There’s life in the Inner West!
Issue 273 | December 17th 2015
How to have a great NYE Who to donate to this Christmas
Youth Mothergoose in the Woods
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2015’s best and worst food trends
Ashfield’s street school making change happen
Hip Hop University
If wet, in Leichhardt Town Hall
Inner West whispers
Local gossip, rumour, hearsay and unsubstantiated fact...
Reclaim romp – Memory Reserved – Rocket Man Beamed In
l The Reclaim the Street protest that took place
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Satire for the soul
Latte Leftie argues it’s time to take a leaf out of the Swedes’ book and expose the young to leftist indoctrination.
Dear LL – Just when I was beginning to fear the Swedes were turning into a nation of anti-reffo rightwingers they’ve restored my faith in Nordic social policy! Did you see that every 16-year-old in Sweden is being given a copy of We Should All Be Feminists by Nigerian novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie? Hopefully, this means that university educated, middle class Swedish women won’t have to continue to lead lives of grinding oppression. Anyhoo, I’ve been thinking that every Inner West teenager should be given a tome entitled We Should All be Progressives. I realise he’s not from around these parts but perhaps that delightfully urbane Muslim Waleed Aly could author it. I’d envisage chapters on supporting public education (while making sure your own children get into a good private school), advocating an open border policy (just so long as any newcomers not operating a restaurant are shunted to the outer suburban fringe), calling for higher taxes on the rich (but not for upper-middle class professionals), broadcasting your commitment to free speech (while joining in social media hate campaigns against anyone who expresses an inappropriate opinion) and expressing your solidarity with the working man through the ironic appropriation of proletarian fashion, cuisine or music (while doing everything within your power to avoid interacting with members of the working class, especially the rapey, violent, morbidly obese or Liberal-voting ones). Clementine, Leichhardt LL replies: What an excellent idea, Clementine! My only suggestion is that rather than trusting the young folk to read a book they should be strapped into a chair with a device holding their eyelids open and be forced to sit through several days of lectures by Elizabeth Farrelly, Van Badham, Robert Manne and Richard Di Natale.
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along King Street in Newtown last Saturday gave visibility to some hot-topic issues. Entirely separate to the feminist ‘Reclaim the Night’ march that takes place in October and the white supremacist (racist) ‘Reclaim’ movement that has unfortunately been rearing its ugly (sunburnt) head in Sydney, The Reclaim the Streets protest parties are about prioritising community needs in the use of public space. Last Saturday’s impromptu street party involved DJs, bands and flotillas along King Street. Local celebrity Paul Mac wrote a supportive status update on Facebook deploring the ‘Nanny State’. A block of people wearing blue called for a decriminalisation of drugs and support for pill testing at festivals, an idea that has been circulating since the drug-related death of a 25-year-old woman at Stereosonic One protestor performed a majestic thigh shimmy on roller blades after police officers called her thighs fat. Norrie was there blowing their famous bubble machine.
l Betty Bell, a Croydon resident who passed
away in June at the age of 92 has bequeathed her home at 188 Croydon Road as a gift to Ashfield Council. The 620 square metre property will likely be turned into a reserve for the community to enjoy. Historical newspaper listings suggest that Bell grew up in Croydon and was an accomplished dancer. She won awards in local eisteddfods, where she performed traditional Scottish Highland Dancing. As a young woman, she also danced at Christmas celebrations organised for poor and orphaned children. Bell’s close relatives were already deceased when she passed away. Elton Hercules John was spotted behind some tinted sunnies at Newtown’s alternative, independnet and locally sourced Repressed Records on King Street...The shop attendant was said to have acted with the appropriate nonchalance upon The Rocket Man’s arrival. Elton’s Australia tour finishes this Saturday.
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A pub has stood on the corner of Henderson Road and Garden Street, Alexandria since the 1870s, yet now the Alexandria Hotel is set to be demolished. Known as the headquarters for Sydney Swans’ fans, the current pub dates all the way back to the 1930s and is the last link on Henderson Road to Alexandria’s pre-war industrial heritage. There was an attempt by the community to save the pub as a heritage building. Because of strong community support council has recently listed it as a heritage item, and saved the The Alexandria Hotel from becoming another badly designed apartment complex.
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Street lighting, Ashbury style
Visiting neighbourhoods who are more dedicated to exuding Christmas spirit than your own has become a great Australian tradition, especially on a balmy summer’s night. Despite long-term resident Laurie moving away this year, Second Street, Ashbury is still kicking on with their Christmas light extravaganza. Admittedly, it’s not as bright as it usually is, but in previous years some last minute festive neighbours have jumped on board right at the last minute. Be sure to take a trip to Ashbury in the last week of Christmas!
• End of year family rituals - can be as simple as reflecting on the year’s ups and downs together. • Copper homewares are everywhere at the moment • That one fan you have been pulling out for the past seven years to keep you sane in summer. Ugly but very loyal.
• Turducken – an American Frankenstein that has arrived in Sydney butchers involving a chicken stuffed into a duck stuffed into a turkey. • Christmas cards and “Seasonal greetings” from politicians you did not elect. • Tornadoes in Sydney
There’s life in the Inner West!
R OA D T E ST
n Elsie Bruem
OUT with a bang
The date was January 1st, 2015. I was feeling pretty lousy after a night, which, as always, I expected would be great but ended up being a massive let down. Oh New Year’s Eve, why do you do this to us? So I made a New Year’s resolution that this year I wouldn’t end up alone at a party, drunk and flirting with two teenaged boys. But is there any way of celebrating the New Year that will guarantee you a great time, or at least won’t make the first day of 2016 a hangover-stricken nightmare?
