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Life in the Inner West Est. 2005 Free Issue 305 July 2017 ’The Business Issue’ Inner West Local Business Awards: Cutting through the grades Latte Leftie counsels Mia Freedman GIVEAWAYS Monsieur Chocolat Volvo Scandinavian Film Festival


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Inner West Whispers Rewriting West Connex — Ditching coffee cups • Inner West Council’s emoji feedback survey has raised eyebrows, with critics (like SMH’s Andrew P Street, yes that’s his name) accusing the council of trying to date it’s residents. While the emoji thing is a bit of fun, it shouldn’t detract from the real issues (more free worm farms please!). • The City of Canada Bay Council is stepping up their efforts to reduce the eco-footprint of the Inner West. The council’s Sustainable City Committee is urging residents to ditch the takeaway cup, and use keep cups for their coffee fix instead. Posters with ‘Choose Refill Over Landfill’ are being displayed in cafes throughout the Inner West, and residents have an opportunity to win one of 25 KeepCups by entering a draw. Coffee cups are estimated to be the second-largest contributor to litter waste after plastic bottles, so if you’re a coffee addict, KeepCups are definitely the way to go. • A group of Inner West residents protesting WestConnex were spotted at the Sydney Writers’ Festival in Walsh Bay last month. Their literary prowess was on full display with an innovative range of posters reimagining NSW Government platitudes as Penguin Classics. One such poster depicted a manifesto penned by Mike Baird - ‘The Rise of Fascism in NSW’. Another classic written by Duncan Gay, Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight, is entitled ‘Removing Trees at Night’. While the jury’s still out on the effectiveness of Things we love If Michelle Daley hadn’t received a liver transplant 20 years ago, she wouldn’t be here smiling in Ciao today. After sustaining an injury in a freak accident while playing Aussie Rules, Concord West resident Michelle Daley will be heading to Spain this month for the World Transplant Games. Donning green and gold, she’ll be representing Australia in five events across swimming and track. The Games unite 2200 athletes from 60 countries for a week of sport and celebration, to promote the benefits of organ and tissue donation around the world. Michelle is gunning for gold and hopes to break all five world records. Last year, she won an astonishing fifteen gold medals for New South Wales at the Australian Transplant Games. Michelle’s love of sports started at six, and since then she’s tried her hand at all sports — hockey, soccer, swimming, women’s AFL — you name it. Now working at the Heart Foundation to promote active living, Michelle says she’s lucky she’s been able to fully recover from her injuries thanks to a successful transplant, and she’s happy to have a way of honouring the legacy. “The reason I do compete in the transplant sport is because it’s a source of inspiration for me about promoting organ donation and what life after transplant can look like,” she says. “It’s a good source of motivation for when you don’t feel like turning up to the pool for training on a cold winter’s night.” The $35 Million Marly Bar in Newtown WestConnex meets the Writers’ Festival WestConnex protests, this show of solidarity is definitely one of the more memorable and inventive approaches we’ve seen. • The artists war on West Connex continues with Disconnex opening at an Inner West Council venue Chrissie Cotter Gallery where awards will be given for the best placard. • The controversy around the planned privatisation of Inner West buses continues, with strikes by 1,200 public bus drivers and a free-fare day to boot. What’s next for the resistance? One thing’s for sure, the fight isn’t over yet. Australians can register as an organ donor by joining the Australian Organ Donor Register online at: Latte Leftie Latte Leftie chokes out a heartfelt mea culpa after inadvertently offending one of womynkind’s great heroines! Dear LL – I’m writing to express my burning sense of betrayal about you sharing our off the record negotiations around our interview to discuss my memoir, Exemplary Feminist: How I went from Ascham Head Prefect to PwC’s Chief Gender and Sexuality Commissar and looked hot while doing it. Why you felt it necessary to divulge my request that the interview take place in a yurt wallpapered with Hillary 2020 posters is beyond me. Nor do I understand why you needed to mention the fact I reduced your intern to tears while upbraiding her for getting my coffee order wrong while talking about the sacred bond of sisterhood I feel with all women. And do I not have the right to have others address me by my preferred pronoun of ‘Your Majesty’? I can only assume that as cisgendered male you lack the intersectional insight to understand. Clementine, Rose Bay LL replies: Rest assured, I’ve been engaging in even more performative acts of self-loathing than is expected of a male progressive since the Twitter lynch mob had an explosive outragegasm over my loose-lipped disclosures. I’m sure we both feel it would be a terrible shame if this ongoing controversy had the entirely unintentional consequence of generating mutually beneficial publicity! We are Ciao Advertising: Editorial: Creative: Publisher: General: 0404 765 643 No responsibility is accepted by Ciao Magazine for the accuracy of advertisements or information. The opinions expressed in Ciao are those of contributors, indemnifying the publisher from inaccuracy or consequences arising from its reproduction. No material is to be reproduced without written permission of the publisher. © All rights reserved. Contributors: Nigel Bowen, Ben Cregan, Lianna Taranto, Jada BennettCross, Russell Edwards, Lucia Moon, Winsor Dobbin, Alison Xiao, Jane Lifen Chen, and Maria Zarro. 460A PARRAMATTA ROAD, PETERSHAM 2049 WWW.CI AOMAG A ZI N E.COM.AU (02) 9518 3696, M:0405 509 805 Ciao is locally owned and produced. Please recycle. Cover: Inner West Business Awards cut through with Phu and Alex from Sydney Self Defence Centre, shot by Ben Cregan 1/256 Norton St, Leichhardt Ph: 95685377 Dear friends of Monte Restaurant, Leichhardt,   To all of our wonderful supporters who have already voted for Monte Restaurant in the Inner West Sydney Local Business Awards, I would like to take the opportunity to extend my heartfelt gratitude to each and every one of you. As a new business, we depend on your support and we are grateful that you have taken the time to vote for us, showing your love for Monte! It inspires us to keep up the good work and keep providing a fun and delicious dining experience.   If you didn’t vote this time, please don’t forget us next year! Hope to see you in Monte Restaurant soon! Kra zy Kidz Sumo H ire Sumo Suits Jumping Castles All Functions And More 0415 611 929


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ovie tickets and more. Great prizes up for gra FILM FESTIVAL bs: vouchers for photography equipment, bicycles, m Submit short environmentally-themed films before 31 July for your chance to be selected to screen at the Footprints Ecofestival on Sunday 27 August! E N T R I E S C LO S E 31 J U LY 2017 More information at or call (02) 9367 9381


