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There’s life in the Inner West! Get in the Christmas spirit at Carols on Norton Best of 2016 FREE Issue 297 | December 9th 2016 WIN! Free TIX: Red Dog: True Blue Ballerina Paterson Enmore’s Indigenous Santa Fun on the Fringe No stress, high-fun NYE alternatives in the ‘burbs HHttUiUiccRFRFkkrRRroeeoYmY11mt!t!e3e3BNBkN22kOoOo.vO.88cOvcK24o4Ko2399mN3mNO.O.WaaWu!u!

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WE ARE HAVING A CHRISTMAS SHOPPING EVENT! SAT 10 DEC FREE Santa photos, kid activities & entertainment – plus all of your favourite store offers! Visit nortonplaza.com.au for details. facebook.com/nortonplazansw nortonplaza.com.au GPT Property Management Pty Limited trading as part of The GPT Group

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Inner West whispers Local gossip, rumour, hearsay and unsubstantiated fact... Trump attack at Maccas – Off yer bike – Sticky Fingers come unstuck lThe Star Observer last week reported an incident at Stanmore McDonald’s in the early hours of the morning where two gay men were allegedly involved in an altercation with a Donald Trump supporter who declared that, “Trump’s won, straight white men rule” and later attacked them. One of the men ended up in hospital and charges have reportedly been laid against the attacker who’ll soon appear in court. What a nasty man. l A Marrickville man had his bicycle nicked from the front of his house late last month. Unfortunately for 24-year-old Clay, his bike is not easily replaceable. Clay’s arm was amputated 12 years ago and his bike was designed especially to accommodate his needs. His prosthetic arm, which he uses to ride, was also stolen. He believes that the chances of the bike and arm showing up again are slim, so has set up a go-fund-me page to cover replacement costs. The fundraiser was sitting at half way to his $9,000 goal when we last checked. l Former Inner West darlings, the ARIAnominated Sticky Fingers, who famously introduced themselves with a gig on a Newtown balcony and used to bartend at the Annandale Hotel, have announced an indefinite hiatus, after Indigenous singer songwriter Thelma Plum claimed the band’s frontman Dylan Frost had been violent towards her and racially abusive towards the Indigenous metal band Dispossessed. Frost apologised on Facebook that his behaviour had been ‘largely unacceptable’ and that he was struggling with his mental health and addiction issues. The band said they has been going through ‘internal issues’, commenting, “They’ve heightened to the point where it’s not fair to anyone involved for us not to do something.” LOCAL history If you are anything like us, you would have walked past IGA on King Street a thousand times without noticing the small, brass plaque on the footpath. It reads: “Syd (Doc) Cunningham was often seen here collecting donations from passersby”, alongside an engraving of a charity collection bucket. Syd, or ‘Black Santa’ as he was affectionately known, lived in the area and would spend his days collecting donations to buy Christmas presents for Aboriginal children. He began soliciting donations in the early 1960s and would dress in a Santa uniform for the task. He received many honours late in his life and the plaque appeared after his passing in 1999. Syd was filled with the Christmas spirit Satire for the soul Just because progressives keep getting smashed at the ballot box it doesn’t mean they should reconsider their strategy, insists Latte Leftie Dear LL – As 2016 ends, Trump is poised to assume the presidency, the UK set to leave the EU and Marine Le Pen certain to succeed Francois ‘Mr Four Per Cent’ Hollande. Locally, the Coalition was re-elected in July, elsewhere in the world conservative nutjobs are wildly popular everywhere from Turkey to Poland to Israel to Singapore to the Philippines. Even Denmark (Denmark!) is now ruled by some reffo-barring John Howard wannabe. Can it really be only yesterday my comrades and I were looking forward to a post-GFC red dawn?! A moment, to quote Saint Barack’s 2008 victory speech, when “we began to provide care for the sick