There’s life in the Inner West!
Norton St Festa Essentials
Issue 294 | October 27th 2016
Get into the party spirit at Croydon Park Festival
Leichhardt bus in WWII drama!
EAT, PLAY, LADLE
The Italianos sing, dance and cook up a storm
140,000 people | 240 stalls | Entertainment Stages | Cooking Stages | Long Communal Table | Auto Festa | Animal Nursery Roving Entertainment | Kids Rides | The Italianos | Spectacular Football Feature | Fashion Hub
2 return tickets to Italy
Sunday, 30 October 10am to 5pm — Free Entry
Inner West whispers
Local gossip, rumour, hearsay and unsubstantiated fact...
Doughnut resist – Marineve, a thing of the pastry – Leichhardt is a cabaret
l The controversial Doughnut Time, the Brisbane doughnut chain that has taken over the Inner West (as well as our arteries), had a moment of glory last week when one of its vans parked in Newtown released a flood of doughnuts…into the gutter. Spectators snapped kilos of doughy-sweetness fallen on the floor after one of the delivery trolleys ploughed out of the van onto the road. Locals lamented that the wasted doughnuts were ‘sadder than Harambe’s death’, while others confirmed that, yes, the five-second rule is alive and well. l Another pastry misfortune is the closure of Marineve Pasticceria in Five Dock. The authentic Italian bakers have been in business for decades, but have not opened their doors for months. Marineve is now listed as permanently closed online without any warning of a shutdown. Without doubt we will miss its no-fuss deliciousness, particularly Marineve’s crostoli, cannoli and lemon sponge. A handful of cafes have
moved into Five Dock over the past few years, but they don’t make them like that anymore. l Norton Street is kicking off its heels, literally, with some novel comings and goings on the street. Shoes on Norton is leaving after 17 years of business. For the sartorially opportunistic there is a closing-down sale. Owner Ben Gullo said the Italian shoe shop was no longer viable given the area’s economic downturn. Exciting (but somewhat incredible) news is that a cabaret will be performing in the Italian Forum. The Spiegelzelt (not to be confused with the Spiegeltent but a similar idea) will be pitching up its historic canopy in Norton Street’s The Forum come November, with flame throwers, acrobats and tap dancers to boot. Maybe Shoes on Norton should have waited! Is a cabaret the sassy kick up the backside Norton Street needs? We hope the The Forum will attract more live acts (or any signs of life) in the future.
In the lead up to Halloween we thought we would have a look at one of the creepier sites of the Inner West. Camperdown Memorial Rest Park is a popular green oasis amongst high-density Newtown, with locals flocking to sunbathe and picnic on its lush grass. What they might not know is that underneath them lays almost 18,000 graves. The park was once part of the neighbouring Camperdown Cemetery, which was established in 1848. In 1946 a murder of a young girl took place in the (by then neglected) cemetery. This led the council to return all but four acres as public space, forming the park we now know and love. The drama didn’t end there, however, with many tales of ghostly figures inhabiting the remaining cemetery site.
The dead centre of Newtown
Satire for the soul
It’s been a damn close run thing but Latte Leftie says progressives can breathe a sigh of relief about the status quo being restored
Dear LL – While secretly aroused at the thought of a Weimerica ruled over by a reality TV Hitler, I do believe we on the Left have dodged a flaming pitchfork with the imminent coronation of the rapist husbandenabling, Goldman Sachs-pandering, Middle East-warstarting, Negro-imprisoning, welfare-slashing, Henry Kissinger-befriending, death penalty-supporting Ms Rodham Clinton. It’s a constant source of amazement to me that 40-50 per cent of the voting public in Western nations can’t be content with their easy access to cut-price Chinese clothing, lowbrow television and methamphetamine. They now seem to be lashing out at any chance they get just because they don’t have any hope for the future and, ahem, are derided as deplorably sexist, xenophobic and homophobic cretins. Surely come November 9, these moronic reactionaries will realise the error of their ways and things will settle down? Mike, Mascot LL replies: After the post-Brexit shock of discovering the surly British lower orders weren’t delighted by the kind of open-borders world that’s done so much to advance the cause of fusion cuisine, I think we’ve all been a bit perturbed, Mike. Thankfully, it appears we will shortly resume normal programming, allowing the Right to finish the job of redistributing wealth upwards from what remains of the working and middle classes while we on the Left trumpet our virtue by championing the right of the gender indeterminate to invent new personal pronouns, refugees to settle anywhere they like (just so long as it’s nowhere near our sufficiently diverse neighbourhoods) and university students to be protected from any hate facts that might unsettle their worldview. If the economic and cultural elites can forego any further counterproductive squabbling, I think members of both can rest easy that any further helot revolts will be swiftly and brutally extinguished! n Email your dilemma to email@example.com.
