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FREE There’s life in the Inner West! Issue 271 | Nov 20th 2015 Festival fashion Where to get sporty in summer WIN! TIX: The Program Openair Cinema F O L LOW S! @ciaoma gazinesy dney /CiaoMa gazine U Haberfield hoedown Get ready to dance, it’s Festa time!

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Inner West whispers Local gossip, rumour, hearsay and unsubstantiated fact... Inner West homelessness – Victoria Rd Farm – Hashfield lA WE ARE C!AO Satire for the soul Latte Leftie approves of a campaign to turn the Inner West into a safe space for tertiary educated, middle class progressives Dear LL – I never thought I’d tap these words on my retrocool typewriter but it appears America is overtaking Sweden as a petri dish of admirable leftist initiatives. I’ve been particularly taken with the growing movement Stateside to create safe spaces where members of oppressed groups can share stories without judgment and intrusion from their oppressors. I’m sure you can see where I’m going with this – isn’t it high time the Inner West was declared a safe space for hipsters, Greens voters and ironically tattooed baristas? Surely at least one small corner of this vast nation can be set aside for those seeking asylum from bogan privilege? Shouldn’t I be free to work down King, Norton or Darling streets without having to fear some uncouth prole in a ute whizzing by and screaming out, “Nice sarong, ya poofter!” (Admittedly that hasn’t yet happened but given the working class’s rampant homophobia, I’m sure experiencing such a macro aggression can only be a matter of time.) And shouldn’t I be able to spend a few minutes agonising over whether to put almond, camel, coconut, goat, macadamia, oat, quinoa, rice, sheep, sesame or soy milk in my morning coffee without having some uncivilised road worker mutter “Hurry up, you wanker” to the general amusement of others in the rapidly lengthening queue? (Tragically, that incident did indeed occur.) I’m prepared to be fair-minded about this. The bogans can have all the territory from Bexley to whatever godawful McMansion-stuffed Mirvac estate marks the edge of Sydney in which to skol Jim Beam, rant about Mussies, pine for John Howard and engage in their bizarre heteronormative courtship rituals. All I’m asking for is an even more hermetically sealed inner city enclave. Tristan, Camperdown LL replies: Excellent idea! It’s high time the right sort of Inner Westie decided who comes to this neighbourhood and the circumstances in which they come. n Email your dilemma to info@ciaomagazine.com.au. ADVERTISING Sonya Madden sonya@ciaomagazine.com.au social worker who’s been giving lunch to homeless women and children every week at a park in the Inner West has reported an increase in numbers since she started the lunches three years ago. From a steady average of 40 women last year, the group has ballooned to 65 women and eight children who are living rough or sleeping in their cars around this part of Sydney. Georgina, the social worker in question, says the majority of the women are on the run from abusive partners and that the groups rise in numbers reflects increasing homelessness in Sydney. up in Drummoyne, buzzing over the stormy weekend with bountiful baskets of kale rolling into curved, non-heirarchically arranged isles and a wall of suggestively dangling bananas (and baskets to put them into). One wonders if Harris Farm is making basketcases of us all by fooling us Inner Westies into slurping down oysters at an ‘Oyster Bar’ located in a supermarket, that is actually pretending be some sort of providores market, and is misleadingly named a ‘Farm’. Enter the simulacrum! Meanwhile, who will mourn the loss of Lyons Road Supermarket on the corner of Thompson Street, which has been gracing Drummoyne with affordable flowers and Beanie Bears since time immemorial? Harris Farm would never be so innovative as to sell synthetic silk scarves and cut-price daisies. But The Farm has a pizza oven. And pre-packaged sushi. And a giant tuna corpse to hack into. l Ashfield is vying for Haberfield’s reputation as JOURNALIST Max Kobras max@ciaomagazine.com.au l The much anticipated Harris Farm has opened Sydney’s most green suburb. Two neighbouring houses on Bland Street were raided last Saturday morning, revealing 350 cannabis plants growing inside the domestic facades. The police estimated the street value of the plants to be over $1 million dollars. The houses has been altered considerably to cultivate the plants. This follows the great Cannabis Dumping Mystery of last year, when four garbage bags containing 14kg of Cannabis were found on the side of Holden Street by a cluey passer by. JOURNALIST Kassia Aksenov kassia@ciaomagazine.com.au FOOD Melissa Leong info@ciaomagazine.com.au LOCAL history Rodd Island Rodd Island, located on Parramatta River between Lilyfield and Drummoyne, is named after Brent Clements Rodd, who made efforts to purchase it between 1842-1859. In the period 1888-94, the island was used by Dr Adrien Loir (nephew of Louis Pasteur) as a laboratory researching the viability of chicken cholera in controlling the booming rabbit population. During WWII, Rodd Island became a training base for the US Army. Now it stands as a public recreation and picnic area. WINE Winsor Dobbin info@ciaomagazine.com.au ART DIRECTOR Paden Hunter paden@ciaomagazine.com.au Louis Pasteur’s nephew lived here! Things we love: EDITORIAL Phoebe Moloney phoebe@ciaomagazine.com.au Contributors: Nigel Bowen, Lianna Taranto, Elise Bruem, Levi Parsons and Valentina Giannelli Publisher: Sonia Komaravalli Ciao loves you, and our photographers only supply photos for publication with consent. We try and make you look your best. No responsibility is accepted by Ciao Magazine for the accuracy of advertisements or information. We welcome unsolicited editorial and pictorial contributions. The opinions expressed in Ciao Magazine are those of contributors, indemnifying the publisher from inaccuracy or consequences arising from its reproduction. © All rights reserved. No material is to be reproduced without written permission of the publisher. Ciao Magazine is a free publication. & editorial enquiries 460A Parramatta Road, Petersham 2049 info@ciaomagazine.com.au (02) 9518 3696. 