and good jobs to the jobless… [when] the planet began to heal.” I’m embarrassed to admit it, but I’m beginning to have a few nagging doubts about the political dividends of tirelessly hectoring the majority of the electorate about being sexist, racist, homo-hating, Islamophobic idiots. Richard, Leichhardt LL replies: Like many members of the Fourth Estate, the Trump unpleasantness caused me to venture outside my supposed ‘bubble’ and travel rough out in the heartland. Anyhoo, after heading out to mingle with the horny-handed sons of toil in suburbs such as Ashfield, Glebe and Marrickville, I was amazed to find that what I discovered out in so-called ‘mainstream Australia’ entirely confirmed my pre-existing worldview. Which is that victory is within reach if the Left can just stitch together a coalition of socially progressive Muslims, hardcore welfare recipients, lesbian-separatist feminists and selfloathing upper-middle class Anglos sufficiently large to cancel out the votes of the reactionary working class. Cheeringly, that is a class apparently determined to hasten its demise through a combination of gorging on ‘Maccas’, smoking ‘durries’, sinking ‘piss’ and failing to do any form of yoga or Pilates. Patience, Richard, it can only be a matter of time until our kind is running a brave new world, brimming over with good jobs, free health care, green energy and gender-neutral pronouns! n Email your dilemma to info@ciaomagazine.com.au. Things we love: WE ARE C!AO ADVERTISING Sarah Shepherd sarah@ciaomagazine.com.au EDITORIAL Phoebe Moloney phoebe@ciaomagazine.com.au FOOD Melissa Leong info@ciaomagazine.com.au WINE Winsor Dobbin info@ciaomagazine.com.au ART DIRECTOR Paden Hunter paden@ciaomagazine.com.au REPORTER Maani Truu maani@ciaomagazine.com.au Head upstairs to The Botanical & enjoy our balcony today! 4 Burley for elitist bigots! This very blue automobile was parked in Five Dock. Yes, it’s a Cronulla Sharks fan in Five Dock with a Queensland number plate?! Ask an Inner Westie how many times they have been to ‘The Shire’ and you’ll probably get a blank stare. Ask them about ‘The Sharks’ and you’ll get a rant about how Baird is a monster for contemplating netting beaches. And we don’t expect many denizens of The Shire would know where Five Dock is, let alone want to go there. But this automobile is here to destroy all your prejudicial expectations. Thank God we have this vehicle to spread inter-regional understanding. If you travel between the Inner West and South, now you know you’re not alone. C!ao’s voice In • Community live music • Disco balls • Comforting repeats of old television programs • Tailoring your own clothes • Decorated Xmas buses! • Braving local water holes, on the rivers Out • Only staying up for the 9pm fireworks • The dizzying detours around Ramsey St, worse if you are drunk on a bus • Glamping • Using gift bags to ‘wrap’ presents...We see you. •Slagging solar power PUBLISHING Sonia Komaravalli sonia@ciaomagazine.com.au Contributors: Nigel Bowen, Lianna Taranto, Olivia Mackay, Russell Edwards, Maani Truu, Lucia Moon, Natassia Chrysanthos, Sophie Adams and Maria Zarro. Ciao loves you, and our photographers only supply photos for publication with consent. We try and make you look your best. No responsibility is accepted by Ciao Magazine for the accuracy of advertisements or information. We welcome unsolicited editorial and pictorial contributions. The opinions expressed in Ciao Magazine are those of contributors, indemnifying the publisher from inaccuracy or consequences arising from its reproduction. © All rights reserved. No material is to be reproduced without written permission of the publisher. Ciao Magazine is a free publication. Distribution, advertising & editorial enquiries 460A Parramatta Road, Petersham 2049 info@ciaomagazine.com.au (02) 9518 3696. 0405 509 805 – Sonia Ciao is locally owned and produced. Please recycle Printed by Spot Press, Marrickville Newtowner and warehouse party aficionado, Lane Pitcher, wears body suit by House of Priscilla and earrings by Wanting Collection for NYE. Image: Ben Cregan C!ao Magazine There’s life in the Inner West!