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Finally an Inner West property for under $1m
The Bower reuse and repair centre in Marrickville put together its own tiny house made of upcycled materials to sell off for the sustainable living centre’s 15th birthday. Ciao loves the ethos of the tiny house movement and are so happy it’s taking pride of place in the Inner West, where land space is limited, shelter is unaffordable and where we could all learn a thing or two from working out how houses actually function. The Camperdown Commons recently held a tiny house workshop weekend, but keep your eyes on The Bower’s Facebook page for upcoming workshops on living small. We don’t think Sydney will shake the tiny house craze soon! n Go to: facebook.com/Thebowercoop
• Black Arts Market at Carriageworks • Sculpture by the Sea (crossing the Anzac Bridge for this is worth it) • Incorporating some DIY craft into your Halloween party • Vegging out on SBS food channel whilst defiantly eating takeaway • Fake blood
• The number of ambulances last Saturday • Gifting your millennial friend an avocado tree… so when it fruits in five years, they too can start saving for a house • That ugly fence around the Bay • School kids chucking balls at a train user at Stanmore Station
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C!ao Magazine There’s life in the Inner West!
n Maani Truu
It's approaching that time of year when the ghoulish and spooky
parts of the world are celebrated, as strange as that may be. To satisfy those with a morbid fascination, Ciao sacrificed our souls (and our
underwear) to find that there are no shortage of Inner West hauntings for those so inclined. Proceed with caution this Halloween, and maybe take a flashlight!
The Street With No Name A spooky name for a spooky place. This narrow, overgrown pathway is widely avoided by local families, with multiple reports of young children and dogs behaving strangely when near the location. These odd happenings are perhaps due to the legitimately horrifying history of the place. The bodies of murdered children have been found in the undergrowth during past decades, with one crime rumoured to be one of Sydney's first Satanic murders. Visitors to 'The Tomb', a creepily named unused storage room beneath the nearby viaduct and a location for one of the murders, have claimed they suffered nausea, headaches and the overwhelming feeling of being watched. We give this one an eleven out of ten on the 'Hell no, don't go' scale. n Maxwell Road, Glebe
They're creepy and they're kooky...
claimed that they were visited by various presences from time to time, with the most memorable being a Lady in White. (So original.) With no evidence of real-life violence on the premises, we have to say this one just doesn't stack up in terms of scarefactor after looking at the Street With No Name. Despite this, the family do say their cat's hackles would rise when a presence would enter the room, so if you think cats are a reliable source... Either way, it is a beautiful example of Gothic architecture and well worth a (probably fright-free) visit.
Privatising care: When will it stop!
Will they ever learn? Will the Productivity Commission ever admit that privatisation cannot cure all ills? And why has the Australian Government put them up to writing another pro-privatisation report when the failure of privatisation in so many cases is something blind Freddy can see. In September the Productivity Commission released the results of an inquiry entitled, 'Introducing competition and user choice into consumer services'. Despite providing very little evidence, the inquiry has identified just a few areas that it believes are ripe for privatisation. Wait for it. · Social housing · Public hospital services · Specialist palliative care
The Witches Houses This row of extravagant houses sure have quite a history and have attracted public interest for generations. Of these, The Abbey, built in 1882, has generated the most speculation. Perhaps that's due to the abundance of Masonic symbols decorating the facade. The Davis family, who occupied the grand residence for 50 years, have
Not all Inner West real estate is sought after
n Johnston Street, Annandale
Callan Park Walking around of the most peaceful locations in Sydney, you wouldn't have a clue about the history of Callan Park. In 1873 the land was purchased with the plan to construct a large lunatic asylum to ease the overcrowding at the Gladesville Hospital for the Insane. The plans went ahead and the site was used for this purpose until 1994. Aside from simply housing patients, the hospital operated as a location for early medical experiments, with the people inside often used as lab rats. One of these individuals was Phillip Bowman, who lasted only three days before his jaw was shattered in a mysterious manner. He died without medical treatment two months later. Witnesses have reported screams and moans coming from Ward 18 and paranormal groups have investigated sightings and voices in the chapel. The grounds are open to the public but enter at your own risk. n Wharf Road, Lilyfield
· Public dental services · Grant based family and community services. The Productivity Commission says that, “competition between multiple service providers for the custom of users can drive innovation and efficiencies”. Readers on the pension or older people living on low incomes might be surprised. Many older people living in care facilities have reported the poor and declining standards of care in many for-profit nursing homes. Previous reforms to aged care have led to increasing profits for commercial companies, such as Estia. This is done by cutting skilled staff and compromising the quality of care. This is just one of many examples where privatisation and increasing competition has delivered money into the hands of private companies at the expense of quality human services. If the government were serious about improving
human services for elderly people on low incomes it
Balmain Art and
would look beyond the failed policies of competition and privatisation. For example, there are currently
With each event the brains behind the Balmain Art and Craft Show aim to build upon what has come before and expand an already strong reputation for demonstrating artistic excellence and community
almost 200,000 households on social housing waiting lists. At the same time there has barely been any increase in housing stock in the last ten years. So, although greater ‘user choice’ would be desirable for people needing social housing, the principal problem
goodwill. Logically, that means that this year’s show will be the best one yet. The exhibition runs over a weekend, with opening night kicking off on Friday November 11th, with various stalls and kids events taking place over the following Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free for most events, with opening night tickets available to pre-purchase in the lead-up to the occasion. Access to the openingnight party will ensure first glimpse at the art on show, live music and entry into the silent auction. Aside from the cultural and social aspects of the event, it is also the major fundraising push by Fr John Therry Primary School, providing much needed funds to enhance teaching and learning for our local kids. The show will be located within the beautiful heritage sandstone church and grounds at Fr John Therry Primary School, which are worth a visit for their own artistic panache.
