There’s life in the Inner West!
Issue 283 | May 27th 2016
Hunter Valley Food & Wine Month
Queen of the Desert
Murder: The Complete Series The latest on the local government bloodbath!
Angelo Tsirekas’ last Sustainability Awards
The Green Dream
n MARRICKVILLE PRECINCT PROMOTION
Meet up in the
What’s hot? You ask… Marrickville after dark! Marrickville is the Inner West’s new hotspot that is buzzing at night. Ciao shows you where to go for the very best in dining and entertainment in the area.
PHD Vietnamese Restaurant
Specialising in Pho Beef Noodle Soup PHD Vietnamese Restaurant has a range of scrumptious Vietnamese plates. An award winning restaurant and place to take the family! 308 Illawarra Rd & 260 Marrickville Rd, 9559 5078
Bay Tinh Eat Fuh
Thirty-one years ago Bay Tinh began as a popular space for Vietnamese people to taste the flavours of their homeland. With excellent quality dishes at value for money prices this restaurant keeps its customers coming back over and over again. 316-318 Victoria Rd, 9560 8673 www.baytinhrestaurant.com.au
Marrickville’s newest Vietnamese restaurant Eat Fuh has opened their doors after much success with their market stall that ran for years. Taste Eat Fuh’s pho – the perfect balance of spice, salty and sweet that many have labeled as the best pho they have ever tasted! 274 Illawarra Rd, 0416 880 997
303 Illawarra Rd, 9559 7873
A great little place with a wide-ranging menu including all the Japanese favourites. The space is simple and functional and the food is high quality and value for money.
Mekong Noodle Bar
4/276 Marrickville Rd, 9572 8070, www.mekongnoodlebar.com.au
322 Victoria Rd, 9564 0582 www.thai-pothong.com.au
A fabulous Asian-fusion takeaway restaurant serving all the classic favourites including spring rolls, Dimsim, Pho noodle soup and Pad See Ew. It’s your one-stop-shop for when you just can’t decide on which particular cuisine you feel like.
Blending the best of Szechuan Chinese, Malaysian, Southern Indian and Arabian food, Thai Pothong produces delectable flavours. It’s no wonder why this restaurant has been voted Best Thai Restaurant in Sydney for four consecutive years.
Yen for Viet
Huong Huong Vietnamese and Thai
228 Marrickville Rd, 9568 5522 www.huonghuong.com.au
Authentic and flavoursome Vietnamese food at modest prices, Yen for Viet is the perfect place for those who are looking for a quick bite. The table service is friendly and cheerful and it’s BYO. 296 Illawarra Rd, 9558 2819
Fusing Chinese, Vietnamese and Thai cuisine to make sure all your beloved dishes are covered. With nearly 30 years of experience Huong Huong has an extensive menu for their customers to enjoy with a handy Chef ’s recommendations range.
A teeny and cosy neighbourhood bar with personal service that plays hip-hop and soul music, Titus Jones is a favourite for a catch up with friends or a date if you want to impress your companion for the evening. The cocktails are delish and the food is great for sharing. 337 Illawarra Rd, 8068 4955
Papaya Grill Lao Restaurant
393 Illawarra Rd, 8068 0418 www.papayagrill.com.au
Papaya Grill Lao Restaurant in Marrickville will take your taste buds on a journey through the flavours of authentic Lao Cuisine. Mention this ad to receive 10% off pick up takeaway orders.
La-or Thai restaurant provides a comforting modern dining experience – the best Thai food on offer with distinct flavours. Select one of the popular Thai or Lao dishes with all the classics available on the menu. 1/135 Marrickville Rd, 9518 3335 www.la-orthai.com.au
LazyBones Lounge Restaurant and Bar
294 Marrickville Rd, 0450 008 563, www.lazyboneslounge.com.au
With its vintage ambience LazyBones Lounge has live music every night of the week. It also has an extravagant cocktail menu, whiskey range and serve excellent food from different regions across the globe; for one, or to share.
In the heart of Marrickville lies BBQ Prince – a lovely restaurant serving succulent Chinese roast and barbequed meat dishes. 289 Marrickville Rd, 8971 0695
312 Victoria Rd, 9550 0021,
Thai Paragon is a modern Thai restaurant with a chilled out ambience and stylish décor. Using the traditional Thai flavours with a modern spin to bring out the flavours in everyone’s beloved dishes this one is sure to please every palate. www.thaiparagonmarrickville.com.au
Want more on Marrickville?
Keep your eyes peeled for our #284 issue which will feature Marrickville “Ingredients” (out June 10th!) and our #286 issue with a Marrickville spread on health, beauty and other specials (out July 8th!)
This restaurant is a flawless combination of the flavourful Northern Vietnamese cuisine and the vibrant Southern. With years of experience the owner offers a variety of traditional dishes made with special formulas that give customers experiences of real Vietnamese food. Receive 10% off orders over $50 on Wednesdays and Thursdays. 302 Illawarra Rd, 8387 0232
Queyn Vietnamese Restaurant
310 Illawarra Rd, 9558 9106
By altering traditional Vietnamese meals Bao Truong has created its own unique and interesting dishes such as squid stuffed pork. The décor is modern and the place is always busy – a strong indication of fantastic food! 185 Marrickville Rd, 9569 4938 www.bautruong.com.au
Transcending traditional ideas of what makes a Vietnamese restaurant, Hello Auntie has a modern and trendy Inner West café vibe. Hello Auntie use only fresh quality produce and put their own spin on the classic dishes creating new and delicious revamped plates. 278 Illawarra Rd, 8068 8200 www.hello-auntie.com.au
A Marrickville treasure cooking food for the locals. Most dishes are presented for customers to build – the way it’s done in Vietnam.
260 Marrickville Rd
Vietnamese staples, special regional dishes and quality seafood can be enjoyed at Ben Ngu’s.
La Cocina de la Abuela
208 Marrickville Rd, 0421 443 690, www.lacocinadelaabuela.com.au
La Cocina de la Abuela has a delicious combination of TexMexican and authentic Latin American dishes with cheerful table service. Colourful interior and parking available nearby make it a great spot for meal out.
Hung Cheong Seafood Restaurant
338 Marrickville Rd, Ph: 9560 4681
Bustling, light-filled room with red lanterns, serving traditional Chinese cuisine and yum cha.
Victoria Yeeros & Takeaway Food
301 Victoria Rd, Marrickville, 9560 1478
Sweet Chilli Food Fusion
235 Marrickville Rd www.sweetchillifoodfusion.com.au
This family-run business offers the best yeeros in the Inner West. The vegetables and meats used are fresh and top quality with on-site dining options or takeaway available.