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What’s On PORTRAIT PAINTING Art Est. Gallery, 67-69 Lords Road, Leichhardt A class for watercolour painters who would love to master portrait. SUN 25 JUNE, 10AM LA FIESTA ITALIANA Five Dock Public School Spend the morning celebrating Italian culture with students. Dance La Tarantella, mimic the Trevi Fountain coin toss and build the tallest Leaning Tower of Pisa from newspapers. WED 28 JUNE, 9.30AM DISCONNEX Chrissie Cotter Gallery Reframing Resistance. An exhibition of salvaged items. Image to left: 9 year old twins, Adrian and Cameron, protesting against WestConnex Haberfield Photo by © Raj Suri WED 28 JUNE, 8PM PHANTOM LADY Balmain Library It’s film noir night at Balmain Library. Scott Henderson’s (Alan Curtis) innocuous evening with a strange woman becomes crucial when he is accused of murdering his wife on the same night. FRI 30 JUNE, 2PM FILMS FOR THE FAMILY Event Cinemas, Westfield Burwood Treat the kids during the school holidays with two non-stop weeks of fun family films, minions, Marvel, arts and crafts. 1 — 16 J U LY SCA JUNIOR BMX CAMP Sydney Olympic Park, 8 Australia Avenue, Sydney Olympic Park Sign your child up for the ultimate extreme sports camp experience. 3 — 4 J U LY COMIC COSTUME DIY Marrickville Library Kids aged 12 to 15 can create costumes from Marvel to Cosplay and anywhere in between. M O N DAY 10 J U LY, 10AM NAIDOC WEEK Marrickville Library Celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history and spirituality through story and song, including storytelling, didgeridoo performance, bush tucker morning tea and Aboriginal face-painting. W E D 5 J U LY, 10.30AM SUPERHERO SOFTIE Stanmore Library, Douglas Street, Stanmore Design your one of a kind bear using comic book inspired fabric and funky felt shapes. MO NDAY 3 J U LY, 10.30AM DRAMA EXPRESS Rozelle Neighbourhood Centre Inc, 756 Darling Street, Rozelle, Join the Comedy Workshop for its July session and flex your drama muscles. WE D 5 J U LY, 5.30PM POLICE SAFETY TALKS Herb Greedy Hall Marrickville Marrickville Police’s Crime Prevention Officer shares important information on safety to library members, with Greek (11th) and Arabic (12th) community translators. 1 1 — 1 2 J U LY, 10.30AM JO HENWOOD ILLUSTRATED LECTURE ON EPICS Ashfield Civic Centre 260 Liverpool Road Ashfield, Join Jo Henwood for an exploration of the greatest and earliest written stories. MO NDAY 3 JULY, 11AM SOUL MESSENGERS Wayward Brewery, 1 Gehrig Lane, Annandale Join these bluesy-soul revivalists as they present a dynamite live show. S U N 1 6 JULY, 4PM REPAIR CAFE CONCORD Community Centre, Concord Bower technicians will help fix, advise and assist residents with repairing dodgy small electrical items, for free! SAT 8 JULY, 10AM HAIM Enmore Theatre, 118-132 Enmore Rd, Newtown See one of the world’s hottest bands. These three sisters are supremely talented, plus they’re friends with Taylor Swift. THUR S 2 0 JULY, 7.30P M Brave the colder weather and embrace what winter has to offer. -4-


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WHAT’S ON WHAT’S ON OPEN INNER WEST 16 — 25 JUNE Open Inner West Festival is back! Across 24 suburbs and ten days, revel in 57 cultures across the Inner West and unearth diverse communities from Klub Koori to The Greek Sweets Festival. Activities are organised by local community groups, schools and community organisations, with support from Council through a grants program. On the last weekend of the festival, check out the Pachamama Festival film screenings, the Chinese Multicultural Festival and The Rhythms, Colours, Flavours of Peru, all held in Marrickville. Take part in Arraial do BRACCA in Petersham and Innov8tion in Ashfield, and make sure to check the program for details. Check Program DEAD SINGER BAND LIVE! SUNDAY 25 JUNE The Dead Singer Band pays tribute to iconic Aussie singing stars who are no longer with us. Made up of Colin Burgess, AC/DC’s first drummer, his brother, Newtown resident Denny Burgess, Roger Faynes from Stevie Wright’s band, and the glorious Vanessa Lea, the lineup offers fans an incredible experience. Billy Thorpe, Stevie Wright and Jon English diehards will love the visual and aural montage that Dead Singer Band delivers. The veteran musos knew these Aussie legends personally and collected video, interviews, costumes and personal recollections to provide fresh insights and perform authentic renditions of hit after hit. Petersham RSL, 7 Regent St, Petersham C AT R I V I A SUNDAY 25 JUNE 4PM Love your furry feline friends? This is the purrfect way to help cats in need. Come along to the inaugural CaTrivia fundraiser to help rescue and re-home street cats. Urban Cat Alliance is a Sydney based group that hopes to raise money for stray cats to be fed and receive the medical care they require. Sam Anderson from Mao’s Last Dancer and All Saints will be hosting, and will be accompanied by music from Miss Calli and The Executive. If you’re not a crazy cat lady, rest assured not all prizes are cat-related. Head along anyway to provide a happy-ever-after for many animals who are suffering. Public House Petersham, 292 Stanmore Road, Petersham EAT, TASTE, CREATE 29 JUNE ABBOTSFORD, 1 2 JULY DRUMMOYN E, 2 0 J ULY R HOD ES Feeling conscious about how much of your food goes to waste? Here’s your chance to learn some culinary secrets and educate yourself on how to minimise food waste, all while enjoying a delicious dinner out. Three local Inner West restaurants will deliver a three course meal and a goodie bag for everyone to take home. With $2.5 billion worth of edible food thrown away every year from NSW households, this is an opportunity for foodies to share tips and recipes, meet like-minded people and figure out better ways to plan, store, reimagine and grow food for a more sustainable future. Check website PROMOTION Therapies for Kids is Sydney’s most sought after children’s therapy service Sydney’s most sought after children’s therapy service, Therapies for Kids, is a transdisciplinary allied health practice based in a state of the art inclusive therapy centre located in Annandale, specialising in paediatric physiotherapy, speech pathology and occupational therapy. The therapy centre is for children of all abilities, so children who are typically developing and require short term remedial therapy are treated alongside children who may have a disability. This approach reduces the extent of marginalisation that kids with disabilities often experience. Clinical Director of Therapies for Kids, Debbie Evans founded the business nine years ago after noticing a need to provide families a central location with a wide range of children’s therapy treatments and the expertise of trained specialists all under one roof. AMAL AWAD MONDAY 10 JULY, 6.30PM Join acclaimed author and journalist Amal Awad at Leichhardt Library as she discusses her book ‘Beyond Veiled Cliches: the real lives of Arab women’, a work of non-fiction focusing on women in the Arab world and Arab Australian women. Breaking down stereotypes and stigmas, Amal looks to discover what their lives are really like. Having contributed to SBS, ABC, Frankie and Junkee, her interviewing skills got quite the workout as she spoke to more than 60 women in Australia and the Middle East about feminism, religion, love, culture and more. Come along for this free talk — all are welcome. Monday 10 July, 6.30pm TAIKOZ INTRODUCTORY WORKSHOP SUNDAY 16 JULY, 11.30AM Drum your way to fitness with ancient Japanese taiko, a thunderous and energetic musical experience. Taiko refers to a broad range of Japanese percussion instruments, drums that range from the massive 250 kilogram o-daiko right down to the small, handheld uchiwadaiko. The Taikoz studio offers the opportunity for students of all ages to learn how to play with introduction workshops and family play activities. It’s as much physical exercise as it is music and performance, offering physical benefits from reduced stress to breath control skills. Bash on some drums to expel your energy and celebrate musical multiculturalism! 