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Issue 291 | September 15th 2016
Lavazza Italian Film Festival
Sustainable seafood secrets
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them and how to
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GM musical chairs– Tight squeeze Taverners – Facebook for (lost) dogs
l Vanessa Chan, the General Manager of the Inner West Council and former GM of Ashfield Council, left her position early this month. She has been replaced by Rik Hart. Hart was the GM of the Warringah Shire Council until is was merged in May into the Northern Beaches Council. In 2015 Hart was the subject of a News Corp investigation that found he earned more than the NSW Premier; $387,753 to be exact. Former Leichhardt councillor John Stamolis has told the Sydney Morning Herald that the cost of staff redundancies and rebranding at the Inner West Council has run into the millions. l Taverners Hill Residents have started to collect their own feedback on Urban Growth’s consultation with the local community regarding the renewal of Parramatta Road and surrounding precincts. Residents who submited to Urban Growth mostly expressed concerns about increasing housing density in the area. Urban Growth’s projections for estimated a 700 per cent population increase by 2050: from
718 residents now to 5,516 residents. It also projected an almost tenfold increase in housing, estimating 3,000 houses in the area by 2050, up from the current 300. The initial plan shows the introduction of 8-12 storey dwellings along Parramatta Road, Barker Street and Lambert Park, with an additional transport hub, increased cycleways and a community plaza. The revised plans for Taverners Hill will not be exhibited to the public until 2017, after approval by Parliament. l Have you lost a pet? While conducting research for Ciao’s pet edition, we discovered a Facebook group that helps locals find misplaced animal companions. The group helps coordinate extra eyes around Inner West suburbs to keep watch for wandering critters. It’s this kind of initiative that makes us proud to be Inner Westies.
Check out: www.facebook.com/groups/ LostPetInnerWestSydney
The Cat Protection Society of NSW has been working to reduce the number of stray cats on the street since 1958. It continues to do that through managing Sydney’s only no-kill shelter exclusively for cats. Starting out as little more than a group of likeminded people with a passion for our feline friend’s wellbeing, it has now grown into an organisation with over 2000 members. It operated from many ‘borrowed’ or rented premises over the years until purchasing an Enmore shopfront in 1978. The vision of the now venerable organisation has remained constant: making sure every cat has a loving and responsible home. The organisation has long supported its operations with the proceeds from its Op Shop, which is still operating and currently located at 85 Enmore Road.
One place catty remarks are welcome
n If you want to support the work of the Cat Protection Society, visit www.catprotection.org.au to find out how you can help.
Satire for the soul
Latte Leftie consoles those worried that the plebs will ruin the plebiscite
Dear LL - I despair over the February 11 gay marriage plebiscite. I’m not so worried about the fact that every homosexual in Australia will immediately commit suicide once they make the shocking discovery that some religious people don’t endorse their alternative lifestyle. I’m not even concerned that I’ll no longer be able to look forward to watching Q&A guests spend half the episode trying to outdo each other in lamenting the fact that dragging the chain on gay rights makes Australia look like even more of a reactionary backwater than it actually is. What really disturbs me is the opinion polls. It’s long been taken as one of the eternal verities of politics that the majority of voters are, to coin a phrase, racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic deplorable basket cases. How the hell am I meant to signal my moral virtue if the unenlightened masses vote for progressive change? Cyril, Leichhardt LL replies: Have you forgotten the T in the LGBTIQWERTY formulation, Cyril?! Frankly, I’m amazed that at this late date you’re still basing your leftist self-regard on being in favour of such an old hat, mainstreamed issue. Are you unaware that women with penises and men with breasts and vaginas desperately need your support in their heroic crusade to be able to ‘chest feed’ or ‘MENstruate’. Or that Keysar Trad now wants to marry more than more than one wife. (Which, I might add, should IN NO WAY be taken as a warning sign that fundamentally changing the definition of marriage will inevitably open a Pandora’s Box.) Forget those sell-out queers and embrace some bracingly unpopular minority interests. Such as allowing testicle-sporting, bearded women to use the same change rooms as pubescent girls. Or Keysar to accumulate more wives than Jacob Zuma, thus making this once vanilla nation an even more multicultural and thrillingly diverse place! n Email your feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Things we love:
Is this the ultimate cat gym or what? Captured in front of a house in Leichhardt, we know that the kitty of this household is living the good life with this adorable Scandi style cat box and playpen. And even an irresistible dangly fish toy to boot! We couldn’t stay long enough to spy the master of the estate, but no doubt he was getting a relaxing belly scratch from owners inside. Life is truly purrfect for many of the Inner West’s felines.
