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Inner West whispers Local gossip, rumour, hearsay and unsubstantiated fact... Labor members who lunch – weighing in WestConnex – Norton St renewal overdue l Incredible numbers are being pulled out by WE ARE C!AO Satire for the soul Latte Leftie weighs into the increasingly bitter conflict between womyn, women and wom*n Dear LL – Happy New Year! Am I alone in wondering when smug. white, first-world feminists are going to check their privilege in the way their American sisters are belatedly beginning to? Not about being highly educated, middle class and Anglo (Goddess knows, the whole edifice of progressive politics would come crumbling down if having those characteristics disbarred one from feeling oppressed) but lording over us transgender people just because, thanks to nothing more than an accident of birth, they possess a natural vagina. I was heartened to hear that an all-women’s college in one of the more civilised parts of the US has finally opted to dispense with its annual staging of the Vagina Monologues on the grounds that it is “blatantly transphobic” and “offers an extremely narrow perspective on what it means to be a woman” while failing to acknowledge “gender is a wide and varied experience, one that cannot simply be reduced to biological or anatomical distinctions.” Carlotta, Camperdown LL replies: It fills me with shame that this redneck nation has barely moved on from the days when it was considered appropriate to laugh at a Corporal Klinger’s ‘zany cross-dressing antics’ in M*A*S*H. As painful as it will be for those of us on the Left to accept that women might be capable of less than saintly behaviour, I think it is high time that the cis-sexist ‘womyn-born-womyn only’ matriarchs who like to gather in culturally appropriative, incense smoke-filled backrooms and plot the continued subjugation of those courageous blokes who aspire to throw on a frock then use the women’s change rooms, go skinny dipping in female-only swimming spots, join lesbian dating sites and give birth were finally called to account. Surely until every man, regardless of their vaginal status, can declare “Je suis une femme” no person of any or indeterminate gender can be truly free. n Email your dilemma to info@ciaomagazine.com.au. Things we love: The Wireless House This little brick hut in Glebe’s Foley Park is no ordinary miniature brick house. It was built in 1934 to provide public radio broadcasting for those who could not afford the luxury of owning an in-home radio. During the 1970s the wireless house was no longer used as a radio broadcasting location and instead was used for council storage. The Wireless House was relaunched in 2009 by sonic artist Nigel Helyer, supported by the City of Sydney. It was remade as an audio space to incorporate the Wireless House’s history through broadcasting old radio recordings and oral recountings of historical Glebe. In addition to this – and appropriately enough given the building’s title – the wireless house was transformed into Sydney’s first free outdoor So that’s what it is! wi-fi hotspot. ADVERTISING Sonya Madden sonya@ciaomagazine.com.au both sides of the political spectrum in response to the recent approval of the WestConnex M4 Widening Project. Greens NSW MP Mehreen Faruqi has released a statement claiming motorists could be in line for tolls of up to $26. Meanwhile NSW Roads Minister Duncan Gay has claimed the $500 million project will cut travel times by up to 74 per cent between Parramatta and Homebush. Site work begins in February. announced in May 2013, seems to have fallen flat with some Leichhardt locals disappointed in the project’s results. ‘Renew’, a model first trialled in Newcastle, encourages owners of unused retail spaces to allow pop-up shops to open in their spaces rent-free, until paying tenants can be found. Local grumblings suggest heavily priced parking meters and greedy landlords need to go before Leichhardt gets its mojo back. l Federal member for Grayndler Anthoney Albanese has been reminiscing on the good ol' days of Labor Youth Caucus, jumping on the back of Triple J birthday celebrations to recall his role in expanding the youth-oriented radio station to a national service. As the Australian Young Labor Delegate to ALP National Conference in 1986, Albanese moved the motion to expand the Sydney station (then Double J) to the national youth radio station it is today. l Rumours have emerged that Enfield JOURNALIST Max Kobras max@ciaomagazine.com.au l Leichhardt’s Renew Project, which was restaurant Il Buco has taken over the clientele of Tuscany’s on Norton St, once popular with lunching Labor power-brokers (Albanese included). SMH journalist, Kate McClymont released a piece on Il Buco calling into question the large bills of Canterbury Council’s general manager Jim Montague, who has made a habit of taking out Labor mayors for extravagant meals. Oysters, anyone? FOOD Melissa Leong info@ciaomagazine.com.au WINE Winsor Dobbin info@ciaomagazine.com.au history This image shows the historical Tranby house of Glebe in the 1940s, which has been the main campus of Tranby Aboriginal College since its founding in 1958. This college, located on the traditional land of the Cadigal people, is Australia’s oldest independent Indigenous education provider, offering four national accredited diplomas whilst remaining inclusive of Indigenous ways of learning. More than just a place of education, Tranby has been a focal point of social action for decades and has acted as an advocate for the self-determination of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. ART DIRECTOR Paden Hunter paden@ciaomagazine.com.au EDITORIAL Phoebe Moloney phoebe@ciaomagazine.com.au Image courtesy of Tranby Aboriginal College. Feel the Love Leichhardt GENERATIONS OF ANNANDALE, BALMAIN, BIRCHGROVE, LEICHHARDT, LILYFIELD, ROZELLE PUBLISHING Sonia Komaravalli sonia@ciaomagazine.com.au Contributors: Jared Ingersoll, Nigel Bowen, Kassia Aksenov and Millie Cotes, Jayden Rivers Illustrations: Paden Hunter Ciao loves you, and our photographers only supply photos for publication with consent. We try and make you look your best. No responsibility is accepted by Ciao Magazine for the accuracy of advertisements or information. We welcome unsolicited editorial and pictorial contributions. The opinions expressed in Ciao Magazine are those of contributors, indemnifying the publisher from inaccuracy or consequences arising from its reproduction. © All rights reserved. No material is to be reproduced without written permission of the publisher. Ciao Magazine is a free publication. Distribution, advertising & editorial enquiries 460A Parramatta Road, Petersham 2049 info@ciaomagazine.com.au (02) 9518 3696. 