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Carols PA R KI N T H E 2016 Fun activities for Children and families! Burwood Park Saturday 10 december 2016 5.30pm - 9pm | burwood park | byo blanket Hosted by: railway Square christmas tree Sponsor: Silver sponsor: bronze sponsor: S IN THE

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Community Life ROAD TEST n Phoebe Moloney 'Tis the Season Carols, shmarols right? Who can relate to them? They seem to be about things entirely irrelevant to Sydney's silly season, like snow and chestnuts and mangers and silent nights. Even if you are RANT Christian, you might still be at a loss as to who exactly the Little Christmas abroad ain't that bad Drummer Boy is. Oh, and Christmas trees? Actually, 'Christmas Tree' is just a misnomer for at least 16 species of tree (mostly pines) thus named because they represent eternal life. In non-European parlance, that just means they are evergreens, not deciduous, which is basically every single tree native to Australia. Where's their carol, huh!? Christmas obviously makes no sense, particularly in the Antipodes, which is why you must not feel any shame or embarrassment about the fact that you are actually humming 'parapapapum' right now. And that you love carols. But not as much as you love singing them. Sing for joy (and a bottle of bubbly ) Looking back, this will be my eighth Christmas not spent with my family. I've lived abroad for quite some time and it's often difficult to fly home during Christmas. Frankly, coming from a Chinese family, Christmas is not as big of a deal as our Chinese New Year celebrations. However, you do miss your family during any sort of celebratory events. But once you get past that, it does not feel too bad. Coming from Asia, Christmas feels quite commercial and more like a money-making gimmick. True, one cannot help but admire the Christmas decorations in malls, but people generally go about their lives as per usual, with the Carols in the Park, Burwood Park The long standing go-to for Inner West Carols is Burwood’s Carols in the Park. Join The Voice winner Anja Nissen for some Christmas singing and dancing. Entertainment performances will start at 6.30pm. Look out for Santa’s exciting arrival, which will have kids laughing with glee. This is a delightful evening for all denominations and ages. Don't forget to bring your own blanket. There are lots of other fun activities for the kids, including the super sing-a-long. n Saturday 10th December, Burwood Park, from 5pm Carols by Candlelight, Ashfield Enjoy uplifting school choir performances by De La Salle Ashfield, Yeo Park Infants and St Vincent’s Primary, as well as other performances by talented community members. Safe candles will be provided to ensure Carols by Candlelight truly lives up to its name. Again, this is a good one to bring a picnic rug and nibblies to. n Saturday 10 December, 6–9pm, Ashfield Park, Cnr Orpington St and Parramatta Rd, Ashfield Carols in the Park, Five Dock This is a big event with a charitable cause. Communities for Communities organises Carols in the Park, which boasts lots of music, food stalls and children's activities. The streets around Halliday Park are renowned for their Christmas cheer, expressed in dazzling light displays. On the other side of the park you have the vista of Hen and Chicken Bay, meaning this is the only carols in the Inner West with water views! n Monday, December 19th, Halliday Park, McGrath Ave, Five Dock, food from 6pm, carols from 7.30pm exception of having two days of public holidays. The most I ever did to 'celebrate' Christmas back home was going out for dinner with my family in a restaurant. Then we headed to a party with friends and relatives. Christmas in Europe, on the other hand, feels entirely different. Different countries seem to celebrate Christmas slightly differently though all emphasise eating as much as you think you can possibly stomach, then having some more. Even as you raise your hands in protest, people will just give you a 'little' more (which usually means another half a plate of food). I was in Czech Republic during my first Christmas holidays abroad. That evening my friend suddenly told me to wear something nice to attend their Christmas dinner. I, of course, forgot to bring something nice with me. On the Christmas table there were wine glasses with sugar on their rims and delicious sweet wine within. We'd have our dinner then open the presents. (Embarrassingly, I only got a