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                                                                                                                                 Get Out!
                                                                                                                               Foster’s to evict
                                                                                                                               Kensington Street
                                                                                                                               Samantha Van                         would be difficult. “In the         not added new tenants since
                                                                                                                                                                    Sydney rental market, there’s       2003 as the 17 terraces in
                                                                                                                                 T h e Fo s t e r ’ s G r o u p ,   nought around.”                     Kensington and Abercrombie
                                                                                                                               through the property                    “We’re having trouble and        Streets were vacated. Four
                                                                                                                               managers of the Carlton &            we suspect our neighbours           tenants remain in April 2007,”
                                                                                                                               United Breweries site, has           are too. We’re looking at going     Mr Hey said.
                                                                                                                               given eviction notices to            from [paying rent of] $100 a           The terraces deemed of
                                                                                                                               the four tenants of terraces         week to $500.”                      heritage significance will be
                                                                                                                               on Kensington Street in                 “Everything Foster’s has         retained but require extensive
                                                                                                                               Chippendale.                         done is legal or correct. But       conservation works, he
                                                                                                                                                                    I believe the process has           continued. “The ultimate
                                                                                                                                  The eviction notice to tenant     been curious.”                      decision on the future of the
                                                                                                                               Thane Browne was dated 10               Foster’s disagrees. “We          site and non-heritage protected
                                                                                                                               April 2007. However, he said         publicly announced our              buildings will rest in the
                                                                                                                               that he received the notice          intention to close and vacate       hands of the new owner and
                                                                                                                               about a week later. 25 June is       the former Kent Brewery (CUB)       developer.”
                                                                                                                               the deadline to leave.               site in 2003,” Troy Hey, Foster’s      Foster’s said the eviction of
                                                                                                                                  Mr Browne lives at 40             External Communications             tenants is to facilitate the best
                                                                                                                               Kensington St with partner           Manger told the SSH. After          results for site renewal. “While
                                                                                                                               Robbie Jordan. “We’re not            the cancellation of a 2003          we will do whatever we can
                                                                                                                               trying to stay here,” he said.       conditional sale, Foster’s          do to assist with relocation,
                                                                                                                               “We can’t fight this.”               sought planning approvals for       the notice date is part of the
                                                                                                                                  “Robbie and I have full           the site. It received concept       sale process and cannot be
                                                                                                                               time jobs, we can move               approval in February 2007.          shifted,” Mr Hey concluded.
                                                                                                                               out,” Mr Browne said.                   Foster’s then appointed             Mr Browne and Ms Jordan
                                                                                                                               However, to remain in the            agents and is looking to agree      are yet to receive any offer
                                            Kensington Street residents: Clare, Rebecca, and Digger the dog Photo: Ali Blogg   area for his young daughter          to a sale mid-year. “We have        of help.

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           Strawberry Hills NSW 2012                                                                                                                           Claire Thompson                                         councillors asked to be advised
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       of details for community facilities
                    LETTERS                                                                                                                                     It may be cold outside, but the                        in the Southern (Green Square)
        Please send letters and emails to:
                                                                                                                                                              demand for a swimming pool in                            area. Council resolved to prepare a
           The South Sydney Herald.
           Email:                                                                                                                           Green Square is hotting up.                              feasibility study, including public
       Supply sender name and suburb.                                                                                                                                                                                  consultation for locating the
             Size: 150 words or less.                                                                                                                            The proposal to have a swimming                       proposed pool at the former South
      We may edit for legal or other reasons.
                                                                                                                                                              pool at Green Square is an issue that                    Sydney council offices site, 132-138
                                                                                                                                                              Kristina Keneally, MP for Heffron,                       and 140 Joynton Avenue, Zetland.
                                                                                                                                                              feels strongly about. “South of Cleve-                      A brief has been prepared with
                                                                                                                                                              land Street there are no swimming                        project outcome defined and a
           EDITORIAL COMMITTEE                                                                                                                                pools, no active community facilities                    business plan is being developed.
                                                                                                                                                              and no indoor sports facilities.” She                    Recreation planning consultants
                                                                                                                                                              goes on to add, “Residents that live                     SLG Group have been engaged
                                                                                                                                                              north of Cleveland Street enjoy access                   to undertake the project. It is
                                                                                                                                                              to 5 swimming pools and a number                         anticipated that the recommended
                                                                                                                                                              of active community facilities.”                         Facilities Mix, draft business plan
                                                                                                                                                                 Councillor Tony Poley, former                         and Project Brief will be avail-
                                                                                                                                                              Lord Mayor of South Sydney which                         able for presentation to Council in
                                                                                                                                                              covered the Green Square area until                      August this year.
                                                                                                                                                              it merged with the City in 2004,                            The consultants have already
                                                                                                                                                              agrees. “City of Sydney Council                          undertaken market research by
               MANAGING EDITOR                                                                                                                                has yet to resolve a Development                         phone survey and are completing
                 Andrew Collis
                                                                                                                                                              Application approval,” he says. “An                      consultations with local community
                                                                                                                                                              independent group did an initial                         groups and other stake holders.
                                                                                                                                                              review of leisure facilities in the area                    The total budget projection is
                                                                                                                                                              but there is no doubt that there is a                    currently $28 million based on
                                                                                                                                                              need for aquatic facilities here.” Cr                    provision alone and may vary once
                                                                                                                                                              Poley adds, “Considering how fast                        Council determines the mix of facili-
                                                                                                                                                              DAs can be put through, such as the                      ties and the timing and phasing of
                                                                                                                                                              recently approved Surry Hills Library,                   construction.
                                                                                                                                                              there is really no excuse for the Lord                      A spokesperson for Lord Mayor
                                                                                                                                                              Mayor to have taken so long over                         Clover Moore said, “The intention
                  CO-EDITOR                                                                                                                                   this matter.”                                            is all there. It has all been planned.
            Dorothy McRae-McMahon
                                                                                                                                                                 At last week’s Finance, Properties                    It is just a question of how long it
                                                         Mentioned as a prospective site for new pool: the old Royal South Sydney Hospital Photo: Kitae Lee   and Tenders Committee meeting,                           is going to take.”

                                                    Newtown local elected to Academy of Science
                                                    Reem Al-Gharabally
                  Trevor Davies
                                                       “This century is going to be
                                                    the century of preventative
                                                    m e d i c i n e, ” s a y s P r o f e s s o r
                                                    Peter Lay, academic director of
                                                    the Foundation for Inorganic
                                                    chemistry at the University
                                                    o f S y d n e y. L a s t m o n t h h e
                                                    was elected as fellow of the
                                                    Australian Academy of Science
                                                    in Canberra, the chief scientific
                   Ali Blogg
                                                    body in Australia, in recognition
                                                    of his extensive research on
                                                    biochemistry and cell biology.

                                                       The softly spoken Newtown
                                                    local is recognized internationally
                                                    for his team’s cutting edge work
                                                    on developing micron sized x-ray
                                                    and infrared beams for probing
                                                    diseases and pharmaceuticals
                                                    in cells and tissues. This new
                 Ben Falkenmire                     technology which uses micron
                                                    and sub-micron sized x-ray beams
                                                    enables researchers to observe
                                                    changes within cells and the effect
                                                    of drugs and toxins on them.
                 Jessica Moore                         “By using these techniques to
                                                    really look at the early stages of
                  PRINTER                           disease we can then look at ways
                    MPD                             that we can intervene at that stage
        46-62 Maddox St, Alexandria 2015
                                                    and stop the damage before it
              GRAPHIC DESIGNER                      actually starts,” he says.
                 Robert Young                          His team at Sydney University
                                                    has been using these techniques
                                                    to study a wide range of
    Dr Mualla Akinci           Brenden Hills
     Jessica Amos              Darren Mara          degenerative disease such
      Jane Barton             Samantha Van          a s c a n c e r, c a r d i o v a s c u l a r
       Bill Birtles          Peter Whitehead        diseases, diabetes, arthritis and                                            Peter Lay with an Electron Paramagnetic Resonance instrument for measuring metal ions in cells and biological tissues Photo: Andrew Collis
     Anna Christie          norrie mAy-welby        tooth decay.
     Todd Dagwell           Claire Thompson
    Ben Falkenmire            Candice Chung            Professor Lay’s research has                       potent but quite safe. We are very                     widely used anti-inflammatory                          i n N ew t ow n f o r t h e l a s t 2 2
                                                    already led to the development                        hopeful we can use these drugs to                      drugs have been linked to                              years, smiles when asked how
   “We gratefully acknowledge the many              of new anti-inflammatory drugs                        treat arthritis in humans as well                      increased risk of cardiovascular                       he feels about his election to the
   volunteer contributors and distributors          designed for the company Nature                       to replace Vioxx and Celebrex,”                        disease, leading to Vioxx being                        Australian Academy of Science.
    who make this publication possible.”            Vet to treat leg damage on race                       he says.                                               withdrawn from the market.                                “It is extra recognition which
                                                    horses.“Our drugs will be very                          Vioxx and Celebrex, the most                           Professor Lay, who has lived                         always helps,” he says.
                                                                                                                                                                                   The South Sydney Herald – June 2007 