Serving the finest in creative Indian, Asian and Halal cuisine, the chefs have created a menu that takes classic flavors and puts them together to create a fresh experience
283 Marrickville Rd, 9569 7084
Lovely fresh Vietnamese rolls and traditional dishes. 287 Marrickville Road, Ph: 9569 3698
Traditional Greek and Mediterranean style foods, Corinthian Rotisserie has everything from dips and vegetables to meat and seafood platters. They also do takeaway for your enjoyment from the home.
314 Victoria Rd, Ph: 9569 7654
Features a delicious crispy fried soy bean salad as well as the Everest mixed grill and BBQ goat cutlets. For dessert, be sure to try the homemade rice pudding or the Laal Mohan www.theeverestkitchenmarrickville.com.au
This small bar has a fantastic courtyard and eclectic cosy furniture, going there is like ‘hanging out at a mate’s place’. The menu strays from the traditional ‘pub menu’ with delights like spicy chicken wings, twice-cooked lamb ribs, haloumi skewers and handmade dumplings. Gasoline Pony has a commitment to keeping it local with the drinks served and live music. 115 Marrickville Rd, 0401 002 333
A fine local Japanese restaurant with great Japanese tapas food and sushi plates. The prices are good value for money and the service is pleasant. 276 Marrickville road, Marrickville, 9560 7778
Ph: 9560 2032
Delicious salt and pepper squid, go-to-Pho and great for families. 275 Marrickville Rd, Marrickville
How to get there.
Presented by: Catch the 423, 426 or m30 bus from the City to Marrickville. Or the 418, or 426 bus from Dulwich Hill to Marrickville.
Marrickville Station is located on Illawarra Rd. T3 Bankstown Line Trains serve the station and run regularly. New lift and Illawarra Rd entrance is now complete.
Calvert Street Car Park can be accessed through Illawarra Lane, parking is free and untimed after 6pm. The car park on Garners Avenue and on Frampton Avenue are both untimed after 6pm and free for two hours before then. Street parking is available though subject to timed parking as sign posted.
Nothing beats a great walk in the fresh air! Walking along from the Cooks River or down from Addison Rd allows walkers to experience more of Marrickville. You can also walk from Sydenham or Dulwich Hill stations.
For some lovely rides in Marrickville visit marrickville.nsw.gov.au
Inner West whispers
Local gossip, rumour, hearsay and unsubstantiated fact...
Game of Councils – administrator rumours – Deicide in Petersham?
WE ARE C!AO
Satire for the soul
Inner Westies have staged their very own Easter Rising. Now it’s time for them to build a Paris Commune, argues Latte Leftie.
Dear LL - I knew my neighbours were enraged about being denied the opportunity to make a killing on their properties. And also apoplectic at the thought of a giant road being built to funnel vast numbers of illiterate and innumerate car people from the outer west into the neighbourhood. However, until the recent occupation of the council chambers I never imagined my comrades would rise up and be willing to gob on The Man while stealing the iPad out of his hands! Casino Mike can send in the riot police all he likes – a flame has sprung into life and is now growing to a mighty bonfire! Jamie, Balmain LL replies: I’m embarrassed to admit it, but I had my doubts about the revolutionary potential of the glutenintolerant, cognitively elite, professional class. Needless to say, that scepticism rapidly dissipated as I found myself part of a blood-thirsty mob clawing at the clothes and exposed flesh of a minor government official at what I’ve taken to calling Bloody Tuesday! Leaving aside endless local, state and federal polls, where is the democracy in allowing a popularly elected government to build a road? And all because some jumped-up tradie wants his five– hour daily commute shortened! No one disputes the case for millions of homogenous reffo-hating, aspirational westies having the same councillors. But it’s pure madness to think an Ashfield boilermaker, Marrickvillebased lesbian muralist and Leichhardt café owner can all be appropriately represented by one council. Knowledge workers of the Inner West unite! It’s time to grab your pitchforks, seize control of the WestConnex’s front-end loaders and build a Trumpian wall to keep the bogans out. While you’re at it, establish an anarcho-syndicalist’s people’s republic (though one in which property rights are respected, of course) benevolently ruled over by a Great Helmsmen duumvirate of Byrne and Parker. Glory awaits. Let’s seize the future! n Email your dilemma to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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news of council mergers caused some drama after Ms Vanessa Chan, the previous General Manager of Ashfield Council, became GM for the new Inner West (mega) Council. The previous general manager of Marrickville Council was rumoured to have resigned from his position post-mergers, sending a mass email... which was soon revoked. He’s now the assistant manager of the Council. To celebrate or commiserate, Marrickville Council held a boozy BBQ. administrator has come under fire. It’s been revealed the former North Sydney Liberal councillor Richard Pearson was also the Deputy Director General of the NSW Department of Planning, albeit two years ago. Richardson said he, “Had no role in the assessment or approval of any Westconnex projects in my previous role.” Even so, claims of ‘Orwellian’ censorship arose from the Greens, who said the Facebook posts
on the Leichhardt Council page critiquing WestConnex had been ‘dissapeared’ from the merged ‘Inner West Council’ Facebook account. (The posts have now reappeared, including that cartoon of Mike Baird depicted as The Hulk.)
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l Inevitably, the new Council’s ‘hand-picked’
RSL has partnered with developer Deicorp to deliver a “state of the art club facility, car parking and an integrated residential precinct.” Deicorp is currently being sued by owners of apartments in Erskineville’s Star Printery complex over allegations of shoddy work. Indigenous leaders in Redfern have also raised concerns about Deicorp, who advertised their redevelopment of ‘The Block’ by proclaiming, “All the Aboriginals have moved out.” Fouad Deiri, Deicorp’s Managing Director said his company has a longstanding relationship with Petersham and will be “delivering a precinct that the whole community can be proud of ”.
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Gould’s Books had a long a long history before arriving at King Street in 1988. Founded in 1967 by activist Bob Gould, its first iteration was in the CBD and championed left-wing literature. Though there is less of a political focus these days, the store still boasts an impressive collection on the labour movement, a direct nod to Gould’s political passions. If you have visited Gould’s you would know it’s common to find yourself tripping over piles of books as they overflow from the shelves in beautiful chaos. Sadly but somehow appropriately, Bob died in 2011 shortly after a fall that happened while organising books in his store.
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Time to get into beds!
This community garden sprouted from the idea of Chicwick local, Suellen Fitzgerald, who neighbours Blackwell Point Reserve. She approached Canada Bay Council two years ago with a plan to turn the site into a shared space for locals to grow organic vegetables and herbs that the whole neighbourhood can use. So far the Chiswick Community Gardeners have seen tomatoes, eggplants, silverbeet and spinach come to fruition in the community garden beds. In the future they hope to start a community compost to enrich their garden’s soil. The Chiswick Community Gardens requires willing hands and green thumbs, to get involved email: email@example.com.
Official launch in Illoura Reserve, Balmain East 11:00am, Saturday 28 May, 2016 Followed by a community walk of the trail and a celebratory BBQ afterwards. In honour of Tom, please wear a hat for your chance to win the Best Hat on Trail Award. All walkers will receive a Tom Uren hat badge.