present for my friend and had nothing special for her Community Christmas Carols, Marrickville St Brigid's Marrickville is hosting community carols with fireworks after their 5pm vigil mass on Saturday December 9th. The theme this year is 'Peace on Earth'. From 6pm food will be on sale, 7-9pm will hark the carols and crackers. Bring seats, rugs and refreshments. family members.) We then went to the stove and melted tin and poured it in water, which supposedly foretold our futures. We went out and snow fell on our heads. Although I was slightly saddened in the beginning that I wasn't spending the day with my family, that first white Christmas experience was far better than any Christmas I ever had with my family! St Brigid's carol community n St Brigid's, Cnr of Marrickville Rd and Livingstone Rd From then on I seemed to mostly spend my Christmas holidays abroad. My time with an Italian family was Carols on Norton Carols are a staple of this time of year. Is it really Christmas if you don’t sing along to some carols? Luckily, our local community carols are here to fill that void and are taking place on December 18th at the Rotunda in Pioneer’s Memorial Park on Norton Street, kicking off at 7.30pm. The Leichhardt Espresso Chorus, which comprises over 100 vocalists, along with the Carols on Norton Children’s Choir will perform the carols, with the Children’s choir open to any interested kids. Families from the Leichhardt area and beyond are encouraged bring a picnic along and relax on the grass with friends and family. This year is particularly special as the event will be emceed by Julie McCrossin, a notable journalist, broadcaster, comedian and activist. With all that entertainment, completely free of charge, why not come and join the local community in celebrating the Christmas season. n For more information, or if your child would like to participate in the choir, visit: www.espressochorus.com.au/ChildrensChorus What’s on n Compiled by Maani Truu. Email info@ciaomagazine.com.au Community FREEevents listings are ciaomeAmatgtanail:ziiMnnfaeoa.c@noim.au not dissimilar to my Christmas in the Czech Republic. Everyone chatted enthusiastically about their holiday plans. We had a prolonged dinner then relaxed with coffees, grappa, limoncello and other Italian drinks. The next day we went up to the pre-Alps and hiked around. Getting lost in the German Christmas market seemed to be a recurring hazard as I was easily distracted by the Christmas treats on sale and kept losing sight of my friends. There were also cold evenings with mulled wine and eating from 9pm till 12am at my Spanish friend's house, before spending too much time in the pub with friends. Christmas abroad has given me many special memories. Had I only spent my Christmas back home I would have never got to have such unique experiences. Of course, I still miss my family especially during the holidays. However, I'm eternally grateful to spend Christmas with wonderful people.This year it will be a summer Christmas in Sydney! n Yan-Kei Man Sat 17 Dec, 9.30-10.30am Pop-Up Meditation Why is it that the so-called “holidays” always end up being more stressful than any other time of the year? Every Thursday, 8pm Hive Bar Stand-up You can never have too much laughter in your life, right? To that end here is another local comedy hotspot to check out. Taking place each week and featuring a list of Sydney’s best comics, it’s a good one to keep in your diary. Not only that, the Hive Bar is happy to chuck in $5 beers and burgers to keep you going all night. We say these could potentially be the cheapest burgers in the Inner West. Winning! Sun 11 Dec, 10am-3pm Dawn Fraser Baths Open Day Everyone’s favourite heritage swimming hole is upping the stakes for their Open Day, which features a live DJ and free Paddle Pops from the Paddle Pop Lion himself. Better yet, entry is free all day! With views over the harbour on one side, and tranquil parkland on the other, there is truly no better place to cool off in the Inner West. Next winter the pool will be going through an $800,000 revamp, so dive in while it's still open. This place is so relaxing that you may even forget you are in the city. Between checking off present wish lists, booking flights for interstate cousins and trying to tie up all loose ends at work, we recommend taking an hour for yourself and breathing. Properly. This pop-up meditation event is completely free and hosted by an experienced meditation professional. It's in the beautiful Camperdown Memorial Park and there no need to bring anything. Go on, gift yourself a little 'me time'! Where: Camperdown Memorial Park Focus your breathing in the park Entry is five dollars at the door. Where: The Hive Bar, 93 Erskineville Rd, Erskineville Say hello to Dawn! Where: Dawn Fraser Baths, Elkington (behind the church), Park, Fitzroy Ave, Balmain 158 Australia St, Newtown See page 8 for more what's on... 6

