Ten worst roads in NSW revealed

Matt O'Sullivan 11:36 AM   The Pacific Highway has gained the ignominy of being voted the worst road in NSW for the fifth consecutive year.


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'Deviants', 'bums': backlash against beach unit plan

A protest against the plan was held, with images posted on the "Save Cromer" Facebook page.

Saffron Howden 11:15 PM   Low-cost housing tenants have been likened to paedophiles, bums, deviants and drug addicts in an ugly backlash against a proposed eight-unit development on Sydney's northern beaches.

Who said it? Salim Mehajer or Tony Robbins?

Salim Mehajer made his first television interview since his Lavish wedding angered local residents in August.

Leesha McKenny and Stephen Samuelson 12:22 PM   Who said it? The deputy mayor of Auburn and PM wannabe or renowned management and self-help guru?

'Tough weeks to come' for commuters

Sydney's new bus network

Matt O'Sullivan, Jacob Saulwick and Melanie Kembrey 6:18 PM   The NSW government has warned that Sydney's bus network still faces several "tough weeks" despite passing the first major test of major changes to timetables and routes.

Expect bus travel to get worse

Buses on day of new routes through city Cnr Park and Elizabeth st Photo  6 October 2015

Jacob Saulwick 11:14 PM   Sure, transport through the CBD ran nice and smoothly on Tuesday morning, but don't expect it to continue.

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Sydney bus changes: how the day unfolded

Buses no longer run along George Street due to the light rail construction project.

Esther Han   It was the first big test of Sydney's new bus routes. Our reporters and photographers converged on the CBD from all directions to bring you the story.

Mayor takes aim at landlords

Darling Street, Balmain, 5 March 2015. Photographer: Henry Zwartz

Leesha McKenny   They were two of the city's most well-known retail strips. Now they're lined with empty shops. And the local mayor says he knows why.

Town showing us how to live emissions-free

Uralla shire the roadmap to energy sovereignty thumbnail

Saffron Howden   A country community is laying the foundations for an emissions-free future as locally-owned solar and wind farms expand across Australia.

'The whole CBD will be a mess'

The Sydney Bus Street Team member Julian Buckell helping Sydney siders getting around.
5th October 2015.
Photo: Steven Siewert

Transport Minister Andrew Constance is concerned that not enough commuters have prepared for the biggest change to Sydney's bus network in decades.

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'We need to reskill the region'

General Manager of Hix electrical contractors, Lea Hicks.

Anna Patty   A growing skills shortage is threatening to cripple economic growth in a key Sydney region at the same time it is experiencing booming population growth, a new audit has found.

Sydney's cleanest and dirtiest beaches

The orange shore at Botany Bay.

Esther Han   Palm Beach sparkles, while a beach with a new car park, toilet facility and boat launch has been declared Sydney's most polluted swimming spot. 

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Towers and disruption all around 

Buses along George Street, Sydney, on Friday, the last business day before the road closed for light rail construction.

Jacob Saulwick   When Sydney's new light rail line is finished, hopefully in the next four years, visitors to the city will not only notice a vastly different streetscape.

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'All I know is I want him home'

The twin babies of Nick Martin (not his real name), who are unable to leave Nepal.

Kim Arlington   Parents say Australian babies are being "kept captive" and cannot come home after a ban on commercial surrogacy in Nepal.

The danger of raising public transport fares

Long bus fares in Sydney are relatively inexpensive.

Jacob Saulwick   Councils and community organisations have defended the relatively cheap cost of travelling long distances by public transport in Sydney and surrounding areas, as the government mulls fare reform.

'Lucky dip' mayoral elections could end

Ryde's lucky dip mayor, Jerome Laxale (left), with deputy mayor Roy Maggio.

Leesha McKenny   A dozen of the state's 152 councils have selected their mayor "out of a hat" this year in order to break a vote deadlock.

Nightmare on George Street about to begin

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As transport in Sydney's Central Business District undergoes the biggest overhaul in a generation, the nightmare on George Street is set to begin.

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Commuters confused by changes to bus routes

Cody Love of Surry Hills at Wynyard bus stop. He found changes to bus routes in Sydney confusing on Sunday 4 October 2015. Photo Anna Patty

Anna Patty   Commuters are asked to be patient while extensive changes to Sydney's bus routes are introduced.

Gunman's alleged links to extremist group

Farhad Khalil Mohammad Jabar has been described as a "normal" kid.

Georgina Mitchell   A teen gunman who shot and killed a police employee on Friday did so after he heard a lecture by the extremist group Hizb ut-Tahrir, Channel 7 has reported.

Last bus makes its way down George Street

The N50 pulls up outside Town Hall.

Michaela Whitbourn   There is a certain romance about the end of an era. The last Royal Easter Show at the Moore Park showgrounds; even the last circuit of Sydney's widely-derided monorail had a certain charm.

'Unfair' drug test could cost you your licence

Greens MP David Shoebridge says roadside oral drug testing is an unfair waste of resources.

Amy Corderoy   Nearly 100,000 NSW residents each year will be subjected to roadside drug testing that police admit does not look for drugs that are still active in a person's system.

'It's not morally right'

"It appears this inducement was never to be realised and offered to us so we would sign the document": George Efrossynis.

Anna Patty   Closed doors at Sydney-based Wadco Lighting leave workers in the hands of taxpayers for compensation entitlements.

'We will cherish our memory of him forever'

Curtis Cheng, left, and his family.

Louise Hall   The heartbroken family of slain police accountant Curtis Cheng have described him as a "kind, gentle and loving" man who "always put his family first".

Teen forced to strip down in bizarre attack

WA officers are to be investigated by internal affairs after the death of a baby in Laverton

Georgina Mitchell   A 16-year-old boy was forced to take off his clothes before he was attacked with a knife on a horror 20-minute train trip in Sydney's west, police said.


Fears for future of frogs

Frogs face "mass extinction" in the next century, according to research by Macquarie University expert Dr John Alroy.

Outdated laws force couples to take risks

Recent research shows Australians are the largest user nation of offshore surrogacy globally. So how did it come to this?

'What incentive do women have to go to court?'

A 69-year-old grandmother says domestic violence victims are given short shrift by a process that favours perpetrators who can afford private legal representation.

Baird big on promises, light on business cases

"Convenience is important to me," says Dan, a fictitious case study who appears in an internal booklet created by Transport for NSW. 

Fears over Sydney harbour foreshore sell-off

The Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority was quietly axed by the Baird government this week, an announcement buried in a plan for a glitzy revamp of Circular Quay. What was really going on?

It's time to talk about a congestion charge

When buses stop running down George Street, nothing will be the same again: that's a good thing.


Counter-terror raids: did police drop the ball?

Three of five males arrested during an operation linked to last week's fatal terrorist attack at Parramatta police headquarters were targeted in Australia's biggest counter-terrorism raids a year ago. Courtesy ABC News 24.

Counter-terror raids in western Sydney

Police are conducting a counter-terrorism raid across Sydney's west in an operation linked to the fatal shooting outside NSW Police's Parramatta headquarters. Video: TODAY Show, Channel Nine

Five arrests in Sydney counter-terror raids

Five people including a 16-year-old boy have been arrested in western Sydney as part of a counter-terrorism operation linked to the fatal shooting of a NSW Police employee in Parramatta. Vision courtesy of ABC News 24