There’s life in the Inner West!
Why urban farming makes sense
Issue 292 | September 30th 2016
Greek Film Festival Florence
Balmain: Australia’s pubiest suburb
Meet the stars of
Ashfield’s Big Day OUT
Feast on the musical, artistic and culinary delights!
Inner West whispers
Local gossip, rumour, hearsay
Satire for the soul
and unsubstantiated fact...
Latte Leftie joins the baying ranks of young
progressives in calling for a cleansing round
WestConnex Campout - Range Roving - Park bound
of book burnings.
l Sydney Park has become a 24/7 occupation camp protesting WestConnex roadwork after WestConnex acquired 6000 square metres of parkland for the project’s St Peter’s interchange (8000 square metres of the park is already reserved for widening roads). The occupation has been organised to highlight that WestConnex has not sought an arborist report needed to begin clearing trees for the project. Last Monday night police moved on campers at 3am, however the camp returned to the Euston Rd site and has been maintained by volunteers signing up to camping shifts around the clock. So far some excavation work has began on the site. A protest party is being organized for 1pm October 1st. l A Range Rover became the star of a social media sensation last week, when comments online about a huge “monstertruck” of a car parked awkwardly around the backstreets of Newtown almost broke the suburb’s internet. Locals shared selfies of
Fun fact: Balmain has the highest number of pubs per capita in Australia, a title it’s held since the 1800s. During Balmain’s industrial heyday many watering holes popped up to keep the workers hydrated. Many of them still remain. The oldest is the Dry Dock Hotel, located on the corner of Cameron and College Streets. It opened its doors in 1857, as the Dock Inn, before moving to its current location in 1965. Initially, the pub provided accommodation and refreshment to wharfies coming from nearby Mort’s Dock. Some of the most beloved features of contemporary pubs can be traced back to the Dry Dock. It was one of the first drinking establishments in Australia to include a beer garden and one of the first pubs in the local area to bring in live music!
themselves with the car and posted photos of the car parked in multiple no stopping zones. The Daily Telegraph said the viral picture of the illegally parked range rover, “perfectly sums up what it’s like to live in a gentrifying suburb.” We personally don’t know how a gargantuan double-parked Range Rover could sum up anything, except of course that unavoidable sense of impending doom. l The new dog area in Five Dock has received a mixed reception with some dog owners, who once frequented the top of Five Dock Park oval to the ire of sportspeople, previously refusing to use it. The top half of the park used to be off-leash, but now a fenced in area has been constructed for dogs and their owners near the skate park. Last time we checked the puppy playpen was actually gaining popularity… perfect if you are looking to find a place with all the cute dogs in one place.
You won’t come up dry at the Dry Dock
Dear LL – I was cringing even worse than usual to be a citizen of this backward country when the Brisbane Writers Festival recently made world headlines. As you’ll be painfully aware, a Gen Y Muslim woman had a psychotic episode after being triggered by a middle-aged, Caucasian cisgender novelist arguing she should be able to write about things she hadn’t personally experienced. Isn’t this all the evidence that’s required to prove 18C breaches should attract the death penalty in order to guarantee non-minority storytellers don’t engage in anything other than ethnomasochist memoir?
Lionel, Balmain LL replies: As Ms Abdel-Magied argued so persuasively in her Grauniad cri de coeur, is it not the case that creating literary characters makes one complicit in the “normalisation of imperialist, colonialist rule”? Who can argue with her assertion, “It’s not always OK if a straight white woman writes the story of a queer Indigenous man, because when was the last time you heard a queer Indigenous man tell his own story?” Granted, the answer to that last question may well be, ‘Every time I listen to ABC radio, read Sydney Morning Herald or watch SBS TV!’ but that just proves the point. In this day and age, why are people still allowed to consume non-queerIndigene-featuring lamestream media which, to quote the Philosopher Queen Abdel-Magied once more, presents a norm that is “profoundly white, straight and, often, patriarchal”. Was it not Voltaire who observed, “I do not agree with what you have to say, therefore you should be put to death for saying it.” No more genuflecting before the bourgeois false god of free speech, I say. If our reactionary federal government won’t ban foul cesspits of cultural appropriation such as Lady Chatterley’s Lover, let the idealistic youth of this nation build a mighty bonfire and rid the world of unorthodox and hurtful words! n Email your dilemma to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The NSW Aboriginal Rugby League Knockout 2016 is being held at Leichhardt Oval this weekend. The first Koori Knockout took place in 1971. It now involves 130 teams from around NSW. Last year the Redfern All Blacks won both the men’s and women’s competitions, giving them the right to host this year’s game. Local Aboriginal artist Blak Douglas (AKA – Adam Hill), completed this mural next to Leichhardt Town Hall to mark the Knockout’s arrival. n Junior and women’s games will be taking place on September 30th, men’s games on October 1st-2nd and all finals on October 3rd.