Reclaim and Counter Reclaim
Recently, white supremacists have been attending and protesting at council meetings in Leichhardt. Last weekend a memorial rally commemorating the 10-year anniversary of the Cronulla Riots was held at Don Lucas Reserve, replete with racists, fascists and a pig roasting on a spit. Reclaim Australia has been hosting rallies across the country advocating against Islam. Suddenly, bigots have learnt to mass organise online and use a megaphone - surprise, surprise- to blast hate speech (which I remind them is ILLEGAL under the Discrimination Act 1977). I am perplexed by their existence. There is no logic in reclaiming land that was never ceded but stolen with genocidal force from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The assimilation they campaign for so aggressively is tantamount to the White Australia Policy. I am mystified as to what Reclaimers think they’re protecting - beyond what I imagine to be an amalgamation of white guilt and fear of relinquishing their power as the dominant group in society. The mainstream media seems reluctant to name them for what they are: neo Nazis. That the media isn’t more critical of the culture Reclaimers feel so fiercely about is a wonder. Not only in regards to the oft-repeated vapid white pride culture of beach, BBQs and the like but also their skewered sense of patriotism that is exclusionary to all those who aren’t white themselves. There is no point in the media promoting the stereotype that white supremacists are drunk and disorderly, or uneducated and inbred. This serves to excuse their calculated and co-ordinated efforts in inciting a race riot or race war. It also condones the violence perpetrated by them, being drunk is no excuse. Many anti-racism groups have been organising to counter this fascist movement. There is merit in their stratagems, such as showing up at white supremacists rallies to voice their opposition. Those who counter rally are painted as extreme left-wing delinquents who don’t pay taxes or are inherently recalcitrant. Yet they are sticking up against racism, so why do we treat THEM as the villains? The police and their assumed declaration of neutrality is dubious, from the viral photograph of a police officer caught high-fiving a racist at a Melbourne Reclaim rally to the treatment of counter protesters as criminal or assailants, it demonstrates the fallibility of state authority. I’ve been to those counter rallies in the past, now I avoid them. Not only is it unsafe for people of colour but attrition between racists and anti-racists bordered by an apathetic, biased and predominately white police force never works - clashes that will always yield no victor. The counter rallies fail to dismantle racism nor hinder the racists. Demonstrations celebrating pride of people of colour and multiculturalism directed by the Indigenous, Muslim and People of Colour community would be far more of an effective strategem in abolishing racism. Messages of love and tolerance always conquer those of fear and anger.
n Words by Sonia Feng
Watching the fireworks
You’ve heard the hype; you’ve seen it on the TV, you’ve probably even gone. All the glamorous people around the harbour, then the clock strikes midnight, the fireworks magically light up and they show some illuminated kids’ faces and talk about how these are the best fireworks ever seen at a Sydney NYE. Don’t get me wrong, fireworks are nice, but as someone who used to live near the Harbour Bridge, I’ll let you in on a little secret: Sydney has fireworks every weekend in Darling Harbour. Yes, they’re smaller and faster, but at least you don’t have to grab the best spot at 6am to see them, nor do you have to pay for a ticket.
Just another weekend at Circular Quay
to enjoy a NYE party is to be a guest. Another party lesson I’ve learnt along the way is to always make sure you know at least three people, that way you’re less likely to wind up alone and trying to awkwardly mingle with other guests. Overall, a NYE house party is no different to any other party you’ve been to.
Whether you’re hosting or attending, NYE house parties seem to be growing in popularity every year. Taking this advice from a friend who hosted last year, “I am never having another party in my house. Someone even managed to scratch the granite bench, I didn’t even know that was possible!” I’ve learnt the only way
I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t really understand the point of clubbing on NYE. By the time you've had pre-drinks, you get there, you line up and then get inside it’s well past 11.30pm, so you’ve only been enjoying yourself for half-an-hour before the climax of the night. This doesn’t leave you anywhere near enough time to get excited for midnight, have a couple of drinks or to find a cute stranger to kiss when the clock strikes 12. However, if you’re looking for a way to party on well into the morning, clubbing is probably the best way to do it,
Sitting at home with takeaway
There’s one major flaw with sitting at home eating takeaway on NYE and that’s the fact you have completely isolated yourself. However, taking into account that you can sit around in your pyjamas, you don’t have to worry about transport or crowds and you definitely don’t need to pay for tickets and drinks - you can see the temptation of avoiding all NYE celebrations in the first place. Gather the family around, watch the fireworks (or anything other than that lame New Year’s Eve movie) and wake up to January 1st without the headache, disappointment or severe embarrassment.
Let your friends trash your house!