is the lack of supply and continued underinvestment by all levels of government in social and affordable housing. The government should be investing in accessible, affordable, and effective human services. It has been shown time and time again that greater competition, privatisation and marketization is aimed at reducing public expenditure, not at improving services. Let’s call on the government to explore a wider range of policy and funding options to improve the effectiveness of human services for the people who need it most, not just ‘greater competition, contestability and user choice’.
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n Alex Sheard on behalf of the Combined Pensioners and Superannuants Association of NSW.
n To register as a volunteer and be assigned a location visit www.graffitiremovalday.org.au. Where: sites in Petersham, Leichhardt and Summer Hill.
29 Oct – 11 Nov
Anthony Griffis at Gallery 503 Living in the Inner West allows you to immerse yourself in galleries and artist workshops, so why wouldn’t you take advantage of that? Scratching the Surface, a solo exhibition by contemporary abstract artist Anthony Griffis, focuses on the act of painting itself; with paint both the medium and the matter. For a special night, why not come along on Saturday 29 October, for drinks with the painter surrounded by his work.
Gallery 503 is at 503 Balmain Rd, Lilyfield.
Sun 30th Oct, 10am-5pm
Graffiti Removal Day The Inner West Council is supporting the statewide initiative and is urging all residents who are available and able to volunteer and help tackle illegal graffiti and tagging hot spots. The event is run by Rotary Down Under, which will be taking responsibility for the organisation, management, training and insurance of all volunteers on the day. The removal of unauthorised graffiti makes way for additional commissioned street art, which means a brighter and funkier Inner West.
Sat 5 Nov, 12-9pm
African Rhythm and Roots Festival 2016 Be immersed in West African culture as West African Festival Inc (WAF) bring you the sounds, sights, tastes and spirit of their homeland. The festival will feature prominent West African musicians and dancers – Afro Moses, King Tide and Keyim Ba, anyone? There will be a licensed bar. n $20, www.westafricanfestival.com.au. Where: Addison Road Community Centre, 142 Addison Rd, Marrickville
Jam along with Afro Moses
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n Local Gigs
Thursday 3rd November
This Sydney-based trio have a style that calls for road trips with the windows down and swims in the ocean. With dreamy vocals and lush psychedelic textures, this band is the perfect soundtrack to our new warmer weather. Vic on the Park, Free
Thursday 10th November
One for the blues fans! Featuring a unique mix of traditional blues and original melodic blues-rock, Blues Exile are able to concoct a new type of blues sound, all without losing the authentic quality of traditional blues music. How many times did we say blues? Leadbelly Newtown, Free
Friday 11th November
Despite barely recalling their “hazy” last tour due to certain “lifestyle choices”, we can assure you that The Mission are still alive, well and going strong. Back for the first time since 1990, these '80s bad boys want to celebrate their 30th anniversary with you! The Factory Theatre, $85.75
n Local Screens
A gorgeous saga of love, loss and deception
Best of the British Film Festival:
The Light Between Oceans
Damaged WW1 vet Tom (Michael Fassbender) is the
strong and silent type, with such a stiff upper lip that in one
scene I thought my preview screener had frozen on a close-
up of his moustache. Those bristles come off quick smart
after he meets Isabel, a woman so luminously beautiful
that she claims him with a single glance. (Alicia Vikander
Mel Gibson tells the story of an unlikely hero – a WWII soldier who refuses to kill
can do that). They set off to live on a lighthouse way off
Arthouse hi-jinks: Elle
the coast of West Australia, and thereafter he’s putty. She desperately wants a child, but can’t, then one day a boat
There’s an early scene of a bus carrying our hero, A comedy of manners about rape? You’re kidding?
arrives with a dead man on board and a miraculously alive
Desmond Doss (Andrew Garfield), trundling into Not even the fearless Isabelle Huppert or director
baby girl. Tom is persuaded to keep the child, but wait – if
a Virginian WWII boot camp, where he’ll soon
Paul Verhoeven (Showgirls, Basic Instinct – say
you’ve read M. L. Stedman’s novel, you’ll know that lots
piss everyone off by being a skinny vegetarian who no more!) would dare, would they? Well they
more happens and many tears are shed. Rachel Weisz
refuses to touch a gun. Wow, I thought, their buses have, and it’s a nerve-jangling, needling challenge.
plays the baby’s real mother, Derek Cianfrance directs. He
were the same colour as Sydney’s pre-war ones… Look, if you are an Inner West PC gender-warrior,
reduced us to puddly messes before in Blue Valentine, and
But of course not, Mel Gibson just borrowed one you’ll have so much steam shooting out of your
oh boy, has he done it again! Meanwhile the tears that roll
from Leichhardt’s newly opened bus museum.