This cat has a tiger mum
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Tuesday 20 September 6:30pm to 8pm
Fair Game :
The Incredible Untold Story of Scientology in Australia with Steve Cannane @ Balmain Library
Balmain Library Free event – All welcome Light refreshments served Bookings online or call 9367 9211
Balmain Library 370 Darling St, Balmain
n Emma McConnell
Cruelty-free shopper? Organic only? Ciao investigates the adoption and animal-rescue centres in the Inner West that help residents extend their ethical lifestyle choices to animal companions. A furry friend in need is a friend indeed.
Wind us? Or against us?
Maggie’s Rescue Focusing on both cats and dogs, Maggie’s Rescue aims to secure loving and safe homes for abandoned or surrendered animals. This organisation takes quite a practical approach in their adoption process, with a two-week trial period available to those families who would consider owning a rescue animal – this is to allow time for both parties to adjust and to see if their arrangement is suitable for all involved. Maggie’s Facebook page is updated regularly, keeping you in the know of their latest adoptees, as well as notifying you of who has been lucky enough to have found a family. Annandale Animal Hospital In conjunction with providing typical veterinarian services, the Annandale Animal Hospital also houses an on-site adoption centre strictly dedicated to cats. They take in felines of all ages, ensuring that they have received the required vaccinations, necessary health checks and are (most importantly) microchipped before they are put up for adoption. The hospital’s central location in Leichhardt makes for easy access, and walk-ins are more than welcome. Drop on by – you may just find a cuddly new friend!
It's a hard knock life
Got room for a sweet lorikeet?
Rocky’s K9 Rescue This non-for-profit organisation believes in providing lifetime, ‘fur-ever’ homes to all of their rescue animals, drawing on the help of volunteer foster carers. These individuals play a crucial role at Rocky’s in that they provide temporary accommodation for the adoptees until a suitable owner is found. Animals in foster care transition back into domestic life much easier, especially if they’ve experienced trauma or have spent substantial time in a shelter. If you want to adopt a new pet their website contains details of available animals, as well as a comprehensive list of past success stories. WIRES The expansive parklands and green spaces of the Inner West are teeming with all types of animals. However, the majority of those aren’t domesticated. The Wildlife Information, Rescue & Education Service, or WIRES, is an organisation that tends to sick or critically injured wildlife and should be your first point of contact if you encounter an animal in need. They care for and rehabilitate thousands of native animals every year and rely on a team of trained volunteers to achieve this. If volunteering isn’t an option, donations of various kinds are welcomed to ensure that this vital community service continues.
As Federal Parliament resumes, let’s have a look at the prospects for a cleaner energy system. Will Australia harness the global investment boom and create the jobs of the future? And will our politicians help, or get in the way? They’ve done both in the past. In 2012 we got a price on carbon emissions that promised to level the playing field for renewable energy but this was overturned just a couple of years later. The Abbott government launched a full frontal attack on renewables, reserving its fiercest rhetoric for wind power. This halted investment in new wind farms at a huge cost to jobs and economic activity in regional communities. Australia’s reputation as a destination for international clean energy investment has been damaged ever since. The Turnbull Government constructively combined the Environment and Energy portfolios under Minister Josh Frydenberg. Potentially, this signals an intention to sensibly reform markets and cut emissions at the same time. But the Government’s first Bill into the new parliament effectively wipes out the country’s premier renewable energy research agency, ARENA. By refusing to pass a $1.3 billion cut to ARENA’s budget, Labor can save the body they created in 2012. If they don’t do this, it’s hard to see how the Opposition plans to reach its own target of 50 per cent renewable energy by 2030. It's an exciting time to work out what's going on. Are we for renewables, or are we against them? Across the world, the only story in energy is the shift to renewables. Together, solar and wind power make up half of all new generation capacity being installed globally and all new generation capacity being installed in Australia. There are a zillion examples. One of the most recent, inspirational ones is from Sydney where a bunch of locals have invested in a solar system to power Young Henry’s Brewery in Newtown. Mmmm, sunshine and beer!
Vegan Day Out
Returning for its fifth year, the weekend-long Vegan Day Out is set to be bigger and better than ever before, with record numbers expected to partake in the cruelty-free fun. Taking place all along Glebe Point Road on the 17 and 18 September, make sure your first stop is the Cruelty Free Shop where you can pick up your free Vegan Day Out Map, browse their storewide discounts and sample some delicious vegan fare. With your map secured, go on a stroll to all the participating cafes and businesses, showing your map to receive the special Vegan Day Out specials. These include meal deals, free coffees, two for one offers, discounted vegan groceries, food sampling, wine tasting and so much more. And don’t think the specials are limited to vegan speciality shops; many of your favourite cafes and restaurants will be putting on exclusive vegan menus for the event. With over 2500 people coming along for the flesh-free ride last year, get in early to ensure you get to try it all! n Head to www.facebook.com/CrueltyFreeShop/ for more info.