0402 202 951 – Sonya 0405 509 805 – Sonia Ciao is locally owned and produced. Please recycle Printed by Spot Press, Marrickville Nathan Nicotra and Christen Theodorou of acoustic folk duo Heart and Soul. They will be headlining Haberfield Festa this Sunday, playing at 3pm. Image: Ben Cregan What becomes of the extraneous quadruped? In the lead up to the Melbourne Cup something interesting was going on in Five Dock. We spotted a Natureworks truck delivering a life-size fibreglass horse to the Five Dock TAB. Natureworks are the Queensland-based company behind the production of some of Sydney’s landmark pieces, such as the Luna Park happy (creepy) face. Having no base here in Sydney, the delivery came all the way from Highvale in Queensland - that’s a long way to deliver a life-size horse! We were wondering if the Five Dock TAB plan on keeping the horse in there until next year’s Cup, or whether they will put the animal replica into storage for 12 months. Did it boost Distribution, advertising bets on race day? Or did it do neigh-thing at all? C!ao’s voice In • Native Australian flowers • Peace, love and Newtown • Crystal tumblers • Lace • Summer festivals in the Inner West • Letting people “borrow” your garden’s herbs Out • The erratic weather, taking us to the beach one day and into our raincoats the next • Climate change sceptics fueling climate change inaction • Dumping unusable trash on charities C!ao Magazine There’s life in the Inner West! 4

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Community Life R OA D T E ST n Elise Bruem Only Nonna knows Lampascioni Lampascioni are the bulbs of the grape hyacinth. Yes, you read that correctly, they’re flower bulbs. But just stick with me here, because like a good book, there’s a lot more to these guys than the blurb may suggest. Lampascioni are mostly sold preserved or pickled in jars of oil in Australia, but they can also be eaten cooked if you can hunt down some fresh ones. They look a lot like small onions, so if the plant bulb thing weirds you out, just imagine that’s what they are. They have a bitter taste, but overall they’re quite nice. You can find lampascioni at Lamonica IGA, 155 Ramsay Street Haberfield. My entire knowledge of Italy is that it is a land of pizza, pasta and all of the good cheeses. So you can imagine my shock when I came to the recent discovery that not all Italian food involves some sort of tomato sauce with a garnish of parmesan. Yes, it turns out there’s an entire country’s worth of food left relatively unknown in Australia. Could a dish as heavenly as pizza be under threat from more than dodgy Domino’s appropriations? The only way to find out is to test some of these no-longer-secret ingredients, all of which can conveniently be found in the Inner West. Haberfield heritage - It didn't happen by chance A hundred years ago Richard Stanton pioneered a 'Model Suburb' that now has national, and international, significance. It’s called Haberfield and everyone thinks it’s got rock-solid heritage protection. Wrong. All of postcode 2045 (and yes, that does mean ALL – right to the median strip in Parramatta Road) used to be on the Register of the National Estate (RNE). Not any more.  When the RNE was phased out, Haberfield was supposed to transition onto the State Heritage Register.  State recognition was even announced with ministerial fanfare in Federation Plaza in 2002 – then zilch. For various reasons (think bureaucracy) it didn’t happen.  In 2015 Haberfield's heritage is 'just' a local concern. Although State recognition was announced 12 years ago, Haberfield is not even on the NSW Heritage Register. And it’s serious, because these days local protections sound nice, but when it come to the big developments they don’t count for much. When the Haberfield Association started, the danger was random re-building and units. Today, what we see as Haberfield's heritage value is the result of resisting subdivisions, overdevelopments, commercialisation, muddle-headed makeovers and blatant illegalities. We've lobbied, rallied, petitioned, protested, campaigned. We kept overhead cables out and saved Yasmar. We staved off the idiotic, old M4 East. We lost the bunfight over McDonalds but held out for the disability-friendly Street Dining policy now in place. We retained openaccess at Algie Park. What’s ahead is ten times harder. In 2015 and beyond, our work is even more vital because the threats are dire. The first plans for WestConnex involved land grabs from the front of Yasmar as well as Ashfield Park – that got stopped and we also joined with others to “Save Ashfield Park” as well as Yasmar. We’re also working with the WestCONnex Action Group to protest this tunnel-crazy tollway that will chop Haberfield in two and turn heritage streets into a maze of rat-runs. Can you believe $16 billion being spent on a motorway that will save drivers six minutes and cost mega-money every time they use it. UrbanGrowth’s proposal is to prioritise high-density development in a two-kilometre swathe either side of Parramatta Rd. That includes ALL of Haberfield. It means goodbye for the Garden Suburb: automatic consent for demolitions, site