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Issue 258 | May 22nd 2015
Respect Your Heritage Winter Warmers
Partisan Venus in Fur
The fight to save our architecture
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Inner West whispers
Local gossip, rumour, hearsay and unsubstantiated fact...
Bit of a dredge, absorbing petitions and Summer Hill backed up
l A man who describes himself as an independent ferry consultant and transport blogger has suggested that the stalling on the Rhodes Ferry Wharf may be due to some unforeseen environmental circumstances. Supposedly, the preferred wharf site at Bray’s Bay, in walking distance to Rhodes station, is unsuitable because the water is too shallow and dredging could resurface toxic sediments.
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deemed essential health products. Developer Bill Gertos, the owner and sole shareholder of Geitonia Pty Ltd, was fined $150,000 for knocking down an Edwardian shopfront between 1-13 Parramatta Rd without Leichhardt Council’s consent. The Honourable Justice Peter Biscoe found Gertos personally liable for the illegal demolition.
l l Summer Hill residents are getting aggro about Ashfield Council’s hindrance of a new public bathroom in the village carpark. In their April meeting the council agreed to negotiate with IGA about building a toilet in the vicinity. Clr Passas’ motion to tender immediately for an accessibe loo was not addressed further.
Righteous Rightie expresses his outrage about someone other than himself taking advantage of members of the underclass.
Dear RR – For my uni media studies project I wrote and directed a short-film about a public housing block in Leichhardt called Proleville. After I made it clear I’d shout them fast food, alcohol and spray paint, some colourful bogans consented to take part and I got lots of great scenes of that rarest of all species – the povo Inner West resident – stuffing their fat faces with fried chicken, drinking Jack Daniels and coke (provided by a certain off-camera benefactor LOL!) at 9.15am on a weekday and painting giant penises on park benches. On top of that, there was lots of searing footage of them complaining about “towelheads”, singing the praises of Jacquie Lambie and discussing their plans to save up their pension money to get a neck tattoo. After it was screened my impressed classmates said things such as, “That makes me even more embarrassed than normal to be an Australian,” and, “Now I understand who the people are that keep voting Liberal governments in.” I thought I’d get a high distinction but instead the lecturer, some Whitlam-era throwback, took me to task for engaging “classist exploitation”. What the hell is classism anyway? I mean, sure, these people had a few issues with intergenerational unemployment, limited education and an all-pervading sense of despair but it’s not like I was poking fun at gay marriage. Has political correctness has gone mad in today’s university system? Matthew, Annandale RR replies: I’m afraid I have to back up your tenured radical of a professor here. Unless one is making a sensible argument about the need to abolish welfare and implement Indonesian-style drug penalties, or seeking to enrage the audience of a tabloid newspaper or TV show, it’s morally repugnant to use the underclass to further one’s own ends. n Email your dilemma to email@example.com.
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A St Peters resident started an online petition to ban ‘The Tampon Tax’ last week and has so far gained over 80,000 signatures. The petition outlines its position against the 10 per cent GST on sanitary items. Other toiletries such as condoms, lubricants and nicotine patches are not taxed because they are
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The Balmain Tigers were one of the founding teams of the New South Wales Rugby League and were one of the most successful teams in the premiership. They won 10 of their 11 premiership matches between 1915 and 1947, before suffering a drought until their celebrated, and
final, win over the Souths in 1969 (pictured above). While they had many playoff runs over the next decades, the Balmain Tigers found no success until after their merger with the Western Suburbs Magpies in 1999. The combined Wests Tigers won their first premiership in 2005. n Image courtesy of Era of the Biff
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Here at Ciao we absolutely love walking past 49 Watkin St in Newtown and peeping through the window to see a beautiful little haven for cats (and one dog). Dr Jonine Penrose-Wall, is the co-ordinator of the World League for Protection of Animals Inc (WLPA). The WLPA is a volunteer-run rescue organisation that focuses on the protection of animal rights. WLPA is working towards re-homing around 100 animals.
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Join Leichhardt’s Sustainable Neighbourhoods! There will be three challenges over six weeks: 1. Saving Water: 13-26 April 2. Saving Energy: 4-17 May 3. Reducing Waste: 25 May-7 June Each challenge includes a free workshop. Compete against friends and neighbours for your chance to win a prize!
D’awww Their strict ‘no kill’ policy means that animals who are not re-homed will continue to be looked after by volunteer foster carers. Dr Jonine says she prefers Inner West residents for re-homing because of their compassion and knowledge about rescue animals. The good doctor’s house on Watkin St acts as an Inner West hub where vets can meet animals and Jonine personally fosters up to ten pets at a time.
n For more information about WLPA visit www.wlpa.org. If you are interested in adopting a pet contact Dr Jonine on 0409741414.
• Axe throwing - the new hipster sport • Grace Jones coming to VIVID Sydney • Manoosh’s veggie delight pizza with tahini • Hot sauce • Fintan Magee’s new mural in Matt Hogan Reserve •Upgrades in Five Dock
• Overuse of the word ‘precinct’, better than ‘hub’? • The tax on tampons • Luxe sports products -fitness or rich-ness? • Councillors playing party politics beyond election season • The return of uni fee deregulation
There’s life in the Inner West!
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Tea that’s worth your time…
The Best tea in the Inner west!
I recently tried to wean myself off coffee. Let’s just say this particular endeavour to better myself didn’t last long. As well as learning that I have an extremely short fuse, I also learnt that there aren’t many alternatives out there for the non-caffeinated angels of the world and when I say angels I truly mean it… When I ordered my chai tea, somewhat smugly, I was disappointed with my warmish chai that suspiciously resembled that of the instant variety. To add insult to injury the chai was even more expensive than my friend’s frothy and perfectly heated coffee. As the weather cools down, Ciao traverses the cafes of the Inner West to find teas that are worth their price.