Carols on Norton
Come on down to Norton Street, crack open a cold one and break out the roasts for the Inner West's favourite Christmas singalong. Starting at 7pm on Sunday, 20th of December, this free, festive event sponsored by Leichhardt Council is scheduled to take place at Pioneers Memorial Park. In the case of wet weather, Leichhardt Town Hall has been set aside for use. The MC for the night will be Julie McCrossin, a comedian, political commentator and journalist known for her role on Good News Week, with a headlining performance by the Leichhardt Espresso Chorus and Orchestra, which will be leading most of the carols. There will also be a perfomance by the Children's Choir, and for those interested in a less traditional Christmas sound, a magical lantern parade with percussion accompaniment from Taikoz.
n This will undoubtedly be a wonderful night for the entire family, so please come down and enjoy some festive fun with the community. You can download the carols songbook from our website: www.ciaomagazine.com.au
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Organic Food Markets
Any lover of organic fare would be a fool to miss this market. No other food market is so jam packed with the traditional range of organic and conventional foods, as well as gourmet goodies from all around the globe. If you are planning a delicious feast for Christmas, this will be your best chance to pick up all the organic, eco-friendly ingredients that will turn your holiday into, “Holy damn, that's delicious!” Where: Orange Grove Public School, Cnr Perry St and Balmain Rd, Leichhardt
Carriageworks Twilight Christmas Market
'Twas the night before Christmas Eve and you realise that the dog got into the fridge and ate the turkey, while the kids crushed half their presents in
excitement. What do you do? Head down to the inaugural Carriageworks Twilight Christmas Markets, of course! Featuring stalls selling Christmas trees, gifts and fresh, seasonal produce, these markets are the perfect place to grab anything you've forgotten. Drop on down from 4-9pm. For more information, please visit www.carriageworks.com.au
Until Thursday 24th December
Fancy some artisinal jewellery?
Inner West Makers Pop-Up
Time to do the Xmas shopping?
Lovers of all things local, handmade and unique should make tracks to the new, quirky pop-up store in Dulwich
Hill. Housed in the old brick studios opposite Johnson Park, the shop's cave-like entrance is near impossible to miss or resist. What follows is a vibrant maze of artisan jewellery, homewares, fashion and much, much more, all made by Inner West locals. Featuring the creative output of 20 different designers and craftspeople, this pop-up is a great, stress-free shopping experience for the holidays. Where: 62 Constitution Road, Dulwich Hill
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n Local Gigs
Saturday 19th December
n Local screens
Brisbane keeps on making some banging bands. These guys play some great jangly garage rock, with a perfect combo of droning, shoegaze vocals and a great drum beat to keep it all flowing forward. Tokyo Sing Song, FREE
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A bold and unmistakably Australian story
St George OpenAir Cinema: Looking For Grace
Sat 2nd January
Youth: A poignant ode to beauty and ambition
I was at a party the other day and this dude started freestyling and, despite the fact that he was too drunk to make any sense while talking, it was really sick. I'm trying to expand more into hip-hop now, though I'd still happily stick with Tribe over this. The Forum Theatre, $77
Thursday 14th December
It’s a coincidence no doubt, but two of the year’s most critically acclaimed movies are set in the Swiss Alps. Both Clouds of Sils Maria and Paolo Sorrentino’s Youth are hard to pigeon-hole – both are light on plot, have plenty of intelligent talk, gorgeous vistas and beautiful naked women (another coincidence, surely!). In Youth Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel play two lifelong friends holidaying in a posh mountain resort, grappling with guilt, remorse, mortality and the decline in creativity that comes with age. Caine is brilliant as a retired composer, Keitel easily his equal as a veteran film director stuck on his latest project. Much of the time the pair just trade sardonic asides – so far so art-house – but relax, Sorrentino and his talented cast (Rachel Weisz, Paul Dano, Jane Fonda) have plenty of eccentric and utterly surprising tricks in store. There’s a series of lovely, slightly off-kilter scenes, a sensational soundtrack and a shock ending that will literally stop your heart. It’s all just superb. CTC from Dec 26.
The Big Short
Thee Oh Sees
Took a couple of years but they are back in Oz! This Californian band mixes garage rock with psych, but very uniquely. One King Gizzard album kinda skirts the same territory, but nowhere near as good. You just have to give them a listen and hook yourself. Newtown Social Club, $40
Adam McKay’s drama about the grotesque US banking practices that led to the 2008 global fiscal freakout is nothing if not exhilarating. It’s packed with entertaining gimmicks and blustering outrage, but the tone is suss – we are asked to side with a bunch of shouty overpaid men, so-called “outsiders”, who bet against the market orthodoxy of the time with the aim of massively profiting themselves. Millions lost their jobs and homes. As Ryan Gosling trousers a paycheck for forty-seven mil he tells us, “I can feel you’re judging me. It’s palpable.” You’re judged, pal. CTC from Jan 14.
The latest film from acclaimed director Sue Brooks (Japanese Story) opens for general release on Australia Day, but you could (be quick!) get a sneak look on January 8. Looking For Grace was chosen to launch the 2016 season of the St George OpenAir Cinema, Sydney’s most luxurious outdoor movie show (allocated seats, that view!). The buzz about this suggests Aussie movies are off for another great year at the box office. It stars Richard Roxburgh and Radha Mitchell as the exasperated parents of a rebellious teenage girl (rising star Odessa Young) who has vanished on a mystery road trip into the outback of WA. The St George season contains a number of early screenings and premieres of the new year’s most hotly anticipated movies, including Carol, Brooklyn, Room, The Danish Girl, Spotlight, Trumbo, Steve Jobs, The Hateful Eight and Hail, Caesar! Jan 8 to Feb 19 – advance tickets are on sale now.
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A marriage made in Brooklyn
Mother Goose in the Woods
From Emu Productions, the team behind this year's sell out production of Roald Dahl's George's Marvellous Medicine and last year's Mother Goose, comes a brand new Australian pantomime that will fracture all your favourite fairy tales, while adding just a little spice of down under! Mother Goose returns with Goosey Gander in Fairy Tale Land as they get ready for story time on the night before Christmas. But where are all the children? Little Red Riding Hood was meant to be on her way to her Grandmother's house, Jack was looking for the giant's castle, and Hansel and Gretel are just plain lost. Can Mother
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Goose find them all and save them from the woods before the stroke of midnight, before Santa delivers his presents? Or will Christmas be ruined forever and ever? This is a charming tale sure to enchant the kiddies.
