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Planned cycle paths in Lane Cove bushland upset the walkers

James Robertson A plan to build cycle paths through bushland on the north shore has opened a new front between Sydney's warring transport partisans.

Huge traffic delays after bus crash on Cahill Expessway

Peak hour congestion on the approach to the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Esther Han Citybound motorists north of the Sydney Harbour Bridge faced lengthy delays on Tuesday morning after a multi-vehicle crash involving a bus blocked all but one lane on the Cahill Expressway.

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...

Edward Melhuish suggests Australia should make preschool free

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Rachel Browne Australia needs to introduce free preschool places for all children if it is to compete economically with other developed countries, according to a leading international expert in early childhood...

ICAC calls Gazcorp developers as witnesses into Liberal MP inquiry

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Sean Nicholls, Michaela Whitbourn A property development company whose directors are due to appear at a corruption inquiry into an alleged slush fund associated with former resources minister Chris Hartcher donated almost $40,000 to...

Gazcorp lobbyist 'assisting' NSW minister with re-election campaign

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Sean Nicholls A lobbyist for controversial property developer Gazcorp, whose directors are named as witnesses in a corruption inquiry into illegal donations, is helping to run the re-election campaign of NSW...

Poor planning left schools at 'critical' levels

Cosima Marriner Flawed demographic modelling led to the short-sighted decision to shut primary schools across the north shore 25 years ago, parents say, forcing the O'Farrell government to spend $70 million on new...

Victoria Road will have first of new weekend clearways

Traffic queues on the M1.

Jacob Saulwick The first weekend clearway to be introduced under the state government's latest plan to free up weekend traffic should be in place within weeks, as the Roads Minister seeks public input on another...

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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Parks, beaches face threat from new bill, opponents say

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Michaela Whitbourn Legal experts are alarmed by a bill giving the O'Farrell government sweeping powers to approve commercial activities on public land such as parks and beaches.

Rapid expansion: bus stops cut in plan for quicker system

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Jacob Saulwick More buses on major routes across Sydney will stop at fewer places, in an attempt to improve travel times.

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Relief for friends of Mary Louise Wallace as Robert Adams charged with her murder

Mary Louise Wallace  disappeared in the early hours of September 24, 1983 at the age of 33.

Emma Partridge The best friend of missing Sydney nurse Mary Louise Wallace did not realise the pair would never speak again when she hung up the phone on a September afternoon in 1983.

Councils playing tough with state government, demanding after-school care solutions

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Kirsty Needham Local councils and child care providers have joined forces to pressure the O'Farrell government over a shortage of after-school care places, as waiting lists grow for next year and working parents...

New Year's Eve: comforts of home lure revellers

Fion So, left, and Karen Lee, prepare for a New Years Eve party they are hosting in Enmore, Sydney.

Charmaine Wong, Esther Han More than 1.6 million people will converge on Sydney harbour to marvel at one of the world's most spectacular New Year's Eve firework displays.

NSW Fair Trading issues warning over bogus Buddhist monk scam

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Alexandra Back NSW Fair Trading has warned people to be on the look-out for con artists dressed as Buddhist monks after dozens of smh.com.

Les Wielinga retires as head of state transport

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Jacob Saulwick The long-standing head of the state's transport bureaucracy, Les Wielinga, is retiring in September, leaving the O'Farrell government in search for a successor.

A-glamping we will go, as Centennial Park seeks overnighters

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Catherine Armitage This spring you could wake to the sound of thudding horse hooves and squawking ibis, wash your face in a marble sink and step out directly into the sylvan splendour that is Centennial Park on a...

Public primary school numbers up but it tends to get private after that

Liz Foster with daughters Grace and Ruby.

Josephine Tovey While one child was still in nappies, Liz Foster began fielding questions about where her two daughters would go to school.

Transurban defends solitary tax payment in 10 years

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Michael West Toll road group Transurban has paid corporate tax only once in the past decade despite churning out billion-dollar revenues in recent years.

Coles loses $50,000 payout battle against man wrongly accused of eating stolen raw prawns

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Stephanie Gardiner A Sydney artist has been allowed to keep a $50,000 defamation pay-out, after he was wrongly accused of stealing raw prawns in a north shore Coles supermarket.