0402 202 951 – Sonya 0405 509 805 – Sonia Ciao is locally owned and produced. Please recycle Printed by Spot Press, Marrickville Cover: Artists Blak Douglas and Adam Geczy with AUSFAILURE, part of Blakattack showing at SCA Galleries. Image: Ben Cregan. Celebrate Mardi Gras 2015 Showcasing local performers Leichhardt Council LGBTQI Action Group C!ao’s voice In • Coming together on the internet • Paddle boarding • Picking up at the swimming pool • Bohemian stylin’ • Homemade cocktails • Intergenerational camping trips • Supporting Inner West bands in Triple J’s Hottest 100 Mardi Gras Reception 7pm-9pm Wednesday 25 February 2015 Celebratory refreshments Location: Leichhardt Council Administration Building, Wetherill Street, Leichhardt RSVP by 20 February: www.feeltheloveleichhardt.eventbrite.com.au Out • Evangelical atheists • Going back to work • Easter eggs in the shops already! • Cinematic fairytale remakes. Where are the original ideas? • Litterbugs at the beach • Cockroach infestations • Jaded celebrities www.leichhardt.nsw.gov.au/ MardiGras 4 C!ao Magazine There’s life in the Inner West!

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Community Life R OA D T E ST n Max Kobras Aerial Exercise It’s well and truly summer now and with all those end-ofyear feasts recently, I thought it was time that I got to work on my beach body. Unfortunately, I find most exercise utterly boring… I decided to go out and try a few alternative exercise options within the comfort of the Inner West – minus the comfort of solid ground. basketball hoops so you can dunk like an NBA superstar while bouncing up past the hoop. The price is decent with $18 giving you an hour of leaping pleasure. Sydney Trapeze School, St Peters I was very curious about the Sydney Trapeze School; who’d have thought you could turn this into a legitimate form of exercise? I found that most of the physical stress comes in your core, as you have to hold your body taut, and there are the obvious benefits it has for your arms and upper torso, especially when you are supporting the entire weight of another trapeze artist. I can’t say I’m totally sold on the exercise potential of trapeze, but the fun involved is undeniable, at least for those without a fear of heights. Each class is two hours long and ranges from $55-70 for an adult depending on when and how you book. RANT Digging multiculturalism I feel fortunate to have been born and live in the 'Lucky Country', where there is a stable system of government, quality education and heavily subsidised medical services, with basic human rights and freedom for most people. Care will be needed to develop these valuable assets, which so enrich our community. I also realise that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island people have suffered in many ways since 1788 and still do, although I don’t have any clever solutions about how to change this. Governments, along with the community, will need to continue to work on the healing process and this may still take some time. I wonder, do my friends who post Invasion Day statements on Facebook feel guilty? To be honest, I'm proud to be an Australian and I dig the multicultural society which continues to develop around me. The great cities of the world all benefit from the different knowledge and flavours immigration has brought over many decades, along with First Nation cultures. So how do we all integrate into one broader community while maintaining different cultural traditions within families and smaller communities? And what role does religion play in this? Religious faith plays a significant role in many people's lives for guidance and reassurance and I think this should be respected when not pressed onto others. That said, I believe exclusive religious views threaten our multicultural society. I wonder if religious-based schools help multiculturalism or hinder it? Do we need Catholic Schools, Islamic Schools and Jewish Schools? Can these schools help foster compassionate values, even while separating children from people who partake in other belief systems? Australia is an island and part of me is protective of this land from people who have vastly different ethical ideas to my own. But asylum seekers deserve a chance at a new life in a safe country, and I don’t believe offshore processing helps people integrate. There is no rational reason why we can’t have a peaceful multicultural society if it is something we all work towards. So enjoy the Australia Day long weekend holiday with friends and family and respect Aboriginal cultures too. n Words by Ben Cregan The Ledge Climbing Centre, University of Sydney Hold on tight...or not Sydney Indoor Climbing Gym, St Peters The Ledge Climbing Centre is part of the University of Sydney’s gym and fitness centre, but it is completely open to the public. This facility has a decent amount of different and varied climbs including a bouldering section that apparently is changed very frequently. Overall, it seems like this place is aimed more at rock climbing enthusiasts than casuals so is probably not the best place for beginners looking for a fun new exercise. However, I did get a good social vibe from the place. Prices start at $14 and, since it is a university facility, there are some great discounts for students. This was my first stop and I was very excited; I haven’t been rock climbing since I was 10 years old and luckily I had an experienced friend to (quite literally) show me the ropes. Sydney Indoor Climbing Gym is in a great location, less than a 10-minute walk from both St Peters and Sydenham train station, and is the largest climbing gym in the Southern Hemisphere. With so many different climbs available, it is well suited to all skill and fitness levels. After two visits I still