Easy access to
Neighbourhood Centre
Trevor Davies                                     community and this diversity                          aged, a women’s group and so
                                                  should be reflected in the ability                    on.” Lisa said that some activities
   The Newtown Neighbourhood                      of all members of the community                       such as the Homeless Person Legal

Centre (NNC) is currently working                 to access the services provided                       Service and day activities for people
on two important projects. The                    for them.”                                            from the Greek community had to
first is to ensure ease of access to                 The second project may not                         be held off site due to the lack of
the Centre for all of its clients.                be as straightforward, as the                         space. “We also support groups
                                                  NNC is seeking a solution to its                      that receive no funding such as the
  The organization, which rents the               severe shortage of space. NNC                         Domestic Violence Support group,

historic Newtown Town Hall from                   co-coordinator Lisa Burn told                         a Mental Health Support group
Marrickville Council, plays a vital               the Herald that currently there                       and a Survivors of Abuse group by
role in the community. Information                are 22 staff and nearly the same                      allowing them to use the Centre
and advice is given on a variety of               number of volunteers working for                      during the day at no charge.”
support services, and programs are                the association. They are housed                         It would seem that building
delivered to the aged, the disabled,              in five office spaces, three of                       extensions are definitely called for.
low-income earners and those from                 which are very small and there is                     How will Council respond to the
non-English speaking backgrounds.                 only one large general space for                      legitimate needs of this important
The upstairs section cannot be used               centre activities.                                    organization?
by visitors with mobility issues                     “On a daily basis we see
or by parents or carers of small                  approximately 70 visitors at the                       Carol Nehme has worked for several years
children and babies in prams.                     front counter in need of information                   in various roles within the Department Of
The NNC is asking Marrickville                    and support. We run many group                         Ageing, Disability And Home Care (DADHC)
Council to overcome the problem                   activities at the centre including
                                                                                                         – as a project officer with recreation and
by installing a lift.                             Tai Chi, Gentle Exercise for over
                                                                                                         peer support and more recently as an
  As the Centre’s website says,                   55s, not-for-profit Bingo, a weekly
“We operate within a diverse                      knitting group, day care for the                       administrator with responsibilities for
                                                                                                         home care services. Carol enjoys her
                                                                                                         work–and work-related opportunities for
                                                                                                                                                       The Redfern Street upgrade
                                                                                                         inner-city adventures in Glebe, Annandale     is taking shape and while work is
                                                                                                         and Newtown.
                                                                                                                                                       underway, your local retailers need
                                                                                                         Cerebral Palsy does not stop Carol from
                                                                                                         being involved in community activities.
                                                                                                                                                       your support. After all, they’re the
                                                                                                         What she finds most prohibitive, however,     backbone of the local village.
                                                                                                         is lack of easy access to public buildings.   For information on the Redfern and Regent Streets
                                                                                                         “In this day and age,” she says, “it’s an     upgrade visit
                                                                                                         issue of discrimination.”                     or call 9265 9333.
                                                                                                         “Heritage issues are important, but not
                                                                                                         as important as safety and access for
                                                                                                         all people – the very young and very old,
                                                                                                         parents with prams, injured people, as well
                                                                                                         as people in wheelchairs. They have just as
                                                                                                         much a right as anybody.”
                                                                                                         Ms Nehme recently met with Lisa Burns,
                                                                                                         Centre Co-ordinator of the NNC. The two
                                                                                                         discussed plans submitted to Council to
                                                                                                         improve ease of access to the Centre.
                                                                                                         “I support what Lisa is trying to do here.
                                                                                                         I think the Council will support it, too.”
            Carol Nehme and Lisa Burns look over plans to improve access for all Photo: Andrew Collis

Another make-over for Oxford Street
Candice Chung                                     easy mix to make it comfortable                       volume of traffic in the area.
                                                  for people to move around,”                              It is also understood that palm
  Oxford Street’s Taylor Square                   Ms Forsythe said. “It’s a well                        trees had been planted in the area
has been flagged as one of the                    used road thoroughfare and there                      but were subsequently removed
key projects in the latest series                 are some very significant historic                    because the authorities received
of upgrades to be undertaken by                   buildings in the area.”                               numerous complaints about people
the City of Sydney Council over                      The Council is considering plans                   urinating on the trees.
the next four years.                              to install more public art, planting                     While consensus is yet to be
                                                  trees as well as reactivating the                     reached on the validity of yet
   The Lord Mayor Clover Moore                    former substation and underground                     another upgrade of the square,
announced a $350 million Local                    toilet on the northern side of the                    local businesses point out the
Action Plan in March, following                   square as a spot for a café.                          need to improve the way public
a 12-month consultation with the                     Liberal Councillor, Shayne                         spaces are used. “The south side
public. The strategy, according to                Mallard, believes a café would be                     of Taylor Square has become a
Ms Moore, is aimed to “preserve                   popular in the area, but expresses                    congregating point for people to
and enhance Sydney’s City                         doubts over other aspects of the                      decide where to go next after a
of Villages.”                                     planned upgrades. “Every park                         night out,” Darlinghurst Business
   “We certainly welcome the                      and footpath within the City of                       Partnership president Andrew
p l a n n e d u p g ra d e s, ” Syd n ey          Sydney is having money lavished                       Duckmanton said. “If you drive
Chamber of Commerce Executive                     on it at an extraordinary speed. But                  past there any time in the weekend
Director, Patricia Forsythe said.                 if you go around the CBD, it’s still                  morning, it’s probably one of the
“Basically Taylor Square sits as a                not to the standard it should be.                     most off-putting scenes that you
gateway to the CBD, and because                   The Pitt Street Mall is cracked up                    can imagine”
Oxford Street is such a well known                and ruined. It’s an embarrassment.                       Mr Duckmanton said a café
shopping street itself, any money                 It’s not a terribly good look for a                   or additional retail shops could
put in there will add to the general              world city,” Cr Mallard said.                         attract a mix of people who would
appearance of the area,” she said.                   Former South Sydney Mayor, Cr                      visit the area for more day-time
   Despite being geographically                   Tony Pooley, had been involved in                     activities. “These are enormous
central, Taylor Square has long                   the last upgrade of Taylor Square                     challenges. It’s making sure that
carried the reputation of being a                 four years ago, which “essentially                    there are infrastructures in place
“difficult public space. It’s not an              hasn’t worked” because of the high                    where people can feel safe.”
 The South Sydney Herald – June 2007


                                                                                                                                                                Have You
                                                                                                                                                 Trevor Davies

                                                                                                                                                 Lions Club Redfern Waterloo Charter Night
                                                                                                                                                 – Friday 22 June
                                                                                                                                                 Every suburb needs a Lions Club. The Charter Night for the
                                                                                                                                                 Lions Club of Redfern Waterloo will be held at 7.30pm on
                                                                                                                                                 Friday 22 June at the Masonic Club – Castlereagh Inn, 169
                                                                                                                                                 Castlereagh Street, Sydney at a cost of $40. If you would like
                                                                                                                                                 more information about the Lions Club Redfern Waterloo or
                                                                                                                                                 about attending the Charter Night, please contact the club
                                                                                                                                                 president Norma Ingram on 0404 094 249.

