There’s life in the Inner West!
Issue 252 | February 27 2015
Where to female bond
French Film Festival
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For
The high-density housing bunfight
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Women on top
The Inner West celebrates its ladies
Women that make it happen, Roxanne McMurray, Julie McCrossin and Angela Catterns in Pioneer Park Photo by Ben Cregan
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Inner West whispers
Local gossip, rumour, hearsay and unsubstantiated fact...
Le Pub le gone, op-shop passing, is it too late to halt high-density housing?
l Clued in op-shoppers will be mourning the move of Anglicare’s secondhand shop in Summer Hill. According to the staff the op-shop will be relocating to Villawood. l Patrick Gallagher has sold off Le Pub on Darling St to Tim Condon. The two publicans have bought, sold and swapped off quite a few of the Inner West’s drinking holes; Gallagher originally picking up the Le Pub premises as part of the swap that saw PJ Gallaghers move from Drummoyne to Norton St.
To atone for its appalling record on gender diversity Ciao appoints a female columnist!
WE ARE C!AO
Satire for the soul
Sonya Madden firstname.lastname@example.org
Balmain Town Hall, Lilyfield Community Centre and Leichhardt Town Hall have all been approved for development as after-school centres. This followed months of community action by the After-School Care Alliance formed by Leichhardt Council. According to ABS data from 2006 to 2011, the number of children aged 5-14 years increased by more than 25 per cent in Leichhardt LGA. With local schools facing commercial and population pressure, space for after-school care on school grounds has become scarce.
Dear FF – Should all males be convicted of sexual harassment once they hit puberty and drowned by their mother in a vat of menstrual blood on the night of the full moon while the music of Pussy Riot drowns out their patriarchal screams of entitlement? Lysistrata, Leichhardt FF replies: Of course they should – why are we even still debating that in this day and age? Now we’ve dealt with that old chestnut, let me move onto a personal bugbear. Occasionally, one of those dreary ‘Women of Colour’ feminists will round on me in some online forum and spit something along the lines of, “Clementine, you’re a North Shore private girl with a secure academic career teaching gender studies and a tasteful renovated workers cottage nestled betwixt high-priced art galleries and independent bookstores – what do you know of grinding oppression?” Suppressing the urge to intellectually bitch-slap the posturing, povo slut I usually respond that I am a woman, ergo my experience is directly analogous to that of the disenfranchised Aboriginal person, the third-world labourer and the handicapped welfare recipient. Of course, my time and energy is best spent not on improving the lot of those losers but working on smashing the glass ceiling and making sure that well-educated, high-achieving women like me have greater access to even more prestigious, powerful and lucrative positions. Not, I hasten to add, out of any sense of self-interest but purely because once women like Hillary Rodham Clinton are running the joint a utopia will dawn in which there will be no war, famine, poverty, disease, crime, racism, classism, workplace hierarchies, porn, body hair removal, beauty products, housework, Dead White Male thinkers, inappropriate humour or feminine competitiveness; just lots of women endlessly empowering themselves at consciousness-raising sessions then engaging in non-penetrative, mutually respectful Sapphic lovemaking. n Email your dilemma to email@example.com. Three Queens on King. The owners of St Jude Café in Redfern have just opened the doors of their new café, nestled on the very south end of King St, which despite Domino’s (which Ciao may or may not have frequented) was pretty lacking in a decent breakfast spot. Not only is their name genius, they also do a great “toad in a hole”, an English dish not often seen here. They serve up an egg cooked inside a brioche bun and, in case you haven’t had enough egg, they serve it with another fried one! Soaked with melted butter and slices of bacon, yes please!
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Rochelle Porteous has criticised government plans to build high-rise apartments around Parramatta Road. She says the plans conflict with provisions that housing density under the flight-path cannot increase. Fellow councillor Michele McKenzie was under social media fire last week after labelling the police “hoons”. Cr McKenzie subsequently issued a clarification.
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Women of Note
What do Caroline Chisholm, Mary Gilmore and Mary Reiby have in common? Well, other than appearing on Australian notes (Caroline on the original $5 and the others on the current $10 and $20 respectively) they have all contributed greatly to the Marrickville area. Chisholm established schools in the area, such as Greenbank at Tempe House, Gilmore was a teacher, poet and writer who fought for equal rights and the underprivileged, and Reiby (the namesake of Reiby House in Newtown, pictured right) was noted for her contributions to local churches, education and charity and the construction of Stanmore House. n Max Kobras
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There’s a fact you can take to the bank!
Team Up to Clean Up!
Sunday, 1 March
10am-2pm, Rodd Park and Rhodes Foreshore Park
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This year there will be two official clean up sites in the City of Canada Bay: • Rodd Park, Rodd Point with Mayor Angelo Tsirekas • Rhodes Foreshore Park, Rhodes with our Resource Recovery Team
There will be a free BBQ for all volunteers at both locations from 10am -12.30pm. You can also register your own site or join another registered site and help make a positive impact in your community. Local schools and local businesses in the City of Canada Bay can get involved as well.
What would madam like for breakfast today?
