Media Releases

25 May 2017

Guided Electric Transit Gaining Traction

Inner West Council’s ground breaking proposal for a modern public transport solution for Parramatta Road is gaining momentum, with both Northern Beaches Council and the State Government showing interest in the project.

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25 May 2017

WestConnex “Clayton's” consultation an insult to the inner west

Inner West Council has slammed the latest round of WestConnex community consultation as “inaccurate, confusing and misleading”.

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25 May 2017

Council improving the development application process

Council on Tuesday night approved a new Development Assessment Policy aimed at speeding up the development approval process for ‘mums and dads’ developers and reducing costs.

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23 May 2017

First compost huts in Australia

Inner West Council’s trial of compost huts – the first in Australia – continues to gain pace, with more local residents invited to drop off fruit and vegetable scraps, tea bags and coffee grounds.

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23 May 2017

Rock ‘n’ Roll theme jives the Leichhardt Long Lunch

Sunday 4 June heralds the rock ‘n roll return of this successful communal celebration known as the Leichhardt Long Lunch.

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23 May 2017

Preparing tweens for High School

Inner West Council’s Stepping Up program supports tweens (students in years 5 and 6) transition from primary to secondary school.

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22 May 2017

Council’s successful push for safer school crossing

The Beauchamp Street school zone at Marrickville West Public School will soon have flashing lights after successful advocacy by Inner West Council and local member Jo Haylen.

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18 May 2017

Mind at Play at Chrissie Cotter Gallery

An exhibition that is the result of “years of play with mixed media” is the next to feature at Inner West Council’s Chrissie Cotter Gallery.

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18 May 2017

King George Park Amenities Building Set to Open

The unveiling of a new $1million amenities block at King George Park sporting ground on Saturday 27 May in Rozelle will be welcomed by local sports club players, parents and children.

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17 May 2017

Next free child car seat safety check

Inner West Council’s next free child car seat safety check is a highly valuable and convenient way for parents and guardians to ensure their children are properly restrained while travelling in a vehicle.

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17 May 2017

First inner west Community Leaders in Sustainability

Inner West Council will recognise the first inner west Community Leaders in Sustainability at a graduation next week (Thursday 25 May).

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16 May 2017

Inner West Council calls for guarantee that bus service levels will not fall

Inner West Council has called on the State Government to ensure public transport service levels are not reduced.

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16 May 2017

Leichhardt Oval to host NSW State of Origin Squad

The NSW State of Origin Team will train in Leichhardt in the lead up to the vital Game 2 in the Origin season in June, with local kids set to train with their Origin heroes.

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15 May 2017

Council urges – Look Out Before You Step Out

Inner West Council has launched a campaign aimed at improving pedestrian safety, in response to figures showing the inner west has a higher incidence of pedestrian casualties.

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12 May 2017

WestConnex Juggernaut Set to Hit Rozelle & Camperdown

Vague construction details, dive sites in residential areas, ventilation stacks and extended pain for local communities feature in the State Government’s M4/M5 WestConnex Link plans, released today.

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12 May 2017

Coptic Church “unsafe and unstable” says independent report

The NSW Government’s Public Works Advisory has confirmed that the former Coptic church in Sydenham is “is in very poor condition” and that a recent fire “has caused a significant further deterioration of the building stability and safety”.

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11 May 2017

Celebrate 2044

Celebrate 2044 – St Peters, Sydenham and Tempe's own community fair – is in Tillman Park Tempe on Sunday 21 May, from 11am to 4pm.

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11 May 2017

Upgrade Works to Commence on Ashfield Commuter Car Park

Work to provide an extra 99 parking spaces for Ashfield commuters is set to begin, with the Brown Street commuter car park to be upgraded.

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10 May 2017

Still time to Have Your Say on dogs off leash trials

Inner West Council’s trial of dog off leash areas in Johnson, Morton and Petersham Parks is now open for feedback from the community.

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10 May 2017

Free Sustainable Homes Walking Tour

Inner West Council’s Sustainable Homes Walking Tour will uncover secrets of sustainable design.

