Media releases

2021 Media releases

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Inner West Council supports Anti-Poverty Week

Council is supporting Anti-Poverty Week and its aims to unlock poverty for individuals, families, and children.

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New public art for Parramatta Road

The first of three exciting public artworks has been installed in Leichhardt as part of the Parramatta Road Urban Amenity Improvement Program.

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Callan Park must be saved from commercialisation

Proposed changes to the way Callan Park is managed would lead to privatisation and commercialisation, according to Inner West Mayor Rochelle Porteous.

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Inner West to vote whether or not to de-amalgamate

Inner West residents will be polled on NSW Local Government election day 4 December 2021 on whether Inner West Council should de-amalgamate.

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Bunnings traffic plan just doesn’t cut it

Council will pressure Bunnings to improve traffic arrangements at their new Tempe store.

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New home for Deadly Connections

Council has offered a new home to Deadly Connections, an Aboriginal-led, not-for-profit that provides information, referral, advocacy and support to First Nations communities in the Inner West and inn ...

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Refugee Art Project at Thirning Villa

Council will rejuvenate its Artists in Residence programs while also ensuring the future of the Refugee Art Project (RAP) at Thirning Villa.

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What’s On at the Libraries in October

Everyone's invited to these free online events in October.

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Mental Health Month 2021

Council will mark Mental Health Month in October with a video competition, collaborative art projects, inclusive story time, online dance class, and social connection opportunities.

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Balmain Rozelle Chamber of Commerce is ‘Most Outstanding’

Inner West Mayor Rochelle Porteous has congratulated Balmain Rozelle Chamber of Commerce on taking out Most Outstanding Local Chamber for the Sydney Metro region at the Business NSW awards.

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Now everyone can enjoy Inner West pools

Council is ensuring everyone can enjoy its popular aquatic facilities by lowering fees to $1.20 for social security recipients.

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140 years of Balmain Rowing Club

Inner West Mayor Rochelle Porteous has congratulated Balmain Rowing Club on their 140 anniversary and many recent achievements.

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New ArtSeat features city’s birds

The latest ArtSeat “brings awareness of the native animals who have adapted to the environment that we have created,” according to featured artist Karen Farmer.

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Winners of the 2021 Young Creative Awards

Inner West Library and History has announced the winners of the 2021 Young Creatives Awards.

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Alex Trevallion Plaza upgrade complete

Council’s $1,250,000 upgrade of Alex Trevallion Plaza is now complete.

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Mayor welcomes the opening of outdoor pools

Inner West Mayor Rochelle Porteous has welcomed the news that the NSW Government will allow all outdoor pools to reopen.

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Click & Collect has returned to Inner West libraries

Click & Collect resumed today, Monday 20 September.

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Council calls on Australian Government to urgently support Afghanistan refugees

Inner West Council has unanimously called on the Australian Government to urgently provide support for Afghanistan refugees.

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Council to provide $250,000 for community COVID support

Council will allocate $250,000 to 10 local organisations to provide direct assistance to vulnerable people during the current COVID crisis.

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COVID-recovery outdoor dining and live performance trial for Inner West

Council will develop outdoor dining and live performance guidelines to help local businesses recover from COVID-19 impacts.

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Applications now open for Chrissie Cotter Gallery and ArtSeat in 2022

Council is inviting local artists to submit ideas for the exhibition of artworks at the Newtown ArtSeat and Chrissie Cotter Gallery in 2022.

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Click & Collect library service is back

The popular Click & Collect is returning to Inner West libraries.

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Community Recycling Centres reopening

The Leichardt and St Peters Community Recycling Centres (CRCs) and the Leichhardt weekend transfer station will reopen to the public on Saturday 18 September.

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Balmain’s Dawn Fraser Baths could become unusable if Western Harbour Tunnel goes ahead - Mayor to tell Inquiry

Mayor Rochelle Porteous will tell a Parliamentary Committee today that the Western Harbour Tunnel could have a catastrophic impact on Dawn Fraser Baths and that the tunnel project should not proceed. ...

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New Mayor and Deputy Mayor

At an Extraordinary Meeting of Council last night, Councillor Rochelle Porteous (Greens) was elected Mayor of Inner West and Councillor Pauline Lockie (Independent) as Deputy Mayor.

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Latest Perfect Match art hits the streets

Council’s Perfect Match street art program is continuing to support and connect artists and communities throughout lockdowns.

