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FREE There’s life in the Inner West! Issue 237 | July 4 2014 Award-winning local businesses Tee off in Langkawi WIN! Still Life The Lunchbox All This Mayhem Scandinavian Film Fest Movie tix: Street art Marrickville gets a makeover le, Distributed in Leichhardt, Annanda , town New e, Petersham, Stanmor Balmain, Drummoyne, Haberfield, Rozelle, Five Dock, Concord, & Summer Hill is taking over the Inner West! Jared on “whine” makers Warrior fitness conquers the Inner West woman up! Untitled-1 1 1/07/2014 9:55:15 AM


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n Inner west business awards winners Ocean foods From lobster mornay to your classic beer battered fish and chips, there is no seafood that Ocean Foods can’t cook up fresh and delicious. With decades of experience and a perfect understanding of their clientele, no one should be surprised to hear that this Drummoyne fish shop has once again won an Inner West Local Business Award. Here we talk with owner, George Nittis, about how he has built such a popular business… How does it feel to be a winner at the Inner West Local Business Awards?
 We are extremely proud and overwhelmed by this recognition. Personally, I am jumping out of my skin to have achieved this award once again. You’ve been nominated quite a few times before. Do you remember how many awards you’ve received over the years? 
I know that we received our first award back in 1992. This was an Inner West Award and we have won a further 19 local awards since then. On top of this, I am incredibly proud to say that Ocean Foods has been recognised with three state and two national awards. Do you have a message you’d like to get out to your team and the loyal customers who voted for you? You can have the best product and the best surroundings but without hard-working staff and loyal customers, your business won’t be successful. Ocean Foods has been so fortunate to have these two things, without which it would not be what it is today. What sets Ocean Foods apart from other fish and chips shops in the area?
 Simply put, we provide our customers with the best available product. They are able to choose for their fish to be traditionally battered, grilled, oven-baked or crumbed, plus if they feel they want something different again, they can have their fish served in one of our 12 tantalising marinades. What would you say is your business philosophy and the secret to your success?
 Well we strive to always have the best available and freshest product, which we personally source from markets daily and then have our chefs prepare to perfection. But the bottom line is you must love what you are doing and put passion in your work and that is something I can ensure that we do. Can you tell us a bit about how Ocean Foods started out? 
 I first opened up Ocean Foods on Anzac Day in 1984, back when I was only 20 years old. I bought out an old corner grocery store and converted it into a traditional fish and chip shop dedicated to selling fresh seafood. When we first opened, it was only me and two part time staff working there and I’m still so amazed by how far we have come since then. How has the shop and industry changed over the years?
 The seafood industry has expanded hugely over the years with far more variety and this has allowed us to branch out. Our customers are just as adventurous as us though and it has been great to introduce these discoveries to them and experience them together. One of the biggest changes has been the growth of people’s awareness of Australia’s quality of seafood and all of the related health benefits and we were at the forefront of this by being one of the first outlets to offer oven-baked seafood in Through the ages: George and Mary receiving their award in 2010 a fast food capacity. You’ve renovated your shop five times now but never moved. What do you love about being in business in the Inner West and why do you stay?
 Why would I want to move? I am a local boy, I grew up and went to school in the area and from the very beginning of my business I have been supported and accepted by the community. It is very important to me to give back to this community and I have done this by trying to make the best fish and chip shop in the universe. When we did start to grow and needed more space, I did have to fight the temptation to move but I resisted and instead focused on making this place the best it could be. Today Ocean Foods has done just that by providing gelato, coffee, liquor and a function room, on top of all the traditional seafood we began with. n Ocean Foods: 154 Lyons Rd, Drummoyne. For more information visit 2014: Mary returns as a winner again! ocean foods The Best Fish ‘n’ Chips in the Universe We would like to thank all our wonderful customers for their continued support over the years and we welcome everyone to dine at Ocean Foods. Come and enjoy our New Seating area where you can enjoy our Fresh Seafood and complete your meal with refreshing Gelato $3 a scoop. Wine, beer or coffee are also available. SPECIAL OFFER Fish and Chips for $12 Bring a Friend for Free + $3 scoop of gelato Offer ends Sunday 20th July OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK: 9:00AM - 9:00PM Call us during the day on 9181 4336 for all enquires and orders or email us at: Please feel free to email us your feedback: OCEAN FOODS 154 Lyons Road, Drummoyne 2


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Winners of 2014 Best Takeaway Inner West “Thank you to all our customers, staff, and friends for all your support over the years. We are delighted to be recognised by the community we feel so much a part of.” The Clems Family THANK YOU NEWTOWN 210 King St, Newtown | Ph: 9519 6000


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Inner West whispers Local gossip, rumour, hearsay and unsubstantiated fact... Ethnic tensions flare, the struggle for SoMa, Leichhardt leerer, sour gripes l It seems new kid on the block Zeus Street WE ARE C!AO Satire for the soul Righteous Rightie lays out the unarguable case for Australia to get involved in a second Iraq war quick smart. Dear RR – What do you make of those cheese-eating surrender monkey leftists who question the sound rationales for getting involved in Iraq back in 2003 and, even worse, suggest it would be ill-advised to front up for a sequel in 2014? Greg, Annandale RR replies: It boils my blue blood that while we are celebrating the centenary of WWI, a conflict where so many noble diggers made the ultimate sacrifice to keep this nation safe from the depredations of the Austro-Hungarian empire, today’s peacenik quislings are sneering at the rock-solid arguments for Australian troops to march into Iraq – no doubt under a big ‘Mission Re-accomplished’ banner on roads lined with flower-throwing Shias, Sunnis, Kurds and Marsh Arabs – and sort out those fractious towelheads once and for all. That Churchillian statesman John Howard has now been proven correct that the Middle East would go all to hell should our American cousins be moronic enough to vote in the crypto-Muslim weakling Obama. I’m sure he’ll also belatedly be proven right about the existence of Saddam’s human-shredding machine if a proper search is conducted when the Coalition of the Willing 2.0 marches triumphantly into Baghdad. This nation can’t go wrong listening to the sage counsel of noted foreign policy intellectuals such as Greg Sheridan and Andrew Bolt and they’ve convincingly set forth the case that this nation should maintain its proud history of interjecting itself into whatever distant imperial