Conserving the heritage of the Inner West
There’s nothing that pulls my heart strings more than walking past beautiful old, albeit rundown, buildings with huge development investment signs out the front. These old buildings are not given the opportunity of restoration, they will not be renovated, restored or enjoyed and their place in the Inner West's architectural history will be erased. Predictably, they will be bulldozed and the land turned into high-density, exorbitantly priced and mass produced accommodation. ‘Heritage listed’ is one of the most feared words for property developers. It is associated with extra difficulty when it comes to development proposals, council control over property and unwanted interference by a council. Once a building is heritage listed the rights surrounding the property are legally changed: physical change to the building often needs approval; complete demolition is usually not allowed. There are so many benefits of heritage listing a property, including that of environmental sustainability. Demolishing buildings and starting them anew, rather than re-using structures, only has detrimental impacts on the environment throughout the building process. Heritage buildings are largely responsible for tourism attraction, adding to the community profile and heritage-listed properties can often be beneficial to owners as well, as they frequently sell for high resale prices. Leichhardt Council is one of the strictest in the Inner West when it comes to protecting heritage-listed buildings. Only a few weeks ago Leichhardt Council won what has been labelled a landmark victory against a property developer who illegally demolished an Edwardian Annandale shopfront that was heritage listed. Leichhardt Council approved redevelopment of the property on the condition that the shop’s façade was kept intact. Interestingly, the court prosecuted the owner of the company, whereas in many previous heritage demolition cases owners have concealed themselves behind their companies or remained nameless in the process. With some luck this case may be a breakthrough for future cases of breaching heritage provisos! But what about the homes and buildings that are not actually heritage listed? What sort of protection is offered for them, if any at all? The harsh reality is that unless a property is heritage listed there is nothing to ensure the conservation of lovely Federation houses and buildings. Additionally, a property can sometimes lose its eligibility for listing if some of its features have been changed over time, before listing has been enacted. When heritage listing is given but only minor parts of the building must be preserved, often the whole building is ruined and it sits in a state of limbo where it looks neither historical nor modern. List your properties so we don’t have to say anymore regretful goodbyes to beautiful, historical buildings, like those that once proudly stood on Great North Road in Abbotsford, and the beautiful house currently being pulled down on Thompson street in Drummoyne.
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Bread And Circus
The selection of teas at this café is so expansive they have their own dedicated tea menu. For a chai with a little kick, try the organic lemongrass and ginger soy chai, slowly brewed and infused with honey. If you want something a touch subtler try the silver needle white tea, which is imbedded with a delicate jasmine fruitiness. They also have a worldwide selection of teas with Japanese, Himalayan and Korean blends that will instantly transport you.
n Shop 2/21 Fountain Street, Alexandria
Badde Manors might be best known for their generous vegetarian options but they also have an interesting selection of teas that just might have you turning down coffee. Including the rosehip organic herbal tea or the sparking apple tea, which finishes with a slight spritz. If you want to try an alternative to chai opt for their hot cider with cloves (non-alcoholic) or one of their Sahlebs. The Turkish Sahleb, made with aromatic milk, cinnamon, honey and rosewater, is particularly good.
n 1/37 Glebe Point Road, Glebe
Paper Cup Coffee
This charming café not only has great cookies but also a great selection of organic teas. Including all the classics, the English Breakfast, French, Earl Grey and more adventurous options like Vanilla Mint Sky and Sencha Green tea. Their sticky chai (with extra honey) also goes down a treat.
n Shop 2, 157-161 Cambridge St, Stanmore
This trendy café even have their own “tea girl”: her name is Kate and apparently she’s a lover of loose-leaf tea and has a talent for pairing them with delicious food. Try the wolfberry fruit and Chrysanthemum organic loose tea or the oolong tea and Mirabelle plums. If you’re not totally sworn off coffee try a bottle of the handcrafted cold drip coffee and cold drip tea blend.
A pleasant distraction at Bread and Circus
n 73 Glebe Point Road, Glebe
Originally opening on Broadway in 2011, David Ives’ provocative comedy-thriller, Venus in Fur, seduced and enthralled audiences.
Venus in Fur
Now brought to you by Darlinghurst Theatre Company, Venus in Fur is making its highly anticipated Sydney debut as it runs from the 29th of May until the 5th of July. Inspired by the 19th-century sadomasochistic novella of the same name, Venus in Fur is the story of Thomas, a director struggling to cast the lead in his play based off of this saucy book. As he is about to give up, a fiery actress with an incredible understanding of the character and complete memorisation of all the lines bursts in. As her audition for the role continues, the line between play and reality blurs in this gripping exploration of sexual control and desire. The New York Times called it, “a suspense-packed study of the erotics of power." Exploring the pleasure of pain, you can be sure Venus in Fur will leave you umming, and ahhing!