Fit and Fat in Five Dock
• Tony Abbott (for now) • Legionnaire’s hats • Batch brewing • International artists playing in the Inner West • Rozelle markets • Tribal jewellery • Hartsyard’s new bar The Gretz opening up on Enmore Road • Gourmet sandwiches • Campervan trips • Artistic types
• Misogynistic pigs • Gelato queues • More restaurants using animal names or ampersands in their title • Flavoured coffee • Humidity • Sharks • Or shark nets, we can’t decide! • The railbus, the dreaded railbus
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With International Women’s Day coming up Ciao takes a look at inspiring women’s organisations and groups in the Inner West
The worn-out assertion that “women hate each other” is perhaps one of my most hated phrases ever uttered in the English language, obviously perpetuated by someone who’s never felt the warmth and support that a close woman friend can offer, not to mention an entire network of them (probably a man). I’d like to obliterate this myth right here right now, with a breif sampler of women's groups across the Inner West. These groups demonstrate that women actually (shock horror!) voluntarily spend time in each other’s company, and are pretty productive when they do!
how much they can achieve with the small resources and numbers they have. Women's squads also train at Leichhardt, Balmain and UTS Haberfield Rowing Clubs.
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Since 2010 the MLC School has run a co-curricular group called The Collective Voice Committee'. This group focuses on the portrayal of women in society, media and family settings and raises awareness of women's issues in the school and community. Annie Starr, a former student involved in the committee, stressed the importance of this group in her schooling experiences; lending her an understanding into the issues faced by women, as well as a sense of belonging and sisterly camaraderie.
n MLC School, Rowley St, Burwood Ph: 9747 1266
I turned 21 recently and while that milestone has very much sealed the fact that I am an adult now, there's something else that has made me feel like I am growing up. I’ve been organising coffee dates and catch-ups with “old” friends. When I graduated from high school, I cut almost all ties with my friends from there. It wasn’t a totally intentional thing; I had already started hanging out with a new crowd in Year 12 and once school finished and there was no longer any forced interaction, my old friendships soon turned into seeing each other at birthdays and uni maybe four times a year. I haven’t seen, or even talked with three of my closest friends from high school on the phone or over Facebook 'chat' even once since we graduated. While that does make me a little sad, I had no desire to rekindle those relationships so I never bothered to try and catch up with them. The reunions began when the one friend from school (primary school, in fact) who I have maintained a proper friendship with suggested we bring our old crew together, minus the friend that he never really got along with. In the end, it was nice to see these friends again, to reminisce about old times and find out what has happened to them in the years since we knew each other. Now I have plans to get coffee with another high school friend, one I have only seen at a funeral in recent years. While I know I will enjoy seeing them again, there is a significant part of me that just doesn’t care and I think I have figured out why. Thanks to Facebook, I don’t need to see this person to find out what they have been doing for the past few years. With a couple of clicks and a few minutes of scrolling, I could pretty much see their entire history without the anxiety and stress of a potentially very awkward man-date. It is for similar reasons that I don’t really use my own Facebook all that much; I would kind of prefer it if most people can’t learn so much about me with just a flick of the wrist. Don’t get me wrong, these high school relationships do mean a lot to me, even if it is just as memories. I also don’t want to argue that my attitude is just another product of this digital age and that face-toface interaction is outdated and unnecessary because I think that’s ridiculous (I'm looking at you stereotypical teenagers that only exist in film and television). Most likely, it’s just a combination of my minor social anxiety and the fact that I have as many bad memories as good of my high school days and I wouldn’t mind most of them sitting quietly in my mind, rather than being discussed openly by those who were witness to my adolescent misfortunes.
Sydney’s Uni Rowers Club
The Sydney University Women's Rowing Club has fostered many a champion oarswoman. Their boathouse is located on the shimmering waters of Glebe. It may not come as a surprise that Vice Captain Olivia Ashby says the greatest challenge for Sydney Uni's women's squad is finding funding. Where the men’s team has a large number of very generous alumni who help keep it afloat, the women’s team constantly struggles to find the necessary support. However, their greatest reward comes from watching their own growth and success. With only eight rowers, they love seeing just
This group is comprised of homeless women and children living throughout the Inner West, who meet each Monday to enjoy lunch together. Georgina, a local Enmore resident who provides lunch for the group, said she was surprised the deep sense of place this group has given all the women involved. “My experience has been that women are able to share more deeply and more quickly,” Georgina said. “We all need each other. Homeless women need each other, they need to know that there is a place where they are needed and cared for and not judged.”
My mother’s book club
You’re probably not interested in joining this book club but my point is there are hundreds throughout the Inner West. When I asked my mother what she enjoyed most about her group she said that she loved it because she had an excuse to drink red wine and gossip with her friends. But what I think she really meant to say was she enjoyed the intellectual stimulation and companionship yes, let’s go with that.