42 - 46 Wattle Street, Ultimo Therapies for Kids offers unique treatments with a difference — each program is tailored to the individual’s needs and abilities and can also be specifically tailored for children with complex disabilities. The team of specialists are committed to early childhood intervention therapy and post early intervention support. Therapies for Kids are one of the leading and most innovative therapy centres in Australia. They use effective and fun treatments that involve the latest specialised gross motor and sensory equipment, such as their Suspension Harness System (the only one of its type in Australia), ‘Spider Cage’, Theratogs, Distal Balance Exercises (DBE) and a range of gymnasium equipment. Therapies for Kids regularly treats children who are sent to the centre from countries such as Singapore, United Kingdom and in the Middle East, as well as from all states of Australia. The centre focuses on improving functional skills and qualities such as independent mobility, strength, flexibility, balance, coordination, endurance, gross and fine motor skills, cognition and thinking, play and socialisation skills, motor planning, feeding, and receptive and expressive language. 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PROMOTION LOCAL BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT HIGHLIGHTING THE INNER WEST’S BEST ENTREPRENEURS Punch Park At Punch Park, the aim is to bring a little green to the urban lifestyle through clothes that have been inspired by nature and designed to go the distance. Punch Park love to explore and discover local innovations in design, science and technology and nurture homegrown artisans and musicians. This is the playground that is Punch Park. Punch Park acts as the core range – bringing you all the urban essentials whilst the other brands within the portfolio, including Beech & Bird, The Power of Grey and Blue Poeny, represent great perennials for your wardrobe. All brands are trans-seasonal in their offering. Beech & Bird is inspired by the beauty of the Australian landscape and incorporates luxurious fabrics and superior tailoring. The Power of Grey is defined by intelligent, ageless designs for those seeking understated luxury. Blue Poeny is more bohemian in its offering and takes its style from Australia’s beautiful beaches and associated lifestyle. Punch Park has a strong ethos and community involvement. The brand and its sister brands are designed by a local team of experts with over 30 years experience in the fashion industry. All fashion is designed locally and ethically produced overseas with makers that the team has worked with for many years. All garments are fitted on a woman with natural curves. Punch Park is passionate about designing clothes for long term use and making clothes that work across lifestyles and seasons. And Punch Park always strives to encourage people to make considered choices when buying clothing and promotes recycling of beloved pieces. The range can be viewed in person at The Urban Underground – the fabulous ‘pop up’ that is housed on weekends in the lower ground floor, Black Toast Café, 43 Booth Street, Annandale. Facebook: punchparkfashion Instagram: @punch.park On Point Oz Designer Patricia Ayala’s multiple collections of evening wear including Si Bella, Dolce, along with Vita and Espera roll out ravishing new styles for a season of unbridled romance and elegance. Against the framework of meticulously crafted, corsetry-structured cocktail and evening dresses, Patricia spins together a brilliant range of evening and bridal dresses from a precise combination of graceful silhouettes, glittering embellishments, and styles of unflinching modernity. Each piece is a masterwork in sleek lines and luxurious polish, making them stunning showstoppers for red carpet events, charity galas or as the head-turning wedding dress of any woman’s dreams. Manufactured from the finest quality silks, laces, georgettes and organzas in a wide range of colors, each label is marked with specific sensibilities: Si Bella is couture-level quality dresses with all-out glamour and lavish embroideries of Swarovski crystals; Solce is as dazzling but with a minimalist restraint; Vita skews toward the more refined woman; while Espera consists of fun-loving cocktail or bridesmaid dresses. Even as these brands evoke stylistically defined looks, they all bear the foundational hallmarks of Patricia Ayala’s design vision of providing women with dresses that transcend trends and deliver a timeless elegance. The latest collections are available at retail: Si Bella and Dolce from $850 to $3,000; Vita and Espera to about $1,200 in a wide range of sizes at specialty boutiques nationwide and online. About Patricia Patricia Ayala is the multi-faceted, Australia-based designer behind an array of labels rapidly gaining momentum as essential must-haves for women everywhere. Her bona fides run deep as a next generation fashionista whose mother worked on some of the biggest brands in the world and infused in her an intrinsic understanding of style and a skill for sewing from a very early age. She began her career in production and operations, gradually moving onto development, marketing and design. Her inherent artistic eye coupled with formidable business acumen drove her to eventually launch her eponymous line in 1995. She eventually focused on evening and intimate apparel to create On Point Oz. At the very core of Patricia Ayala’s designs is a joyful self expression for women in wearing something truly spectacular, thereby creating unforgettable memories that last a lifetime. Facebook: Seewa Seth Seewa Seth is not only a designer, but a painter as well. Seewa says: “I have always been creative and loved colours, and used to Travel Counsellors Let Travel Counsellors look after you, the way you truly deserve to be looked after. With Travel Counsellors, it’s personal. This is how they stand out from the crowd. Founded by Hannah Foster, Travel Counsellors creates superb holiday experiences. Hannah says “My clients want more out of a holiday than purely a transaction — they are after a truly memorable experience, and to be looked after by a caring professional. With online booking systems and clients finding it harder to get to a Travel Agent within business hours, the travel booking experience is becoming more impersonal, more overwhelming, and it’s becoming harder to differentiate between the many products and services offered. I am here to make this easier for my travellers. do abstract paintings inspired by nature as a hobby. I had been painting colours of the Maasai tribe and Zulu tribe unconsciously, and a few years ago I ended up working with Maasai tribe people. At the time, I had no idea that these colours would one day become an important part of my life, and that they were Maasai colours. I used to work and travel extensively, be it Asia, a remote Italian village or the fashion capital Milan. One of my projects took me to Africa, and this is where my whole life changed. My beadwork gives economic opportunities to the Maasai and Zulu ladies for their source of living while using their cultural and generational beadwork skills. My fashion styles and inspiration were born from all my travels. I have been a very blessed person all my life, and when my health was challenged I managed to overcome it with faith and medical expertise. I set out to channel my creative energies into my designs as part of my healing process. I felt that my soul was very disturbed, and I needed this outlet to calm my soul. I wanted to be creative — that was all I knew and that was all I wanted to pursue, and nothing could stop me. I love doing creative work as it keeps me calm, healed and blissful. It serves my purpose of helping people and it’s for a cause of women’s empowerment.” “Being Fijian born gave me a natural ability to mix with people, and I’m very proud of that heritage. Regardless of where we are born or brought up, I believe that by changing ourselves we bring changes to our communities and Australia as whole. There is no boundary to reaching out to the other side of the world with a kind heart to share unconditional love.” The Seewaa Seth Collection is for all Australians to have there inner power awakened by connecting themselves with meaningful colours in their daily life and for self realisation. Readers