James Robertson

James Robertson

James Robertson is a Reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald.

Shark attack at Hallidays Point on NSW coast

James Robertson A man has been attacked by a shark at a beach on Hallidays Point, north of Forster on the NSW Mid North Coast.

Six-metre great white shark in close encounter with fisherman off Sydney beach

The shark off Sydney's northern beaches.

James Robertson Sydney fisherman Cameron Sutherland was out on an early morning hunt for snapper, when something much bigger came into view.

Snakes, drugs found in Blue Mountains home after police raid

An Albino Darwin Carpet Python, similar to that seized, on display at a Darwin reptile show.

James Robertson Police raided a home in the Blue Mountains and came away with nearly 100 marijuana plants, packages of the drug for sale, and some rather expensive snakes.

National Parks and Wildlife Service plan for Watsons Bay headland draws opposition

Watsons Bay as the locals like it.

James Robertson A proposal to redevelop six historic buildings on the south head of Sydney Harbour to host private functions is drawing opposition from local residents and even within the Baird cabinet.

Failure to use firefighters to fill NSW Ambulance Service shortfalls is 'costing lives'

The Ambulance Service is under pressure to reduce waiting times.

James Robertson The state government's failure to fully implement a plan to send firefighters to treat critically ill patients in place of ambulances – is costing lives, experts say.

Historic Sydney sandstone building to gain three storeys in hotel conversion plan

James Robertson Up to three storeys would be added to one of Sydney's most iconic sandstone buildings, in a state government plan to turn a government department office into a new hotel near Circular Quay.

Sydney version of New York High Line to open between Central and Darling Harbour

Sacha Coles:

James Robertson For nearly 150 years, a short ribbon of railway between Central Station and Darling Harbour was the main artery of Sydney. That link has lain largely dormant and disused for decades.

Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss declares Badgerys Creek official airport site

Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss marks the official declaration of the Badgerys Creek airport site.

James Robertson As the Deputy Prime Minister officially declared Badgerys Creek an airport site, the excitement barely left the ground.

Sydney's historic Macquarie Street set for facelift

NSW Parliament House could be in for a new cafe.

James Robertson The street home to Sydney's oldest and most important public buildings is quietly being prepared for a facelift, prematurely released government documents show.

One family's 10-year fight to build a driveway through park land

The Sheridans' Waverton cottage is surrounded by bushland.

James Robertson They have waited 10 years and spent tens of thousands of dollars. Yet the concrete is yet to be poured for a driveway to this Sydney home.

Sensuous flows and curved shapes the new look for Sydney

From where will come the next design to rival the Sydney Opera House.

James Robertson Are Sydney's planners too afraid to colour outside the lines? That's the message from the city's development lobby, which this week warned that conservatism among council planners was stifling...

Vacant Sydney homes in sights for housing tax plan

Monopoly house for Money section. 1st of October 2014 The Age news Picture by JOE ARMAO

James Robertson Unoccupied homes in Sydney would be hit with a substantial rate increase, under a radical plan to ease the city's housing shortage.

Call to overhaul property compensation laws in NSW

An artist's impression of planned upgrades to the WestConnex motorway: M5 East and King Georges Road interchange in Beverly Hills.

James Robertson If a council turns a resident's house into apartments, or the state government builds a highway through it, they must pay the resident for their loss.

Labour shortfall could halt NSW economy: industry

Projects such as Barangaroo are good news for construction workers in Sydney - but the building industry warns a labour shortfall is looming.

James Robertson A shortage of labour in NSW could halt growth in the state's economy or force open its borders to interstate and overseas workers, the building industry has warned.

Booming NSW economy halts flow out of Sydney

The lure of work brought Chris Sturdy back to Sydney from Queensland.

James Robertson The number of people leaving NSW for other states is at its lowest point in nearly four decades.

New hotel in Darling Harbour convention centre to be Sydney's largest

Investor Dr Jerry Schwartz is pictured with his son Dane aged 4.

James Robertson It's a race between two tycoons across a one-kilometre stretch of Sydney Harbour for the title of owner of Sydney's grandest hotel.

Cranes loom large over Sydney as home approvals hit record high

New homes are springing up throughout Sydney.

James Robertson Approvals for new homes to be built in Sydney have reached an all-time high, and the skyline is increasingly dotted with cranes.

Liverpool Mayor Ned Mannoun and the case of the missing alarm dividing his council

Liverpool mayor Ned Mannoun.is often described as the Liberal party's face in western Sydney.

James Robertson In Sydney's west a minor intrigue has been growing for the past four years, one that has dragged in the highest levels of the state Liberal Party, and which threatens to enshroud the political...

Sydney's Anzac memorial to undergo $40 million revamp

Artist's impression of the Anzac memorial redesign.

James Robertson A cascading water feature and education centre will be the centrepiece of a $40 million upgrade of the Anzac Memorial at Sydney's Hyde Park revealed on Sunday.

Karl Kramer's exit brings cacophony of problems for Sydney Conservatorium

Dr Karl Kramer, the new Dean of the Sydney Conservatorium of music

James Robertson Professor Karl Kramer became the second American to run Australia's most important and most prestigious music academy, the Sydney Conservatorium.