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n Local Gigs Thursday 15th December DZ Deathrays Just two kids from Bundaberg, fresh off the national festival circuit, are popping in to the Inner West for a night of hooliganism. Known to have audiences "bouncing off the walls" this thrash party duo won’t leave you bored. The Factory Theatre, $25 Get caught in the Deathray Friday 16th December Soul Christmas Presented by Sydney’s premier soul show, Johnny G & the E Types you can expect classic hits from Aretha Franklin and Eddie Floyd performed like it’s 1967. The nine-piece band is explosive and the perfect way to celebrate the silly season. Camelot Lounge, $25 Saturday 24th December The Mis-Made Christmas Bash Some classic Bublé on Christmas Eve just doesn’t cut it for some people, and for those people I present The Mis-Made. These Sydney-based hard rockers won’t be playing any carols, but they sure will put on a show. The Townie, Free n Local Screens TIFCRKEEETS mWoivniedopuabsslees Can Adam Driver please be assigned to the 438? Australia's National Pooch is back Red Dog: True Blue Kriv Stenders’prequel to 2011’s high grossing Red Dog claims it’s based “on events which may or may not have happened.” Yes, the scene where our canine hero (very wisely) growls at Lang Hancock quipping about his “strange daughter” probably didn’t... Not that credibility matters in a family film whose vast and genuine appeal lies in the soulful eyes of a dog. The plot concerns a 13-year-old boy Mike (Levi Miller), displaced by family tragedy to a far west cattle station run by his grumpy granddad (played by Australia’s favourite grumpy granddad, Bryan Brown), where he bonds with an abandoned kelpie – who probably later became Australia’s National Pooch, justly famous for his hitchhiking, hefty appetite and foul farts. Set in the late '60s, the red dirt vistas of the Pilbarra still look sensational in their near-natural state – the mining boom, with all its bitter-sweet impact, lies ahead. Interestingly, the credits list a “dog colourist". Now that the boom is over, that’s a great job for out of work miners! PG from Dec 26. n Thanks to Roadshow Films we have 5 double passes to give away. Details below. Ciao’s pick: Little Men Much of Brooklyn is like the Inner West, changing fast as the older migrant families are pushed out by Anglo gentrification. Ira Sach’s intimate but highly potent new drama, takes us to the sometimes brutal, pointy end of that process. And it’s a gem – there are no greedy horrid people, no grandstanding, just the deadly, often awkward exercise of money, class and power. The stars are two teens (Theo Taplitz and Michael Barbiera) who have formed an intense relationship, but are caught on opposite sides of the divide. Unmissable for anyone in Marrickville! CTC from Dec 9. Arthouse favourite Paterson Like Little Men (opposite), Paterson is like nothing we associate with American cinema. No surprise that it’s from the achingly cool director Jim Jarmusch, and maybe you’ll get just how different it is from the official synopsis: “Paterson is a bus driver in the city of Paterson, New Jersey — they share the name. Every day, Paterson adheres to a simple routine: he drives his route, observing the city as it drifts across his windshield and overhearing fragments of conversation swirling around him; he writes poetry into a notebook; walks his dog; stops in a bar and drinks exactly one beer; goes home to his wife, Laura. Her world is ever changing. Paterson loves Laura and she loves him. He supports her ambitions; she champions his gift for poetry.” Starring Adam (surely not Hannah’s sleazy boyfriend from Girls!) Driver in a stunning career-best performance, and the enchanting Iranian actress Golshifteh Farahani. It’s a beguiling and graceful piece of work, and the “coolest” thing Jarmusch has ever done. M from Dec 22. n Thanks to Madman Entertainment we have 5 double passes to give away. Details below. Summer movies: What to see It’s sweltering outside and air-conditioned cinemas beckon. But there’s so much on! We’ve