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Mother Goose in the Woods will be running at the King St Theatre, Newtown from the 14th-23rd December with shows at 10:30am and 1pm during the week. Prices start at $25, please visit www. kingstreettheatre.com.au for more info or to make a booking.
n Thanks to Emu Productions we have one Family Pass to giveaway to this fabulous, festive show! Email info@ciaomagazine. com.au with your details to go into the running.
advice on the best wines and beer for pairing with their meal, or pick-up fresh bread, fruit and vegetables. To complete the Christmas feast, there is also a wide choice of deli items including cold meats, olives and cheeses. While travelling via public transport is encouraged, there will be parking available at a flat rate of $5 for two hours. Where: Sydney Fish Market, Bank Street, Pyrmont, 2009
Sat 2nd-Fri 22nd January
Morgan Freeman and Diane Keaton have great chemistry in this affectionate comedy about a couple who decide to leave the walk-up apartment in Brooklyn they’ve occupied for their entire 40-year marriage. Both are getting on (he’s a painter, she’s a retired school teacher) and their dog is having trouble with the stairs. All the usual pitfalls of buying and selling real estate provide the deliciously poignant humour, as do the couple’s inevitable doubts as bidding wars erupt over one frantic weekend. Gentrified Brooklyn has many similarities to the Inner West, it seems, including an overheated property market. Though we can only be green with envy that there $1mil would score you a gorgeously BoHo and expansive apartment with killer views of the Williamsburgh Bridge. Here a pokey 1br next to a WestConnex exhaust stack? If you’re lucky! M Available on DVD, Blu-ray and digital from Dec 16.
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Sydney Fish Market Marathon
Sydneysiders have flocked to the Sydney Fish Market's 36-hour Seafood Marathon for twenty years, with over 110,000 attendees expected to join this incredible, milestone anniversary. As well as fresh seafood, shoppers can grab a Christmas turkey or ham, get
Embrace your inner Picasso
Adrenaline-charged kiddie fun
The only monkeys in this circus are your kids! While on school holidays, give your children an amazing gift: letting them discover just how amazing they are at Circus Arts Sydney. Suitable for children aged five and up, this workshop teaches everything from juggling to hula
hoops to even flying trapeze! The classes run from 1-2 hours and start as low as $25 per person, and as the circus will be here for nearly all of January, you can come as many times as you (or your kid) wants! Please visit www.circusarts.com.au for bookings or info.
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Art School for Adults. They have a range of creative, painting classes for all – beginners or those looking to freshen up their skills, as well as Master Classes for the more experienced artists. Workshops are taught by award winning and experienced art tutors, including guest tutors Tim Allen and Rachel Milne, with four dedicated teaching studios with a maximum of 12 students per class for optimal learning. Prices start at $160. For course info or to make a booking, visit www.artest.com.au
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What do you like to serve up when you are entertaining large groups of people in summer?
Something like pasta because it's easy. And I am quite good at making eclairs or pavlova! But I can't really do this anymore as I don't have a kitchen. Rosemary, CBD A lamb roast of course, there's nothing like a lamb roast. Joe, Leichhardt Cold foods, probably seafood or chicken. Simon, Petersham I just order a pizza! Usually from Azzure in Leichhardt. Sophia, Leichhardt I would probably just do barbecue and beers! Darren, Pennant Hills I don't have people over, I take them out! I like going to a local cafe or restaurant. Denise, Stanmore Oh, a fattoush, a delicious fattoush salad with pomegranate seeds. Paden, Redfern I like making rice paper rolls but they aren't quick to make! Kassia, Newtown I make my mum's recipe of quiche lorraine with zucchini and lots of veggies in it. Dan, Newtown
Levi Parsons explores the line between advocacy and civil disobedience with a local activist. Standing up for your beliefs and fighting against authority is an inherent Australian characteristic. Our national ballad is the story of a sheep thief and one of our greatest national icons was a hardened outlaw. From the Eureka Rebellion to the Mabo Trials, there is nothing more inspiring than an underdog figure seeking justice and a fair go. Environmental activist, Andy Mason, 21, has spent the last few years protesting, demonstrating, rallying and lobbying against everything from coal-seam gas and coal mine expansions to the WestConnex freeway. The Dulwich Hill geology student is a staunch supporter of Indigenous rights as well as action on climate change. He is a member of Australian Student Environment Network and the Sydney University Environment Collective. “My first understanding of environmental issues came when I was about 10,” Andy says. “At the time there was a proposal to build a bypass near my home in the Blue Mountains. It would have destroyed bushlands that were really important habitat for native parrots. My family were upset about it because they were birdwatchers. They hadn’t been involved in anything like it before, but they joined local groups and from that point nature and conservation was a big interest.” But this passion for conservation often lands him in trouble with the police. “I was arrested about 18 months ago at the Maules Creek blockade (near Tamworth) for attaching myself to a piece of equipment that they were using to clear forest.” The Mauls Creek Blockade was a three year-long campaign against a new coal mine in the area.
Hero or Villain?
Reclaim the Streets
Last Saturday, a colourful bunch of protestors took to King Street in Newtown to demonstrate against WestConnex and lock-out laws. The protest was publicised via social media, keeping the final destination secret until the protestors met in Camperdown Memorial Rest Park – in order to delay police intervention. “This protest is about who gets to use public space and who gets a say in what a liveable city is,” said Reclaim the Streets spokesperson, James. He said the lock-out laws were enacted to funnel people to the Star and Barangaroo. “The casino is the single most violent licensed location in NSW. If it were about protecting people, The Star would be included in the lockout.”