• Watching women’s sport • Helmets • Nominating Jennifer Aniston and Angelina Jolie as Hollywoods next big power couple • Dining at the Tramsheds in Harold Park • Adding locally made gins to your G&T • Urban farming
• Late-night WestConnex roadwork
• Endowing Mac‘n’Cheese with ironic hipster cred
• The Bachelorette… drinking games aren’t going to help getting through another season
• The Blair Witch remake. You just can’t improve on low-budget horror flick perfection.
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Daniel Leung , Jennifer Dala Cruz and Jake Middleton of the Party Starters, getting ready to play Summer Hill’s Neighbourhood Feast. ImagebyBenCregan
C!ao Magazine There’s life in the Inner West!
FEAST OF FLAVOURS October 7th-9th, Ashfield and Summer Hill
Enjoy a day out experiencing the best of Summer Hill’s village vibe at the suburb’s Neighbourhood Feast on Lackey Street, 10am-4pm on Sunday October 9th. Locals of all ages will find fun activities to indulge in whether it be craft beer tastings, cooking workshops, jumping castles, free face painting, pinball machines,
the pizza-eating competition, stellar entertainment or plates upon plates of delicious Summer Hill fare to feast upon. The Neighbourhood Feast is a family friendly affair and a great introduction to the village feel of this heritage suburb.
The Party Starters
1.30-2.30pm Main Stage in Plaza
Our cover stars, The Party Starters, are all local music teachers sharing a particularly fun side project – a cover band dedicated to performing all
those songs, from Madonna to Prince to Ed Sheeran to Stevie Wonder to The Beatles and Beyonce, that inspire people to get up and dance! Practice your lip syncing and bring those dancing shoes!
Food for the soul!
COMMUNITY COOK UP
Feast of Flavours marks a scrumptious start to the beginning of the end of the year. Bringing creators out of their kitchens, foodies out of homes, and local specialities on to the streets, Feast of Flavours will be unleashing the aromas of Summer Hill and Ashfield into the public domain for visitors and locals to enjoy. The Inner West’s weekend-long Feast of Flavours event is a neighbourly feast of gratitude to the people, histories, cultures and dishes that make our patch of Sydney so special. “The events will provide an opportunity for locals and visitors to savour specialty dishes and tasting plates unique to each suburb, as well as to enjoy a great range of local products,
free entertainment and fun activities for the kids,” says Inner West Council administrator Richard Pearson. The Feast of Flavours weekend will be starting on the night of Friday October 7th with the outdoor street market extravaganza that is Tastes of Asia, held along Ashfield’s main street of Liverpool Road. Summer Hill’s Neighbourhood Feast will make the most of Sunday October 9th, celebrating the family-friendly food culture of this diverse neighbourhood filled with heritage houses, specialised providores and cruisy cafes.
Jam on Toast
10.40-11.50am Main Stage in the Plaza
Is your child is a non-stop singer, dancer and jammer, then Jamie of Jam on Toast is your man. A children’s musician and songwriter, Jamie will be performing his recent album with plenty of chances for dancing and a singalong. Jump around to this high-energy performance that’s a winner with kids of all ages.
For more about Feast of Flavours and future festivals in the Inner West go to: www.innerwest.nsw.gov.au
Wake up, Jamie!
Twist and shout!
Summer Hill is home to some of the best restaurants in the Inner West, including the contemporary noseto-tail restaurant One Penny Red and Italian trattoria Andiamo. This year, Summer Hill’s Neighbourhood Feast will feature a line-up of demonstrations from the area’s chefs as well as a craft beer tasting with the crew from Summer Hill’s small bar darling, The Temperance Society.
Executive Chef Oliver Heath from The Garden AT Wests Ashfield Leagues
How to use fresh, seasonal ingredients in cosy and simple meals.
Chef R J Lines from One Penny Red
Modern Australian food with an ethical focus.
Chef Murphy from Andiamo Trattoria
Home-cooked meals just like Nonna’s.