Sisters are doing it for each other
n You can find links to heaps of local women's bookclubs at: www.meetup.com/The-Sydney-Girly-Book-Club/
Just finishing its run in Perth, the latest incarnation of the global phenomenon that is Boublil and Schönberg’s Les Misérables will be soon be hitting the Capitol Theatre in Sydney… This epic and uplifting story about the resilience of the human spirit, set against the backdrop of 19th century revolutionary France and based on the classic Victor Hugo novel, is perhaps the most well known and loved musical of all time. It has won over 100 awards and has been translated into more than 20 languages. Nevertheless, this latest incarnation, produced by Cameron Mackintosh, has critics raving for modernised staging and orchestrations and the dazzlingly re-imagined scenery with Broadway World calling it “a defining moment in Australian music theatre” and New York 1 Television has claimed that it “actually exceeds the original”. Les Misérables will begin its run at the Capitol Theatre on March 19th with the official opening night on Thursday 26th March. n Tickets are already on sale to be purchased through Ticketmaster.
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And dear god, next year will be our actual high school reunion…
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Wednesday 4th March
Hamlet, the classic story of family revenge, is the third production to be put on by the Sydney Shakespeare Company after Othello and The Merchant of Venice. What makes this production so interesting is the location; it will be at Sydney’s most historic island, Fort Denison. The audience will be strictly limited to 15 people per show, so this will be a very intimate experience that truly transports the viewer to another time. For more info, visit www. sydneyshakespearecompany.com.au.
Bright Therapies Meditation
Meditation is a way of focusing your mind by quietening your subconscious chatter and is a great way to restore your body as well, or just to relax. Bright Therapies in Abbotsford holds meditation classes every Wednesday, good for people of all experience levels, running at 2:30pm and 7pm with all mats and pillows provided. Great if you are in need of mental restoration or want a safe and comfortable environment to meet new people, For more info, visit www.brighttherapies.com
Future Feminist Archive
partnerships, a rich view of the intersection of personal and public histories. This event will begin at 6pm with an introductory talk by Tracey Moffatt before the entire exhibition opens at 7pm. Where: Sydney College of the Arts, Balmain
Friday 6th March
Future Feminist Archive is a collective art experience, made up of several separate exhibitions that explore and celebrate the work of Australian women. There is the Artist Archive featuring 100 interviews with Sydney-based artists from 10 years ago talking about their work and creative process that works as a fascinating time capsule of Australian art. Another aspect of this show is 'Daughters Mothers', an exploration of the creative exchanges between four daughter-mother
US comedian, actress and singer Sandra Bernhard will make her much awaited return to Australia with her unique live show “Sandyland”. This latest show is her classic hysterical insight and opinionated views with a bizarre blend of rock-n-roll, cabaret and even a little burlesque! With a career that spans film, TV and Broadway and such achievements as playing the first openly gay character on a network sitcom, Tickets are $69.90 per person. and it is on at the Enmore Theatre More at www.livenation.com.au/ artists/sandra-bernhard
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Tuesday 3rd March
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Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks Think a modernised Velvet Underground and that’s what you get here; the lead singer even sounds a bit like Lou Reed. Pretty soft, indie rock but with some really nice guitar riffs and Pixies-esque bass lines.
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Thursday 5th March
French Film Festival 2015
One of Sydney's biggest and most popular international Film Festivals is returning to Norton Street (and elsewhere) from March 3 -22. This year, (its 26th), revered film critics Margaret Pomeranz and David Stratton are the AFFF's official 2015 Patrons, and they've personally selected seven of the top-notch line-up. A big reason why the quality of French films is so high is that country's unique box-office tax – whereby a portion of every admission ticket goes to the funding of the local industry. That makes the selectors' job hard – there are just so many from all genres to choose from. But the result is a treat for film lovers. Apart from sumptuous visual feasts like the Opening Night's Gemma Bovery and the final night's encore screening of Paris, Je T’aime, there are forty-five more reasons to enjoy the very best of France. n At Palace Norton St, Verona, Chauvel and Hayden Orpheum Cremorne, 3–22 March. Bookings and info: www.affrenchfilmfestival.org
Margaret & David’s picks Ciao's picks
The Vanns Pretty standard rock sounds that are totally listenable, probably sounds real nice and chunky when live, but it’s too reserved on their recordings. Simply can’t hear the bass and drums. Basic at best.
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His: Diplomacy, The Blue Room, Tokyo Fiancée, Grand Illusion. Hers:
3 Hearts, Far From Men, The Last Hammer Blow. David is spot-on with The Blue Room, but Margaret (3 Hearts), what were you thinking? The best thing about festivals is discovering films that you rarely see elsewhere, so don't miss Céline Sciamma's explosive and tough Girlhood – about growing up in the black outskirts of Paris. If you like a something softer and a bit teary (guilty) – try The Bélier Family.
