Leesha McKenny

Leesha McKenny

Leesha McKenny is Urban Affairs Reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald

Scots College bid to increase student cap backfires

Leesha McKenny Prestigious boys' school Scots College is seeking to boost by nearly a third the number of students approved for its Bellevue Hill campus, which nearby residents have seized on as an admission the...

New dedicated laneway precinct sticks with its historical name

Dr Stanley Quek

Leesha McKenny It is billed as a vibrant new inner city laneway - in every way but name.

Balmain Leagues Club high-rise suffers another rejection

Balmain

Leesha McKenny Plans for high-rise buildings at the old Balmain Leagues Club site have been rejected by an independent planning authority, prompting calls for the developer to relinquish its hold on the site.

Roy Medich likely to enjoy a multimillion-dollar windfall

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Leesha McKenny The brother of accused murderer Ron Medich is among a raft of landowners set to reap a multimillion-dollar windfall from plans for a second Sydney airport.

New airport 'a game changer and absolute no brainer' for economic growth

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Leesha McKenny A second airport has been hailed by urban planning experts as a ''game changer'' for Sydney's attempt to manage and direct economic growth over the next two decades.

CWA hearts and minds divided over $12m Potts Point real estate

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Leesha McKenny A prized property in Sydney's urban centre is shaping up as the unlikely battleground for the ''heart and soul'' of the Country Women's Association.

Brad Hazzard expected to reveal high-rise plans for North West Rail Link

Brad Hazzard

Leesha McKenny The state government is turning west to realise its ambition for high-rise development near transport hubs, amid speculation it will scale back its plans for Sydney's eastern suburbs.

Senior public servants sacked without explanation

Ned Mannoun

Leesha McKenny Liverpool has become the ninth NSW council to sack its most senior public servant since the local government elections less than two years ago.

Public housing tenants facing eviction say process too hasty

Florence Seckald

Leesha McKenny Millers Point public housing tenant Florence Seckold buried her husband last Tuesday. ''Wednesday we got the eviction notice,'' the 80-year-old said.

NorthConnex: Many still in dark about effects of Pennant Hills Road tunnel

Tunnel

Leesha McKenny A motorway tunnel under Pennant Hills Road may mean Krystyna Jensen would no longer have to worry about the thousands of trucks that barrel past her Thornleigh renovation business each day.

O'Farrell government ignored consultants' advice on plan to sell public housing at Millers Points

Goward

Nicole Hasham, Leesha McKenny The O'Farrell government ignored advice from its own consultants on how to evict vulnerable tenants from Millers Point public housing with minimal damage to their health and wellbeing.

Opal card available on all Sydney trains by next Friday

Opal card (Thumbnail)

Leesha McKenny Electronic ticketing will be in place across all 190 stations of the Sydney train network by the end of next week.

Sydney mayor Clover Moore slams NSW state housing sell-off

Nicole Hasham, Leesha McKenny The O'Farrell government will not rule out selling millions of dollars worth of public housing at prime sites in inner Sydney after a decision to force out tenants in 300 harbourside properties.

NorthConnex tunnel to swallow more than 50 properties

Leesha McKenny More than 50 residential, commercial and industrial properties will be swallowed up to make way for the new motorway tunnel linking the M2 and M1 in northern Sydney.

More food trucks on the menu

Trucks

Leesha McKenny Sydney's mobile dining fleet is set to expand from nine food trucks to 50 under a plan to make them a permanent feature.

Call to consider Barangaroo's toxic past when examining outbreak of fire

Fires

Leesha McKenny Investigations into this week's Barangaroo fire must consider whether the area's toxic history played a role in the blaze, the author of a report into contamination at the site says.

'Snouts in trough' or friendly gesture? Sister city program under fire

portugal

Leesha McKenny What started half a century ago as a gesture of peace in a world torn apart by war - the bond of being sister cities across the globe - has become the source of blazing rows in local government.

Kempsey is still the town with no Slim Dusty cheer

Slim Dusty

Damien Murphy, Leesha McKenny Slim Dusty wanted to be the saviour of his home town.

Eddie's Arc: Relatives take over Circular Quay lease from front company

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Leesha McKenny A lucrative harbourside lease at the centre of a corruption inquiry into Eddie Obeid has been transferred to another branch of the disgraced former Labor powerbroker's family - and potentially beyond...

Mardi Gras parade route traders fear losses from new lockout laws

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Leesha McKenny ''How would you feel if someone said to you we're going to take 20 per cent of your income away overnight?'' says Justin Goldsmith from Corkscrew Cellars.