adventure the superpower we’re currently trying to suck up to deigns to engage in. I for one am confident that our newish PM will show himself to be a ‘man of steel’ and loyal deputy sheriff when the hour cometh. n Email your dilemma to ADVERTISING Sonya Madden Greek eatery has inadvertently created a social media war between Italians and Greeks, or rather lovers of Greek food and lovers of Italian food. The restaurant ran a poster from Donnie Brasco, which depicted Johnny Depp and Al Pacino saying, “Italian Food in the Inner West, Fuggedaboutit” on their Facebook page. Many took offence to the comedic, albeit competitive, approach. Fighting for the Italians, Retail Miss Fix It, Nancy Georges, copped heat for her remarks against the restaurant. Representatives from Zeus apologised, saying the poster was just a bit of fun. Perhaps everyone should just calm down and have a souvla. he will stand in Leichhardt Council’s Balmain Ward to honour his wife Melinda, who recently passed away. l A Leichhardt community group is campaigning to have the bottom of Marion Street known as SoMa (South of Marion St) from now on. While not as glamorous as the original SoMa in San Fran (even if Glace was still there), the group is hoping local real estate agents and residents will jump on the bandwagon and ‘SoMa’ catches on. ‘pervert,’ peering over backyard fences? We can’t imagine what they are hoping to see. Could it be a real estate agent or a candidate for the upcoming State election? It’s anyone’s guess... saw a few sore losers making petty comments about their fellow competing businesses – we can’t say who, but you know who you are. JOURNALIST Max Kobras l Who is the Leichhardt non-perving FOOD Melissa Leong l Liberal candidate Michael Manikas announced l The Inner West Local Business Awards WINE Winsor Dobbin history Do you know the students in this picture? This old photo captures a group of students from Balmain Public School taking part in an art class in 1955. Could this have been the beginning of some careers in the arts? Balmain Public School was accredited as a National School all the way back in 1860 and quickly grew to be quite large and prominent in the area with over 1200 students enrolled by 1883. It has always been a very progressive school and is known for having introduced special classes for children with a disability in ART DIRECTOR Eleanor Wales 1901; possibly the earliest classes of their kind established in NSW. n Photo courtesy of Leichhardt Council EDITORIAL Nancy Merlo Things we love: • Are you thinking of renovating your house? • Are you thinking of renovating your house? • you thinking renovating house? area and are • Are Have you bought of a property in your the Leichhardt • Have you bought a property in the Leichhardt area and are • Have youof bought a property in the Leichhardt area and are thinking renovating? thinking of renovating? of renovating? • thinking Do you want to know what a Development Application is? • Do you want to know what a Development Application is? • Development Application • Do Do you you want want to to know know what what a Complying Development is?is? • Do you want to know what Complying Development is? • Do you want to know what Complying Development is? Leichhardt Council is holding a number of information seminars for Leichhardt Council is holding a number of information seminars for Leichhardt Council is holding a number of information seminars for potential applicants and owners wishing to develop properties in the potential applicants and owners wishing to develop properties in the potential applicants and owners wishing to develop properties in the Leichhardt area. The evenings will provide information about the process Leichhardt area. The evenings will provide information about the process Leichhardt area. The evenings will provide information about the process of obtaining approvals from Council for development. of obtaining approvals from Council for development. of obtaining approvals from Council for development. All interested parties are invited. All interested parties are invited. All interested parties are invited. Time: 7.00pm – 9.00pm Time: 7.00pm – 9.00pm Time: 7.00pm – 9.00pm Place: Leichhardt Town Hall, Place: Leichhardt Town Hall, Place: Leichhardt Town Hall, Council Chambers – enter from Marion Street Council Chambers – enter from Marion Street Council Chambers – enter from Marion Street Date: Wednesday, 25 June 2014 Date: Wednesday, 25 June 2014 Date: Wednesday, 25 June 2014 Wednesday, 20 August 2014 Wednesday, 20 August 2014 Wednesday, 20 August 2014 Wednesday, 22 October 2014 Wednesday, 22 October 2014 Wednesday, 22 October 2014 Wednesday, 3 December 2014 Wednesday, 3 December 2014 Wednesday, 3 December 2014 RSVP: Tina Mcgregor on 9367 9230 RSVP: Tina Mcgregor on 9367 9230 RSVP: Tina Mcgregor on 9367 9230 Each session is limited to a maximum of 25 people. Each session is limited to a maximum of 25 people. Each session is limited to a maximum of 25 people. Please RSVP to ensure a place. Please RSVP to ensure a place. Please RSVP to ensure a place. • Leichhardt Council • 7-15 Wetherill Street Leichhardt • Ph 93679222 • Fx 93679111 • • Leichhardt Council • 7-15 Wetherill Street Leichhardt • Ph 93679222 • Fx 93679111 • • Leichhardt • 93679111 • • Leichhardt •Council • 7-15 Wetherill Street • Ph 93679222 • Fx • • • • facebook/LeichhardtCouncil • twitter@leichhardtmc • • • • • facebook/LeichhardtCouncil • twitter@leichhardtmc • • facebook/LeichhardtCouncil • twitter@leichhardtmc • 4 DEVELOPMENT APPLICATION DEVELOPMENT DEVELOPMENT APPLICATION APPLICATION INFORMATION SEMINARS SEMINARS INFORMATION INFORMATION SEMINARS People who embody the idea that you are only as old as you feel. Drummoyne resident Jean Watson is 94 years old, a greatgrandmother and last month she decided to join Curves Drummoyne. Concerned she was putting on a bit of weight, Jean said it was time to get physical and now works out four times a week, making all Jean works up a sweat us lazy young folk look bad. Jean even walks to and from the gym and uses all the machines, saying that the squat machine is most challenging! Irene Pudsey from Curves said Jean is the oldest client she’s ever had and certainly one of the most amazing. PUBLISHING Sonia Komaravalli Contributors: Jared Ingersoll, Matt Moore and Nigel Bowen Illustrations: Paden Hunter 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 (02) 9518 3696 0402 202 951 – Sonya 0405 509 805 – Sonia Ciao is locally owned and produced. Please recycle Printed by Spot Press, Marrickville Cover: Wimp 2 Warrior trainer, Rachel Guy, shows us around the King George Park exercise station in Rozelle. Photo by Ben Cregan. C!ao’s voice In • Mulled wine season! • The bearded bartender at Ms Peaches, Newtown • Afternoon cake and coffee at Cafe Berlin, Balmain • Leichhardt Council’s new plan to open up its community centres for use by after-schoolcare services • The Uncle ‘Tzimmy’ Classic pita with lamb from Zeus Street Greek, Drummoyne • The smell of popcorn radiating from Dendy Newtown on a Saturday • Free worm juice for your garden! Now available at the Green Living Centre Out • People who sleep in their car in the Le Montage car park (when did it become a rest stop?) • Having to wait till next year for the next season of Game of Thrones • Neighbours who make noise complaints before midnight • Constant ‘up-selling’ at 7-11 and chain stores – no I don’t want to another useless thing for $1! • Not getting a table at Mary’s, Newtown, when you really feel like a burger • Sleazy entertainers C!ao Magazine There’s life in the Inner West!