Lucky Ellie Klug (Toni Collette), the street mag journo who works in a to-die-for Seattle warehouse office, but who (apparently) never actually has to do any work! She just parties most nights with hunky indie rock musos while her benevolent pot-smoking boss pays her a generous salary plus expenses (Ciao’s publisher please take note). But said employer (Oliver Platt) does finally get worried about his plummeting print run and bottomline, and gives the career-stalled, stuck-in-a rut Ellie an actual assignment – to track down her ex, an enigmatic Kurt Cobain-like local rock god who may or may not have committed suicide 10 years earlier. Megan Griffiths’ film is fun in a kookie way, it’s sweet but slight... After a few amusing meanders with a weirdo benefactor (Thomas Haden Church) it’s no spoiler to say Ellie finds the elusive singer – and herself. The really pleasant surprises are just how strong and poignant those final scenes with him are – and the (uncredited) super-star who has the role. CTC from Mar 5. Exclusive to Dendy Newtown.
Friday 6th March
The Pop Group The Pop Group are post-punk pioneers (duh) that inspired plenty from Nick Cave to the Pixies, but despite forming in 1977, this will be their first trip to Australia. If you want to see this, you’re probably already aware of it.
n The Factory Theatre, $56.70
n Reviews – Russell Edwards
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Twilight Supper in the Park
Organised by Leichhardt Council and Leichhardt Women’s Community Health Centre as part of International Women’s Day, the Twilight Supper in the Park is a great local celebration of women in our community… International Women’s Day is marked on March 8th as a day for celebrating the achievements and recognising the battles of women all around the globe, with people wearing purple to pledge their support. Joining with ‘Women in Leadership Leichhardt’ (WILL) as part of the ‘Make it Happen: Inspiring and Supporting Women Locally’ initiative, Leichhardt Council will be holding this free event on Thursday 5th March from 5pm at Pioneers Memorial Park. Light refreshments and entertainment will be provided but the main course of the Twilight Supper is the panel discussion with local leaders and certain exemplary women such as Julie McCrossin and Angela Catterns speaking. Babies and prams are more than welcome and it is encouraged for children to attend as there is a playground available at the park. While the event is free, registration is required as there are limited spaces available. Go to the Leichhardt Council website to reserve your place. n www.leichhardt.nsw.gov.au 3-6pm and costs $10 with refreshments provided. 79 Renwick St, Leichhardt, 0415 234 452
Sin City: A Dame To Kill For
Co-directors Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller reunite to bring more of Miller's visually stunning graphic novels back to the screen in Sin City: A Dame To Kill For. Like the 2005 original, this outing is in luscious black & white, and again the plot involves several storylines – all drowning in corruption and evil. Some of the same tough-guys (Micky Rourke, Josh Brolin, Joseph Gordon-Leavit, Bruce Willis) and dangerous babes (Jessica Alba, Eva Green) reappear – to be deceived, exploited and beaten to a pulp. There may not be much that is new, but its still a great sequel, for life in Sin City is never easy. No one has learnt a thing since their last schlocky neonoir outing – except that power corrupts, sex sells, and brute force always wins. MA15+
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Saturday 7th March
Sourdough Baking Class
Prepare to get your hands sticky as you learn all about the essential pieces of the sourdough puzzle, from all the ingredients and techniques to the mysterious poolish starter.
a delicious loaf for the entire family. This class starts at 9:30am and will run until 12:30pm. Location is still yet to be confirmed. For more info, visit www.leichhardt. nsw.gov.au
Saturday 14th March
From Start to Finish Writing Seminar
Why the sour face?
Best of all, during the class you will be tasting freshly baked bread and go home with enough sourdough to make
Are you an aspiring writer, but once your work is finished you are unsure of what next step to take? Finally, here is a writing seminar that teaches more than just the writing process; you will also learn how to self-publish and market your work successfully. The seminar will be led by Gabriella Kovac and Oliver R. Shead, who co-wrote Georgina - A Holocaust Story, about Gabriella’s mother, which was self-published but reached number one position on Amazon! This seminar runs from
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Sunday 15th March
Taste Portuguese culture at the annual Bairro Português Petersham Food & Wine Fair. Stalls lining the streets will serve delicious Mediterranean, Portuguese and Brazilian cuisines, wines, beers and sangria! Where: Audley Street, Petersham
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air. Indirect edge effects that you get from blasting the surface of the earth can change the micro-climate within the forest, resulting in a loss of biodiversity and a reduction in an ecosystem's ability to deal with climate change, disease, species invasions and other human impacts. Cultural concerns are also rife, with mining companies occupying large tracts of bushland. Despite the NSW government’s tenure of land, Whitehaven Coal has denied access to sacred sites within the mining sites of the Leard State Forest to the traditional custodians of the area, the Gomeroi people. This isn’t the first time they have restricted access to culturally important sites. There are many sacred sites, including burial grounds, in the Leard State Forest, situated within the boundaries of both Idemitsu’s Boggabri Coal and Whitehaven’s Maules Creek mine leases, that are vulnerable to being rendered inaccessible. Despite the politicised nature of coal, under the banner of anti-coal mining dictum the lefties and the national conservatives are the loudest - a veritable climate denier’s nightmare. We should all take a leaf from traditional Indigenous sustainability practices that include caring for country for the people who are yet to experience the splendour of nature as we do today. n Sonia Feng
With the numerous new housing developments planned on Parramatta Road how do you think the Inner West will cope with high density living?
n “It will be great for local business but the Inner West won't cope with the traffic and lack of available parking in the area once density of population starts to increase markedly. Parramatta Road will become a permanent car park.”
