Friday, September 27, 2019


Corroboree in townships of the Lower Baaka
28 September to 2 October 2019 

Walgett – Saturday 28 September – Walgett Showground on Come by Chance Rd.
Brewarrina – Sunday 29 September – Doyle Street Park on the Barwon River.
Bourke – Monday 30 September 2CUZ FM on the corner of Kamilaroi Highway & Monomeeth St.
Wilcannia – Tuesday 1 October Baker Park on Reid St. 
Menindee – Wednesday 2 October –  Bourke & Wills Campsite on Lake Pamamaroo.


Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Buruwan Park, Annandale

22 Sep 2019

25 Sep 2019

Destroying trees to build a motorway in 2019!

 Minutes Council Meeting 

11 December 2018

C1218(1) Item 48         Buruwan Park Annandale Compulsory Acquisition Under S175     Of The Roads Act Or Offer To Purchase The Lease Interest

10 March 2019
Councillor Byrne requested that the meeting consider an Urgency Motion with regards to Buruwan Park Annandale Compulsory Acquisition Under S175 Of The Roads Act Or Offer To Purchase The Lease Interest.

Motion: (Byrne/McKenna OAM)

THAT the motion be considered as a matter of urgency.

Motion Carried
For Motion:                 Crs Byrne, Drury, Hesse, Iskandar, Kiat, Lockie, McKenna OAM, Passas, Raciti, Stamolis, Steer and York
Against Motion:          Crs Da Cruz and Porteous
Absent:                                  Crs Passas and York

22 Sep 2019
The Mayor declared this matter was urgent.

Motion: (McKenna OAM/Drury)


1.       The General Manager (or delegate) negotiate the terms and executes documents
10 March 2019
          with TfNSW in relation to Council relinquishing its lease for property identified as          Buruwan Park Annandale, Lot 31 / DP1055559; and

2.       The compensation funds be allocated to the maintenance or upgrade of Whites     Creek Park.

Motion Carried
For Motion:                 Crs Byrne, Drury, Hesse, Iskandar, Kiat, Lockie, Macri, McKenna OAM, Raciti, Stamolis and Steer
Against Motion:          Crs Da Cruz and Porteous
Absent:                        Crs Passas and York

Minutes Council Meeting 25 September 2018

Reports with Confidential Information

C0918(2) Item 15         Status of Westconnex Stage 3 Proposed Compulsory Acquisitions
Motion: (Byrne/Stamolis)


1.    Negotiations continue in regards to Buruwan Park Annandale in line with the previous determination on this matter of the 12 December 2017.
2.    The General Manager (or delegate) negotiate the terms and executes documents with TfNSW in relation to TfNSW proposed acquisition for property identified as Pyrmont Bridge Road tunnel site (C9) Bignell Lane Annandale;
3.    The Mayor writes to the Minister of WestConnex requesting WestConnex Stage 1, 2 and 3 provide a complete asset schedule of all land and infrastructure proposed for transfer to Council for its ownership and/ or management; and
4.    Prior to entering into an agreement in relation to acquisition of King George Park, the offer be reported to Council.

Motion Carried
For Motion:                 Crs Byrne, Da Cruz, Drury, Hesse, Iskandar, Kiat, Lockie, Macri, McKenna OAM, Passas, Porteous, Raciti, Stamolis and York
Against Motion:           Nil

Agenda 14 August 2018

 Item No:         C0818(1) Item 10
Subject:         Council Submission to WestConnex Parliamentary Inquiry          
"Council’s strong objection to permanent deletion of Buruwan Park and temporary use of publicly-accessible areas of open space for the project; and  "

Monday, September 23, 2019

Permbulation & Bushcare Annandale-Leichhardt-Haberfield

Rozelle Bay Light Rail Station
 Walked down to the end of Annandale Street and caught the light rail at Rozelle Bay Station.

While waiting for the Tram checked out Westconnex destruction of trees in Buruwan Park.

Also noticed an impressive specimen of Grevillea longifolia (red flowers and saw tooth leaves)

Alighting at Leichhardt North, walked along Blackmore Oval where a new shared path is being constructed.

 Joined volunteers doing bushcare in Richard Murden Reserve.

We pulled out the weeds which were thriving and full of seeds.

But at the same time noticed that there were a lot of the local provenance plants that had been put in hanging in there and in the case of two ground covers  holding their own.

Interested in getting involved in Bushcare? 

