Shadow Minister for Transport Ryan Park has renewed calls for Transport for NSW (TfNSW) to release the construction schedule of the … Read more]]>
Shadow Minister for Transport Ryan Park has renewed calls for Transport for NSW (TfNSW) to release the construction schedule of the CBD and South East Light Rail.
The project, which is one of the biggest infrastructure projects in the world, is set to begin around this Spring and will have a major affect on traffic and businesses along the route.
Mr Park said now is the time for a “full community awareness campaign” about the exact disruptions.
“This is something that can’t be done just once with an ad in the paper,” he said.
“It’s got to be be done regularly and frequently, all the way up to and including during the time when major construction is set to start.”
A TfNSW spokesperson told City Hub that the specifics of the construction schedule would be released “in the very near future”.
According to the spokesperson, the time taken has been in order to create the “most accurate schedule possible”.
“The NSW government has detailed plans in place to communicate the changes to the public and coordinate traffic and public transport changes throughout the construction process.”
“The construction process will have a significant impact but the benefits will last for generations to come.”
City of Sydney councillor Angela Vithoulkas is the owner of Vivo Cafe on George Street, and has been campaigning for the construction schedule to be released for some time.
Clr Vithoulkas will attend a business reference group committee meeting on Thursday, where business owners will officially meet the consortiums behind the construction.
Despite the ongoing consultation, Clr Vithoulkas said small businesses felt like they were being forced to “shoulder the economic burden” of the project without assistance.
“Every negative word they may hear on concerns from the business or small business community is being counterattacked with ‘Sydney still needs to stay open for business and we we all need to come together to make this happen’,” she said.
“Well it’s the retailers on the ground, it’s everyone that has a shop and some kind of business presence on the ground. We are the ones shouldering the burden and yet we are not being assisted.”
Clr Vithoulkas also said that although the concerns about what would happen to the heavy traffic on George Street had taken precedence in the media, the “economic drought” that will hit businesses would be a much more “drawn out, violent war”.
The TfNSW spokesperson said that the congestion in Sydney was currently having a “major” impact on the city’s economy.
“Sydney’s congestion is already having a major financial impact on the city’s economy. The transport network is straining and without major change will grind to a halt.”
Despite offering incentives to ALTRAC for finishing the project early and charging fees for overstaying in certain zones, there are no plans by TfNSW to compensate businesses for disruption caused by construction. But Clr Vithoulkas has called for an amendment to the Retail Leases Act 1994, which she said would be a “win-win for all”.
“The government has already made it clear that they won’t be providing compensation for business owners along the construction routes,” she said.
“Amending the Act would go some way to supportingsmall business and the financial and emotional toll that the construction process is going to place on their ability to trade and continue to provide jobs to their employees in the long-term.”
When City Hub asked Mr Park about possible compensation, he said it was something that should be considered, but that “what businesses really want to know is when, where, how, and who they can talk to if they are having issues”.
Community group Save our Bays has criticised the NSW Department of Planning and Environment for failing to adequately inform the … Read more]]>
Community group Save our Bays has criticised the NSW Department of Planning and Environment for failing to adequately inform the public of amendments to proposed plans for a $30 million redevelopment of the Superyacht Marina in Rozelle.
Approval for the development has already been granted but developers, Sydney Superyacht Marina have applied to the NSW Department of Planning and Environment to increase the size of the development among several other design changes.
Save our Bays president Judy Cashmore is opposed to the “Darling Harbour-style entertainment complex” and said residents are concerned that the development has been approved without the public’s voice being listened to or adequate consultation.
“We are particularly concerned that, even before building work starts, the developer wants to make the complex even bigger and noisier,” she said.
“Save Our Bays regards dialogue with the developers as inadequate. We have good reason to have little trust in the process. The current proposed changes are unconscionable – intent on winding the noise and other constraints back to make it bigger and noisier,” said Judy.