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8 May 2017

Ashfield Aquatic Centre refurbishment – Have Your Say

Inner West Council is asking residents for feedback on three different options for the refurbishment of Ashfield Aquatic Centre.

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2 May 2017

Council successful on WestConnex advocacy

Inner West Council has welcomed a guarantee by WestConnex Minister Stuart Ayres that all residual land associated with the motorway will be given back to the community.

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2 May 2017

First Inner West Open Studio Trail

13-14 and 20-21 May, 11am-5pm. Over 100 studios, galleries and ARIs (Artist Run Initiatives) open their doors over two weekends in May for the Inner West Open Studio Trail.

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2 May 2017

Community Engagement Framework on Exhibition

Council is exhibiting a Draft Community Engagement Framework that aims to strengthen local democracy through ensuring the community has a strong voice in Council’s decision-making.

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1 May 2017

Finding new spaces for canopy trees - Garners Avenue car park upgrade

Inner West Council’s recently completed upgrade to Garners Avenue car park included the installation of two super-advanced native trees that will improve shade and amenity - and extend the serviceable life of the bitumen by up to 30%.

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28 Apr 2017

Business boost for inner west

Inner West Council will boost local business in the inner west, with the adoption of several initiatives in the 2017/2018 Budget.

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27 Apr 2017

Council Budget delivers record capital works spending

Council last night approved the first integrated draft budget and operational plan of the Inner West Council for public exhibition.

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26 Apr 2017

Sydney Writers Festival comes to Ashfield

Wednesday 24 May 6pm for 6.30pm start Ashfield Town Hall John M. Green The Tao Deception In John M. Green’s The Tao Deception: A Tori Swyft Thriller, today’s conspiracy is tomorrow’s reality. When the Pope is assassinated by a drone and a Chinese terrorist group claims responsibility, Dr Tori Swy ...

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26 Apr 2017

Authors at Ashfield in May

Thursday 4 May 11am Level 6 Council Chambers The Unintentional Medium: Suzi Samuel. When the boundaries between the real world and the unseen world overlap and you begin getting cooking tips and dating advice from your ghostly grannies, life itself can never be the same. Book for purchase and s ...

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24 Apr 2017

Public Art Opportunities at Patyegarang Place

Contemporary artists have the chance to have their artwork featured at Council’s new state of the art Library and community spaces in Marrickville.

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24 Apr 2017

Time Running Out for ClubGRANT Applications

Community organisations have until the end of April to apply for an Inner West ClubGRANT to help them deliver local projects that benefit the inner west community.

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13 Apr 2017

$200,000 for new technology at new Marrickville Library

Inner West Council has welcomed a grant of $200,000 to fund new technology at the new Marrickville Library, to be constructed on the old Marrickville Hospital site.

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11 Apr 2017

Inner West hosts Anzac Day Memorial Services

Tuesday 11 April 2017: Inner West Council and Balmain-Rozelle RSL will hold an ANZAC Day Memorial Dawn Service at Balmain’s Loyalty Square from 6am on Tuesday 25 April.

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10 Apr 2017

Combating domestic violence in the inner west

Inner West Council will spend more than $300,000 over four years to address domestic and family violence in the inner west.

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6 Apr 2017

Everyone wins with Second Hand Saturday

Thursday 6 April, 2017: Second Hand Saturday has become a familiar and popular weekend activity for many bargain hunters in the inner west for almost two decades.

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5 Apr 2017

Marrickville Public School's yard will Rule with help from Council

Inner West Council has stepped in to help complete Marrickville Public School’s school yard re-design project.

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4 Apr 2017

A study in masculinity

An exhibition inspired by issues and influences surrounding masculinity is next to feature at Chrissie Cotter Gallery.

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4 Apr 2017

Callan Park Master Plan awaits green light

Council has called for the long awaited adoption of its award-winning Callan Park Master Plan more than five years after it was first handed over to the State Government.

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4 Apr 2017

Council’s ‘quantum leap’

Inner West Council has signed a contract with TechnologyOne that will allow Council to take a quantum leap forward in customer service, systems integration and business processes.

