Leesha McKenny

Leesha McKenny

Leesha McKenny is Urban Affairs Reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald

Former Ryde mayor Ivan Petch in court bid to overturn corruption findings

Leesha McKenny Ryde’s former mayor Ivan Petch is launching a Supreme Court bid to have the corruption watchdog’s findings against him ‘‘thrown out’’.

High rise is heading for the Hills, but council wants plans to include bigger apartments

Leesha McKenny Up to 12,000 homes are heading for the Hills district, under the state government’s plans to border the north-west rail link with high-rise development.

Pyrmont Bridge garden plan could separate cyclists and pedestrians

Drawing visitors to Darling Harbour: The proposed temporary fruit and vegetable garden.

Leesha McKenny Even the dugongs will do their bit to draw more visitors to Darling Harbour during its $2.5 billion redevelopment.

Michael Photios, the Tigers and the wrath of angry client Benny Elias

Development dispute: Michael Photios.

Kate McClymont and Leesha McKenny Prominent Liberal powerbroker and lobbyist Michael Photios knows only too well the wrath of an unappreciative client.

Search for missing Irish surfer at Byron Bay likely to enter a third day

Westpac rescue helicopter

Leesha McKenny Rescuers are yet to find any trace of an Irish surfer who went missing in waters off Byron Bay on Saturday.

Familiar names, fresh plans for fish market

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Leesha McKenny and Kate McClymont A former government bureaucrat with links to the Obeid family is part of an ambitious new bid to redevelop the Sydney Fish Market.

Rozelle cottage at the centre of development proves too good to sell

Kate McClymont, Leesha Mckenny When a real estate agent’s own sales pitch describes a property as a “dank dwelling” and “seemingly completely without redemption” you might imagine a vendor would grab...

Sydney's private schools head to court to boost student numbers

Seeking to expand: Scots College in Bellevue Hill.

Leesha McKenny Two of Sydney’s most prestigious private boys schools have launched legal action against councils blocking their bids to boost approved student numbers, amid growing anger from neighbours about their...

Decision to block heritage listing for future car park raises ire of experts

Winner: the Majestic Theatre in Petersham.

Leesha McKenny London or New York might salivate at the prospect of reviving an inner-city heritage landmark, but in Sydney it seems we’d rather swap it for a car park.

Former Ryde mayor suspended after ICAC finds him corrupt

Corrupt: Ivan Petch.

Leesha McKenny A Sydney councillor and former Liberal state MP who leaked confidential information to aid his developer mates and to smear his rivals has been found to be corrupt by the Independent Commission...

Bike facilities: Developers get a handle on growing cycling trend

Leesha McKenny Developers say growing consumer demand for bike-friendly facilities in apartments is leading them to go above and beyond the measures mandated by councils.

High-rise plans move forward in two Sydney suburbs

Leesha McKenny More high-rise is coming to Sydney's suburbs, after the state government approved a new development precinct in Wentworth Point and put plans for another at Macquarie Park on public exhibition.

Auburn deputy mayor Salim Mehajer faces suspension over business interests

Salim Mehajer outside court. Photo by Paul Bibby.

Leesha McKenny A Sydney deputy mayor and property developer is facing a suspension for failing to publicly disclose the full scale of his extensive property and business interests.

Auburn deputy mayor Salim Mehajer faces suspension over business interests

Leesha McKenny A Sydney deputy mayor and property developer is facing a suspension for failing to publicly disclose the full scale of his extensive property and business interests.

Meriton wins court challenge

Leesha McKenny The City of Sydney has failed in its bid force one of Australia’s largest developers to immediately stop working on a series of inner city apartments the council found does not have full...

Budget money sprawls Sydney west as urban plans falter

Leesha McKenny The state government will push out towards Sydney's fringe in a bid to boost housing, allocating $143 million to support development in the city's west.

Mining assessments to be beefed up after scathing review

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Leesha Mckenny and Michaela Whitbourn The state government will beef up its assessment of mining applications after a scathing review of its handling of a controversial proposal on the Central Coast.

Council bid to halt construction

Leesha McKenny One of Australia’s largest developers has spent six months building a series of inner Sydney apartment towers it is accused of not having full approval to build.

Wallarah 2 in limbo after land council challenge succeeds

Leesha McKenny and Sean Nicholls The future of the controversial Wallarah 2 coal project is in limbo after a court upheld a legal challenge by a local Aboriginal land council.

ICAC takes evidence of marine project linked to corrupt former minister Joe Tripodi

Joe Tripodi.

Kate McClymont and Leesha McKenny Corrupt former Labor powerbroker Joe Tripodi has had his house swept for listening devices as the Independent Commission Against Corruption steps up its inquiries into the former state minister.