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leichhardt bowling & recreation club 2014 STATE OF ORIGIN WATCH THE FINAL CLASH on THE BIG SCREEN 9th of July 2014 Brisbane Suncorp Stadium Feel Part of the Action when the Blues take on the Maroons at Brisbane Suncorp Stadium for the final clash. WEEKLY EVENTS @ LBC Mondays Happy Hour 4 - 6pm Tuesdays Ladies bowls at 10.00am Line Dancing with Julie 10.30am Happy Hour 4 - 6pm WednesdayS Mens Triples starting 1pm Happy Hour 4 - 6pm Open Mic Night starting from 7.30pm Thirsty Thursdays Monster Meat Raffles 7pm Major Badge Draw 8pm Fabulous Fridays Twilight Bowls 5pm Monster Meat Raffles 7pm Major Badge Draw 8pm Friday night Football Savvy Saturdays Punters Paradise Mens social Bowls 1:00pm Barefoot Bowls Fun Day Sunday Barefoot Bowls bring the family Fabulous Seafood Raffles 5pm Treasure Chest Drawn 6pm, plus regular entertainment Lions Den Bistro & Restaurant Where you’ll find a large variety of Bistro Style and Thai – Malaysian Food at very Reasonable Prices. Enquiries regarding Special Functions, Christmas parties and Birthdays etc. are welcome. A variety of set menus are available on request… Opening Hours Lunch: 12.00pm – 3.00pm, Wed – Fri. Dinner: 5.00pm – late, Wed – Fri. Sat & Sunday open 12pm till 9pm. 88-92 Piper St Leichhardt Ph: 9569 1936 / 9560 3574


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Community Life R OA D T E ST n Nancy Merlo Different strokes RANT The challenges of being a four-wall store “Is it me?” the bricks and mortar retail stores cry. We sell experiences and offer direct interaction with our indie business owners who are willing to impart an abundance of passion and knowledge to our customers. Our owners kiss their weekends goodbye, on a daily basis say “no” to yet another charity case, counsel lonely locals who just come in for a chat and pay ever increasing public liability insurance, workers compensation and, of course, staff wages, rent and another new license (from footpath to two annual music licenses). The 'culture of discounting' mentality hasn’t helped us either. Creating customers from 'deal of the day' websites (you know the ones I’m talking about) has been a disaster for small business owners, who are asked to work for almost nothing. Sure it promises to sell the 'shop local' slogan, but let's be honest, the only thing it really delivers is a grooming of the consumer to buy only when offered heavily discounted items and services. Are they really going to return to you when you charge your normal rates? And who else would work for only 25 percent of their award wages? Then parking meters were passed by local council. Then the landlord came knocking wanting another minimum three years of my owner's life plus a substantial rent increase - and that’s when I heard my boss yell, “Enough’s enough. I want my life back! I want some respect for the work that I curate and create…and I want a holiday!” So I, the retail store, looked at my overheads and sales, and saw I was making no money for my boss. There was no profit. So in a weekend, after 12 years, I was packed, moved and swallowed up into cyberspace. I could no longer compete with my younger online store that had steadily become more and more profitable over the last seven years. I became another victim. Businesses are beginning to recognise that the woman of today has little time for shopping beyond the basics. Online allows her the flexibility to search, compare and shop in her own time globally, plus the thrill of a new discovery and the excitement of another parcel at the door. It’s just like Christmas but it comes around every week. And for my former owner, her online store appears to allow her more flexibility, greater profit and maybe even that elusive holiday! However, her heart is not completely lost on the bricks and mortar store – not since the pop-up phenomenon raised its head. Pop-ups can offset that desire and more, offering a real world window into the online world, and the opportunity to play with locations, hours, products and experiences. Just as the workplace shifts to short contracts, so too has the retail space in the form of popups. So occasionally she will allow her retail store to 'pop up' in creative, vibrant and diverse neighborhoods. Yours could be next! This July Etelage Pop-Up Jewellery Bar will be at Breathing Colours Gallery in Balmain with Jewellery Workshops to be held at Flourish Arts, Birchgrove. For more information go to or email n Words: Christine Smalley, Etelage. Travelling the streets of Marrickville this weekend you might notice something strange: laneways buzzing with creatives both bringing the Inner West to life and fighting graffiti vandalism as they breathe colour onto blank walls... Marrickville Council's 'Perfect Match' public art program culminates in a special event weekend on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th July, where artists who have been matched with local property owners will transform walls with spectacular artworks. You can meet the artists, see art unfold and join neighbourhood celebrations by taking a self-guided tour, or joining a bike tour from 10am-5pm (BYO bike and book at Free guided bus tours will also be held at11am-1pm, and 2pm-4pm daily – for bookings, maps and programs visit au/perfectmatch. Highlights include: Come along and check out Fintan Magee's newest piece in Marrickville fighting to create an artistic industry in the urban jungle, but there's hope – the people are changing the face of the streets one wall at a time. ‘Marrickville Bowlo’ by Skulk ‘Queens Lane’ by Chez Patricia Ciao's own building will be getting a much-needed makeover with Pallas Athena, as the Queen of Spades from the old French playing cards, soon to grace our back wall – a nice nod to our laneway name. The queen will soften the old hard edges of the building and bring beauty to a place that seems long forgotten. You've most likely spotted Skulk's work unknowingly on a wall somewhere around Newtown. Here he'll be offering a playful take on the classic game of bowls, with a work that incorporates the Inner West's plane traffic, Marrickville's unique street culture and community. Check out his colourful piece at 91 Sydenham Rd. ‘Akkorokamui’ by Syke and Laura Ives ‘The Settler’ by Fintan Magee ‘It's like a jungle sometimes’ by Numskull Well-known Sydney-based artist Numskull has been matched with 31 Trafalgar St, Petersham, where he'll be painting a piece inspired by the lyrics of Grandmaster Flash and Furious 5 song 'The Message'. It's all about the struggle of the ordinary person Fintan's work (pictured) was one of the first to be completed for the program and, as the name suggests, references the colonial heritage of our timber industry. Fittingly, the work appears on Marrickville Road's Rallis Timber yard building, one of Australia's oldest and most significant timber mills. Fintan is making quite a name for himself both locally and beyond, with his huge scale murals being reminiscent of children's book illustrations and yet exploring heavy themes like waste and loss. These two talented local artists have totally different styles but are collaborating to bring a bit of the bizarre to 43 Holmwood St, Newtown, with this work that sees a giant octopus attack the crumpling relics of a place that looks strikingly similar to the Inner West. Inspired by Japanese mythology, it's definitely worth a look. ‘Mechanics’ by Province Province duo, Laura Pike and Anne-Louise Dadak, bring something quite different to the program with their work, which it's based around colour and abstract patterning rather than characters. It begins as a traditional geometric tiling motif, but slowly breaks away to reveal a new visual language for the facade at 103 Trafalgar St, Stanmore. Tragicomic mystery A combination of comedy, tragedy and mystery, Book of Days will be showing at the New Theatre this month, questioning morality, identity, community and the threat posed by the Religious Right. Set in small-town Missouri where life revolves around the local cheese factory, the fundamentalist church and the community theatre, we meet Ruth – a bookkeeper who has just landed the title role in a production of George Bernard Shaw’s Saint Joan. Things take a turn for the worse, however, when a prominent local businessman is found violently murdered and Ruth embarks on an investigation to uncover the truth of the death. This quest pits her against some powerful forces and unconsciously Ruth's life begins to mirror that of her onstage character, Joan of Arc. Book of Days will be showing July 8th to August 9th, Thursday to Saturday at 7.30pm and Sundays 5pm. Tickets are $32, or $17 on Thrifty Thursdays. New Theatre is located at 542 King St, Newtown. n For more information visit What’s on n Compiled by Nancy Merlo. Email From Tuesday 8th July FREE Community are events listings email info@ y nc Attn: Na NAIDOC Week Ashfield Council will mark NAIDOC week, which runs until July 14th, with a great line-up of free events. On July 8th from 10am to 3pm the Inner West Regional NAIDOC Festival will be held at Steel Park, Marrickville. The event will feature a Smoking Ceremony, bugler from the Royal Australian Navy, Elders tent, dancers, live music, photo booth, live animal display, face painting, a Bucking Bull ride and arts activities, plus information stalls. Then on July 9th local Indigenous author Anita Heiss 6 will appear at Ashfield Town Hall to discuss her new novel Tiddas and sign copies for fans (bookings essential at Also at Ashfield Town Hall on July 11th is a special event with guest speaker Uncle Harry Allie – the first Air Force Indigenous Elder – and a screening of the short film Harry's War, focusing on the life of young Aboriginal soldier Harry Saunders. Guests will be entertained by Kaleb Taylor and Josh throughout the evening as they play a mix of contemporary and traditional music. n For more information visit Wednesday 9th July Jaws and Paws Looking for great kids' entertainment these school holidays? Head down to Canterbury Hurlstone Park RSL Club on Wednesday 9th July at 10.30am for the fantastically fun and educational show Jaws and Paws. A one-hour show, Jaws and Paws is split into two separate sections. The first, called Reptiles Rule is a hands-on experience (literally!) where the children will have the opportunity to hold and learn about a wide range of Australian reptiles. The second part, Dr Katrina Warren and the Wonderdogs, will have kids marvelling as they watch Katrina's furry friends perform incredible tricks from counting and spelling to riding skateboards! Edutainment has never been better. n Call 9559 0000 to make a booking. Tues 8th to Fri 11th July Court opposite Target. Join Bob the Builder, as he tackles construction challenges in Sun Flower Valley on July 8th, or see Ben 10 and Gwen fight aliens live on stage on July 9th, 10th and 11th with two shows daily at 11am and Can he fix it? 12pm, followed Yes, he can! by 1pm meet and greets with the star characters! n For more information visit School holidays at MarketPlace Getting up close with nature Meet Bob the Builder and Ben10 at MarketPlace Leichhardt these holidays with live stage shows in the Centre See page 8 for more what's on...