seen most of of the big holiday releases and can pick for you. Check them out here: ★ www.ciaomagazine.com.au WIN TIX! A pint-sized story about a big issue Twilight Christmas Market It’s the most wonderful time of the year… To eat your bodyweight in jam and cheese and the perfect place to stock up on these items is the second-ever Carriageworks Christmas Market. The event will take place on Friday December 23rd, meaning it’s made for those of us – put your hand up – who are prone to leaving gifts and Christmas lunch planning to the last minute. Better still, if you really want to leave it to the last possible opportunity, the market is open from 4pm to 9pm. Inside, you will find 160 stallholders displaying everything from artisan homewares and clothing to seasonal fresh produce from awardwinning Australian farmers. After the Christmas shopping list is ticked off, plenty of stallholders will be cooking up a feast for dinner, while Inner West favourites Young Henry’s will be there to keep you hydrated and stock you up on goodies. Entry to the market is free of charge. Where Santa wished he did his shopping n Carriageworks, December 23, 4-9pm. Ballerina Félicie is a young orphan from Brittany with only one passion: dance. With her best friend Victor, who wants to become a great inventor, she devises a madcap plan to escape the orphanage for Paris, the City of Lights where the Eiffel Tower is still being built! Félicie will have to work like never before to surpass herself and to learn from her mistakes, to make her wildest dream come true: becoming a prima ballerina at the Paris Opera... It's a delightful and inspiring film all about following your dreams, and voiced by a stellar cast including Elle Fanning, Maddie Ziegler, Dane DeHaan and Carly Rae Jepsen (singer of the hit single ‘Call Me Maybe’). Sure to be a hit with kids and parents all across Australia, Ballerina dances into cinemas. G from Jan 12. n To celebrate the release of this exciting new animation, we have 5 double passes to give away. Details below. Sat 17 Dec, 2pm Make Your Own Gift Wrapping Christmas is one time when sustainable living is easy to forget: you’re stressed, you’re having fun and you’ve probably had a glass of wine or two. But it doesn’t have to be that way. One easy way to reduce your environmental footprint is to put your crafting skills to good use and make Artisanal gifts = hipster cred 8 your own gift wrapping. Not only is it better for the environment, cheaper and fun, we bet that your loved ones will appreciate the personalised effort. To register visit greenlivingcentre.eventbrite.com.au. Where: Green Living Centre, 218 King St, Newtown Sat 17 Dec, 10am-3pm Glebe Artisan Christmas Market We may not have the snow, but we sure can recreate the Christmas markets popular in the Northern Hemisphere. As the name suggests, this particular market focuses on handmade and unique goods. In fact, this is the perfect place to find that original, hand-sculpted vase for your mother-in-law this Christmas. Ciao believes there is nothing quite as satisfying as buying (and gifting) Starfish it in Annandale something beautiful, directly from the person who created it. Where: HJ Foley Rest Park, 140 Glebe Point Rd, Glebe Wed 11 Jan, 11am-12pm Summerama: Rock Pool Wildlife Show Living in the Inner City is wonderful, but come summer you might find yourself pining for a shack on the beach and the sound of waves. Not to worry; there are ways to survive summer in the (inner) city, when you are too busy to get down to the beach. One of those ways is to bring the kids to Whites Creek Valley Park, where rangers will bring the sea and all its wildlife to you. Kids will be able to get up close and personal with the rockpools' residents. This is a free event. To register visit www.innerwest.nsw.gov.au. Where: Whites Creek Valley Park, Piper St, Annandale WIN DOUBLE MOVIE PASSES To be in the running to win one of five double passes to Red Dog: True Blue, Paterson or Ballerina just email info@ciaomagazine.com.au with your name and address telling us where you picked up your copy of Ciao. You can Only at the movies Dec 26 enter them all, but give us a preference. Remember, tell us your postal address! n Reviews – Russell Edwards

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SHOP LOCAL THIS CHRISTMAS This Christmas, Shop Local. Keep jobs in the local economy, help the environment and give something back to your community. Merry Christmas from everyone at Inner West Council.

