Leesha McKenny

Leesha McKenny

Leesha McKenny is Urban Affairs Reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald

Pyrmont Bridge garden project withers on the vine

Leesha McKenny Plans for a fruit and vegetable garden in the centre of Pyrmont Bridge appear to be withering on the vine.

Pru Goward urged to change law so corrupt rezonings can be overturned

Urging changes in the local planning controls for the former Balmain Leagues Club site: Planning Minister Pru Goward.

Leesha McKenny The power to revoke planning decisions tainted by corruption does not extend to land rezonings, warn the Greens in a letter calling for an urgent amendment to the planning act.

New laws bad news for apartment owners, strata advocate says

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Leesha McKenny Home owners will soon be left paying the price for shoddy apartments, a consumer advocacy group warns in a scathing assessment of the state government's new building laws.

Councils threaten home owners with $1 million fine for renting rooms

Sydney's planning controls have yet to catch up with new accomodation services offered by companies such as Airbnb.

Leesha McKenny Sydney property owners are being threatened with fines of more than $1 million for renting out rooms in their homes through short-term accommodation sites like Airbnb.

Councils criticise push for apartments without parking

Communities will pay the price for a proposal to allow apartment buildings to be built without parking.

Leesha McKenny Communities would end up paying the price for apartments without parking, says the umbrella group for the state's councils, which has branded the state government proposal "a cross between a...

Parking requirements to be cut back under new design standards proposed for apartments

Leesha McKenny and Toby Johnstone Changes that would allow apartments near train stations to be built without parking could increase resident opposition to projects in parts of Sydney, an industry group has warned.

A birthday, a proposal and a $1 million donation

Babak Moini and his partner Rochelle Collis

Leesha McKenny When entrepreneur Babak Moini proposed to his partner Rochelle Collis at her 40th birthday Saturday night, he didn't surprised her with a ring.

Double vision: planning debate caught in a maze of committees

Yes, minister: Pru Goward is under fire for setting up too many committees.

Leesha McKenny If in doubt, set up a committee. That is the increasing view among development and community groups of the government's planning strategies, six months from the state election.

New committee to develop the government's vision for Sydney's harbourfront

A new committee will develop some of Sydney's most valuable public harbourfront land, including The Rocks and Circular Quay.

Leesha McKenny Responsibility for the future of Sydney's harbour foreshore will be handed to a high-powered committee led by former transport mandarin Les Wielinga.

City of Sydney backs bid for people's summit on development of Bays Precinct

City of Sydney Lord mayor Clover Moore.

Leesha McKenny The City of Sydney is backing community plans for a "People's Summit" on the Bays Precinct amid concerns about the state government's bid to open up the prime harbourside land to developers.

City of Sydney backs 'People's Summit' for Bays Precinct

Distrust about government plans for waterfront: City of Sydney Lord mayor Clover Moore.

Leesha McKenny The City of Sydney will put up to $60,000 towards a "People's Summit" into the state government's plans to open up prime harbourside land to developers under the largest urban program since the...

City of Sydney council parking fines drop amid claims of bad management

Fewer parking fines have been issued in Sydney in the past year.

Leesha McKenny Sydney's parking rangers fined fewer drivers last year than any of the previous six years, City of Sydney figures reveal. But one councillor isn't happy.

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Trucks will not be forced to use Westconnex, Tony Shepherd says

Leesha McKenny Trucks will not be forced off Parramatta Road and into a the Westconnex tunnel once the $15 billion motorway is completed, the project's chairman said.

Balmain Leagues Club settles dispute with Rozelle Village

Payments: Former Tigers star Benny Elias.

Leesha McKenny The Balmain Leagues Club has settled its dispute with developer Rozelle Village, five months after its injunction to prevent any bid to place the club into receivership.

MPs Robert Borsak, Alex Greenwich lock horns over business voting changes in the City of Sydney

Alex Greenwich

Leesha McKenny A war of words has broken out about the proposed changes to business voting in the City of Sydney, with Alex Greenwich claiming he was told the Shooters and Fishers wanted to give businesses more...

Some Sydney garbage trucks back on the road, but others still grounded

Cleanaway's fleet was grounded because of a crash in Adelaide.

Leesha McKenny and Eryk Bagshaw Garbage services halted across Sydney are expected to begin to return to normal, after councils were advised that some of the trucks grounded by one of Australia’s largest waste management...

Parramatta Square's Aspire tower proves too high for aviation authorities

Too tall: Parramatta's proposed

Leesha McKenny Parramatta’s aspirations to build NSW’s tallest residential tower may be cut down to size following concerns by aviation authorities.

Garbage trucks off the road across Sydney following fatal accident in Adelaide

Off the roads: Cleanaway trucks.

Leesha McKenny Rubbish collections have been suspended across Sydney after the one of Australia’s largest waste management companies grounded its entire fleet following an accident that has left a man dead in...

Ryde's corrupt former mayor Ivan Petch waits to hear fate

File photo of Ivan Petch when he was mayor of Ryde.

Leesha McKenny The fate of Ryde's former mayor Ivan Petch still hangs in the balance, after the state government revealed it had yet to decide whether to dismiss the councillor almost two months after he was found...

City of Sydney business vote plan may falter, backers concede

Business vote planned

Nicole Hasham and Leesha McKenny More than 40 per cent of businesses failed to vote at the last City of Melbourne election and a poor turnout in Sydney would be “absolutely certain” despite the introduction of compulsory...