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n Local Gigs Saturday 12th July n Local screens Something for Kate Goddamn, Something for Kate has been around for as long as I have been alive. I remember when they were on the radio every second song as I was driven to primary school. Not a band I’m into now but I still like the nostalgia. FREE TICKETS Win double movie passes n Enmore Theatre, $72.10 Tas Pappas: "I had to be humbled" All This Mayhem Often the story of our sporting heroes is pretty ordinary: We cheer them as icons, later wonder what happened, then catch up on ABC’s Australian Story when they’re working for a bank flogging financial products. But nothing like that happened to skateboarding champions Tas and Ben Pappas. They grew up on the wrong side of the Melbourne tracks, brothers doing “normal stuff.” You know, breaking the windows of abandoned cars and setting fire to them... They were also incredibly talented skaters, and Tas went to the US to take the World Championship off Tony Hawk. Big money and fame followed but both remained outcasts in the increasingly corporatised sport, sharing an enthusiasm for hard drugs and bad behaviour. It helps not to know what happened and Eddie Martin’s adrenalincharged doco, which captures the excitement and rhythms of the sport brilliantly, dishes out a slow, teasing reveal. It is a shocking story and painfully moving. Tas is mellower now, but one thing's for sure – he will never be selling you a retirement plan. CTC from July 10 at Dendy Newtown. The Crooked Fiddle Band Eddie Masan in Still Life: Finding connections in unlikely places Friday 18th July The Crooked Fiddle Band + Captain Kickarse & the Awesomes This first band is all folk and gypsy but the overall sound is very postrock (do you call that post-gypsy folk?). Regardless, they are a really fun band and will definitely put on a show worth seeing. The second band on this line-up fortunately live up to the standard set by their name. They are very post-rock and their songs sound almost like really long jams in the best possible way. Some of their sound is a bit Queens of the Stone Age, who they claim as an influence, but I would liken it more to big post-rock names like Mono or Mogwai. I think this gig will be bloody awesome. Still Life The Full Monty's producer Uberto Pasolini makes a welcome return to our screens with this drama about a quiet and selfless man. John May (Eddie Marsan) has a depressing job, organising burials and finding next of kin for those who have died alone. By nature he’s solitary and melancholic himself and his mood is hardly improved when he’s abruptly made redundant by the London Council he works for. Yet on his last job, a search for the relatives of an elderly drunk, John uncovers a colourful and full life of mischief, misadventure, love and regret, most of all for an abandoned daughter, Kelly (Joanne Froggatt). They're attracted to each other, and as their friendship blooms, John finds connections everywhere. Beautifully observed, impeccably paced and profoundly moving, Still Life celebrates kindness, dignity, community values – and all that it means to be human. M from July 24. Scandinavian Film Festival ★ Thanks to Palace Cinemas we have we have 5 double passes to festival films. Details below. The Killing, The Bridge, Borgen, Nordic noir movies and books – and that extravagant paternity leave! Surely you’ve noticed all things Scandinavian are super cool right now. So Palace’s launch of their newest film festival really is astute timing, especially as the line-up is so tantalising. It opens at Palace Norton Street on July 9 with selection of best drama, crime and comedy from the region. We’ll have more next issue, meanwhile head to ★ Thanks to eOne Films Australia we have 25 “Two-ForOne” tickets to give away. Details below. WIN TIX! ★ Thanks to Palace Films we have 10 double n The Red Rattler, $15 n Words: Max Kobras preview passes to give away – valid for the weekends Fri July 11 – Sun July 13 and Fri July 18 – Sun July 20. Details below. Nordic noir: Even the thugs are clean-cut Mumbai mix up vegan day out After its inaugural launch last year, Vegan Day Out is coming back to the streets of Glebe with a promise to be bigger, better and even more local… The annual Vegan Day Out is a celebration of Glebe’s vibrant village scene with an environmental twist; all businesses involved will be creating special vegan dishes and giving amazing discount offers on all vegan products. Starting this coming Saturday, this weekend long event will be sponsored by vegan grocery store The Cruelty Free Shop and will give visitors the chance to try a huge variety of vegan products at discounted rates. “People are becoming increasingly aware of the environmental and health benefits of reducing meat consumption”, says The Cruelty Free Shop owner and Vegan Day Out organiser Jess Bailey, “this event gives them a chance to try healthier, more environmentally friendly alternatives." Visitors coming to Vegan Day Out should begin their day at Jess’ store where they can collect a walking map of the event as well as From Weds 9th July Guilt-free food never tasted so good... The Lunchbox vouchers for all the involved businesses. Walking tours will also start from The Cruelty Free Shop, packed full of vegan treats, special offers and discounts along Glebe Point Road. n For more information on Vegan Day Out, contact Jess Bailey Lunchtime, and Mumbai’s famous dabbawallas deliver millions of meals to city workers, never making a mistake. Yet a rare mishap does form the basis for Ritesh Batra’s debut feature. Unhappy housewife Ila’s (Nimrat Kaur) lovingly prepared pots of tiffin don’t go to her neglectful husband but to Mr Fernandes (Irrfan Khan), a lonely widower. Instead of fixing the mistake, the pair start writing notes, and so begins a relationship which quickly escalates to the sharing of confidences. The set-up is similar to You’ve Got Mail, but there’s nothing Hollywood rom-com about this lovely unorthodox film, certainly none of that debased genre’s clichés. Instead we get a bittersweet tale of honest yearnings, real love and disappointment with a generous dose of sly Indian humour. And the ending is pure delight, just as tasty as one Ila’s fantastic meals. PG from July 10. ★ Thanks to Madman Entertainment we have we have 5 double in-season passes to give away. Details below n Reviews – Russell Edwards at or call 9660 9426. Until Sunday 20th July Opening night is July 9th at 8pm, with performances to follow on July 9th, Of Monopoly and Women 10th, 15th, 16th, 17th, 22nd, 23rd and Brave New Word is back with this 24th. Tickets are $20, or go for a meal original Aussie play titled Of Monopoly deal for $39 a head. and Women showing at The Exchange n For more info and bookings visit Hotel in Balmain. Telling the story of Zoe, an artist who lives with her two sisters Kate and Ella, who finds herself Saturday 19th July in a very uncomfortable position when she wins a trip for two to Paris and both Composting workshop sisters feel entitled to go along with her. Join in for a fun day digging in the dirt at the Tom Foster Community Centre Who will she choose? Don't miss this and learn how to convert your kitchen collaborative piece of theatre as part scraps and garden waste into rich soil of a dinner and a show experience! for your garden. This workshop will discuss the benefits of composting to create good soil and participants will gain hands-on experience in building a compost. The class will run from 10am to 12pm, with spaces limited and bookings essential. To book go to Sisterly love on stage in Balmain Student Exhibition 'Norton St Express' bus to and from the Wests Tigers home game on Sunday 6th July. The game kicks off at 3pm, so why not enjoy lunch at the pub beforehand and get into the Tigers spirit! The Royal will also have the game playing live and loud for those supporters who want to stay indoors. n For more info and bookings call 9569 2638 or email hello@ Local gallery and art school Art Est. is hosting a mid-year student exhibition this month and everyone is welcome to pop in and check it out! Over the past six months, students of all ages have attended workshops and courses at Art Est. in a range of mediums and genres taught by professional art tutors. This exhibition celebrates their hard work and gives them a chance to show off their art. The gallery is located at Studio 4, 67-69 Lords Road, Leichhardt. Sunday 6th July WIN DOUBLE MOVIE PASSES To be in the running to win a preview tickets to Still Life (valid for the weekend Fri Jul 18 – Sun July 20), Scandinavian Film Festival passes, 2-for-1 tickets to All This Mayhem or in season passes to The Lunchbox, email telling us where you picked up your n For more information go to Jump on the Norton St Express n Where: 11 Darley St, Newtown. Reserve your seat on the Royal Hotel's copy of Ciao. You can enter them all in one email if you like, but give us a preference – and your postal address. 8