No experience is required - all you need to bring is a hat and water, wear suitable clothing and sturdy shoes. A site supervisor will be there to get you started and will provide gloves, tools and morning tea....
Oysters on the Bank and Cormorants on Boom, Hawthorne Canal


Grevillea linearifolia

Grevillea sericea
Pig Face (Carpobrotus)

Foraging for Food

Warrigal Greens (Tetragonia tetragonioides) are thiving
After the Bushcare followed the Canal heading for Parramatta Road.

Burnt out Car on Canal Bank
The remains of a burnt out car were still on the river bank. According to other bushcare volunteers putting the fire out was quite a challenge.

Past the new multi-purpose courts, the Tea Trees were in their element in swampy ground.

Tea Trees, Richard Murden Reserve

 Haberfield Gardens

Continuing along the streets - haberfield gardens and verges were beautiful. At one point the sweet perfume of a flower covered lemon tree filled the air.

Australian Red Cedar (Toona ciliata)? or maybe Chinese Pistacio (Pistacia chinensis) or Chinese Mahogany or Cedar (Toona Sinensis)

Friday, September 20, 2019

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Save the Trees - Inner West Council Meeting Tuesday 24 September 2019

No photo description available.
Inner West Tree Canopy
(Red 0-10%, Orange 11-15%, 
Yellow 16-25%)  
Source/High Resolution: Tree Canopy Map

The Amended DCP:

On the  27 August 2019 a litany of amendments were made to the Draft Tree DCP recommended by Council Officer. Minutes of Meeting

The Greens Recision Motion: 

The Greens have put a recision motion on the Council Meeting Agenda of 24 September to undo the damaging litany of amendments and adopt the officers' recommended Draft Tree DCP

The Draft Tree DCP was the result of extensive consultation, including leaflets to every household, and research  documented on the council's have your say website.

Independent Clr Stamolis had put forward

Labor has also put forward

The Group Manager Trees, Parks and Streetscapes comments on Item 17 are:

Council is currently in the process of undertaking an audit of all public (street and park) trees. This work should be complete in 2019. After the audit is complete, Council will prepare a Street Tree Strategy and Masterplan. This document will address the matter of tree canopy across the Inner West, as well as methodologies for community engagement and participation. This is a substantial project, which is due for completion in 2020.

The preparation of a Significant Tree Register has been budgeted for financial year 2020/21.

A ‘Trees on Private Land’ fact sheet is currently being developed that will provide guidance on how to maintain trees, where to plant and what species to use.

Controls relating to undergrounding of power lines would sit in a ‘Site facilities’ DCP (or similar) and would including generic controls around public utilities, telecommunications and services etc.

Westconnex Destruction of Trees

The CEO has also placed a report on the Agenda 

Report includes the result of the 27 August council resolution incorporating a  litany of amendments into the Draft Tree DCP.

Since January 2019, 211 tree permits were approved and 71 were refused. 

Information about Inner West Council Meetings

Register to Speak at the Council Meeting

The community is invited to register to speak at this council meeting. Registration to speak will close at 2pm on Tuesday 24 September. Register here.

NSW Government Target 40% Tree Canopy for Sydney

"We’re working with everyone in Sydney to plant Five Million Trees (5MT) by 2030. That’s more trees in our streets, parks, backyards, neighbourhoods and schools, so we can grow our tree canopy from 16.8%* to 40% (*source Office of Environment and Heritage, 2011)."

Monday, September 16, 2019

Yaama Ngunna Baaka Corroboree Festival 2019

Uncle Bruce Shillingsworth's Corroboree 2019 "Gathering For the Healing of Our Rivers" is now close.

Corroboree unifies communities and people who share common cultural beliefs about the “vein of our belonging, being and becoming” that is the Barwon-Namoi- Baaka River. Join our afternoon activities, evening corroboree and overnight camps along it at: 

Walgett – Saturday 28 September – Walgett Showground on Wee Waa St.
Wee Waa street Showground

Brewarrina – Sunday 29 September – Doyle Street Park on the Barwon River.

Bourke – Monday 30 September – 2CUZ FM on the corner of Kamilaroi Highway & Monomeeth St.

Wilcannia – Tuesday 1 October – Baker Park on Reid St. 

Menindee – Wednesday 2 October –  Bourke & Wills Campsite on Lake Pamamaroo....

PROGRAMMING will BEGIN AT TWO PM each day, structured in ways that the local Aboriginal organisations and representatives have shaped. All festival-goers will follow protocols and participate in the processes that local Elders have devised....