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13-24 Sept, 7pm, 8.30pm
Montague Basement at Erskineville Town Hall New independent theatre company Montague Basement are putting on an ambitious spread this Fringe Festival season, with three productions gracing the stage of our local Erskineville Town Hall. Featuring a mix of new and established work, the residency will kick off with the new, all-female work Tammy & Kite. This will be followed up by Metamorphoses, an adaption of the epic Roman poem with a dose of Kanye for good measure and Crave, which takes a poetic look
at the uglier parts of humanity. Tickets are $15-$20. To book visit montaguebasement.com/tickets. Where: Erskineville Town Hall, 104 Erskineville Rd, Erskineville
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Wed 21 Sept, 7pm
FuelBox Date-Night Tapping into a hot topic – how technology is affecting our social lives – FuelBox is teaming up with Social September to raise money for the Reach Foundation. Social September is all about disconnecting to reconnect and encouraging people to press pause this September. FuelBox took this as a sign to organise a date night, taking over Alegrias Spanish Tapas for the occasion. Local businesses have donated goods for a raffle on the night and each couple will be gifted a bottle of Evan’s & Tate Wine.
The cost of wind power has dropped by over 50 per cent in the past seven years making it the cheapest source of new electricity generation available – renewable or otherwise. The combination of solar and batteries is allowing consumers to not only generate but store their own clean energy, which further reduces reliance on coal-burning power stations. The latest research (by Ernst & Young and the Climate Council) found moving to 50 per cent renewables by 2030 would create more than 28,000 jobs nationally. States, territories and even cities are now jostling to attract these jobs, and drive ever higher investment. It’s what the voters want. Just consider this - in Australia more than 1.5 million households have solar. That’s because they appreciate the personal benefits (saving money!) as well as the broader benefits (saving the planet!) It’s time we all started asking our local MPs where they stand. Are they with us? Or against us?
n Words by Andrew Bray, national coordinator of the Australian Wind Alliance
Tickets are $65; visit fuelboxaustralia.com.au.
Where: Alegrias Spanish Tapas, 9/332 Darling St, Balmain
Thurs 22 Sept, 2-3.30pm
Internet for Beginners The Internet is becoming a part of every aspect of life and it has never been more necessary to understand its workings. If you have ever felt like you are falling behind, this workshop will cater to those looking to uncover the basics of computer use. The classes aim to foster confidence in new computer users, allowing them to keep up with the changing technological age.
innerwest.nsw.gov.au; 9367 9211.
Where: Leichhardt Library, Italian Forum and Balmain Library, 370 Darling St, Balmain
Can you guess what this archaic tech is?
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Thursday 22nd September
Cope Street Parade Ciao’s calling it: swing is back! Did it ever leave? Either way, Cope Street Parade will have you up on your dancing feet when they deliver their uniquely Australian
twist on traditional swing and
New Orleans jazz fusion. Camelot Lounge, $17.90
Friday 23rd September
Allday Australia’s newest hip hop export is back on home soil and ready to hit the Inner West. His new single 'Sides', a late-night ode to loyalty and ambition, demonstrates why he has been busy selling out national tours and collaborating with US hip hop masterminds. Enmore Theatre, $40
The Virgin Psychics: "Schoolgirl fetishism, perspiring cleavage and levitating sex toys" – Variety
Underground Film Festival
We’re spoilt for choice when it comes to arthouse fare in the Inner West, but it has to be said – some of it can be a bit polite and samey. No one could claim that of what’s on screen at this weekend’s Sydney Underground Film Festival though, whose organisers dutifully scour the planet for the most daring, exotic, ultra-violent, sexy and just plain disgusting fare. Some of those do make it
Art house fave: Girl Asleep
Adelaide filmmaker Rosemary Myers’ debut is highly stylised, colourful and (mostly) a whole lot of fun. Its '70s sets and costumes look just fabulous – clearly the designers had the most riotous fun of all. In it Bethany Whitmore plays Greta, an awkward teen whose confused sexual awakening takes a dark turn after she falls asleep during her 16th birthday party. Then the whimsy
Perfect Strangers: Leave your iPhone at home
Ciao’s pick: At the Lavazza Italian Film Festival
If you can only go to one film from this year's festival, the opening night’s whip-smart dramedy is an excellent choice. ★ Perfect Strangers Our lives are now ruled (and ruined) by our smart phones – but you knew that, didn’t you? Paulo Genovese’s acerbic and timely film stars Alba Rohrwacher (I Am Love) and Kasia Smutniak. The story follows seven affluent thirtysomething best friends who, as a result of a stupid dinner party dare, decide to share all of their text messages, emails and calls with each other. A myriad of secrets and lies are revealed, and not only does the party end in disaster, their perfect first-world lives fall apart. Appropriately, this comes just as everyone is getting into a lather because Apple has dropped its iconic white earbuds and cord. First-world problems couldn’t possibly be more serious than that. ★ Sept 14 – Oct 9 at Palace Cinemas. For info about all the films and bookings,go to italianfilmfestival.com.au n Thanks to Palace Cinemas we have five double passes to
It's Day's time
into our cinemas, but Sion Sono’s unruly Japanese vanishes – one of the drooling predators of her
sex comedy, The Virgin Psychics, which Variety
dreams (monsters, dark woods, howling wolves)
festival films to give away. Details below. If you entered last issue, you are still in the draw.