ears after this you’ll be demanding the closure of
down Ms Vikander’s cheeks alone could easily fill up one
Every scene, even the magnificently staged and
Palace Cinemas. But if you’re in the mood for an
of those oceans. CTC from Oct 27 at the BBC-First British
lengthy Okinawa battle ones, where Doss displays audacious and blackly comic treat, you’ll have more
Film Festival, then on general release from Nov 3.
his incredible heroism and courage as a medic, were locally filmed. This is a genuinely inspiring story of an exceptional man, and a muscular return for Gibson. It’s been getting five stars from reviewers (though it's a pity that The Guardian couldn’t resist snide potshots at Gibson’s religious
fun at the cinema since, well, Sharon Stone did that thing with her legs in 1992. CTC from Oct 27.
★ BBC-First British Film Festival is at Palace Cinemas until
Nov 16. Full details and bookings: britishfilmfestival.com.au
More local cinema
Should you go? Check our verdict on The Age of Shadows and The Accountant online: ★ www.ciaomagazine.com.au
faith and politics). The movie is simply a triumph.
Neither it, nor any of the local cast (Teresa Palmer, Hugo Weaving) and crew deserves to be collateral damage in some faux (and frankly boring) culture war. Just go – it is good! MA15+ from Nov 3.
n Thanks to Icon Films we have five double passes
to give away. Details below.
"Hands up who had smashed avo on sourdough for brunch?"
It’s that time of year when Camperdown Memorial Rest Park is over-run with music lovers. Seriously, last year over 90,000 people came, with that number (or more) expected this time. This year's line-up boasts the most diverse program in the history of the festival, with four stages and more than 40 acts from rockabilly, to rap, to world music and DJs. There really is something for every taste. Aside from the music – but that’s what it’s really all about – there will be numerous other activities, including a Writers Tent, a photography exhibition by Humans of Newtown photographer Jo Wallace and a dog show, with all the remaining free space packed with market stalls and food vans. You would think all of this demands a highly priced ticket, right? Nope, entry is by donation with all profits going towards the festival’s host, the not-for-profit Newtown Neighbourhood Centre, which does important work for those less fortunate in our community. Get ready for the November 13th; it’ll be a big one. Camperdown Memorial Rest Park, Newtown
Tough Cannes hit The Student
Russian Resurrection Film Festival 2016
It’s only at Burwood and George St, but that shouldn’t bother serious movie-lovers looking for a bit of heft and gravitas. The Russians are good at that, damn good, (think Leviathan). There’s only room here to recommend one similar stand-out from this year’s festival: That’s Kirill Serebrennikov’s The Student – an uncompromising drama about a problem teenager converted to militant christianity. Its broad critique of life in post-Soviet Russia isn’t served up on a platter – this is heavy duty, as tough as it is exhilarating. You’ll be chewing over what it all means way into the night. n Event Cinemas Oct 27 – Nov 6. Info and bookings: russianresurrection.com/2016
Sun 6 Nov, 6am-5pm
MS Sydney to the Gong Ride Celebrating 35 years, one of Australia’s most spectacular one-day community bike rides is back and ready to raise funds for Multiple Sclerosis (MS). The charity bike ride kicks off in St
Peters then stretches 90 kilometres to Wollongong. Since 1981, hundreds of thousands of cyclists have taken up the challenge and raised over 35 million dollars. If cycling isn’t your thing, you can still get involved by sponsoring a rider or donating directly to the cause. n Prices vary, www.msgongride.org.au. Where: Sydney Park, St Peters
Cycle with a view
Sun 6-27 Nov, 9-10.30am
Heartfulness Meditation It’s that time of year where we are inching closer to the holiday period and the work starts to pile up. Sound like you? Ciao recommends taking some time for yourself and what better way to do that than through community based meditation classes. Run by a global not-for-profit, the only mission of Heartfulness Meditation is to uplift the hearts of the community they serve and the people
Become one with everything
within it. Because of this, all classes are completely free! n To register visit www.meetup.com/ Hearfulness-Sydney. Where: Glebe Town Hall, 160 St John’s Rd, Glebe
Wed 16 Nov, 6-8pm
Corageous Journeys Attend the book launch of 'Corageous Journeys' a collection of portaits of
families from Cambodia, Iraq, Sudan and Syria who have sought refuge in Australia and are now living in Sydney. The event is open to the general public and many of the participant families will be present to share the stories behind the photographs, taken by Saskia Wilson. Copies will be available for purchase on the night with all funds being reinvested into community projects benefiting newly-arrived refugees. Where: 160 St Johns Rd, Glebe
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Only at the movies Nov 3
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n Your say
What infrastructure needs the most improvement in the Inner West?