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Council supporting our most vulnerable during COVID

Council is taking action to help hardest hit citizens in this recent lockdown by offering financial assistance of up to $400 to residential ratepayers who qualify for the Commonwealth or State COVID-1 ...

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Dawn Fraser Baths to open and provide relief during Sydney’s COVID lockdown

Council will open the newly refurbished Dawn Fraser Baths to the public next Wednesday following the issuing of a public health order specifically allowing the historic harbourside pool to reopen duri ...

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Inner West Council de-amalgamation cost benefit report

Council is asking the community for feedback on an independent de-amalgamation cost benefit report.

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2021 NSW Local Government elections 4 December – Ensure your details are up to date

Local Government elections across NSW, including Inner West Council, will be held on Saturday 4 December 2021.

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King George Park and Constellation Playground to get $2.8 million upgrade

Council has approved plans for a $1.6 million priority upgrade of the King George Park car park, $800,000 in sporting facility improvements at King Park and a $480,000 upgrade to Constellation Playgro ...

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History Week 2021 – From the Ground Up

Inner West Council’s Library and History Services has a packed program of free online events for History Week (4-12 September).

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Council libraries expand digital collections to meet surging demand

In response to surging demand, Inner West libraries have expanded their digital collections, with a focus on education and educational entertainment.

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World Public Library of the Year 2021 announcement tonight

The world Public Library of the Year will be announced tonight, and Marrickville Library is one of the five finalists.

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Inner West Council launches grassroots campaign aimed at universal vaccination

Council has launched a large-scale public education campaign encouraging the entire Inner West community to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

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Annual Grants round now open

Council has opened its annual grants program for 2022 with a specific focus on providing support for community organisations to get through the pandemic.

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New park for the Inner West

The Inner West has a new park. Bell Reserve in Croydon was completed in late June.

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New community open space in Balmain

Balmain has a new plaza at the former Telstra Exchange site on Darling Street.

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Dawn Fraser Baths opens to the public

The heritage restoration to one of Sydney’s most-loved assets, the beautiful and historic Dawn Fraser Baths, is now complete with the Baths set to reopen as soon as the public health restrictions are ...

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New Real Estate Investment Strategy strengthens financial sustainability

Following a loss in annual revenue caused by the NSW Government’s compulsory acquisition of Council properties in Tempe, the Inner West has now adopted a new Real Estate Investment Strategy to replace ...

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Support during COVID-19 outbreak and lockdown

Council is hosting a special online event to inform Inner West residents how they can access support and keep safe during the COVID-19 outbreak and lockdown.

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Plastic Free July

Inner West Council is supporting Plastic Free July, a global initiative that originated in Australia that helps reduce the use of single use plastics.

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Responsible Budget gets the basics right

Council will build on last year’s infrastructure budget with a continued focus on stimulating the local economy, upgrading local infrastructure and greening the Inner West.

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Non-residents can register to vote

Council encourages owners of rateable properties to register to vote in the forthcoming local government elections.

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Marrickville Library nominated for the world Public Library of the Year Award 2021

Marrickville Library has been nominated for the International Public Library of the Year Award 2021.

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2021 GreenWay Art Prize now open

Entries are now invited for the GreenWay Art Prize, which celebrates the 5.8km urban environmental and sustainable transport corridor in Sydney’s Inner West.

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Council demands safety for St Peters school students

Council is demanding the NSW Government install a school zone along Campbell Street St Peters as a matter of urgency.

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HJ Mahoney Reserve Youth Facility

Council’s new Youth Facility at HJ Mahoney Reserve is part of Council’s Cooks River Parklands upgrade.

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NAIDOC Week 2021 in the Inner West

Council will celebrate the contribution Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have made to the community during NAIDOC Week 2021 from 4 July.

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'Crystal Castles' at Chrissie Cotter Gallery

A mixed media solo body of work, 'Crystal Castles', is the latest to feature at Council’s Chrissie Cotter Gallery.

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Council welcomes 3Bridges to Summer Hill Community Centre

Council has announced that 3Bridges is the new operator of Summer Hill Community Centre.

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New Inner West Council business award

Council’s inaugural Aboriginal Business of the Year award will be presented at the 2021 Inner West Business Awards.

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Free tours showcase bold contemporary public artworks at the new Marrickville Metro

Council’s unique initiative, Perfect Match, will hit new highs this week when the new Marrickville Metro reopens to the public on Thursday 10 June.

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Make Music Day in the Inner West

Council will mark Make Music Day, 21 June, at Marrickville Library and Pavilion, including a talk and performance by music producer Vincent Sebastian.