consolidation, 20 storey tower construction and NO right of appeal for community. The message is clear: Haberfield didn’t happen by chance 115 years ago and we can’t take it for granted today. So join the campaign to get Haberfield on the State Heritage Register. n Words by Emma Brooks Maher RANT Baccala Baccala is salted codfish that looks a bit like those mysterious fish fillets that are always in the deep freezer at your grandparents’ house. A quick Google tells me that baccala was traditionally the food of choice for the poor because it was cheap, lasted a long time and is the base of many Italian dishes. When cooked, it tastes about as fish-like as the stuff that your local fish and chip shop serves battered. It’s quite firm, but not at all bad. Just remember to buy your baccala pre-soaked, otherwise you’re looking at about 12 hours of soaking in your house. Baccala can be bought at Arcella Fresh, 302 Stanmore Road Petersham. Bagna Cauda Put this one in the ‘who thought that would be food’ pile next to pineapple and milk. Bagna cauda is a fish dip. Made of garlic, anchovies, butter and sometimes cream, it is served hot and designed for dipping winter vegetables in. As a person who doesn’t like anchovies, I don’t think I’m qualified to give an opinion on this dish. You’ll have to make tasting this one your homework. Bagna cauda can be made at home, or you can find it at restaurants. Try it at Osteria Di Russo & Russo, 158 Enmore Road Enmore. Italian Hot Chocolate Now we’re talking! Italian hot chocolate is nothing like the sad cup of Milo and warm milk we’ve come to associate with hot chocolate. Served really thick, the texture is more like a creamy, warm chocolate pudding than a drink. Italian hot chocolate also comes in different flavours like salted caramel and rose. In a dark, soggy week filled with university assessments, drinking this felt a lot like a warm hug. If you’re looking for something different from your usual skinny latte, definitely give this one a go. Apparently you can make Italian hot chocolate at home, but why clean up when the Inner West is home to the best hot chocolate shop in Sydney? Don't forget to ask for a dollop of whipped cream on top! Eat your veggies - and flowers You sexy thing! You may already know Cremeria De Luca, 84 Ramsay Road Five Dock. Ben & Jerry's Openair Cinema Running from now until the 12th of December, the Ben & Jerry's Openair Cinema is a new kind of outdoor event coming to the Inner West for the very first time... Music by day and movies by night. WIN FREE TICKETS Cinemagoers can chill out before their movie, which includes hot new releases like The Martian as well as classics like Back to the Future, with gourmet food cooked fresh onsite and frosty beverages from the licensed bar, while relaxing to sounds from the best of the Sydney's emerging local musicians. Once the sun sets, a mix of the latest and greatest releases light up the cinema under the stars. There is a choice pick for every film buff and to top it off, every Saturday is a ‘Scooper Saturday’ with live music, games on the lawn with prizes to be won and, of course, free Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. to giveaway to ANY session during the season! Email info@ ciaomagazine.com.au with your details to go into the running. n Thanks to Ben & Jerry's, we have 4 FREE double passes What’s on n Compiled by Max Kobras. Email info@ciaomagazine.com.au Tuesday 24th November FREE Community are en ev ts listings If you’d like to know more or (even better) like to help – send your details to haberfield.assoc@gmail. Or for a chat, talk to Emma Brooks Maher on 9798 9798. Thu 26th Nov-Sun 6th Dec email info@ m.au ciaomagazine.co Attn: Max Fantastic Planet Film Festival The Laugh Stand Gala Tickets are $20 at the door. Where: Harold Park Hotel, Ross Street, Forest Lodge For the chucklers out there, an absolute cracker of a Comedy Gala Wed 25th Nov-Sat 12th Dec awaits you. The MC of the night is Ray Badran, a regular on the comedy Through a Beaded Lash circuit who is at the forefront of the What did the drag entertainers of the next generation of Australian comedy. 1980s see through their beaded lashes The night will feature another rising star, Gen Fricker, who has stormed through comedy clubs and festivals across the nation, even supporting Reggie Watts at the Opera House. Finally, the headliner of the night is the incomparable Steve Hughes, a man famed for always being confronting, Life is a cabaret alarming and above all else hilarious. 6 as they performed for a community in the grips of the AIDS epidemic? Set in the present day, Adam and Zoe have just sold their 25-yearold gay bookshop and on their last day, they reflect on their friendship all the way back to 1984. From the wonderful memories and experiences to the friends they loved and lost, this reminiscence brings up both the good and the bad. Zoe may have found a way back to the land of the living, but, even after so long, will Adam? Tickets start at $24. For more info or to purchase tickets, please visit www.thedepottheatre.com Presented by Deadhouse Films and held at Dendy Cinema Newtown, the 6th annual Fantastic Planet Film Festival is just around the corner. A celebration of horror, sci-fi and fantasy films, this event promises an amazing line-up that will transport audiences to strange and wonderful worlds, action-filled landscapes and blooddrenched nightmares. Even better, any attendees can also join in on the Q&A sessions with the filmmakers or meet and mingle at the after party. We recommend getting dressed up! For more info, please visit www.fantasticplanetfilmfestival.com For tickets, please visit www.dendy.com.au Prepare to get weirded out See page 8 for more what's on...

