Secrets undermining the quest to protect the Inner West’s magical hidden place – the Dibble Avenue waterhole

Cities, by and large, are bad for the soul. Motorways, office buildings, shopping centres, apartment buildings and housing estates play an important economic role but are usually not places which inspire imagination or creativity. However, among the city fabric, there are many magical, hidden places which do provide nourishment for the soul.  You just need…

Our rare opportunity to create an Inner-West riverside oasis

There are many great reasons why Sydney’s inner-west is a great place to live, including our heritage neighbourhoods, buzzing main streets, great nightlife, active and engaged community and close access to CBD. However, there is one significant downside to Inner West life – a lack of open space. Last year, Inner West Council commissioned a…

It’s time to ‘think small’ about our cities

Residents of cities across Australia are regularly urged to ‘think big’. It’s become commonplace for State and local governments, often supported by business and development lobby groups, to issue major strategic plans and projects which are based on the concept that bigger is better. A bigger population, supported by bigger, denser and more buildings and…

Why Sirius should come down – ASAP

About 1,000 people today rallied to save the Sirius building in The Rocks – and I wasn’t one of them. My preference is that Sirius comes down – as soon as possible. Why do I hold this view? Well the first reason is because this is an ugly building, which is grossly out-of-character with its…

Why is Sydney enjoying the high life?

There was a time when high-rise buildings were the natural enemy of community activists. They were practically seen as the devil’s spawn – local character-destroying intruders which were the work of supposedly money-hungry developers. However, the recent statistics shows that, surprisingly, there may be some common ground when it comes to high-rise buildings between your average…