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Accelerated footpath renewal program almost complete

Council has almost completed the $4.4 million Footpath Renewal Program, undertaken as part of last year’s stimulus program of fast-tracking infrastructure works to boost the Inner West economy during ...

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New art at Newtown ArtSeat by Sharon Billinge

The latest ArtSeat is designed to “raise awareness of refugee families in the Inner West and their connection to our community,” according to featured artist Sharon Billinge.

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'The State of Things' sculpture exhibition at Chrissie Cotter Gallery

The next exhibition to feature at Council’s Chrissie Cotter Gallery, 'The State of Things', is a series of sculptures created during the isolation and chaos of lockdowns.

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What’s on at the libraries in June

From book launches, author talks, workshops and a special Make Music Day – there’s something for all ages at Inner West Council’s libraries in June.

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Artists can apply now to be part of EDGE Sydenham

Inner West creatives can apply for funding to develop innovative artworks and projects as part of EDGE Sydenham.

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Lewisham to Newtown cycle link complete

Council has completed the cycleway linking Petersham Station and King Street, Newtown.

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2021 Inner West Citizens of the Year

Inner West Council Citizen of the Year is historian, librarian, archivist, published author, educator and speaker Chrys Meader.

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Refurbished Haberfield Centre and Library now open

Council has opened the $4.3 million upgrade and expansion of Haberfield Centre and Library.

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'Natura Morta' at Chrissie Cotter Gallery

'Natura Morta' at Chrissie Cotter Gallery explores aspects of humanity’s relationship with nature and the climate crisis, and invites viewers to get active and collect waste in exchange for works on v ...

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Mayor’s push to make Rozelle Parklands NSW’s premium sporting precinct

Inner West Mayor Darcy Byrne is calling on the NSW Government to amend the Rozelle Parkland’s Urban Design and Landscape Plan (UDLP) to add additional sporting facilities and public, once WestConnex’s ...

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Artists invited to take part in 2021 Creative Trails

Applications are invited from studios, galleries and artist-run initiatives (ARIs) for Midjuburi (Marrickville ward) Creative Trails weekend on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 August 2021.

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2021 Built Environment Awards announced

Extensive conservation works to iconic Victorian gothic mansion The Abbey in Annandale has won the 2021 Marrickville Medal.

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Get ready for the second Inner West Fest

Everyone’s invited to celebrate the very best of the Inner West at the second Inner West Fest - Gulgadya, Friday 14 – Sunday 23 May.

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Last weekend! EDGE 2021: Art Camp on the GreenWay until 9 May

Don’t miss the free tours, exhibitions, performances and workshops at the last weekend of EDGE 2021 Art Camp on the GreenWay, a 24-day onsite Artist in Residence project.

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Celebrating Compost Awareness Week: Sunday 2 May – Saturday 8 May

Council will celebrate International Compost Awareness Week with giveaways, profiles of Inner West composters, a free workshop and tips for successful composting and worm farming.

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Have your say on a Vietnamese precinct

Council is inviting local businesses, Vietnamese organisations and the local community to have a say on a proposed Vietnamese precinct along Illawarra Road in Marrickville.

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Apply now for Inner West Fests

Council is inviting the community to submit ideas and proposals for the final three Inner West Fests.

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EDGE 2021: Art Camp on the GreenWay 16 April – 9 May

EDGE 2021 Art Camp on the GreenWay is a 24-day onsite Artist in Residence project that will see nature and creativity converge in a dynamic, immersive arts hub on the banks of Iron Cove Bay at Lilyfie ...

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2021 ANZAC Day in the Inner West

Council and Balmain-Rozelle RSL's ANZAC Day Commemorative Dawn Service returns to Balmain’s Loyalty Square on Sunday 25 April.

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New General Manager for Inner West Council

Mr Peter Gainsford has been appointed as the new General Manager of Inner West Council.

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2021 Heritage Festival - Our Heritage for the Future

Inner West Council Library and History, under the auspices of the National Trust, presents the 2021 Heritage Festival, 18 April - 19 May.

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2021 Seniors Festival

Council is hosting the 2021 Inner West Seniors Festival, Tuesday 13 – Saturday 24 April.

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$1 million stimulus needed to save Inner West performing venues

Representatives of live music venues and theatres across the Inner West have joined together, calling on the NSW Government to immediately expand the $1 million assistance package for live performance ...

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Young Creatives Awards 2021

The Young Creatives Awards are now open to young people aged between 12 – 24, who study, work or live in the Inner West Council area.