In a statement, a spokesperson for the Department of Planning and Environment said input from the local community is part of assessing the application and an “integral part of the planning process”.
“… the proponent must respond to the issues raised in submissions. This helps us develop our recommendations,” the spokesperson said.
The spokesperson said it was easy to participate by going online and encouraged the community to take part.
But consultation was not Ms Cashmore’s only concern. She said she is worried about the potential impacts of the marina on Rozelle and its surroundings.
“The development will destroy the peace of one of Sydney’s best-loved parks, Bicentennial Park, where people currently walk, picnic and get married. It will adversely impact on residents. The single biggest issue is noise. The marina is just 250 metres from the park and homes,” she said.
But sales assistant Ruby Chandler from The Local Store in Rozelle is hopeful of the Superyacht Marina.
“The building of the marina can only mean good things for Rozelle. It will bring more people to the area which means more business for The Local Store. There is not a lot of foot traffic around the shop so more people around the area will really help us out,” she said.
The Superyacht Marina redevelopment comprises of two mixed-use buildings, a marine club, accommodation, cafes, restaurants, and a hotel among others. The site is owned by NSW Maritime and is currently being leased to Sydney Superyacht Marina Pty Ltd.
The proposed site of redevelopment sits in Rozelle Bay on James Craig Road, directly opposite Glebe Point.
The project is currently on public exhibition and open to community feedback. Submissions close May 22.
A spokesperson from Sydney Superyacht Marina did not respond in time for publication.]]>
Amidst all the ‘fucks’ – and some of the dialogue contains nothing else – there is a fragile innocence to each character. The blossoming romance between Essie (Ashleigh Cummings) and the disarmingly beautiful Rabbit (Benjamin Creek) is both fraught and joyous. Her frosty bravado is thawed by his tender humour. Beth (Belinda Jombwe) is seeking God, and Sid (Charles Wu) is seeking Beth but grief and guilt pervade.
The desert-like contours of the set almost engulf the small downstairs theatre space, creating a sense of audience immersion in the unfolding drama. Though not completely satisfying, the young cast bring energy and find beauty in the strangest places.
Until May 31, Tuesday 7pm, Wednesday – Friday, 8:15pm, Saturday 2:15pm and 8:15pm, Sunday 5:15pm, Belvoir St Theatre, 25 Belvoir St, Surry Hills, $38-48, belvoir.com.au, 02 9699 3444.]]>
Moving towards a more lyrical and story driven approach, but maintaining enough of a homage to their alt-country rock roots, the Melbourne quartet has nailed it here. Telling heartfelt raw tales combined with intricate guitar riffs and subtle yet impactful backing vocals, this album is one that requires multiple play throughs to fully comprehend.
Standout tracks include Jackie, Window Seat, Sugar Cane and Honey as they cover a broad spectrum, from the serenading to the uplifting rock influenced tracks.
Star Rating: ****]]>
Public transport was largely left out of the recently announced federal budget, casting doubt over Sydney’s future transport solutions. Current transport … Read more]]>
Public transport was largely left out of the recently announced federal budget, casting doubt over Sydney’s future transport solutions. Current transport projects in Sydney including WestConnex and the CBD and South East Light Rail have been criticised for being inappropriate transport solutions for the city.
The City of Sydney commissioned and released an independent report by SGS earlier this year. The report found that WestConnex was not the right solution for Sydney’s transport problemsm instead naming public transport as a more viable solution.
Shadow Minister for Infrastructure and Transport and member for Grayndler Anthony Albanese was quick to criticise the federal budget’s failure to invest more money in public transport and other infrastructure projects. He tweeted early last week that the budget was an “infrastructure fail” with “$2b infrastructure cuts, no public transport funding, no vision.”
In a statement on federal cuts to funding for the Pacific Highway, Mr Albanese said the government had “produced the first Budget in living memory that did not fund a single new infrastructure project”.
Greens spokesperson for WestConnex and state member for Newtown Jenny Leong said it was disappointing to see billions of dollars of public money committed to more tollways instead of investing in public transport.