Taking the Leard
A very familiar sight of the Inner West of Sydney are the bats that unfurl over the urban landscape at dusk, from the shadow of trees, migrating all along Eastern Australia.
About 500 kilometres away, a similar scene plays out at the Leard State Forest, located between Boggabri and Narrabri in Northern NSW. These bats, which traditionally roost within the critically endangered White Box-Gum Woodland, face the destruction of their home – over 5000ha of the Leard State Forest – by coal mining companies. That equates to over half of the forest, which is home to 396 species of plants and animals and includes habitat for 34 threatened species and several endangered ecological communities. Boggabri Coal, Tarrawonga and Maules Creek Project are operational open cut mines that will have direct environmental consequences to the Leard State Forest. Idemitsu and Whitehaven Coal are the big name companies that largely own and operate these mines. Most recently, Maules Creek Project officially opened and will be Australia's largest coal mine, costing $767 million, and is projected to produce greenhouse emissions of about 30 million tonnes of C02 equivalent per year. This doesn’t exactly help Australia’s status as the world’s highest per capita emitter of C02. With the coal market slowing, many have questioned why the NSW government is even considering clearing more of the state forest to make way for a new mine that bears the burden of being environmentally destructive and commercially non-profitable. Directly, mines affect the main pillars noted for biological survival and prosperity - the integrity of the soil structure, the purity of waterways and drinking water catchments and the breathability of
Montessori Opens its Doors
Montessori Academy opened its doors last week at the Co.As.It site on Norton Street. While some may wonder about Montessori's relationship with Little Italy, the childcare group (the biggest in Australia) says its teachings are based on those of Doctor Maria Montessori, Italy's first woman doctor and physicist. Fittingly, the preschool will offer Italian classes through Co.As.It. The new preschool will alleviate pressure for childcare services in Leichhardt LGA, where there is an estimated shortage of 284 places in preschools and long daycare centres.
n “The Inner West is already so congested. It’s not even nice to go out on the weekends anymore because it takes so long to get anywhere.”
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n “A disaster, 100 per cent” n “The Inner West will have to
Spaces to play for all
cope with high density living. Like it, or lump it. The fact is that the Sydney Basin has geographic constraints against expanding development further to the fringes.This will be the case for all urban areas, not just the Inner West. Planners, developers and legislators will need to be wise with how they carry out such development.” Aaron, Balmain.
Leichhardt Council supports campaign for more play space
Leichhardt Council has announced its support for a community-led campaign demanding sport and play space be included in NSW government's planning proposal for the Bays Precinct, an area adjoining Balmain, Lilyfield and Rozelle. Leichhardt Mayor Rochelle Porteous says that plans for increases in housing density could threaten spaces for passive and active recreation. Sporting Alliance spokesman Glenn Burge thanked the Council. "The 80 hectares of the Bays Precinct land is a once in a lifetime chance to improve the amenity of the local community by making open space a planning priority," he said.
Microbat, photo credit: Lock The Gate Alliance
Internet Thrills Local Tv star
Drummoyne actor and songstress India-Rose Madderom, of X-Factor fame, will be starring in, and directing, a new webseries that showcases the beauty of Sydney's Inner West and surrounds. Inspired by TV series such as Nashville and Glee, which incorporate live music into serial narratives, the web series will follow a singer as she plugs away at the fame game in Inner Sydney. India-Rose, who co-wrote the series with her partner Robert O'Reilly, said she was looking for a project that would combine her love of acting and singing. “Both have their hardships, I feel like I have chosen the two most difficult careers. I am hoping the webseries will make the best of both worlds,” Madderom said. Unknown to many X-Factor fans who were spellbound by her talent as a vocalist, Madderom's career path has always been
India-Rose is a multimedia sensation Fort Street students jam against Westconnex
directed towards acting. “As a child I always loved singing and was in the school choir. But I never have had any formal training in it – just because it was not something I thought of pursuing. But after being on X-Factor I realised how much I loved it.” Musical theatre actor Stephen Mahy will star alongside Madderom in the series - as will local haunts in Camperdown and Newtown. n Spotlight starts being filmed this week and is projected to be released online sometime in May. You can follow the production process at www.facebook.com/spotlighttheseries
Marrickville Council against Westconnex
Marrickville Council has voiced a vocal opposition to Westconnex, saying that it is, “environmentally unsound and will damage the fabric of the local community.” The council urged residents of the LGA to attend a St Peters meeting last week held by the Westconnex Delivery Authority on planning for the new M5 and St Peters Interchange.
an evening talk with the author
an evening talk with the author
Leichhardt Library The Artist Group
Both events start Free - All welcome Book online or call Balmain Library 9367 9211 Leichhardt Library 9367 9266
WEDNESDAY 4 MARCH WEDNESDAY 11 MARCH
Leichhardt Library Piazza Level, Italian Forum, 23 Norton Street
From Start to Finish: Writing and Publishing Your Work for Success Presented by Gabriella Kovac and Oliver R Shead, authors of Georgina - Holocaust Survivor Stories, a Number 1 international best seller on Amazon.