                                                                                                                                                 The second Tuesday in the month at the Rex
                                                                                                                                                 Centre in the Cross
                                                                                                                                                 It all began when Bob Percival started showing movies in
                                                                                                                                                 his flat in ‘the Loo’ (Wooloomooloo) on beautiful 16mm
                                                                                                                                                 film. He chose some of those brilliant classics which proved
                                                                                                                                                 so popular that now in conjunction with the Kings Cross
                                                                                                                                                 Arts Guild & Sydney City Council, he has decided to make
                                                                                                                                                 the gig bigger and better. Their new venue is the Macleay
                                                                               New roles for Cathy Wills and Kate Melhopt Photo: Andrew Collis
                                                                                                                                                 Room, Rex Centre, 1st Floor above Kings Cross Community

Surry Hills Festival is on!                                                                                                                      Centre (next to Maggie’s Restaurant), 50-58 Macleay Street.
                                                                                                                                                 On Tuesday 10th of July at 5.45pm, Bob will be showing
                                                                                                                                                 Bringing Up Baby (1938) by Howard Hawks. Cary Grant
Bill Birtles                               Along with the weekly Surry Hills              psychiatric social worker in the UK,                   plays an absent-minded anthropologist busily assembling
                                        market and government support, the                and working with conflict-affected
   The Surry Hills Festival will        festival allows the Neighbourhood                 and tsunami-affected communities                       a dinosaur and planning to marry his straight-laced fiancee
go ahead this year, after the           Centre to provide a range of services             in Sri Lanka.                                          until the order of his life is shattered by an encounter with
City of Sydney decided to delay         t o t h e c o m m u n i t y, i n c l u d i n g
renovations to Prince Alfred            childcare programs, language                                                                             an anarchic heiress played by Katherine Hepburn. The film
Park. The popular festival, which       and activity classes and walk-in                    Surry Hills Festival is ‘Keeping it Green’           is structured around the intellect-instinct opposition. As in
first moved to the park last year,      advocacy.                                           again this year, after last year’s highly
was going to be cancelled – until          However the centre is temporarily                                                                     other Hawks’ comedies, male and female roles are inverted
                                                                                           successful Festival on the grass at Prince
the council recently delayed the        operating from Bourke St Public
                                                                                             Alfred Park. This year the Festival will            with the woman taking the active, aggressive role. A great
upgrade until next year.                School while awaiting the
                                        construction of a new building at                   move to a new date of 13 October, with               screwball comedy.
   Cathy Wills, the director of         its home on Crown Street.                             the last bands closing out at 6pm.
the Surry Hills Festival, says the         The new coordinator of the centre,
                                                                                                 The Festival is looking for artists,
festival will now happen in October,    Kate Melhopt, says the temporary
                                                                                              street performers, bands, DJs, roving
                                                                                                                                                 Matavi and Tarunga residents bothered by
which should ensure warmer              relocation is putting a strain on the
spring weather after last year’s        services the Centre offers. “Drop-                  entertainers, etc to complete the line-up            ‘Stand Up’
chilly autumn outing. “It’s a great     in advocacy is harder because of                       of eclectic entertainment. If you are             It seems that Stand Up – a group of inner city activists
opportunity for volunteers in the       the relocation and fewer parents                     interested in performing at the Festival
community to contribute and get         are sending their children to our                                                                        (normally very responsible) – have stuffed up. They letter-
involved,” she said.                    childcare because it’s a bit further                  please send a bio with a demo CD, any
                                                                                                 photos, and all contact details to:             boxed the residents of Matavai and Tarunga with pamphlets
   Ms Wills, who is taking on           away in Chippendale,” she told
the direction role after being on       the SSH.                                                                                                 which claim that Frank Sartor’s RWA has announced plans
the festival team last year, says          But, she said, it is important                       Festival Director, Surry Hills
                                                                                                                                                 to demolish their homes. This seems like a bizarre action to
organising the event is a huge task,    that people realise the centre is                    Neighbourhood Centre, c/o Bourke
but she’s “expecting great support      still operating and offering the                    Street Public School, Cnr of Bourke &                take as it is not the case. REDWatch remembers a few years
from local business.”                   same services.                                         Mort Streets, Surry Hills 2010.                   ago, when there was a big demonstration over the Waterloo
   Besides providing the community         Ms Melhopt has taken on
with music, entertainment, rides,       the coordinator role at the                           Applications close June 29, 2007.                  Standards Towers, a whole range of speakers turned up and
animals and an eclectic mix of          neighbourhood centre after working                                                                       the local member Kristina Keneally had promised to chain
market stalls, the festival serves      in a range of community-service                       For more information try the website
the purpose of raising funds for the    jobs here and overseas. These                                     herself to the doors of Batavia. That was back in 2004.
Surry Hills Neighbourhood Centre.       include working as a mental health                                                                       The battle was won and the towers are safe. If anything
                                                                                                                                                 does happen, I’m sure you’ll see Kristina chained to the
                                                                                                                                                 front door.

Doggy shrine for Regatza                                                                                                                         Friends do it tough
                                                                                                                                                 My friend Brenda Mailing has worked in the inner city for the
Claire Thompson                         known in Ivy Lane for sitting in                  Regatza had lived together for
                                        her favourite spot, in front of an                15 years and sadly the dog had                         Aboriginal community for years, and enjoyed the friendship
  Poems and tributes, flowers           electricity box, where the colourful              to be put down after her battle                        of many. Last month, she had the sad news that her mother
and a basket of rose petals are         shrine has now developed.                         with cancer. Residents knew she
just some of the memorials that            Named after a revolutionary radio              was struggling with illness and                        passed on. I’m sure on behalf of all her friends that our
residents of Darlington have added      station and meaning ‘girl’ in Italian,            realised she had passed away                           thoughts and prayers are with Brenda and her family in this
to a doggy shrine for a beloved pet     this special dog brought much joy to              when she was no longer in her
pooch who has passed away.              everyone in the street and was a big              special spot.                                          difficult time. It’s also sad to see that Warren Mundine and
                                        part of life in the community. One                  A wake was held on May 20                            his family have lost their father, Roy, and our thoughts and
  Regatza, a friendly 16-and-a-half     child wrote, “You always made me                  where community members
year-old Kelpie Labrador, was           happy when I saw you after school,                were handed photos of the pet                          prayers are with them all.
adored by young and old alike in        sitting in your favourite spot.”                  and lit candles and incense in
the community. She became well             Owner Meredith Williams and                    remembrance.
                                                                                                                  eaRTh hoUR - eaRTh aLWaYS
                                                                                                                  On the evening of March 31        embrace Earth Hour.
                                                                                                                  Sydneysiders were asked           Earth Hour is about
                                                                                                                  to switch off their lights and    consciousness-raising,
                                                                                                                  appliances for Earth Hour,        about capturing people’s
                                                                                                                  with the community and            imaginations and
                                                                                                                  the biggest corporations in       empowering them to
                                                                                                                  Australia taking part.            make a difference.
                                                                                                                  Now I have called on the          The City’s existing Green
                                                                                                                  world to make a stand             CBD program to help
                                                                                                                  against global warming            companies “green” their
                                                                                                                  and follow Sydney’s lead          buildings – not for an hour,
                                                                                                                  by making Earth Hour a            but permanently – was
                                                                                                                  global event in future years.     given an enormous boost
                                                                                                                  The biggest impediment            by Earth Hour. More than
                                                                                                                  we face is not the lack of        35 companies are now on
                                                                                                                  new technologies to tackle        the program.
                                                                                                                  climate change - it is a lack
                                                                          Clover and locals at the celebration    of political will.
  EDMUND RESCH RESERVE COMMUNITY CELEBRATION                                                                      At the C40 Large Cities
  The City recently celebrated the rejuvenation of Edmund Resch Reserve in Redfern. Upgrades to                   Climate Summit in New
  the reserve include a new Village Green lawn area, new seating, a new drinking fountain and dog                 York I asked Mayors,
  tap, and improved turf areas. The park now boasts an attractive pedestrian corridor into the park               representing more than 250
  from South Dowling Street, with grass and garden beds consolidated,                                             million people in some of         CLOVER MOORE MP
  and native trees to help provide shade.                                                                         the world’s largest cities, to    Lord Mayor