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3 Apr 2017

Council wins green light for Waterfront Oval upgrade

Monday, 3 April, 2017: After extensive lobbying from Inner West Council and community groups, Council now has the go ahead to give Waterfront Oval a $2 million dollar upgrade entirely funded by Council to make it a modern training and playing facility.

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31 Mar 2017

Council welcomes NSW Govt scrapping of planned dive site

Inner West Council has welcomed the announcement this morning that the NSW Government has abandoned all plans for a WestConnex Stage 3 construction dive site near a Leichhardt high school.

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31 Mar 2017

Petersham pool swimming season to be extended

Inner West Council will trial an extended swimming season at Petersham pool (Fanny Durack Aquatic Centre).

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30 Mar 2017

A progressive inner west Affordable Housing Policy

Inner West Council now has a pioneering Affordable Housing Policy which sets a city-leading 15 per cent target on large developments, and 30 per cent on government owned land in urban renewal areas.

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29 Mar 2017

Council pledges $80,000 towards ‘track-free trams’ feasibility study

Council last night approved $80,000 in funding to back a feasibility study to examine the provision of a centre-running Guided Electric Transit System (track-free trams) along Parramatta Road between Strathfield and Sydney CBD.

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29 Mar 2017

Council plans to help rough sleepers

Inner westies sleeping rough, in temporary shelters, supported and emergency accommodation and homeless in other ways will find Council more focussed on helping them to find long term solutions, with a new Homelessness Policy guiding its actions.

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28 Mar 2017

Track-free trams would transform Parramatta Road

Clean, silent track-free trams would bring Parramatta Road to life and create new public transport between Strathfield and the city under a bold new transport blueprint to be released today.

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27 Mar 2017

Another bird sighting milestone for Tempe Lands

Inner West Council’s Tempe Lands continues to astonish local wildlife lovers with 110 bird species now identified as frequenting the former ‘Tempe Tip’.

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27 Mar 2017

Inner west's main streets revitalisation continues

Inner West Council’s successful revitalisation of Norton Street, Leichhardt is now being repeated in Rozelle and Balmain main streets.

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24 Mar 2017

Free Movies in the Park: Finding Dory

Inner West Council presents a free movie screening of Finding Dory in Johnson Park Dulwich Hill on Saturday 8 April from 5pm.

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24 Mar 2017

Site and Sound Arts 2017

Friday 24 March, 2017: Inner West Council’s annual performing arts program Site and Sound Arts returns this Autumn.

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23 Mar 2017

New Plans Developed for Callan Park Skate Park

Thursday, 23 March 2017: A redesigned Callan Park skate park proposal catering to skaters of different abilities and ages is a step closer following the development of a new design in a new location.

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23 Mar 2017

Bay Run works to extend separate pathways

Thursday, 23 March 2017: Work to extend the separate pathway for cyclists and pedestrians is about to commence on a 500 metre section of the Bay Run from the new Iron Cove Creek Bridge to UTS Rowing Club, Haberfield.

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22 Mar 2017

The future of Sydney transport

Inner West Council’s Strategic Transport Planner will address the Australian Institute of Urban Studies (NSW) on future transport and technology on Tuesday 28 March.

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22 Mar 2017

Inner West Heritage Festival

Inner West Council’s Heritage Festival, during April and May, is part of the National Trust’s 35th year of celebrations.

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17 Mar 2017

Classics at Callan Park

Friday 17 March 2017: ‘Classics at Callan Park’ returns this month as a part of Inner West Council’s Sunset Series.

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15 Mar 2017

Staff encouraged to hop on a bike

Wednesday, 15 March, 2017: Inner West Council staff will today embrace electric assist ‘e-bikes’ as part of the March-long Sydney Rides Business Challenge.

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14 Mar 2017

Have Your Say on Council’s draft Inclusion Action Plan

Inner West Council is inviting comment on the draft Inclusion Action Plan, which will improve inclusion of people with a disability and remove barriers to access and participation.

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14 Mar 2017

Authors at Ashfield in April

List of author talks for April 2017

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14 Mar 2017

Work commences on new inner west childcare centre

Tuesday 14 March 2017: Inner West Council has commenced construction of a new childcare centre.

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13 Mar 2017

Inner West Council celebrates Earth Hour

Inner West Council will celebrate the 10th anniversary of Earth Hour with a series of special events.