Sunday 25th September
Global Rhythms 2016 See artists from all over Australia in one convenient, local, waterfront location. Global Rhythms is featuring eight amazing artists from a diverse range of styles and genres. Expect soulful, funky afro-beats, tropicalAfrican-Latin fusion and even a quartet, this time there really is
likened “to having a dog hump your leg for the
looks suspiciously like her father. And the film’s
better part of two hours” won’t. But then they
earlier good vibes just vanish. M on now.
called it “sweet” and wished it had been made in
3D! One that caught my eye was Italian director
Roberto Minervini’s tour through the dregs of
Trump’s America, The Other Side. Not that his
subjects, dirt-poor white trash, are much interested
in politics, they’re too busy freebasing, fornicating
and fighting. Though there is one scene of a
woman wearing an Obama mask fellating a rubber
penis. Best not do that in the polite Inner West...
something for everybody.
n SUFF – Sept 16 –18th at The Factory Theatre,
Bicentennial Park, $30-$40
105 Victoria Rd, Marrickville. suff.com.au
Don't go into the woods today...
Sydney Indie Spirits Tasting
Inner West legends Young Henry's and Poor Tom's Gin of Marrickville will be setting up shop at the upcoming Sydney Indie Spirit Tasting to prove that us Inner Westies know our stuff when it comes to gin distilling. This year marks the first time the event is open to members of the public and it will be taking place at Frankie's Pizza on September 18. Aiming to educate the public on the vast array of boutique spirits being produced around Australia, over 40 suppliers and 120 artisan spirits will be on show, with lots of tastings and talks with distillers. Despite being better known for their all-round great beer brews, Young Henry's will be showing off their Nightsweat Moonshine and Noble Cut Gin, which the boys describe as a “brewers gin”, blending techniques and flavours from both distillation and their expertise in brewing. Catering to anyone with an interest in specialist spirits, the event is open to both consumers and trade so get in early to secure your spot.
The Man Who Knew Infinity
Dev Patel stars as a man with a very big brain in Matt Brown’s rousing biopic of the self-taught maths genius Srinivasa Ramaujuan. Born into poverty in India before WWI, he later dazzled British academia with his brilliance. But tragically, he died young from TB, caught in his chilly English digs where he had to cook his own vegetarian curries on an open fireplace. That wasn’t the only problem of Cambridge life – apart from his mentor Professor G.H. Hardy (Jeremy Irons), others were hostile and openly racist. For his part Ramaujuan refused to play by their rules, and bizarrely insisted that his solutions were “given to him by God”. It’s his relationship with Hardy that forms the backbone of this inspirational and well-told tale, and Irons is just fantastic as the stuffy prof who comes out of his shell as he gets to know his brainy young protégé. Just as that happens – time to get the tissues out! PG. On Blu-Ray, DVD and Digital now. n Thanks to Icon Films, we have three Bu-Rays to give
away. Details below
Feel like an artisanal tipple? n Tickets are $40 online; $50 at the door
Sun 25 Sept, 10am-2.30pm
Big Bike Day Celebrating all things cycling, the Big Bike Day will cap off the wider Inner West Big Bike Week promoting safe and enjoyable cycling across the Inner West. The event will cater to cyclists of all levels of experience, with music, face painting and BMX stunt shows ready to keep the kids entertained. On site there will be free
On yer bike!
