Leesha McKenny

Leesha McKenny

Leesha McKenny is Urban Affairs Reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald

Local government chief forced to withdraw evidence

Leesha McKenny The head of the Office of Local Government was forced into an embarrassing backdown when conceding she did not know what impact council mergers would have on rates.

Police call for witnesses to come forward after CBD assault

Leesha McKenny Investigators are appealing to the public after a brutal CBD assault that left a man hospitalised overnight.

Ryde City Council seeks ratepayer funding for councillor defamation battles

Ryde mayor Bill Pickering

Leesha McKenny What if councillors could rely on public funding every time they sued to defend a wounded reputation?

Sydney Harbour Control Tower at Barangaroo to be demolished

Due to be knocked down: The Sydney Harbour Control Tower.

Leesha McKenny Former PM Paul Keating wanted it gone, and the National Trust fought to save it.

Former Ryde mayor Ivan Petch charged with blackmail, misconduct following ICAC inquiry


Leesha McKenny and Michaela Whitbourn A former Sydney mayor is being prosecuted for misconduct in public office, blackmail and giving false or misleading evidence to ICAC.

$161 million development plans for Bankstown Airport

Bankstown Airport.

Leesha McKenny A business park and family leisure destination - and the potential for knowledge jobs - is planned for an often overlooked part of the city.

State Government's rush to merge councils draws fire at parliamentary inquiry

 Sydney Town Hall.

Leesha McKenny Sydney faces some of the poorest travel to work times in the world, and the city's gaping inequity means you can determine someone's social outcomes by their postcode, an upper house inquiry has...

School fundraiser puts auction fee on the block

Leesha McKenny It's either the best deal in the inner west, or a sign that Sydney's property market has finally begun eating itself.

Crown lodges plans for James Packer's Barangaroo without waiting on approval

Artists' impression of the latest Barangaroo design.

Leesha McKenny Its waterfront location is yet to get the green light, but James Packer has already lodged plans for his $2 billion Barangaroo project and started the clock ticking for public comment.

IPART seeks public feedback ahead of Opal fare overhaul

IPART will consider a range of options for improving the Opal system.

Leesha McKenny Should all 25-kilometre journeys on Sydney's public transport network be created equal?

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Addressing housing affordability, German style

Apartments in Berlin.

Leesha McKenny Lea Schmeling is caught up in a housing affordability crisis. But there is a solution.

Firefighters battle factory fire in Mascot

House fire at Antonietta Street, Cabramatta. Picture: Fire and Rescue NSW.

Leesha McKenny Major roads have been closed due to a fire at Mascot.

Eleven house fires in one night prompts warning

House fire at Antonietta Street, Cabramatta. Picture: Fire and Rescue NSW.

Leesha McKenny Eight people have been taken to hospital following 11 house fires overnight - most of which were caused by chimneys or heaters, authorities say.

Scots College bid to boost student numbers fails

 Scots College

Leesha McKenny Scots College has failed in its legal bid to increase its student numbers by almost one-third, opening the way for court challenge by nearby residents who claim the boys' school has been concealing...

City of Sydney election: Liberals Christine Forster and Edward Mandla in showdown to try to unseat Clover Moore as mayor

Leesha McKenny A 'showdown' looms between Tony Abbott's sister and her Liberal colleague over the right to try to unseat Sydney's long-reigning Lord Mayor Clover Moore.

Council amalgamations: Liberal MP accused of 'political hypocrisy' over council mergers

Drummoyne MP John Sidoti (left) has confused some on the local council.

Leesha McKenny Good politics is all about appealing to your audience.

Council amalgamation: MPs vow to fight forced mergers

Some of the protesters at the Save our Councils rally at NSW Parliament House on Thursday.

Leesha McKenny As far as protests go, it wasn't a big one.

Council amalgamation: Waverley and Randwick set to become first Sydney councils voting to merge

Woollahra council might join with Waverley and Randwick.

Leesha McKenny Two eastern suburbs councils are likely to be the first to agree to amalgamate under the Baird government's local government reforms.

Hillsong Church cancels pastor Mark Driscoll's Australian visit after backlash

Controversial pastor Mark Driscoll has referred to women as

Leesha McKenny The Australian visit of a controversial US pastor who once described women as "penis houses" has been cancelled after a public backlash.

Transgender woman allegedly bashed at Newtown's Town Hall Hotel

Musician Stephanie McCarthy who was bashed at the Town Hall Hotel in Newtown for being transgender.

Leesha McKenny A transgender woman left bloodied and bruised after an alleged bashing in a Newtown pub has accused the venue from failing to do enough to prevent the incident.