of Ciao Magazine can claim a 10% discount I have visited over 30 countries; some of my favourite experiences have been enjoying an intimate air safari trip to Botswana and Zimbabwe, honeymooning in the Maldives, soaking in the Parisian lifestyle in France, and enjoying the vibrant culture and history of Vietnam. I am an expert in all aspects of travel, whether it’s planning a journey of a lifetime through Europe for retirees or organising a tour of South America for a group of friends. Anything you want, I can make it happen!” Starting her own business with Travel Counsellors has given Hannah the opportunity to do what she does best — care for her clients — she says “I get to know you so that I can provide the extra care and attention that is needed. I channel all my energy into what you really want, by asking the right questions and providing the right recommendations. If you have trouble checking in at a hotel or at the airport, I am always at the other end of the phone to assist. I am also happy to discuss your travel plans or meet with you at a time that suits you.” Email: Ph: 0411 868 200 Facebook: Hannah Foster Travel Counsellor Mention Ciao magazine to save $100.00 on all Package Holidays over $5000.00*. Ph: 0411 868 200 -6-


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MOVIES From the sleazy to the sublime The punk, the poet and the paedophile – just another week at your local art-house cinema DETOUR ★★★★ This crisp neo-noir thriller snuck onto our local screens barely announced, perhaps in response to some less than kind US reviews (withering, actually). Though at least Variety got it right, calling Detour “substantial and surprising” and likening it to “Sliding Doors reimagined by Quentin Tarantino.” Writer/director Christopher Smith certainly has a few tricks up his sleeve, especially when that alternative narratives structure morphs into something else. By then its slick twists will have kept us invested and surprised, even as its “good boy done a bad thing” genre-heavy plotline suggests that we know what’s coming. Well, nope, we don’t… Tye Sheridan plays the over-privileged law student, Harper, seething about the neglect his despised stepfather is showing his comatose mother after a car smash. One night he drunkenly spills his guts to a snarling punk in a bar, Johnny (Emory Cohen), ordering a hit for $20,000. The next morning Johnny turns up at his well-heeled suburban mansion with his beautiful but damaged stripper girlfriend (Bel Powley) in tow, intent on executing their murderous plan. The tense follow through of this trio is one plot. In the other, Harper closes the door, though what happens then is just another nightmare. Eventually the two stories converge, but only after a succession of low-life bruisers have done their dirty deeds in an impressive lot of artfully composed shots. The final line is almost a classic, one of the classiest you’ll ever hear in a scungy Californian crime thriller. MA15+ from June 22. Detour: A deliciously seedy Californian road trip A QUIET PASSION ★★★★ “I fear you must prepare yourself for a polka.” Yes indeed, though if the thought of petticoats, poetry and polka do fill you with dread, then maybe Terence Davis’ highly stylised telling of the difficult life of American poet, Emily Dickinson isn’t for you. But you’ll be missing one of the most highly praised art house hits of the year. In fact the acclaim has been so excessive and so universal, especially about Cynthia Nixon’s performance as the reclusive scribbler, that’s it’s hard to find new adjectives. They’ll all be on the ads, so I won’t try, and just mention Davis’ films are all visually gorgeous, and Una: The look that destroys this is no exception. He also made one of my all time favourites, Distant Voices, Still Lives, and though there’s less singing and absolutely no domestic violence (not the physical kind!) in A Quiet Passion, there is the same melancholy, barbed wit and personal pain. They’re all most evident in Emily’s scathing exchanges with her family (Jennifer Ehle, Keith Carradine). We’re given an insider’s look into a complex scenes, which is just as well. Mendelsohn plays Ray/Pete, the guilty man who has served gaol time because of his illicit affair with Una (Rooney Mara in the present and a devastatingly effective Ruby Stokes as the younger girl). He’s blindsided by her sudden re-appearance in his life when, for less than clear reasons, she tracks him down at work. genius’ own private hell here, something Some of the scenes in the warehouse she was only too ready to tell us about. seem too stage-bound and stilted for the Quiet? Her passions was anything but. PG cinema, and a bit of what happens there from June 22. The poet shows her passion doesn’t ring true at all. But that’s a minor UNA ★★★★ quibble, what’s more important is the chemistry between the two great actors, both at the top of Those who green-lighted this adaption of David Harrower’s dense and gut-wrenching 2005 play about 40 year-old man’s their game and the sharp, penetrating dialogue, which sizzles with anger, regret, pain and sexual longing. affair with a 13 year-old girl are brave men (and no doubt all men). So too is Ben Mendelsohn, an actor who never shies from a challenge, here taking on the role of someone we would normally consider a creep. Una is quite clearly damaged by what happened and in no sense is Ray excused, though Mendelsohn does his best to get us to understand it, and even feel some sympathy. Does he deserve to have his new life ruined? That’s not really the Aussie Benedict Andrews is an established theatre question posed by this highly challenging movie, but after director, but Una is first big-screen work. He’s opened up that final, harrowing scene, there won’t be a many viewers the two-hander to include flashbacks, new characters and not squirming and churning. M from June 22. -8- Top picks for July The funny and sad life of a clown MONSIEUR CHOCOLAT ★★★★ Many expected the politically charged I Am Not Your Negro to walk away with the official prize at the Sydney Film Festival simply because they agreed with its message. Well, who doesn’t, but sometimes that same cry for equality and respect is better made in a way that is not simply preaching to the choir. And that’s exactly what Roschdy Zem’s Monsieur Chocolat, does – telling what (for most of us) will be a completely new story in an entertaining way. Based on a true one, it’s the bittersweet tale of “Chocolat” (Omar Sy), who we first meet in a French circus at the end of the 19th century playing a fierce cannibal. He’s the son of a slave and an illegal – but luckily his talent for physical comedy is recognized and nurtured by a clown, George Footit (James Thierrée). The pair go on to become huge stars in Paris – their slapstick act both playing to and mocking the prejudices of those in the audience. A fantastically endearing performer (Sy is perfect for the role), he was also a man of great appetites, and the “sex, drugs and rock ‘n roll” lifestyle of those times soon took its toll. But what really did him was the entrenched barely disguised racism. The movie is at its best when the personal and political are mixed up, and the complex dynamic between George and Chocolat, the white and the black man, is examined. This may be an old story, but it’s still one of burning relevance today. M from June 29. VOLVO SCANDINAVIAN FILM FESTIVAL 2017 Palace Cinemas again brings the Volvo Scandinavian Film Festival to Norton St from July 11 with 20 films from those cold countries way up north. Maybe because of our fascination with the Nordic way of life – which involves serial killers, grisly crimes, people taking all their clothes off and drinking too much – its one of their most successful foreign language fests. Seriously though, the region just produces some top-notch cinema. The exciting program opens with Aki Kaurismäki’s droll refugee comedy The Other Side Of Hope, winner of the Silver Bear for Best Director 2017 at this year’s Berlinale. It screened recently at the Sydney Film Festival to huge acclaim, as did Amanda Kernell’s multiple award-winning and moving Sami Blood. We’ll have more about the festival next issue. Updates and info at ■ WIN DOUBLE PASSES To be in the running for one of 5 double in season passes to Monsieur Chocolat or the Volvo Scandinavian Film Festival just email your name and address to telling us where you found your copy of Ciao. 