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n Inner west business awards winners mancini’s Trattoria There is some tough competition in the Inner West when it comes to pizza restaurants but Mancini’s Trattoria Summer Hill has been named the best of the lot at the 2014 Inner West Local Business Awards. Here we chat to co-owner Joe Rechichi about Mancini’s food and business philosophy, and how it feels to be a winner... This year marked Mancini’s first entry into the awards and an exciting moment for the whole team. “We were really taken aback to have won the award. We were up against some very well-known and well-respected pizza restaurants in the area so to come up trumps made us very proud,” Joe said. While the trattoria has been in business for 17 years, Joe, along with his partner, Valerie, and brother, France, became the fourth owners of the business after taking over just two and a half years ago. They bought the business because they wanted to be part of a Summer Hill village institution, and didn’t want to change too much about the restaurant. However, they did listen to their customers and worked to improve where they could, which has proven to be a winning formula for Mancini’s. Joe, who comes from a hospitality and food retail background, knows just how hard it is to get into competitions like the Business Awards and said it made him really happy to be recognised firstly by the customers who voted for them and, secondly, by the mystery shoppers and judges. “I was previously the General Manager for Michel’s Patisserie and won the prestigious Australian Franchise System of the Year award. Winning this local award feels just as good, if not better! We were blown away because there are such amazing operators throughout the Inner West that we were competing with,” he explains. So what has been the key to Mancini’s success? Well, Joe thinks one of the best things about the business is the team. “We try to The best pizza restaurant in the Inner West: The Mancini’s team accepting their award from Simon Fonteyn of Leasing Information Services on the night make the staff as much a part of the business as possible because their commitment is key to our success. Some of our kitchen staff have been with the pizzeria for six years and our floor staff have been with us since we started two years ago; they are the ones who help build relationships with our diners. We love our team and the customers love them too.” France, Joe’s brother, who manages the business, brings ten years experience in five-star dining including being a senior waiter at Matt Moran’s ARIA restaurant. “We’ve brought that fine dining level of service to the Inner West but at an affordable price,” says Joe, which his customers obviously appreciate. “Our philosophy is to offer uncomplicated service – we are a relaxed restaurant with quality food, great service and value for money. Basically, we aim to offer good wholesome food and honest pizza. The flavour we get from our wood fire pizza oven is something you cannot reproduce anywhere else and the rest of our food is all made from scratch on the premises.” Not one to follow trends or fads, they take a traditional approach when it comes to the menu and say that one of the best dishes you’ll find at Mancini’s is the spaghetti with meatballs made how nonna makes it. The brothers’ own Nonna is still going strong at 92 years old and even stops by the restaurant to share some tips in the kitchen, so you know when you go to Mancini’s Trattoria Summer Hill you are being welcomed into the Rechichi home. “Nonna loves seeing the place busy and to see us serving up the food we grew up with because the food we put out is really what we like to eat ourselves at home, and the restaurant is an extension of our kitchen table,” says Joe. It seems the restaurant and suburb of Summer Hill has genuinely become a second home for Joe and his team and he loves working in such a unique and beautiful part of Sydney. “I’ve had businesses all over Australia and have yet to find anywhere like Summer Hill. At night when we set up tables outside alongside our fellow restaurateurs, there’s this wonderful vibrancy about it. It also offers a bit of an escape from the hustle of bustle of the surrounding Inner Western suburbs. Even though the area has gentrified in recent years, the people here are still lovely and look after each other. When it comes down to it, our motto is ‘every village needs a trattoria’ and we stand to be just that for Summer Hill.” n Mancini’s Trattoria Summer Hill: 29-31 Lackey St, Summer Hill. T. 9716 5055. For more information visit 9


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n feature Drop and give me 50! Yoga, pilates, yogalates - we’ve done it all before. For those of you who are tired of deep breathing in downward dog pose and are ready for a tough new challenge, check out the show that’s transforming everyday people into fighting fit warriors with a little help from local trainer, Rachel Guy. Health and fitness is big business in the media and across the Inner West with weight loss and dieting a constant topic of discussion, and gyms popping up everywhere from Five Dock to Camperdown. But a new craze is rising in the world of sports led by the television show ‘Wimp 2 Warrior’ (W2W) – and it’s got people donning gloves and punching bags. The show, which has just wrapped filming on its second season, is described as the “ultimate human experiment,” where the audience watches as ordinary guys and girls that have never trained before are turned into tough-as-nails Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighters. “It’s a reality television show that’s a cross between The Ultimate Fighter series and The Biggest Loser,” says the W2W Head Strength Coach, Rachel Guy. A trainer from Wareemba, Rachel is the Inner West’s answer to Michelle Bridges and helps the show’s ‘wimps’ get to the fittest they’ve ever been in preparation for stepping into the cage with her “tough love and zero bullshit” approach to training. While many people are sceptical about the validity of reality television shows, Rachel believes that programs like The Biggest Loser and W2W play a part in helping people achieve their health and fitness goals. “The type of contestants we have on the show tend to be two sorts. The first type is those who are already life achievers; perfectionists who just want a really big challenge. And then you have those who are basically looking for some help and to get their confidence back,” she says. It’s the latter who really benefit from the extra motivation W2W can offer, although it’s not just the participants whose lives can potentially be changed; it could be argued that these kinds of shows are inspirational for the audience watching at home more than anyone else – those who are spurred to take action after seeing the success of other regular people. “As the inner west’s answer to michelle bridges, Rachel turns contestants from wimps to warriors with her ‘tough love and zero bulls**t’ approach to training.” “The shows have such an infectious energy,” says Rachel, so much so that there are already over 600 applicants volunteering to get involved in next W2W series. This level of interest is evidence of MMA’s current status as the world’s fastest growing sport and emerging popularity in the mainstream. “I believe W2W is showing the general population that anyone can do it,” says Rachel, “The perception is that MMA is a brutal aggressive sport, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Every mixed martial artist I’ve ever met has been totally respectful, kind and gentle. They have a lot of respect for each other, which is more than you can say for a lot of soccer players.” As the only female coach on the show however, you have to wonder exactly how female-friendly the sport really is? As a female in a male-dominated sport, Rachel admits you have to be very good at what you do and embrace your tomboy side, but she believes more female fighters and coaches will be up and coming soon. “I think MMA is fantastic for women; it’s really good for fitness and excellent for fat loss, but I think most women are afraid of it because they think they need to get punched in the face,” she says. “When you train you realise that’s not true, MMA is a very technical sport. It’s also excellent for 10 Will you be a wimp or a well-toned warrior? self defence and lots of fun.” Whatever path you choose on the journey to improving your health, having fun while getting fit seems to be the key motivating factor, which explains why most people prefer to train with a partner or social group rather than alone, and also the popularity of dance-based group exercise classes like Zumba, Bokwa and pole dancing. According to Rachel, functional type training – which involves activities such as flipping tyres, playing with ropes and throwing medicine balls around – is very trendy right now. However, on the other side of things, there’s been a spike in interest around ‘Physie’ which is like a dance aerobics that combines elements of ballet, jazz, contemporary, pilates and even hip-hop to improve strength, flexibility, fitness, co-ordination and balance. “I’m pleased to see weight training for women is on the rise too,” Rachel adds. “A lot of women are led to believe they have to do an hour or two of cardio a day to achieve optimum fat loss results, but weight training is actually better for fat loss and body composition when combined with high intensity cardio such as boxing, kick boxing and sprinting.” Regardless of your chosen sport, during the colder months Rachel suggests you have a plan that you can commit to and a support network to help you stay focused on your fitness throughout winter. In terms of motivation, it’s important to surround yourself with like- minded people – even if they are contestants on a reality television show. n For more information about Rachel Guy and Wimp 2 Warrior, visit or n Words: Nancy Merlo Where to work out in the Inner West The Inner West’s most health-conscious residents are lucky to have free access to a number of great outdoor exercise facilities. Here are a few of the best workout stations to sweat off the winter chill and enjoy some sun… King George Park, Rozelle The location of this issue’s cover shoot, King George Park is like an outdoor gym with a million-dollar view. One of a couple of workout spots along the Bay Run, it has an instructional board with suggested exercises and plenty of parking. However, it could be improved by some padded ground rather than bark. Wentworth Park, Glebe
 Wentworth Park is ideal for doing circuit-type sprints and workouts with exercise stations scattered around the perimeter of the huge park. It’s often bustling with fitness groups or classes and is a great place to meet other sporty types. Leichhardt Park, Lilyfield Leichhardt Park is home to a fabulous workout station designed especially for seniors. It’s clean, well-maintained and includes equipment pieces to achieve a full range of movement. This area is meant for general public only (no commercial fitness training permitted on the equipment).