Pop Up Restaurant Recipe
The Temperance Society presents Craft Beer Tasting
The newest brews from around Sydney and beyond, presented by Summer Hill’s experts.
Some fries with your brew?
Good food from good places
The Garden is a new farm-to-fork restaurant coming soon to the Inner West, to bring the best flavours of Australia’s farms right to your plate. Come by our stand to taste the difference of fresh, seasonal ingredients cooked by our chef Oliver Heath, and get a taste of what’s coming this summer. Enjoy delicious food, learn more about our vision for the restaurant and take home an amazing gift bag. You can also follow us on social media @ thegardenwests or check out our website www.TheGardenWests.com.au The Garden at West’s Ashfield Leagues, 115 Liverpool Rd, Ashfield
The Yamma Boys, an Indigenous dance group known throughout Sydney, will be kicking off Feast of Flavours celebrations with traditional dance accompanied by didgeridoo.
Tastes of Asia
From 6pm – 9pm Friday October 7th on Liverpool Road and Ashfield Forecourt, Tastes of Asia is the perfect opportunity to gorge on Ashfield’s famed Shanghai-style Chinese cuisines as well as dishes from Nepal, Thailand and India. Entertainment will be provided all night and the communal eating arrangement is a relaxed way to meet other food-oriented locals. Some entertainment highlights include…
Inner West singer-songwriter, Terry Mocsari, will accompany feasting with satisfying blues and soul covers and originals. Mocsari is known locally for his sweet guitar picking and sweeter voice.
Fun for minions!
How do you roll?
Chinese Performance MedlEy
The Australian Federation of Chinese Organisations will be presenting a series of performances back to back. From Chinese pop songs to new punk and rock and roll dance, to Peacock Dance, ballet and traditional opera, this segment of entertainment offers a tasting course of contemporary and traditional Chinese performing arts.
Yamma Boys to kick it off
SUMMER HILL STARS
Owners John and Emma have created an amazing art gallery, retail shop and graphic design/illustration studio. They exhibit and stock art, decorative objects, jewellery, giftware and independent publications with a strong focus on local and handmade items. “As designers, our dream was quite simple: to have a space that allowed us the freedom to be creative while offering something original, sweet and within reach - every time you visit” The well curated store sells, as the name suggests, a Willy Wonka mix of colourful objects with a fantastic variety of limited edition and open edition prints, paintings, drawings, digital and collage works created through various traditional and modern techniques, as well as decorative objects, giftware, vases, votives, decorations and other curios. There is also wide variety of handmade jewellery including pendants, earrings, bangles, brooches, badges, zines and other short run, self-published art and design publications. In short, the Sweets Workshop is a delightful goody bag of quality Inner West wares.
Shop 4, 58-60 Carlton Crescent, Summer Hill Ph: 9798 5222 www.sweetsworkshop.com
Summer Hill is our own local boutique village. It is made up of a gorgeous, eclectic range of businesses that value service, family, artisan products and quality. The village has attracted businesses that expertly curate and cut through much of the consumable rubbish big department stores and on-line markets push towards us. Buck the trend and shop locally, where the owner of the business serves you behind the counter, remembers your favourite colour and takes time the smile. Welcome to Summer Hill, where the sun is always shining…
Camroux & Son
A well edited selection of quality garments made with a conscience and lasting interior finds. Lovingly presented to enjoy and share with an emphasis on eclectic design, amazing fabrications and elevated wearability. The business is also poised to produce its own range of soft furnishings and a fashion range. The owner, Fleur Camroux, has an extensive retail and design background - selling and selecting for a number of Sydney’s highest fashion retail names for over fifteen years, as well as styling and made to measure garment design. Moving to the inner West after having her first child, she has joined with many who desire local access to well made, exceptional yet practical clothing and a unique special something for the home, all presented in an inspiring and beautiful way.
Shop 3, 60 Carlton Crescent, Summer Hill,
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Finding a good GP can be tricky … but not in the Inner West. Your Doctors has found the very best medical practitioners and delivers quality patient care. The practice focuses on you and your health no rushed appointments or GP’s forgetting your name. Your Doctors specialises in families: Not just the new bubs, but the new mums, the dads, the toddlers and the teens. We understand your little ones grow up quickly and you need the best advice and help every step of the way. And this is not just from the doctors: From the minute you step inside the practice, all of our staff will have your care in mind. You won’t feel like a number - and you shouldn’t. Finding a good GP is one of the most important decisions you will make. Your Doctors, with two other sites in the local area – in Ashfield and Leichhardt - makes that decision easy.