More at

Closing of Fund Raiser Auction 8 September 2019 at Articulate Project Space, Leichhardt

Opening Bruce Shillingsworth's Exhibition 2 Sep 2019, Cubby Space, Redfern. Photo Marghanita

The Journey: 

9 September 2019: Special Guest Speaker: Uncle Bruce Shillingsworth:The Situation of the Murray-Darling River. A Muruwari and Budjiti man from Brewarrina, he speaks passionately on the way the sacred river has been laid waste and what we need to do to fix the mess.The Murray-Darling is the longest and most important river system in Australia at 2,750 kms and 15th largest river system in the world, and it is lifeless. Despite the $8 billion already spent as part of this $13 billion plan it has been a failure. Hosted by Aboriginal Support Group Manly Warringah Pittwater  Flyer at

One day exhibition on 10 July 2019 at NSW Parliament

Yaama Ngunna Baaka — Welcome to Our River EXHIBITION 107 Redfern 4 Jul 2019 – 7 Jul 2019

Exhibition, Mosman Art Gallery, April 2019

Bruce Shillingsworth & Marghanita da Cruz, Fix NSW March, 3 March 2019


Mass fish rescue gets underway in Darling River amid simmering anger over water policy, Mon 9 Sep 2019, 12:12pm

River on the Brink: inside the Murray-Darling Basin, Fri 20 Sep- 3 November 2019

Cry me a river: Mismanagement and corruption have left the Darling dry


1999: "Five billion trees should be planted in the Murray-Darling Basin to help address the problem of land and water salinity."  1999 'Trees for Murray-Darling', Times (Victor Harbor, SA : 1987 - 1999), 31 December, p. 5. , viewed 16 Sep 2019,

1926: Dam on the Darling River at Brewarrina constructed by aborigines
hundreds of years ago for trapping fish. It is still intact. 1926 'FISH YARDS MADE BY NATIVES', The Mail (Adelaide, SA : 1912 - 1954), 25 September, p. 1. , viewed 16 Sep 2019,
1864: "AMONGST the aboriginal tribes located alone thc Murray, Murrumbidgee, and Darling, fish forms their chief article of food,and in obtaining it they display-great ingenuity and dexterity." 1864 'NATIVES FISHING ON THE DARLING.', Illustrated Sydney News (NSW : 1853 - 1872), 16 December, p. 13. , viewed 16 Sep 2019,

Friday, September 13, 2019

Inner West Council's Local Area Improvement Strategy (LAIS) to protect our streets from WestConnex induced traffic

Cement Truck, Johnston Street
In 2016 the Administrator of Inner West Council's commissioned consultants to:
  • undertake traffic modelling to identify potentially-affected streets, and
  • develop a WestConnex Local Area Improvement Strategy (LAIS) to protect these streets.
identification on Westconnex Truck, Crescent Annandale
8 May 2018: C0518 Item 4      WestConnex Local Area Improvement Strategy
Motion: (Drury/McKenna OAM)
THAT Council:
1. Adopts the draft WestConnex Local Area Improvement Strategy (LAIS); and

Westconnex Truck, Crescent Annandale, 9 Sep 2019
2. Writes to the Minister for Roads and other relevant ministers, forwarding the         adopted LAIS with a request for funding of proposed LAIS works. Council to     argue that Roads & Maritime Services (RMS) funding is justified as the need for     these works is a direct result of WestConnex. Council recognises that while          Stage 3 may reduce traffic on some local streets, others will worsen as a result         of Stages 1, 2 and/or 3. Council remains opposed to all stages of WestConnex,      preferring public transport solutions to Sydney’s traffic congestion problems;    

3. Refine the costings prior to submitting it to the State Government with the    aim   of achieving high service level standards; and

4.Place notice and plans for Buruwan Park and King George's Park at the relevant locations.

Amendment (Da Cruz/Porteous)
THAT Council place notice and plans for Buruwan Park and King George's Park at the relevant locations.
Motion Carried
For Motion:  Crs Byrne, Da Cruz, Hesse, Iskandar, Kiat, Lockie, Macri, Porteous, Stamolis and Steer
Against Motion: Crs Drury, McKenna OAM and Passas
Absent: Cr Raciti
As the amendment was carried, it was included as part of the primary motion.