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Wednesday 27th May
Ruby Productions has just had their fourth anniversary and to celebrate in style they are leaving Penrith to have their first production in Sydney. Their latest play is a loving tribute to a most sorely missed actor and comedian – Robin Williams. To honour the genius of Jumanji, Good Will Hunting and Mrs Doubtfire, Ruby Productions has created a stage production of the film The Birdcage, in which Williams starred as the owner of the eponymous gay nightclub. Held at the Roxbury Hotel
in Forest Lodge, this is a real laughout-loud production with a positive message of equality. To make a booking, please visit www. trybooking.com/128423
National Simultaneous Storytime
Every year in schools, libraries, childcare centres, homes and bookshops across the nation, children sit down to be read the same Australian drawn and illustrated picture book. This event connects the entire country with a shared celebration of reading and To make a booking, phone 9559 0000 Australian literature. This year’s book is The Brothers Quibble by Aaron Blabey, appropriate for K-Year 6. The event, held at Concord Library, is free but spaces are by Aaron Blabey limited so make sure to book. To make a booking, please visit www.eventbrite.com.au
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Make your way to the CanterburyHurlstone Park RSL for a delicious, seasonal four-course meal. Utilising ingredients that flourish at the end of the autumn season, this dinner will NATIONAL beSIMULTANEOUS accompanied by beers and wine from Pikes Winery of Clare Valley in STORYTIME South Australia that have just reached Wednesday 27 May 2015 maturity. The night will be co-hosted Be a part of NSS! Visit www.alia.org.au/nss to register for NSS, free resources and purchase your NSS merchandise. bydownload Pikes Winery ambassador Peter Registrations open March 2015. Bentley. Doors open at 6:30pm, tickets cost $89 per head ($79 for members).
Wine & Dine
Water Sensitive Urban Design
Carrying on from the previous instalments of this three-part sustainability workshop, this final session will be a very practical NATIONAL demonstration. At the home of one SIMULTANEOUS of the volunteers, all participants will STORYTIME work together to build Wednesday 27 May 2015 a rain garden. A rain is designed to filter the Be a part garden of NSS! Visit www.alia.org.au/nss to register for NSS, download free resources and purchase your NSS merchandise. overflow from your rainwater tank so Registrations open March 2015. as to ensure that it is clean before it drains into the storm water system. The Cooks River will love you! Bookings are essential. To make a booking, please call 9335 2222
Have a gay time at the theatre
See page 8 for more what's on...
by Aaron Blabey
n Local Gigs
Friday 29th May
n Local screens
n Your screens
Bonez Seems like these fellas have a pretty clear vision for the sound they want to make and you have to respect that. It’s a pretty unique mix of classic rock with a mishmash of influences. I’ve heard comparisons to the Red Hot Chilli Peppers and Rage Against The Machine but they are something else. Definitely worth a shot. n The Vanguard, $16.80
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The Bard plus guns, bikies and added Apple products
Partisan: behind the loving hijinks, a heart of darkness Happy punters
Friday 29th May
Ciao's picks: Partisan
Funk Engine Every song just builds up and up, led by a pretty damn cool saxophonist. You should give them a listen before you decide to go to this show but any funk fans will be in for a treat if they do. n Leichhardt Town Hall, $16.50
Saturday 6th June
Bad Manners Ska was bizarre in 1980s England; super upbeat music, but the style was all punk. Bad Manners embodied this more than any other and have plenty of silly, fun tunes, although I don’t think they will ever be quite as good as The Specials or Madness. n The Factory Theatre, $54.90
Sure, Mad Max is chewing up all the multiplex scenery but, meanwhile, there's another dystopian Aussie film – much more disturbing, certainly tenser and just as excitingly welcome. Arieal Kleimen’s moody, chilling Sundance hit refuses to explain much and takes a while getting into. Alexander (Jeremy Chabriel) is a cheerful kid, lovingly raised and taught by Gregori (Vincent Cassel) who may be his father in what appears to be a closed communal household in a war-torn rotting city – stunningly filmed in the mountains of Georgia. There are lots of other kids around all being taught by Gregori, and their mothers – but no other men. What’s wrong here? The shock, when it comes, that these kids are being trained as cold-blooded killers, is only the first of many. What follows is a brooding and atmospheric masterpiece, part-thriller, part allegory and partcoming of age movie. In a small and satisfying way it’s quite a stunner, and like nothing you’ll see at the multiplex! CTC from May 28.
Writer-director Desiree Akhavan hates to be compared to Lena Dunham (Girls), and fair enough, this is edgier than the hit HBO series. She stars as Shirin, an Iranian, lesbian, bisexual Brooklynite hipster and this, her debut feature, managed to piss all those social groups off. You’ll quickly see why – it’s witty, spiky, uncomfortable and, well, totally inappropriate! That means it didn’t manage a cinema release here, but it is available on digital download from May 20. Funny and bittersweet, this is confronting indie filmmaking at its very best. MA15+ of course.
The Australian release of Michael Almereyda's adaptation of Cymbeline has had a mysterious name change, but don't be confused, just check that cracking talent: Ethan Hawke, Ed Harris, Milla Jovovich, Dakota Johnson and Penn Badgley. And, oh yes, a script by one William Shakespeare. This is one of his more out-there plays, a dense and tangled tale of war, romance and family intrigue – combined here with lots of leather, motorcycles, guns, crooked cops and a drug-dealing warlord, all set in a very gritty contemporary New York. Shakespearean English on an iPhone might be a stretch for some Bard purists, and yes, you do need to pay attention. But even if you don’t understand a word of it, watching these incredible actors strut their stuff in such stunning locations is always a treat. MA15+ on DVD, BD and digital download from May 27.
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Mad Max: Fury Road – should you boycott it?
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The existential hell that is Brooklyn
Claire is about to die, again...
The City of Canada Bay Council has big plans for Five Dock; there are various revitalisations and refurbishment plans for the next 20 years and it all starts this May! The concept plans for the first stage of improving the streetscape are just now being finalised and Council is inviting all residents to come down to Fred Kelly Place on Saturday 30th May from 10am to 1pm to take a look at these plans, and have a good time while doing so. There will be plenty of great activities for the family including live music, pop-up art installations, a sausage sizzle and activities for kids, so head down and make a day of it. In the words of Mayor Angelo Tsirekas, “Our plan is to retain the village feel while we create a place with community spirit that can provide for future economic and commercial growth.” This revitalisation will begin on Great North Road with the planting of trees and shrubs, installing new pavements and street pavements, and moving the power lines underground. www.canadabay.nsw.gov.au or contact Stephanie Kelly on 9911 6555.