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Servicing Summer Hill for 100 years, H D Trinder Pty Ltd is centrally located in Summer Hill and has been servicing the Sydney area for 100 years. The fourth generation family owned and operated team of qualified plumbers, drainers, gasfitters and LPG gasfitters with an Associated Diploma strive to uphold a history of commitment to service, quality workmanship and competitive rates. With loyal clients made up of builders, real estate agents, residential customers and more, these plumbers are the GO TO for all your plumbing needs.
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The Hair Chair
The Hair Chair was established by Sussan Elmouhamed. Sussan’s belief in the importance of continual training for her team has made them renowned for high-precision cutting and amazing colour trends. The Hair Chair is a Sustainable Salon; they recycle hair and waste produced by the salon. They use Goldwell for their colours, keratin smoothing, perming and straightening. They are also experienced in natural hair extensions and formal hair styles. With a wide range of paraben and sulfate free products they can look after the condition of your hair while staying away from harsh ingredients. The friendly team has many years of experience and are always attending seminars to update and maintain their skills. The team has been trained by American Crew so they can look after male clients best way they know how.
2/4a Lackey Street Summer Hill Ph: 9798 7908
The Hair Chair is celebrating its 11th Anniversary.
The Hair Chair is a sustainable salon. We use Goldwell products for colours, Keratin smoothing system, perming and straightening. All our colours are am-
monia free & our hair products are paraben and sulfate free.
Our friendly staff that have many years of experience and are always continuing their education. We are trained by American Crew so we can look after our male clients.
We do upsyles for formals and weddings and natural hair extensions.
At Camroux & Son find exceptional yet practical
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Lovingly selected to enjoy and share.
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The Finest Selection at Summer Hill Wine Shop
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offer a whole range dental of care including: composite fillings, bridges, crowns, implants, orthodontics, in-office and take-home whitening options, root canals, preventative and diagnostic care. 8 Lackey St, Summer Hill Ph: 9798 7707 www.summerhilldentalgroup.com
The Trading Circle
The Trading Circle is a not-for-profit, Fair Trade retailer that exists to empower women in developing countries by providing them with skills based training and a marketplace to sell their artisan products so that they can raise themselves out of poverty with dignity and respect. Give a gift that gives twice this coming Christmas or buy something unique for yourself knowing that your purchase makes a real difference in the life of a woman, her children and her community. The money you spend at The Trading Circle goes to fund projects such as education for children and refugees, respite care for those living with HIV/ AIDS, crisis accommodation and counselling for women in dire circumstances and providing a safe environment and other forms of help for women who have been trafficked into the sex trade. Every purchase makes a difference! Visit the store or website to find fairly made products, made with love, by women from around the world. 27 Lackey St, Summer Hill Ph: 9798 0373 www.tradingcircle.com.au
Summer Hill Dental Group
Summer Hill Dental Group has been serving the local community for over 80 years! With a legacy of excellence in patient care, Dr David Pham, Dr Noel MacDonald, Dr Stephen Lenton and Dr Maria Alexis continue to provide reliable, quality dentistry to their patients. The honest and down-to-earth team of dental professionals at Summer Hill Dental Group provide care in a gentle manner. They offer options to create a healthier, more beautiful smile by using high-quality materials. They
My Messy Room
The My Messy Room philosophy is based on adventure, giggles and preserving memory. “These are the days to hold onto, let’s make each moment count. Rewind the clock, simplify life, make time to slow things down. Making memories can be messy, but cleaning up can be fun”. At My Messy Room there is something for everyone! My Messy Room stocks all sorts of interesting and unique gifts, furniture, books, clothing, toys and decor including; vintage wallpaper, hair clips, vintage prints, retro lamps, plushies, hand made dolls, paper dolls, children’swear, games and puzzles, nostalgic gifts, children cooking, childhood keepsakes, family heirlooms, children’s bedding and some of the best designer and emerging brands around.