haven't tried half the routes. The entrance price for an adult is $18, plus another $10 to hire shoes and harness. This gives you access to the entire facility for the whole day. Sky Zone Trampoline Park, Alexandria As I walked in and saw that, besides nervous-looking parents, I was the oldest person there by nearly a decade, I thought I had made a bit of a mistake but I decided to give trampolining a shot anyway and after just a few short minutes of jumping, I was drenched and gasping for air. Trampolining is really exhausting but on the other hand I never felt like I was actually exercising - even when I woke up the next morning groaning in agony. The facilities here are pretty great and the variety will amaze you; dodgeball courts, foam pits and even Learning the ropes Perfect day in the Park Marrickville Council’s annual Australia Day event is back as we welcome some new Aussies into the fold... When the 26th of January rolls around, make sure to roll on down to Enmore Park for a profound and enjoyable celebration of our nation in the city. The event will begin at 3pm with the Citizenship Ceremony and then the announcement of the Citizen, Senior Citizen and Young Citizen of the Year. Once these are finished, true festivities will begin with the live local entertainment kicking off at 4:30pm. There will be plenty of delicious, local food available on the day to keep you satisfied as well as a tonne of free activities suited for the entire family. Make sure to stay until 9pm for the spectacular fireworks display that will cap off this fantastic day! n For more information, visit www.marrickville.nsw.gov.au Carla and Laurel prepare the festivities What’s on n Compiled by Max Kobras. Email info@ciaomagazine.com.au Tuesday 27th January FREE Community are events listings Wed 28th Jan-Sat 14th Feb Beyond Therapy Understudy Theatre Company, EMU Productions and Epicenter Theatre Company are thrilled to present Beyond Therapy, Christopher Durang’s masterpiece, which first hit Broadway in 1981. This farcical comedy tells of two Manhattanites seeking a stable romance with the help (and sometimes hindrance) of their psychiatrists. While this new couple clashes with conflicting personalities and a jealous lover, ultimately this production is a satirical examination of societal norms and the individual’s place within them. Tickets are $33 for adults, $27 for concession. The Laugh Stand Harold Park Hotel, the original home of Sydney comedy, is happy to announce their first big gala of the year coming this January. The MC of the night is the irreplaceable Julia Wilson, a hilarious woman who has shared her own special brand of filth all over the world. Headlining the act is Peter Meisel, a favourite among comedians and audiences who has shared the stage with the likes of Robin Williams and Arj Barker. Running from 8:00-10:15pm, there will be a solid list of supporting acts as well as two-for-one Meals and $5 schooners of Coopers! Tickets are $20 at the door. email info@ m.au ciaomagazine.co Attn: Max n For more information, visit www.thelaughstand.tumblr.com Wed 28th Jan Onwards Lee Holmes will be visiting Concord Library on Monday, 2nd February to discuss her latest book Supercharged Food: Eat Clean, Green and Vegetarian. This reading is a must-see for any fans of sustainable food, or really anyone with an interest in healthy eating. This event is completely free, with light refreshments provided. Places are strictly limited so bookings are essential. Short + Sweet Short + Sweet Sydney is the largest 10-minute play festival in the world and is now in its 14th year. This time round it showcases over 150 brand new scripts to dazzle and delight you. Every night until the 1st of March (apart from Tuesdays) there will be productions held at the New Theatre and the Factory Theatre showcasing the best Australian and International short It's the Twenty20 of theatre (but only 10) n For more info or to make a booking, visit www.canadabay.nsw.gov.au plays, including many productions by Inner West locals. You’ll laugh, you’ll cheer and you might even shed a tear, so make sure to check out at least a couple of these nights when you can. n For more info or to make a booking, visit www.kingstreettheatre.com.au Monday 2nd February Veg out with Lee Holmes n For more information or to make a booking, visit www.shortandsweet.org Supercharged Food Health coach and bestselling food writer, See page 8 for more what's on... 6

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n Local Gigs Thursday 29th January n Local screens Thando Barring all the Garage Bandesque phone and water drop effects, this is well done. Thando has the vocal chops to pull off what she’s trying to do and, while I would definitely not say that anything she is doing is unique, it is most certainly enjoyable music. n The Vanguard, $18.80 Saturday 31st January FREE TICKETS Win double to movie passes Still Alice Times have changed since the '60s – or have they? Julia Why? Sydney’s garage scene is pretty tight and here is another great example. I love the lead’s voice but a lot of it is layered so hopefully they can pull it off live. The drums are energetic in the best way possible. Make for the dance floor, guys. n The Annandale Hotel, FREE Selma Julianne Moore: Practising that warm Oscar's handshake? Still Alice The heartbreaking reality of Alzheimer’s is not the stuff of Hollywood – and a movie about that cruelest of all diseases wouldn’t normally attract a star at the peak of her powers. But, already a winner at The Golden Globes, Julianne Moore is truly mesmerising here with a portrayal of a brilliant academic who prematurely descends into dementia. Just turned 50, Alice Howland suddenly notices she’s forgetting things – most notably, where she is on her morning run. The rest of her life is perfect – a supportive workaholic husband (Alex Baldwin), a showcase apartment in the Upper West Side and beautiful, successful grown-up kids but none of that will protect her from an inevitable, debilitating and ultimately hellish decline. Just as good is Kirsten Stewart as Alice’s youngest - finally given a role with substance. Their scenes together are the best things about the movie, and really ring true about how mothers and adult daughters