CITY BUDGET HAS A GREEN FOCUS                                                                                                                 HAVE YOUR SAY
The City’s draft 2007/08 Budget progresses spending                                                                                           Residents of Darlinghurst, East
on major projects with a focus on local environmental                                                                                         Sydney, Elizabeth Bay, Kings
initiatives. There is provision for a new Live Green                                                                                          Cross, Potts Point, Rushcutters
festival on 25 August, $1.5m to become carbon                                                                                                 Bay and Woolloomooloo are
neutral, a new Waste Management Strategy and                                                                                                  invited to discuss and hear more
28,500 new recycling bins for residents. Money has                                                                                            about issues affecting the City
been allocated for 1,300 new trees and maintenance                                                                                            East at a Community Forum on
of parks will be stepped up. The Budget is on                                                                                                 Tuesday, 26 June. The forum will
exhibition at until 8 June.                                                                                       be held at the Rex Centre, off Baroda
                                                                                                                                              Street, Kings Cross. Residents
                                                                                                                                              of Alexandria, Beaconsfield,
 MOVING AHEAD AT GREEN SQUARE                                                                                                                 Rosebery, St Peters and Zetland
                                                                                                                                              are invited to a community forum
 Work will soon begin to design public areas of the Green             NOMINATE YOUR                                                           for the City South on Thursday, 28
 Square Town Centre, with the City and its development                FAVOURITE LOCAL                                                         June at Green Square Community
 partner Landcom appointing consultants mcgregor + partners           BUSINESS                                                                Facility. Both meetings will be
 to design the project. The subject area covering 14ha around         Applaud your favourite                                                  held from 6pm until 8.30pm. For
 Green Square Railway Station will include a network of parks         local business in the fourth                                            details, call 9265 9333 or visit www.
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 such as a library community centre and an aquatic centre.            exceptional business across 29              SYDNEY GOES ITALIAN
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                                                                      fresh food, environmental                   Enjoy a taste of Italy on Sunday 3 June at Primo Italiano
                                                                      services and best innovative                staged in the city’s original Little Italy, East Sydney. Stanley
                                                                      business. Vote online at www.               and Yurong streets will become an Italian piazza between
                                                                                11am and 5pm with a fountain, al fresco dining, gourmet food
                                                                      or look out for entry coupons               stalls, big bands, roving musicians, street drama, an Italian
                                                                      at local businesses, branches               pop music beer garden, vintage scooters and a children’s
                                                                      of the Commonwealth Bank or                 parade. For more information visit
                                                                      call 9264 0757. Nominations                 au/whatson or call 9265 9333.
                                                                      close Tuesday 24 July.

Photographers are invited to submit works for Sydney’s
favourite photographic exhibition - Sydney Life. Twenty-six
images will be selected and enlarged for exhibition in Hyde Park
North during the City’s Art & About Festival in October. The
Sydney Life Prize, sponsored by the City of Sydney and AMP
Capital Investors, is valued at $10,000. For an entry form visit or call 9265 9062. Competition
closes 3 July.

 ConTaCT The CITY                    neIGhBoURhooD SeRVICe CenTRe, ReDFeRn                                       neIGhBoURhooD SeRVICe CenTRe, eRSKIneVILLe
 Phone: 9265 9333                    Tower 2, 1 Lawson Square, Redfern NSW 2016                                  104 Erskineville Road, Erskineville NSW 2043         Monday to Friday 9.00am to 5.00pm                                           Monday to Friday 9.00am to 5.00pm
                                     Saturday 9.00am to 12 noon. Closed public holidays.                         Closed public holidays.
 The South Sydney Herald – June 2007


1967 Referendum – 90%“Yes for Aborigines”
                                                                                                                      that were inhabited by Aborigines                    the Federal Government to make
                                                                                                                      were not covered by the census, with                 special laws that applied to Aboriginal
                                                                                                                      the government making only rough                     Australians and took on a symbolic
                                                                                                                      population estimates.                                significance as a first step towards
                                                                                                                         “They counted sheep, dogs, cattle,                reconciliation.
                                                                                                                      even camels in the desert – but no blacks.             Bobby agreed that although the
                                                                                                                      It was dangerous to count them because               Aboriginal community has come a
                                                                                                                      they’d have to supply them with housing              long way since the historic vote, much
                                                                                                                      and health facilities, so it was easier by           work is still needed to be done in areas
                                                                                                                      keeping the numbers down,” Bobby said.               such as housing and health care. “After
                                                                                                                         On 27 May 1967, over 90 per cent of               housing, health follows. You can’t get
                                                                                                                      Australians voted “Yes for Aborigines”               one without the other. There are also not
                                                                                                                      in the referendum, with overwhelming                 enough services for mental health – with
                                                                                                                      support showing across all states.                   the drugs that are going around today,
                                                                                                                      The constitutional amendments allowed                the medical service is overloaded.”

Candice Chung
                                                     Bobby at the Survival Expresso Bar in Redfern Photo: Ali Blogg