• Helping out at community gardens • Pleated metallic skirts • Technicolour sequins • Businesses using creativity to be sustainable • Learning through podcasts - try On Being or Planet Money • Using the word ‘fierce’
• Administrator Richard Pearson’s iPad • Beer-infused pizza crusts • A pop-up Macca’s at Glebe’s Valhalla Cinema • Being a hypochondriac living 3km from a Legionnaires outbreak... • El Nino!
There’s life in the Inner West!
R OA D T E ST
n Emma McConnell Worried about the impact of fast fashion? Emma McConnell guides you through how to make your own clothes using local suppliers and community know-how.
DIY Fashion & Suppliers
Bobbin & Ink
Australian arts scene at breaking point
I want to talk about the crisis in the Arts. “Crisis?” I can hear you ask. “What crisis in the Arts?” And I don’t blame you for asking. We’re three weeks into the election campaign and there’s been a lot of talk about the issues facing Australia but nothing about the Arts. However, Australia’s Arts and Cultural industries are in crisis. A few weeks ago 134 small-to-medium Arts organisations across the country were informed that their applications for four-year operational funding from the Australia Council for the Arts were unsuccessful. Officially, they have not received funding because they are failing. In fact the opposite is true. They are thriving. These 134 companies are not getting funding because over the last few years the Federal Government has consistently reduced the Arts budget and it has affected the entire sector. Performance, music, film, visual arts, TV, design, fashion … the whole sector has been hit and we are now at the tipping point. A world-leading, innovative country needs a vibrant, exciting and well-supported Arts industry. And that support shouldn’t be focussed on the big end of town. Small-to-medium Arts organisations are just as important, as these companies are where artists test ideas, experiment and play. If we do not have a thriving Arts sector with small, medium and large companies then our stages, galleries and screens will be filled with work created overseas. Do we want Australian voices and stories to disappear from our stages? Do we want American pop culture to dominate our movie cinemas and TV screens? Do we want the Kardashians to be our new cultural leaders? The cuts to Arts funding have directly affected some of Australia’s most exciting and innovative companies. Companies like PACT centre for emerging artists, where I am currently the Artistic Director. Based in Erskineville, PACT was founded in 1964 to support, develop and produce Australian artists and stories. For 52 years PACT has stayed to true to this vision. Without PACT we would never have had Looking for Alibrandi, Zoe Coombs Marr may never have won the Barry Award at the 2016 Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Black Comedy’s Bjorn Stewart might not be as funny, Peter Weir might never have directed Gallipoli and the character of Aunty Jack may never have evolved. And now that may all disappear. Are you happy with that? I know I’m not.
n Katrina Douglas
If you’re new to creating your own clothing, or perhaps don’t know where to start, then this is the place for you! Specialising in sewing and screen printing, on-site classes are available that cater for both kids and adults of various skill levels. Once you’ve mastered the basics you are welcome to join their members' club that allows either hourly or monthly rental of the equipment located in the store. It’s the perfect alternative to buying your own machine, allowing you to spend your hard-earned cash on supplies for your newly acquired hobby. 412 Parramatta Rd, Petersham; www.bobbinandink.com
Jack’s, and getting amongst the immense array of textiles will surely inspire your inner DIY fashionista. 240 Marrickville Rd, Marrickville; 0402 980 588
The Granny Square
Once you’ve got the basics covered (and your confidence is up) it’s time to think seriously about the materials you’ll need. Good quality fabrics and supplies not only make the process of sewing easier but also assist in prolonging the life of your bespoke wares. Jack’s Textiles in Marrickville is a one-stop shop for fabric, having serviced residents for over a decade. You’re spoilt for choice at
Don’t have a knack for sewing? Why not try your hand at needle crafts instead! The Granny Square is the ideal place to satisfy all your woolly wants, with a variety of products available to get you knitting and crocheting like a professional. This cosy store stocks a great selection of wool in an abundance of colours and textures, as well as all the necessary books, patterns and knitting needles of all shapes and sizes. Feel free to visit with your current DIY venture if you require any advice, hints, tips or tricks to keep your project on track. Stop dreaming of that perfect pair of winter socks – simply make them yourself! 47 King Street, Newtown; www.thegrannysquare.com.au
All Buttons Great And Small
She's got the Jack
What a better way to finish off your new creations than to embellish them with the perfect buttons. Located towards the southern end of King Street, this Newtown icon is certainly not hard to miss. After admiring the window display you are warmly welcomed by rows and rows of marvellous buttons – over 13,000 varieties to be exact! Their immense range caters for all tastes and budgets and changes regularly, so you’ll be certain to find exactly what you’re looking for. If you’re extra lucky you may also meet a new furry friend inside! 419A King St, Newtown; www.allbuttons.com.au
Leichhardt Long Lunch
On Sunday May 29th you may notice the air smelling more delicious than usual, and if you follow the scents closely, I’m sure they will lead directly to Leichhardt Town Hall. Scores of chefs will be cooking up a storm and delighting the palates of the Inner West’s culinary inclined. If promises of artisan food and wine stalls, cooking demonstrations and communal eating experiences aren’t enough to get you salivating and running to the festival, you can count on roving entertainment to keep the kids busy, along with Leichhardt Long Lunch's very own Antiques Road Show! Local bestselling author Gabriella Kovac will also be launching her latest novel, Fierce Courage. Leichhardt Long Lunch is completely free and will be running from 11am to 5pm. Come down and celebrate Leichhardt's vibrant community.
n Compiled by Maani Truu. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Wed 25 May, 11am
information visit leichhardtlonglunch.com
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Community are en ev ts listings
Artistic Director / CEO PACT centre for emerging artists Where: Breathing Colours, 446 Darling St, Balmain
Sat 28 May, 10am to 11pm
email info@ m.au ciaomagazine.co Attn: Maani
“Get Folked” Mini Folk Fest
National Simultaneous Storytime
City of Canada Bay Council is jumping on board the National Simultaneous Storytime initiative, which seeks to actively encourage and celebrate reading with children and families across Australia. Our Inner West festivity will feature a reading of I Got This Hat written by Jol and Kate Temple, with Concord Library securing a West Tiger’s personality for the reading gig. In the spirit of the book, don your favourite (or silliest hat) and join at one of the two
locations. No bookings necessary! Where: Concord Library, 60 Flavelle St, Concord and Five Dock Library, 4-12 Garfield St, Five Dock
24 May – 5 June, Opening Night 28 May, 4-7pm
Charles Olsson’s ‘Vibrancy and Distortion’
Rugby league player reads a book!
Following a successful showing at The Brick Lane Gallery in London, Charles Olsson is bringing his bright and visually dynamic exhibition to our very own Breathing Colours Gallery in Balmain. And what an appropriate venue, with Olsson’s work living and breathing colour! A must see for art fans, his work allows the viewer to be completely immersed in the piece and to come up with their own unique interpretations of the abstract scenes.