relate. M from Jan 29. passes to give away. Details below. The Interview Booker's a prize bluesman According to a report in the NY Times, even North Korean defectors in the South who have seen Seth Rogen and James Franco’s satiric attack on their homeland are less than impressed. Far from applauding, they’re offended by the portrayal of their countrymen as “a bunch of idiots”. Amazingly, watching Seth Rogen push a large, uncomfortable object into his own anus failed to make them laugh. No doubt Kim Jong-un didn't like the climax either – weeping and “sharting” (soiling himself while breaking wind). Don't they get mainstream American comedy? MA15+ from Feb 12. One of the many great pleasures of Ava DuVernay’s bold and bracing historical drama is seeing faces we only know on-screen as drug dealers or hard-assed cops (yep, there’s Bunk from The Wire) in another context – this time in one of the grandest sagas of the American civil rights struggle. British actor David Oyelowo does a fine job as Martin Luther King – capturing both the man’s preacherly mannerisms and powerful cadences of his speeches without a trace of mimicry. King’s family refused permission to use the actual words, so much of the script is all tactics and machinations – and it’s like a dose of crack for us political junkies (yep, there’s The West Wing’s President Jed Bartlett – as a “goodie” of course!). King’s calculations, some brutally cynical, don’t escape notice, which is gratifying, though LBJ (Tom Wilkinson) doesn’t fare well. He seems to have stepped right out of House of Cards, and that’s a slur. The film didn’t need to invent a villain – not when it had what really happened. M from Feb 12. Monday 2nd February Benjamin Booker Man, this guy sings like he has seen some shit in his life. It’s really raw and he supports with some pretty powerful guitar. His music swings from classic blues to more of a garage rock sound. Good stuff. n Newtown Social Club CIAO's PICKS! ★ Thanks to Icon Films we have 5 double in season North Korea: "We are not amused" Oscarcatcher: Best Schnozzle? Flicks IN THE PARK Free movies under the stars Local parks open up for some pleasant night time entertainment with Pics in the Park. Leichhardt Council’s annual free outdoor movie program will kick off on Friday 23 January with the Yabun Movie Night, featuring the Australian film Bran Nue Dae. Bring the kids, a blanket and your favourite cheese (no alcohol at these events) to these vibrant community movie nights. The Yabun Movie Night is a collaboration between Koori Radio and Leichhardt Council and a part of the 2015 Yabun Festival. The Yabun Movie Night helps Council to build positive, respectful and meaningful local relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, organisations, communities, professionals and staff, a key part of Council’s Reconciliation Action Plan. n The films are on: Friday 23 January, Bran Nue Dae at Pioneers Foxcatcher The impressive prosthetic honker sported by Steve Carell in Bennett Miller’s equally impressive, gripping psychological drama serves two purposes: First, it liberates the comic actor. As billionaire John du Pond, the world’s most eccentric sporting coach, he barely raises a smile from start to finish – even though some of his scenes (and especially his preposterous motivational speeches) are as cringeworthingly funny as anything Carell did in The Office. And it allows him to hoover up great slabs of cocaine – not a substance most coaches would recommend – let alone offer to the wrestling star Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum) he was training up for an Olympic win at Seoul. Also starring Mark Ruffalo as Mark’s loving brother and based on a real-life tragedy, this is anything but a typical “rise and fall” sporting story. It's brooding, edgy, unsettling – with an ending just as shocking as that nose. M from Jan 29. n More local movies: www.ciaomagazine.com.au Memorial Park, Leichhardt, Friday 6 February, Wreck-It Ralph, Mort Bay Park, Balmain, Friday 20 February, Charlie & the Chocolate Factory, Pioneers Memorial Park, Leichhardt, and Friday 6 March, Rocking the Foundations, Mort Bay Park, Balmain For more information go to www.leichhardt.nsw.gov.au/PicsInThePark event, costing $60 per person, will run from 6:30pm-midnight. It is a traditional night, so don’t forget to bring your mask! Check out Dae at night Friday 6th February Authors at AshfieldCrime Fiction The next upcoming Authors at Ashfield lecture, titled “Murder, Mayhem and Mystery: the Golden Age of Crime”, will be presented by David Lewis from 10am-1pm. Exploring some of the greatest classic crime fiction writers, such as Dashiell Hammett and Agatha Christie, this talk will also delve into the rules of mystery fiction writing and the construction of crime. Morning tea will be included with this lecture. n To make a booking, email neapolitanassociation@gmail.com or call 0435 219 449 Sunday 8th February Pasta Master Class Grab your chance to be two-faced Saturday 7th February n Where: Civic Centre, 260 Liverpool Road, Ashfield Carnevale Evening The Associazione Napoletana was formed in 1972 by a group of migrants from Napoli and the surrounding Campania region of Italy and they have since been incorporated as a cultural, not-for-profit organisation. As a celebration of their rich history and culture, they have organised a Carnevale evening, filled with delicious food and wonderful entertainment. The Freshly made home-cooked pasta is truly a treat that everyone must try, so why not learn to do it yourself and then you can be treated whenever you like? Salt Meats Cheese’s Sunday Pasta and Ravioli class is a fun and hands on class that leaves you with the skills of a pasta master. Running from 3:30-6:30pm and costing $99 per person, this class will not only leave you a better cook, but invites you to indulge in a delicious dinner and a glass of wine. Come on, get cooking. Just like mamma mia makes it WIN DOUBLE MOVIE PASSES The ins and outs of whodunnits 8 n For more information or to make a booking, visit www.saltmeatscheese.com.au To be in the running to win one of five double in-season passes to Still Alice, email your name and contact details to info@ciaomagazine.com.au telling us where you picked up your copy of Only at the movies Jan 29 Ciao. Remember to include a postal address. n Reviews – Russell Edwards