Tell The Man to get fracked
“I felt like it was a legitimate way of expressing my position,” he says. “Through my experiences with the campaign, I felt the political process and the planning process weren’t accurately reflecting the public interest. Given the system that we’re up against sometimes, I didn’t feel like it was wrong for me to break the law. “I definitely do not think it’s something people should do willy nilly. But if you have followed the proper process and written submissions with the support of local community, as well as lobbied government and they’re still not listening, there is a natural progression following with demonstrations and civil disobedience. Often the more you are ignored, the more you have to stridently put your foot forward.” However, Andy does believe there is a limit to civil disobedience. “The line is anything that is aggressive or violent against people or property,” he says. “But, it’s up to grass-roots community groups to organise and send a strong message about what kind of environmental policies we want and what kind of society we want.”
The Poulos clan
Recognising a local legend
Milkshake Pioneer honoured
George Poulous, the legend behind Rio Milk Bar in Summer Hill, was honoured with a memorial plaque last year. Mr Poulos, who ran the Rio for 63 years, passed away in May. He began the Milkbar after immigrating to Sydney from Greece in 1952. His son, Nik Poulos, told the Sydney Morning Herald that he recalled the crowds being three people deep and that celebrities such as Johnny Cash and Henry 'The Fonz' Winkler made their way to Smith Street, Summer Hill to try the Rio's famed milkshakes. Ashfield Mayor Lucille McKenna said, “These cherished life long memories that were created at this shop will live on forever in the hearts of many people.” n The plaque is positioned on the footpath outside Rio Milk Bar on Smith Street, Summer Hill.
No Fields to play
Young cricket players are having a hard time finding pitches to play on in the Inner West, according to the Inner West Harbour Junior Cricket Association. The number of junior cricket players has greatly increased in the Inner West Association with a 20 per cent increase of players since last season. The local cricket association is bending over backwards to schedule games with the available number of ovals. "It's gotten to the point where associations are turning kids away because there is no room in their teams," said IWHJCA President Mark McRae. But a spike in players is not the only factor that has lead to a shortage in fields. Earlier this year the Cintra Park Hockey field was lost as it was identified as a WestConnex tunnelling point. WestConnex promised to install new facilities at St Luke’s Oval, which unfortunately involved removing a cricket pitch the Association was relying on for the upcoming season. "Also, a few weeks ago, Canada Bay Council sanded over a pitch in Callan Park in the middle of one of our games," Mark added. Mark has also been warned a pitch at Hunters Hill will be rendered unavailable due to park maintenance with no warning of when. "The growth of population has not been matched with grounds and this will lead to enduring social issues as kids won't be as occupied in sports." Sports associations around the Inner West created ‘Spaces to Play’ this year, a campaign to include at least seven sports fields in the State Government’s multi-billion dollar ‘Bays Precinct’ development, which extends along 80 hectares of foreshore including areas of Lilyfield, Leichhardt, Balmain and Whites Bay. So far calls for more
playing space have been ignored by state Liberal and Labor representatives, however, Leichhardt Council is supporting the ‘Spaces to play’ campaign, and held a summit meeting on the issue earlier this month. n You can find out more information about the campaign at: www.spacestoplay.com.au
Kids with hearing loss graduate
Last Tuesday, Newtown’s Shepherd Centre celebrated the graduation of 10 local students from its early intervention program. The Shepherd Centre is a nonfor-profit organisation that works to enhance the speaking, literacy and hearing skills of children with hearing loss. Most of the children who will graduate from the centre will attend big school next year with skills on par with other children in their grade. “This is such a milestone for all our families and we are proud to be able to share in this accomplishment with them,” said Shepherd Centre CEO Jim Hungerford. “These children have overcome many obstacles and we know they will continue on to great things.”
Goodbye local cricket grounds
n You can find out more about the Shepherd Centre’s services at: www.shepherdcentre.org.au
Wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Craig Laundy MP
Federal Member for Reid
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So you need to get your friend a gift? Answer these questions to find out some of the charities they would be interested in helping. Lots of charities will provide you with a gift card to give to your friend, or you can make a homemade one with a description of the chosen cause on it.
1. The last serious conversation you had with your friend was about... a) How seriously cute their dog is! b) Leichhardt Council’s plans for a refugee welcome centre. c) The medical crisis in Nepal. 2. You always hang out with your friend at... a) Hawthorne Canal Reserve b) Your local cafe c) At the 24-hour gym 3. Your friend loves to eat... a) Vegan, cruelty free and dumsptered goodies. b) Locally sourced, home grown and seasonal produce. c) Paleo, gluten free, zero sugar superfoods. Plus a handful of vitamins. 5. The last gift your friend gave you was... a) a big bear hug b) A subscription to The Economist and some home-made pickles c) A gift voucher to a health retreat and a butter-free cake 4. You love your friend because they are... a) Compassionate, cuddly and a bit wild b) Well-informed and outspoken c) Kind, caring and reliable
Worried about what to get your four-legged member of the family this Christmas? A handmade festive neckerchief of course! Head to Glorybox Designs, 62 Constitution Road, Dulwich Hill to pick up a range of fun, festive and all round, bad-ass scarves for your cat or dog. And the best part is proceeds will go to the Penny Marathon, a registered Australian charity that saves the lives of unwanted, neglected and abused cats and dogs in Australia, Greece and other countries. Penny Marathon began serendipitously as the brainchild of two Greek-Australians who, when trying to come up with a way to raise awareness for stray, neglected and abused pets, thought back to their heritage. They then decided to run a mega marathon covering the 42 kilometres from the city of Marathon to Athens. This is now an annual event held across the world in July, though smaller events are held throughout the year to raise funds and awareness. Glorybox Designs is open Wed-Sun,10am-7pm or call 0450 442 177.
