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20 Apr 2018

2018 Inner West Built Environment Awards

Friday 20 April 2018: Author, architecture critic, essayist, and columnist Elizabeth Farrelly is the guest speaker at Council’s Inner West Built Environment Awards.

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19 Apr 2018

Inner West to lead the way in renewable energy

The Inner West Council has committed to procuring 25% of its electricity needs from renewable sources through an innovative new power agreement. This commitment to renewable energy is one of the highest by a council in Australia.

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18 Apr 2018

Free ‘Preparing for Winter’ information sessions

Inner West Council, with Our Energy Future and Green Living Centre, is hosting two free ‘Preparing for Winter’ information sessions.

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17 Apr 2018

Ashfield Civic Centre to host 2018 Pauline McLeod Awards

Tuesday 17 April 2018: Celebrating selfless community members and the creativity of local students will be the focus of the 2018 Pauline McLeod Awards held this year in Ashfield as part of Reconciliation Week.

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16 Apr 2018

Vessels of Mass Consumption at Chrissie Cotter Gallery

The next exhibition to feature at Inner West Council’s Chrissie Cotter Gallery throws a spotlight on society’s unsustainable consumer habits and disconnect from the natural environment.

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11 Apr 2018

Centenary provides special focus for 2018 Anzac Day

Wednesday 11 April, 2018: Inner West Council and Balmain-Rozelle RSL will again hold an ANZAC Day Commemorative Dawn Service at Balmain’s Loyalty Square from 6am on Wednesday 25 April.

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10 Apr 2018

Amy Large Volunteer of the Year awards are now open

Tuesday 10 April 2018: Inner West Council’s annual Amy Large Volunteer of the Year awards are now open.

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10 Apr 2018

Council backs move to permanently fly Aboriginal Flag over Sydney Harbour Bridge

The Inner West Council has thrown its support behind a local women’s campaign to have the Aboriginal Flag fly over the Sydney Harbour Bridge 365 days a year.

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9 Apr 2018

Prosper group wins Council grant for English as a Second Language project

The Inner West Council is proud to announce the Prosper (Project Australia) group has been awarded a $6,900 Council grant for the delivery of an English as a Second Language Health Information Project.

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6 Apr 2018

What makes a good neighbour?

Friday, 6 April 2018: Inner West Council has partnered with the 21st Biennale of Sydney to host an international billboard art project and forum.

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6 Apr 2018

Youth Week sets up school holiday fun

Friday, 6 April 2018: Inner West Council’s 2018 Youth Week calendar of FREE activities commences next week in the time for the April school holidays.

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4 Apr 2018

Council’s big investment in local sport

Inner West Council will invest $65 million in park and aquatic facilities over the next three years, as part of a commitment to create a healthier community.

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4 Apr 2018

2018 Heritage Festival

Inner West Council Library and History Heritage Festival in April and May has the theme 'My Culture, My Story'.

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3 Apr 2018

Main street parking meters permanently turned off at night tonight

Inner West Mayor Darcy Byrne has announced that from today main street parking meters in Leichhardt, Rozelle and Balmain shopping strips will be turned off after 7pm.

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29 Mar 2018

Mayor slams WestConnex’s cost blow out

Inner West Mayor Darcy Byrne has slammed the NSW Government following revelations the cost of Stage 3 of WestConnex has ballooned by an additional $1.5 billion to a total of $8.7 billion.

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29 Mar 2018

Council gives Inner West an EDGE over Vivid

Council has voted to give its arts scene a huge boost by rolling out a $600,000 program of street activations, light installations and live music events across the Inner West.

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29 Mar 2018

Council to cut red tape for athletics events

The Inner West Council has endorsed a partnership with Athletics Australia in a bid to make it easier for local schools, clubs and community groups to organise fun runs and athletics events.

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29 Mar 2018

Council stepping up reaction to share bikes

A review of the three month trial of bike share guidelines developed by inner Sydney councils has found that urgent state government action is required to clean up bike share.

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29 Mar 2018

Review of bike share calls for State Government action as use increases

Mayors from six Inner Sydney councils are calling for immediate action from the NSW Government, with Councils eager to work with them to update legislation that is rapidly being outstripped by the emerging bike share industry.

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28 Mar 2018

Site and Sound Arts 2018

Contemporary and traditional performances feature this year at Inner West Council’s Site and Sound Arts.

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27 Mar 2018

Free farewell swim day at Ashfield Aquatic Centre

Ashfield Aquatic Centre is throwing open its doors and asking the community to help make a splash to bid farewell to the Aquatic Centre which is about to close and be rebuilt, Inner West Mayor, Darcy Byrne announced today.

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23 Mar 2018

Council appalled at State Government’s $1.1 million price tag to bring Vivid to inner west

The Inner West Council has baulked at the exorbitant price tag the State Government has put on Vivid Sydney’s expansion into the Inner West.

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22 Mar 2018

Lords Road overdevelopment finally refused

The State Government has bowed to overwhelming public pressure and finally refused the application to rezone 67-73 Lords Road in Leichhardt for overdevelopment.

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21 Mar 2018

2018 Seniors Festival

Wednesday 21 March 2018: Inner West Council’s 2018 Seniors Festival calendar of FREE events commences Thursday 5 April and includes plays, tours, workshops, courses, soirees and more.

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19 Mar 2018

Next exhibition at Chrissie Cotter Gallery

An exhibition based on the artist’s observations during a four month sojourn through outback Australia opens at Council’s Chrissie Cotter Gallery later this month.