• Gabriella and Oliver will speak about their book, Georgina, and their road to publishing an Amazon best seller. • Learn invaluable tools and techniques to employ as a writer. • Find out how to publish and market your work for success, including Gabriella’s successful actions and ways to take advantage of the Internet to get your work seen. • Participate in practical writing exercises, including time to share. Join us for an engaging afternoon as Gabriella and Oliver impart their knowledge and experience for you. When: Saturday 14th March 3 -6 PM Where: 79 Renwick St, Leichhardt Book now: email Mary email@example.com or phone Mary on 0415 234 452 Cost : $10 Refreshments provided.
wellbeing as I am to an equal role for women in our society. Special days like International Women's Day give us the opportunity to talk to each other and strive to build a better world. We get the chance to pause and ask, "How are we going towards achieving equality? What more needs to be done?" I think the men's health movement has emulated the women's movement and helped to raise community awareness about vital issues for men, such as the gap in life expectancy and the rates of suicide. are a fundamental part of what makes our community a great place to live and work. We’ll be coming together to celebrate women in business, in sport, the arts and in the community and we will be sharing what inspires us and how we have been able to support other women. We’re looking at how to make it happen! What led you to work in a role that focuses on helping women? I was very attracted to the type of work it was. It was a combination of drawing together what I’d done in the past with an area that I really care about, which is women, women’s health and women’s rights. And also it would allow me the opportunity to work in an area where you’re actually assisting women’s access to good quality health care. If you don’t have a lot of money there are a lot of barriers. It’s wonderful that there are places like Leichhardt Women’s Community Health Centre that provide this no matter what economic situation women are in. Are there any aspects that are unique about working with women? The uniqueness is that it is an incredibly safe and very supportive environment and I think Women's Health Service at Fairfield. When she was barely a teenager, she was forced into an arranged marriage with her cousin in Egypt. She lived through physical abuse for 14 years, until her husband died. Now living in Australia, she works with young woman in similar situations. She's working patiently and tirelessly within Muslim communities here in Sydney to try and modify the beliefs and attitudes held by parents who still believe in forced child marriages for their daughters. If you could change one thing about the representation of women in the media what would it be? In radio, it doesn't really matter what you look like, although these days I'm live on the webcam as well on the radio. On TV, a woman's appearance continues to be closely scrutinised. It's telling that a woman spends up to an hour in makeup before a TV appearance, whereas most men are done in about 10 minutes! I'm loving the new hashtag #AskHerMore. [It relates to] accomplished intelligent actresses sick of only being asked "Who are you wearing?" on red carpets, while their male counterparts are asked much more varied and interesting questions. What advice would you give young women trying to enter in the media industry? Radio seems to go through phases of having several women on air and then not having many at all. Currently, I work at 2UE - a news/ talk commercial radio station and I'm the only woman on air. Young women wanting to work in radio have a pretty hard road to hoe. They're often seen as a sidekick to a bloke, or the news or weather girl. My number one piece of advice is to start off by getting a job somewhere out of town, at a country station. I did that many years ago and it was one of the great experiences of my life!
"Key Issues for women are as varied as women themselVES"
Who is your role model? My 90-year-old mother, Marjorie McCrossin, is a key role model for me. My mother is passionate about education. Mum left school at 14 and joined the WAAF in London during World War II at 17. After marrying my dad, Bob McCrossin, an Australian bomber pilot, in London, she migrated to Australia and they raised five children. My three sisters, as well as my two brothers,
Roxanne McMurray, saviour of women's refuges
Julie McCrossin is an Australian radio broadcaster and journalist, who is well known for her leadership in campaigning for women’s rights. This year McCrossin will be facilitating a panel discussion for Leichhardt’s International Women’s Day Twilight Supper. What does the theme “Make it happen” mean to you? It means local women talking about practical action they've taken to support other women in business, workplaces and their family lives. We'll be sharing stories to inspire us to make positive things happen locally for women and girls. What are the main issues you see that women face on a daily basis? The key issues for women are as varied as women themselves. Our challenges change according to our age, cultural background, sexuality and income. However, the cost of housing, access to quality health care, freedom from family violence, affordable childcare, retirement income and loneliness are key issues for Inner West women in my experience. What would you say to people who think International Women’s Day is unnecessary? I am the stepmother of a boy and a girl. I am as committed to men's health and
We Make Make it We
International Women’s Day is fast approaching and to mark the occasion Millie Cotes and Kassia Aksenov spoke with three inspiring women at the forefront of this year’s celebrations in Leichhardt. We find out why International Women’s Day is still important in their fields of work and how they plan on making change happen.
all went to university and have professions. Mum was determined her girls would get an education and earn a living. These are still the keys to equality for women. What main change would you like to see for young girls in the next generation? The anxiety many women feel about their physical appearance distresses me. However, my primary dream for women in the future is a real reduction in domestic violence. How do you celebrate being a woman? I celebrate being a woman by bushwalking with women in a group called Wild Women on Top. This group raises funds for The Fred Hollows Foundation by hosting a charity walk called Sydney Coastrek. On 6 March I'll be walking from Coogee to Balmoral along the gorgeous coast and harbour foreshore. Our goal this year is $3 million. We'll make it happen! that’s something that the women who use Leichhardt Women’s Health Centre talk about a lot. They deliberately come here because it’s women only. A lot of women have said that it feels like home, and in some cases a home that they haven’t had before. What are the most rewarding aspects of your work? Working with a team of very skilled professional women, within a network of women’s services and other community services. There’s a very strong sense of seeing the possibilities through the challenges and I think that’s really exciting.