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n Your say n Sustainability n Local news n 'I’ll be at the beach if its hot. I don’t get into Australia Day, however I am passionate about supporting Anzac Day.’ Ken, Lilyfield n ‘I’ll be spending it with family How will you spend January 26th? River Reborn A new challenge has arisen that will hopefully put faith in suburban sustainability cooperation. From Parramatta all through Sydney's north, down into the Inner West flows a heavily polluted river. People upon its 35 kilometres of shoreline include gagging rowers, cursing fish enthusiasts and nosescrunching home owners. Apart, they are a heterogenous mix of intersuburban individuals but together they constitute concerned carers who wish to join their councils' down-flowing battle. The Parramatta River Catchment Group (PRCG) and over 16 councils and official signatories are collaborating to transform the river into a safe swimming environment. They believe that by combining efforts this will be "achievable by 2025". Anyone who's seen or smelled the Parramatta River may liken it to the waste of an old factory. They may even scoff at the prospect of romantic river swims by 2025. However, despite olfactory dissent, there are already pockets of proto-oasis reposing in the more commercial areas of the River's backside. Doubt is healthy, perhaps even somewhat beneficial to the new initiative, but the PRCG are much further along in their work than many give decent credit for. The City of Canada Bay Council, for example, has already contributed to the initiative in a hugely generous way. With three major sustainability projects well into the process of achieving results, the Council is creating an environmentally ambitious mindset geared towards both 'Our Living River' and the Canada Bay area as a whole. Drummoyne is the site of the Oval Stormwater Harvesting and Reuse scheme, as well as the Catchment to Cove project, which has thus far xx x Sk8ing Forward Lecihhardt Council has released the preliminary designs for Callan Park's new skate space. Differentiating itself from Five Dock Park's “gnarly bowls”, the design features street-skating elements and a movie projection wall, citing the DIY Train Park Spot in Sweden as a source of inspiration. Leichhardt Council proposed the new Skate and Community Space to complement other youth-focused sites around Callan Park, such as the annual St. Jerome Laneway Festival and Sydney College of the Arts Campus. Senior Parks and Open Space Planning staff will be holding an information meeting about the development of the Skate and Community Space on February 19th in Callan Park's Recreation Hall between 6.30-8pm. and friends. To me it's about getting together and celebrating the cultural diversity within my friendships.’ Bettina, Croydon Park Either at a friend's place with a pool or at a park. We’ll drink and eat and play a game of cricket.’ Kylie, Stanmore from the Block to Victoria Park. This was and always will be Aboriginal land.' Sara, Stanmore n ‘I will be earning that sweet double time public holidays give you. Then off to ‘One Day Sundays’ for a bit of a boogie.’ Lottie, Darlington n 'I will be joining in the march n ‘I’ll spend it with my mates. More than a grotty old waterway! improved the fragile conditions along Sisters and Half Moon Bay. Respectively, they harvest nine million litres of stormwater and collect over 10 tonnes of sediment, litter and various nonbiodegradable pollutants, making use of three Gross Pollutant Traps. These primary treatment structures use physical processes to trap solid waste, keeping our waterways and park areas clean. Concord hosts the Water for the Community project which harvests 180 million litres of stormwater each year. This is reused as irrigation for Concord's parks and golf courses. All of these projects have a positive effect on the Parramatta River. They aim to resist stormwater flow, prevent pollutants from reaching the river, and help create awareness in the community of the pernicious impact pollutants can have. With council collaboration and support from residents, river swimming may flow into the spectrum of summer activities for the happy rowers, smug fishing enthusiasts, and close-knit neighbours who frequently make passage to the 35 kilometre long shoreline that links Parramatta to our corner of the Inner West. opportunity to get involved with a national holiday and just watch a group of citizens enjoy themselves, celebrating whatever they think it is they are celebrating. There is always a good atmosphere when people get a day off from staring at their cubicle wall. I understand the history and political debate regarding Australia Day as Invasion Day due to how the Aboriginal community have historically been treated and continue to be treated, and I sympathise.' Richard, Marrickville n ‘Being foreign, it's a great Design plans for new skate park On yer bike n Jayden Rivers Local artists make a West Connection Six Inner West artists have been announced as finalists in a new $20,000 art prize. Created by Liverpool Council and showcased at the Casula Powerhouse, the annual Paramor Art Prize represents a significant investment towards Western Sydney’s burgeoning arts scene. Featuring 44 artists from across Australia, the prize commemorates the creative ingenuity of Sydney mid-century artist Wendy Paramor. Inner West artists in the running for the prize include Lilyfield resident Jason Wing, well-known for his installation in Haymarket’s Kimber Lane “Inbetween Two Worlds”, which explores Wing’s Aboriginal and Chinese heritage in an immersive mural of clouds and spirit figures. His exhibited work at the Paramor Exhibition scrutinises the contemporary experience of cyber-bullying. Also nominated is Carla Cescon, Co-Director of Institute of Local artists do the heavy lifting Twenty-seven year old Enmore resident Oliver Cashman has volunteered his skills for Variety's landmark 15-day Sydney to Hobart charity cycle starting on February 28th. Cashman, who owns Omafiets Dutch Bicycles in Redfern, will be the cycling route's official bike mechanic, responsible for mending any broken spokes or