bicycle maintenance checks to keep your wheels riding smoothly and bike riding lessons, or even unicycle lessons if you're a hipster who views two wheels as too mainstream! This is a free event with lunch and beverages supplied. Where: War Memorial Park, 39-73 Moore St, Lilyfield
Sun 25 Sept, 4-9pm
Let Them Stay at Petersham Bowling Club A bunch of musos called Not From Here who, in their own words, have “been round the dancefloor a time or two” are teaming up with the Newtown Asylum Seekers Centre and Petersham Bowlo to play some tunes, have a dance and raise some funds for those less fortunate than themselves. Come join them for an afternoon of stories and
Find a 'special friend' in Glebe
song with all funds going directly to the Asylum Seekers Centre, so that they can continue to support asylum seekers in our local community. Where: Petersham Bowling Club, 77 Brighton St, Petersham
Tues 27 Sept, 7.15-9.30pm
Swipe Right Speed Dating In the age of Tinder, I bet you thought speed dating – where you actually have
to put on pants and leave your bed – was all but finished, right? Wrong! The Friend In Hand Hotel is bringing back the 3D swiping game, promising good chats, good atmosphere, good drinks and a room full of single people looking for dates. You may not find the love of your life, but then again you won’t find them watching Netflix either. Tickets are $38 and include a drink, snacks and live music; www.srsd.com.au. Where: Friend In Hand Hotel, 58 Cowper St, Glebe
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telling us where you picked up your copy of Ciao. Remember to include your postal address. n Reviews – Russell Edwards
n Your say
If you could have any pet in the world, what would it be and why?
“A pug, because it is the animal version of myself.” Melanie, Petersham “A macaw because they are smart, have cool have cool colours and can live up to fifty years” George, Leichhardt “A dolphin, so we could catch waves together. Also, it would have my back if any sharks came sniffing.” Michael, Enmore “None, because I have a hard enough time keeping myself alive.” Isabella, Newtown “One of those cats with the angry flat face and the tongue that always pokes out. They seem chill but also fun to cuddle and look like a grumpy old man.” Courtney, Camperdown “A monkey – obviously, so I can train it to help around the house and bring me things in bed.” Chris, Five Dock “I want to adopt a retired greyhound, because they are lovely natured dogs, in need of a good home and are really big so they would be great to snuggle with.” Eloise, Newtown Pets are so unsustainable. Does my wife count?
Cats Gone Wild:
Protecting Native Species from Your Pet
Your furry, feline friend is a natural born killer. Anyone who has seen their cat in “hunting mode” can testify to the absolute skill in catching even the speediest of prey. While fascinating to observe, the cat’s prowess as a hunter poses serious problems for Australia’s native birds, mammals and amphibians. In a recent report by the Australian Wildlife Conservancy (AWC), it was estimated that a minimum of 75 million native animals are killed daily by cats. Feral cats - domestic cats gone wild - take approximately 5-30 native species each night. These often include rare mammals, such as bilbies and numbats. But domestic cats living in the city, too, are unrelenting in their pursuit of unique Australian fauna. Former Annandale resident Mia von Kolpakow recounts her cat’s habit of dragging in the local Striped Marsh Frogs. “The frogs would make this horrible high pitched noise and my dad would run downstairs and rescue them, and put them in a plastic container with water,” she said. “We would take them down to the local wetlands.” Domestic cats have also been known to deposit gifts of once superb - now dead - Fairy Wrens on the doorsteps of their teary-eyed owners. Most of Australia’s wildlife is found nowhere else in the world, making its conservation even more important. Sadly, however, our extinction rates are extraordinarily high, with thirty native mammals already become extinct since European settlement, and thousands more listed as being at risk of extinction. The Leichhardt area alone contains over 80 species of native animals - birds, reptiles, frogs,
Short haired predator
mammals and fish - including an endangered population of Long-nosed Bandicoots. Cats are one of the main threats to these species, and it is our responsibility to ensure they are kept under control. There are easy steps that you can take to minimise your cat’s harmful impact on the environment. All cats should be registered, desexed and microchipped. This prevents your cat from escaping and becoming a bushranger. Consider an outdoor enclosure to contain your cat. Otherwise, keep your cat indoors, at least between dusk and dawn, when many native animals are most active. Cats should also have a collar with two bells attached to alert wildlife - although, many bird enthusiasts maintain that cat bells do not work. A recent study found an interesting alternative to the bell - putting a brightly coloured, scrunchielike collar on your cat. Birds were able to detect feline predators from further away, due to the vibrant neckwear, which reduced the amount of native wildlife killed by more than half. Or perhaps your current cat should simply be your last. n Words by Lucia Moon
Black Poison Raising Money for Local Family
Popular Five Dock café, Black Poison, is currently raising money for the family of a local Rosebank College student living with cancer and is encouraging members of the community to stop by and give what they can to the cause. In the past Black Poison has donated the proceeds from their tip jar to the Starlight Foundation, which also supports children living with cancer, but this time they decided to turn their attention towards a more local cause. “We decided that rather than continuing to donate to the Starlight foundation, where a lot of people give their money, we thought we could help an individual family in our community who might need it more,” said owner of Black Poison, Davide Salmeri. The nature and severity of the illness has meant that both parents have had to take time off work to be with their child, causing a substantial strain on the family’s income. This has led to fundraising initiatives by the school and local businesses such as Black Poison,
with thousands of dollars raised so far. For those interested in donating to the cause, the proceeds will be giving to the family at the commencement of the school holidays. “We want to hand it over in the next couple of weeks, so that when the school holidays start the family has a little extra money in case they want to do something special,” says Davide. Donations can be made directly into a donation jar, located at Black Poison.