Saturday 30th May
Five Dock gets refreshed
After the modest 2010 success of the romantic drama Summer Coda, Aussie director Richard Gray moved to the US for a change of genre and pace. His Mine Games starts out slowly and fairly predictably – a bunch of attractive college kids head to a cabin for a weekend of fun and drinking in the picturesque wilderness around Seattle. Then they make the sort of decision only characters in lowbudget horror flicks make (fair enough – this is one) and decide to explore an abandoned mine nearby… (Errr... Don't?) A gruesome, mindblowing discovery and terror follow but are they hallucinating, having a collective nervous breakdown or is there a killer lurking in the darkness? While not quite rising above its B-grade premise, Mine Games does have quite a few satisfying tricks and unexpected twists to dish out. Just right for chills and thrills on a cold night in, and available now on DVD. MA15+
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Five Dock is going to rock
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Great Australasian Beer SpecTapular
Do you like beer? What a dumb question, of course you do! Well, if you really love it, then make your way to this beer and food festival. Held at Australian Technology Park, this festival celebrates the diversity of craft beer, both local and international.
Featuring 300 beers from 150 breweries, including 120 beers that were made especially for this event, this is quite literally heaven for all beer fanatics, whether you are into a super hoppy IPA or a smooth lager. Tickets start at $35. For more information or to make a booking, please visit www.gabsfestival.com.au
Saturday 6th June
all your unwanted belts, bags, wallets, shoes, hats, hair accessories and jewellery. Where: Leichhardt Town Hall, 10:30am-1pm.
Sunday 7th June
Heaps Gay VIVId Party
Ladies’ Accessories Swap
Get your beer goggles on!
Hey ladies, are all your drawers and shelves filled to the brim with unloved accessories? Want to spice up your collection of jewellery but don’t have the money or space? Well then come to Leichhardt Town Hall and swap your old accessories for something new! With each item you donate you will be given one token to spend on someone else’s unloved treasure. Bring
Vivid is coming to the Inner West, lighting up the Factory Theatre in collaboration with queer party royalty, Heaps Gay. For one night only the Factory Theatre will be host to an immersive experience of music, art and performance presented by FBi Radio. Get there in time to catch the flash party by No Lights No Lycra dancers and the DJ set by Sydney musos Black Vanilla. Comedy drag act The MAGDA Szubanskis will also be ringing in. Tickets $35, starts at 3pm till late. Go to: www.vividsydney.com/event/ music/heaps-gay
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Is your local council doing a good job at preserving heritage housing?
“I feel quite strongly about the way the houses in Five Dock have been knocked down and replaced by cement doublestorey houses. They cheapen the neighbourhood and detract from the village feel that used to be Five Dock.” Julia, Russell Lea “I think they are doing quite a good job.” Michael, Drummoyne “I think it’s hard for the council because they look after too much, and if you have an old house – what are you going to do? Knock it down or try and keep it? Heritage listing should only apply to particular things, like houses that are over 100 years old.” Yang, works in Leichhardt “No, they’re [Leichhardt Council] not doing a great job considering what has happened on Parramatta Road. They need to be more forceful with developers.” Liz, Dulwich Hill “I think they should preserve what they can, even if it’s just the façade. Also they should preserve the trees not just the houses!” Ross, Abbotsford
Tyred of feeling guilty about waste? Well, I don’t mean to get you deflated but we do need to address the very serious issue of illegal tyre dumping. Each year 48 million tyres are disposed of in Australia. Of these, eight million are reused and another 1.6 million are disposed of in legal landfills. No-one knows what happens to the rest. This means some 30 million tyres simply vanish. Most likely they are illegally dumped through rogue operators locally or overseas. This poses serious risks for health and safety, with increases in tyre dumping being highly correlated with increased rates of dengue fever. Mosquitoes breed and incubate in tyre dumps as do vermin and other pests, this has an impact on its surrounding communities’ health. Fire is also a serious hazard with tyre dumps known to burn for as long as 15 years. Local Newtown environmental organisation, The Boomerang Alliance, has an initiative called The Skids, which investigates illegal dumpsites with drones and collects intelligence on retailers. Organiser Anthony Lazzaro suggests that if I want to become more savvy about retailers full of hot air, I look at his tyre-dumping leaderboard. The list includes Tyrepower, Tyres & More and Tyreplus in the bottom half of the nasties and Bob Jane Kmart doing some good work in the top half. He also makes mention of Tempe Tyres. I have always been a fan of Tempe Tyres. Their shop front makes revheads salivate. Their turnover must be enormous - and they must have lots of old tyres..... These brands only present a minute part of the picture. There has been some positive developments further up the chain. A 'tyre stewardship' program came into effect in July 2014 to, “promote the increase in environmentally sustainable collection
Turn the pressure up
Charity for children in need
Trauma specialist Mary Jo McVeigh of Concord is opening a charity based at her practice Cara House on Majors Bay Road. CaraCare will provide therapy services free of charge for children who have experienced abuse. All the money donated to CaraCare will go directly into providing children with team-based and group therapy. McVeigh says these kinds of services are vital to ensuring child abuse ends in the Inner West community and elsewhere. “We need to stop talking about child abuse as if it’s a private issue and ask ourselves what we can do as a society to ensure women and children are treated well at home,” McViegh said.