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n Local Gigs Wednesday 25th November n Local screens Triple j Unearthed Showcase Vallis Alps FREE TICKETS Win movie passes and DVDs I haven't gone clubbing in years now, but I hope this is what they are playing these days. You would have heard these throbbing, electro beats a thousand times but they are actually really well complemented by pulsing keys and a gorgeous vocalist. Longing looks, sordid secrets Secret In Their Eyes Five years after the original, a much-praised Argentinian noir, won an Oscar for Best Foreign Film comes the inevitable Hollywood remake. Corrupt Buenos Aires thirty years ago has become LA in the present, and this time an almost unrecognizable Julia Roberts stars as Jess, a FBI investigator consumed by grief after her beloved daughter is viciously raped and killed. Chiwetel Ejiofar is her colleague Ray, still obsessed by the unresolved crime 13 years later, still hopelessly in love with their ambitious boss (Nicole Kidman). Like the earlier film, writer-director Billy Ray’s version is a multi-layered, intense mystery that jumps around in time as it slowly unveils a dark and grotesque secret. There’s obsession, unrequited passion and vengeance – all topped off with a final nightmarish (and highly improbable) reveal. It’s a potent mix, polished and wellacted, but the change in locale and period doesn't work at all – and just underlines the implausibility of everything that happens. Come to think of it, the original didn't make much sense either. M from Nov 19. Airling Very similar style to Vallis Alps with the fusion of beats and a poppy singer. I'm finding it hard to pinpoint what it is exactly, but this just isn't hitting the spot like the former act. That said, still good for a drunken groove. Lance the liar: His downfall still obsesses us The Program Stephen Frears’ fast-pedalling whirlwind of a movie won’t change anyone’s mind about Lance Armstrong. But as the legendary cyclist, Ben Foster’s bristling, intense, powerhouse of a performance does do something the existing docos and articles can’t do – get inside the head of a calculating, cold-hearted, bullying, egotistical liar. There’s a scene where he rehearses his denials in the mirror, testing expressions and phrases to the questions he knew were coming. Which inevitably did, here mostly from Sunday Times journo David Walsh (Chris O’Dowd), on whose book this is based. It’s an incisive, bravura account – as befitting the best work of writer John Hodge (Trainspotting), yet it still leaves us with a puzzle. Even without the dope he had incredible stamina. Without the lies he beat cancer, raised millions of dollars for charity, gave hope and inspiration, made a fortune for others and kept the faith of his backers for seven Tour de France victories. And yet he trashed everything. M from Nov 26. Ciao’s pick: The Crow’s Egg Great to see more South Asian cinema in Inner West art-houses, which, it has to be said, have become something of a white ghetto. But why does everything have to be called “another Slumdog Millionaire”? OK, M. Manikandan’s debut is set in a Chennai slum and features two exuberant young boys who let no obstacle stand in the way of their dream: to get their first taste of pizza! The tacky gooey substance the brothers have only seen on TV (as truly revolting as you’d imagine) is a metaphor of course – but rarely has cinema sermonising been served up so tastily. PG from Nov 19. Phat beats! Gordi This is music stripped bare. There is a light, repeating beat (GarageBand I'm guessing) but the rest is just this woman's voice and her guitar. And she kills it. Ethereal and emotive, somewhat like Florence and the Machine, which then picks up into a classic indie-folk sound. Newtown Social Club, FREE WIN DVDS! ★ Thanks to StudioCanal we have five double inseason passes to give away. Details below. Desperate 1850s housewife The Marvin Gaye Experience For any fans of the man who defined Motown, this tribute concert is a perfect opportunity to indulge yourself in Marvin Gaye's sultry songs. This concert is an ode to Marvin Gaye, a musical pioneer who helped shape the sound of soul music with such amazing hits as 'Sexual Healing' and 'Ain't No Mountain High Enough'. Marvin Gaye was one of the most consistent and enigmatic of the Motown hit-makers, with a career that exemplified the maturation of pop-soul into a sophisticated form confronting racial and sexual politics. The two-hour tribute extravaganza features some of America and Australia's most talented soul artists including Doug Williams (The Voice, 2014) and Darryl Beaton (Jessica Mauboy’s music director). Hitting the Enmore Theatre on November 27th, this is a high energy show dedicated to a true legend and is not to be missed! Tickets are $82. n Thanks to Still I Rise [Collective], we have one FREE double pass to giveaway! Email info@ciaomagazine.com.au with your contact details to go into the running. Madame Bovary The first “sex and shopping” novel was written in 1856 and since then there have been 15 movie and TV adaptions of Flaubert’s classic. But this one, the first by a woman director (Sophie Barthes), has a particularly female perspective. She’s ditched most of the bits about Emma Bovary’s nice but boring husband (Henry Lloyd-Hughes), focusing instead on the tragic heroine herself (Mia Wasikowska, excellent as always, and once again playing a messed-up lady in a corset). Life was indeed restrictive for women in the 1850s, and in time-honored fashion Emma expressed her dissatisfaction by running up huge household debts and having steamy affairs with her more dashing neighbours. Such plots are common nowadays, but as the ABC’s The Beautiful Lie proves (an update of the similarly themed Anna Karenina) – the corseted versions are usually the best. M Available on DVD, Blu-Ray and digital from Nov 26. ★ Thanks to Transmission Films we have 5 DVDs to give away. Details below. Let's get it on! is offering a complimentary glass of bubbles, free gift-wrapping, all-day parking and even free sessions with a personal gift consultant to help Take a day off work and avoid the rush you buy for that finicky loved one. by doing your Christmas shopping With the added bonus of brands like early this year with Birkenhead Armani, Mimco and Ralph Lauren Point Outlet Centre. Every weekday giving