Affordable, liveable housing. Nicholas, St Peters Aside from housing, reliable public transport. Especially during peak hour traffic. Sarah, Croydon More investment in cycle paths. But I'm quite biased. Michael, Leichhardt More public toilets or some way of working out where the nearest one is. I swear they don't exist when you need one. Alex, Newtown Public walkways... I think they're called 'greenways' where it's actually nice to walk. Think more Bay Walks, less side walks. It's something Canberra does well. That or more free wifi hot spots. Canberra does that too. Adam, Five Dock More community/ collaboration open spaces like Grounds of Alexandria or the Tramsheds. Esta, Drummoyne Low-cost housing and more places doing the amazing work of the Leichhardt Women's Health Centre.
Ellen, Dulwich Hill Pubs. Give us one that's unpretentious, inexpensive and has a decent menu. Lee, Annandale
Not properly disposing chemicals is a big risk. The annual Canada Bay Chemical CleanOut event is coming up on November 5th. It provides a way for Inner Westies to dispose of their leftover household chemicals - such as cleaners, pesticides, herbicides, paint, acids and motor fuels - safely. Chemicals received are normally recycled rather than ending up in landfill, where they may leak mercury, cadmium and lead into the environment. You may think that proper disposal of chemicals by the authorities is adequate in defending the city and ourselves from harmful contamination. The reality is that chemicals are used excessively and without care all over Sydney. Contamination is continuous despite ‘safe deposit’ practices. For example, while Sydney Harbour may seem to be an acquatic wonderland, below the surface things are not so pretty. Harbour sediments contain contaminants, the worst of which are dioxins (a byproduct of herbicide production), heavy metals and pesticides. The most polluted sediments are found in Homebush Bay, Hen & Chicken Bay, Iron Cove, Rozelle Bay, Blackwattle Bay and Long Bay. Essentially, the Inner West waters are the most polluted in all of Sydney. Besides chemicals, micro-plastics (fragments smaller than 5mm) are present. The largest sources are micro-beads, which are found in products such as face wash, and nonbiodegradable polyester clothing fibres from dryers or washing machines. How do these substances enter our waterways? A lot of contaminants were released prior to 1970, back in less regulated times. Nowadays, one of the main entry points is stormwater; a mixture of rain and any dissolved or solid pollutants carried along with it. Water flowing along gutters picks up litter, oil, fibres, metals, fertilisers, pesticides and pathogens.
Are you leaving a chem trail?
People are often quick to complain about water quality, particularly at their favourite beach, unaware that their own practices are contributing to the mess. Car washing is a problem. Minimum amounts of detergent should be used and the car should be washed on the grass or gravel so the excess does not flow down the drain. A better option is to take your car to a car wash, where the water is recycled. Where possible, consider natural alternatives to products such as pesticides, face washes, and clothing. Instead of micro-beads, wash your skin with oats. (They are naturally disinfecting and moisturising). Instead of liberally applying chemical pesticides, hand-pull weeds and plant natives to build up a naturally defensive ecosystem. And buy clothing made from natural materials, such as cotton. Chemicals are certainly a risky business and their detrimental impacts tend to reveal themselves further down the track. Remember the asbestos debacle. Indeed, one of the most widely used pesticides in Australia, RoundUp glyphosate, has recently come under fire after an investigation by the World Health Organisation (WHO) warned the chemical probably causes cancer. We must use organic substances where possible and, yes, dispose of any necessary chemicals according to council regulations. n Words by Lucia Moon
New Local Representation Advisory
The Inner West Local Representation Advisory Committees (LRACs) are heading down the same path as the council they assist and are combining into one group representing the whole of the Inner West’s interests. Before the reshuffle, the committees had reflected the boundaries of the previous councils, with Inner West Council Administrator Richard Pearson stating that this structure was “to help the community and former councillors begin the transition to the new council.” According to Pearson, the merger comes as a necessary step in creating a unified local council. “The new Inner West Council Local Representation Advisory Committee will allow them to focus more closely on larger strategic and policy matters that will govern and guide the Council well into the future,” he says. In a press release distributed by Max Phillips,
of Marrickville Greens, former councillors had expressed concerns that these changes would prevent the previous level of community oversight and input from continuing. “It’s a very dangerous sign when people in positions of power wish to minimise community oversight, but that’s exactly what Mr Pearson is doing here,” says Phillips. At the recent LRAC meeting it was announced that the committees will no longer receive agendas of council business items, which in the past were often scrutinised by former councillors, with their discussions included in the agenda for the Inner West Council meetings, with some formal meeting and decision making powers also repealed. Under the new title of Inner West Council Local Representation Advisory Committee, one of their first tasks will be to establish the Vision and Priorities
statement for the new council. “I know many of them are keen on this challenge and hope to be a part of the new Council following elections next year,” said Pearson. The LRACs were initially formed so former mayors and councillors could help shape decisions of the new council.
n Local news
Local Woman Wins Big at Australian Transplant Games
Concord West resident Michelle Daley has taken out the Most Outstanding Female Athlete Award at this years Australian Transplant Games after winning an amazing 15 gold medals for New South Wales. In addition to her own recognition, Michelle’s success went a long way towards New South Wales taking home the Victor Chang Memorial Shield, which is awarded to the state or territory with the highest point score over the entire competition. This achievement follows Michelle receiving two life-saving liver transplants. Despite the medals being a nice “personal achievement”, Michelle said her motivation was always bigger than that. “My main goal was always to help the games bring awareness to organ donation, to celebrate the gift of life and to be able to honour my organ donors with a medal,” she says. Not planning on taking a break, Michelle is now preparing to head to Spain in 2017 for the world competition. The Australian Transplant games are held every two years to celebrate the success of transplantation and encourage people to discuss organ and tissue donation.