There is no greater gift you can give this festive season than that of friendship and fun. All across the country there are people, young and old, in hospitals and aged-care facilities who are lonely, scared and separate from their families. This is where the Delta Society comes in. Every year, they make their way across over 850 facilities, visiting thousands of patients, bringing their four-legged, absolutely lovable pals with them. While it may seem like an empty gesture to some, when you see a child’s face light up as one of their therapy dogs enter the room, distracting them from all the unfamiliar and scary sights and sounds, you can understand the value. For more information or to make a donation, please visit www.deltasociety.com.au
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Bring joy to the world
Homeless Women’s Lunch Project
Feeling generous yet?
The RSPCA shelter in Sydney is overflowing with nearly 40 dogs currently being held. All these gorgeous pups want for Christmas is to go home with you! To help make all these dreams come true, RSPCA NSW is dropping adoption fees down to $100, regardless of age, breed or size, until the 20th of December. If you are interested in providing a home for one of these dogs, please make sure it is a truly well thought out decision and that you consult with the RSPCA beforehand. Visit www.adoptapet. com.au for all the information you need to adopt a new family member. If you can’t have pets of your own become an RSPCA Guardian Angel to an animal in need. Your donation will give an animal a happier and safer Christmas. For more information, visit rspcaguardianangel.com.au.
Gathering since 2008, this free group lunch is held weekly in Sydney’s Inner West and is attended by homeless women aged 16 to 68. Originally five women attended the lunch every Monday but word spread and now the group has grown to 50 regulars, and their children. The lunch and group facilitation is provided by Creative Womyn Down Under and is a voluntary unfunded community initiative. The majority of the women in the group are fleeing domestic violence but each member has an individual story impacted by a range of challenges such as poverty, homophobia, racism, imprisonment and illness. The group also functions as a meeting place where women sleeping rough can discuss ways to support each other. Any financial donation made will go directly towards food for a healthy, weekly vegetarian lunch and snacks throughout the week. Find out more at www.creativewomyn.net/ supporters or contact Georgina at georgina@ creativewomyn.net or call 0406372142.
National Red Balloon Day
Photo Credit: Peter Dutton
While Christmas is always associated with a winter wonderland it is, of course, summer in Australia, an especially hot one at that. With the heat comes bush fires, and with bush fires comes hundreds of Australian men and women risking their lives fighting these fires.
Support our fireys
Make a deposit in the Foodbank
Think of the (sick) children!
While they are out there in the heat and smoke protecting their communities, their families are at home praying for their safe return. On the 28th February 2016, show your support to our courageous men and women by flying a red balloon from your mailbox, fence, or workplace as a simple measure to say ‘Thank You Fireys’. Together with the sale of ‘Thank You Fireys’ Red Balloons and other merchandise through their website (www.nationalredballoonday.org) they’ll not only thank our fire fighting heroes, but assist in raising funds.
interviews and workshops. Please visit www.givingseasonappeal.gofundraise. com.au/page/BackOnTheirFeet to contribute.
Providing 40 million meals every year to needy families all across the nation, Foodbank is Australia’s largest food relief organisation. But they can’t do it without your help, especially during the holiday season when the resources of many low income and single parents are stretched to the limit trying to provide happy, unforgettable memories of festive cheer for their children. The best thing about Foodbank is that, thanks to their key staples supply partners, every $1 donated to the charity provides $7 worth of food to struggling families. That means that with just an easy $20 donation, you could provide a Christmas feast anyone would be proud of. So please, think back on all the delicious roasts and hams you’ve delighted in over the years and give generously. You can donate at www.foodbanknsw.org.au.
Fest. On Saturday 19 December from 6:30pm, the Open Air Cinema on the Village Green will become home to the Starlight Children’s Foundation Australia Charity Night at the Cinema. All are welcome to attend a free screening of Arthur Christmas, a 2011 animated Christmas comedy. At the event, there will be Starlight collection buckets for patrons to make an optional donation. All funds raised will go towards granting 130 Starlight Wishes. To find out how you can help fulfil Starlight Wishes this Christmas, please call 1300 727 827 or go to www.starlight.org.au.
Pick up the tab for a Christmas lunch
Give the gift of sight
The Exodus Foundation
Fred Hollows Foundation
Last year The Exodus Foundation brought a festive feast to over 2,500 people in need. Providing a yummy meal as well as offering social, health and wellbeing services without discrimination, they make a difference in the Inner West. Why not lend a dollar or a can of food to help bring festive cheer to those in need and help them have a cheerful Christmas? Every year on Christmas Day, they open their doors to provide a free Christmas lunch and festive cheer and last year, over 2500 poor, needy, lonely, homeless people attended. They can only do this with your support though, so please consider donating towards the Christmas Day lunch event with a financial gift or with canned goods and produce. Contact 8752 4600 or fundraising@ exodusfoundation.org.au for more information.