The gang over at The Gasoline Pony have teamed up with Merchant Brewing Co and Archie and Kirk café to deliver twelve hours of good-old folk entertainment, along with enough beers, coffee and snacks to get you through till the end. The Button Folk Collective and The Low Down Riders are just two awesome bands on the program, which includes over ten other local acts. May the folk be with you. Full day tickets are $25 and there will be a $12 food menu available. To grab your tickets visit trybooking.com/LLTZ Where: The Gasoline Pony, 115 Marrickville Rd, Marrickville
Bright eye candy
See page 8 for more what's on...
n Local Gigs
Sunday 29th May
n Local screens
Louise Adams first came into the public spotlight after her success on X Factor last year. With hints of blues and roots this soulful pop singer is sure to have you dazzled playing hits from her debut album. The Vanguard, $28 (presale)
Win double movie passes
God Willing: A farce about faith
She helped "shape the map of the Middle East". Now, that turned out well!
Queen of the Desert
Friday 3rd June
Straight outta Adelaide, The Byzantines blend a spectrum of genres including punk rock, Britpop and hip-hop to create their own mashed-up sound. Their live performance is sure to be high-energy. Bald Faced Stag, free
Thursday 9th June
Last Dinosaurs are just a good indie boy band who have delved into the realm of psychedelia (which is so hot right now!) These guys often sell out a show fast. Newtown Social, $29.95
If there’s one thing Brit critics can’t stand it’s Aussie actors playing their native-born heroes. “Nicole Kidman hardly looks desert hardened,” one of them sniffs. (But didn’t he see her walk naked through a dust storm in Strangerland?) She keeps her gear on here in Werner Herzog’s incredible story of Gertrude Bell, the indefatigable Englishwoman and good friend of Lawrence of Arabia (Robert Pattinison), archaeologist, adventurer, linguist and even spy who did so much to shape modern-day Middle East. Bell’s life was certainly amazing, and she was obviously a striking character. And without the prejudice of snobbery, it's fair to say “our Nic” does her proud. James Franco and Damian Lewis also star as men in her life, but the real stars are those camels and the sensational landscapes. Cinematographer Peter Zeitliger shoots the desert and its people beautifully, wonderfully complementing Bell’s own rapt passion for the freedom, dignity and “poetry” of Bedouin life. M from June 2.
Ciao’s pick: Money Monster
George Clooney stars as the host of a TV money program in Jodie Foster’s very assured and preposterously enjoyable thriller. His show is more Mad As Hell than The Business, and sometimes he gives crap advice. Which leads to one investor (Jack O’Connell) taking him and the crew, which includes Julia Roberts, hostage on air. Foster is tapping into all sorts of populist concerns about capitalism and the conniving media, and seems to be saying that terrorism works. Is that what she meant? Probably not, but when was the last you cheered a lunatic with a bomb? M from June 2.
Like many films in the commedia all’italiana style, Edoardo Falcone’s award winning comedy moves along at a fair rate of knots. Arrogant surgeon Tommaso (Marco Giallini), an atheist, considers himself a modern tolerant man, but he’s floored when his promising son Andrea (Enrico Oetiker) announces he wants to become a priest. Appalled, Tommaso stalks him, and discovers Andrea and many other young people are enthralled by a dashing Vespa-riding stud of priest, Don Pietro (Alessandro Gassmann). Figuring his boy has been brainwashed, Tommaso sets out to unmask Pietro as a phony, but of course, things don’t quite work out that way. In typical Italian fashion, Falcone uses stereotypical characters and broad farce to lampoon the educated middle class – seemingly liberal-minded people who can’t bear any scrutiny of their own beliefs. Come to think of it, there’s a few of those in the Inner West! Which could explain why God Willing was such a popular hit here when it opened last year’s Lavazza Italian Film Festival. It now gets a very welcome return run. PG from June 2.
to give away. Details below.
n Thanks to Palace Films, we have five double inseason passes
n Thanks to Transmission Films, we have five double inseason passes to give away. Details below.
Horror story: The monster just ate your pension
Her sister dead in the bathroom. What happened?
MET Orchestra presents The Italian
Murder: The Complete Series
The Metropolitan Orchestra celebrate their seventh birthday with The Italian. Designed to inspire the colours of Europe with a world premiere performance from acclaimed Australian Composer Sean O’Boyle AM, The Italian is based around a Mendelssohn work titled “Fantasy on a Theme of Mendelssohn”. The music selection reflects on Mendelssohn's tour in Italy. From its vigorous opening through to the lively conclusion, both audience and orchestra will be left hot and breathless on this cold Sydney winter's night.The performance will include Mendelssohn’s Italian Symphony no 4, which was performed by TMO in their first ever concert performance. Since then TMO has been widely acclaimed for their musical virtuosity.
The Italian – an offer you can't refuse
n For tickets go to: www.trybooking. com/Booking/BookingEventSummary. aspx?eid=159519 Where: Eugene Goossens Hall, ABC Centre, 700 Harris Street Ultimo
We’re so used to a steady diet of British crime thrillers and procedurals, that this new BBC2 BAFTA-winning drama could easily get overlooked. It shouldn’t be, it’s as if a bucket of bracing ice cold water has been thrown at the genre. No surprise that it comes from Birger Larsen, the critically acclaimed director of the popular Nordic noir The Killing. Rich in forensic and psychological detail, and with a unique depth of characterisation, each of the four separate films in this series picks apart a murder in all its terrible complexity, hearing the story from every angle and casting the viewer as a jury-member forced to decide. Mixing techniques of documentary with the power, invention and breathtaking visuals of drama, these haunting and graphic whodunits live long in the mind. The UK Telegraph called it “piercingly sad” and packing an extraordinary punch. Sounds good! (Unpreviewed) MA15+ Available from June 1.
n Thanks to RJL Entertainment we have three DVD box sets of the complete series to give away. Details below.
Sat 28 May, 7pm
CO.AS.IT National Ball
CO.AS.IT invites you to their annual, national gala, which will be raising the funds necessary to expand the services they provide to the community, specifically in enabling the independence, participation and wellbeing of older Italians in our local
community. The ball will feature a fourcourse meal along with entertainment by the De Bellis Show band. An excellent excuse to pull your black tie attire out of retirement, whack on some lippy and enjoy a night of decadence at a venue fit for a king. For tickets and further information visit www.coasit.org.au/
Thu 2 June, 6pm
Want to enter a downward spiral?