Angela Catterns is a renowned media personality and broadcaster who is currently presenting the 2UE afternoon shift. She will be providing her insights as a woman working in the maledominated radio industry at the panel discussion of the Twilight Supper.
Angela Catterns, presenter 2UE
Roxanne McMurray, the leader of the Leichhardt Women’s Community Health Centre, led the campaign against the closure of women's homelessness services in Sydney. She is part of the team that has been organising the Twilight Supper event. What does International Women’s Day mean to you? It means coming together and saying we have to get behind our women’s services. We have to support them, we have to ask them what help they want. They are essential and they do fantastic work, women’s services
• Leichhardt's Make it Happen Twilight Supper event will take place on March 5th, 5pm-7pm in Pioneers Memorial Park, Norton Street. • You can book online by visiting Leichhardt Council's website: www.leichhardt.nsw.gov.au/ News-and-Events/Our-Events/ International-Womens-Day/ International-Womens-Day Or call 9367 9146.
n Written by Millie Cotes and Kassia Aksenov
"Young women wanting to work in radio have a pretty hard road to hoe... they're often seen as the sidekick, the weather girl"
What's the most memorable story about a woman you've ever covered? So many stories, so many interviews! I guess one of the most impressive women I've interviewed recently was Eman Sharobeem. She's a doctor and director of the Immigrant
Julie McCrossin, journalist and facilitator
Leichhardt Council, Leichhardt Women’s Community Health Centre & Women in Leadership Leichhardt invite you to a Twilight Supper in the Park to celebrate
INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY 2015
‘Make it Happen: Inspiring and Supporting Women Locally’
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in the kitchen
1 cup fresh borlotti beans 3 finely sliced pieces of pancetta A couple of ripe, flavourful tomatoes, sliced into wedges A handful of peppery rocket leaves A slug of good quality olive oil Sea salt A squeeze of lemon
with Melissa Leong, n www.fooderati.blogspot.com
Borlotti, Tomato and Pancetta Salad
When you think of borlotti beans in Australia, you usually think of them sitting on shelves in tins, squishy in texture and generally best consumed in a soup or stew. Fresh borlotti beans on the other hand, are about as different from their tinned cousins as night and day. With a firm though slightly crumbly texture and nutty flavour, they’re best when very little is done to them. This salad isn’t so much a recipe as an assemblage of quality ingredients…and I’d happily eat it any day of the week.
Wine with Winsor
Wickhams Road 2014 Yarra Valley Chardonnay
There are few wineries that can match Hoddles Creek when it comes to over-delivering on quality. In a world where stellar cool-climate wines fetch extremely high prices, the d’Anna family’s Wickhams Road range stands as a beacon of affordable quality. In 2014 I felt the Yarra chardonnay just edged out its Gippsland counterpart, but both offer exceptional value. Lively, balanced and ridiculously good for $18.
Lock & Key 2013 Hilltops Cabernet Sauvignon
Jason Brown grows some great fruit and makes some very good wines in the Hilltops region of NSW. His business is called Moppity Vineyards and its entry-level wines are labelled Lock & Key, and offer excellent value. I particularly like this award-winning cabernet; a wine with plenty of power and intensity but with everything perfectly in balance. Think dark blackcurrant, plum and chocolate flavours with well-integrated oak. You can drink this now, or cellar it for a few years. $20.
In a pot of boiling, slightly salted water, boil the beans for 15 minutes or until tender. Drain and refresh in cold water and set aside. Fry the slices of pancetta until crisp and break into bite-sized pieces. In a bowl, place the slightly cooled beans, rocket, tomatoes and dress with the olive oil, lemon and a sprinkle of sea salt. Toss to combine and assemble on a plate. Top with crisp pancetta bits and serve.
Spill the beans...and eat them!
At the markets
have finished for the season. A lot of citrus fruits remain expensive, as do avocados.
n Fruit: Gala apples and William pears have now arrived, while cherries n Veggies: Yams are now finished, but there are plenty of new arrivals
Willow Creek 2014 Pinot Gris
If you feel like splashing out a little – maybe for a romanitc dinner – this is a really lovely wine from the Mornington Peninsula that has both crisp summer appeal and the texture and structure of a more serious white. From a difficult vintage that produced intensely flavoured grapes, it has both citrus and Bosc pear notes, a grippy complexity on the palate thanks to barrel fermentation, and plenty of length. Great with a mushroom risotto. $35.
including pine mushrooms, large asparagus and purple congo potatoes. Broccoli and Chinese cabbage are both a bit pricey and kumara doesn’t have great value either.
be apples! xxShe’ll x
AT Home with ALEX BLACKWELL
Captain of the NSW Breakers and LGBTQI rights advocate Alex Blackwell lets us in on her favourite treats when she’s not busy hitting a six.