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in the kitchen No, not ‘macaron’: MacarOOn! Yes, I’m talking about those coconutty biscuits that some of you may recall from the CWA bake sales of your youth, or grandmother’s sitting rooms. These coconut meringue clouds are little pieces of tea-time gold. Macaroons Ingredients: 3 eggwhites 150g caster sugar 2 teaspoons Kaya coconut jam Wine with Winsor n Sweet indulgence Scotchmans Hill 2012 Late Harvest Riesling Here’s a simple recipe with a tiny, Malaysian twist, using Kaya, a classic coconut jam, just in case you didn’t think a biscuit almost entirely made from coconut was enough coconut. 1 1/2cups (150g) shredded coconut ½ teaspoon vanilla paste A generous pinch of salt flakes *Kaya is available from most supermarkets in the Asian food aisle or at any good Asian grocer. Method: Preheat the oven to 180C and place the egg whites in a clean and dry mixing bowl. Using an electric beater, whisk the eggs until soft peaks form. Gradually add in the sugar, vanilla and Kaya coconut jam until you have firm, glossy peaks. Fold in the coconut half a cup at a time and form heaped teaspoons of the mixture onto a lined baking tray. Sprinkle each macaroon with a few flakes of salt and bake for 20-25 minutes until golden and firm to the touch. Serve with a cup of English Breakfast tea. xx x Macroons are the flavour of the month! There have been some recent ructions at Scotchmans Hill on the Bellarine Peninsula outside Geelong but the wine quality remains high and this is an outstanding dessert wine, or “sticky”, that would not only pair brilliantly with fruit tarts and pastries but also with terrines, pates and even blue cheese. It is pale in colour, and its nectarine fruit sweetness is balanced by very crisp acidity on the finish. $20. Local hero Apple Tree Flat 2013 Chardonnay What’s not to love about a nice, crisp and dry chardonnay, fresh and easy to drink, that retails for under $15? Winemaker Peter Logan and his wife Hannah split their time between their home in the Inner West and their vineyard outside Mudgee and use fruit from both the Mudgee and Orange regions. This has plenty of vibrant stone fruit flavours, hints of nuttiness and a nice crisp finish. Good budget drinking. $13. n Recipe by Melissa Leong, Something different n Fruit: Davidson plums are really great quality at the moment and so are Queensland strawberries. We’re loving bananas too, which are plentiful right now. Nectarines and peaches imported from the US remain expensive, and seedless green grapes are finished until next season. n Vegies: Stay healthy with green and purple kale this winter. Cucumbers, snow peas and zucchini are all priced a bit steeply while brussels sprouts, pumpkin and Queensland capsicums are very well priced. Artichokes are particularly lovely to eat at the moment. n At the markets Hand Crafted by Geoff Hardy 2013 Graciano Winter has come If you love your red wines a little more savoury than some of the aggressive and highly alcoholic fruit bombs out there, then you’ll want to check out the beautifully balanced range of Italian and Spanish red varieties made by Geoff Hardy in the Adelaide Hills. They include a very impressive 2013 Montepulciano, along with a 2013 Nero d’Avola, and a 2012 Dolcetto. This was the star for me, however; inky, spicy, earthy and a perfect companion for hearty winter dishes. $30. At home with... Sam caminiti Caminiti Butchery, Five Dock, took home the Local Business Award for Best Butcher in the Inner West this year. Here owner, Sam Caminiti, chats to Ciao about the business he inherited from his father Bruno, which he continues to run alongside his mother Maria. How do you think your industry has changed since Caminiti’s Five Dock opened in 1974? The industry has changed significantly since my father first opened the store. I’ve seen a major shift towards a focus on freshness and quality. Customers now expect a large variety of products that are fast and easy to prepare whilst still being wholesome and delicious. How has your Sicilian heritage contributed to your business and products? The store is built around my family and around our Sicilian heritage. While we are constantly adding new products, both mine and my customers’ favourites are still our gourmet sausages. Most of our recipes were created by my parents using traditional Sicilian techniques and ingredients, from our pork fennel sausages to my Mum’s special meatballs. What ingredients do you always have on hand in your kitchen? Obviously fresh meat is a staple in our household, however I can’t live without garlic and a good quality olive oil. Which kitchen utensil can’t you live without and why? Spending plenty of time at the shop I have learned to love and appreciate having a sharp knife as it’s not only versatile but used for every meal. What is your favourite type of meat and how do you cook it? I simply can’t go past rib eye on the bone. It’s a traditional cut that needs little preparation and is simple to cook. To bring out the best flavour I season with salt, pepper, rosemary and olive oil, then sear in the pan and finish in the oven. If you could invite anyone over for dinner, who would you invite and why? If I could invite anyone to dinner it would have to be Andrea Bocelli. He is true master in his field and would have many great stories to share. His voice reminds me of the music that I grew up listening to, because of my father’s love of classical music. I’m sure the dinner would be unforgettable. 12 Jared Ingersoll Whine makers I might regret this rant but here it goes… Indulge my oversimplifications but there is this thing called ‘wine.’ We drink loads of the stuff and almost always consume it within 24 hours of purchasing it. We love wine and for good reason; it’s diverse, delicious and perfect with or without food! Although the truth is most people who buy wine to drink with dinner are doing so because they are trained to, and they do go well together, but so do lots of other drinks; tea, coffee, beer, carefully selected cocktails and even water! Then there are ‘natural wines,’ which loosely means wine that is produced using minimal inputs, organic or biodynamic grapes and often wild yeast. Natural Wines can be unpredictable, unspecific characters and traditional wine makers and experts love to bash them for their imperfections, faults and flaws. In recent times the fad has moved away from natural wine bashing though, to more specific ‘orange’ wine bashing (referring to wines that generally have an orange hue from extensive skin contact). Traditional winemakers are crying foul over this insurgence of difference and celebration of imperfection, while liberated new winemakers are banging drums about the demise of the status quo. If you peruse articles on this subject you will see passionate, occasionally heated, language from both sides. If you removed the word ‘wine’ and replaced it with the word ‘life,’ it makes for some truly excellent political prose! As a chef, wine plays a very important role in my life and I think it’s an important tool in the dining experience. The thing is, these vocal winemakers, on both sides of the ‘natural wines divide,’ are doing my head in! A few years ago winemaker and mate, Tom Shobrook from Adelaide, gave me a bottle of his Mourvèdre. I opened it up (smelled unusual), poured it into a glass (looked murky) and I tasted it (quirky, full, bright, intriguing, almost fizzy). It was bloody delicious. I then poured it for a table and they hated it and sent it back! What a beautiful moment and an excellent celebration of humanity – we are all different and like different things. Isn’t that the point? So to you moaning winemakers filling media with you scathing criticism of ‘the other kind of winemaker,’ please chill out – you’re making me want to drink more tea! The meat experts: Emelia and Sam at Caminiti’s Butchery Caminiti’s penne with pork and fennel sausages Ingredients: Button mushrooms 1 can chopped tomatoes Garlic Onions Olive oil Penne pasta Salt and pepper to taste Method: 1. In a hot pan, sauté garlic and onions with olive oil. 2. Squeeze the mince out of the pork and fennel sausages and add to the pan, frying until light brown. 3. Add chopped button mushrooms and cook for a further 5 minutes. 4. Add a can of chopped tomatoes, mixing through with a pinch of salt and pepper. 5. Leaving the lid off, simmer for 20 minutes or until the sauce reduces. 6. Add to your penne pasta, cooked al dente. 7. Finish with freshly shaved Parmesan cheese. Enjoy!