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8 Mar 2017

Free information session on solar for business

Going solar is a double win for businesses, saving money and being more environmentally sustainable. ‘Solar for business’ is a free session for companies interested in solar but not sure where to start.

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8 Mar 2017

Strategic Reference Groups up and running

Inner West Council’s eight Strategic Reference Groups (SRG) have all now met for the first time, providing feedback, guidance and recommendations to Council on specific issues such as Council’s Statement of Vision and Priorities, and Inclusion Action Plan.

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3 Mar 2017

Celebrate Harmony Day at Carnival of Cultures

Enjoy a wonderful day of free, fun activities and great entertainment for the whole family at Carnival of Cultures on Sunday 19 March, 10am-4pm at Ashfield Park.

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3 Mar 2017

New cycleways for inner west

Inner West Council has approved three new cycleways for Sydney’s inner west.

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3 Mar 2017

Council cancels David Wolfe event at Marrickville Town Hall

Inner West Council has cancelled the Raw Cacao Dance Party, at which controversial personality David Wolfe was scheduled to appear.

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2 Mar 2017

Inner West residents embrace Perfect Match

Inner West Council’s public art program, Perfect Match, goes from strength to strength – and is being copied by councils around Australia.

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2 Mar 2017

Council Calls on Government to Abandon WestConnex Dive Sites

Thursday 2 March 2017: Inner West Council this week called on the State Government to abandon any further consideration of WestConnex Stage 3 construction dive sites in Lilyfield and Leichhardt.

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28 Feb 2017

GreenWay wins inaugural Greater Sydney Planning Award

The Cooks River to Iron Cove GreenWay has won the inaugural Greater Sydney Planning Award for Great Community Led Project.

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27 Feb 2017

Bairro Português Food & Wine Fair

Inner West Council’s Bairro Português Petersham Food & Wine Fair 2017 is on Sunday 12 March.

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27 Feb 2017

Celebrate International Women’s Day 2017

Monday 27 February 2017: ‘Be Bold For Change’ is the theme to celebrate International Women's Day 2017 at Leichhardt's Pioneers Memorial Park with a twilight supper on 8 March.

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27 Feb 2017

Council Categorically Rejects WestConnex Dive Site Options

Sunday 26 February 2017: A Council report undertaken to examine the feasibility of WestConnex Stage 3 (M4-M5 Link) ‘dive’ site options for tunnelling works in the inner west has raised significant concerns with both options under consideration by Sydney Motorway Corporation (SMC), citing technical, ...

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23 Feb 2017

Would I scare you if you saw me now?

Thursday, 23 February, 2017: To coincide with Mardi Gras, Inner West Council is hosting art at the Newtown ArtSeat and the Chrissie Cotter Gallery.

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22 Feb 2017

Have your say about the new public space for Balmain

Inner West Council is partnering with Telstra in a project that will create a new landscaped public space on the corner of Darling and Montague streets

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21 Feb 2017

Get Back to Business in the inner west

Inner West Council is supporting Back to Business Week NSW with a series of talks, workshops and meetings

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15 Feb 2017

Revision of Ashfield Aquatic Centre works

The program of works at Ashfield Aquatic Centre (AAC) has been revised, and refurbishment of the centre will now commence no earlier than April 2018.

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14 Feb 2017

Celebrate Life with Seniors Festival 2017

Local seniors are invited to celebrate life in the inner west during March with a jam packed program for Seniors Festival 2017 including a local bus tour, a celebration lunch, a wellbeing expo, and cycling and sustainability workshops.

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13 Feb 2017

February Household Chemical Cleanout & ewaste drop offs

Inner West Council residents now have even more opportunities to safely dispose of unwanted chemicals, and recycle electronic waste.

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10 Feb 2017

Helping Learner Drivers Become Safer Drivers

Inner West Council, with support from Roads and Maritime Services, present a FREE workshop to assist parents and supervisors of novice drivers.

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9 Feb 2017

Council calls for stronger enforcement of WestConnex works

Inner West Council is calling for the State Government to improve WestConnex compliance enforcement by allowing Council officers to monitor and penalise any breaches of consent conditions.