Sydney Park Trees Saved
Following a campaign by the #SaveSydneyPark community camp, the controversial plans to demolish a number of Sydney Park trees, to make way for the WestConnex tollway, have been halted. This development is in the wake of direct action by protestors who created a physical human barrier around the site, preventing demolishing crews from entering before being forcibly removed by police. Member for Newtown Jenny Leong MP has congratulated the efforts of the thousands of residents involved in the campaign. “By literally putting themselves on the line, local residents who had given up their spare time and comfortable beds to keep the camp running 24/7 for four weeks, have stopped the destruction… for now. This is the power of concerted, collective campaigning,” she says.
Have Your Say on Stronger Communities Funding
The Inner West Council is seeking your opinion on how $14 million dollars of NSW Government funding should be spent. The funding comes as part of the Stronger Communities Fund Major Projects Program, established by the NSW Government in the wake of council mergers. The funds are earmarked for community infrastructure and projects, with residents asked at a recent community forum which option was most in need of a boost: transport infrastructure, community facilities or recreation and sustainability. n For further information or to have your say visit www.yoursayinnerwest.com.au.
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In the 18th and 19th centuries, a strong desire for silk meant that mulberry trees – food of the silkworm –
were planted in almost every Italian garden. Today these
ancient, gnarled trees still stand, producing mulberries
for sweet summer desserts and preserves.
Mulberries can only be picked when ripe, at which point they become like plump black grenades, ready to explode and stain fingers, lips and clothing a magnificent crimson. When a mulberry tree produces fruit there is always an abundance to share, particularly as they tend to suddenly burst into fruit overnight. (If you have neighbours with mulberry trees, make friends with them.) I recommend transforming them into mulberry jam, dark, rich and luscious as a full-bodied red wine. Spread on buttered bread, it’s hard to beat.
NB: Mulberries are a naturally low-pectin fruit - the inclusion of apple helps it set.
1. Wash mulberries well. Trim off the stalks and discard. Wash apple, drain, peel, core and then chop into eights.
2. Place fruit and lemon juice into a large, heavybased pot. Bring to a boil then simmer until soft, mashing fruit gently.
3. Add sugar and stir over medium heat until sugar has dissolved.
• 500g ripe mulberries • 1 tart green apple
• 500g sugar • juice of one lemon
4. Boil for approximately 20 minutes or until gel stage has been achieved. Skim off and discard any foam. 5. Immediately spoon hot jam into clean, sterile jam jars. Remove bubbles, wipe rims and seal. 6. Distribute to neighbours
n Fruit: Coming into November you have an excuse to chew through your house downpayment with a glut of avocados hitting the market! Cherries, blueberries, grapefruits, papaw, papaya, pineapple and passionfruit are other delicious treats coming into season. n Veggies: Great news for gourmets: zucchini flowers have flowered. Tomatoes and sweetcorn are also coming into season. Hearty vegetables will be more expensive as local supply ends. Thanks to Sydney Markets.
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AT HOME WITH Martino Eduardo Convertino
Martino Eduardo Convertino is one half of The Italianos, an all singing, dancing and cooking team who made their debut as competitors on My Kitchen Rules. Martino and Luciano met during Sydney Mardi Gras and have been cooking together ever since.
What is your connection to the Inner West? In Ashfield is my flat, in Haberfield I do my shopping, in Five Dock is my favorite patisserie, in Leichhardt the movies and for my workout I do the Bay Run of course…
Your background and Luciano’s are actually quite different. How do you think these differences inform your tastes? That’s true; I come from Siena while Luciano’s heritage is from Abruzzo. The variety of the culinary traditions from our towns find an amazing balance in our recipes. We are a real powerhouse in the kitchen. We both rely blindly on the tastes of each other because, being Italian, we both have in our culture flavours that accompanied us since we were children.
What was it like cooking on TV? Apart from the cameras around us, cooking on television is pretty much the same as what I am used to do during, for instance, my big family party on Christmas. I had a lot of exciting moments during the shooting. Especially when I was facing the criticism of judges Manu and Pete. Both
Luciano and I often expressed our emotions during the filming. We always had tears on our faces. Why pair music and food? Perhaps because the two worlds, the culinary and musical, represent for me two art expressions among the highest in existence. In both cases you may be or become gourmets, but first you need to try many recipes or many songs, the rest comes by itself… What other cuisines do you respect? Chinese. [Alongside] Italian it is the most varied cuisine. What’s your comfort food? One of the first dishes that I learned to cook was “jam and walnut tart”. When I make it my memory goes back there, to the light-hearted time of my youth. Do you have any exciting Halloween plans? I will let a very close friend of mine cook a nice romantic dinner for me… I’ll leave the rest to your imagination!
