Leesha McKenny

Leesha McKenny

Leesha McKenny is Urban Affairs Reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald

NSW Local Government Minister Paul Toole tells angry councillors to back mergers

Leesha McKenny Local Government minister Paul Toole tells councillors to back reforms or 'deprive your communities of the benefits of change'.

Premier Mike Baird heckled as he calls on councils to back local government reforms

NSW Premier Mike Baird.

Leesha McKenny Mike Baird wants the state's local government councillors to back his push for fewer councils – even if it means some would be out of a job.

NSW Liberal Women's Council vice-president Patricia Shields resigns over anti-Islam posts

Patricia Shields resigned from the Liberal Party's NSW Women's Council two days after she was elected.

Leesha McKenny It might be the one of the most short-lived promotions in NSW political history.

Investigation reveals 'serious and substantial waste' at Strathfield Council

Local Government Minister Paul Toole said the findings of the investigation were

Leesha McKenny A property management company has been paid almost $900,000 by a council which has little to show for it. The council is being asked to account.

Salim Mehajer facing criminal charges over alleged threats to father of siege survivor Joel Herat

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

Leesha McKenny, Michaela Whitbourn Cr Mehajer has also been served with a personal violence order and will appear in court later this month over intimidation charges.

Green Square: infrastructure under pressure as projected population swells

Growth curve: the projected Green Square population increased from 54,000 to 61,000.

Leesha McKenny The suburb that's set to become the most densely populated in the country is going to be bigger than previously thought, fuelling concerns about the congestion issues already plaguing Green Square.

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 Who said it? The deputy mayor of Auburn and PM wannabe or renowned management and self-help guru?

'Lucky dip' mayoral elections in Sydney could be terminated

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.

Leichhardt mayor Darcy Byrne says landlords should pay for dying high streets

Darling Street, Balmain, has suffered a loss of tenants.

Leesha McKenny Landlords should be penalised for leaving main street properties vacant, says a Sydney mayor proposing a "carrot and stick" approach to reviving the waning fortunes of some of the city's well-known...

Electricity privatisation: Ausgrid leak reveals plan to slash jobs, apprentices

The government negotiated five-year employment protections with upper house MP Fred Nile.

Leesha McKenny Apprenticeships would be axed, call centres outsourced and job losses continue for years under leaked Ausgrid plans.

Labor stoush looms over Salim Mehajer's re-election as Auburn deputy mayor

Property developer Salim Mehajer's re-election as deptuy mayor of Auburn City Council has re-ignited the unease that following his lavish wedding last month.

Leesha McKenny and Anna Patty The re-election of Sydney's most controversial deputy mayor has triggered a brawl inside the Labor Party, including renewed calls for an inquiry into Auburn City Council.

Why it's taken Premier Mike Baird 18 months to hold official talks with Sydney lord mayor Clover Moore

Premier Mike Baird.

Leesha McKenny In all the time Mike Baird has been Premier - 17 months and counting - there's one council he's not been able to find the time to meet with.

Shooters and Fishers Party again put City of Sydney council in the crosshairs

Robert Borsak

Jacob Saulwick and Leesha McKenny Shooters and Fishers MP Robert Borsak is pushing a proposal to shrink the size of the City of Sydney.

Comments 1

Sydney light rail: Randwick's High Cross Park saved from transport interchange

Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance.

Leesha McKenny The move will protect a 90-year-old war memorial and slash construction costs.

Barangaroo Reserve: All signs point to a hasty name change at Barangaroo's headland park

Barangaroo Reserve, as it is written now.

Leesha McKenny Authorities are scrambling after jumping the gun at Barangaroo Point Reserve ... or should that be Barangaroo Reserve?

Rates can fall after council mergers, government figures show

The main street of Yass, in the Yass Valley Council area, where average rates dropped by $88 or 23 per cent.

Leesha McKenny Rates fell in half of the councils formed by mergers in 2004, according to research by the Office of Local Government.

Packer casino, hotel and apartments project a potential 'symbol of inequality'

Chips are down for Crown Resorts project.

Leesha McKenny The City of Sydney says there is not enough evidence to justify building the "landmark" tower on an area previously set aside as parkland.

Wedding crasher: man attempted to run over bride and guests with car, police say

Tenille and Adam Bradley

Leesha McKenny and Josh Dye A wedding has almost ended in tragedy after a man allegedly attempted to run over a number of people – including the bride – at a wedding in Sydney's south-west, police say.

Wedding party member attempts to run over bride and guests: police


Leesha McKenny A man has attempted to run over a number of people – including the bride – at a wedding in Sydney's south west, police say.

Sydney restaurant destroyed by fire


Leesha McKenny A restaurant has been gutted by fire in Sydney's inner west.