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Summer Hill Wine Shop
Summer Hill Wine Shop sources the finest wines from a unique selection of vineyards across Australia. They ensure their wines are made from the best selection of grapes grown in our unique countryside. You deserve to have wine exactly the way you want it and you can enjoy the most flavoursome, fruitful and aromatic wines from here. They have an extremely large range of wines designed to meet every need. Some wines are sourced from boutique growers at very competitive prices, and each drop undergoes the rigorous tasting by Barry the buyer, and for it to make it to the shelf it has to be good and well priced. Enjoy their huge selection of red wines, ranging from the best selection of shiraz, cabernet sauvignon, pinot noir, cabernet merlot, Grenache blends, imported red wine and red varietals. While you are there be sure to check out their huge selection of whites ranging from chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, semillon, verdelho, white varietals, sparkling wines and roses. With expert curators, a team with vast knowledge and the best prices, Summer Hill Wine shop is an Inner West corker!
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STRAWBERRY AND BALSAMIC GRANITA
September means spring, and spring means strawberries. Now is the time to take advantage of the current glut of this glorious fruit. A simple granita is a lovely way to make the pink, floral joy of strawberries last through til summer. In this recipe, a little honey boosts the natural sweetness, and the aged balsamic adds a mellow tartness. Make sure you use best quality, aged balsamic vinegar: if you can’t get your hands on any then pomegranate molasses makes a suitable alternative. I always suggest checking and adjusting the sweet/sour balance to taste before returning to the freezer because, as with all fruit, the intensity of the flavours will vary.
(FYI, strawberries are not actually a true botanical berry, but an ‘aggregate accessory fruit’. But strawaggregateaccessoryfruit doesn’t sound that great.)
1. Freeze the strawberries for 3-4 hours. 2. Combine the honey and water and stir until the honey is dissolved. Set aside.
3. Tip the frozen strawberries into a food processor or blender and process until mushy.
4. Add the balsamic vinegar and syrup to the strawberry mush.
5. Transfer to a plastic container and return to the freezer for at least 6 hours or until frozen through.
Spring is the season for strawberry treats
• 750g strawberries, washed and hulled • 4 tbsp hot water
• 4 tbsp local honey • 1-2 tsp aged balsamic vinegar
6. Remove from the freezer and use a fork to scratch and scrape the surface into a mass of rough shards and crystals. 7. Serve immediately in pre-chilled bowls or glasses. NB: If you have an ice cream maker, you can use it between steps 4 and 5 to create more of a smooth, sorbet-style dessert.
n Fruit: Make the switch from strawberries to blueberries (they’re more abundant than strawberries that are at the end of the Queensland season). Mulberries will also start to emerge (erratically) – be quick as the season is short. Unseasonal rain in NT has hampered mango picking. n Veggies: Portabello and Swiss Brown mushrooms cheaper than standard mushrooms – so tuck in. Green beans, rhubarb and broccolini are also great value.
Thanks to Dave Harris at www.harissfarm.com.au
Back to black
AT HOME WITH Michael Zagoridis
Newtown farmer Michael Zagoridis, is one of the faces behind the Camperdown Commons (formerly the Camperdown Bowling Club). He and his partner, Emma Bowen, began Pocket City Farms with the aim of greening Sydney. What sparked Pocket City Farms? I was unhappy working behind a computer all day, I felt the need to focus my energy on something more worthwhile. My partner had been researching urban farming projects in North America and we figured it would be worth trying something like that in Sydney. So it really just snowballed from there.
Are there any urban farming projects that you are particularly inspired by? Initially we were blown away by Brooklyn Granges rooftop farms in New York. We went and visited them to check out their system for ourselves and came back so inspired.
How will urban farming change cities for the better? Urban farms have the potential to change the urban environment in so many positive ways. City dwellers will have the opportunity to engage in the food growing process. From volunteers who actively want to participate to passive engagement from passersby who get to see the farm change as crops are sown, grown and harvested, it will build new connections between growers and consumers, hopefully making people value their food more. Cities will have localised food production which helps to cut
down the emissions associated with food transportation. It will increase biodiversity and can help reduce the heat island effect. The additional green space improves the mental and physical wellbeing of those living in the city.
What ingredients are the cornerstone of your kitchen? Garlic, lemon and olive oil. There’s no hiding my Greek heritage I guess.
Is there any vegetable that’s surprisingly hard to grow? One crop I have never had much luck with is capsicum. Particularly red capsicum, the fact that it stays on the plant longer to get its red colour leaves a longer window for problems with pests and disease.