Authors at Ashfield
Bookings are essential, visit www.ashfieldlibrary.eventbrite.com.au to secure your spot. Where: Local Studies Room, Level 2 Civic Centre, 260 Liverpool Rd, Ashfield
1-13 June, 10am-6pm
Time to ballare with CO.AS.IT
Fancy yourself a bit of a bookworm? A crime novel buff? Say no more and go see Nigel Bartlett in conversation with author A.B. (Andrew) Paterson as he discusses his debut crime novel, Harry’s World. The novel, set in our own backyard of Sydney, is set to keep you on the edge of your seat. While you are there, why not grab a copy, snag a signature and have a chat to the author. Best of all - the event is completely free!
playing on an endless loop, with the audience encouraged to intervene creating a sound that is then transferred to vinyl, transforming Carriageworks into an “experimental sound recording studio and performance space”. If you think this is too cool for Sydney, it's because it's being sponsored by our arty friends in Tasmania (MONA). Why not dip your toes into the sonic chaos. Afterall, it's free! Where: Carriageworks, 254 Wilson St, Eveleigh. Visit: carriageworks.com. au/events/mathieu-briand/
Carriageworks & MONA FOMA Present Mathieu Briand To be in the running to win double
French artist Mathieu Briand has presented The Spiral, his interactive installation, all over the world and now it’s Sydney’s turn. Put simply, the installation involves five turntables
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How do you feel about the council amalgamations?
I hate it. I just think it's ridiculous how Mike Baird has just chucked everyone out and placed his own Liberal administrators in without a fair vote. Felicity, Lilyfield Well, I guess it's unfair. Baird also put in that law about not being able to protest, and now how will we fight WestConnex? We're local people, so what can we do? We can't really do much. Henry, Hillwood I don't support it. It means the services for our community will be degraded. Michael, Concord It's a blinking carve-up. It stifles the voice of the people. It's just not right. Ruth Leichhardt I don't know if it's for the best. Maybe there is some overlap between council services. I suppose only time will tell. I live in Marrickville and we had a good mayor, and so did Leichhardt from what I heard. I'm really just waiting to see what happens. Jeanette, Marrickville This is a good thing. Leichhardt Council was dysfunctional. A revolving mayor, over staffed. I'm happy! Harold, Leichhardt
The disrupted first meeting of the Inner West Council held last Tuesday night has brought into relief the agendas of the council administration, former mayors and local activists on the issue of Premiere Mike Baird's forced council amalgamations. Administrator Richard Pearson and Interim General Manager, Vanessa Chan (appointed by Premiere Mike Baird) left the meeting five minutes in escorted by police after they were shouted down by the hundreds of residents and protestors who filled the former Marrickville Council Chambers in Petersham. Two protestors allegedly spat at Richard Pearson and grabbed his papers as he exited the chambers. Former mayors, councillors and State MP Jamie Parker addressed the crowd, proclaiming the council would be 'ungovernable' until democracy was reinstated. Former mayor of Leichhardt Darcy Byrne later told Ciao he attended the meeting intending to, “constructively contribute to the discussion of items on the meetings agenda.” He also said that the two former mayors of Ashfield and Marrickville, and himself, have agreed to collaborate with the new administration in order to pursue the policies formulated by their councils. “I am very worried that the progressive policy agendas that have begun to be implemented in our councils will be set aside as the Inner West Council focuses on crisis management,” Byrne said. NSW Labor Leader Luke Foley has called for elections of the newly amalgamated councils to be brought forward a year to September 2016. “There is a suspicion among residents that the length of time democracy is being suspended
In the wake of Bloody Tuesday
Local Residents Arrested in WestCONnex Protest
Two members of the WestCONnex Action Group have been arrested during a protest to prevent the destruction of a Haberfield apartment block which has been forcibly acquired to make way for a Westconnex construction site. The pair, who were later charged with trespass, occupied the premises overnight, with one of the arrested, Bill Holliday, stating they were prepared to stay as long as possible. “To demolish places like these is just a travesty when so many people in Sydney are struggling to find homes,” said Holliday. WestCONnex Action Group spokesperson Pauline Lockie believes the incident will not be the last of its kind. “We expect to see more residents engaging in civil disobedience until WestCONnex and this senseless destruction of our city is halted,” she said.
is so Baird's and the Liberal NSW agenda can be implemented,” Byrne said. “It's not justified when an election could be called in a matter of weeks.” Spokesperson for the WestCONnex Action Group, Pauline Lockie, said they would continue to protest the amalgamated council's meetings. “We have nothing against Richard Pearson personally. However, the difference between him and the councillors is that if residents are not happy with the councillors performance we can vote them out. But Pearson is a public servant, he reports to his employer. Therefore we cannot be confident in his intentions to oppose WestConnex.” The WestCONnex Action Group organised a rally that took place before the meeting at which Pauline Lockie, Wendy Bacon and State MPs Jo Haylen, Jamie Parker and Jenny Leong spoke. “I don't think the media reports were indicative of the feeling of the hundreds of people in that room,” Lockie said. “I had people coming up to me saying it was empowering to finally have a voice throughout this whole process.” Richard Pearson has stated his priority is representing the concerns of Inner West residents, including on the issue of the WestConnex. “I guarantee that I will work constructively with residents, former mayors and councillors to ensure that the voice of the 185,000 residents of the Inner West Council is heard by the State Government,” Pearson said. "I believe that my experience with the State Government will in fact help me to make our voice even stronger.”
Local protestors get banged up
Community Legal Centre Faces Funding Cuts
Marrickville Legal Centre will have to consider decreasing staff and services if the government’s proposed funding cuts are to go ahead next year. The 30 per cent national funding cut announcement follows the imminent loss of their domestic and family violence support worker, after funding through the Inner West Domestic Violence ProActive Support Service (IWDVPASS) was discontinued. As it stands the centre will no longer have a specified domestic and family violence support worker from June 2016 onwards, despite an identified continuing need. The centre currently provides free legal help to vulnerable community members, assisting over 4000 people in the last year alone. “Any cut to funding is a direct cut to the number of people we can help,” said Executive Officer Catherine Dornan. This has led Dornan to call on local residents to contact their local MP and request that the cuts do not go ahead.
Man on the Run - For Seat of Reid
While the future of the City of Canada Bay Council remains uncertain in the wake of newly amalgamated ‘Inner West’ Council, Mayor of Canada Bay Angelo Tsirekas has taken action and announced his intentions to contest the federal seat of Reid as a Labor candidate. He will be taking on incumbent MP Craig Laundy. Canada Bay Council is part of a pending plan to merge with Burwood and Strathfield Councils, however confirmation is dependent on court approval following legal action by Strathfield Council in a bid to prevent the forced amalgamation. The proposed plan is in conflict with Canada Bay’s preferred option of merging with Auburn and Burwood Council to form a ‘Sydney Olympic Park’ council. Tsirekas stated that the desired position of the council has always been to “stand alone” and they were opposed to any forcedmergers. “We were disappointed to see the NSW Liberal State Government proceed with forced amalgamations of local councils around New South Wales,” he said. “The Liberal Party said one thing before the election and did something completely different after. They had no mandate to push through forced amalgamations.” At Canada Bay Council's Sustainability Awards held last Monday, Mayor Tsirekas said the merger with Strathfield and Burwood was imminent, "if not tomorrow, then next week." If the merger of Canada Bay Council does not occur by June 9th, and an administrator installed, Angelo Tsirekas will have to resign as mayor in order to contest the seat of Reid legitimately. Tsirekas has been the Mayor of Canada Bay for 14 years.