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Snap happy Email your snaps to Local fencer Donghwan Kim wins gold at the Singapore International Open Dazzling Brazilian dancers entertain the Canterbury Hurlstone Park RSL soccer crowd Amy Hume toasting the Viva Voice launch in Wareemba Viva Voice students Brittney, Cody, Chanel, Paige and Shae Mayor Angelo Tsirekas and Ken Williams with Briars Rugby team and the Drummoyne Dirty Reds at the inaugural Ken Williams Cup Taste testing cocktails and the new winter menu at The Royal Hotel, Leichhardt Jimmy Giggle comes to Burwood Westfield Calum Nicholson plays with The Brothers Paolo and Rita showing off their trophy Roving musicians at Orange Grove Public School’s ‘yellow fever’ fair, promoting students’ mental health and wellbeing n Promotion Local photographer, Marie Ramos, helped raise $10,000 for the Miracle Babies Foundation with proceeds from her book THE BUILDING EXPERT Sydney Building Renovations is a ‘one-stop-shop’ Building Company with over 20 years experience in all facets of building. Whether you’re dealing with a bathroom and kitchen renovations, extensions and additions, crack repairs & sub-floor ventilation, termite experts, damp buildings & structural work, design & construction, or pre-purchase/sale pest & building inspections & reports expert witness reports – Sydney Building Renovations can help! Joseph Alexander Ovidi of Sydney Building Renovations is a qualified licensed builder and accredited building inspector/consultant. Many of his clients are converting to an open plan living: some to incorporate living, dining, and kitchen together, some to make two small rooms into one big room, some to bring the outside in. Joseph shares below some important things to consider when deciding to open up walls. When considering opening up a wall the first thing to check is the structure. Find out which walls in the house are load bearing. You can contact your local council and acquire the plan of your house. This will provide a clear picture of your home’s structural history. Never, ever demolish a wall without expert advice from a licensed builder. If the wall is masonry or brick a licensed builder may engage a structural engineer to assess and to ensure the removal is undertaken in a safe and correct manner. You also need to check with council before undertaking this work as approval may be required. Parts of structural walls can be removed and the load-bearing wall replaced by a steel beam specified by an engineer. This gives good flexibility for opening up rooms or creating big openings for French doors and windows opening to the garden. Sydney Building Renovations regularly carry out this work. All work is certified by a structural engineer and a licensed builder. We can help you 14 A job well done: Awards MC Paul Hancock with Steve, Gianpaolo and Matt from Precedent Productions Max and Georgia enjoy the business awards Sydney builder, Joseph Ovidi JP The team from King Furniture, Annandale, making good use of their award as a table centrepiece Exterior walls being removed to open onto the garden SBR SYDNEY BUILDING RENOVATIONS The best butchers in town: Sam Caminiti’s team Cornersmith Cafe took home a gold and silver award bring your dream for an open plan living to reality. We also offer interior design services for your new rooms. n Sydney Building Renovation is a ‘one-stop-shop’ for all your building service requirements. Contact Joseph on 0416 055 383 today for a bathroom renovations quote or visit our website at What gems: the people from Ender Kekilli Jewellery glittered on the awards night


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n Your say Does council commissioned 'street art' really deter illegal graffiti vandalism and tagging? n “I think it works most of the time, if the art is cool enough or the artist has some street cred.” Caris, Newtown. going organic Organic farming is the third fastest growing industry in Australia, after superannuation and gemstones, so why is it still so hard to buy cheap organic produce? I do get impatient when I'm lining up at the 'Organic Markets' and the customer in front of me holds up the queue, points to a cumquat and asks, “Is this certified organic?” The answer, “It’s not certified organic, it’s chemical free,” might encourage the sale, but is a tad misleading. The stalls at Addison Rd and Orange Grove Markets that do not display a 'certified organic' sign are usually farmers that grow their own fruit and veg or buy from other farmers that, mostly, do not use chemicals. Not using chemicals is only one component of becoming certified. It takes three years for a farmer to achieve organic certification and they are audited every year to ensure they comply with the Australian Certified Organic Standard. Certified organic horticulture growers manage pests and weeds without synthetic chemicals, improve soil fertility and maintain and encourage biodiversity on the farm. The certification process is thorough but can be costly. While farmers are encouraged to get certification, many elect not to and use other types of certification/naming to brand their produce.   Ausveg, the national peak industry body for vegetable and potato growers, have their own certification program called Enviroveg, developed specifically for vegetable growers. Enviroveg is a project facilitated by Horticulture Australia Limited (another industry body) and is funded by the National Vegetable levy, with funding matched by the Federal Government. Enviroveg growers are “engaged in environmentally responsible vegetable production," which is an euphemism for xx x Chemical free n Sustainability n Local news buildings can't draw or paint – otherwise they would. But street art is great for those who can and need the wall space.” Mark, Leichhardt. Melbourne but that doesn't stop graffiti. People who graffiti do it for attention and to make it known that what they did is 'theirs'. It's a mix of pride, ownership and rebellion – I don't think prettier walls is a deterrent as much as it is an enabler.” Jared, Manly. to think you can go around covering every blank wall with art to deter taggers, council art at least makes the streets look bright and welcoming. Hopefully those vandals respect the art of others enough to not graffiti over it.” Alecia, Haberfield. taggers or not is irrelevant, they look better than the alternative: boring blank walls covered in scribble.” Valeria, Leichhardt. n “I think green walls are a much better solution and look nice." Elle, Petersham. n “Whether murals deter n “While it's not realistic n “There's street art all over n “No because those who 'tag' “chemically sprayed” produce. Ausveg is partnered with Bayer (a global pharmaceutical giant) and Syngenta (a Swiss-based agribusiness behemoth). These two strategic partners may not necessarily think producing either “chemical free” or “certified organic” produce is possible, let alone commercially viable. Syngenta recently commissioned a report by Deloitte Access Economics to evaluate the “Economic Impact of Paraquat” on Australian farmers. Paraquat is a non-selective herbicide that is linked to the onset of Parkinson’s disease and is banned in 32 countries. The report was launched in Parliament last month and cites yield losses of $1.8 billion dollars for Aussie farmers over a ten-year period if it was banned. Syngenta markets a paraquat-based herbicide. With such heavyweight corporations backing the agenda of Australian agriculture, it comes as a big surprise to the industry and many farmers that Horticulture Australia Limited is putting up $1.2million to help farmers attain organic certification. For the first time the organic industry was invited to attend Ausveg’s national conference in Cairns recently. Expect the debate to get even bigger as the pharmaceutical companies start to lose market share to certified organic farmers. Remember that it is you, the purchaser, who drives the market – so go buy a certified organic chemical free cumquat, but don’t hold up the queue. n Words: Cindy Mullen Back xx x this bush basher! Pimp Doug's ride Leichhardt residents, Doug Simon and Angie Szpojda, are inviting local businesses and creatives to help makeover their 1971 Ford Fairlane from blank canvas