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Amy Large Volunteer of the Year Awards Nominations Now Open ™Young Volunteer ™Adult Volunteer ™Senior Volunteer ™ ™Volunteer Team/Group ™ Inner West Council’s inaugural Amy Large Volunteer of the Year awards are now open. Nominate a deserving local volunteer for recognition of their outstanding contributions to local families, organisations, programs and/or individuals in need. Category winners will be eligible to win the Amy Large Volunteer of the Year Award. The winner will then be nominated for the 2017 NSW Volunteer of the Year Awards. Nominations will be judged on: • Special or outstanding features of the volunteering • 9MJNRUFHYFSIGJSJ‫ܪ‬YTKYMJ[TQZSYJJWNSL • Examples of how the volunteer has displayed dedication above and beyond the norm Award nominations close Sunday 2 July 2017. SNAPS THE GALA COASIT BALL with special guests Premier Berejiklian, Anthony Albanese, Cosima De Vito and John Sidoti Italian Classes for Adults In the heart of Little Italy "Speak the most beautiful language" Term 3: Mon 24 July - Sat 23 September 5% early-bird discount if you enrol online by 7 July 2017 • Qualified native Italian teachers • Innovative and FREE online learning portal • Flexible class times and FREE tutoring • Private Italian lessons on-site or online also available • Small group classes "Please enjoy [yellow tail] wine responsibly" Mention this advertisement when you enrol to receive a complimentary bottle of [yellow tail] wine -9- Casa d’Italia 67 Norton Street, Leichhardt NSW 2040 (02) 9564 0744


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ENVIRONMENT Greening Sydney COOLING OUR CITY WITH TREES AND FLOWERS The veiled green walls of One Central Park are a stunning testament to the integration of nature with urban living. At 150 metres high, the vertical gardens, designed by Patrick Blanc, are the tallest in the world. They appear, as Blanc reminds us, “like a natural cliff, as though [one has] cut a giant slice out of the Blue Mountains and put it in the middle of the city.” Besides their aesthetic value, Blanc’s vertical gardens increase the energy efficiency of the building. In winter, they lower energy consumption by protecting the building from the cold, while in summer they provide a natural cooling system. Such buildings are a rarity in Sydney, but we would do well to have more. Particularly considering the heat of the late angry summer, in which 205 weather records were broken during a 90 day period. The city of Singapore is the world’s greenest city, with 30 per cent of its urban area covered by vegetation. Dubbed a “City in a Garden”, its skyscrapers and pavements alike are swathed in shrubbery and flowering creepers. Scientists in Singapore have found consistent differences in temperature of up to 4 degrees where grass and trees are present. Singapore is a leading example for the benefits of greening cities. In the slow battle against climate change, planting and covering Sydney in greenery will improve the city’s overall liveability through Co2 reductions, shade provision and increasing biodiversity. Thankfully, the City of Sydney Council has recently committed an extra $8 million over the next 10 years to increase Sydney’s street tree canopy and reduce the damaging heat island effect. City residents have also shown commitment to spreading the green goodness with efforts such as the Glebe Bushcare Group, Rozelle Bay Community Nursery, the Pyrmont Ultimo Landcare Group and the Glebe Society’s Blue Wren Group. Let us hope that such green initiatives are extending to Sydney’s far west, where green cover in some areas is as low as 2.5 per cent, and where the number of very hot days has risen over the past three decades by 250 per cent. Words by Lucia Moon Local History Yasmar Juvenile Detention Centre Yasmar Juvenile Detention Centre was located in a historic house in Haberfield built by the Ramsay family; its namesake comes from ‘Ramsay’ spelt backwards. The estate was taken over by the New South Wales government in 1944, and established as a Children’s Court and remand home for “delinquent boys” in 1946. Yasmar was chosen as the site for the boys’ home because of its non-institutional appearance, which provided a friendly atmosphere and would not intimidate children who appeared in court. It was used for this purpose until 1994, when the government developed a specialist program for young women in custody and Yasmar was selected as the state’s only female juvenile detention centre to hold up to 34 of the program’s residents. Girls aged between 10 and 18 years who were in custody charged with criminal offenses were housed in the centre. By the turn of the century, with an increase in the number of children held on remand, the outdated detention centre appeared to be too small and cramped, and lacked sufficient capacity. As a result, it was closed in 2006 and has been used as a government training facility even since. For the last few years, it has hosted Whitelion’s ‘Bailout’ event. One Central Park adds greenery to the city’s skyline The haunting interior of the detention centre                     Inner West Council Grants 2017/18 open 3 July Arts & Culture Grants Community Grants ANTAR Inner West Stronger Communities Grants 2016 recipient. GRANT INFORMATIONRAIN (Resourceful Australian Indian Network) SESSIONS Petersham Tuesday 4 July 6-7.30pm Bookings essential Inner West Stronger Communities Grants Ashfield Wednesday 5 July 10-11.30am Bookings essential Local History Grants Environmental Grants Recreation Grants GRANT WRITING WORKSHOP Ashfield Monday 10 July 10am-1pm Bookings essential -10- INNER WEST COUNCIL Grant applications open Monday 3 July and close Thursday 10 August 2017. If you require further information please call 9716 1830 or email council@ or go to


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LEICHHARDT BOWLING & RECREATION CLUB W W W. L E I C H H A R D T B O W L I N G C L U B . C O M . AU 88-92 Piper St Leichhardt Ph: 9569 1936 / 9560 3574 Wednesday - Friday Lunch 12pm - 2.30pm Dinner 5.30pm - 9.00pm Saturday & Sunday 12.00pm - 8.30pm 2017 STATE OF ORIGIN BE PART OF THE ACTION WHEN THE BLUES TAKE ON THE MAROONS AT SYDNEY’S ANZ STADIUM MATCH DATE: JULY 12TH, 2017 ANZ Stadium LEICHHARDT BOWLING CLUB W W W. L E I C H H A R D T B O W L I N G C L U B . C O M . AU 88-92 Piper St Leichhardt Ph: 9569 1936 / 9560 3574