Leichhardt to Host the 2016 ‘Koori Knockout’
The Inner West will play host to the 2016 Aboriginal Rugby League Carnival, otherwise known as the ‘Koori Knockout’ with Leichhardt Council partnering with the Redfern All Blacks to support the competition. One of the biggest Indigenous gatherings in Australia, the October event will draw 130 teams plus tens of thousands of people from across NSW to the local community. Ex-mayor of Leichhardt Darcy Byrne said the partnership will bring significant benefits to the Leichhardt community. “Hosting the Koori Knockout is a chance to bring top class sport to our area and do something practical to promote reconciliation in our own backyard,” he said. Now in it’s 46th year, the competition has its roots in the Inner West, with the first knockout held at Camdenville Oval in St Peters, way back in 1971.
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Hunter Valley Food and Wine Festival
The Hunter Valley celebrates Wine and Food Month throughout June. Here are some of the gourmet highlights:
Daily throughout June at Margan Estate
showcasing over 40 cheese, wine, craft and beer stalls with tasting opportunities and cheese pairing for all to enjoy. Sebel Kirkton Park, Pokolbin. Tickets $20 or $30 on the day.
How to get there
Car Take the Pacific Highway (A1) to Hornsby
A TASTE OF WOLLOMBI
Sunday June 26 10am -4pm This sleepy village celebrates with live music and an abundance of local produce including jams, olives, cured meats, cheese and more. Meet vignerons and artisans, sample fine wines and great food. Cafés serve delicious lunch and treats. Try Wollombi Tavern’s famous ‘Jungle Juice’!
and transfer on to the Pacific Motorway (M1). For the scenic route, exit the M1 after 40km at the Calga Interchange at Peats Ridge and follow Tourist Route T33. For the faster route, exit the M1 after 100km at Freemans Drive (B82) and follow the signs to the Hunter Valley.
THE ORIGINAL MARGAN 100-METRE MEAL
Bus There are several choices for day tours run from Sydney to the Hunter Valley. Visit www. winecountry.com.au for more information. Train Daily train services depart from Central
Station to Hunter towns of Maitland, Newcastle and Singleton. Buses run from here to Cessnock or you can hire a car. to Newcastle where once again you can transfer to a bus for the remained of the journey or hire a car.
HUNTER VALLEY WINE FESTIVAL
Saturday June 4 Crowne Plaza The fourth Hunter valley Wine Festival will take place within the grounds of the picturesque Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley. With an extensive array of wine, food, beer and cider on offer, festival goers will be spoilt for choice as is always the case with a true Hunter Valley Experience. $20 presale or $25 at the door.
Enjoy estate-grown Suffolk lamb served with heirloom garden vegetables and accompanied by a glass of White Label barbera. Everything is grown on site within 100 metres of the restaurant!
JAZZ AT CATHERINE VALE
July 3, 12noon – 3pm The Preservation Jazz Band from Newcastle will supply the notes and Catherine Vale will supply delicious food. Meet local winemakers from the Broke-Forwich region and sample some fine cheese and olives. Also coming up is more sensational jazz on Sunday October 2nd. Put in your calendar!
Plane There are also daily flights from Sydney
FIRESIDE WITH THE WINEMAKER
Every Friday in June at the Hunter Resort Each Friday a different Hunter winemaker will be on hand to host a four-course dinner limited to 20 guests. June 3: Bob Whalan, June 10: Lisa Bruce Tyrell, June 17: Lisa McGuigan, June 24: Ian Napier.
Where to stay
There are many different accommodation options available at the Hunter Valley for the upcoming Wine and Food Month, suitable for all families, couples and budgets. Perhaps you’d enjoy a private oasis, like the freestanding cottages offered by RidgeView? Or are you more interested in roughing it in a tent at the Big4 Valley Vineyard Tourist Park? Perhaps you want to bring your favourite four-legged friend? Then don’t look past Blackthorn Hill Retreat, a specialist in dog-friendly amenities. Whatever your needs may be, there is accommodation in the Hunter Valley perfectly suited to you this coming Wine and Food Month. Make sure to hurry though, as most locations book up fast!
WHISPERING BROOK OLIVE LONG TABLE LUNCH
Saturday June 4 at Whispering Brook Winery The annual Whispering Brook Olive Long Table Luncheon features a Mediterraneaninspired menu prepared by chef Andy Wright, wine, live music, a tutored walking tour in the olive grove and a special guest speaker to talk about the properties and applications of extra virgin olive oil.
GLANDORE BURNING OF THE BARREL
Saturday June 25, 5pm-10pm Having grown in reputation, and size dramatically over the past few years, what started as a casual evening with a few friends is now one of the “Bucket List” events in the Hunter each year. The fires get bigger and bigger and ways of lighting them from arrows to rockets gets more creative, the food, the soups, the wine, the live music and the bush poetry - it’s all just too much to miss.
THE ART OF GNOCCHI
Saturday June 11 and June 25 at Il Cacciatore Restaurant A fun, hands-on gnocchi making class followed by a two-course lunch with a small group who enjoy Italian food, wine, a fun time and don’t mind getting down and dirty.
CHEESE LOVERS FESTIVAL
Saturday Jue 25, 10am -4pm If gorgeous Hunter wine wasn’t enough, why not (over) indulge in the ultimate of decadent dining – eat cheese! This festival will be
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The Internet is choc-a-block full of recipes for ‘balls’. Bliss balls, energy balls, protein balls – whatever you call them, they are undeniably fashionable right now. Many of the recipes I’ve tried are a tad bland, just sweet and not much else. After much experimentation I have discovered a few sneaky ingredients to make them actually worth having to wash your food processor for: a touch of salt is essential, and the pomegranate provides a tang which makes the rich cherry and toffee flavours from the dried fruit just sing. With the inclusion of these ingredients, these balls are truly worthy of the name ‘bliss’. They might even still be considered Paleo.
Wine with Winsor
Berton Estate 2015 Classic Chardonnay
This is often one of the best-value chardonnays in the store; and that is certainly the case with the 2015 vintage, which has produced a crisp, fresh and easy-to-drink wine from Padthaway in South Australia with tropical fruit flavours to the fore, hints of citrus and barely discernible oak. There is plenty of length, it is well balanced and an excellent budget option for sampling with pork chops, or maybe a chicken casserole. It’s a lot classier than the price suggests. $12.