• 4 00g tinned diced tomatoes
• 1 50g diced guanciale (Diced Pork Cheek)
• 150g diced pancetta • 1 glass dry white wine • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
• ½ diced Onion • 1 chili pepper • S alt & black ground
pepper • 1 00g grated Parmesan
cheese • 100g Pecorino cheese
The Amatriciana sauce can be used as a condiment on polenta. SERVES 6.
1. Heat the oil in a large pan with the onion. Add the diced Guanciale and Pancetta and fry them gently. 2. Add the white wine and let it evaporate completely. 3. Add the diced tomatoes and cook for 6 minutes. 4. Boil 400g of pasta of any choice in salted water and when cooked toss with the sauce. 5. Serve with the freshly grated pecorino and parmesan straight on the pasta. 6. Add salt, pepper and Italian chopped parsley.
n The Italianos will be performing at Norton Street Festa and Croydon Park Festival.
Wine with Winsor
Ferngrove 2016 Cossack Riesling The Frankland River region in Western Australia is fast emerging as one of the finest in Australia for crisp, dry and refreshing rieslings. This is a very good example, floral on the nose and vibrant with flinty minerality and lively bright lemon, lime and grapefruit notes on the palate. It is a lovely after-work drink and would pair brilliantly with shellfish or pan-fried King George whiting. Very crisp, very clean. $22.
Peter Lehmann 2014 Portrait Shiraz There has been a changing of the guard at Peter Lehmann Wines in the Barossa but the new ownership has maintained the same winemaking team and value remains, as ever, extremely good. Lehmann reds are known for their balance and this is a case in point; plummy black fruit is to the fore, alongside black chocolate notes and well-judged oak. This would be terrific with a traditional lamb roast. $18.
Mr Mick 2016 Pinot Grigio Looking for some fun summer drinking at a very reasonable price? This pinot grigio is made in the northern Italian style with bright pear juice flavours and just a hint of fruit sweetness on the fresh, zingy palate. Mr Mick is the budget label of Clare Valley winemaker Tim Adams – and this is made from fruit grown on the cooler Limestone Coast. The zippy acidity makes it ideal for pairing with oysters or prawns, or sipping on its own, well chilled. $17.
A musical feast
Melissa Leong reflects on a story told to her by a friend that illustrates the combined power of food and song. I recently commented to a friend about a video post she’d made on Instagram. It was of her 94 year old grandmother, dancing to loud Italian music, surrounded by great grand children running around and the rest of the family preparing a Sunday feast of Ben Hur proportions. What a legend! What a party animal, revelling in the chaos of a beautiful family moment. The expression on Jo’s grandmother’s beautiful face was one of such joy, which made it even more potent when Jo explained that due to her grandmother’s dementia, she spends most of her days in an aged care facility, where she can’t remember her own daughter, who visits her daily and is fearful to leave the home. The family decided that in order to try and give her some richness in these last years, they would regularly take her back to the family home, bring everyone around and celebrate the way she used to when she was more vital. They would cook family recipes, open too many bottles of wine and encourage the little ones to do what they do best (mainly to create mess and noise). The transformation in her upon hearing music and children in fits of giggles, smelling comforting and familiar food and seeing a table laden with food and surrounded by family, was striking. This frail and fearful woman once more became the life of the party and the matriarch everyone remembered. Food and music is emotional. It draws us out of ourselves and into memories of times in our lives that we shared with loved ones. Music, smells and tastes seem to have a unique power to transport us to forgotten feelings, places and events. Our senses seem to remember things that slipped our minds long ago. These days, regardless of whether it’s making a low key dinner, or preparing for friends to come over, there’s always someone’s favourite music playing and food being cooked intended to be shared with loved ones because whether they seem significant or not in the moment they are, after all, memories in the making.
Visit Croyd n Park Festival, a festival like no other
Pony rides Water Balls
Live Music Performance AFL Wests Sky Jump Recycled Art
Zumba Face Painting CP Public School Driveway SES / First Aid
Martin Reserve Club Croydon Park Parking Area Stalls CPBC Info / Lost Children Motorcycle Display Barricades ( no vehicles in/out)
Bins Toilets (Disabled inside Club)
$ ATM (inside Club)
SES / First Aid Security
Tree Tree Tree
Scouts Kids Zone
CSEoeavatiteirnneggd Cooking Demo
DART THRU LANE
GEORGES RIVER RD
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Interactive Zone on Martin Reserve
play area play area
To Scouts Activity Area
Live Music Performance AFL Wests Sky Jump Recycled Art
Zumba Face Painting
CP Public School Driveway SES / First Aid Face Painting & caricatures
Croydon Park Festival
10am-4pm November 12th, Seymour Street to Kater Place, Croydon Park
With some serious music credential, a very tasty series of cooking workshops, sustainability classes and even a footy clinic, The Croydon Park Festival is shaping up to be an exciting day out for all sorts.