                                                 see your mother or father or your
                                                                                                                        Open all hours – at what cost?
                                                 grandparents – you had to get written
  Bobby Perry remembers the 1967                 permission,” he recounts. “Leading up to                                Candice Chung and Claire Thompson
Referendum as a turning point in
the darker chapters of Australian
                                                 the referendum, most of us were either
                                                 brought up in the reserves or missions                                   Owners of late-trading pubs may be
                                                                                                                                                                                What key players think
history. The long-time political                 and many of us were isolated from the                                  lapping up the profits, but many are                   about 24-hour licensing:
activist, now 68, was a member of the            mainstream society, right up to 1967.”                                 finding the surge in alcohol-fuelled                     “Police normally oppose 24-hour licences.
Aboriginal Progress Association which              The embattled activist said it was                                   violence hard to swallow.
campaigned for Indigenous citizens’              important to fight for changes like the                                                                                          They tend to cause all sorts of trouble.”
right to be properly accounted for in            referendum because the Indigenous                                         For late-shift workers and vigilant party-       - Mark Walton, Superintendent of Redfern Police
the population census and be included            population was desperately in need of                                  goers, the thought of having a place to
in policy considerations.                        improvements in welfare provisions.                                    knock back a drink or three in the steely              “A responsible licensee doesn’t want to attract
                                                 “We had meetings to discuss campaigns                                  pre-dawn hours can be a comforting one.                 any negative attention to their pub. It’s also
  “Politically it was a bad time,” Bobby         but no halls around here, in Redfern                                   While there have been countless debates               important not to annoy the neighbours or create
said, “The Liberal Party was in power            or in the city, would rent to Aboriginal                               over the culture of all-night boozing, experts      repercussions for yourself with the Licensing Board,
and the politicians were still living in         people. They’d say, ‘They’re all drunks,                               and inner-city residents are claiming that the
                                                                                                                                                                                       Police or Community Groups.”
the 1800s.”                                      they’re trouble makers’. We had to get                                 issue is far graver than a matter of taste.
  “Our lives were governed by the                white Trade Unionists to book a hall and                                  Earlier this year, a report released by           - Paul Grinham, licensee of Tudor Hall, Redfern
Aboriginal Welfare Act. If you lived on          then we’d take over.”                                                  the NSW Bureau of Crime and Statistics
a reserve, you had to get permission               Prior to the constitutional                                          (BOCSAR) revealed that violent crimes               “If I had the right type of clientele I would open later
from the white manager to go and                 amendments, remote rural areas                                         have climbed almost 50 per cent in the past                  but it’s just not feasible in this area.”
                                                                                                                        decade. The alarming trend is believed to be              - Geoff Chadwick, licensee and manager
                                                                                                                        fuelled by alcohol-related assaults involving                    of Somerset Hotel, Redfern
                                                                                                                        young men aged between 18 and 24.
                                                                                                                           “I’ve really had my eyes opened since
                                                                                                                        taking over this pub,” licensee and manager        community who are often viewed as
                                                                                                                        of the Somerset Hotel Geoff Chadwick said.         problem drinkers.
                    passion for lEarning, prepariNg for life                                                            The hotel has a licence enabling it to stay           According to Dr Weatherburn, there is
                                                                                                                        open until 1am yet management chooses to           simply no magic formula when it comes to
                                                                                                                        shut at 9pm in order to avoid the drunken          determining how many late-trading licences
                                                                                                                        and disorderly crowds.                             should be granted in an area.
                                                                                                                           “If I had the right type of clientele I would      “There’s no set point at which it all
                                                                                                                        open later but it’s just not feasible in this      becomes intolerable,” he said, “But clearly
                                                                                                                        area. Licensees are always on the lookout          the more licensed premises you have, the
                                                                                                                        for someone who is a potential threat,” Mr         more risk of trouble you’ve got. So Councils
                                                                                                                        Chadwick said.                                     need to consider how many licensed
                                                                                                                           Director of the Bureau, Don Weatherburn,        premises they’ve already got when they’re
                                                                                                                        said the rising number of late-trading pubs        deciding whether to grant a new licence
                                                                                                                        is a key factor behind the violence caused         or extend the licence to someone who’s
                                                                                                                        by excessive drinking. There are currently         already there.”
                                                                                                                        600 venues around the country issued with             Last month, the State Government’s chief
                                                                                                                        24-hour liquor licences, with 444 of those         advisor on alcohol, Professor Ian Webster,
                                                                                                                        located in NSW.                                    called for a ban on 24-hour licensed pubs.
                                                                                                                           “Late-trading premises are more likely to       Professor Webster said in a public forum
                                                                                                                        have problems with assaults because people         that where there is a concentration of
                                                                                                                        who go there are far more likely to become         hotels and pubs operating for extended
                                                                                                                        intoxicated,” Dr Weatherburn said.                 hours, there is a higher amount of injuries
                                                                                                                           “Basically, no matter how committed you         – causing hospital emergency departments
                                                                                                                        are to the responsible service of alcohol, if      to become “crowded-out.”
                                                                                                                        your pub is open for 24 hours and someone             An earlier study by the BOCSAR has
                                                                                                                        is entitled to sit in that pub drinking for 18     found that a small proportion of hotels
                                                                                                                        hours, virtually no matter how slowly they         accounted for almost 60 per cent of all the
                                                                                                                        drink, they’re going to end up drunk.”             assaults on hotel premises in Inner Sydney,
                                                                                                                           At the nearby Railz Hotel, management           with these assault ‘hot spots’ more likely
                                                                                                                        admits it is a constant challenge to ensure        to be premises which have extended or
                                                                                                                        a responsible level of service. “It is often       24-hour trading.
                                                                                                                        very hard to pick those who are drunk                 Despite concerns and recommendations,
                                                                                                                        and people who just can’t speak very               late-trading premises have continued to
   St Andrew’s Cathedral School, Gawura campus, is an                                                                   well,” Assistant Manager Simon Keeble              flourish in Sydney’s entertainment hub.
   Anglican day school occupying a unique place in the city                                                             said. “We are very vigilant. Unfortunately         Only two months ago, a court has given
                                                                                                                        trouble often occurs when a sober person           permission to a new nightclub in Taylor
   of Sydney and offering dynamic learning opportunities for                                                            buys take-away alcohol for friends who             Square’s Kinselas Hotel to stay open for
   Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.                                                                      are drunk.”                                        24 hours. The nightclub has agreed to
                                                                                                                           The Herald was told that Railz Hotel has        trade until 3am to abide with council
                                                                                                                        attempted to secure an extended licence but        conditions and will remain on a 12-month
   Enrolling from KindErgartEn to YEar 5.                                                                               was refused on the grounds that it would           trial ahead of lodging its application for a
                                                                                                                        be taking advantage of the Aboriginal              permanent licence.
   For an Enrolment Application or to attend a School
   Tour, contact the Head of Campus on 02 9286 9500.

   telephone 02 9286 9500 | Sydney Square, Sydney NSW 2000 |                                                           More news on page 11...
                                                                                                    Wire MC
                                                                                                    funky brotha from
                                                                                                      da Bowra Mish
                                                                                                    SSH                                                               Wire MC also collaborated with Morganics
                                                                                                                                                                   on Stereotype – a production that is a mixture

                                                                                                    T   his MC – also a guitarist, songwriter,
                                                                                                        actor and community worker – brings
                                                                                                    power to the people with his own brand of
                                                                                                                                                                   of theatre, hip hop and comedy – which has
                                                                                                                                                                   appeared at the Sydney Opera House and
                                                                                                                                                                   other venues around the country. The two
                                                                                                    “abodigital” hip hop!                                          are currently rehearsing a new show called
                                                                                                                                                                   Survival Tactics.
                                                                                                       Wire MC, a Gumbayngirri descendant                             Survival Tactics is described as “a hip hop
                                                                                                    from Bowraville on the mid-north coast of                      theatre show with spoken word, graffiti and
                                                                                                    New South Wales, has been bringing his                         physical theatre combining to tell gritty,
                                                                                                    country rebel beats to the city streets and                    uplifting stories of urban life.”
                      Wire MC will play the Support Independent Media! concert at                   country towns of Australia for the past 8 years.                  Showing across Australia during July, it also
                                                                                                       As well as performing at venues and                         features MC and dancer Maya Jupiter, Tongan
  Australian Technology Park on Sunday 8 July, 4–8pm. Tickets $12 at the door.                      festivals around the country, including                        soul singer SistaNative, Bboy Jay from the
                                                                                                    Homebake, WOMADelaide, Yabun and                               Wickid Force breakers, and representing the
 Support Independent Media! is a fundraiser for the South Sydney Herald. Join us
                                                                                                    the Dreaming Festival, Wire MC travels to                      Gravity Warriors, Nick Power.
                     for fine food, drink, music and lively debate, arts/crafts & more.             remote communities around Australia with                          Wire MC sees hip hop as the “new
                                                                                                    fellow MC Morganics, conducting hip hop                        corroboree” for young Indigenous Australians,
Also playing: Jackie Orszaczky, Café of the Gate of Salvation, the Clarity Project.                 workshops for young Indigenous people.                         who are looking for a way to express
                                                                                                    One of these workshops led to the successful                   themselves and their culture in a positive way.
       We gratefully acknowledge the support of Australian Technology Park, the Redfern-Waterloo
                                                                                                    Wilcannia Mob, who had a surprise hit with
                Authority, Appetite Café, Tripod Café, Guitar Jungle, South Sydney Community Aid.   Down River in 2002.                                            Check:

            Support Independent Media
           and pick up a Bluesman Strat!
                    Leo Piplos of the Guitar Jungle in Redfern has kindly donated a 2003
                   Bluesman Strat electric guitar for auction at our fundraiser on 8 July.

               The Bluesman Strat is classic black, with humbucker and 2 single-coil
      pickups to give a variety of tones (ranging from Les Paul, SG, to Stratocaster,
      to Telecaster). It’s a professional guitar – and a very special instrument used
          to sell the whole Bluesman Strat range here in Australia. Great-sounding,
                  great-playing, with versatility to match! Fully serviced and set up!