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TRAVEL CAPITAL IDEA IT MIGHT BE TIME TO RECONSIDER YOUR ATTITUDE TO CANBERRA AND EMBARK ON AN IDEAL WEEKEND GETAWAY, WRITES WINSOR DOBBIN We have a tendency to look down our noses at our national capital. It’s quite wet, very cold, a bit dull and full of politicians. While you can’t do much about the weather, Canberra can actually be both vibrant and fascinating – and most weekends those politicians head home. Nowadays, Canberra is home to funky restaurants, artisan food producers, museums and galleries that are full of interest, as well as several cool hotels. Even better, it is surrounded by several vineyard regions producing outstanding boutique wines. WHERE TO STAY QT Canberra is the latest incarnation of a building that is steeped in Australian political history. This quirky designer hotel celebrates its history and rebirth through bold design, a mix of hip artworks, and bespoke furniture. Located in the emerging cultural precinct of New Acton, the former Lakeside Hotel property has been home to many a handshake deal and long lunch. Today, the Capitol Bar & Grill offers a range of fine wine, and bistro classics. There is an on-trend members-only rooftop lounge (try to talk your way in), Lucky’s speakeasy bar, and an old-school barber’s shop for anyone in need of a cut-throat shave. Look out for the artworks decorating the lobby area and the little in-room twists in the style of hotel design icons like Mama Shelter, Luna 2 in Bali and other QT properties. The rooms are stylish with air conditioning, a mini bar, a flat-screen TV and private balcony. They each offer a telephone, ironing facilities and an alarm clock – and Canberra’s attractions, including Australian National University and Australian Academy of Science, are easily accessible on foot. There is complimentary wireless internet access, on-site parking and a ‘QT Old Fashioned’ cocktailmaking station. QT Canberra, 1 London Circuit, Canberra (02) 6247 6244. WHERE TO EAT Dining in Canberra can come with a delightful Italian accent – whether at Bacaro Wine Bar, Italian and Sons trattoria or upmarket Mezzalira, all owned by longtime Canberra residents the Trimboli family, who have hospitality in their blood. Bacaro, tucked away in the back room of Italian and Sons on Lonsdale Street in busy, buzzy Braddon, is the place to go for a predinner glass of wine – the wine list is exclusively Italian with the exception of a selection from local icon winery Clonakilla. Grab some flatbreads or olives and plan the night ahead over a glass of anything from a natural wine to a top-class nebbiolo. Next door, Italian and Sons serves classic Italian dishes in a riotously fun atmosphere. It is often packed to rafters with a relaxed crowd enjoying pizzas, pastas and other favourites served by well-informed and fun staff. Dining out is rarely this much fun. Think a great selection of antipasti and authentic charcuterie, well-priced pizzas (the simpler the better) and a dish of the day ranging from suckling goat to Northern Rivers veal. It is the ideal spot for a loud get together with a group of friends. Mezzalira, owned by the same family, is a little more formal, with excellent food but more of a date-night vibe. It has the same impressive attention to detail, though. Choose daily specials from the blackboard, sample starters like sardine fillets with pine nuts, currants and chardonnay vinegar, or mains like wood-fired Berkshire suckling pig. Pasta choices include pappardelle with smoked duck breast or risotto with scampi, broad beans and mascaropone. And there is an enticing wine list with several good choices, both Italian and Australian, by the glass. The Trimbolis also run neighbourhood pizzeria Da Rosario – another popular hangout. Other good Canberra dining choices include long-time stand outs Aubergine, Courgette, Chairman and Yip and Ottoman Cuisine, along with newer party animals Eightysix, Akira, XO and Benchmark. WHAT TO DO The National Museum of Australia is a “must do” destination at any time of the year, offering a fascinating insight into Australia’s social history. So, too, is the Capital Region Farmers Market, held every Saturday morning. Canberra’s many museums and galleries include Parliament House (with free guided tours that begin every 30 minutes), the Australian War Memorial, The National Library, the National Film and Sound Archive, the National Gallery and National Portrait Gallery. Questacon, the national science and technology centre, is particularly popular with younger visitors, as is Zootopia. Winter and spring are festival seasons in the nation’s capital. The Canberra Writers’ Festival will return on August 25–27 with a jam-packed program of authors and works spanning genres. The Truffle Festival similarly runs through to August with a range of events and tastings. Opera aficionados, symphony orchestra enthusiasts and chamber choir fans will be spoiled for choice as a series of galas and performances take place in locations including the High Court of Australia, National Gallery of Australia and Llewellyn Hall at The Australian National University. NAIDOC Week, beginning on July 29, celebrates the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people at the National Library of Australia. Meanwhile, Floriade, Australia’s “Celebration of Spring,” is a world-class floral exhibition worth seeing. More than a million blooms go into the show, which stretches from mid-September to midOctober and features horticultural workshops, music, local artistry and events that include the spectacular Floriade NightFest. For full details on local events and activities see www. IN SEARCH OF FINE WINE The Canberra region is dotted with about 40 fine wineries – many of which are actually in New South Wales – including three that rank among the best in the country: Clonakilla, Helm and Lark Hill. Clonakilla, where Tim Kirk is the winemaker, helped spearhead the popularity of the shirazviognier blend and has a lovely cellar door overlooking the vines at Murrumbateman, while regional pioneer Ken Helm is regarded as one of the best riesling makers in the country. Helm’s rustic cellar door is a former school hall once used for Temperance Union meetings, and wines are also now made by his daughter Stephanie. Lark Hill, which specialises in biodynamic and organic wines, is overseen by 2017 Young Gun of the Year Chris Carpenter. If you time for your visit to coincide with the October long weekend, you can enjoy all the colour and diversion of the Murrumbateman Moving Feast, a low-key but very enjoyable food and wine festival, and sample all the wines from the Murrumbateman Cool Climate Wine Show. On the Lake George side of town, Lerida Estate’s Cafe Lerida is a popular lunchtime spot, and the winery makes excellent pinot noir and pinot gris. Also look out for Mount Majura and Shaw Family Vineyard. -12-


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IN THE KITCHEN Minty Tzatziki Flatbreads Crisp and warm off the BBQ! You can’t go past homemade flatbreads. They’re warm and deliciously buttery, can be served with just about anything and are as easy as pie to make. It has become a weekend family ritual of ours to make these simple flatbreads. My little one loves measuring all the ingredients and getting his hands all floury, and the hubby simply chargrills them on the barbecue, which means I get to sit back with a hot cup of tea and a good book! This recipe is an adaptation from a Jamie Oliver classic, but I find tzatziki adds such a tangy, savoury note and pairs wonderfully with other BBQ favourites such as lamb kebabs or grilled marinated chicken. Ingredients: Serves 12 • 350 g self-raising flour, plus extra for dusting • 1 teaspoon baking powder • 350g tzatziki dip (homemade or store bought) For the garlicky mint butter: • 1 clove of garlic • A handful of mint (dill works well too) • 40g salted butter Method: 1. Measure 350g of tzatziki and blend until smooth. 2. In a mixing bowl, add flour and baking powder to the tzatziki and mix well, bringing it all together with your hands. 3. Dust a clean work surface with flour and knead dough for a minute or so. It doesn’t need to ne kneaded for long, just long enough to bring it all together. 4. Pop the dough into a floured bowl topped with a plate whilst you make the mint butter. 5. Add butter to a small saucepan and slowly melt over a low heat. Add the crushed garlic and sauté until cooked through, then stir in the chopped mint leaves and set aside to cool. 6. Split into 12 portions, each around the size of a golf ball. Gently flatten each one and roll into rough rounds 2-3mm thick. 7. Use a knife to score a few lines in the centre of each bread, being careful not to cut too close to the edges. 8. Grill each flatbread on a high heat on the BBQ or a griddle pan for 1-2 minutes each side until they are charred and puffy. 