up to 70 per cent off, there has through November, Birkenhead Point never been a better time to go pull a sickie and hit the stores. Until Friday 27th November Sunday 6th December Birkenhead Point's Big Day Off Variety Santa Fun Run The Variety Santa Fun Run is the jolliest marathon of the year. And it doesn't matter if you run, walk, skip or dance your way to the finish line. This year's event has a goal of $250,000 so visit the website to register and get to Circular Quay by 8:30am for a festive and charitable 5km trip around Sydney Harbour. Suit up for the Santa Fun Run For more info, please visit www.birkenheadpoint.com.au Friday 27th November For more info or to register, please visit www.varietysantafunrun.com.au Croydon Twilight Christmas Market Get the Xmas shopping sorted 8 A quality professional arts and crafts market located in the heart of the Inner West, this unique boutique offers the opportunity to purchase high quality, handmade products sourced from the best artisan markets in Sydney. Al fresco dining, live entertainment and a bar all add up to give this event a festive and relaxed atmosphere, perfect for some early Christmas shopping. There will also be To be in the running to win double kiddie craft stations to keep the family in-season passes to The Program, or one of 5 DVDs of Madame Bovary busy while you enjoy the market. email your name and postal address Where: Croydon Public School, to info@ciaomagazine.com.au telling 39 Young St, Croydon us where you picked up your copy of WIN MOVIE PASSES & DVDs Only at the movies Nov 26 Ciao. You can enter them all in one email, but give us a preference. n Reviews – Russell Edwards

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n Your say n Sustainability n Local news energy,” Mrs Michaelis said. “We also host workshops about food waste within the local council.” The organisation attracts a vast array of supporters from across the Inner West. One of the group's most popular activities is ‘Climate in the pub’, where members discuss environmental issues over a few drinks. The People’s Climate March will be divided into seven sections with Balmain-Rozelle marching in the ‘solutions’ group. “The march will offer a voice for many people,” explained Mrs Michaelis. “Whether they are from places in the Pacific Islands where communities are in danger with rising sea levels or, like many of our local members, focussed on implementing renewable energy. Our first goal is to get as many people from the local area to the march and to put out the message that there are solutions to climate change.” The environmental community has been energised by the recent victories, such as the cancellations of Coal Seam Gas licenses in Northern NSW, which “only happened because people demanded to have their voices heard”. The rally will be held at the Domain on November 29 at 12pm. Over 3000 people are expected to attend. n People looking to get involved in climate action can subscribe to the Climate Change Balmain Rozelle’s newsletter via the website at http://www.climatechangebr.org/ Do you think action on climate change is more likely to happen under the Turnbull government? “Only if business wins.” Sally, Petersham “Yes, given his original views on the carbon tax I am hoping the right-wing members of the Liberal party will allow him to move forward.” Anonymous, Glebe “No. I don’t think the Liberal Party are concerned with that. It’s not coming through as a priority.” Tatjana, Leichhardt “No. Not really, that’s the impression that I get.” Brenton, Leichhardt “I think it’s going to be unchanged, the Liberals will toe the party line of the Abbott government. Turnbull is a wolf dressed in sheep’s clothing. But to be honest I don’t think there will be any real change under either of the major parties.” Dominic, Leichhardt “I doubt there will be any change. A lot of things are said on the issue but not much is ever done.” Eddy, Glebe "I'm hoping 'summit season' will pull the rest of the Liberals into line with the 21st century. Here's to hoping!" Maddie, Glebe Local group joins International Action on climate change NSW’s oldest climate action group is gearing up for Australia’s biggest ever environmental event, The People’s Climate March. Climate Change Balmain and Rozelle will be part of a huge international movement that started last year in New York with a rally attracting over 300,000 people who took to the streets to voice concerns about climate change. From there, hundreds of duplicate demonstrations have been held all over the world and now it's Sydney’s turn. “I think the time is ripe for a really big march,” Climate Change Balmain Rozelle committee member and coordinator Angela Michaelis said. “On the international front, it is a day before the Paris Climate Summit and on the local front we have a sense that climate is back on the agenda. It is important that our political leaders know that people of many backgrounds care about action on climate change.” For over 10 years, the now 800 strong group has led the way on promoting sustainable living and renewable energy in the local area. “Our organisation is involved in writing about community issues like WestConnex and renewable Proposed merger between Councils After nearly a year of standing up to State Government pressure to form larger local councils, Leichhardt, Marrickville and Ashfield Council have submitted a proposal to merge into one. Last month the IPART found these councils currently did not fulfil the State Government's criteria to be 'Fit for the Future' despite all being found financially sustainable. At a meeting that took place last week, Minister Toole committed to supporting the three council merger preference if forced amalgamation proceeds. A spokesperson for Leichhardt Council said the talks between the councils highlighted, “Shared interests, including a similar approach to development and heritage, as well as strong social and cultural links.” It is estimated that a merger between Leichhardt, Marrickville and Ashfield Councils will save $75 million over 10 years. A protest against forced mergers took place last Wednesday outside Parliament House. Local green thumb, Brendan Haberfield Gardens celebrated People power! Hit the Chorus! Make a pretty paper lantern or make some noise with the public percussion group and Children’s Chorus at Carols on Norton