Slash DA processing times

INNER West Council will dramatically slash processing times for development applications to just 28 days under a new policy aimed at making the development process simpler and cheaper for residents. People are waiting between 90-120 days to have their DA determined. “We want to get that down to less than 30 days,” said Mayor Darcy Byrne.

Journey to precarious past

FOLLOW the career of Henry Shiell, Sydney City Coroner from 1866 to 1889, as he delves into the lives, loves and crimes of colonial Sydneysiders in the speaker series, ‘Murder, Misadventure & Miserable Ends’, at Ashfield Library on Thursday, June 20, 11am-12pm. Author Catie Gilchrist explores the 19th century city as a precarious place of rowdy hotels, and dangerous industries. Bookings at

Balkan showcase’s on offer

AS part of Open Inner West Festival, the Fifth Balkan Bonanza will be on offer at Marrickville Town Hall this Saturday, June 22, 5-10pm. Cultural groups of the Balkans – Greek, Macedonian, Bulgarian, Serbian, Croatian, Hungarian and Romanian – will offer traditional foods, costumes, handcrafts and spectacular performances. Let your soul be taken to the far reaches of a Balkan odyssey. For info, email

Secret weapon for over 60s

ARE you over 60 and want to keep healthy? Then come along to the free ‘Over 60 and Active’ workshops starting on Tuesday, June 25, 1.30-3pm and running over seven weekly sessions at Tom Foster Community Centre, 11-13 Darley Street, Newtown. Meet likeminded people and improve quality of life. Sessions include Get Moving, Eating Well, Staying Stable, Keeping Sharp and Getting Social. Register via Eventbrite or call 9392 5863.