n Black Poison, 96 Queens Rd, Five Dock
n Local news
Petersham RSL Present Club Grants
Recipients of Petersham RSL’s Club Grants have been presented with their cheques at a presentation evening hosted at the club, with the number of grants awarded totalling over $100, 000. CEO of the club Danny Fitzgerald and the directors, Colin McQueen, John Freeman, Warren Burr and Kevin McIntyre, were in attendance to present the cheques and congratulate recipients. 34 organisations received grants of varying amounts, with Marrickville Legal Centre, RPA Newborn Care, The Shepherd Centre and the Rainbow Club at Newington College just some of the local organisations chosen for the grants. ClubGrants, which are funded under the Gaming Machine Tax Act 2001, aim to improve the living standards of disadvantaged people in the local community and are administered by the Inner West Council.
Protesters Halt Clearing of Bushland
Approximately1.4 hectares of Ironbark Forest located in Wolli Creek on the banks of the Cooks River is expected to be cleared to provide space for construction equipment used in the WestConnex project. The clearing, which ironically began on National Threatened Species Day, was halted when a group of protestors made their way onto the site, however, resumed approximately an hour later when police removed protestors from the area. The clearing is taking place as part of a ‘biobanking’ system, that allows the damage from the project to be offset in another location, however, concerns have been expressed over the lack of details surrounding where this will take place. “It beggars belief that an offset site might not have been secured, even as the bulldozers hover to clear the critically endangered urban forest,” said Greens NSW MP and Environment spokesperson Dr Mehreen Faruqi. “I am worried that the clearing will occur and then an inferior offset will be acquired, by which point it will be too late.” Environmental Minister, Mark Speakman, has supported the actions, telling Fairfax Media that while the agreements have not been finalised, the offset agreements “increase protection” and require land be managed so that it “improves its biodiversity values”.
The Hampshire’s New Lease on Life
The Hampshire, a non-descript pub, located on Parramatta Road wedged between Newtown and Annandale, has been closed quietly for two years, but this hasn’t stopped Sydney pub legend Paddy Couglan snapping it up. With plans to transform The Hampshire into a partner location for the iconic Lord Gladstone in Redfern, the Lady Gladstone as it will be called, is expected to open in roughly two months. Renovations on the property will seek to preserve the quirky qualities that are already present in the space – including murals, magazine collages and dead pokie machines – while adding to it with local street art. The menu will echo Couglan’s other successful pubs, including the Lord Gladstone, with plans to focus on it’s potential as a live music venue.
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Waldorf salad with radicchio and blue cheese
The Fawlty Towers Waldorf Salad of 1970s England sounded pretty weird and wrong to me - and no doubt there have been some awful examples served in dodgy British hotels. However, over the years it’s a salad I have grown to love in all its raw, retro glory. The contrast of crunchy, nutty, sweet and tart elements is enhanced here by the inclusion of a few little extras. Blue cheese is practically BFFs with all the basic ingredients of a Waldorf (celery, apple, walnuts and grapes) and lends a delightful tang and richness to the dish. Radicchio is in season right now and, as well as imparting a delicate, bitter flavour to the salad, the intense purple colour is a feast for the eyes. Who could resist! NB: I highly recommend toasting the walnuts as they develop a deep, nuanced aroma and it will help them to remain perfectly crunchy in your salad.