The Fred Hollows Foundation Gift of Sight gift cards will make a real difference to someone’s life. For as little as $25, you can give a gift that is life-changing. They’re a great gift to give your relative, friend or colleague. Simply choose a card from the online range. Different gifts are available but each makes a unique contribution to our goal of ending avoidable blindness. Cards can be personalised and delivered directly on your behalf. Order a printed card or an e-card and give a gift that lasts a lifetime.
Purchase via www.hollows.org or 1800 424 195.
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Dress for Success Sydney
Not-for-profit organisation Dress for Success Sydney has launched a national campaign, The Back on their Feet Christmas Appeal, asking Australians to help raise $15,000 for women at risk of homelessness. The funds raised will help empower women to build opportunities for employment, housing and security, while enabling them to kick off 2016 with a fresh start. Women can be at risk of homelessness for a variety of reasons, with many of those who seek out this charity coming from broken homes, escaping an abusive relationship, having recently won their battle with addiction or just in need of support. It takes more than a great suit to get a job, so in addition to free dressing and styling service, they provide a full suite of practical skills workshops, covering topics such as how to draft an effective CV, money management, mock
The Mercy Ships is an organisation of medical practitioners who volunteer to travel to impoverished nations, providing medicine and care for those usually unable to access such things. You can contribute to this cause by purchasing a gift through their website, which will make a world of difference to someone waiting to begin their journey of hope and healing. Choose a gift to provide hope, health, and even life itself to some of the world’s poorest people. For each gift purchased, Mercy Ships will send you a gift card to pass on to a friend or loved one this Christmas. This card will explain the work of Mercy Ships and the impact of the gift you have given on their behalf. Every gift purchased helps to fund the work of Mercy Ships and will be carried out by a Mercy Ships volunteer. Take a look at their incredible range of presents at www.mercyships.org.au/shop and start changing the world.
Help cure cancer
This year, the Starlight Children’s Foundation, a charity organisation dedicated to brightening the lives of seriously ill children and their families, will be fundraising at Darling Harbour’s month-long Christmas festival, Santa
With four families being told the awful news that their child has cancer every day in Australia, Redkite’s appeal is hard to ignore. This charity organisation is dedicated to supporting children, young people and their families through cancer, from diagnosis to treatment. Realising that there are many different ways that this illness damages lives, Redkite provides far more than just financial assistance. Primarily, they have a huge focus on counselling and educational support to ensure that once these kids overcome the disease they still have all the same opportunities and potential as other children and can continue their lives unhindered. Redkite receives no government funding and thus is entirely dependent on the generosity of the community. Please visit www.redkite.org.au to find out how you can help today.
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in the kitchen
with Olivia Mackay, n www.scoffandquaff. wordpress.com
As the hedonistic haze of Christmas fades, one is invariably left with a plethora of delicious leftover bits and pieces: ham, smoked meats, fancy cheeses, chutneys, pickles and such. What better way to use them up than by creating these spectacular little finger foods to impress post-Christmas visitors or New Years guests? This version of the ubiquitous French dish Croque Monsieur is based on Kieran Day’s gorgeous ‘Mr Crispy’ sandwiches at The Stinking Bishops in Enmore. The use of mayonnaise eliminates the need for fussing around with making a béchamel (by all means, use it if you have leftovers) and gives a lovely tang as well as providing the required richness. Day prepares his smoked wagyu beef sandwich with horseradish and pickles to cut through the unctuous filling. If you’re using ham or other cured pork such as prosciutto, a thinly sliced pear also introduces a slight sweetness, which works a dream.
Wine with Winsor
Hesketh 2014 Lost Weekend Chardonnay
Phil Lehmann is turning out some cracking little wines for this entry-level range of wines from the Hesketh family. This uses fruit sourced from Coonawarra and is on the bright, lively and fresh side of the white wine spectrum. The fun label sets the tone; it is a wine to be enjoyed over a warm weekend while still at its youthful peak. Match this with everything from a spicy chicken salad to a schnitzel and chips. $12.
1. If using beef, mix together a sauce of one part horseradish to two parts mayonnaise; for ham, use one part Dijon mustard to two parts mayonnaise. 2. Slather one side of the bread with the mayonnaise mixture.
What a croque!
McGuigan 2015 Bin Series No.5000 Pinot Grigio
A really lovely, easy-drinking style of pinot grigio that won’t break the bank. This is in the northern Italian grigio style with pear and tropical fruit notes to the fore and citrusy, acid finish. There is no point in cellaring it at all; it’s best while young and fresh and is enjoyed well-chilled. It would pair with seafood dishes, salads, Thai and Vietnamese cuisine, or even some spicy Portuguese-style chicken. $13.
3. Top with the pickles or pear followed by the meat, cheese, salt and pepper. 4. Spread some butter on the outside of both slices. 5. Place in a hot frying pan or flat toaster and cook on both sides until golden brown and crisp. 6. Allow to cool slightly then slice into small triangles with a sharp serrated knife. 7. Served with a toothpick to save from getting greasy fingers. your guests
• Thinly sliced white sourdough • Cured meat • Good quality mayonnaise • Melting cheese (ideally gruyere), thinly sliced. • Salt and pepper • Butter
For beef crispies: • Horseradish paste • Bread & butter pickles For ham/pork crispies: • Dijon mustard • Thinly sliced pear
O’Leary Walker 2015 Watervale Riesling
The 2015 rieslings from the Clare Valley are absolutely outstanding and this is quite possibly the biggest bargain to be found among them. The bright new label tells the story; it is a vivacious and dynamic wine with lashings of fresh citrus aromas and flavours. It is lean and clean with zingy minerality and is made for enjoying with grilled fish dishes, prawns, scallops or maybe a crab risotto. $20. www.gourmetontheroad.blogspot.com
n Fruit: Cherries, peaches, nectarines and all your stone fruits are
plentiful and delicious. Australian grapes have also just arrived, high in number and quality. The mangoes coming down from north Queensland are also phenomenal. vegetables. Essentially all kinds of veggies will be limited as everyone competes for the same produce over Christmas and New Year.
n Veggies: Make sure that you get in early to your grocer if you’re after
Get in early, shoppers!