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n Your say What is the best New Year's Eve celebration you have been part of? “2000: I was in the city with my family watching the fireworks.” Anthony, Leichhardt “At Camp Cove, mate. Watching the fireworks and hanging out with my friends.” James, Leichhardt “Our children were all overseas and my husband decided on the spur of the moment that we'd spend Christmas and New Year's Eve together on Hamilton Island. We missed the kids but we had such a nice time.” Lyn and Dave, Bradbury “Oh, I don't make New Year's Eve a big fuss, I usually stay at home. As I am getting older I don't really enjoy all the noise!” Maria, Gladesville “I went to a party underneath the Bridge, organised by 2DayFM. The area was all cordoned off and there was entertainment. I felt a bit spoilt and special! Vicky, Leichhardt “Probably, the party I went to that Clover Moore held for all the children with disabilities in the Town Hall. You should have seen the kids' faces, they were having such a great time.” Steve, Penrith n Sustainability STUCCO GOES SOLAR In a landmark event, Newtown’s student housing cooperative Stucco has completed the installation of a rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) system expected to supply over 80 per cent of its annual electricity demands. Stucco is a multi-unit residential building that houses 40 permanent lowincome residents. It also offers a free temporary emergency accommodation service. The current large-scale project stands at the forefront of innovation in renewable energy, as Stucco becomes one of the first multi-dwelling apartment buildings in the world to combine solar, storage and software-based energy management. The project was partly funded by an Environmental Performance Innovation Grant from the City of Sydney council, and completed in collaboration with energy technology company Enphase Energy and their installation partner, Solaray Energy. The Stucco installation was overseen by Dr Bjorn Sturmberg and Louis Janse van Rensburg, project managers and former Stucco residents, who indicated that the Enphase company was selected because it offered an integrated energy management solution, including solar generation and storage, along with energy management through its Enphase Enlighten app. The installation includes 30 kilowatts of solar modules and 43.2 kilowatts of storage capacity. Stucco already operates on a lowenergy usage system, functioning without air conditioning, dishwashers, dryers, and utilising three shared clothes washing machines. The average daily consumption of energy stands at around 80kWh. Stucco residents bathing in the sunlight! The new energy system, however, will allow the residency to store power and use it when needed for lighting, computers and other domestic electrical equipment. There is also the possibility of earning a small amount of surplus income for the co-op through the sale of solar energy back to the grid. The project managers said that any money earnt from surplus power will be used to further subsidise rent and help maintain the building. The project is expected to pave the renewable energy way for other multi-unit residences, such as apartment blocks, strata complexes and community housing. This type of housing now makes up over 25 per cent Australian residences, having risen from only five per cent back in 1993. Completion of the project comes at a time when Sydney-based research and technological advances in the solar energy sector is at its peak. Engineers at the University of New South Wales have been awarded the highest energy conversion efficiency rating in the world for the creation of the largest perovskite solar cells to date. The Stucco project stands as a beacon of inspiration in Australia’s slow transition toward renewable energy, despite recent cuts of $500 million in funding from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency. n Words by Lucia Moon Business Environment Awards winners announced Winners of the first-ever Inner West Council Business Environment Awards have been announced at an awards night held at the Inner West Council Petersham Service Centre. Council Administrator Richard Pearson has said that the new, larger council will continue to support businesses on their sustainability journey. “Some of what these businesses are achieving is phenomenal,” he said. “One has a new system to wash their equipment which recycles water and recovers waste product to be used again.” The awards feature seven categories, with over 20 Inner West businesses celebrated as either award winners or finalists. The winners include: The Bower Reuse and Repair