9. Brush hot flatbreads with garlicky mint butter and serve warm. Words and photo by Jada Bennett-Cross At Home with Mel Warman A boobs on the run crew Owner and run leader of Boobs on the Run, Melanie Warman, has been running for 25 years and a coach for 15. The Balmain mother created a running business as a way to raise much needed money and awareness for cancer research. Recently nominated as a finalist in the Inner West Business Awards, she shares her recipe for a killer salmon burger. What motivated you to start a small business around your passion? Sadly, I lost my mum to terminal lung cancer 10 years ago this November. She had only been diagnosed with Breast Cancer two years before that and I felt her loss deeply. Running was a bit of escape for me. When my mum got sick, I researched a million things to understand what could be done and what could have prevented it from ever happening and something that kept coming up was the connection between a healthy lifestyle and the risk factors for getting this type of cancer and many others. My mission was born to get women moving and keep them moving so they can lessen their chances of getting cancer, heart disease and various other illnesses. To keep me true to my purpose, I also made sure that we support and donate money to local cancer charities. What do you love about running with the Inner West community? I’m blown away by the sense of community our runners feel, and the support we give other local businesses and they give us. We are not just teaching women to run, we’re teaching them about supporting areas of their health that allow them to run and manage their bodies. We’re lucky to partner with several Inner West businesses who have a similar approach and really care about helping others, and sponsor lots of local events including the Balmain Fun Run and Annual Bay Run. What’s your favourite Sydney route to run? The bay run is always my home ground and where we teach a lot of our beginners courses. We do have some amazing locations including Bondi Beach, Concord and Putney along the water. Our new courses start on the 2nd August too! How does running alongside other women and mums inspire you? Over the past 3 years we have had over 600 women through our courses. Running is for everybody — all different shapes and sizes and abilities. For the most part we give these women back some ‘me time’, and a boost to their self confidence. It helps them improve sleep, their relationships, health mindset and reminds them who they were before life took over. I am always amazed at the way women evolve over the 10 weeks and show such motivation and commitment. They start to see themselves in a different light, and start to use positive language about running and themselves. We’re really building a community of women supporting and helping each other in all areas of life and many form deep and lasting friendships. What is your dish of choice to enjoy after a nice run? One of my favourite dishes is a bowl of brown rice, steamed fish and a green curry sauce with lots of steamed veggies. Really simple and you can have a shower while it’s cooking! Salmon Burgers Makes 6 • 2 slices stale bread • Zest of 2 lemons and juice of 1/2 lemon • Small bunch parsley • 2-4 spring onions • 600g salmon fillets, bone and skin removed • 1 egg 1. Pulse the bread, zest of one lemon and 1/3 bunch parsley in a food processor and tip into a wide, shallow bowl. 2. Pulse in three stages: add remaining lemon zest, parsley and spring onions then pulse. Add salmon fillets and pulse again so you have a chopped texture. Add the egg and lemon juice and briefly pulse until just combined. Season with salt and pepper. 3. Divide into 8, form into burgers, roll in herbed breadcrumbs and place in the fridge for 20 minutes to firm up. 4. Heat the fry pan to low - medium, and cook in a little olive oil for 4-5 minutes on each side until golden outside and just a little pink in the middle 5. Serve on a bun or “naked” alongside roast sweet potato, carrot wedges and a big green salad. Wine with Winsor Super value Hesketh 2016 Midday Somewhere Shiraz The Art Series wines are the most affordable in the Hesketh range and offer quite remarkable value for money everyday drinking. This is a classic hearty and fruit-forward South Australian shiraz, largely unoaked, but bursting with dark fruit flavours and immediate drinkability. An excellent all-purpose young red that would pair with pizza, pasta or any red meat dish. The 2016 Wild at Heart Rosé in the same range is another standout. $14. -13- Hunter appeal David Hook 2016 Hunter Valley Pinot Grigio The Hunter Valley is known for its quality semillons and shirazes, but very rarely for its pinot grigios. There are exceptions to every rule, however, and industry veteran David Hook has produced a very good deal here. Made in the Italian grigio style — fresh, crisp and uncomplicated — this is a result of low cropping, often the key to success with the grape variety. Best enjoyed well chilled with fish and chips, or a dozen freshly shucked oysters. $18. Serious red Penny’s Hill 2015 Edwards Road Cabernet Sauvignon An excellent single-vineyard cabernet from McLaren Vale, this boasts an added element of appeal with its structure and palate persistence. Subtlety and elegance pairs with the fruit’s natural grunt to produce a package that is drinking well right now but will cellar admirably. 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2017 INNER WEST BUSINESS AWARDS Local Business Awards AND THE FINALISTS ARE....... Local Business success in the Inner West The Inner West 2017 Local Business Awards gala night on 28th June promises to be (as always), stunning, rewarding and emotional. With an extraordinary number of quality finalists, the judges have completed their visits, researched and bravely decided on a winner. Manager of the 2017 Inner West Local Business Awards, Steve Loe, says “While only one business can be a category winner, all finalists should be congratulated on their efforts.” The Awards Program has helped thousands of Inner West businesses thrive and succeed. One example is our cover stars, once winner, and now sponsor Sydney Self Defence Centre. Founder and owner Chris Futcher-Coles says “Awards like the Inner West Business Awards help to clarify that one Café is indeed different to another, one Martial Art Academy is different to another not by the colour of their walls nor the size of the sign outside but because of the authentic value that business brings to the customer it serves.” As a mentor, White Ribbon Ambassador, Futcher-Coles has used his business to make an incredible contribution to the community. When he first started he had two people in a school hall, now they train 300 students at their Sydenham Academy and another 25,000 people per year in their STAY SAFE Workshops. All of the businesses listed as finalists have a unique story to tell and their contributions to their teams, their customers and the community is to be applauded. Ciao wishes you all good luck! More at: Automation Services Harold Park Camperdown Brakes, Balmain European Car Repairs, Marrickville Prestige Smash Repairs , CMR Leichhardt, Prestige Tyre and Auto, Suttons Homebush Honda, All Care Tyre and Automotive, TLC Mobile Autocare Beauty Services Ella Rouge - Westfield Burwood, Perfect Beauty & Spa Ashfield Mall, Melissa Young Beauty, Espavita, The Laser Lounge Balmain, Embrow Beauty Rhodes Waterside, Emlai Skin, Hair and Beauty Headquarters, Absolutely Fabulous Skin Therapy Bakery or Cake Shop Mezzapica Cakes, Michel’s Patisserie Burwood Plaza, Black Star Pastry, Pasticceria Papa, Muffin Break Burwood Plaza, Strawberry Fields Patisserie Cafe, Custom cake toppers and supplies, L’Oven Craft Bakery Burwood Plaza, Pasticceria Amore Rhodes Waterside Butcher Elvy’s On Allen, TJ’s Quality Meats, Gojak Meats, CTD Fresh Meats Marrickville Metro Shopping Centre, Jimmy’s Chicken Westfield