James Robertson

James Robertson

James Robertson is a Reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald.

Parramatta Road redevelopment suddenly doubled

James Robertson The state government appears to have quietly doubled its projections for the number of new houses that will line a major redevelopment of land around Parramatta Road. 

Giant cloud sculpture for George Street leaves critics and public split


James Robertson and Andrew Taylor Sydney Council’s plans to adorn the CBD with $8 million worth of sculptures variously described as “awe-inspiring” and “whimsical” has left few people indifferent.

George Street sculpture revealed in $9m public art spending spree


James Robertson A white steel cloud arch standing more than 50 metres high was among three pieces of public art unveiled for the city centre today.

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Fewer drivers fined for using mobiles

Hands off: fewer drivers are being fined for using mobile phones.

James Robertson Sixty per cent fewer NSW drivers are being fined for using their mobile phones while driving compared with four years ago.

George Street secret might not be a big surprise after all

A previous cloud-like piece called House of Peace,  by Junya Ishigami and Svendborg Architects.

James Robertson An eagle-eyed smh.com.au reader appears to have spoilt the secrecy surrounding the final design for the 60-metre George Street monument.

Green square traffic problems


James Robertson Getting a good night's sleep for 20,000 residents is impossible, and they fear it will only get worse.

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City of Sydney is set to unveil plans for a major artwork for central George Street

artist's representation of city sculpture.

James Robertson The City of Sydney council is poised to unveil a major public artwork for George Street in the coming weeks.

Councils ramp up parking fines to boost revenue

15 October 2012. News Canberra Times Photo by Jeffrey Chan. Parking ticket on car towing Liberal Party election sign along Parkes Way.

James Robertson A Sun-Herald analysis of figures released under freedom-of-information laws shows a massive rate of growth in the number of fines issued by some Sydney councils in the last five years, growth that...

Protesters scale buildings to stop bulldozing of The Block

Protestors scale one of the buildings set to be redeveloped  in Redfern at 'The Block'.

James Robertson About 200 protesters gathered at The Block in Redfern on Monday as tensions flared with the fear that the site will be bulldozed for redevelopment.

Illegal housing landlord has other properties besides Alexandria site


Rachel Olding and James Robertson The owner of an illegal housing set-up that burnt down on Wednesday, almost killing 15 Asian students, owns a string of apartments around Sydney occupied by students and low income workers.

Martin Place may be smoke free in City of Sydney proposal

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James Robertson Part of Sydney’s CBD is likely to become smoke free under plans for a trial ban provisionally endorsed by the City of Sydney.

Clover Moore accused of hating democracy during City of Sydney debate over business votes

Clover Moore wants to simplify the system for businesses wanting to vote in City of Sydney elections, while the state government wants voting to be compulsory.

James Robertson Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore has been accused of hating democracy during a heated debate about forcing businesses to vote in City of Sydney elections.

Calls for fairer compensation for home owners above tunnels


James Robertson The government pays you compensation if it demolishes your home to make way for a new road. But what if it tunnels underneath it?

Home truth: compulsory acquisition by council leaves family in distress

Sheryll and Will Parker with their daughter Ele.

James Robertson Sheryll Young discovered the council was planning to seize her home only when she tried to put it up for sale, and she is not the only one affected by the compulsory acquisition rules.

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Sydney architects on shortlist to design Green Square aquatic centre

James Robertson Five Sydney architects have been shortlisted in a competition to design a new aquatic centre at the heart of the $8 billion Green Square development.

Sydney council data reveals some interesting numbers

James Robertson How many council workers does it take to pick up the garbage? That depends where you live.

New UTS building leads rebirth of Broadway

The new UTS building near Broadway.

Heath Gilmore, James Robertson, Carolyn Cummins The University of Technology's $190-million Faculty of Engineering and IT building, which is being opened on Thursday night, heralds the ongoing rebirth of this western gateway to the city, which...

Developers still pouring cash into state parties, despite legal bans

James Robertson, Leesha McKenny Property developers continue to donate hundreds of thousands a year to state political parties four years after the state government banned the practice.

Traffic chaos after car overturns in Sydney Harbour Tunnel

Car flip

Megan Levy and James Robertson Major traffic jams stretching back 10 kilometres were experienced during Sydney's peak hour on Thursday when a car overturned in the Sydney Harbour Tunnel, forcing the closure of the tunnel's...

Morning Express: Thursday, June 5


James Robertson and Megan Levy Morning Express is a live news blog produced each weekday from 6am-9am, covering the latest headlines, weather and transport.