Serves 3-4 as a side or starter
• 1 large/2 small in-season red apples (such as Lady Williams) • 1 stick celery • 1 small handful of red grapes • 1/2 cup walnuts, toasted • 1/2 head radicchio
A culinary - and comedy - classic
• 100g Gorgonzola dolce or other blue cheese • 3 tbs best quality mayonnaise (ideally homemade) • juice of half a lemon • 2 tbs buttermilk or full-fat milk
1. Whisk together the mayonnaise, half the Gorgonzola, lemon juice and buttermilk/milk. 2. Cut the grapes in half, chop the radicchio leaves into wide strips and cut the apple into matchsticks Slice the celery on the diagonal so that the pieces are roughly the same size as the apple matchsticks. Combine the apple, celery, grapes, radicchio and most of the walnuts in a large bowl. 3. Add the dressing and toss well to combine. Crumble over the remaining walnuts and Gorgonzola.
n Fruit: Supplies of Queensland rockmelons are rocketing, selling for $1.50-$3 each. Pick out melons that feel heavy for their size and have a pronounced netting pattern on the skin. Watermelons are also rolling into season at $1-$2 a kilo. Strawberries are in their prime so keep your eyes peeled for bargain prices around $1.50-$3 a punnet. n Veggies: Cauliflowers are a steal this week at $2-$3 a head. Fennel is also walking out the door at $1-$2 a globe. Kale, the leafy green everyone loves to love, is available for $1.50-$3 a bunch. Thanks to Sydney Markets.
Kiss beneath the cauli
AT HOME WITH Belinda Guymer
Annandale local Belinda Guymer is one of the founders behind sustainable seafood cafe, Fish & Co. Fish & Co have recently won ‘Best Fish & Handcut Chips’ in Sydney at the 2016 Foodservice awards.
What was the thing that pushed you to open Fish & Co in Annandale? We were living in Annandale at the time and had just sold our business in Bronte so we were looking for a local food venue to open a seafood cafe and create awareness about sustainable seafood.
For those buying seafood to eat at home, what are the top seafoods you can rely on being from sustainable supplies? Blue Kinkawooka mussels from Port Lincoln, South Australia, Giant Skull Island Tiger prawns from the Gulf of Carpentaria and New Zealand Hoki from a MSCcertified fishery.
What is the most sustainable way that a fish can be caught? Line caught.
What is the secret to the perfect chip? The secret is to triple fry hand cut chips made from a good quality Sebago potato.
What do you like to cook at home? My husband is Iranian and his mother taught me to cook a few classic Persian dishes so these are staples in our house.
Do you enjoy fishing?
I used to fish with my grandfather at the Blowering Dam, near Tumut, when I was a kid. I have wonderful memories of chatting with him whilst we anticipated the next tug of the line. Nowadays, most of our outdoor recreational activities involve doing something with our adored dog, Iggy.
How can you get kids to enjoy eating fish? Many mums have commented to us that their kids only eat fish if they visit Fish & Co, so bring them in! Otherwise, best options are to crumb a mild fish or turn it into fishcakes.
If you could have the experience of swimming with one sea creature, which would it be? I have swum with turtles at the Great Barrier Reef and it was amazing so I would love to do it again.
n Fish & Co are reopening their cafe at the Tramsheds at Harold Park, 1 Dalgal Way, Forest Lodge on September 22nd.
The cafe that treats fish as friends
HANOI PRAWN CAKES
• 250g prawns cut into 1 cm pieces
• 80g rice flour • 220ml
• 150g of sweet potato • ½ tsp baking powder peeled and julienned • ½ tsp salt
• 3 spring onions sliced • 1 tsp sugar
• Ground black pepper • Vegetable oil for frying
• 120g plain flour sifted
Combine rice and plain flour with salt, baking powder, sugar and black pepper. Mix in the water until you have a smooth batter. Rest for 10 minutes. Mix in spring onions, sweet potato and prawns. In a heavy bottomed pan heat a good amount of oil. Place two heaped tablespoons of the mixture onto a spatula and pat into an irregular shape about 1cm thick and push the mixture in the oil. Cook cakes in batches of about 3-4. Turn them once until brown on all sides. Drain on kitchen paper. To eat, wrap the prawn cake in a combination of fresh herbs and make a parcel with a piece of lettuce.
Nuac Cham Dipping sauce: mix 100ml warm water, 4 tbsp fish sauce, 1 tbsp sugar, juice of 2 limes, 1 clove garlic and 3 finely chopped bird’s eye chillis.