this year, held in Pioneers Memorial Park in Liechhardt on Sunday December 20th. Carols on Norton is looking for primary-aged children from Year Two and above to join their carols choir. Joining the Children's Chorus will involve weekly rehearsals at Leichhardt Public School starting next Wednesday, November 25th. All music is supplied. The Children's Chorus will be lead by award-winning conductor Michelle Leonard. Some Chorus pieces have been composed especially for the night! Women and girls are also invited to join the Make a Noise band, a public percussion group also rehearsing in the lead up to the big night. Lantern-making workshops will be held throughout the coming months with professional lantern-maker Sara Tinning, who has helped children, parents and grandparents make beautiful night-time creations all over Sydney. Michelle Leonard, the night's artistic director, says Carols on Norton is a unique opportunity to participate in the creation of an event with your whole family. "It doesn't get much better than this!" she said. "Inner Westies are a creative bunch of people and Carols is a cauldron of all that creativity, which will explode into the night sky come Carols night." Carols on Norton will take place at Pioneers Park from 7pm onwards, hosted by Julie McCrossin. n To take part in the Lantern Parade, the Children’s Choir or the Make a Noise Public Percussion events register online at: www.espressochorus.com.au All events are free of charge. Brendan Weiss of Hawthorne Parade was awarded the top prize of Haberfield's Gardening competition. The competition is run by voluntary group the Haberfield Association. Brendan's garden is a combination of styles, with a cottage garden at the front and Japanese dry garden behind. He said the design was inspired by the Japanese gravel gardens he studied at Fine Arts school. “I wanted to make the garden a peaceful place with trickling water and swaying grasses. It was built for therapy; a sanctuary from Sydney.” Other highlights from the Haberfield's Garden Celebration were Colin Menzies and Maureen Burdynski's garden seat made of vines, Santina Piccione's Iceberg Rose bush and Antonio Estevez's lush front yard. Archway 1 Theatre threatened Archway 1 Theatre Company, located in Jubilee Park's viaducts, has been excluded from City of Sydney's Johnstons Creek masterplan, which outlines replacing the theatre with a new skate park. The independent theatre company has operated in Archway 1 of the viaducts since 2012. The Theatre is currently in discussions with the Council, while local community members have lodged a petition against the Theatre's removal. "The consultation for the masterplan was meant to be thorough, but 1000 signatures suggest otherwise," said Artistic Director Rachel Jordan. Jordan says Archway 1 Theatre is on the lookout for a Land & Environment Lawyer and Town Planner to assist with their proposal to Council to remain on site. Get in the festive spirit! Come in for a New Look and Colour! Special from $50 - $80 Seniors $ 40 Ladies’ Cut $30 Men’s Cut $30 Seniors $25 Primary school $22 Unders fives $19 We Love Kids Formerly Pixies Hair Salon and Parents! GRAND OPENING N. James Hair Salon 10 88 Norton St Leichhardt 2040 Ph: 8068 1888

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Swoon for Sydney’s sweetest village this Sunday November 22nd. For the young and young at heart, there will be plenty to keep you busy at Haberfield Festa this year! For those who want to indulge in the best of Sydney’s pastries, pizza and pasta you can do no better than Haberfield Festa, which is also a great day out for the kids. The Festa will open with a vibrant visit from The Minions gang, followed by a surprise guest appearance from a certain... well, let’s just say his catchline is ‘Ho ho ho’. Also on offer are lush sounds from the Inner West’s most talented performers. Sincopa Trio will be mixing live sax into a funky DJ set, while folk duo Heart and Soul will be rounding off the day with their blissful, ‘unplugged’ vibes. A fashion parade featuring local designers will tantalise the aesthetes in the crowd. Rizzo Boutique will be sharing their much anticipated Summer Season of Women’s Clothing inspired by the sights and sounds of Aitutaki, an island in the South Pacific Ocean. Other attractions include a super car line up, jumping castles, a cake painting competition, animal petting and a wildlife show! n Haberfield Festa is on Sunday Novemeber 22nd from 10am – 4pm. The event is sponsored by Lamonica IGA, Pasticceria Papa and Ray White Haberfield. Haberfield Festa Ciao’s Picks Minions gang will be hijacking Haberfield Festa to provide some devilish entertainment. Stuart, Bob and Kevin are searching for a new master to give their life meaning ... but there are a few misdemeanours on the way. This special performance from life-size Minions is sure to please all despicable kiddies and super villains in training! Their ‘Christmas in Haberfield’ extravaganza begins at 11am on the main stage. Ignite Cars Cannoli Eating Competition Minions This is an eating competition with a difference. If you don’t know what a Cannoli is, then you have got something else coming for you. Unlike other gelato and pizza competitions around, cannoli eating requires the skill of managing a crunchy shell and a potentially very messy filling. Thankfully, Papa’s cannoli are so delicious you probably won’t want to stop! The Cannoli Eating Competition will be at the main stage at 1.50pm. Bring your game face - a bib might be useful too! Pasticceria Papa is famed for their ricotta based sweets, so go for the traditional ricotta and pistachio filling. Ignite Cars is for the rev heads among us. Ignite Cars is a community organisation founded by a group of car lovers, sharing a common goal of giving back to the community through a cornucopia of man’s greatest machines. They will be hosting a line up of hot cars to drool over and take selfies with. Italophiles should keep their eyes peeled for Lamborghinis, Ferraris, and other assorted supercars. Ignite Cars is a non-for-profit organisation dedicated to raising money for the Sydney Children’s Hospital Foundation. Are you talkin’ to me? n www.instagram.com.ignitecars Catch up with the cutest, evilest, yellowest single-celled organisms in history – Minions! Not to be mistaken for giant gnocchi, the