handle bars that come his way. Though Oliver usually cycles up to 200km a week, in the past he has found the added responsibility of repairing bikes in charity cycles a test of endurance. “It’s a constant process to keep the bikes in shape for this sort of intense ride,” he says. Ultimately, however, he finds the journey rewarding. “Choosing to see the difference I am able to make in the lives of disadvantaged children is an extremely unique experience but also an honour.” To join Cashman on his way to Hobart, enter Variety's Cycle 2015 at www.thevarietycycle.com.au. Contemporary Art Newtown, for her work in electronic media forms. St Peters artist Kath Fries, Petersham’s Tim Andrew, Stanmore’s Yvette Hamilton and Tim Gregory of Glebe have also been announced as finalists. Liverpool Mayor Ned Mannoun says the annual prize and exhibition will, “act as an indicator of the growth and evolution of Western Sydney.” Driving employment Marrickvillle Council is creating employment opportunities for locals with a café on wheels. Positions at the new Pathway Café are open to refugees, young people and long-term unemployed residents. The Café’s first road test will be at Steel Park Playground and Waterplay Park, Illawarra Road, in South Marricville this Saturday January 24th. Look forward to fair trade coffee, tea, snacks and ice-blocks all served from an eye-popping orange combie. n Finalists will be announced on opening night Saturday January 31st and the exhibition will run until Thursday March 12th at Casula Powerhouse. ‘Wetland Perspectives’ an exhibition at DR CAMERON WEBB Leichhardt Library SUSANNAH FULLERTON at an evening talk with the author Leichhardt Library Both events start Free - All welcome Bookings online or call 9367 9266 -6:30pm- WEDNESDAY 4 FEBRUARY THURSDAY 12 FEBRUARY Leichhardt Library Piazza Level, Italian Forum, 23 Norton Street Ph: 9475 5252 www.communitiesforcommunities.com.au 10

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n feature For some a day of celebration, others a day of guilt or anger. Ciao asked Inner West residents for their perspective on Australia Day, 2015. Hitting Home Local Aboriginal artist, Blak Douglas and SCA lecturer and artist, Adam Geczy, have recently collaborated to create Blakattak, an exhibition confronting Australia’s ignorance of Aboriginal history and rights. What is the significance of January 26th to you? Adam Geczy (AG): It is an opportunity for Australia to flout its apathy. The land of the long weekend and where the culture is preferably spelt ‘kulcha’ struts its stuff with harbor pageants and barbecues and where one more layer of soil is placed over the burial of really hard and unwelcome truths. And when you want to speak the ‘truth’ you get branded as a leftie, or a nancy or a commie. Name-calling is the order of the day…but maybe under people’s breaths, especially in the afternoon when half the country is drunk. Blak Douglas (BD): Thankfully, I became aware whilst studying at university. Also, I’ve spent times on a multitude of Countries and sat in the dirt with a variety of respected elders, both tribal and modern. The wisdom and logic they’ve disclosed sadly infinitely surpasses anyone I’ve encountered whom proudly waves ‘the’ flag on ‘that’ day and announces themselves ‘Australian’. day, as is, is a commemoration of ongoing disunity. BD: The trough is a habitual feeding place for the sheep. Sheep need to be fed. Do you think a national day acknowledging the violences of colonisation, like Invasion Day, would be more appropriate? AG: That’s not realistic. There are a lot of inflammatory words for it which may be true but would never be instated. But call it for what it is: colony day. BD: No, it should be acknowledged daily. When I was at primary school, we would receive the ‘Lords Prayer’ over a speaker in the class room before we commenced the day. A dedication to the slain, the incarcerated and the abused should be publicly announced on speakers not only in schools, but town squares and shopping malls. n Blakattak is showing from January 23rd – February 21st at SCA Galleries in Callan Park, Lilyfield. son of migrant parents and grandparents, I consider myself an Australian who enjoys the multicultural aspects of our way of life, which is quite evident in the Inner West where we have Italian, Asian, Anglo-Celtic, Arabic, subcontinent and European, all living harmoniously together. How do you usually spend the day? I usually attend Canada Bay Council’s Australia Day ceremony in the morning, then relax with family and friends. If I’m not in Sydney due to the holiday season, then I will attend a local ceremony or activity as I do if I’m away on Anzac Day. I think Australia Day was just an excuse for a long weekend a couple of decades ago. The relevance was lost on people at the time but I think due to governments concentrating their efforts on Australia Day ambassadors and local events, it has become an integral part of our way of life. How important do you think Australia Day is to people today? I think it’s becoming more relevant to the younger generations, as is Anzac Day even a century later. You only need to see everyday Australians in vast numbers wearing Australian-flag motif clothing or playing a game of cricket on the beach or in their backyards to see how the day is embraced by the community. Do you think January 26th is an appropriate day for Australia’s national celebration? It’s the day that has been historically linked with Australia Day but if the day changed, it would still be a day where all Australians, whether citizens or not, can celebrate our diverse culture, whether we were born here or came from another country. n Written by Phoebe Moloney Neelu Singh is a resident of Burwood, who immigrated to Sydney four years ago from Nepal. Does Nepal have a national day? Nepal has many national holidays; Republic day in May, Democracy day in March and many more public holidays. How did you you spend these days? And what did they mean for you? I spent them at home just doing normal daily household work. For me personally, those days made me feel sad because of the corruption. Insecurity to public life and housing has increased over the years. What do you usually do on January 26th? Is it an important day