Wine with Winsor
Oxford Landing Estates 2016 Sauvignon Blanc Love a glass of sauvignon blanc after work? Here’s the perfect stress-buster value from Oxford Landing; bottle-quality drinking at cask prices. Made by the Hill-Smith family from grapes grown on the banks of the Murray River, this is a fresh and lively thirst quencher, full of zippy and zesty citrus and tropical fruit flavours; unoaked and with brisk acidity on the finish. Try this with grilled scallops or a goat cheese salad. $9.
Alkoomi 2016 Frankland River Rosé It doesn’t matter whether you are in Los Angeles, Lyon or Leichhardt, dry rosé wines are all the rage right now – and not just during summer. This West Australian wine is one of the best bargains around right now; dry, stylish and dangerously drinkable. Unusually, it is made entirely from the Bordeaux red grape petit verdot, which is normally used for blending. It’s different – but it works. Try pairing this with a Middle Eastern feast. $15.
Lock & Key 2015 Reserve Tempranillo The Hilltops region outside Young, once known exclusively for its cherries, is fast building a reputation for quality wines made from Mediterranean grape varieties. Lock & Key is one of the labels from regional pioneer Moppity Vineyards and this is made from a Spanish grape that thrives in the Rioja region. It is a very aromatic and savoury red wine, extremely food friendly. Juicy, soft and spicy. $27.
Melissa Leong shares the lessons she has learnt whilst hunting and gathering for her next meal. Last week, I went back to Tasmania to hang out with a few buddies and (cue vegan outrage) go hunting. To be clear, I don’t consider hunting to be sport, but rather a means of sustainable agriculture and keeping the balance of life and productivity in a rural sense. It’s a tradition and a way of life that those living in country areas have nurtured and respected for many generations in that part of the world and it is a great privilege to be privy to it. We shot and cooked hare and venison, as well as scrounged for local pests such as nettles, from which to make a kind of feral salsa verde to go with our pot roasted hare, venison tartare and jungle curry of roasted venison haunch. Why do I partake in such things? Because I believe that it is important to know where your food comes from. A chef friend recently had a ‘bring dad to school day’, and Kindergarten kids asked all manner of questions about his job, including what he cooked. Chicken, sure. Vegetables, well of course. Rabbit, on the other hand was met with “NOT BUNNIES!” Well, why not? Obviously he wasn’t advocating taking Fluffy from the backyard hutch and stuffing him into a pot, but it does beg the question of how acquainted non-rural kids are with the notion of where their food comes from. As a kid who grew up in the suburbs of Sydney to Singaporean parents, you can bet your bottom dollar that I didn’t question (or know) where my food came from. This disassociation, to my mind, isn’t a good thing. Some may consider it macabre, but once you’ve witnessed where your food comes from – be that how long it takes to grow a radish, gather mushrooms in the forest, or shoot your lunch – chances are you’ll be less wasteful and more respectful when it comes to cooking and eating it. This issue’s theme is about backyard pets. They’re part of the family, sure, but if there’s an opportunity to educate your kids in the form of keeping chickens for eggs, or even explaining that indeed Fluffy’s cousins (if not Fluffy himself) can be food, it’s a lesson to consider. Shock may be less palatable than sugar coating, but then again, information can be empowering, even to the youngest members of our families.
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Thrifty and fun, Ciao’s catwalk at Footrprints Ecofestival highlighted the best of the Inner West when it comes to pre-loved fashion. These outfits show how you can mix retro pieces with contemporary elements to create a look that is eye-catching and, best of all, eco-friendly!
Caro wears hot pink
Victoria models cameo
mega jacket with patterned dress and jacket sourced
pants from Crown St Project from Vinnies Newtown.
Sophia looks gorgeous in Graffiti style dress from Crown St Project
Stella wears netted crop by Shakuhachi and statement Runaway pants from Three 5 Nine Red
Amy wears Charlie Brown dress and belt sourced from Three 5 Nine Red Cross in Newtown.
Amy wears cyan overalls from Crown St Project, worn with loose fitting holiday shirt. t Sophia wears sheer black top with low-slung two toned hipster skirt. From Vinnies Newtown.
n Stylist: Hannah Craft
t Caro wears Len Vogue dress, cashmere cardigan and Kangol cap from Vinnies Rozelle.
q Sophia wears Just Jeans jeans and red-sptted blouse and beaded neclace all sourced from Three 5 Nine Red Cross in Newtown.
Victoria wears citrus sun dress from Crown St Project q Charlotte wears red rose printed halter-neck Vintage sun dress by Retrospec’d Newtown.
t Sophia wears green printed Sophia Vintage styled dress from Retrspec’d Newtown. All Retrospec’d garments are locally made in the Inner West.
Amy wears black pantsuit with leopard print long length jacket from Vinnies Rozelle.