Primary Motion Carried
For Motion:                 Crs Byrne, Da Cruz, Drury, Hesse, Iskandar, Kiat, Lockie, Macri, McKenna OAM, Passas, Porteous, Stamolis and Steer
Against Motion:          Nil
Absent:   Cr Raciti

Source: Minutes 8 May 2018


(Source: Officer's Report on 8 May Agenda

In late 2016 Council resolved to undertake a study to assess the operational traffic impacts WestConnex will have on residential streets in the Inner West Council area. ...

The LAIS identifies streets likely to be affected by increased traffic and proposes precinct-wide treatments to protect and improve these streets, based on three typologies:
Cement Trucks, The Crescent Annandale, 9 Sep 2019

·     Typology 1:  integrated traffic calming, e.g. slow points, thresholds, tadpoles, traffic islands/refuges and raised platforms;

·     Typology 2:  intersection modifications, e.g. roundabouts, T-treatments, Give Way and Stop signs/prioritisation; and

·     Typology 3:  traffic diversions, e.g. diagonal, partial and full road closures.

The proposed treatments are indicative and will require further investigation and community engagement before final draft schemes can be considered.

The LAIS study includes a strategic framework and broad cost estimates for traffic management, streetscape and water-sensitive urban design (WSUD) improvements for the following five precincts:

·     Precinct 1:    Ashfield   $1.0M to $4.0M;
·     Precinct 2:   Haberfield     $2.2M to $9.3M;
·     Precinct 3:   Leichhardt West $1.5M to $6.0M;
·     Precinct 4:   Johnston Street [Annandale] $1.8M to $7.2M;
·     Precinct 5:   St Peters           $0.5M to $2.2M; and

·     TOTAL   all five precincts     $7.0M to $28.7M.

It is recommended that Council seeks funding from Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) for the LAIS works. Subject to funding, the LAIS would be implemented in a similar way that all of Council’s Local Area Traffic Management (LATM) schemes are implemented, involving local community consultation, detailed design, approval and implementation.
Source: Officer's Report Agenda 8 May 2018

Monday, September 9, 2019

Buruwan Park Rally for the Trees

Big turnup at Buruwan Park this morning.

WIRES had not been notified. There is at least one nest in the tree. The community will need to be vigilent.

@nowestconnexannandale @foreshorecommunity LAW - Leichhardt Against WestCONnex No WestConnex: Public transport not motorways Jamie Parker Councillor Jess Scully

 Message from "Foreshore Community"
M4 - M5 Rozelle Interchange

If you haven’t already heard RMS have released a modification to the M4-M5 Rozelle Interchange which will now include a new car overpass at The Crescent and significant changes to the promised pedestrian and cyclist access routes.  

The Crescent overpass and active transport links Modification will remove the continuous GreenLink connecting Rozelle across the City-West Link to the foreshore. The Greenlink was designed to safely reconnect Innerwest communities and provide direct access to the water.

There seem to be a number of significant impacts to our community and how we safely access the foreshore from Annandale, Lilyfield and Rozelle - even Forest Lodge and Glebe.

RMS are asking for feedback and it is the only opportunity to push them to look at alternate options and reinstate safe, direct access as in the approved GreenLink. We need all residents, community groups, clubs and interested groups to make a submission by Wednesday 18 September. You can do this electronically or writing to the DPIE.

Identified impacts for residents and commuters in the Innerwest wanting to access the foreshore and its facilities.

  • There will be significantly reduced safety and increased risk with removed pedestrian and cyclists access above The Crescent to Bicentennial Park.
  • Unsafe and indirect access across five sets of pedestrian lights at The Crescent to reach the foreshore/railyards. The part Greenlink and concrete plaza at Rozelle Bay light rail still require you to cross at the five sets of lights on The Crescent.
  • Removal of direct active links to the foreshore (including the new skatepark and kids playground), cutting our communities off from the foreshore and the proposed revitalisation of the entire Bays Precinct. 
  • The proposed modification has no updated Urban Design and Landscape Plan (or peer review ). The original EIS had both. The modification considerably changes the design intent of the approved EIS design. 
  • Traffic changes that limit movements around the suburb and create further congestion in the local streets of Annandale, Forest Lodge, Glebe, Lilyfield and Rozelle with no planning to deal with these but pushing them back on to Council.

We are asking you to now spread the word to your neighbours, to your colleagues, to  your clubs, to your networks, to your friends - and ask people to read the information.  

Further details  on the Modification at Facebook

RMS portal for submissions.

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