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6 Feb 2017

Alice Campion: Author talks at Marrickville Library

Under the collective pseudonym Alice Campion, four members of a Sydney book club will be discussing their latest novel The Shifting Light at Marrickville Library, on Wednesday 22 February.

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6 Feb 2017

Feel the Love Celebrates Five Years

Council’s fifth annual ‘Feel the Love’ Mardi Gras reception is set for 16 February at Petersham Town Hall as the Mardi Gras festival continues to be embraced in the inner west.

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31 Jan 2017

Inner West Built Environment Awards 2017

Nominations are now open for the Inner West Built Environment Awards 2017.

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31 Jan 2017

Noise Expert Calls for Cruise Terminal Changes

Tuesday 31 January, 2017: Real time noise monitoring for ships berthed at the White Bay Cruise Terminal is essential to improve outcomes for residents according to a noise mitigation expert.

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31 Jan 2017

Authors at Ashfield in February and March

Author talks for February and March

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30 Jan 2017

At the Green Living Centre in February

Go green at the Green Living Centre in February

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27 Jan 2017

2017 Citizens of the Year

Dennis Laris of Ashfield and Sylvana Mahmic of Marrickville are the joint Inner West Council Citizens of the Year.

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24 Jan 2017

$60,000 Seals Refugee Welcome Centre Staff

West Council and the Justice and Peace Office of the Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney are delighted to announce $60,000 in funding that will provide two on-site personnel at the Callan Park Refugee Welcome Centre in Rozelle.

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23 Jan 2017

Photo opportunity - Commencement of Centenary Park Croydon works

MP for Strathfield, Jodi McKay and Inner West Council LRAC Committee Member and former Ashfield Council Mayor Lucille McKenna OAM will speak at the ceremony. Media are invited to attend.

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20 Jan 2017

‘All Things Inner West’ at Chrissie Cotter Gallery

The Australian birds, plants, flowers and people observed on “my bike rides around the Bay Run” are the subjects of a new exhibition at Inner West Council’s Chrissie Cotter Gallery.

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18 Jan 2017

Australia Day in Enmore Park

Inner West Council will host Australia Day in Enmore Park, with a stunning line-up of entertainment, food and activities.

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18 Jan 2017

Council Flags Changes with Ausgrid Tree Trimming

Talks with Ausgrid following strong advocacy from Council and the community are targeting the replanting of trees damaged by tree trimming in many inner west streets.

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17 Jan 2017

Celebrate Lunar New Year 2017

Celebrate the Year of the Red Fire Rooster at an Inner West Council Lunar New Year event.

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11 Jan 2017

Call for WestConnex to deliver more parkland

The Inner West Council is calling on the State Government to convert residual lands not used for WestConnex into public parklands or other facilities.

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11 Jan 2017

VPA a big win for the community

Inner west residents will now realise the benefits of a Voluntary Planning Agreement (VPA) that was negotiated in 2014.

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10 Jan 2017

Free Summer Movies Under the Stars

Grab a blanket and some popcorn and enjoy a movie under the stars with Inner West Council’s free Pics in the Park film series this summer.

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9 Jan 2017

At the Green Living Centre in January and February

Go Green this summer by attending one of these workshops, talks or consultations at the Green Living Centre in Newtown.

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21 Dec 2016

Another Consultation Rushed Through at Xmas

Inner West Council is calling on Sydney Ports to extend the consultation on the Noise Mitigation Strategy they are proposing for residents affected by Cruise Ships berthing at White Bay.

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16 Dec 2016

Affordable Housing Policy on public exhibition

Inner West Council’s draft Affordable Housing Policy is now on public exhibition and is open for comment.

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16 Dec 2016

School Holiday activities for children and teens

Inner West Council has an extensive calendar of (mostly free) events to keep the kids and teens busy these school holidays.

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15 Dec 2016

Lords Road Consultation Buried in Christmas Rush

Council is calling on the Sydney Central Planning Panel to extend the due date for submissions on the rezoning of employment land at Lords Road, amid fears that the Community will miss their opportunity to have their say during the Christmas rush.

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