The NSW state government has announced that Alexandria Park School will consolidate both the junior and senior schools into a 2,200-student multi-storey school on the site of the junior school campus, next to Alexandria Park.
Lord Mayor Clover Moore told Alexandria and Erskineville residents that she might only approve further development of the Ashmore Precinct if there was a firm commitment by the state government to provide more local infrastructure.
ALEXANDRIA: Residents were shocked to learn that a Development Application had been lodged to demolish the iconic Alexandria Hotel and replace it with a block of 28 apartments. Only residents within a 50-metre radius were directly informed by Council. Fortunately, residents were able to use social media to spread the word more widely. Among the first to do so was Alex Robinson, who set up the Facebook group “Save the Alex pub”.
Balmain is shaping up to be a hotly contested seat between sitting member Jamie Parker (Greens), former member and Minister Verity Firth (Labor), and 24-year-old Lyndon Gannon (Liberal), an office manager for a pro-Liberal lobbying consultancy.
I’m disappointed. This so-called right of reply doesn’t reply to any of the issues I raised. It doesn’t explain how WestConnex is going to be paid for. It doesn’t explain how local roads will accommodate all those extra cars – or if it is possible at all. Instead, Mr Cliche has confirmed that “detailed traffic modelling” is not yet complete. It begs the question of why this has not yet happened.
The Abbott government has announced that it intends to wind back or abolish the RET (Renewable Energy Target), which sets a target for the percentage of power required to be generated from renewable sources.
On the morning of September 6, several hundred concerned citizens withstood wind, cold and rain to protest the latest “get Clover” legislation from the Shooters and Fishers, legislation that would see many business owners given two or more votes, while other business owners would lose the one vote they currently have.
Inner-city public schools face a double hit on capacity as the total population of the inner city and the percentage of the population with children increase. After falling for decades, the number of school-age children in the inner city is climbing.
They say you never forget how to ride. Not true. Having now ridden a bike for the first time in maybe 20 years, it takes a few minutes to become comfortable on a bike again. It’s not something I would have tried in Sydney but Melbourne is far more cyclist-friendly – more bike-paths, wider streets, fewer cars – and a bike hire scheme called Melbourne Bike Share.
Last year, the O’Farrell government announced it will change NSW’s planning laws and has floated a Green Paper (an ideas paper) setting out the direction of the new legislation and asking for comments. Prior to the Green Paper, there was a bipartisan enquiry into planning that made 374 recommendations, including the need for a focus on Environmentally Sustainable Development.