1. Line a tray or plate with baking paper. 2. If using pomegranate seeds, blitz briefly in the food processor. 3. Place the processed seeds with the coconut in a shallow bowl. 4. Soak the dates and cherries in hot water for a few minutes, then squeeze to remove excess liquid. 5. Pulse nuts in a food processor until the texture of breadcrumbs, then remove and set aside.
Bliss in a ball
Wirra Wirra 2014 Church Block
This is always reliably good but the 2014 vintage has produced a particularly impressive red. With a pedigree stretching back to 1972, this McLaren Vale wine is composed of cabernet sauvignon, shiraz and merlot grapes and it sings with impressive power, quality oak and the structure to age in the cellar, should you be tempted. I’d rather opt to enjoy this in its flamboyant youth and pair it with a gourmet pizza or maybe some spaghetti al a matriciana. $20.
6. Process the dates and cherries until finely chopped. 7. Combine the nut meal with the date and cherry mix, and add the molasses, cocoa and salt. Mix well. 8. Using wet hands, roll small spoonfuls of the dough into balls. 9. Toss the balls in the coconut mixture then place on baking paper. 10. Store in an airtight container in the fridge.
• 1 cup pitted Medjool dates • ½ cup dried cherries • ⅔ cup walnuts or raw almonds (or ½ cup almond meal) • 2 tbsp pomegranate molasses
• 2 tbsp natural cocoa (or cacao if preferred) • Pinch of sea salt • 1 cup desiccated coconut, to roll • 2 tbsp freeze-dried pomegranate seeds, to roll (optional)
Worth a splurge
Frankland Estate 2015 Isolation Ridge Riesling
The Great Southern Region of Western Australia is emerging as a producer of wonderfully intense and steely dry rieslings, with family-owned organic producer Frankland Estate leading the charge with a range of outstanding offerings. This one sits in the middle price-wise, made from fruit grown on ironstone and blessed with a tell-tale minerally/flinty backbone. There is a lot going on here; great length and cellaring potential. Lovely stuff. $40. www.gourmetontheroad.blogspot.com.
n Fruit: First discovered in Ryde, Granny Smith apples are in season. Their glossy
green skin and tart white flesh is perfect for apple tart $3-$4/kg. Red Kiwis are only available for 3-4 weeks, $7 a punnet. Bananas and mandarins still good value. Strawberry supply increasing and price should come down soon. $4-$6 a punnet.
n Veggies: Put a cauli in your trolley for $2-$3 a head. Bake with cheese and cumin
for an easy dish. The humble wombok (Asian cabbage) is also good value at $2.50 -$4 a head.
Pick up a red kiwi while you can!
AT HOME WITH KATHERINE SABBATH
Professional baker, Newtowner and former history teacher, Katherine Sabbath has returned a sense of wonder and whimsy to Sydney with her ingenious cake creations.
cuisine. I also thoroughly enjoy roasted veggies! And if I eat my veggies, it means I can have my cake too, right? You are an Instagram god. Do you have any tips for people trying to share their passions on social media? Oh shucks, thank you! Instagram and social media truly is a wonderful phenomenon and has provided me with some priceless opportunities. I try to not take ‘playing the game’ too seriously though, because my love for baking stems from wanting to share these simple pleasures with other people, which is also what I try to achieve with my Instagram. I would suggest any budding Instagrammers focus on sharing honest content with a genuine and positive voice, rather than posting content for ‘likes’. What is your favourite flavour combination? I love rich and intense dark chocolate, balanced with light fruit flavours and velvety vanilla bean cream. What was the best setting one of your cakes has been enjoyed in? My Year 7 History classroom during our end-of-term class parties. I loved sharing cakes with my students after a term or a year’s worth of hard team work! My lovely students were my biggest supporters when it came to my home baking.
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With Mercedes Benz Fashion Week dwindling in our rear window, it has me thinking about fashion and why we pay attention to it. And when I say ‘we’, I am obviously making a sweeping generalisation, but in all reality, we all do to some degree, even if we pretend we don’t [insert scene from The Devil Wears Prada, where Meryl Streep’s editor-trix schools Anne Hathaway’s character on the trickle down effect of trends in fashion, from the runway to the bargain bin]. Pleated skirts, all things Gucci and sneakers with dresses aside (seriously, when will this go away?), what is fashionable and what isn’t when it comes to eating out? Just like the clothing industry, there are those who lead the pack and others who can only be referred to as victims. Venues that seem effortless in their atmosphere, offering and menu, have an almost elusive charm about them. You like them instantly and will most likely return for another hit. Victims however, are a bit like the girl standing outside the show, in a fluffy pink coat, matching pink hair and white gogo boots, hoping to be papped by the street style photographers lurking outside the event. Trying too hard is never chic. So when it comes to picking your next outfit or restaurant, let your inner Anna (Wintour, editor-in-chief of American Vogue, that is) be your guide. Just like a Prada handbag, a venue that is genuine and comfortable in its own skin, radiates quality, even if the form and function is simple. And just like a knock-off purse, something may look good on the outside, but feels terrible the second you venture inside. If you happen to find yourself in the latter, don’t be afraid to put your Celine sunglasses back on and strut out.
What prompted you to first start baking? I developed my wild sugar lust at a very young age! As soon as I could be trusted with an electric beater, I would attempt a baking project. Triple chocolate brownies are where it all started for me. I could never find a chocolate brownie decadent or gooey enough, so I made my own deliciously rich monstrosities and I suppose, the rest is history! Your cakes are delightfully whacky. How do you keep your creative juices flowing? For me, inspiration comes from absolutely everywhere! A favourite source of inspiration close to my heart is the 1971 film, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory originally written by Roald Dahl and directed by Mel Stuart. I remember seeing that movie at a very young age and just being completely blown away by the fun and exciting possibilities of dessert! What do you like eating in terms of savoury foods? I’m an absolute sucker for a hefty cheese and antipasto platter! Besides this, I love modern Australian, Turkish and Japanese
Inner West’s answer to Willy Wonka
Base • 1 ½ cups roasted cashews • 1 cup desiccated coconut • 8-9 medjool dates, pitted • 1 tsp cinnamon • ¾ tsp sea salt
Filling • 3 cups Greek yoghurt • 500g cream cheese • 2 tsp vanilla bean paste • Pulp of three passionfruit • Juice of one lemon • 1 ½ cups icing mixture • 4 tsp gelatin dissolved in 1/3 cup hot water
To decorate: ¼ cup icing mixture, 2-3 punnets fresh raspberries
1. First, line the bottom of an 7-inch spring-form tin with baking paper and lightly grease the sides. In a food processor, combine all the ingredients for the base and whiz until bread crumb-sized and the mixture begins sticking together. Press into bottom of tin and place in fridge. 2. Using an electric kitchen mixer, beat together yoghurt, cream cheese, vanilla, passionfruit, lemon juice, sugar and gelatin mixture until creamy. Pour on your base and set in fridge for at least 4 hours. 3. Only when fully set, carefully release your heavenly cheesecake from the tin (a warm knife will help if it’s a little stuck). Adorn with fresh, plump raspberries and a generous dusting of icing sugar.