As a professional cricketer, what is your relationship with food like? Do you have much choice in what you eat? I love all sorts of food and given that I train everyday I am lucky I get to eat lots of good food to ensure I’m adequately fuelled for the demands of each day. We are fortunate to be guided by sports dieticians who have helped me understand how food and fluid intake can assist me in performing my best on the field. What is your food philosophy? Always have a good breakfast like eggs on toast. Don’t be worried about good fats such as avocado, nuts and full-fat yogurt. Buy unprocessed foods and don’t have junk food in the house. Have healthy options for dessert such as yogurt with mango and berries or a single fun-sized Freddo Frog. Make sure there is adequate protein in each meal and, at lunch and dinner, half your plate is salad or veg. Where are your favourite place to eat out in the Inner West? My favourite cafe for breakfast is Cafe Plunge in Summer Hill. Amazing poached eggs and a lovely Middle Eastern flavour to the menu. As a treat you can’t go past the the ricotta hot cakes! One Penny Red in Summer Hill is fantastic for a special dinner. [They have] interesting small plates with intense flavour and lovely service and decor. Do you have any childhood memories that are linked to food, or a comfort food that you can’t resist? I was always intrigued by the bubble and squeak served by my dad at breakfast time. Its flavour was superb but the
Palpable and Quite Distasteful
Over the years I have been a huge supporter of ‘local, seasonal and sustainable’ branding. Those words have been on my menus since a long way back. Interestingly, as the years have gone by there has been a very distinct shift from ‘sustainability’ being solely the realm of the politically motivated to becoming a much more mainstream concept. As this happens we see big companies starting to cash in on environmentalism, ‘greenwashing’ their products and brands. I was recently talking with a distribution company that prides itself on its direct ‘farmer to plate’ ethos. They mentioned that it was getting harder to compete in the space because the ‘local, seasonal and sustainable’ market is getting more competitive... HOW COOL IS THAT!? Unfortunately, this is not the response the distributors were looking for. Personally, I started believing in environmentally ethical values because they are bloody important to our future, and the future of our food supply - not because I was interested in making money. I was a bit stupid back then, not because I necessarily think now that money is the end goal (there are too many intangible virtues that cash can’t measure), rather because unless someone is making proper money from something it will not gain traction. As they say, business is in the business of staying in business. Impassioned rhetoric without achieving anything is the realm of fools, fairies and politicians. If you want to make the world a better place make a chunk of cash at the same time, and just see how that mobilises a bunch of people to get on board. I see now that there is a section of the environmentalist and politically motivated community that has a hard time accepting this. Large companies are scorned for ‘cashing in’ on exactly what environmentalists and hipsters wanted them to do in the first place. The irony of these complaints is palpable and quite distasteful when the broken-backed farmers, after tilling in their organic, free-range fields, are cooking the meals of well-fed, healthy, Eastern-Suburb foodies (and Inner Westies too) who want yet another quirky dining experience to critique and pontificate on.
description of the ingredients was somewhat wanting -left over veggies smashed together and fried with an egg! What challenges have you faced being a woman athlete? Has anyone ever told you to go back to the proverbial kitchen? Having to balance everything! This is not necessarily a female athlete challenge but female athletes are less likely to be able to earn a living through their sport hence the need to be studying or working throughout their athletic careers. This is my 13th year as an Australian cricketer and as of this year I’m finally able to choose a life as a full-time sportsperson. The inequity in remuneration of male and female elite athletes within the same sport and the continued lack of media coverage for women’s sport is the result of historically negative attitudes toward female athletes. What have you learnt about your body from being an athlete? I’ve learnt that I like the feeling of completing physical activity. It hurts a bit at the time but I’m invigorated after a workout. My moods are better if I’m regularly active and I’m eating well. Being strong empowers me as I feel capable to get things done, like moving furniture between rental properties or carrying all the shopping bags up the stairs in one go! Being fit also means that I can enjoy a healthy social life and bounce back quickly after a late night. What would be the perfect celebratory feast after winning a match? Who would you ask to join you? I would go to a top seafood restaurant like Doyle’s at Watsons Bay and
Alex isn’t afraid of an avocado
we would share their magnificent paella, my favourite dish. To join me would be Magda Szubanksi, David Attenborough and Sia.
Banana Naan Booster
This is a snack recipe I use on various cricket trips to South Asia, and have eaten it many times during the lunch breaks of matches in India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. 1. Spread your favourite peanut butter generously over a fresh naan bread (or slice of bread) 2. Slice or mash a whole ripe banana over the peanut butter 3. Sprinkle chia seeds over the top 4. Eat as a quick snack pre or postworkout n Catch Alex at Leichhardt Council’s Twilight Supper on March 5th at Pioneer Park
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