for you? I usually go to Darling Harbour to observe the Australia Day celebration. Australia is my dream country and watching other people getting Australian citizenship gives me hope that one day I will be able to call Australia home. Thus, you can say Australia Day is important to me. What is the biggest thing you have learnt since moving here? Independence and equality. In Nepal, we women have to depend on our partner for everything. Here in Australia we can make our own decisions. Do you think Australia is a nationalistic country? Yes, of course. Do you feel Australia Day celebrations are inclusive of all residents? I guess four years is not enough to think deeply about it. Michael Megna is a small business owner and Liberal councillor. He has served on Canada Bay Council for over 20 years. What is the significance of Janaury 26th to you? It’s a day where all Australians who come from every point of the compass can celebrate what it is to be an Australian. As the “But while that day is our national day there will never be unity or harmony between black and white.” Should it be a public holiday? BD: No, it should be a state funeral. Flags flown at half-mast and every ‘Australian’ citizen should offer the voluntary service of scrubbing the floors of an Aboriginal person’s bathroom. Your upcoming exhibition, Blakattack, particularly the mural ‘Another way of thinking about Australia Day 2015’ engages with contrasting meanings of January 26th. What do you hope your work brings to its viewers? BD: As per our 2013/14 exhibition ‘BOMB’ at the AAMU in the Netherlands, this exhibit is not for the faint hearted. We can only hope that these works provide a visual link to an understanding. An understanding of just how obnoxiously offensive it is to celebrate a day of settlement (invasion) whilst standing on the back of Aboriginal culture for a better view of the fireworks. What role do you think humour can play in confronting ignorance? AG: Well humour can be used as a distancing measure, that is, not bringing yourself down to the level. At the same time it can be used to bring people in and they find themselves laughing at themselves or something even more severe. Laughter can also be a reflex of embarrassment: that one is so gobsmacked and lost for words all you can do is guffaw - which is what we tend to do on a daily basis in this country. How important do you think “Australia Day” is to society today? Why do you think people still celebrate it? AG: Every country has a national holiday or national commemoration day. But while that day is our national day there will never be unity or harmony between black and white. The 12 to be more informed about -Three ways- Aboriginal history 1.Know the correct name for the Country upon which you reside. (Leichhardt is Cadigal, Ashfield is Wangal) 2.Ensure both you and your children have seen these five films -Women of the Sun (J. Saunders) -One Night the Moon (Paul Kelly) -The Tracker (David Gulpillil) -Beneath the Clouds (Ivan Sen) -Barbakiueria (Don Featherstone) 3.Become informed of the quest for First Nations people’s pursuit of sovereignty and follow it with a passion as though watching an elite white Australian male cloned sporting code – like rugby. Visit the Sovereign Union of First Nations and Peoples in Australia website: www.sovereignunion.mobi n Provided by Blak Douglas

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in the kitchen Spicy Shrimp Tacos Summer calls for simple food you can prepare quickly in order to get back to the business of relaxing and sharing it with your friends and family. This spicy shrimp (alliteration sounds sooo much better) taco recipe is exactly that, so you can spend the extra time making piña coladas. Wine with Winsor n www.wdwineoftheweek.blogspot.com Audrey Wilkinson 2014 Winemakers Selection Semillon Shining whites for summer To start Light your barbecue. If you’re using coals, leave enough time so that the embers are starting to die down a little before you start to cook. Simple, spicy and saucy! Method Combine the prawns with the other ingredients (except for the woodchips) in a bowl and set aside to marinate for 15 minutes, covered in the fridge. When the coals are glowing and starting to break down, throw the soaked woodchips onto them, replace the grill on the BBQ and place the prawns on top. Close lid and allow the prawns to smoke for five minutes before turning. Once cooked, set aside. Ingredients 3 large handfuls of green Australian prawns (if you’re feeling especially lazy, you can often find them already peeled) 1 bird’s eye chilli, finely chopped 2 tbsp sriracha hot sauce 1 garlic clove, minced 1 tbsp fish sauce The zest of one lime 1 tsp raw sugar A pinch of black pepper 1 tbsp olive oil xx x handful of smoking woodchips, soaked in water 1 small Crisp, fresh Hunter semillon is a quintessentially summer drink, full of vibrancy and intense citrus and green apple characters. There’s plenty of zesty mineral acidity as well, making this a very refreshing drop whether you pair it with some freshly shucked oysters, fritto misto or some basic fish fingers and chips on a sunny lunchtime. Either way, this is a lovely wine from a cracker vintage with fruit grown in one of the oldest vineyards in the Hunter Valley. $27. Lindeman’s 2014 Bin 85 Pinot Grigio Looking for a fresh and lively white wine to enjoy as a thirst-quencher now summer is in full swing? You won’t go wrong with this bargain basement, easy drinking white that’s made in the fresh, crisp Italian pinot grigio style. There’s no oak here, no funk or overt lees stirring; just bright vibrant fruit (think Granny Smith apples and Packham pears) with some snappy acidity on the palate. A lovely picnic partner; ideal for sipping while watching the cricket. $10-12. The salad Throw together a quarter of a shredded white cabbage with 3 shredded radishes, ½ diced Spanish onion, ½ bunch coriander, and 1 tbsp diced pickled jalapeños. Dress with 2 tbsp natural yoghurt, hot sauce and lime juice to taste. Season with salt and pepper. Serve the elements with warm white corn tortillas in the centre of the table and let everyone build their own tacos. At the markets n Fruit: Finger limes and grape currants have just arrived in most grocers, while lemons