“If we truly want economic growth in Sydney, we need a world class public transport system instead of gridlock and traffic,” she said.
“Investment in public transport is the only way to enable a city like Sydney to function efficiently. Not only are new tollways hugely expensive, they are also hugely inefficient. The measure of a great city is its connectedness.”
Health was another issue Ms Leong raised in relation to Sydney’s transport concerns.
“An unacceptable number of Sydneysiders have no access to effective, efficient and accessible public transport and are forced to spend hours each day sitting in traffic. Traffic gridlock has so many negative impacts on individuals and communities,” she said.
Ms Leong cited pollution from cars causing respiratory diseases as a serious health concern and added that “sitting in cars for hours each day is bad for our physical and mental health.”
The SGS report stated that rail patronage in Sydney has risen while car usage has slowed. The rapid population growth of the city, which is set to hit around 6.2 million by 2013 and 8.5 million by 2061, poses a substantial planning challenge.
Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore has openly condemned the WestConnex tollway and stood in support of public transport solutions for Sydney. She said giving people a “serious public transport alternative” means less traffic on roads.
“Driving will always be a big part of how our city operates, but prioritising a $15 billion roadway above public transport is not the solution Sydney desperately needs – particularly western Sydney,” she said.
“I think it’s a great shame that the Abbott Government continues to shirk its responsibility to help provide public transport.”]]>
Donwood’s work is at times playfully irreverent, while other works evoke dark and visceral emotions. A range of his paintings, prints and drawings spanning the past 25 years will be on display. Fans of the 90’s Alternative Rock scene are invited to take an angst-ridden journey down memory lane; Stanley Donwood has worked with Radiohead since 1994, designing the group’s album covers and all associated artwork. The exhibition will display thousands of pieces of artwork from Radiohead albums, as well as original works, all bearing Donwood’s evocative and haunting imagery that has helped to create one of the world’s most distinctive brands.
Semi-Permanent ticket holders have exclusive access from Thursday 21 – Saturday 23 May, including the opening launch party on Thursday 21 May, at which Stanley Donwood will be in attendance.
Opens to public May 24 – 6 June 2015, The Carriageworks, 245 Wilson Street, Eveleigh, FREE.]]>
Introducing the most outstanding international films and artwork, the HRAFF will definitely move, inspire and challenge audiences no matter their walk of life. “The purpose of the festival is to present people with some really interesting and thoughtful narratives. Audiences will be forced to think about things in a slightly different way, and be affected by the stories that they hear,” explained Blaylock.
Opening the festival with an immensely powerful Australian documentary dealing with the rape of Charlotte Campbell Stephen ‘I Will Not Be Silenced’, and closing with Australian premiere of Mano Khalil’s intimate story of immigrant Ibrahim Gezer ‘The Beekeeper’–– this festival is exceptionally ripe with talent, ideas, and storytelling, all the while using our human rights as the root.
“It’s a festival that tells remarkable, wonderful stories that will inspire people to gain a different perspective of the world.”
May 26-30, $14-17, mini-pass $72, 261-263 King Street, Newtown, Dendy Cinema Newtown, hraff.org.au
Hundreds of rallying residents in Bondi Junction demanded a halt to proposed high-rise buildings in the district in a rally … Read more]]>
Hundreds of rallying residents in Bondi Junction demanded a halt to proposed high-rise buildings in the district in a rally last Saturday May 16.
Save West Bondi Junction, the organisers of the rally, estimated over 200 people gathered at Oxford Street in Bondi Junction to listen to speakers including Waverley Labor councillors Paula Masselos and John Wakefield.
Attendees shouted “sack Sally,” in reference to Waverley Council’s Liberal Mayor Sally Betts, as passing motorists honked their horns in support of the protest.
Local residents were unhappy with a proposal from developers Stargate Properties to build two 38-metre towers at the corner of 194-214 Oxford St and 2 Nelson St.
