Contamination concerns grow as Botany Bay booms

Anne Davies It’s quite a transformation. The Botany Bay local government area has gone from industrial heartland and barren port landscape to a new boom housing area in less than a decade.

EPA admits it was mistaken about Port Botany noise levels

SH NEWS. August 15, 2014. Homes in Little Bay with Port Botany shipping yards in the background. ?Residents near Port Botany shipping yards have been complaining about noise.?

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Natalie O'brien After more than a year of residents around Port Botany being told the night time noises they were complaining about did not exceed "sleep disturbance criteria", the Environment Protection Authority...

Tony Kelly rezoned Botany port land

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Anne Davies Former Labor planning minister Tony Kelly made changes to a planning policy designed to protect land around Port Botany for port uses.

Botany Bay National Park bound for heritage register

Botany Bay National Park

Kirsty Needham Botany Bay National Park is to be included on the NSW heritage register, recognising not only the importance of James Cook's landing to Australian history but the devastation that followed for...

Freight industry concerns over cruise terminal at Port Botany

Patrick at Port Botany.

Leesha McKenny FEARS a multimillion-dollar cruise ship terminal could be built at Port Botany by its new private operator without development consent are the result of ''confusion'', the government said.

Man killed in fire at Botany home


Megan Levy Firefighters have found a body after a fierce blaze tore through a home in Sydney's south-east.

Botany water contamination: NSW health official attacked Macquarie University academic

Comtaminated water from her tap.

Natalie O'Brien A senior NSW Health official encouraged his staff to ''go for the jugular'' in an attack on an academic who publicly disagreed with the official government explanation for the Sydney Water tainted...

Shadow transport minister Albanese rubbishes WestConnex interchange plan

Jacob Saulwick Plans for a motorway interchange to be built near congested local roads in Sydney's inner west are "absurd", the says shadow federal transport minister Anthony Albanese.

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Six-lane M5 East tunnels to emerge at St Peters


Jacob Saulwick A vast road interchange will be built at St Peters, just south of Sydney Park and Newtown, to cater for tens of thousands of cars using new motorway tunnels to be built to Sydney's south-west.

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Mystery woman found floating off Sydney bay

Where the body was found: Kogarah Bay.

Emma Partridge Police have no idea what happened to a woman found floating in her swimming costume off a southern Sydney bay two days ago.

Coal seam gas concerns 'valid', says EPA chief

EPA chief Barry Buffier has expressed concerns on the possible  environmental impact brought on by coal seam gas mining in NSW.

Nicole Hasham The potential damage wrought by coal seam gas mining in NSW is not well understood and "things could go wrong" with water quality, one of the state's top environmental bureaucrats has warned.

Man charged with trying to kidnap two women in Randwick and Kingsford

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A man has been charged with trying to kidnap two women in Sydney's eastern suburbs after he allegedly tried to drag them into his car in two separate incidents.

Police officer injured in Dee Why truck crash placed in coma


Megan Levy Police have have launched a two-day operation in Sydney targeting the safety of distribution trucks following Tuesday's horror crash at Dee Why, in which an out-of-control truck ploughed into a line...

Sydney beaches safe for swimming after massive storm

Guy Klamer swimming at Red Leaf Pool.

James Robertson and Peter Hannam Sydney’s beaches should again be safe for swimming this weekend after the biggest storm in years sent pollution levels soaring.

Foreshore Beach named dirtiest in Sydney

A mystery: NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) is investigating the source of a bright orange plume in the water along Foreshore Beach at Port Botany.
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James Robertson A new report ranking NSW’s beaches has found Botany’s Foreshores Beach is Sydney’s most polluted, but that generally swimming spots around the state are becoming cleaner.

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Dating app Tinder not to blame for gang rape, say police

Emma Partridge Police say they are not blaming online dating sites or discouraging people from using them after the possible drink spiking and rape of a tourist in Sydney's CBD at the weekend.

Genia McCaffery warns that council amalgamations are inevitable

Former North Sydney mayor Genia McCaffery, who was also president of the Australian Local Government Association until 2012.

Anne Davies and James Robertson The former high-profile mayor of North Sydney, Genia McCaffery, has warned her former mayoral colleagues to think twice about rejecting council amalgamations, saying it is inevitable it will occur in...

Police warning after Tinder date ends in gang rape in Sydney

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Emma Partridge Police are warning online daters to be "very careful" following the gang-rape of a tourist in Sydney who met a stranger through mobile dating app Tinder at the weekend. 

Ten speed cameras across NSW to go

NSW is to remove 10 speed cameras.

James Robertson The NSW Government says it will remove 10 speed cameras from the state's roads after an audit found they were doing little to improve road safety. 

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Friend thwarts alleged joyride on $1.8 million boat

Peter Estephan, who saved his friend's boat.

Rachel Olding When Peter Estephan's mate asked him to look after his prized million-dollar boat while he went on holidays, he never expected this.