Headlining the main stage is Sydney sweetheart, the 19-year-old Mitch Gardner from the 2016 season of The Voice. A crew of local chefs will be sharing their tips for making delicious Italian cuisine, from Carmel Ruggari’s meatballs to Maranello Veloce’s pizza. Kids have a thrilling program of activities at the Croydon Park Festival. There is bungee trampolining, arts and crafts with recycled items and Wests Tigers and Western Suburbs Australian Football Club will be running clinics throughout the day. Croydon Park Festival is shaping up to be a street fair like no other, and a great opportunity to experience all the food, culture and entertainment the suburb has to offer.
n For more information about the festival and to see a full program, go to: www.franzeevents. com.au/what-s-on-program.
YOU COULD WIN!
Win an exclusive dinner for you and nine guests cooked by MKR contestants Luciano & Martino, ‘The Italianos’. The Italianos will act as your personal chefs for the evening, they’ll bring everything - all the food, the wine - they’ll even check what your dietary requirements are. Plus you’ll be entertained as well by these funny yet humble guys. A very unique and unforgettable experience, with a touch of extravagence!
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Learn to make healthier and tastier meals with Croydon Park’s stellar cooking line-up. Whether you want to hone your skills in regional Italian cooking or get some baking inspiration, you’ll come away from these classes a better (and perhaps more passionate) cook.
11.00am Nurture Nourish Thrive
Accredited Dietitian and Nutritionist, Stephanie Gilroy, shows us how to make time for Bircher muesli and more.
11.30am Maranello’s Veloce
The art of Pizza demonstrated before your eyes.
12.00pm Luciano & Martino - the Italianos
Former MKR favourites show us how to make pasta from scratch, with some Italian entertainment guaranteed.
Followed by a Meet and Greet!
1.00pm Caffettiera’s Crostoli
Learn the technique of making mouth watering Crostoli with Daniela Liberatore.
1.30pm Sicilian Food Tours
Carmel Ruggeri showcases her famous Meatballs.
2.00pm Rosebank College Accelerated Hospitality Class
Have fun with Cupcake Decorating.
Ciao’s Festival Picks
You might recognise our cover boys from Australian reality show, My Kitchen Rules. However, these days they are up to a whole new act, performing all over the country, sharing recipe and their dance moves! That’s right Luciano and Martino have brought music to the kitchen, singing and dancing their way through regional Italian fare. At Croydon Park Festival they will be demonstrating how to make pasta from scratch, a very impressive skill that is actually quite simple to master! Meet them at the cooking stage at midday to learn more.
It’s very hard not to adore this 19-year-old singer songwriter from Sydney, who after a very successful stint on The Voice, seems to be set for an impressive career. Mitch Gardner is wellknown for his acoustic covers and original songs, influenced by other heartfelt artists Ed Sheeran, Ben Howard and his coach on The Voice, Ronan Keating. Head to the main stage at 2pm to listen to Gardner’s mellow musings. He will be meeting festival-goers after the performance.
Learn how to turn your rubbish into beautiful accessories with Recycled Art Teacher, Szuszy Timar. She will be teaching the joys of recycling items through creating jewellery and art all day, so you can spend some serious time on putting together a wearable masterpiece or just drop by her workshop for some up-cycling inspiration. For the younger kids, sustainable creation will also be the ethos behind Bronsai Watkin’s potato stamping class. In this class kids and adults can learn to make their own stamps out of vegetables, Watkins will also be explaining the environmental motivations behind this intriguing craft activity. The potato stamping class runs from 11.30am-12.30pm.
Emad is another The Voice graduate seemingly destined for the limelight. On the show Emad was able to share the backstory to his musical career. His brother, an artist on the cusp of success, died of Luekemia before completing his first album. Emad has since been performing his brother’s music in his memory and is a very talented musician in his own right. Catch his soulful performance at 1.40pm on the main stage.
AFL and NRL Clinics
Western Suburbs Australian Football Club is hosting an all-day AFL Clinic on November 12th at Martin Reserve. Football professionals will be running the programs, open to people of all ages. It’s a great chance to try out the sport until signing up to footy season. The favourite NRL Wests Tigers will also be running workshops throughout the day. Halfhour clinics with NRL Wests Tigers players will begin at 12pm, 1pm and 2pm. So whatever your code is, you’ll have plenty of time to hang out with the stars and learn something on the side as well. Martin Reserve is next to Croydon Park Public School on Seymour Street.
In keeping with the sustainable and community focus of the festival, why not get there by public transport. The M41, 466 and 418 will get you less than 10 minutes walk away from Kater Place, the main hub of the festival’s activities. These buses can be picked up at Burwood or Leppington stations.
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CROYDON PARK HOTEL
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*Temporary street closure from 6am til 5pm. No vehicles will be allowed to enter/exit during these times for safety precautions. Full program at www.franzeevents.com.au/what-s-on-program