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and recycling processes and new uses for and products using recycled end-of-life tyres.” Joining the program is not compulsory for retailers but with major brands being shamed for not taking active steps to reduce dumping many of them have got on board. Leading tyre manufacturers Continental, GoodyearDunlop, Michelin, Pirelli, Toyo and Yokohama are not only part of the scheme but also make a financial contribution to research into tyre reuse. A typical passenger tyre contains approximately 1.5kg of steel, 0.5kg of textiles and 7kg of rubber, and although there are said to be lots of uses, the actual amount of tyre repurposing is limited. Some are ground up into crumbs and used in road and soft-fall playground surfacing, brake pads and flooring products. There is yet to be, however, a revolutionary way to repurpose the balding tyre. There are only so many tyre swings you can have. It's time we all got a grip on how big this issue is. Make sure you only buy tyres from retailers that have a legitimate disposal process, it is the easiest way to eliminate tyre dumping and give the Tyre Stewardship program some real traction.
n For more go to theskids.org.au and tyrestewardship.org.au Local Mary Jo McVeigh is starting a charity
A new station precinct is in the process of becoming a reality in Rhodes. The draft design plans include another shopping centre for the subrub and a leisure centre, with gym facilities and a pool, as well as improvement to Walker Street, including new cycle-paths and a new overpass to Rhodes station. Canada Bay Council has also stated the area around Rhodes station has been identified as a key location for new apartments. Funding for improvements to roads and community areas around the station precinct have been secured through developer contributions to Voluntary Planning Agreements (VPAs) finalised with Canada Bay Council in 2014. The agreements outline plans for over 1,000 new apartments in the precinct with buildings up to 36 storeys high. Developer contributions from Billbergia and Hossa will be used to facilitate west Rhodes' transformation into one of the most densely populated areas of Sydney outside the CBD.
n Drafts for the Rhodes Station Precinct will be on public
Haberfield’s not-so piggy bank
Haberfield residents have been working together to establish a community bank, holding their second meeting last Monday. The Haberfield Commonwealth Bank branch closed down in 2013. The team of 30 volunteers has been working for eight months and have managed to get Australia’s fifth-largest bank, Bendigo Bank, on board. The chairman of the volunteer committee, Maria Bonfante, says despite Bendigo’s involvement the bank will still effectively belong to the community. “As a franchise, half of the profits will stay with us, and of that 20 per cent will go to shareholders and 80 per cent will go directly into local projects such as sponsoring sports teams and providing services to the elderly,” she said. Bonfante, who has been trading at
Frank’s Fruit market for over 41 years, decided to push for a bank once she saw the inconvenience not having one has caused older residents. The community bank will offer old-fashioned service. “Not everyone uses credit cards and a lot of people just want to talk to someone when they go into a bank, a lot branches now want you to use their computers. We will have personal services and we are hoping to install an ATM,” Bonfante said. In order for the bank to become a reality, the Haberfield committee has to raise $1 million in pledges, which will become shares once the branch opens. They also need to secure at least $10 million in bank deposits.
n The committee runs a stall on Saturdays near the Haberfield IGA. Call 0410642269 to get involved. Anyone need to open a savings account?
exhibition in Canada Bay Libraries until June 16th.
Councillors of the future
Leichhardt Council is seeking young people between the ages of 12-24 for the Leichhardt Youth Council, which involves young people in developing policy and programs relevant to their demographic, including hosting live music nights, movie screenings and fundraisers.
n Visit: www.leichhardt.nsw.gov.au/Community/ Young-People/Leichhardt-Youth-Council
Domestic Violence Vigil
Students have organised a candelight vigil for the 38 women who have died due to domestic violence this year in Australia. The vigil will take place outside of the UTS Tower Building at 5pm. Wendy Bacon and Dr Mehreen Faruqi will speak about policies that could be implemented to address gendered violence.
Leichhardt Library Service
2015 Annual Photography Award
Categories Genre - Landscape - Portrait Entries Close Friday 24 July 2015 Exhibition 5 August—30 August 2015 $250 prize per category + People’s Choice Enquiries—9367 9364
Find out how to enter @ http://bit.ly/1EdJA7o
Image credit: Palace Rain by Ian Hollen
Leichhardt Community Church
SINGERS & MUSICIANS WANTED
(Drum kit and Congas available)
Join our Worship Team
Leichhardt Community Church Sunday Mornings 10: 00 am Cnr. Foster St. and Lords Rd. Leichhardt. SMS 0412918833 for more information A Safe and Inclusive Church
GLBT people welcome!
Welcome to the Hunter Valley’s delectable Food and Wine Month, where the region’s eminent restaurants, wineries and providores open their cellars to the pleasuring of roaming gourmands.
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Travel with Winsor
Somewhere special to stay
Twenty-five years on and Peppers Convent remains the most gracious address in the Hunter Valley; a perfect splurge destination for wine lovers, food lovers or, simply, lovers. Set among beautiful gardens and vineyards, The Convent was built in 1909 and transported to Pokolbin in 1990. It was once home to the Brigidine Order of nuns in Coonamble in country New South Wales. The Convent is currently being lovingly upgraded by owners Matt and Karlie Cowley and has the unique ambience of an indulgent French hotel combined with the character of an Australian country guesthouse. It is luxurious but not stuffy and just far enough away from the main road to be an oasis of calm, even on busy weekends in the Hunter. The Convent has 17 delightfully idiosyncratic bedrooms with public areas being made over by interior design expert Karlie and her team. On-site facilities include a swimming pool, heated spa pavilion, tennis court, boules and a front desk that is manned 24 hours a day. The Convent also recently opened the second restaurant on its estate, Eighty Eight. Together with its sister restaurant Circa 1876, Eighty Eight is headed up by executive chef George Francisco, who says the eatery’s focus is on sustainable, ethically sourced and grown produce.