Australian Wildlife Display Haberfield is known for its heritage conseravtion, but what about animal conservation? Here is an opportunity to learn all about some of Australia’s most famous animals in your own backyard. Australian Wildlife Displays will be presenting an hour long interactive wildlife show to introduce you to some scaly friends. This will be followed by a meet and greet session where you can pat and hold these magnificent creatures yourself. Expect to spot a python, bearded dragon, blue tongue lizard, frog, tawny frogmouth, possum and even a crocodile! The Australian Wildlife Display will be presenting animals from 10am to 4pm, so you can’t miss it! Raise your doors if you like supercars Heart and Soul a church and at age 19 and 15 we sang a duo song at a church camp, leading us to form Heart and Soul. Which musicians have you really learnt something from? N: Matt Corby, Allen Stone, Ed Sheeren C: Christina Aguleira, Beyoncé, Celine Dion, Alicia Keys Heart and Soul, Sydney acoustic folk duo, will be headlining Festa’s musical selection this year. Guitarist Nathan Nicotra and vocalist Christen Theodorou started performing together as teens and now pursue their passion for music in between working part-time. Can you describe Heart and Soul’s music? Christen: We do predominately acoustic, pop, blues and soul covers. Unique twists with tight harmonies can create ambience and energy. How did you two meet and decide to pursue music together? C: We grew up together being musicians in 12 What’s On 10.00 - Official Welcome from Robert Scarselletta MC & Alfio Musumeci President of HCC 10.05 - Schools of Haberfield -  Dobroyd Point Public School, Haberfield Public School 11.00 - The Minions ‘Christmas in Haberfield’ Show 11.30 - Surprise Guest - Ho Ho Ho 11.40 - Sincopa Trio 12.15 - Official Welcome - Deputy Mayor Councillor Alex Lofts, Mr John Sidoti MP & Mr Jamie Parker MP 12.30 - Shine Dance Academy Performance 12.45 - Fashion Parade 1.00 - The ‘80s Band 1.45 - Garden Competition Awards 1.50 - Cannoli Eating Competition presented by Papa’s 2.10 - Cake Competition Winners 2.20 - Sincopa Trio 2.50 - Fashion Show 3.00 - Heart and Soul – headline music act 3.00 - Raffle Draw with Singapore Airlines 3.30 - Heart and Soul continues 4.00 - Official Close Visit: www.haberfieldvillage.com What has growing up in Sydney’s suburbs meant for your music? C: In Sydney there is a high demand for live music and a great interest for acoustic covers among the Sydney culture, therefore creating opportunities to perform and share our talents. Who are you hoping will come to watch you at Festa? C: We are hoping that we are able to sing to a crowd that has the ears to hear and appreciate musical talents and arrangements. Haberfield Festa from 3pm - 4pm. n Catch Heart and Soul performing at Get your tastebuds ready!

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in the kitchen Spring Green Fritters  with Olivia Mackay, n www.scoffandquaff. wordpress.com These fritters are a revelation. Vegan, high protein and packed full of goodness, yet so crisp and delicious you’d swear they were a ‘sometimes’ food. The secret is besan, AKA chickpea flour, the same magic ingredient that makes Indian pakoras so moreish. Besan is a staple ingredient in Indian, Pakistani, Nepali and Bangladeshi cuisines, used in sweet and savory foods. Once you have mastered this batter, you can throw almost any vegetable you like into it, fry it up and watch your guests swoon. Plate the fritter up as a main with a range of vegetable sides, or serve as a mouth-watering appetiser. Wine with Winsor n www.wdwineoftheweek.blogspot.com Winning blend d’Arry’s Original 2013 Red A cracking blend of shiraz and grenache grapes from one of the iconic family-owned wineries in McLaren Vale, South Australia. This is a full-bodied red with plenty of inky fruit flavour and spice but finishes with soft plushness. It would be an excellent companion to summer barbecues or good matched with some gourmet sausages, while history shows it is also a wine that can be comfortably cellared for a decade or more. Widely available. $18. Method 1. Combine garlic, spices, besan and baking powder in a large mixing bowl. 2. Add water slowly while whisking until it forms a smooth batter. 3. Throw in the greens and mix well. 4. Heat a large pan with plenty of vegetable oil. Fritter away! Something new De Bortoli 2014 Fresh Reign Pinot Grigio From a new range from De Bortoli, known as ‘The Palette Series’ aimed at younger consumers, this is an attractively brisk pinot grigio made using grapes from the King Valley in north-east Victoria. It is an aromatic, easy drinking style of wine midway between grigio and gris in style; think fresh pears and newly-picked herbs. An enjoyable all-purpose summer white. You’ll find it at BWS stores. $17 Ingredients • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped • 2 tsp cumin • 3 tsp of ground coriander • Chilli powder to taste • 150g besan (chickpea flour) • 1 tsp baking powder • 1 cup cold water • 2 large handfuls of leafy greens such as spinach or kale, shredded • 2 zucchini, grated, squeezed and drained • 1 cup shelled peas or broadbeans • 3 spring onions, finely sliced • Vegetable oil for frying 5. Place large spoonfuls of batter into the oil. Fry for a few minutes on each side until golden and slightly crisp. 6. Remove and drain on paper towel. 7. Serve warm with a slice of lemon. These also go beautifully with a dollop of Greek style yoghurt. Balanced pinot Clyde Park 2014 Locale Pinot Noir Clyde Park is a producer of high quality wines from Bannockburn, just outside Geelong, and its recent-release pinots are right on the money. The 2014 Estate Pinot ($35-40) is also impressive but this is a more affordable option, richly flavoured and wellbalanced with a silky texture and bright fruit. A very enjoyable pinot that’s a blend of fruit from several Geelong sub-regions. I’d pair it with a mushroom burger. Try Vintage Cellars. $28. MARKET UPDATE n Fruit: This is probably the best week of the year for stone fruit; peaches, apricots and nectarines, which will all be great buys for as low as $4/kg. Cherries should also be on your list, going for $5-6/kg to $20/kg depending on size and variety. vegetables to be available at your local grocer including kale and silverbeet. Keep your eyes on Chinese veggies too, they