                    The guitar is autographed by rock guitarist Pete Northcote
            (Richard Clapton, Dragon, Margaret Ulrich, Paul Kelly, Yothu Yindi),
    whose own CDs are available from the Guitar Jungle, or from Pete’s website
     ( Check out Pete’s latest CD, ‘Conditions Apply’.
                    5 minutes with... Pete Northcote – check page 10
           For fine, famous and vintage guitars and amps (servicing and repairs)
                      visit the Guitar Jungle at 153–155 Regent Street in Redfern.
                                                        Phone Leo on 9698 1300

                                                                                                    Pete Northcote and Leo Piplos with the Bluesman Strat Photo: Andrew Collis
   The Review June 2007

                                                                      come as you are
    common ground
                                                                          Redfern photographer, Jack Carnegie, has been photographing local
                                                                          people whom he describes as “...members of the modern working class
                                                                          of inner and eastern Sydney. They include a builder, painter, union
                                                                          organiser, artist, teacher, public servant, students and community
    Julie Paterson                                                        workers. They are also the unique and colourful characters that make
    Common Ground                                                         the area such a great place to live. They are neither rich nor famous
    Screen prints and paintings on recycled textiles and found wood       and are, as far as I know, happy to be that way.”
    Opening Saturday 2nd June 5–7pm
    Until 23rd June                                                       Jack Carnegie’s exhibition “Come as you are” will be on
    Sheffer Gallery                                                       display at the Regard Gallery 372 Wilson St, Chippendale
    38 Lander St, Darlington 2008 Sydney                                  16 June to 1st July. Open Sat and Sun 12 to 3pm.

                                                                       Indigenous artists
                                                                       dream together at
                                                                       Performance Space
                                                                       Ben Falkenmire

                                                                          Indigenous artists will get together for the first time at Performance Space in their new
                                                                       CarriageWorks location later this month for an eclectic mix of shows centred around the theme
                                                                       Ngalaringi Nangami Dyaralang (‘Our Dreaming’).
                                                                          Lily Shearer, Indigenous performance broker at Performance Space, said the two nights of works
                                                                       were an exciting introduction of indigenous artists to the community. “The theme reflects the belief
                                                                       that contemporary dreaming, what we’re feeling now and how we are living, is just as important to
                                                                       indigenous people as traditional dreaming,” said Shearer.
                                                                          Choreographed by Vicki Van Hout, the opening night on Friday 22 June will feature a ‘Welcome
                                                                       to country’ contemporary song piece and the gracious and hilarious swipes at everyday society by
                                                                       the female comedy duo Bigitbri.
                                                                          Uncle Greg Simms will showcase his wisdom in wood carving, calling on the intelligence of
                                                                       his La Perouse elders while Will Jarrett, also known as Wire MC, will collaborate with Redfern
                                                                       based painter Adam Hill and his sister Tammy for a hip hop theatre production that shakes the
                                                                       consensus-fluff about land, culture and people.
                                                                          The two nights will also feature the Black Seed dancers, cooking performances by catering group
                                                                       Yaama Dhinawan and a host of short and savvy films. Two in particular to watch out for are Sonja
                                                                       Brindle’s Redfern, Aborigine, Me which looks at modern day life on the Block, and Billy Mcpherson’s
                                                                       Pullin Around, a refreshing reminder of the rich possibilities in indigenous relationships.

                                                                       Ngalaringi Nangami Dyaralanng is on Friday 22 June and Saturday 23 June from 8pm at the
                                                                       Performance Space in the CarriageWorks building. Tickets are $15 per night.
                                                                       If you are an indigenous performer and thinking about going on tour, check out Shearer’s hosting of the Which
                                                                       Way Winter Festival on Thursday 21 June. Participants will be educated about how to plan for and go on tour
                                                                       around the country with musicians Emma Donovan and Radical Son in attendance. Tickets are also $15.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The Review June 2007 

                           Eastside Arts
                           Supporting live music in Sydney with two unique venues: Eastside Music Café & Stone Gallery on Oxford
                           (Paddington Uniting Church). Café Carnivale every Friday night from 7.45pm
Saturday 9 June                                                        Saturday 23 June                                           composer, arranger and musician Tony Gorman
Almost Acoustic                                                        VIMALA SAMA                                                presents his major work for clarinets and percussion.                                      Private Coaching
+ Rhubee Neale $15/$12
                                                                       Southern Indian classical dance
                                                                       Laya - Timeless Rhythms $20/$15                            Saturday 30 June
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Acting Workshops
Eastside Music Café                                                    Eastside Music Café                                        Almost Acoustic
The Rainmakers are a family from the dry parts                         An evening for the connoisseurs of vibrant South           ALEX LEGG (Vic) AND                                                                   Jane E Seymour
of Central Victoria. James and Jane are from the                       Indian dance and music featuring Kuchipudi dance           Francesca Sidoti
nationally-acclaimed folk group Blackwood. Their                       exponent Vimala Sarma, and a musical soiree with           Roots and folk with heart                                                           Actor & Acting Tutor
three children join them with marimba, ukulele,                        the contemplative and resonant tones of the veena,         and soul $15/$12                                                                     MA,unsw;BADA,uk; ARTTS Inter.,uk
guitar, fiddles and accordion.                                         a South Indian fretted string instrument.                  Eastside Music Café                                                                                                            Alex Legg has been slowly building up a storm with
                                                                       Sunday 24 June                                             four songs in the Australian Top 10 Roots Charts                                                • Shakespeare
Saturday 16 June                                                       SANDY EVANS TRIO                                           and one song, ‘Heaven Help Me’ covered by Johnny
TANYA SPARKE                                                           (with Alister Spence)                                      Neel, at Number 2 on blues charts around the world.                                • Audition & Call-Backs
Songs from her jazz-inspired Darkwood Road                             AND Tony Gorman’s “Songs                                   This is his second Sydney gig. Come and be part of
and more. $15/$12                                                      of Hope” 3pm $15/$12                                       the magic.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           • HSC
Eastside Music Café                                                    Eastside Music Café
Singer/songwriter Tanya has worked with some of
Australia and New Zealand’s finest creative talents
                                                                       Sandy Evans is recognised as one of the leading
                                                                       saxophonists (tenor and soprano) and composers             Doors open 8pm                                                                            9572 9049
including Sandy Evans, Tim Finn and Jane Campion                       in contemporary jazz in Australia. The trio will           Bookings on 9331 2646                                                    
who said of her singing, “Listening to her is an utterly               perform mostly Sandy’s compositions plus fresh   
original experience, treasured, deep intoxicating.”                    interpretations of standards. Award-winning      

                                                                           Welcome to Performance Space’s program of events at our new
                                                                           home CarriageWorks Centre for Contemporary Arts
                                                                           245 Wilson Street, Eveleigh |

                                                                                                                                                                                  SLEEpERS WAKE! WAChET AUF
                                                  REELDANCE INSTALLATIONS                                                                                                         NIgEL KELLAWAY
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               a nagging desire to connect
                                                  ChOREOgRAphICS                                                                                                                   A man at the edge of recollection harbours
                                                                                              llation works by European &                                                                                                     historical specificities, nostalgia
                                                   Choreographics is a series of three insta                                                                                       with the present. Adrift from cultural and
                                                                                            the moving image. Inspiration for                                                                                               n washes up alongside political
                                                   Australian artists exploring dance and                                                                                          for Glenn Gould, JS Bach and Dean Marti
                                                                                                    rings of physical movement                                                                                                 n.
                                                   the films has been drawn from graphic rende                                                                                     anxiety and unreliable personal recollectio
                                                   and choreography: sequentia     l photographic movement studies,                                                                Virginia Baxter, Jai McHenry, Aman  da Stewart & Josephine Wilson collude
                                                                                                   by costumes and flick-books.                                                                                                way, one of Australia’s most
                                                   animation, traces of movement articulated                                                                                        on a new performance work for Nigel Kella
                                                    artists Saïd Mahrouf, Hester Tamm
                                                                                       es & Toon de Zoeten; Simon Ellis & David                                                     accomplished & surprising performers.
                                                    Corbet; Thierry De Mey & Anne Teresa De                                                                                                                  $20/$15 + BF*
                                                                                                                                                                                 7 - 16 JUN WED–SAT 8PM $25/
                                                 25 MAy–30 JUN WED–SAT MAR 12–8PM                                                                              Heidrun Löhr      STU  DENT RUSH WED & THUR $12
               Video still from In Situ II

