Leesha McKenny

Leesha McKenny

Leesha McKenny is Urban Affairs Reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald

Whales put on a show as late-season warmth rolls on

Leesha McKenny Many beachgoers lured to the coast by Sydney's balmy conditions were in for a treat on Saturday, with as many as 10 humpback whales turning out to mark the start of Sydney's whale-watching season.

Treeless suburbs, concrete canyons increase city heat

Haymarket

Leesha McKenny When Sydney swelters, not all suburbs suffer evenly. An environment dominated by built canyons of concrete and vast tracts of asphalt, devoid of trees and cooling winds, could be heating up its own...

Operator defends use of aerial shark patrols

Leesha McKenny Harry Mitchell can list more than a dozen reasons why he disagrees with a state government report that branded his line of work costly and inefficient when it comes to protecting beachgoers from...

Shark alarm: aerial patrols are inefficient says report

Hammerhead sharks spotted by shark patrol.

Leesha McKenny Aerial shark patrols of the NSW coastline are ''inefficient and expensive'', a government report says.

Wild winds whip Sydney, causing bureau to issue weather warning

Windy city as Sydney experiences high winds today

Leesha McKenny Sydney woke up to gale-force winds on Sunday, with a severe weather warning issued as gusts reaching 91km/h buffeted the city.

Scuba gear and veteran volunteers on hand in crisis

Dudley / Redhead fire burning in the Awabakal Reserve.

Leesha McKenny, Amanda Hoh If it came to it, Ian Muir had 80,000 litres of water and a back-up plan.

NSW bushfires: Banksia cones the latest weapon in the battle to defend homes

banksia cones

Leesha McKenny and Sarah Whyte "If you see them in a bushfire, they go off like a bomb," said Clint Smart of an unlikely weapon that found its way into firefighters’ arsenal in the Blue Mountains on Tuesday.

Firefighters say text alerts add confusion

Royal Fire Service

Leesha McKenny, Amanda Hoh, Sarah Whyte Rural Fire Service volunteer firefighters in the Blue Mountains town of Bilpin have criticised ''alarmist'' community alerts sent by its Lidcombe headquarters, which they say have been based on...

Asbestos scare linked to another NSW site

ASBESTOS

Leesha McKenny Another NBN-related asbestos incident has emerged in Sydney's west, adding to community anxiety about the dangerous material.

City all warm and fuzzy but winter is coming

A thick fog this morning that enveloped Sydney Harbour for Mothers Day.

Leesha McKenny A warm burst of autumn emerged from the fog to bask Mother's Day in above-average temperatures.

Apocalypse wow: Sydney hit by high tides, monster seas and wild winds

rain

Leesha McKenny, Glenda Kwek A SEVERE storm sweeping up the coast collided with the year's highest tide and evening peak hour yesterday, causing traffic delays, power outages and damage to homes across Sydney.

There she goes: Warragamba took 14 years to fill, and only moments to spill

Warragamba, Sydney. The Warragamba Dam, overflows for the first time in a decade, after months of wet weather, have filled it to capacity. Photo: Quentin Jones. 2 March 2012.

Leesha McKenny and Elizabeth Frias It took 14 years to fill up but the last few days felt the longest.

Wave goodbye to one of July's biggest wets

Several boys in wet suits braving the waves breaking on Wollongong Harbour's break wall today as big seas hit the Illawarra coast line. 22nd of July 2011.

Leesha Mckenny Sydney has copped a historic drenching, but the rain that has helped make this the wettest July in more than 60 years is expected to ease today.

Communities on edge as disaster zones declared

Deluge ...  the Flooded Hastings River at the Oyster Barn on the Hastings River Drive, Port Macquarie.

Leesha Mckenny, Jarrod Lipscombe Parts of NSW have been declared natural disaster zones as days of extreme weather continued to batter the mid-north coast and upper Hunter, claiming the life of one person and forcing 1900 more from...

Storms break rainfall records on north coast

Sydney

Leesha Mckenny Sydney's wet weather woes will continue today but areas to the north will again face the brunt extreme conditions battering NSW.

Animal killing done mercifully and in name of god, says sheik

Australian cows in Gondrong Slaugter House

Leesha Mckenny In Islam, eating becomes a form of spiritual nourishment.

Pell not of Vatican faith on climate

Australian Cardinal George Pell gives an interview on October 14, 2010 in Rome. Cardinal Pell will attend on October 17  at the Vatican, the canonistation of Mary MacKillop, who will become Australia's first saint.  AFP PHOTO / ANDREAS SOLARO

Leesha McKenny Australia's highest-ranking Catholic is not convinced of a dire warning about the need to mitigate man-made global warning made by a Vatican-appointed panel of scientists.

Church leader likens inaction on climate to crucifying Christ

Leesha McKenny, Religious Affairs The crippling of Japan, the devastation of Christchurch and the floods that ravaged Queensland were not the work of God, church leaders said.

Pell row with climate scientist heats up

George Pell

Leesha McKenny RELIGIOUS AFFAIRS Cardinal George Pell has rebuffed the head of the Bureau of Meteorology, who had said Australia's highest-ranking Catholic was ''misled'' in his views on global warming.

Lord is briefly victims' shepherd

Leesha McKenny THE number of people at St Gabriel's Anglican church in Grantham has, in one sense, visibly increased because of the Queensland floods: three temporary buildings now stand behind the church to...