Criticism has centred around the state heritage-listed Centennial Parklands nearby, where activists claim the skyline could be spoiled by any towering developments.
City Hub spoke to Clr Masselos at the protest.
“They’re talking about making this a grand entrance into Bondi Junction, but we’ve got Centennial Park right there. So this really is incompatible with Centennial Park and with the notion of a gateway. We should actually have our park as the gateway, something that is quite beautiful and creates public amenity,” she said.
“The community has come together, they have formed an organisation and this shows that they don’t want this. They have been speaking very loudly for 12 months but council hasn’t listened.”
Stargate’s proposals, still awaiting assessment from the council’s planning officers, would require an increase in height restrictions from 15 metres to 38 metres as well as the removal of heritage protection from four terrace homes.
Height restrictions in the Local Environment Plan can only be altered by the state government, who are also the only body capable of overturning the Council’s decision on review.
West Bondi Junction’s community also voiced concerns about the development’s impact on traffic at the junction between Oxford St and York Road.
Howard Parry-Husbands, Save West Bondi Junction member and Traffic Representative on the Bondi Junction precinct committee, told City Hub “the developer’s analysis suggests that adding 1,090 more people will maintain the level of service.”
“I think that is absurd. It will gridlock Oxford St and York Road all the way back to Paddington. His [the developer’s] own modelling suggests there’ll be hundreds more cars out of Nelson Street, which is a tiny street,” he said.
Clr Wakefield, ex-mayor of Waverley and councillor for Bondi, said it was an “outrageous proposition” and challenged Mayor Betts to stand up to the developers.
“It would never have happened when I was mayor. I pushed developers to my planning department and said ‘if you are within our controls you will be approved, if you’re outside them you will be rejected.’ It is as simple as that,” he told City Hub.
But a spokesperson for the mayor’s office told City Hub that it would be inappropriate to respond until the proposal is looked at by Waverley officers.
The spokesperson added that the Council officers’ assessment “will take the West Oxford Precinct Plan and recent feedback into consideration.”]]>
“At HIJINKS we basically take over popular venues and re-imagine them as after-hours high ground and pop-up bars for grown-ups… We’ve decided this time to shamelessly embrace the superficial nature of celebrity culture,” said event organiser Matt Ravier.
Hosted at Madame Tussauds in Sydney’s Darling Harbour, guests can expect a great variety of entertainment on the night. With acts including a Katy Perry tribute show by Pickled Tink, a Marilyn Monroe drag show by Decoda Secret, stand-up comedy from Sam Kissajukian, a chorus girl show by the much loved Big Spenders, an Elvis impersonation by Nick Nicolas and even a workshop to learn to dance like Beyoncé, it is sure to be a night to remember.
Kicking off at 6:30pm on Friday the 29th of May, all guests are treated to a complimentary beverage upon entry. Be sure to come along, for in the words of Ravier: “It’s going to be big, it’s going to be loud and it’s going to be a lot of fun.” (MB)
May 29, Madame Tussauds, Aquarium Wharf, Darling Harbour, $25 Entry (includes complimentary beverage), tickets and info: www.hijinkssydney.com]]>
The Australian production is directed by Neil Gooding and uses the Broadway adaptation for the show. With music and lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, it is based off the book by Peter Duchan. Dogfight tells the story of Corporal Eddie Birdlace who meets Rose, a waitress, on his final night out before he is deployed in 1963. It tells the story of a cruel bet gone wrong and how the characters choose to view their lives during this time. Eddie Birdlace and Rose Fenny are played by Luigi Lucente and Hilary Cole. (LB)
May 1 – 31 2015, The Hayes Theatre Co, 19 Greenknowe Ave, Potts Point. Tuesday – Saturday 7:30pm, Saturday 2pm, Sunday 5pm. $42-$48. Tickets and info: www.hayestheatre.com.au/coming-soon/dogfight.html