Friday, April 22, 2022

Of POPs and Incinerators


In the Inner West of Sydney have various enterprises diverting resources in the Inner West and plan to open a reuse and recycle centre:

  • Wastewood Australia’s Only 100% waste wood shop! On the spot Wood Cutting and resurfacing services
  • Arnies Recon.100% Free pick up and recycling of your electronics and appliances
  • Reverse Garbage When you partner with us, the materials you no longer need will end up in the hands of people who can use them, instead of in landfill. Reduce your waste disposal costs and your carbon footprint by donating your discards and leftovers to Reverse Garbage, avoiding the energy consumption and waste generation associated with recycling.
  • Bower: Reuse and Repair Centres Since 1998
  • Revolve ReCYCLING aims to recycle and redeploy Australia’s bikes, E-bikes, scooters and other Personal Transport Vehicles (PTVs).

 The Green Shed runs a "tip" shop in Canberra and has an outlet downtown.

Upcycle Newcastle

Lithium costs a lot of money—so why aren’t we recycling lithium batteries? "Of lessons to be learned from lead-acid batteries, Melsert said, “Anywhere you can buy one, you can return one.” Making the right choice the easiest choice has proven effective for lead-acid batteries, and something similar needs to follow for Lithium-ion." -

One challenge that was identified by the federal gov in 2020 was creating a market for recycled materials. Ofcourse we are such a small player that we need to fit in with what is happening in the rest of the world - including in recycling systems and waste avoidance. The OECD identified this as an issue in Jan 2007 ORGANISATION FOR ECONOMIC CO-OPERATION AND DEVELOPMENT Policy Brief Improving Recycling Markets

The seminar's last night raised the issue of plastics coming off products made from recycled materials also that waste services involve big private interests. It also mentioned carbon capture from landfill and needing more separation at source. 
Wired magazine has suggested that clothing outlets will have to start taking back and have a pre-loved section. Op Shops are currently doing well but textiles are still a big challenge and cotton sucks up the water from the Murray Darling. Move over Opshops - Vogue: The Rise Of Resale: How Second-Hand Became Fashion’s First Port Of Call

  • Recorded National Toxics Network (NTN) Webinar presents their report on the impacts of burning waste and some alternative residual waste management options for AUS.


Thursday, April 14, 2022

historical Photos

First Glebe Island Bridge

Glebe Island

Iron Cove bridge

Balmain Rowing Sheds

Fowler's Pottery [Sydney], 1908 [copy photoprints from original photographic album by Kerry & Co.]


Rozelle Bay, looking southwards towards Black Wattle Bay.

Log of Withdrawn NOMs

Cost of Amalgamation - 24 November 2020

Item No: C1120(2) Item 9

Subject: Notice of Motion: Cost of Amalgamation

From: Councillor Marghanita Da Cruz

Motion: THAT Council receive a report on the cost of the amalgamation.

Officer’s Comments:

Comment from Chief Operating Officer, Director Development and Recreation

Council does not have compiled costs or savings as a result of the amalgamation. Given the considerable period of time which has lapsed since the amalgamation, this is an extensive project in its own right which is expected to take several (up to 6) months to complete. It should be recognised that in the early part of 2021, Council’s Finance team will heavily focused on Rates Harmonisation and FY21/22 budget development from which staff resources are unable to be diverted.


Council Meeting Agenda 24 November 2020

10k Laneways -Loving Our Lanes - 12 April 2022

Item No:         C0422(1) Item 29

Subject:         Notice of Motion: Loving Our Lanes           

From:             Councillor Marghanita Da Cruz   


That Council receive a briefing on a policy of all laneways in the Inner West becoming 10kmph shared zones, and the implementation of such a policy, over the long term, including changes to Planning Instruments requiring large developments to install the infrastructure required and considering opportunities during renewals and for pedestrian and cycling grants.



Prior to a Sewerage System being implemented in the Inner West around 1900 there was a network of Dunny Lanes.

Most of these have now become roadways with Garages and in some instances an additional dwelling.

Now that Drivers rely on GPS for direction, some of these laneways have become  “rat runs”. Rat running through laneways of Darley Road between Charles and James Streets is also causing concern to local residents. These streets and laneways were identified for treatment in WestConnex Local Area Improvement Strategy (LAIS) commissioned by the Administrator.

However, it is still often more pleasant to walk along these laneways than major roads. For example Albion Lane, Annandale and Corruna Lane, Stanmore which run parallel to Parramatta Road.

Pedestrian safety concerns have been raised with Lou Street a laneway parallel to Norton St, Leichhardt between Macauley and Carlisle Sts following the development of 168 Norton St.

The local community is concerned about Pedestrian safety in the laneway between Church and Taringa Sts, off Alt St, Ashfield. In White’s Creek Lane Annandale Pedestrians and cyclists share the road with cars and trucks.

However, because Laneways do not have footpaths the pedestrians share the road with Vehicles. Formalising the shared aspect of our Laneways would improve pedestrian safety and the amenity of dwellings on the laneways.




Residents in Johnston Lane, Annandale have requested the greening of their laneway.


Leichhardt Council and later Inner West had “Love Your Lane – A project to make lanes more liveable and beautiful. The project encourages people activate laneways to reduce litter, dumping and vandalism. The project improves community connections and creates a shared vision and future among the local residents through working together.”


Officer’s Comments:


No further comments were required for this Notice of Motion.


Council Meeting

12 April 2022