If you can’t grow your own foods, where should you buy it? We try to support anyone who takes their supply chain seriously and has a transparent system that aims to connect growers and consumers. This includes schemes like Ooooby and The Locals Market. We also pick up staples, grains and other
Could Inner Westies start voting for the National Party?
groceries from places like Alfalfa House and Honest to Goodness. And we love a good visit to Marrickville Markets, there’s some great growers and makers bringing their produce there every week. If you could turn any part of Sydney into an urban farm, where would it be and what would it produce? I think I would have to choose Moore Park Golf Course. Location-wise it is just so close to the city. The land is really vast and could yield some serious quantities of food. We could produce seasonal produce, as well as longer term perennial crops, including fruit orchards. So many possibilities on a space like that. Plus, how many people benefit from a golf course compared to the amount of people who would benefit from fresh, local food grown sustainably on your doorstep?
Slice up some asparagus longways and throw it into a cast iron pan with some garlic and olive oil. When it starts to get tender add some sliced up kale leaves (I prefer Tuscan kale). Cook them just enough to soften up. Put some sourdough on to toast and cut an avocado to spread on it. Top with the asparagus, kale and add fresh lemon juice, salt and pepper. Then to finish top it with some sesame seeds
Wine with Winsor
Tim Adams 2016 Pinot Gris This is one of Australia’s best-value pinot gris; stylish, immediately enjoyable and very food friendly. Tim Adams is a veteran winemaker in the Clare Valley, a region which is bestknown for its stellar rieslings, but this is a very good alternative with fresh, crisp acidity and with just a hint of sweetness on a palate where pear drop and white peach flavours lead the charge. A terrific companion for spicy Asian dishes. $22.
Terre a Terre 2014 Crayeres Vineyard Cabernet Franc Terre a Terre is the joint venture between Lucy Croser, daughter of one Australia’s most famous winemakers, and her husband Xavier Bizot, whose family part owns Bollinger Champagne. They have great credentials and this, their first release of this wine, is an outstanding example of cabernet franc, the fragrant, lighterbodied little brother of cabernet sauvignon. A delightful red for summer enjoyment. It is elegant, varietal and well structured. $38.
Flametree 2016 Sauvignon Blanc Semillon A classic West Australian blend of two grape varieties that thrive in Margaret River, this is bright and lively with plenty of refreshment value. It is very lightly oaked with citrus and stone fruit flavours taking the lead roles along with crisp acid on the finish. Its youthful charm would see it pair well with seafood dishes, salads or summer picnics. Best served chilled, but not over-chilled. $20.
Healthy vines, Yummy wines
Why you should be drinking organic wine...
Pesticides, herbicides, fungicides and chemical fertilisers. These are some of the key ingredients in mainstream wine production in Australia. Conventional wine production involves a large amount of chemicals that affect soil fertility, water retention and the soil’s capacity to provide nutrients to grape vines. Chemicals linger in the soil for decades, and spread into our waterways. Pesticides also strip the earth of the predators which could otherwise protect crops from pests, such as mites, aphids and caterpillars. It’s a blow to biodiversity, leaving the earth increasingly vulnerable to future chronic pest attacks. And the quantity of chemicals used only increases, as unwanted species build resistance to old poisons. Seems a bit disastrous for a mere glass of chardonnay. What’s a wine lover to do?
Organic wines are made from grapes grown chem-free! The good news is that the Australian organic wine market has been expanding. Figures from the 2014 Australian Organic Market Report revealed that organic grape production increased by 120 per cent between 2011 and 2014. Wine aficionados can now enjoy a range of wines that don’t pollute the environment. Organic farmers work to increase the land’s biodiversity, which naturally boosts its self-regulating properties. For example, cover crops are grown between vine rows, replenishing organic matter in the soil and providing food for microbes. Certain plants may be added to provide habitat for natural predators of unwanted pests. The vineyard is transformed into a sustainable ecosystem.
What about biodynamic wines?
