Homebush

Cars burnt at Homebush as fires rage around state

Sarah Whyte, Matt Carr A wild fire, with flames as high as a ''power pole'', ripped through a car park in Sydney's Olympic Park on Sunday, destroying more than 40 cars that were heard exploding, causing authorities to...

43 cars destroyed in Homebush fire

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Megan Levy, Sarah Whyte, Matt Carr As least 43 cars were destroyed in a large fire that swept across a car park in Homebush in Sydney's west today.

From Homebush to Rhodes, without the 12km round trip

Looking across to Wentworth Point

Anna Patty A new $43 million bridge will be built across Homebush Bay to connect Rhodes to Wentworth Point.

Mane attraction at Homebush is one high horse

PETER HAWKINS ROSEHILL may have hosted the Golden Slipper for two-year-old thoroughbreds yesterday but at the Royal Easter Show, Homebush, another type of horse was sending crowds into a frenzy.

WestConnex has a numbers issue: What are they?

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Jacob Saulwick Christopher Zito has a tough job. Zito is the state government employee who has to work out how many people will drive on the WestConnex toll road planned to be built through and under Sydney's inner...

Auburn councillor Salim Mehajer owns house damaged in suspicious blaze

Leesha McKenny A Sydney deputy mayor, property developer and aspiring state MP has emerged as the owner of a house damaged by a suspicious fire this week.

Light rail project: proposal to use parks as construction compounds on route

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Jacob Saulwick All parks along the length of the proposed tram line from Circular Quay to the eastern suburbs will be used as construction compounds while the line is being built, government documents show.

Driving? There goes the weekend

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Jacob Saulwick, Esther Han For the past five years, Simon and Caroline Rigby have shuttled their four children to weekend sports games, music lessons and drama sessions all over Sydney from their Gordon home.

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Time saved, but Gay can't say how much

Jacob Saulwick Motorists who now drive for free along the M4 will face tolls of more than $4 each way in four years, but the government cannot say how much time they will save when the road is widened.

Overhaul of NSW planning laws shot down in upper house

Brad Hazzard

Nicole Hasham The state government's landmark planning reforms are under serious threat after the NSW upper house blocked key parts of the new laws, in a move the developer lobby has described as a “disaster”.

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WestConnex: 100 properties to be bought to make room

News-NCH. 02.08.12. Official opening of new Newcastle Port Centre. NSW minister for Ports and Roads, Duncan Gay. picture by Brock Perks

Jacob Saulwick More than 100 properties through Sydney's west and inner west will be purchased to make room for the first stages of the O'Farrell government's WestConnex motorway.

Motorway extension demolishes young family's dreams

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Alexia Attwood, Nicole Hasham Young father Joe Slakey had dreams of building a playground wonderland in his Haberfield backyard, and opening a restaurant in the nearby inner west.

Fears over 'unfair' WestConnex valuation system

Duncan Gay

Sean Nicholls The NSW government is preparing to use a valuation system described as ''unfair and inadequate'' to compensate owners of hundreds of homes and businesses marked for demolition to make way for major...

Rodrigo's guitar concerto melts mum's heart

Families embrace as they reunite in time for Christmas. Rodrigo Siqueira with his 8yo twins, Eric and Isabela

Amy McNeilage, Jacob Saulwick There are few charms surer to animate an already emotional airport scene than a Brazilian with a guitar.

Planning laws could hinge on Shooters and Fishers votes

Brad Hazzard

Jacob Saulwick The fate of the state's next planning system, aimed at making it easier for developments in Sydney, could hinge on imminent meetings between the Shooters and Fishers Party and top bureaucrats.

How Torbay tried to box clever over a Stones concert

Mick Jagger

Kate McClymont and Sean Nicholls Richard Torbay has learned the hard way that you can't always get what you want.

Drivers face $7.35 toll on new $11.5b WestConnex

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Jacob Saulwick Motorists who drive for free on the M4 will pay a toll of up to $4 a trip when the road is widened in four years, the O'Farrell government announced on Thursday amid more details of its promised...

Frustrated councils unable to demand rubbish be removed

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Nicole Hasham Yards filled with rotting junk and overgrown grass are rampant and derelict buildings can blight a street for decades because NSW's waste laws are failing, councils say.

NSW bushfires: live updates October 23

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Josephine Tovey Live updates from the frontline of the NSW bushfire crisis.

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Schools renting out space to pay for teachers

Orange Grove Organic Markets at Orange Grove Public School in Leichhardt.

Cosima Marriner Schools are being forced to fund basic resources such as extra teachers and pay for power bills from the money they raise from renting out their classrooms and playgrounds out of hours.