                                             NgALARINgI NANgAMI DYARALANg (OUR DREAMINg)                                                                                             LIQUID ARChITECTURE 8:
                                             INDIgENOUS pERFORMANCE NIghTS                                                                                                           FESTIVAL OF SOUND ARTS
                                             From ceremony to contemporary performance, social to environmental,                                                                     Australia’s premier sound-arts festival celebrates its eighth year
                                             Weilmoringle to Redfern, Ngalaringi Nangami Dyaralang celebrates the                                                                    with live performances, audio-visuals and installations in a sense-
                                             creativity & diversity of Indigenous cultures. Short performances, dance,                                                               specific feast for the ears. International guests include the shudder
                                             film & song will be presented over two nights by emerging & established                                                                 inducing French audiovisual performance group Cellule d’Intervention
                                             Indigenous artists.                                                                                                                     Metamkine and Swiss aktionist performance artists Runzelstirn &
                                                                                                                                                                                     Gurgelstock, Sudden Infant & Dave Phillips.
                                       22 – 23 JUN 8PM ALL TIX $15 + BF*
                                             Natalie Carroll                                                                                                              28 – 30 JUN 8PM OPENING NIGHT $10/$8 + BF*
                                                                                                                                                                          29 & 30 JUN 15/$12 + BF* SEASON PASS $30/$25 + BF*
                                             STREET, EVELEIgh
TICKETS AT ThE DOOR OR ThROUgh MOShTIX.COM.AU,                                                                                                                                                                                              of the Australian, State and
                                                      WILL AppLY                                                                                       Performance Space is supported by the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         its arts funding and advisory body
                                                                                                                                                       Territory governments, the Australian Government through the Australia Council,
                                                                                                                                                       and the New South Wales Government through Arts NSW.

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10   The Review June 2007

Theatre Review
                                                               Crazy Crossword!
Written by Neil Cole
Directed by Mike Bishop
Seymour Theatre Centre
Thursday 17 May – Saturday 9 June
Bookings 9351 7940

“Better to have been a has-been than a
never-was ... I can assure you – his past
achievements qualify him as a has-been!”

Topo is a fastabout Enrique –‘Topo’ funny and often
 moving –
               physical play very
                                    Iglesias. Topo is
reputedly one of the best front rowers in the history
of Australian Rugby Union as well as having had a
fantastic international career. Playwright Neil Cole
shows how Topo came over from Argentina just
before joining the Wallabies in 1984 at the behest of
new coach Alan Jones. That year – during the world
tour – for the first and only time – the team beat
England, Ireland, Wales and Scotland! However
within just a few years Topo didn’t feel so good. Topo
told Mick Reagan on the Sports Factor on Radio
National that, “I realised that back in 1987 after I
retired in ’87, in 1988 I started to feel really unwell
and barren and just empty, and I thought that was
because I retired from Rugby, Rugby was missing
and that’s exactly what I needed. So I went back and
played at club level for another three years. But then
after that there were similar problems, being down, or
lack of energy and not being able to sleep... So I was
undiagnosed for eight years. But in 1996 I realised
that perhaps it was time to go and see a psychiatrist.”
He was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. He couldn’t
work and he lost all his finances.
   Topo briskly moves between these events but
always returns to a night when Topo (Peter Hosking)
is working as a taxi driver after he has retired from
Rugby. A passenger (Billy MCPherson) doesn’t have
his full fare. There is push and shove. Then the guy
recognises Topo. He asks why Topo is working as a
taxi driver who argues over $5 and who can’t get up
after being knocked down? Topo’s knees are stuffed
from years of Rugby but he wont let this guy help
him stand up.
   This production is amazing in that it shows Topo
– apparently ‘the rock’ in scrums – the ‘strong man’
in his team – somewhat painfully accept his mind
is not quite right. It forces him to let his friends
– former coach Alan Jones (Shane McNamara)
and team mate Mark Ella (Isaac Drandich) see his
vulnerabilities. By the way, these men aren’t SNAGS.
They represent different attitudes for Topo; an ‘easy
does it’ acceptance of life or the all or nothing, win                                                                                                                                                        Crossword by D.P.
at all costs attitude.
   Topo is a tight play with excellent performances              ACROSS                                                                             DOWN
from all. Shane McNamara is hilarious as Alan                    1    Traditional cleansing ritual. (7,8)                                           2 E.g. a room conversely provides e.g. a marina. (7)
Jones capturing his distinctive manner of speaking.              9    Original Sydneysiders in the oral tradition. (4)                              3 Kitsch old Australian living animal initially. (5)
His portrayal panders neither to Jones’ critics or
supporters. The four actors easily slip into minor               10   I relax and unwind, a South Sydney suburb. (10)                               4 (& 25 across) Nice and clean. (4,3,4)
roles and along with excellent lighting and sound                11   An Abba freak goes to Aboriginal men’s group. (6)                             5 East/West South Sydney thoroughfare. (9,6)
create press conferences, scrums and more with a set             12   Kate Leigh’s sister in South Sydney? (8)                                      6 Read this – You’re it! (6)
where the only prop (excuse the pun) is a football.
   Veteran playwright Neil Cole is an Associate                  13   Cheapest rated sale. (5,4)                                                    7 Simply infuriating. (9)
Professor at the Medical Department at Monash                    15   King of the jungle heard tellin’ fibs. (4)                                    8 Builders tool – disturbed gal, one taken in by nun. (4,3)
University. His research has shown that people
learn best about mental health by hearing individual
                                                                 16   Silly emu eats name list. (4)                                                 14 Anzac’s rut makes Spanish holy cross. (5,4)
stories. Cole has said, “...people could go to watch             17   Freaky fingers 1,3,5,7 etc.. (3,6)                                            16 Muster heard martial. (7)
this play as a piece of theatre in its own right, it’s           21   Escape from baker! (5,3)                                                      18 Erases inverted seed let in. (7)
not just about bipolar, it’s a story that’s very rich
and replete with a whole series of issues to do
                                                                 22   The Law’s on this Redfern street, literally. (6)                              19 Lazy ‘loo tied in knots. (3,4)
with life, and Rugby and life, and then bipolar.”                24   Ties T-shirt around the most dehydrated. (10)                                 20 Big Jacuzzi. (3,3)
According to Cole, at least 13% of people with                   25   See 4 down.                                                                   23 Remedy for 24 across. (5)
bipolar commit suicide. All profits from Topo go to
the Black Dog Institute and the Brain and Mind                   26   North/South thoroughfare intersecting 5 down. (9,6)                           All answers in next month’s edition!
Research Institute.