Biodynamic farming is simply a form of organic farming Winery operations are based on optimisation of the interdependence of nature. But biodynamic wines push the organic factor to the next level - the grape is grown according to cosmic rhythms, particularly the lunar cycles. Whichever is your preference, organic and biodynamic wines are guaranteed to be delicious, having grown from a rich and nutritious earth. So the next time you’re in your local bottle shop, look for the green Australian Certified Organic logo, and enjoy a drink that doesn’t cost the earth. n Words by Lucia Moon
CONCORD CARNIVAL 2016
Come to Greenlees Park on Sunday, 9 October for a day of family fun
Message from the mayor
Our popular familyfriendly event, Concord Carnival, will return to Greenlees Park on Sunday, 9 October as we celebrate heroes; recognising our local heroes, super heroes as well as exploring what makes a hero. I also
encourage kids to dressup and come along as their favourite hero. Concord Carnival is a fun day-out for the whole family with live entertainment, merchandise and food stalls, amusement rides for the kids and much more. I look forward to seeing you there. n Mayor Helen McCaffrey
Fun on the Main Stage
Let your little heroes run wild
Celebrate Your Heroes
Heroes are all around us. Sometimes they are on your movie screen, sometimes they are on the sporting fields, sometimes they are saving lives in operating theatres, and sometimes, just sometimes they are at your local community festival. Taking inspiration from the everyday heroes who walk amongst us, this year the City of Canada Bay Council are using the Concord Festival as an excuse to encourage the celebration of local heroes, whoever they may be. In celebration of this theme kids are encouraged to come dressed as their favourite superheros, with plenty to keep the little vigilantes busy with games and rides
running throughout the whole day. If that’s not enough, expect a spectacular line up of local live entertainers to shake your cape to. Oh and how could we forget the food? With a diverse range of over eighty food and merchandise stores, it is the perfect place to pull up a picnic rug and kick back with some delicacies in the sun. We can assure that you will leave with full bags of market fare but also, more importantly, a full and satisfied tummy.
n Concord Carnival is on Sunday October 9th from 10am to 4pm at Greenlees Park on Ian Parade, Concord.
Colour Your Hero Competition:
Throw on your cape and sharpen your pencils. Children are encouraged to enter City of Canada Bay’s colour-in your hero competition ahead of Concord Carnival. In celebration of this years theme ‘heroes’, the competition asks kids to colour in their favourite hero for their chance to win in one of two categories; five years and under or six to thirteen years. Participants in the five years and under category are encouraged to draw their hero, while older children are asked to paste a photo of their chosen hero and explain why this figure appeals to them. Entries must be received by the council by Wednesday 5 October, with the lucky winners announced and invited to collect their prizes on the main stage during the carnival. n For further info canadabay.nsw.gov.au
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Addison Road Community Centre Launches Peace Honour Roll
While it is common to see honour rolls commemorating soldiers who have or are serving in wars, Addison Road Community Centre is doing things a little differently and constructing an Honour Roll for Peace at their gates. The Honour Roll, which is set to be inaugurated on the 28 October, will record the names of people from Sydney and beyond who are recognised for fighting for the peaceful resolution of conflicts, both here and overseas. Plaques can be purchased in honour of advocates of peace by contacting the centre, with the creation and installation of the memorial fully funded by community subscription. The community centre is a former military depot, and was often the site of anticonscription and anti-war protests.
n Plaques are available for $30 (up to 10 words) or $50 (up to 20 words). For further information contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shake Up to Inner West Council Staff Structure
Following multiple departures of senior staff in the wake of the amalgamation, the Inner West Council is set to move ahead on plans to implement a new senior staff structure. Where previously the structure consisted of three General Managers and eight Directors, the new plan will limit the positions to a single General Manager and three Deputy General Managers. According to Interim General Manager
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Rik Hart, these changes will result in savings of $2.3 million each year, for the following decade. “Those funds will be reinvested into delivering the core services and infrastructure of the Council – things like roads and footpaths, waste management and libraries,” said Hart. These savings are said to dwarf the costs incurred through the previous departure of seven senior staff members, following the amalgamation, which included redundancies and contractually required payouts totaling $1,380,843.
Tramsheds Open for Business
The wait is over for one of the Inner West's – and Sydney's – most talked about developments, the Harold Park Tramsheds complex. Opening on the 22 September, the grand reveal not only attracted plenty of punters but also Lord Mayor of Sydney, Clover Moore, and Mirvac CEO and Managing Director Susan Lloyd-Hurwitz. The complex is housed in newly restored, heritage-listed tram sheds, which had been boarded up since the 1950s. With a focus on artisanal products, the vendors inside will be providing everything from fresh produce and market goods – centered around the concept of a European Food Hall – to a number of dining experiences, including; Fish & Co, Bodega, Butcher and the Farmer and, everyone's favorite, Gelato Messina. Over the opening weekend, an Annandale cafe owner lamented slow customer turn-over, putting this down to the huge volumes of people checking out the foodhall. It remains to be seen how the food destination complex will impact the vast number of smaller local businesses in the long-term.
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