Newcastle, Shared Path, Docked eBikes and Tram

Signage on the Newcastle Forshore Shared Path. 

One giving a speed limit and prioritising pedestrians the other leaving to rider's judgement.
Tram The Newcastle Tram is now in operation.

It is a wireless implementation relying on pantographs to recharge batteries at the stations.

The Heavy rail line has been cut at the western end of the CBD. Wickham is the new interchange from heavy rail to light rail.

Currently there is only a single line at each end of the route.  A similar approach to the Sydney Inner West line is now severely limiting the capacity of the line. (Journeys on the inner west light rail are also growing rapidly, with the circa 10 million trips in the past year already above the number of annual trips predicted for 2026 - 4 May 2017, Open Opal data offers valuable insights for planners and developers
Docked E-Bikes The new tram runs partly in the rail corridor and partly on the road. The light rail extends about 500 meters beyond the Newcastle Railway Station.


Johnston Street Jazz (18 April 2019)

It was good to meet Naomi, one of the co-founders of Johnston Street Jazz.

Johnston Street Jazz happens
every Thursday night
at 81 Johnston St Annandale.
Doors open 7.30pm for 8pm start
Tix: $20/$10 for an evening of improvised jazz.

The format of the evening is generally one set of great music (mostly instrumental, mostly local, mostly unamplified). Followed by Free For All, an open improv concept where the audience becomes the band.

Last night was a packed house for a two set performance by Leonie Cohen and her crew.

Cohen's launched her new album “Pages Suite”.
The performances at Johnston Street jazz are being captured in paint by an artist.

The improv featured, former Annandale resident, Yvette, whose mother Joyce Clague stood for preselection for McKell in 1987 (Ref: pg 169, Basket weavers and true believers : making and unmaking the Labor left in Leichhardt Municipality 1970-1991 / Tony Harris)

Upcoming Performances APR25: Alterity : Paul Cutlan & Phillippa Murph…

'60s Annandale: A Short Guided Walk

'60s Annandale will be a short walk around the block, with a few stops and lots of history, with a focus on Annandale of the 1860s and 1960s.

Stop 1 Cnr Collins and Johnston Street Stop 2 Melocco Brothers Villa and Units Stop 3. Snows Confectionery Stop 4. Former Annandale Council Chambers & Methodist Church1979: local residents and community workers in Annandale persuaded Leichhardt Council to convert the Annandale Council Chamber building into a community Centre. They envisaged the centre would provide information, entertainment, child care, informal social opportunities, classes and activities for yourn and old! - Annandale Neighbourhood Centre, A Commemorative History 1980 -2010.... Annandale Neighbourhood Centre turns 30

Stop 5. Flats on Johnston Street Stop 6. St Aidan's School Hall Stop 7. Cnr of Johnston and Booth Street Israel Cohen Soap and Candle Making on ForeshoreThe Abbey Australianmixed mediaavant-garde artists formed in Sydney in 1961. Founding member…

Saturday Morning Perambulation

This morning, I took a perambulation to the opening of the NSW Federation of Community Language Schools conference at the Seymour Centre.

Chester Street East, Annandale 

Westconnex Dive site Conference of NSW Community Language Teachers, Seymour Centre, University of Sydney Glass Artists' Gallery, Glebe

Pedestrian and Cycle Access to Ashfield Station

Last night, it was pointed out that I had raised the issue of giving pedestrians priority at the traffic lights directly outside the Ashfield Railway Station at a Traffic Committee meeting, which I chaired.

A little while back a Notice of Motion was put up to thank the state government for building a commuter car park at Ashfield Station in Brown Street.

In voting against the motion, I expressed my view that commuter car parks in the inner west are such a bad idea as they bring additional vehicles into the station precinct, endangering and inconveniencing those who walk and cycle to trains.

C0219(3) Item 21 Subject: Notice of Motion: Ashfield Commuter CarparkFrom:            Councillor Julie Passas   

THAT Council call upon the State Labor members for Summer Hill and Strathfield to deliver a similar carpark and facilities at an appropriate location if Labor is successful at the March 19 State Election.

The State Liberal Government has delivered on their 201…

Heading down to the Pool after Work

My notice of Motion to review the operating times of the Inner West Council Aquatic Centres was passed last night. It was seconded with a minor amendment by Clr Byrne.

Item No:         C0319(2) Item 9
Subject:         Notice of Motion: Review of Aquatic Centre Times From:             Councillor Marghanita Da Cruz

THAT a review of the opening times of swimming pools and other facilities at the AquaticCentres including extending (or shortening) the season and hours be undertaken and areport be brought back to Council.
At the 12 March 2019 Council meeting, Council resolved to run a trial of keeping a pool open for water polo training from 8.00pm-9.00pm.
Personal Fitness was identified as number 4 and Swimming was identified as number 7 in the recreation needs study (see below).
Many people work long hours and being able to go down to the pool for a swim on the way home would be a nice way to wind down or start the day.
Air pollution is often poor in Sydney and possibly wor…