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Youth Week 2021 - Together more than ever

Council, in collaboration with local young people and youth services, is celebrating Youth Week 6 to 24 April with a wide variety of activities throughout the Inner West.

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2021 Citizens of the Year and Amy Large awards now open

Nominations are now open for Inner West Council’s 2021 Citizens of the Year, and Amy Large Volunteer of the Year awards.

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Every Inner West apartment to receive food recycling

The delivery of food recycling into every apartment in the Inner West is about to be completed with the expansion of the service into the former Ashfield Municipality.

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Get ready for the first Inner West Fest

Everyone’s invited to celebrate the very best of the Inner West at the first Inner West Fest, Friday 19 March – Sunday 28 March.

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New art at Newtown ArtSeat by Elia Bosshard

The latest ArtSeat asks, “Who is the beating heart of Sydney, the creative-creators or profit-makers?”

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Artists can apply now for GreenWay public art program

Expressions of interest are now invited from artists for the GreenWay Missing Links Public Art Program.

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Mayor to hold crisis summit for live music venues in the Inner West

With the news that iconic Inner West live music venue Old 505 Theatre is to close down at the end of March, Inner West Mayor Darcy Byrne has announced he is holding crisis summit to discuss ways to he ...

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Arts and live music to be legalised in shops, offices and industrial spaces

Council is scrapping the need to submit a development application to hold live music, artistic and cultural events in shopfronts, offices and industrial premises.

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Council demands Cooks River trees be saved from destruction

Council is leading the fight to save up to 1,000 trees along the Cooks River foreshore from destruction by two multinational companies.

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Submissions invited to establish Inner West LGBTIQ Pride Centre

Expressions of Interest are now open to LGBTIQ or LGBTIQ-friendly organisations to establish a Pride Centre that will operate out of Newtown Town Hall.

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Clean Up Australia Day in the Inner West

Council is encouraging local residents and community groups to get involved at a Clean Up site in the Inner West.

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Rainbow flag raising, Rainbow Crossing plaque unveiling, film launch for Mardi Gras

Council is recognising and celebrating Mardi Gras with a flag raising, plaque unveiling and film launch tomorrow, Wednesday 17 February.

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Marrickville Road precinct formally recognised as ‘Little Greece’

Council on Tuesday night gave the final approval for the establishment of a Greek precinct in Marrickville, to be known as “Little Greece”.

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Artists now invited to take part in EDGE GreenWay 2021

Applications are invited now from creatives to participate in a three-week artist residency program on site at the GreenWay in Iron Cove Bay, Lilyfield.

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“Pop-grunge” paintings at Chrissie Cotter Gallery

An exhibition of bold new original “expressive pop-grunge” paintings by Dirk Kruithof will feature in an exhibition at Council’s Chrissie Cotter Gallery.

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Lunar New Year in the Inner West

Celebrate the Lunar New Year, Year of the Metal Ox, in the Inner West.

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Inner West Mayor says Marrickville is set to formally become Little Greece

Inner West Mayor Darcy Byrne will move on Tuesday night that Council grant the final approval for the establishment of a Greek precinct in Marrickville, to be known as “Little Greece”.

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Apply for Perfect Match 2021

Council’s Perfect Match is back in 2021 and applications are now open.

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New art at Newtown ArtSeat by Kieran Butler

Kieran Butler is the latest artist to feature at the Newtown ArtSeat.

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Transport Minister’s tunnel vision puts Tigers future in peril

Inner West Mayor Darcy Byrne has slammed the Transport Minister Andrew Constance for his compulsory acquisition of the former Balmain Leagues Club site in Rozelle, saying the move will be the “final n ...

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Entries now invited for the 2021 Built Environment Awards

Entries are now open for the 2021 Built Environment Awards, comprising the Marrickville Medal for Conservation and the Inner West Urban Photography Competition.

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Council to honour inspiring women

Council is inviting nominations from the community for the Inner West Honour Roll 2021.

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ICAC to examine the shredding of documents by NSW Premier’s Office

From the office of Mayor Darcy Byrne: The NSW Information Commissioner has now referred the destruction of documents by the Premier’s Office approving the $252 million Stronger Communities council gra ...

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NSW Government to acquire former Balmain Leagues Club site after giving green light to Western Harbour Tunnel project

The NSW Government’s decision to proceed with the compulsory acquisition of the former Balmain leagues Club site will endanger Rozelle Public School, smash the local shopping centre and put the final ...

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