Food-on-a-board: how long before it falls into fashion victim territory?
Canada Bay Council has recognised local businesses, community groups and individuals for their environmental commitment at the 2016 City of Canada Bay Sustainability Awards. It was Angelo Tsirekas’s final awards as it is expected he will announce his resignation next month. The awards captured the essence of a vibrant sustainable community and honoured those who have made a tireless commitment to creating a sustainable Canada Bay. area. Cheung wants future generations to enjoy the Canada Bay that she knows and is also keen to see more birdlife in the area. Both Cheung and Kapetangiannis are looking forward to the next project which targets the reduction of coffee cup waste. By introducing “Keep cups” the project hopes cut waste by 50% by 2021. Kapetangiannis is passionate about our waterways. Her role at Sydney Olympic Park as Environmental Education Officer means she gets to teach others about the role waste has on our waterways, particularly the Bay and Parramatta River. Kapetangiannis has recently joined the Parramatta River Catchment Group who would like to see Parramatta River swimmable again. She has worked with the Sustainable Schools Network, businesses and local residents to help try and achieve better environmental outcomes for our community. The Awards celebrate these achievements and bring together local residents, schools and businesses to ensure Canada Bay is a more sustainable place to live for years to come.
Students take a stand for seabirds
Most seabirds have eaten or will eat plastic. This alarming research, from Chris Wilcox of the CSIRO, indicates seabirds are most likely to become extinct. Sharp plastics can puncture organs, some birds ingest bottle tops and small plastic fibres can be carried around weakening bird health and contributing to biological changes such as weak egg-shell production. Local birds (and their eating) habits have become the focus of Concord High School’s contribution to litter reduction in the Canada Bay area. Together with Canada Bay Council, students have crafted a powerful and meaningful visual campaign that will be rolled out in the local area. This supports Canada Bay Council's serious fight against rubbish. Last week Mayor Angelo Tsirekas announced that litter in Canada Bay hotspots would be reduced by 50 per cent by 2021. “We conducted an audit of the local government area to determine litter hotspots and found parks have the highest amount of litter with an average count of 63 items, followed by railway stations (56) and car parks (53),” Tsirekas says. “Cigarettes are the most common litter item and make up 39 percent of all items found. They are followed by paper (13%), plastic bits (9%) and glass beverage containers (8%).” “We should also remember that the City of Canada Bay local government area is boarded by the Parramatta River and features 38 kilometres of foreshore, making the effects of litter highly visible, primarily due to catchment pollution, and pose a range of threats. Rubbish and pollution are harmful to wildlife and
“We received a large number of inspiring entries for our seventh bi-annual annual Sustainability Awards and I would like to congratulate all of this year’s nominees,” said Tsirekas. “We’re proud to support those who show innovation and commitment to creating a sustainable community in Canada Bay and it’s wonderful to see so many people dedicated to this cause.” Two award recipients Elsa Cheung and Zoe Kapetangiannis were proud to be given the Environmental Individual Award after their hard work volunteering on the Sustainable Cities Council citizens’ panel. Both have a background in environmental education and have given up countless hours of time to develop programs and initiatives that reduce litter, regenerate resources and enhance environmental awareness. Cheung says “I am very happy to have received an award – and surprised. I have enjoyed being a part of the bush care program. I started about 10 years ago and it has been great working with others and teaching others.” Cheung was also part of the Bin Your Butts and Bagless in the Bay programs and has seen a substantial reduction in litter since the programs have been implemented, particularly around the Bay run
aquatic life, as well as our landscape and water quality. Litter can create fire hazards, attract antisocial behaviour and negatively impact the visual amenity of our City,” Tsirekas said. The biodiversity of Parramatta River and some of the species that call it home inspired Concord students to help clean up their local water habitats with a view to sustaining bird life. There are 85 threatened species in the Cumberland subregion. Water quality from stormwater runoff in high rainfall events transport larger volumes of garbage, sediment, animal waste, sewage, toxic chemicals and oils and grease and pollute our river. The students embraced the chance to enhance public awareness of litter impact and their designs will soon be seen around high pedestrian traffic areas. Designs will be installed at drink fountains around the Bay Run in Cabarita Park, Taplin Park in Drummoyne and Peg Peterson Park in Rhodes and are expected to be a more permanent fitting.
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Artereal gallery packed out
Dragon Boat racers Shirleen Ho and Corina Wotherspoon and Trevor Oates
Milos, Ms Hantes and Amanda of Concord HS Art Club
Representatives of Macland Property Investment
Michael Megna, Tony McNamara and John Sidoti
Canada Bay Mayor Angelo Tsirekas
The team from IKEA Rhodes
Santino Grieco and Annisa Batt, Nick Batt, Hamish Campbell and Helen james from Rhodes Parkrun
LOW U Canada Bay Council’s Sustainability S! @ciaoma gazinesy Awards were a delicious antidote to dney all the local government dramas. The /CiaoMa gazine creativity and care of the Bay’s residents and businesses were celebrated in style.
The Sustainability Awards is our leading initiative in recognising local champions who demonstrate outstanding contributions towards the environmental, economic or social sustainability of our City. Congratulations to all our winners:
ENVIRONMENTAL CITIZEN - Elsa Cheung - Zoe Kapetangiannis ENVIRONMENTAL COMMUNITY ORGANISATION - Concord Community Garden ENVIRONMENTAL BUSINESS AWARD - Derivan - Copo PARTNERSHIP AWARD - Rotary Club of Concord - Canada Bay Club BEST CONSERVED HERITAGE PRECINCT AWARD - Concord War Memorial BEST MAINTAINED HERITAGE PROPERTY - 2 Patterson Street, Concord BUSINESS ACCESS - Mr Cut’s Concord CHILD FRIENDLY BUSINESS AWARD - DMC Medical Centre - Cara House SUSTAINABLE CULTURE AWARD - Robert Williams: Tait Estate BUSINESS AND COMMUNITY GROUP RECOGNITION - Concord Hospital Newsagent - Multinational Body Works - Mediterranean House Pty Ltd/La Mirage - 1st Concord Scouts - The Rotary Club of Concord - Concord Senior Citizens Club inc - Wings Restaurant, Canada Bay Club - Bridgestone Select Tyre Centre - Russell Lea TAB - IGA Drummoyne - Abbotsford Junior Soccer Club - Kiddies Kapers - Five Dock RSL Junior Rugby League Football Club - Junior Rugby League Development
Tel: 9911 6555 Fax: 9911 6550 Web: www.canadabay.nsw.gov.au