n Peppers Convent, 88 Halls Road, Pokolbin. (02) 4998 4999. www.peppers.com.au/convent
Storm damage repaired
In late April, the Hunter Valley was hit by some of the worst storms in the region’s history – but all tourism businesses are back in operation and ready to welcome visitors. Phil Hele, general manager of Hunter Valley Resort, described it as, “the worst storm we have ever experienced.” Hele added, “Thank you to everyone who sent our region positive energy. So many beautiful trees lost - one even fell in the pool, but everything is now back to normal.” Hunter Valley Resort is home to the new Matilda Bay Brewhouse, where the thirsty can sample up to 12 craft brews, as well as the venue for one of the valley’s latest attractions, Segway tours through the vineyards.
n Hunter Valley Resort, Hermitage Road, Pokolbin. (02) 4998 7777. www.hunterresort.com.au.
You can’t stay stressed long with this view
Tucked away in the backblocks of the Hunter, RidgeView is a delightful cellar door with a restaurant serving Cypriot-style tapas and Middle Eastern influenced dishes, along with a handful of comfortable cabins for those who enjoy a rural ambiance. Don’t miss out on the rustic and relaxed Briar Ridge cellar door at Mount View to sample the wines of rising star winemaker Gwyn Olsen. Try a Gourmet Cheese Platter, or the Vignerons Platter. And there is also good coffee on offer. Casa La Vina is a little slice of Tuscany in the Hunter, with three new, spacious and luxurious villas ideal for a romantic escape in the heart of the Hunter Valley vineyards, just minutes from concerts, wineries, restaurants and major attractions. Eagles Rest is a new cellar door offering great views and wines made by PJ Charteris, ex Brokenwood, from some of the best small vineyards in the region. Highly recommended. Hermitage Lodge and Il Cacciatore offer comfortable and affordable accommodation with friendly service – along with top-notch Italian food that pulls in crowds every weekend. match, which we will start with at our event Eat Drink Run, is the classic pairing of Semillon and oysters. Will First Creek be running any special events for Food and Wine Month? We are really excited for our Eat Drink Run event, which will be running all through the month. Eat Drink Run is a day full of what the Hunter Valley is best at – food and wine! Over the course of the day, nine individual courses are matched with nine Hunter Valley wines that highlight just how important and versatile the marriage of food and wine can be. Commencing at the First Creek winery with a trio of oysters and a selection of wines to accompany, we then move on by mini bus to The Deck restaurant, followed by The Verandah and Twine Restaurants – all of which are Hunter Valley favourites. This entire package is available at $110 per person.
n Eat Drink Run operates every Saturday during June or by special appointment for groups of 12 or more. Bookings can be made by calling First Creek Wines on 4998 2992.
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First Creek Wines
First Creek was established by Greg Silkman, current managing director and winemaker, and has nearly two decades experience creating exceptional wines, as well as providing premium winemaking and bottling services for other producers.
What are some of the biggest changes to the winery since opening and what hasn’t changed? We are proud of the fact we haven’t changed; we are still a small family owned and operated business. A big milestone for us was Liz Jackson joining the team and she has helped us win an incommensurate amount of awards for such a small winery, earning us the Hunter Valley Winemaker of the Year in 2011. Pairing wine with food is practically an art. Can you give us a few basic tips for this? A common tip is pairing white wines with white meats and reds with red meats, but we always encourage people to follow their personal tastes. For instance, there are lighter red wines, such as pinot noir, that can easily be drunk with white meats or seafood. Similarly, the Hunter Valley shirazes are lighter in alcohol, a little more savoury and medium bodied, making them more adaptable across a wide range of foods. Our favourite
Get thee to The Convent
White and oh so right
James Lusby (pictured), local winemaker, tends to Tintilla’s patchwork of sought after grapes in the Hunter with his father Professor Robert Lusby, a vascular surgeon based at Concord Hospital. The father-son duo enjoy the fruits of their labour with the whole Lusby family!
Barrels of fun
Winemaking in the blood
OLIVE LONG TABLE LUNCHEON
In the Olive Grove
ARTISAN Wines ~ Olives ~ Guesthouse
EATING IN STYLE
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Rising star Frank Fawkner, one of the brightest young talents in the region, has just opened his own eatery: EXP. at the Oakvale cellar door.
After four years as right-hand chef to regional star Troy Rhoades-Brown at Muse and Muse Kitchen, Fawkner says EXP. is so-named because it is all about the EXPerience’. “EXP. is not just about the food and wine,” he says. “It’s about every little thing - the service, music, art, painting, crockery, aromas, furniture and fit-out. It’s about every little thing that plays its part in creating something memorable for customers.” “My food is very contemporary. The name EXP. relates to the ‘experience’ but it also is about being ‘experimental’ having ‘expertise’ and ‘exposure’ to tastes and textures.” Fawkner began his cooking career at the age of 15 at Mount Broke Wines. He was then part of the opening team at Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley where he completed his apprenticeship before moving to London, where he worked his way up to the position of sous chef at Tom’s Kitchen. When he returned home to the Hunter in 2011 Fawkner joined owners Troy and Megan Rhoades-Brown (chef and restaurant manager) at Muse. Fawkner says diners should not expect a traditional dining occurrence. “I’ve divided the menu into Food from the Earth, Sea, Land and Sky, Cheese and Sweets,” he says. “There are no entrees, no mains. I want to give back the freedom of choice to the customer.”
n EXP. Restaurant, 1596 Broke Road, Pokolbin.
