Leesha McKenny

Leesha McKenny

Leesha McKenny is Urban Affairs Reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald

Stereosonic death shows festivalgoers are playing 'Russian roulette', police say

Louise Hall, Leesha McKenny Police have warned drug-taking festival goers that they are playing "Russian roulette with your life" after one woman died and another was placed in an induced coma following drug overdoses at...

Mayoral robes spat sparks boycott at Ryde Council

Former Ryde mayor Bill Pickering.

Leesha McKenny A Sydney council recently riven by knock outs, defamation claims and blackmail is now facing bickering and boycotts over a ceremonial necklace and gold-trim jacket.

Central Barangaroo buildings increase again thanks to new station

Former prime minister Paul Keating at Barangaroo's headland park.

Leesha McKenny and Jacob Saulwick The latest increase to development at Barangaroo "could be squeezing the lemon too hard," according to Paul Keating, after the Baird government said it would allow developers to propose much...

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Salim Mehajer's wife appointed director of his companies as he 'has a go' at medicine

From beautician to director: Salim Mehajer's wife Aysha.

Leesha McKenny She has stood by him in court and supported his ambitions to become Prime Minister and last week a 'doctor'.

Auburn deputy mayor Salim Mehajer to fight intimidation charges

Cr Mehajer represented himself in Bankstown Local Court.

Nick Ralston and Leesha McKenny Auburn's embattled deputy mayor Salim Mehajer has made his second appearance in a Sydney courtroom in as many days - this time defending accusations he intimidated the father of a Lindt Cafe siege...

Building boom prompts calls to overhaul Sydney's Cahill expressway

The Cahill Expressway looms over the Circular Quay ferry wharves.

Leesha McKenny The company behind one of the biggest redevelopments in the city's building boom has called on the state government to rethink its overhaul of Circular Quay.

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Auburn council calls on controversial deputy mayor Salim Mehajer to consider resigning

Cr Mehajer represented himself in Bankstown Local Court.

Leesha McKenny The council of Sydney's most controversial deputy mayor has been called on Salim Mehajer to him to consider stepping down.

Auburn deputy mayor Salim Mehajer in court over driving charges

Cr Mehajer represented himself in Bankstown Local Court.

Leesha McKenny Auburn's controversial deputy mayor had admitted to driving without carrying a licence but has pleaded not guilty to getting behind the wheel of an unregistered Ferrari.

Showdown looms as a dozen Sydney councils stare down merger deadline

Save our Councils protest against the state government's merger push earlier this year.

Leesha McKenny Some Sydney councils will launch legal action if they are forced to amalgamate.

Office tower proposed as part of Harbourside Shopping Centre redevelopment

Leesha McKenny Yet another tower could soon loom large on Darling Harbour's skyline as part of a redevelopment of the much-maligned Harbourside Shopping Centre.

Anger as $1 billion redevelopment lures Commonwealth Bank away from western Sydney

The Commonwealth Bank announced it will become the anchor tenant at Australian Technology Park, following a successful bid by a Mirvac Group-led consortium to acquire and redevelop the site.

Leesha McKenny, Melanie Kembrey and Jacob Saulwick The Commonwealth Bank is pulling thousands of employees out of western Sydney, angering advocates for the region concerned the Baird government is failing to support decent jobs in the area.

Mike Baird hones threat to councils ahead of merger deadline

Premier Mike Baird and Local Government Minister Paul Toole.

Leesha McKenny The Premier has resorted to veiled threats to try and cajole councils into mergers, as some of them step up their opposition to the overhaul of local government.

Balmain Tigers set to lose right of return in Rozelle as development deadline looms

Balmain Tigers  and Wests Tigers former club house on Victoria Road, Rozelle.

Leesha McKenny The Balmain Tigers appear certain to lose their right to return to the leagues club's spiritual home in Rozelle.

Sydney lord mayor contender Edward Mandla bows out of race

Leesha McKenny The presumed frontrunner for the Liberal Party's bid for Sydney's Lord Mayoralty has pulled out of the race, leaving the door open for Tony Abbott's sister or a surprise candidate.

Auburn mayor Le Lam's ties to Salim Mehajer in the spotlight

Auburn deputy mayor Salim Mehajer.

Leesha McKenny and Michaela Whitbourn It might be hard to look past the lurid excesses of Sydney's most colourful deputy mayor but what emerges is a complex web of relationships on Auburn council.

Auburn Council deputy mayor Salim Mehajer being sued for his staircase

Auburn deputy mayor Salim Mehajer has denied allegations he threatened the family of a Sydney siege survivor.

Leesha McKenny Yashar Shokrgozar is "very proud" of the famous staircase he built for Sydney's most controversial deputy mayor. Now he would like to be paid for it.

Auburn deputy mayor Salim Mehajer's 'right hand man' admits forging documents

Called to give evidence last year: Auburn deputy mayor Salim Mehajer.

Michaela Whitbourn and Leesha McKenny A close friend and "right hand man" of controversial deputy Auburn mayor Salim Mehajer admitted to a court that he forged documents in a bid to stop one of Cr Mehajer's companies going into...

Auburn deputy mayor Salim Mehajer and partner being sued for almost $700,000

Salim Mehajer

Michaela Whitbourn and Leesha McKenny Controversial Auburn deputy mayor Salim Mehajer is facing yet another legal headache, with the liquidator of one of his companies taking court action against him and his business partner.

Lengthy delays in Five Dock after accident closes Lyons Road

Police tape.

Leesha McKenny Motorists are facing lengthy delays in Five Dock after a gas leak closed Lyons Road in both directions.

Dirty nappies on dining tables and 'screeching' kids force cafe playroom to close

John and Claudette Osterberg at their cafe, Black Mocha, at Turramurra.

Leesha McKenny and Inga Ting A north shore cafe has closed its popular playroom after parents and their children continued to "display deplorable manners", including leaving dirty nappies on dining tables, the owners say.