Leesha McKenny

Leesha McKenny

Leesha McKenny is Urban Affairs Reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald

State government shows structure for planning agency Greater Sydney Commission

Leesha McKenny Planning Minister Rob Stokes has unveiled the structure of the long-awaited Greater Sydney Commission, which will be tasked with developing and overseeing the city's housing and jobs targets.

NSW government considering Sydney Olympic Park stadium purchase, Sports Minister Stuart Ayres confirms

For sale? ANZ Stadium.

Leesha McKenny The state government is considering buying out the owners of ANZ Stadium at Sydney Olympic Park, the Sports Minister says.

Planning Minister Rob Stokes announces changes to pre-gateway reviews

Planning Minister Rob Stokes announced the controversial planning process on Tuesday.

Leesha McKenny The state government is tightening up - but not scrapping - pre-gateway reviews, a process that lets developers challenge council rezoning refusals.

Deputy police commissioner Nick Kaldas calls for better watch on Sydney brothels

The deputy police commissioner has called for better regulation of brothels.

Leesha McKenny Sex slaves, forced illicit drug use and links to organised crime can all arise from poor regulation of the state's brothels, the NSW Police deputy commissioner says.

Salim Mehajer's Auburn wedding a tourist drawcard, deputy mayor claims

Leesha McKenny Auburn deputy mayor Salim Mehajer makes a big call on the power and influence of his lavish wedding.

Ryde councillors won't be prosecuted over alleged electoral funding breaches

Ivan Petch.

Leesha McKenny The NSW Electoral Commission will not prosecute five serving and former Sydney councillors named in a corruption inquiry due to "insufficient admissible evidence".

Auburn deputy mayor Salim Mehajer points to 'third parties' for wedding woes

Auburn deputy mayor Salim Mehajer.

Leesha McKenny It was the wedding that stopped a suburb. Now Auburn's deputy mayor is investigating the hired help.

State government spends more than $700,000 on campaign promoting council reform

The question facing town halls across the state: to merge or not to merge?

Leesha McKenny Public information campaign or "dog's breakfast". Whatever it is, it is costing NSW taxpayers $700,000.

Auburn deputy mayor Salim Mehajer's home building breaches waved through

Salim Mehajer on his wedding day.

Leesha McKenny Salim Mehajer's lavish wedding was not the first time Auburn's deputy mayor has failed to follow the letter of the law on Frances Street.

Review of controversial voting laws in limbo, three years on

Auburn deputy mayor Salim Mehajer.

Leesha McKenny Salim Mehajer's very public declaration of love and wealth has rekindled interest in laws governing local government.

State government canvasses council merger options ahead of IPART findings

Local Government Minister and Nationals MP Paul Toole.

Leesha McKenny Hostile or supportive? That's what the Local Government Minister wants to find out by circulating a draft council merger plan.

Shark tagging, increased surveillance following north coast attacks

A gigantic, four-metre tiger shark, shown in Facebook photos, was reportedly caught off Nine Mile Beach, on the Tweed Coast, in the past few days.

Leesha McKenny Premier Mike Baird has drawn on his own close encounter with a shark when resisting calls for a cull following the spate of attacks along the NSW north coast.

Mike Baird uses Twitter to take a swipe at new Victoria logo

Premier Daniel Andrews reveals the new logo for Victoria.

Leesha McKenny and Craig Butt What do you get when you don't have billion-dollar harbour views?

Changes set to rein in abuses of the 10/50 vegetation clearing code

NSW Rural Fire Service defend a property near Wentworth Falls earlier this month. Critics say a tree removal scheme for bushfire-prone areas is being abused by homeowners.

Leesha McKenny Waterfront homeowners exploiting bushfire laws to improve their views are in the sights of the state government, which is seeking to clamp down on abuses of its controversial land clearing...

Delays to Black Sunday fire inquest blamed on poor resources

Vincent Morrissey lost his family home in the 2013 Coonabarabran fires.

Leesha McKenny The deputy coroner examining the Black Sunday bushfires says he has so few resources for the job that he has worked weekends on the inquest and will have to type his own report.

Ausgrid accused of street tree vandalism by Sydney councils


Leesha McKenny The state's electricity network operator has been accused of wilful vandalism by one of several Sydney councils frustrated by what they say is excessive pruning of street trees.

Garden gnome assisting police after robbery in Sydney's west

Police officers

Leesha McKenny A garden gnome is assisting police with their inquiries after it was involved in an armed hold-up in Sydney's west overnight.

Play clothing could face overhaul after child found hanging at play centre

Kidz Klub Playland & Cafe, where the girl was found hanging.

Leesha McKenny and Tim Barlass Rules governing what children can wear at play centres could face overhaul after horror accident.

Worker suffers serious injuries after incident at Barangaroo

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Leesha McKenny A worker has suffered extensive injuries following an accident at Barangaroo.

Man in critical condition following pick-axe, petrol and baseball bat dispute


Leesha McKenny One man is in hospital and another is on the run following a dispute involving petrol, a pick axe and a baseball bat in Sydney's west overnight.