Media Releases

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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13 Dec 2016

Help Council develop a Statement of Vision and Priorities

Inner West Council’s draft Statement of Vision and Priorities is now open for comment.

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9 Dec 2016

Bid to expand number of before-and-after-school places

Inner West Council will create an extra 45 before-and-after school care places to ease the chronic shortage in the inner west.

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9 Dec 2016

Council investing $500,000 to Analyse WestConnex

Inner West Council will spend $500,000 to examine the impacts of WestConnex on inner west streets.

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8 Dec 2016

Stunning Mural Creating Spiritual Connection

A Rozelle wall is to receive an exceptional makeover with internationally renowned artist Matt Adnate commissioned to paint a mural to celebrate the 10th birthday of the Wall2Wall Mural Competition.

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8 Dec 2016

Council announces the first Inner West Open Studio Trail

Inner West Council is inviting local artists to register their art spaces for the first Inner West Open Studio Trail.

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7 Dec 2016

Council releases first community satisfaction survey

Inner West Council’s first community satisfaction survey shows 85% of residents are at least ‘somewhat satisfied’ with Council performance.

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5 Dec 2016

2017 Perfect Match submissions now open

One of Inner West Council’s most innovative and exciting public art programs is now bigger and better than ever.

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1 Dec 2016

Inner West Council wins at LGNSW Environment Awards

Inner West Council was recognised for environmental excellence at the Local Government NSW (LGNSW)’s Environment Awards held in Sydney this week.

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30 Nov 2016

Inner West Council Meeting Live Streams Next Week

Live streaming of Inner Council meetings via YouTube will start next week in a move to make it easier for many more in the community to follow meetings and hear about issues that interest them.

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30 Nov 2016

Winners of the first Inner West Council Business Environment Awards

The environmental achievements of more than 20 inner west businesses were celebrated at the first Inner West Council Business Environment Awards (BEA) last night.

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29 Nov 2016

Shop Local This Christmas

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, and Inner West Shoppers are encourage to shop local this festive season and spread the local Christmas cheer to our local economy.

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25 Nov 2016

Plunge in at Dawn Fraser Baths Open Day

Held annually in December, the Dawn Fraser Baths Open Day is a chance for water lovers of all ages to celebrate this heritage harbour pool of the inner west.

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25 Nov 2016

White Ribbon Day leads way for a stronger community

Inner West Council is celebrating White Ribbon Day with a range of events this week as Council reaffirms its commitment to a range of programs representing a strong and diverse inner west community in 2017.

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24 Nov 2016

Photo opportunity – opening of the Tempe Cooks River Bridge

Administrator of Inner West Council Richard Pearson and Parliamentary Secretary for Transport, Roads, Industry, Resources and Energy John Sidoti MP will officially open the Tempe Cooks River Bridge on Tuesday 29 November at 11:30am.

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24 Nov 2016

Residents Invited to Celebrate Christmas Carols

Inner West Council invites locals and visitors to enjoy the festive spirit at Council’s upcoming carols in the park events.

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21 Nov 2016

Light and the disappearing line - A solo exhibition of landscape painting

Light and the disappearing line, the next exhibition at Chrissie Cotter gallery, will feature oil paintings and drawings that are the culmination of over 12 months of travel, says artist Ochre Lawson.

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21 Nov 2016

Help Return Whites Creek to A More Natural State

Everyone interested in the naturalisation of a section of Whites Creek near Rozelle Bay in Annandale are invited to attend a community workshop this Saturday (26 November).

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18 Nov 2016

At the Green Living Centre in December

It’s Christmas time at the Green Living Centre in Newtown! Get festive this year without leaving an environmental footprint the size of the North Pole, and make your own Christmas cards, Christmas wrap, and Christmas wreath. As well, there’s the usual free environmentally healthy and sustainable wo ...

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17 Nov 2016

2017 Citizens of the Year awards now open

Nominations are now open for Inner West Council’s 2017 Citizen of the Year, Senior Citizen of the Year, and Young Citizen of the Year.

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17 Nov 2016

New dog off leash trials

New dog off leash trials have commenced in four more inner west parks. The new off leash area trials are in Petersham Park, Mahoney Reserve, Morton Park, and Johnson Park.

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14 Nov 2016

Next free child restraint safety check

Inner west parents and carers can check that their child car restraints, harnesses and booster seats are correctly fitted as part of Council's road safety program.