The Hunter Valley celebrates Wine and Food Month throughout June. Here are some of the gourmet highlights: Tuesday June 2 at Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley The Hunter Region takes on the Southern Highlands with the best chefs from each of these culinary regions battling it out. Hosted by Matt Kemp.
WHISPERING BROOK OLIVE LONG TABLE LUNCH
A saucy treat
Emerson Rodriguez, who has worked at several Hunter restaurants, but has really hit his stride at Adina winery. The food on the menu tastes as good as it looks and it is well worth a trip to Lovedale to sample his outstanding cuisine paired with wines from the estate. Bistro Molines in Mount View is set high in the hills with dramatic vistas of vineyard rolling hills and neighbouring farms. Chef Robbie Molines, a Hunter veteran, serves hearty Frenchaccented food (think maybe a venison pie, or twice-roasted local duckling) and features a temptingly global wine list. Muse Restaurant at Hungerford Hill is a top-notch winery restaurant where chef Troy Rhoades-Brown offers a stylish dining experience with innovative modern Australian dishes. There are also several wine and food matching options. Also sample the more casual Muse Kitchen at the Keith Tulloch cellar door. Margan Tasting Room and Restaurant offers the chance to dine inside or out while enjoying a menu that features dishes where modern Australian cuisine meets the Mediterranean. Here you can enjoy a long lunch with vineyard views and many of the vegetables and herbs you’ll eat are grown on site. Restaurant Botanica is part of Spicers Vineyard Estate, a laid-back resort with just 12 rooms. Botanica is a favourite with in-the-know Hunter locals. It highlights mod Oz cuisine paired with a wine list that highlights local boutique offerings and some enticing imports. Villa du Pays restaurant at Leogate Estate serves sophisticated food in elegant surroundings and owners Bill and Vicki Widin supply the export quality Black Angus beef direct from their herd in northern New South Wales and have their own dry-aging room on site.
Saturday June 6 at Whispering Brook Winery The annual Whispering Brook Olive Long Table Luncheon features a Mediterranean-inspired menu prepared by chef Andy Wright, wine, live music and a tutored walking tour amongst the trees of the olive grove.
EAT DRINK RUN
Saturdays during June & Sundays by appointment for groups of 12 or more Start your day with a Tour of First Creek Wines with a seafood duo and wine to match, then travel between three of Hunter Valley’s leading venues, sampling wines paired with tasty morsels prepared by renowned local chef Matt Dillow.
THE ART OF GNOCCHI
Saturday June 6, 13 and 27 at Il Cacciatore Restaurant A fun, hands-on gnocchi making class followed by a twocourse lunch. Enjoy Italian food, wine, and fun.
THE ORIGINAL MARGAN 100-METRE MEAL
(02) 4998 7264. www.exprestaurant.com.au.
Other star eateries:
The Verandah at Calais Estate is a showcase for chef patron Matt Dillow, who has several eateries in the Hunter. With sweeping views over the vineyards, Brokenback range and the estate, it offers al fresco dining, or a warm fire in winter and a modern tapas-style menu showcasing local produce. Dillow also runs the charming The Deck at Gartelmann. Emerson’s Restaurant at Adina Estate is the new home of chef
Daily throughout June at Margan Estate Enjoy estate-grown Suffolk lamb served with heirloom garden vegetables and accompanied by a glass of White Label barbera. Everything is grown on site within 100 metres of the restaurant!
FIRESIDE WITH THE WINEMAKER
Every Friday in June at the Hunter Resort Each Friday a different Hunter winemaker will be on hand to host a four-course dinner limited to 20 guests. June 5: Andrew Margan, June 12: Lisa McGuigan, June 19: Andrew Thomas, June 26: Matt Polin.
Meat and three veg, five-star style
Get happy in the Hunter
Tintilla Estate, pioneers of the Tuscan varietal Sangiovese in the Hunter Valley
New tours with an organic slant
The Hunter Valley is one of Australia’s most historic – and interesting – wine regions, with roots that date back almost 190 years.
The first major grape plantings were undertaken in the 1820s when James Busby, widely considered the father of Australian wine, purchased land between the settlements of Branxton and Singleton and named it Kirkton after his Scottish birthplace. Busby travelled extensively throughout Europe and South Africa, collecting cuttings from over 500 vineyards, including six of syrah (shiraz) from the Hermitage hill in the Rhone Valley. Today, the most widely planted grape varieties in the Hunter are semillon, chardonnay and verdelho among the whites and shiraz amongst the reds, with tiny plantings of cabernet sauvignon and “alternative varieties”. Two hours north of Sydney, the Hunter’s best-known cellar doors include Tyrrell’s, McWilliam’s Mount Pleasant, Hungerford Hill, Tulloch, Drayton’s, Brokenwood, Wyndham Estate, Tempus Two and Lindeman’s but there are also dozens of small, family-owned boutique producers, and a handful concentrating on organic, biodynamic and natural viticulture and winemaking. To keep pace with the growing interest in minimal intervention wines, and to cater to those keen to know the difference between natural, organic and biodynamic wines and to learn about the philosophies behind all three, a new two-day tour was recently launched by wine educator and freelance writer Daniel Honan. Guests on The Wine Idealist Tour learn first-hand the differences between the three winemaking styles; touring the vineyards with viticulturists, tasting with winemakers and eating local organic produce along the way. The new tours take in the Hunter Valley’s best natural, organic and biodynamic producers, including Tamburlaine, Macquariedale,
The Valley’s best All in one place
The Hunter Valley Wine Festival has switched from its previous October date to Saturday, June 20, to compliment the Hunter Valley Wine & Food Month. The event will be staged at Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley, with more exhibitors, more food options and more entertainment – but without any increase in ticket prices. The pre-purchase $20 entry ticket provides five tasting vouchers that can be used to taste wines from some 40 vineyards, including the Valley’s major wineries, as well as boutique producers. There will also be beer and cider tastings at the on-site Lovedale Brewery, food outlets, and entertainment throughout the day. “The event will be an important addition to the Hunter Valley Food & Wine Month,” says festival manager Jenny Farrell. “Since re-establishing the festival after a 30 year hiatus, it has been held in October, but on both occasions it coincided with a severe heat wave and we thought that with the Hunter’s very mild winter climate, it would be more comfortable and attractive for wine lovers to appreciate the Valley’s superb wines as part of Food & Wine Month.” “It has been fantastic to have the support of the major wineries – many of whom had been at the previous Hunter Valley Festivals back in the early 1980s, as well as so many boutique wineries.” Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley Resort is located in Lovedale, two hours’ drive from Sydney, and is the perfect base from which to discover the Hunter region. Special Hunter Valley Wine Festival packages are available at the Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley from $279 per night including accommodation, breakfast and festival tickets. You can make reservations on 138 388, or book online at www. crowneplazahuntervalley.com.au.