Cooperative. It took out the award for Sustainable Leadership, which recognised its contribution to waste reduction and community collaboration; Reverse Garbage in the Sustainable Innovation category for its education project ‘Replay’, which engaged almost 9000 local children with education about waste behaviour; The Red Rattler Theatre won in the Water Saver category for an established eco-plan, including three large rainwater tanks; Access Hair in the Rethink Waste category, for recycling 90 per cent of its waste; The Trading Circle for Community Leadership, through its support of women and local schoolchildren; CHOICE in Marrickville, for the Energy Smart category and Batch Brewing Co took out the Beyond our Four Walls category, which seeks to recognise those influencing supply chains for sustainable outcomes. It achieves this through a strong relationship with NSW farmers and a focus on sourcing local ingredients. Aside from the awards, the event featured speeches from Jason McDermott, co-founder of Dresden Optics, and Angela Michaelis of local environmental advocacy group Climate Change Balmain-Rozelle. Businesses with sustainability sense n Local news Community objects to Bunnings development In response to a development application that would see a Bunnings Warehouse constructed on the Balmain Peninsular, local resident and business owner Grant Crowle has penned a letter to Council outlining the detrimental effects the development would cause. The development, which would be located on the sorner of Robert, Mullens and Parsons Streets in Rozelle, consists of a three-storey building with extensive Bunnings signage. According to Crowle, who acted as the Vice President of the Balmain Rozelle Chamber of Commerce for five years and owns The Hardware Store, a competing business located 600 metres from the proposed development, the objection is about community, liveability, congestion and need. “It is very strange that Bunnings has not built a store of this size in more than two decades. It looks like targeting of good local businesses just to force them out,” he says. Key issues include the lack of parking, access for large vehicles, traffic and the impact on the multiple local hardware stores in the area. “The hardware industry is already oversupplied compared to overseas countries by at least three to one. There is no need for this business.” These statements are echoed by the over 500 residents who have recently signed an online petition calling on the council to “Say NO to Bunnings in Balmain/Rozelle”. Oversupplied with hardware? Tempe Cooks River Bridge opened The Inner West Council Administrator Richard Pearson and Parliamentary Secretary for Transport, Roads, Industry, Resources and Energy John Sidoti have officially opened the new Tempe Cooks River Bridge. The project connects the Inner West Council with the Bayside Council, providing a safe way for pedestrians and cyclists to use the Cooks River path. The initiative, which cost $775,000, was in response to issues with a narrow strip of the pathway along the Princes Highway, which required pedestrians and cyclists to travel extremely close to fast-moving traffic. Developing an existing utility bridge, the pedestrian bridge was built upon and upgraded over a period of 18 months with funding from the Roads and Maritime Services and the Inner West Council. Lawyers recognise domestic violence workers Dulwich Hill practice, Gowland Legal, has held their inaugural awards night celebrating the incredible work done by those working with domestic violence cases. “We devised the Awards to give a voice to frontline workers who deal with the banal reality of domestic violence every day,” said Principal Solicitor Lyndal Gowland. “Domestic violence remains trivialised despite the recent increase in awareness but it won’t be fully accepted as an issue until its prevalence and seriousness is accepted as real. The denial of domestic violence is overt, covert and insidious.” Gowland Legal solicitors actively advocate on issues of domestic violence and specialise in family law. Because of this experience, the legal team is particularly well placed to know that there is still a long way to go in terms of domestic violence support and recognition, despite what appears to be an increase in public awareness. The Awards took place on the November 23rd at the NSW Parliament House. RIVER AND REEF by Marilyn Walters Opening and Drinks with the artist Saturday 10th December 2016 5-7pm Exhibition continues to 21st December 503 Balmain Rd Tue - Fri 9am - 5pm Lilyfield Sat 9am – 3pm 9555 1392 Sun 10am – 2pm 10

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