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19 Mar 2018

Historic Birchgrove Oval hosts official AFL Auskick launch

The iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge was the dramatic backdrop to the NSW launch of the 2018 AFL Auskick season as it kicked off at Birchgrove Oval on Thursday March 15.

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19 Mar 2018

Council to install Pride Seats in celebration of inner west’s LGBTIQ community

The Inner West Council has voted to accept the donation of five rainbow Pride Seats in recognition of its strong support for the LGBTIQ community and the recent marriage equality campaign.

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16 Mar 2018

Inner west libraries in April

Inner West Council’s libraries have a packed agenda of events, talks, workshops, and school holiday activities – as well as Seniors and Youth weeks programs. To register or find out more for any of the following, go to www.innerwest.nsw.gov.au/whatson or call 9335 2173.

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16 Mar 2018

Additional Free Parking spaces to come in Leichhardt

At Tuesday night’s Council Meeting, Item 7, a notice to rescind a previous resolution on the future of the cottages at 9 and 11 Marion Street Leichhardt, was lost.

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14 Mar 2018

Council to turn off parking meters after 7pm

The Inner West Council will turn off main street parking meters after 7pm in Leichhardt, Rozelle and Balmain shopping strips.

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13 Mar 2018

Celebrate BluesFest

Tuesday 13 March 2018: Rock legend Ross Wilson will headline the popular biannual BluesFest as it returns this month to Leichhardt as a free family friendly music event with a relaxed casual atmosphere.

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12 Mar 2018

Construction, concrete and technology a lousy mix

The State Government’s grandiose plan to turn White Bay and Glebe Island into an international technology hub looks doomed to fail following recently lodged plans to build a construction material processing facility in the Bays Precinct.

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7 Mar 2018

Celebrate a Carnival of Cultures

Wednesday 7 March 2018: Enjoy a day of free, fun activities and entertainment for the whole family at this year’s Carnival of Cultures on Sunday 18 March, 10am-4pm at Ashfield Park.

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6 Mar 2018

2018 Inner West Open Studio Trail – Weekend Two

As part of Art Month, over 100 inner west studios, galleries and ARIs (Artist Run Initiatives) will throw open their doors for a second weekend, Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 March.

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5 Mar 2018

Council preschool awarded prestigious 'Excellent' rating

The Inner West Council’s Globe Wilkins Preschool has been awarded the highest possible rating from the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA).

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2 Mar 2018

Western Harbour Tunnel targeting Balmain Leagues Club site

Statement by Darcy Byrne, Mayor of the Inner West: Late yesterday I was contacted by NSW Roads and Maritime Services to inform me that it is likely that the Government will seek to compulsorily acquire the former Balmain Leagues Club site, on Victoria Road, Rozelle, as a construction site for the pr ...

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1 Mar 2018

Council welcomes $22.5m injection for Parramatta Road

Inner West Council will create a new park, new cycle and Greenway connections and improve streets surrounding Parramatta Road, thanks to a grant of more than $20 million dollars for improvements to Parramatta Road.

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1 Mar 2018

International Women’s Day 2018 - Leave No Woman Behind

Thursday 1 March 2018: ‘Leave No Woman Behind’ is the theme to celebrate International Women's Day 2018 at Petersham Town Hall with a twilight supper on Thursday, 8 March.

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28 Feb 2018

Council approves state-of-the-art Aquatic Centre

The inner west will get a new first class Aquatic Centre, with Council finalising plans for the rebuilding of Ashfield Pool. The Centre will boast extra state-of-the-art facilities that will last for generations.

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28 Feb 2018

Council extends free car parking in Leichhardt

Inner West Mayor Darcy Byrne has announced that Marion Street in Leichhardt is to get 22 new free car parking spaces, which will boost Norton Street businesses.

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28 Feb 2018

New shade sails for local playgrounds

New shade sails will be installed in eight local parks as part of a program to protect kids from the sun while they are out and about being active, Inner West Mayor Darcy Byrne announced today.

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26 Feb 2018

2018 Inner West Open Studio Trail

As part of Art Month, over 100 inner west studios, galleries and ARIs (Artist Run Initiatives) will throw open their doors over two weekends in March.

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23 Feb 2018

Council establishes new accountability watchdog

Inner West Council has announced it is joining with the City of Parramatta and Cumberland councils to establish a new ombudsman service that will act as an impartial watchdog over the councils’ activities.

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23 Feb 2018

2018 Bairro Português Food & Wine Fair

Inner West Council’s Bairro Português Petersham Food & Wine Fair is on once again.

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22 Feb 2018

Next Second Hand Saturday set for 10 March

Thursday 22 February 2018: 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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20 Feb 2018

Leichhardt Oval the star in fan’s film tribute

Tuesday 20 February 2018: An emotion charged short film entitled ‘Leichhardt Oval – From The Fans’ will screen as part of a special ‘Pics in The Parks’ evening event on Friday 2 March at Leichhardt Oval.

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20 Feb 2018

Clean Up Australia Day in the inner west

Inner West Council is supporting local residents and community groups who volunteer for Clean Up Australia Day.

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20 Feb 2018

Council splashes out on Refugee Learn to Swim Program

The Inner West Mayor Darcy Byrne has officially launched the Council’s latest refugee learn to swim program at Leichhardt Park Aquatic Centre.

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19 Feb 2018

Common sense approach to tree preservation and replacement

Inner West Council will review development controls on trees in what has been called a victory for common sense.

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18 Feb 2018

State Government backflips on Callan Park Skate Park

Inner West Mayor Darcy Byrne has slammed the State Government’s decision to prevent the building of a fully funded skate park in Callan Park.

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