Krinklewood’s Pete Windrim
Krinklewood and Harkham Wines. Guests tour the vineyards and look at the sustainable agriculture initiatives with Tamburlaine winemaker Mark Davidson, see how biodynamics are put into practice and learn about amphorae as winemaking tools with Pete Windrim, and see wines fermenting with Ross McDonald at Macquariedale. Honan has designed an itinerary that goes well beyond the standard bus tour and tasting, it’s a hands-on experience that includes overnight accommodation at Harkham Windarra Lodge and all meals, including lunch at Restaurant Eighty Eight at Peppers Convent and a special winegrowers dinner at Circa 1876. Both meals are devised by executive chef George Francisco from ethically-sourced and local organic produce. A tour of the kitchen garden is also included. There are also gourmet picnics on the lawns at Krinklewood and organic breakfasts provided by Organic Feast and Momo. The dinner at Circa 1876 gives guests the chance to question makers of sustainable wines on their philosophies one-on-one while consuming the various wines featured, along with food. During the two days guests get the chance to see grapes fermenting, to do barrel tastings and learn insider secrets, as well as tasting grapes from the vine if the season is right and learning what cows and the moon have to do with fine wine. Transport around the valley is provided by Hunter Valley Boutique Tours in comfortable vehicles and the tours may be expanded in the future if interest in sustainable winemaking is maintained. Honan’s enthusiasm shines through on his tours, which comprise of either a two-day all-inclusive tour or a one-day bespoke tour. And for those who think minimal intervention winemaking is a fad, Usher Tinkler, a member of one of the valley’s most respected grape growing families, recently planted a tiny biodynamic shiraz vineyard he plans to plough retro-style with a horse, while Ascella Pure Wines at Milbrodale and Greg Silkman at First Creek also produce organic wines.
n The Wine Idealist tours will run twice seasonally, eight times a year, and prices start from $899 all inclusive. For details www.thewineidealist.com/home/tours/tours-book/.
n For tickets and further information about the Hunter Valley Wine Festival visit www.huntervalleywinefestival.com.
Harkham Estate’s main man
Fancy a playful trip out of town?
WINERY LONG LUNCH
Explore the inner workings of a Boutique winery and even lend a hand to make your own sparking wine. Then enjoy your hand crafted sparkling wine over a 5 course degustation lunch by the renown Verandah Restaurant with matched Calais Estate Wines. Cost is $139pp, or Calais Wine Club Members $125pp. The Long Lunch begins at 11am. Upcoming Dates are: 6th & 13th June 20th & 27th June 18th July 19th September 17th October 14th November Bookings are essential as places are strictly limited. To book please contact us PH (02) 4998 7654 or E email@example.com
151 Palmers Lane Pokolbin NSW 2320 l PH 4998 7654 l www.calaiswines.com.au
WINEMAKER’S DINNER SATURDAY 13TH JUNE 6.30PM $125PP
BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL 02 6574 7332 OR DINE@RIDGEVIEW.COM.AU see www.ridgeview.com.au for menu
THUR-SUN IN JUNE 12-5PM $39PP
BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL 02 6574 7332 OR DINE@RIDGEVIEW.COM.AU
Discover the workings of a family run winery, then dine in style!
Calais Estates has recently launched an exciting new experience – Winery Long Lunches. This is more than a Winery tour, it’s the experience all wine lovers are after! Receive an all access tour of the inner workings of a boutique winery. Meet the family behind the brand, learn how wine is made and get hands-on with some of your own custom sparkling, made in the French traditional style. Then it’s time to relax with a 5 course degustation by the renowned Verandah Restaurant with matching Calais Estate Wines. This is when you get to sample the Estate’s extensive boutique wine list, one of the largest in the Valley, and work out what styles suite your palate. Lunches are held monthly (except in our wine and Food Month June when they will be held weekly) but places are strictly limited as this is a very intimate experience. To book or to find out more, you can contact Calais Estate on 4998 7654 or visit www.calaiswines.com.au 13
Executive chef Donna Hollis draws inspiration from the local culinary o erings to bring you a seven course degustation dinner matched with RidgeView wines. Meet the RidgeView crew and embark on a gastronomic journey up the Valleyfromthe Ocean to the Paddock.
Cypriot style lamb chop and chicken souvlaki on a tomato caraway puree served with Greek salad, tzatziki and cinammon sweet potato accompanied by a glass of 2007 Shiraz or 2011 Merlot. Finish with a Greek style cheesecake with caramelised pineapple and honey cinnamon reduction.
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