Burwood, Sutcliffe Meats Westfield Burwood Child Care Services Woodstock Child Care Burwood, Explore & Develop Lilyfield, Kiddies Kapers Croydon, Woodstock Child Care Croydon Park, Balmain Care for Kids Preschool, Balmain Care for Kids Nursery, Cubby College, Rose Cottage Childcare, Explore & Develop Leichhardt, St Anthony’s Family Care, Goodstart Marrickville, Cherry Bridge Station Early Learning & Child Care Fivedock Cafe Caffe Cherry Beans Ashfield Mall, Maldini’s Cafe Strathfield Plaza, The Peaberry Cafe, Cucina Espresso, Oliver Brown Strathfield Plaza, Georgia’s Kitchen, Gelatissimo Westfield Burwood, Caffettiera Kitchen & Espresso Bar, Munoushee On Majors Bay , Lillys Espresso & Cucina Rhodes Waterside, Espresso Organica, Decolata, Grumpy Bean Cafe, The Drop Espresso & Juice Bar, The Shoe Chef Cafe, Michels Patisserie Westfield Burwood Restaurant Moretti, Sahara Turkish Restaurant Westfield Burwood, Little Sicily Leichhardt, Great Aunty Three, Hello Auntie, Base & Bowl, Monte Restaurant, Mirch Masala Strathfield, Yiamas Greek Taverna, Mama Rosy’s, Surjits Indian Restaurant, The Stinking Bishops Service and Trade Brighton Security Services, Pesty Girls Pest Management, Expert Plumbing Services, Hangout Drycleaning Norton Plaza, Maxi Green Services, Quick-Cut Lawn Mowing Services, Sydney Emergency Plumbing Cubby College Child Care Pure Health Cubby College Management and staff are extremely happy to be nominated as finalists in this year’s Inner West Business Awards, for Excellence in Child Care. Cubby College is a purpose built centre and opened its doors to the local community in 2013. Our main focus is on children developing and growing at their own rate, in a safe and secure environment where they can feel happy and content. We are proud to say that the service has met the National Quality Standards in all seven areas. Cubby College has stood out for its family friendly approach, and is also recognised for its exceptional education and care provided for children between six weeks to six years of age. 81 – 83 Correys Ave, Concord Ph: 9739 6960 Website: Finalists for their third year in a row, Pure Health are keen to take out the top prize, but say it’s ultimately just nice to see a healthy attitude towards competition. Not surprisingly then, when asked about the most rewarding aspects of the job, Chiropractor, Philip was quick to respond; “That’s easy. Our Chiropractic and remedial sessions help people get better and feel great. There is nothing better than clients telling us the progressive improvements they are making on the road to recovery, it’s a truly rewarding and humbling experience for everyone.” In their quest to continue providing such specialised service, Client Service Manager Stan says “Our team has also been ‘rejuvenated and stronger than ever’ and ‘we are seeking to expand our remedial massage offering and are seeking another practitioner to join #teampure’ Pure Health don’t just talk about a client centred approach, however, they put it into practice by striving to accommodate the requests of clients. Pure Health: Shop G5, 206-208 Liverpool Rd, Ashfield. T: 9797 7873 W: PURE | PROMOTION get an EXTENDED remedial session on us! UPGRADE your remedial: extra 20 mins FREE!!! book a ‘recharge’ (40min) or ‘rejuvenate’ (60min) session. valid 19th June to 8th of July, be smart; BOOK NOW! 81 - 83 Correys Avenue, Concord. 7am - 6pm Monday - Friday Ph: 97396960 PURE | HEALTH Chiropractic · Remedial Massage Shop G5, 206 - 208 Liverpool Road, Ashfield NSW 2131 ‘straighten yourself out’ -14- (02) 9797 7873


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2017 INNER WEST BUSINESS AWARDS Dentists on Enmore THE BUSINESS THAT KEEPS YOU SMILING IN MORE WAYS THAN ONE Dentists on Enmore’s owners and dentists are Dr Sevda Aslan and Dr Sawsan Shiyab. Australian raised and trained, they have over 10 years of experience each in the private and public sectors, and also teach at Sydney University. They have differing experiences and skill sets that ultimately complement each other, which allows for the most holistic management of the practice and patients. The clinic opened in 2015, and is a general dental practice offering full services. They speak to Ciao about how to run a health improvement business that people look forward to visiting. Your business has grown quickly from two staff to 11 staff, what is the secret to your incredible growth? It’s simple really, we love what we do. We believe that our passion and unyielding drive to provide a quality service and positive experience for our patients is the primary factor behind our success. One of our core values is the pursuit of excellence and so we strive to be exceptional in every single detail. How do you best get patients to relax? The relaxed seamless ambiance of the practice immediately helps our patients feel at ease. We provide many amenities throughout our beautiful space to pamper our patients, creating a spa-like environment. We have the best resources available to us, in a state of the art clinic that allows us to provide quality care with patient comfort as a top priority. We even have a one of a kind kid’s entertainment area that was specifically designed to help parents relax during their treatment knowing that their children are well occupied. The kids absolutely love coming to see us as a result, and it can be hard to get them to leave! What is the nicest thing a patient has said about the clinic? We are blessed to receive so many positive testimonials, whether that is on social media or in person. We regularly have patients popping in some time after their treatment is complete just to say hello, or to gift us with flowers and tell us how happy they are with their new smile or how it’s changed their lives. The most satisfying thing is when patients tell us consistently that we have provided them with the most positive and outstanding dental experience and service they have ever had. Why do so many people avoid the dentist and how can this be shifted? We have found in our joint experiences as dentists over the past decade that not knowing what to expect or previous negative experiences in the dental setting are the two most common reasons this occurs. But we love the challenge of shifting this perceived negative view about our profession and turning it on its head. We achieve this primarily through focusing on effective communication and emphasis on patient education. We make it a point to have extended and sometimes multiple consultations before we commence any treatment. This is our point of difference, and our patients value the time we invest in them and in turn feel empowered to tackle their dental treatment needs. What have you enjoyed about being part of the Inner West community as a practice? We were embraced instantly when we first opened our doors in Enmore and that is a testament to the wonderful open nature of the people of the Inner West. We absolutely love being part of such a vibrant, inclusive and multifaceted community. Being surrounded by other local businesses that are continually innovating in their own fields is a natural energy booster and a fantastic driver for us to keep striving to do better. What are your thoughts on being nominated as a finalist? It is wonderful recognition of the passion and dedication that we bring to our business every day. We thank all those who have encouraged our endeavours and we reaffirm our commitment to pursuing excellence. We are nothing without our patients and they are the reason we do what we do…. with love. 208 Enmore Rd, Enmore Ph: 9550 6094 Find us on Facebook, Instagram and Google We provide quality and exceptional dental care where your comfort is our top priority. We’re your local dentists in the Enmore, Newtown and Stanmore area — drop by and say hello! Local Business Awards finalist in health improvement services. -15-



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