AT HOME WITH GEE OZGEN
aesthetic and vibe? We wanted a blank canvas. Somewhere we can park the truck and trade from. Nothing fancy - a couple of tables with milk crate, minimal lighting but some great burgers! Being on a busy main road has helped. I grew up here, the Inner West is my home and I wanted to give something back to the community. We made it cool, you don’t need to go to far to hang out with your mates while having a burger and shake. Who have been your most exciting customers? A couple of famous people have come down for a burger. Recently Firass Dirani. Do you have any tips for cooking for a large number of people? Focus on a few things that are going to compliment each other. Take your time to perfect everything. If you were going to create another entirely different food van, what do you fantasise it would sell? Maybe tacos or banh mi truck. Anything that people are comfortable to eat. What is your ultimate snack and song combination? Burgers and rap music, a match made in heaven. Who would you love to cook for you? Anyone interested in trying something different. I like to experiment with different flavours. Which ingredient do you run out of the quickest in your pantry? Fennel!
Roast leg of lamb with fennel butter
Another year draws to a close and what did we learn? When it comes to food, 2015 culminated in the peak of certain themes, some of which were bang on and others (we hope) will die a swift death. So, in no specific order…
6 tbs (3/4 stick) butter 3 tbs fennel seeds, 3 large garlic cloves, minced 2 tbs Dijon mustard 1 1/2 tbs soy sauce 1 tbs coarsely ground black pepper 1 1/2 tsp dried crushed rosemary
Lamb 2 tbs olive oil Bone-in leg of lamb, well trimmed 2 cups dry red wine 1 cup low-salt chicken broth Fresh rosemary sprigs
Nice to meat you!
Local wonderboy, Gee Ozgen, has got the whole of Sydney lining up in a Haberfield carwash just to taste his delicious gourmet burgers. Meet the master of Mister Gee’s Burger Truck.
You went to the US to experience their food truck scene before opening Mr Gee. Do you think there is anything happening in Sydney’s food scene that American chef ’s could learn from? I think we are very influenced by the US. Food, fashion, culture we have always looked up to the US as our older brother. I think we here in Sydney take on things but perfect them because of our hard working nature. Yes, a burger is American but at the moment we are doing it so well over here. You spend a lot of time on Parramatta Road, Haberfield, how would you describe the area’s
For seasoned butter: Mix all ingredients with fork in medium bowl. (Can be made one day ahead.) Cover and refrigerate. Bring to room temperature before using. For lamb: 1.Position rack in bottom third of oven and preheat to 450°F. Pour 2 tablespoons oil into large roasting pan. Place pan directly atop 2 burners over medium-high heat. Sprinkle lamb with salt and pepper. Add lamb to pan and brown on all sides, about 8 minutes total. Remove pan from heat. Brush lamb with half of seasoned butter. 2.Roast lamb 30 minutes. Reduce heat to 350°F; continue roasting until thermometer inserted into thickest part of meat registers 130°F for mediumrare, about 40 minutes longer. Transfer to platter; tent with foil. Let stand 20 minutes. 3.Skim off fat from drippings in roasting pan. Place pan atop 2 burners over high heat. Add wine and broth. Boil until mixture is reduced to 2 cups, about 13 minutes. Whisk in remaining seasoned butter (sauce will be thin). Season sauce to taste with salt and pepper. 4.Garnish lamb with rosemary sprigs. Serve with sauce and enjoy!
A salted chocolate caramel coconut malted pumpkin spiced milkshake, topped with three jam donuts, ice cream and a pile of powdered sugar. According to Instagram, this is either the best thing ever to have been created or a travesty against humanity. While I personally prefer not to consume a month’s worth of calories in one sitting, there were those who drove from Sydney to Canberra to sample this circus act first hand…before the copycats dived in and pretty soon every unoriginal café in Sydney had their own version.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, wholefoods and ‘clean eating’ became strong themes this year and as a nation, that’s not entirely a bad thing. But take it to the extreme and you have an obsession like any other, whereby all sugars are bad and you’re going to hell if you eat that bread roll. To this, I requote the internet: “Some days, you eat salads and go to the gym. Some days you eat cupcakes and refuse to put on pants. It’s called balance.”
Kim Chi. Sauerkraut. Pickles. If 2014 was the year of preserving things in jars, 2015 is when they exploded onto every salad, sandwich and side plate known to Sydney. The health science is probably right, probiotics promote healthy gut fauna (mmm, appetising) and so are beneficial to our health in reasonably regular doses. But does every meal need to smell so flatulent? Let’s hope not in 2016.
Pared back minimalism and stark beauty is all well and good in terms of interiors, but when it comes to food, do we really need so little generosity on the plate? Seasonal produce being the hero, less meat and more conceptual intelligence is to be applauded. However, when a trend is picked up by colour-by-numbers restaurants whose chef team lacks the grounding to know why they’re doing it, well that just leaves everyone feeling a little…hungry. In short, stop taking food columnists’ advice and eat what you want this silly season!
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