew Constance, of the […]

Inner West Mayor Darcy Byrne calls for Rozelle Parklands to become NSW’s premium sporting precinct

By DANIEL LO SURDO Inner West Mayor Darcy Byrne has petitioned the NSW Government to make Rozelle Parklands the best sporting precinct in NSW. The Rozelle Parklands project aims to be opened in 2023, with up to 10 hectares of land offering a rectangular sporting field, an oval, play equipment, picnic areas and a wetlands […]

The Billy Lids picnic

Opinion by PETER HEHIR Residents have until the 18th June 2021 for submissions to the NSW Upper House inquiry into the Western Harbour Tunnel. My take on this ecological disaster, one year from now, borrows from the ‘Teddy Bears Picnic:’ Don’t’ go down to the harbour pools today Or you’re sure of a big surprise […]

The Magic Lane: How Sydney’s “favourite story” will become an official community site

By LUCINDA GARBUTT-YOUNG Through the winding lanes of Annandale, there is a long-reigning community spirit. Paths bloom with seasonal foliage, and small front yards have rambling verge gardens. Much of this can be traced back to Kathy O’Donnell, who took over a dilapidated alleyway in 2015. Almost six years later, her now well-known project is […]