Inner West Independent

Aboriginal cultural sites in Yurulbin Park under threat from Western Harbour Tunnel works

By EVA BAXTER Yurulbin Park is set to become a construction site until mid-2025 to support work on the underwater tunnel connecting the Inner West to North Sydney through Birchgrove. Yurulbin Park in Birchgrove was chosen as the location for the Western Harbour Tunnel works to avoid impacting nearby sporting activities in Birchgrove Oval. Four […]

No more noise complaints: Say goodbye to the Enmore Theatre “fun police”

By ALLISON HORE A motion before the Inner West council would see Newtown’s Enmore Theatre declared as the state’s first “Special Entertainment Precinct.” The motion, tabled by Inner West Mayor Darcy Byrne and Labor councillor Anna York, comes after the NSW parliament passed special laws allowing local councils to declare venues and geographic areas as […]

Local legend creates community through food

By GEORGIA ROBINSON When COVID-19 hit last year, Rick Everett, an Inner West local decided to use his free time to start up a series of what he calls ‘kindness projects’. At the age of 15, Rick was a homeless teen and after coming across a circus doing a dress rehearsal and performing some tricks […]

WestConnex substrata acquisition cheats residents out of receiving fair compensation

By KATE RAFFERTY Permanent acquisition of underground land due to WestConnex construction has left property owners in the Inner West battling the government for compensation. Under the Land Acquisition (Just Terms Compensation) Act 1991, governments can permanently acquire underground land, or substratum, without compensation if it is in the path of project plans. In the […]

Opposition leader cuts ribbon on community bus service in the Inner West

By ALLISON HORE Anthony Albanese, federal opposition leader and member for Grayndler, has cut the ribbon on a new community bus service in the Inner West.  The new bus will be used by Marrickville-based not-for-profit organisation Ethnic Community Services Co-Operative (ECSC) who provide multilingual services for culturally and linguistically diverse people in the area.  They […]

Callan Park pooch policy under review

By ALLISON HORE Callan Park in Balmain has been a popular spot for off-leash dog walking for decades.  Some days, when community sports aren’t being run, dog owners and their best friends are the only ones making use of the 60-hectare parkland. Technically speaking, off-leash dog walking in the park is illegal outside designated zones. […]

Pork barrelling report “damning” for NSW Government

By SOOFIA TARIQ The NSW Senate inquiry into the Government’s ‘Stronger Communities Fund’ has delivered its’ report, calling the scheme “a clear abuse of the grants process”.  The inquiry was launched following widespread backlash towards the Berejiklian government over their handling of the grants fund, which Labor and Greens politicians say amounted to “pork barrelling.” […]

Balmain locals lend a hand to the Hawkesbury

By KATE RAFFERTY At the time of the Hawkesbury floods, the Warragamba Dam was spilling a Sydney Harbour’s worth of water, about 460 gigalitres, into the Sydney basin each day. While that flood water from the Hunter-Nepean Valley filled the dam, rain battered the NSW coast, washing away homes, businesses and land. As the devastation […]

Promised potties undelivered at Newtown park

By ALLISON HORE  If you’ve ever found yourself busting for the loo at Camperdown Memorial Park in Newtown you’ve probably found yourself wondering, why aren’t there toilets here?  Liz Atkins, a Greens candidate in the upcoming Inner West Council elections, is asking the same thing.  In late 2018 the Inner West council unveiled a plan […]