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11 Nov 2016

Volunteers Wanted for Refugee and Asylum Seeker App

Inner West Council is seeking volunteers to support the development of the ‘Arrival App’, a mobile app that will welcome and assist refugees and asylum seekers.

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10 Nov 2016

No WestConnex Camperdown ramps, but no answers either

The Inner West Council has welcomed the scrapping of the Westconnex Camperdown exit ramps, which is a glimmer of good news to inner west residents bearing the brunt of the WestConnex construction impacts.

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10 Nov 2016

Council Fighting Imprudent Lords Road Rezoning

Inner West Council has denounced ill-conceived plans by the Department of Planning to rezone one of the last pieces of valuable industrial land in Leichhardt, following formal notification that it will exhibit a proposal to rezone land on Lords Road from industrial to residential.

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10 Nov 2016

Light Rail Push for Parramatta Road

Inner West Council and Canada Bay Council are calling on the State Government to think ahead and implement world class public transport options along Parramatta Road on the back of new research.

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8 Nov 2016

Council Pushes Landscape Changes for WestConnex

Council is continuing to push the State Government to make sure open spaces surrounding the WestConnex M4 East better respect the local area and the needs of the local inner west community.

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8 Nov 2016

Balmain to Shine on Weekend of Jazz

Australian Jazz musicians Steve Clisby, Emma Pask, Dale Barlow as well as the Sirens Big Band will bring Balmain alive to the sound of Jazz on the last weekend of November.

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7 Nov 2016

Remembrance Day Services Set For Friday

Balmain’s Loyalty Square will again fall silent at 11am this Friday to remember the fallen from all wars

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3 Nov 2016

Strong Leadership for Inner West Council

The Inner West Council is in good hands, with three highly experienced professionals appointed to the positions of Deputy General Managers.

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3 Nov 2016

Photo opportunity – unveiling of new WWII memorial

The Administrator of Inner West Council Richard Pearson will officially unveil the new World War Two memorial in Marrickville Park, Friday 11 November, 3pm.

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2 Nov 2016

Living the Land at Chrissie Cotter Gallery

Abstract Australian landscapes will feature at Inner West Council’s Chrissie Cotter Gallery exhibition, Living the Land.

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2 Nov 2016

Marrickville Park upgrade Stage One now open

Stage One of Marrickville Park’s $2.7 million refurbishment has opened.

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1 Nov 2016

Chemical and e-waste drop off days

Inner West Council is holding free chemical and e-waste drop off days in November and December.

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1 Nov 2016

Bright Sparks Lights up Young Minds

A new Leichhardt Library program designed to engage young minds in the joy of scientific discovery is looking for more participants.

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1 Nov 2016

Dawn Fraser Pool Receiving Major Upgrade

An $800,000 upgrade to local favourite Dawn Fraser Pool will deliver improvements to accessibility and restoration of the 1880s State Heritage listed pool buildings.

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31 Oct 2016

At the Green Living Centre in November…

A range of free workshops will be held at Council's Green Living Centre during November.

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31 Oct 2016

Easing the affordable housing crisis

Inner West Council is helping to ease the affordable housing crisis. Council has gained ownership of four apartments for affordable housing through a Voluntary Planning Agreement (VPA).

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28 Oct 2016

Inner West Council announces Stronger Communities Grants

Inner west community groups have benefitted from $300,000 in grant funding.

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28 Oct 2016

Council supports Police calls for Alcohol Free Zones

A number of Alcohol Free Zones will be established in a number of parks and streets in Ashfield following a request from Ashfield Police and consultation with the local community.

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27 Oct 2016

Café Operator Sought for Fenwick’s Store

The historic Fenwick’s Store, seen by many locals as the Gateway to Balmain, will resume life as a daytime only café.

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27 Oct 2016

Budget Green Light for Section 94 Projects

A raft of community infrastructure works funded by developer contributions will go ahead with a focus on upgrades to playgrounds, parks and sporting facilities.

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27 Oct 2016

Sydenham Station Creative Hub another step closer

The Sydenham Station Creative Hub is a step closer after Tuesday night’s Council meeting. Inner West Council's vision for the area is to protect traditional industries, while expanding creative industries, and adding food, drink and live music venues to the mix.

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