to masterpiece that captures the essence of the Inner West in time for the 2014 Variety Dick Smith B to B Bash in August. “With local support, our Bash car could be transformed into an iconic mascot for the Inner West. Businesses interested in sponsoring the vehicle can have their name or logo proudly stamped on it or even wrap the entire car in their company’s message!” proclaimed Doug, who intends on making the car his ‘everyday vehicle' after the Bash. The annual B to B Bash has been running for 30 years and raised $173 million for Aussie kids in need. Tam Johnston, CEO of Variety, said she continues to be in awe of how generous the Bashers and larger community have been over the years. n To contact Doug about this opportunity call 0490 133 337, or donate go to: https://2014varietynswbash. Russell Lea's textile queen Nineteen-year-old local Laura Frettingham has been selected to showcase her work at the upcoming Sydney Craft & Quilt Fair as part of the exhibition Texstyle, featuring the best major works from 2013 HSC Textiles and Design students. Laura’s work – a sunflower patterned dress that combines modern and classic design trends – took the entire HSC year to complete. The effort paid off though, with Laura having scored herself a design and production internship at Australia Lingerie Company after graduating last year. See her work at the Sydney Exhibition Centre, Glebe Island, from July 9th-13th. get planting Planet Ark's National Tree Day hits the Inner West on July 27th, offering the opportunity for locals young and old to reconnect with nature. Research shows that getting in touch with nature can reduce stress levels and depression, and increase your confidence and self esteem – yet for every hour we spend on outdoor recreation, we spend over seven hours in front of television and computer screens. Even more unfortunate, statistics show that 1 in 4 children have never climbed a tree and 31 percent have never planted or cared for a plant. So take action and join over 200,000 people across the country who will be getting involved in this annual event that adds value to our communities and plants for the future. • Leichhardt Council will host a planting site for National Tree Day at Leichhardt Park (off Glover St, Lilyfield) from 10am to 12pm on July 27th. The location is a native revegetation area, and the Council are aiming to increase biodiversity and provide habitat for local fauna. Over in Majors Bay Reserve, Concord West, Canada Bay Council will also be holding an event from 9am to 12pm where locals are invited to help plant and stay for a BBQ lunch afterwards. You can register for this event by calling the Bushcare Coordinator on 9911 6555. Bad news for homeless services Marrickville Council has condemned the State Government’s new funding model for homelessness services, which will see at least 10 specialist services and refuges closed in the Inner West alone, and many more state-wide. "To see the doors of these shelters close will be devastating and will affect the most vulnerable people in our community,” said Marrickville Mayor Jo Haylen. Services that have lost tenders and will close include Guthrie House, Erskineville, Innari Housing and Jean's Place, Marrickville, Elsie Women's Refuge, Glebe House and Detour House, Glebe, Young People's Refuge, Leichhardt, Lillian's Place, Erskineville, and Fact Tree, Redfern. Marrickville Council officers will be investigating how they might be able to assist and support the services going forward. • n For more information visit Family bonding on National Tree Day Fred Watson @ leichhardt Town hall FREE EVENT Tuesday 29 July, 2014 6pm for 6:30 pm Bookings — 9367 9266 Refreshments served Join Australia’s best-known astronomer to explore all things Einstein as we celebrate one of sciences’ most colourful characters and the upcoming 100th anniversary of the discovery of general relativity. Fred Watson, Astronomer in Charge of the Australian Astronomical Observatory at Coonabarabran, has an asteroid named after him (5691 Fredwatson), but says that if it hits the Earth, it won’t be his fault... Leichhardt Library Piazza Level, Italian Forum, 23 Norton Street 16 We would like to thank all our wonderful loyal customers who voted for us and to my fabulous staff who work so very hard all day and have made everything possible. We are both thrilled and honoured to be an award winner 2 years in a row and we promise that Relish will never compromise on our commitment to customer service and great tasting food! - Lisa and Antonio Kendall-Mandaliti Shop 12, Norton Plaza, 55 Norton Street, Leichhardt | Phone: 9572 6899 Relish foods


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WINNERS of Most Outstanding Hairdressing and Business of the Year Ashfield Thank you to all our loyal clients and friends for your support. We look forward to seeing you soon. To help us celebrate present this voucher on your next visit for the month of July and receive OZ HAIR Shop 7B, Ashfield Mall, 206A Liverpool Road, Ashfield. Phone: 9799 8130 25% OFF YOUR TOTAL HAIRDRESSING BILL MON - FRI* n Inner west business awards winners *Conditions apply LEICHHARDT AUTOMOTIVE Leichhardt Automotive For all your car-servicing needs, there is no better place to turn than to the local mechanics who were recently named the best in the Automotive Services Category at the Inner West Local Business Awards 2014... Leichhardt Automotive relocated to its current location in 1991 but mechanic Sam Cavallaro has been working in Leichhardt, servicing and maintaining customers’ vehicles across the Inner West, for over four decades. Thank you for your support! The management and staff at Leichhardt Automotive would like to thank all our customers for voting for us. We are proud and thrilled to be the winners for the 2014 Most Outstanding Automotive Services. Also a special thanks to the sponsors and promoters. Leichhardt Automotive: 689 Parramatta Rd, Leichhardt. (cnr. Tebbutt Street) T: 9560 5240 or 9569 9964 F: 9564 1099 He manages the businesses alongside Tony Pennisi who also has 25 years experience in the automotive maintenance and mechanical repair industry, so the duo can be trusted with all your car care issues. Sam is an RMS/RTA authorised modification certifier and the workshop carries out all types of service, maintenance and mechanical repairs from replacing a light globe to full engine reconditioning and diagnostics working with majority of parts such as power steering, transmission and fuel injectors. They also do all suspension work, tyres and wheel alignment and brake disc machining. “By cutting out the middle man, and not sub-letting, the cost can be kept to a minimum, which means less cost for the customer,” says Sam. Aside from all this, however, this multi-award winning business – which is a member of the Institute of Automotive Mechanical Engineers – is also set apart by it’s position as a pink slip and blue slip inspection station, as well as an RMS/RTA-approved child restraints fitting station, specialising in standard installations and modification of child restraints, as well as installation and modification of seatbelts for all types of vehicles including vans and buses. Leichhardt Automotive has been an NRMA The team were all smiles on awards night! approved and recommended repairer for over 20 years and both Sam and Tony have extensive knowledge in European, Japanese and local vehicles. The modern and clean workshop they work from is located on the corner of Tebbutt Street and Parramatta Road, Leichhardt, with off-street parking for customer convenience. The bus stop and light rail is virtually at the front door and it’s only five minutes from the train station. When it comes to business philosophy Sam says, “We at Leichhardt Automotive strive to deliver dealer-level service at a realistic price with no surprises to all our customers. So for any service, repairs or maintenance come and see us at Leichhardt Automotive and experience the difference – you won’t be disappointed.” n For more information contact Sam or Tony at Leichhardt Automotive: 689 Parramatta Rd (Cnr Tebbutt St), Leichhardt. Call 9560 5240 or visit Approved Repairer For more information visit 17



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