and naval oranges remain available but expensive. The quality of these oranges is also average, same with local strawberries. n Veggies: Kumara has remained quite dear over the New Year, as has white asparagus. Silky eggplant should be a new arrival at your local while horseradish has finished for the season. n www.trims.freshfoodclub.com.au Suck a lemon Logan 2014 Sauvignon Blanc Inner West residents Peter and Hannah Logan have vineyards at both Mudgee and Orange – and this excellent cool-climate savvy blanc comes from their Orange property. It is a delightfully aromatic wine with citrus and Chinese spice notes which lead on to an invigorating palate with zesty lime and pink grapefruit notes and lashings of flinty minerality on the finish. Nicely balanced and very composed. $22. At home with...Giovanna Aiello Restaurateur Giovanna Aiello just has set up shop a stones throw from Concord West Station. Binario Uno (meaning Platform One) is a tribute to Calabrian cuisine’s guiding ethos of freshness and simplicity. What childhood memories do you have of food? I lived on a farm (in Southern Italy) until the age of seven. The meat we ate was truly free and dad went hunting for game meat. Mum would make an egg and asparagus omelette with the asparagus we picked from the bush and fresh eggs collected that day from our chickens. We had our own orchard, and climbing the trees to pick the cherries and other fruits brings back wonderful memories. Your restaurant is named for its close proximity to Concord West Train Station. Do you think food and travel have a unique affinity? What is your favourite mode of transport? I believe in sampling different foods local to different places. Therefore, if I’m travelling I want to sample the foods that are being served at that particular place, be it Australia or other parts of the world. I have such a busy life that jumping in my car has to be my favourite mode of transport. What is your vision for Binario Uno? My vision has always been for regional Italian cooking: serving up home-made pastas and sauces, and we are heading that way this year. We are thinking of bringing a different region of Italy to our customers each month. Hopefully, our customers will be excited about sampling different dishes. What is one thing from Italy you wish you could bring to Sydney’s Inner West? I would love to be the one to introduce them to the ‘poor style’ of Italian cooking and eating which I love so much. It is tasty, healthy, cost effective and involves a few ingredients. What was your most memorable meal? My most memorable meal would have to be chilli lobster. It was my birthday and I was going through a rough period in my life. I was working with my friend Daniel after a 12 hour shift that ended at midnight and we went to a Chinese restaurant in Beverly Hills. He knew how much I love lobster so he ordered a whole giant lobster just for me. 14 Jared Ingersoll 2015, soft-served If you follow popular media, you will note that all manner of things and foods are happening or ‘about to happen.’ Consistently, the food fads journos predict are last year’s successes from overseas. Ingredients 1.5L vegetable stock 2 tbsp olive oil 4 shallots finely chopped 1 head celery (white tender part only) 1 medium roasted red capsicum 1 carrot 2 tbsp flat leaf parsley 50g calamata olives Sea salt and black pepper 2 cloves garlic finely chopped 400g carnaroli long grain rice 100ml dry white wine 80g butter 100g freshly grated parmesan cheese Vegetable Risotto Why are we still slavishly following the rest of the world when it comes to popular media? Just because soft-serve is hip in Brooklyn doesn’t mean we need a tonne of articles about how soft-serve is going to be the next ‘big thing’ for Australia in 2015. Do we really need to be worried that America already has all sorts of awesome, grown-up, sophisticated soft-serve flavours like ‘conceit’ and ‘#grammable’? I don’t think so. Why don’t we march to the beat of our own drum? If you do want to follow the work of some independent thinkers check out these guys. Journo: Anthony Huckstep is a food critic and journo; the fact he works for The Daily Telegraph (King Rupert’s paper) should not be held against him. He knows heaps and has a great sense of what’s good. He came from ‘out west’, which may be part of the reason he’s unafraid to battle the status quo. Food Blogger: Jess Ho is smart and articulate and loves a curse or two! Although she is a‘ gun for hire’ when it comes to promoting the occasional restaurant and event, she does so with refreshing bluntness and transparency. Chef: Duncan Weldgemoed in Adelaide has a refreshing approach to food and uses his African roots to communicate it. He is skilled and focused but, more importantly, is determined enjoy the fun of his craft. Producer: Michael Klaussen is not even a baker yet his approach to bread as the very stuff of life is bloody beautiful. He has expansive knowledge of land and grain, and is not afraid to use it! Farmer: Pia Winberg is a seaweed farmer. She also has the brain the size of a planet and is widely regarded as a world leader when it comes to the acquatic delicacy! What all of these people have in common is they don’t care what the rest of the world is doing - because they are leading the way here. They know everyone else will follow. 1. Roast red capsicum, peel outside skin, remove all the seeds, cut thin strip and then cut approx. 2cm long. 2. In a frypan add 1 tbsp oil add shallots and celery, a pinch of salt, and sweat vegetables for 2 or 3 mins. 3. Add the garlic and after 2 mins when all vegetables have softened add the rice. Slowly and continuously stir the rice for 2 or 3 mins. Add the white wine and keep stirring until the wine has cooked into the rice. 4. Add you first ladle of hot stock and a pinch of salt. 5. Turn down the head to a high simmer, keep adding ladlefuls of stock and allow it to be absorbed before adding the next (should take approx. 15 minutes). 6. Add the calamata olives, roasted capsicum and fried mushrooms, check seasoning and add more stock if necessary (risotto should be moist not dry) 7. Remove from heat add butter, parmesan cheese (reserving a little) and parsley stir gently.

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