should be excellent. Courtesy of Trim’s Fresh n Veggies: With the early Summer heat, expect a lot of great leafy Are you a stoner? AT HOME WITH Dominique Parisi Dominique Parisi has finally returned to her childhood home of Leichhardt as Head Chef at Odyssey Bar and Restaurant, plating up a fine dining menu inspired by a lifetime of experience. MELISSA Leong Know thy neighbour I admit that the only person I know in my apartment building is Meg, a lovely lady who nurses injured bats back to health for WIRES, but that’s mainly because she’s also the body corporate go-to. Beyond that, it’s anyone’s guess who the guy in Apartment Five is, or what he does. Borrowing a cup of sugar from thy neighbour is a sweetly antiquated notion. These days, I don’t think I’m alone in thinking it’s rare to even know much about your neighbours, let alone be well acquainted enough to ask them for pantry staples. How did you begin your career? My first job at the age of 15 was washing dishes at La Botte D’oro Restaurant in Leichhardt. One day Carlo, the owner, said to me, “You’re helping me cook tonight.” It was Mother’s Day and I didn’t even know how to boil an egg... by the end of lunch we had served 200 hundred people. Cooking was a natural ability I had, I got promoted and a pay rise of an extra $5. Enzo Argrisano, who owned Enzuccio Restaurant on Sussex Street, poached me and offered me a job as head chef at 21 years of age. After that I knew I had to go to Italy and learn to cook properly. I have been travelling back and forth to Europe all my life. What ingredients are essential to your cooking? Cherry tomato sauce and garlic. While overseas you picked up the skills needed to also double as a pastry chef. If you had to be a cake which would you be? Creamy. I am an old-fashioned girl. I like the old cakes, the cream sponge cakes with crème patissiere, tangy orange and chocolate through it, when the sponge is soaked with alcohol and decorated beautifully with fresh cream. What is the sign of a good chef? 14 Dominique is back! A meal fit for Ulysses When I first became a chef, I remember my exec chef Ciro (of Ciro’s Restaurant in the Cross) used to train me for two hours a day. He said the most important part of the job is cleaning: noticing what is around you and how you cook. So I learnt not to dirty my apron. That’s a real chef. It means a lot when you are clean. On the weekends Odyssey Bar and Restaurant mixes fine dining with live music. Do you consider yourself a bit of a party animal? Now that I am older I like peace and quiet. Although I do enjoy staying after work for a few hours to drink and relax. I love modern Greek music, you just get in it to it, and I am cooking a Greek menu on the weekend. Even though I am Italian, the Greeks love it! With effort, I can cook anything. I think I was a chef in my past life! Maybe you were Greek in your past life? Yes, maybe! n Odyssey Bar and Restaurant Sarde a Beccafico (Filled Sardines Fillet) Serves four Ingredients 50ml olive oil 10g raisins 15g pine nuts 2 lemons, zested ½ bunch wild fennel leaves 1. Preheat the oven to 180°C. Place the bread and parsley in food processor until it becomes crumbs. Place them in a stainless steel bowl. 3. Add the raisins, pine nuts, lemon zest, grated Parmesan cheese, olive oil and finely chopped wild fennel. Mix together with your hands. 4. Clean the sardines under running water. Remove head, butterfly open, and remove backbone. Place them flat and fill 12 fillets with the mixture you have prepared and then gently place the other 12 fillets on top firmly together. 5. Pan fry in a frying pan with olive oil. Fry both sides until golden brown. Remove from pan and line them up in a baking tray. 6. Bake in the oven for 15 minutes. Serve with a wedge of lemon and a warm capsicum, cherry tomato, olives, rocket salad. 100 g grated Parmesan cheese 24 whole sardines ½ loaf of white bread slices dried out in fridge for a day 1g salt and pepper It would seem though that things are changing for the more social in our urban neighbourhood landscape. Like-minded people are joining together online through social media networks to connect in the real world to share food and knowledge. Environmentalism, interest in organic food and the expense of locating local produce has led people all over the ‘burbs to think of ways they can grow food and know thy neighbour in the process. With verge and balcony gardening on the rise, thanks to champions like author Indira Naidoo and urban market garden cafés such as Three Blue Ducks, suburban gardening is cooler than ever. With the help of organisations such as growitlocal.com.au, it’s become easier to swap tips, even produce, with people in your local area. What’s more, being part of these communities has plenty of unexpected benefits, such as the community gardens that put on dining events utilising backyard/balcony/verge-grown produce to showcase the potential of these communities. If you’re not such a green thumb, or don’t have the space or confidence to grow produce alone, it may interest you to know that there are about 23 community market gardens within the Inner West area, all of which are easily contactable. Take a walk around your neighbourhood and you’ll be surprised what is growing on people’s nature strips, nestled in parks or is perched on the pathway. Why not volunteer your services to learn, share and grow food with your community? So really, there’s no excuse not to get to know the people you live near, while learning something about yourself in the process. To find out more about the community gardens near you, check out this link: www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/ community/participation/community-gardens. is open from 5.30pm Thursday, Friday and Saturday till late.

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Weekly specials, delicious produce, excellent value MarketPlace Leichhardt, Cnr Marion and Flood St Leichhardt. Located next to Aldi Tel: 9572 6886 $1.99/kg Papaya 99c Spinach a bunch $3.99/kg Nectarines $3.99/kg Apricots Festa panettone $8.99 each $15.99/kg Extra large green olives Serrano proscuitto $29.99/kg $1.99 each Mangoes Soccerball ham $9.99/kg Sign up to our newsletter for a 10% discount voucher www.trimsfresh.com.au *Specials until Wednesday 25th of November

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