5 minutes with...                                          2. How do you go about writing songs/tracks?
                                                          A chord progression first? A riff/lick? A lyric idea?
                                                                                                                       some of the other styles better, but I’ve always been
                                                                                                                       able to “fake” most styles. You have to be able to do
                                                                                                                                                                                 Conditions Apply and said he “would be interested
                                                                                                                                                                                 to hear what I do if I played with my inner ear to
Guitarist Pete Northcote                                  It’s always different. The weirdest thing happens. I         that as a session musician.                               the other side of the playground.” Cryptic, yes. But
                                                          get an idea (not necessarily a musical one) in my head                                                                 when someone like Steve Vai says something like
                                1. How did your           a few days before I sit down to write something. A           4. Your first guitar? Most treasured guitar in            that to you… you try to figure it out! I guess that
                                new album come            picture, a person, an emotion or just a feeling enters       your collection?                                          led to a different approach to this new album, and
                                about? Who plays          me and I have no control over the outcome of the             Well I have a lot of guitars…and I mean a LOT!!!          although Conditions Apply has a lot of different styles,
                                on it with you?           piece. I start with one riff or a chord progression          When I was 9 years old, my parents bought me a            all of who I am, this new album is a lot more focused
                                Where was it              and it usually ends up completely different from the         guitar (you know the $25 kind) for xmas. I was taking     for me as a guitarist/composer. It’s about a scientist
                                recorded?                 original idea I had. The interesting thing about the         tennis lessons at the time. It was too expensive to do    named Poindexter who tries to discover a genius
The album was a collection of songs I had recorded        process is that once completed, the track is 100% true       both so they asked me to choose one or the other. I       sex act that will cure the condition of falling out of
over the years along with some library/production         to the original vision/feeling I had. So it really doesn’t   chose guitar. I guess my favourite is the Ibanez JEM      love, only to find that the sex act is not a sex act at
music I had recorded (music for TV, Film etc...           feel like “me” doing the creating. Yikes, now I sound        floral. It’s just the most versatile guitar I own. I do   all. It’s complicated, but you’ll get the idea once you
I have 12 albums in circulation all over the              like a hippy!                                                have a beautiful blonde 1956 Gibson 175. That is one      hear the album. Ha! I also have a DVD I produced
world. It appears on everything from Oprah to                                                                          sweet guitar.                                             of myself and Jim Kelly (amazing guitarist) at the
Bourke’s Backyard). I did most of the playing and          3. Do you have a favourite style of guitar playing?                                                                   Basement last year. We have a gig at the Darling
programming myself, however I do have a few               Inspirations?                                                5. What next for Pete Northcote?                          Harbour Jazz Festival and the Basement both on
guests. Chad Wackerman (Frank Zappa), Jade                I love all styles, all players. I grew up listening to       I have a new album coming out in a few months.            the 11th June. All details are on my MySpace site.
Macrea, Jeff Duff, Brydon Stace, Kere Buchanan,           bands like Yes, Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin and                It’s a “concept album.” Yep that’s right (now I AM
Nick Sinclair and Pete Drummond. It was mostly            Frank Zappa. But I love everything nowadays. I am            sounding like a hippy). I received a very interesting
recorded at my studio in St Peters.                       predominantly a rock player, and I wish I could play         email from Steve Vai last year. He really liked 
                                                                                                                                                                      The South Sydney Herald – June 2007 11

News cont’d

Redfern housing redevelopment commences                                                                                                              Tanya Plibersek MP
                                                                                                                                                     Member for Sydney
Pam Dagwell                                  The Housing Minister has assured       tions and while they have been told
                                          her that all of the current residents     they can return there is a ‘fishhook’
   The long awaited redevelopment         will be offered alternative housing in    in the wording.
of the public housing site opposite       the area and given the opportunity           “In the Minto redevelopment the

                                                                                                                                           Budget 2007
South Sydney Oval in Redfern has          to return to the new units on their       change of unit sizes meant that
been given the official go ahead.         completion.                               the new housing was not always
It is expected to commence in early          Councillor Tony Pooley, who was        ‘appropriate to their needs’ and some
2008 and be finished by the end of        mayor of South Sydney at the time         tenants had to move away from a
the following year.                       the Master Plan was approved and          community which they had been
                                          a resident of Redfern, says the exist-    part of for a long time.”
   A Master Plan was approved by          ing public housing is in very poor           There is also a concern that the
                                                                                                                                           The Howard government missed an
the then South Sydney Council in          condition.                                proposal will allow different building                 opportunity in this year’s budget to
late 2002 but was postponed while            “There is no question that the         standards for the new private and                      set a path for the future of Australia
the Department of Housing sought a        accommodation has to be rebuilt,”         public dwellings. The private section
private partner to help with the cost.    he says. “The area was originally         will be populated by high-rises with                   by taking the easy option of delivering
They have now decided to proceed          swamp land, there are subsidence          greener common spaces and a more                       an election-year budget, focussing on
independently while they continue         problems and the Department of            appealing streetscape, according to                    one-off give-aways.
that search.                              Housing is simply not able to keep        Mr Smith.
   The Minister for Housing, Matt         up with the maintenance needed on            “There is a line drawn down
Brown, has announced that $27m            the units.”                               the middle of the road with the                        In contrast Labor has announced an
will be spent on demolishing the             Cr Pooley is pleased that this         disadvantaged on one side and the                      ‘Education Revolution’:
existing 106 apartments and replacing     model will see an overall increase in     wealthier on the other. This is not
them with 40 family terrace houses        the number of bedrooms originally         following State Government policy
with small backyards and 66 units
designed specifically for seniors.
                                          planned and that taxpayers will be
                                          saved the $5m spent every ten years
                                                                                    of ‘salt and peppering’ those in need
                                                                                    of assisted housing into the general
                                                                                                                                            Investing $2.5 billion in a Trades Training
                                                                                                                                            Centres in Schools plan;
   The western side of the land parcel    on maintenance costs.                     community,” he says.
which is bounded by Elizabeth,               Long-term Waterloo Department of          The South Sydney PCYC, which
Phillip, Morehead and Kettle streets
is expected to be sold to a developer
                                          Housing tenant, Ross Smith, is more
                                          sceptical of the project outcomes for
                                                                                    occupies adjoining land owned by
                                                                                    the Department of Housing, will not
                                                                                                                                           ˛  15 hours a provide all four yearearly
                                                                                                                                             $450 million to
                                                                                                                                             with            week of high quality
who will be allowed to construct 158      the Redfern residents. Mr Smith says      be affected by the project. They have                      childhood education;
high rise dwellings for private sale.     that while Department officers have       been offered a lengthy renewal of
   “This new, state-of-the-art develop-   spoken to many tenants on a house-        their lease and a choice of relocating
ment is great news for the people
of Redfern,” says local member for
                                          by-house basis, he is doubtful they
                                          will organise a general meeting where
                                                                                    to the former Redfern Public School
                                                                                    site recently redeveloped by the
                                                                                                                                           ˛  million to encourage students to use
                                                                                                                                             maths and science at university and
                                                                                                                                                                                 to study
Heffron, Kristina Keneally.               issues can be aired publicly.             Indigenous Land Council.
   The Sydney City Lord Mayor,               “We all recognise the need for            The problem may be that if the                          their degrees within the maths and sciences
Clover Moore, also welcomes the           change but there should be genuine        need for repairs and ongoing main-                         professions, particularly teaching; and
announcement but says, “I am con-         consultation between the residents        tenance forces the PCYC to move
cerned about the future of existing
tenants and keeping public housing
                                          and the Department,” Mr Smith says.
                                          “Many of these people have lived in
                                                                                    from the immediate housing estate
                                                                                    area, it may be difficult for many of                  ˛  find the construction ofasharedprogram
                                                                                                                                             Investing $62.5 million on pilot
                                                                                                                                             to                                facilities
in the inner city.”                       this complex for three or four genera-    the youth it serves to follow.
                                                                                                                                               between government and non-government
                                                                                                                                               schools .
                                                                                                                                           We also have a plan to manage and
                                                                                                                                           protect our environment, including:

                                                                                                                                           ˛Ratifying the Kyoto Protocol;

                                                                                                                                           ˛  2050; greenhouse gas emissions by 60%

                                                                                                                                           ˛  fund; a $500 million national clean

                                                                                                                                            Boosting the use of renewable energy
                                                                                                                                            through interest free loans to help Australians
                                                                                                                                               install energy efficient measures such as
                                                                                                                                               solar panels, rainwater tanks and grey water
                                                                                                                                               recycling systems; and

                                                                                                                                            Investing $250 million into a National Water
                                                                                                                                            Security Plan for Town and Cities to secure
                                                                                                                                               water supplies by repairing water pipes and
                                                                                                                                               reducing leaks, wastage and evaporation.
                                                                                      Jenner House in Roslyn Street Photo: Bill Sheridan
                                                                                                                                           This budget was the chance to address
Jenner House in jeopardy… again                                                                                                            the challenges facing our community.
                                                                                                                                           The cost of living has increased, many
Peter Whitehead                           the demolition of an existing garage.     development work. Mr Bartlett took                     Australians are facing insecure pay
                                            Plans and concept sketches are          part in the restoration of near-by                     and conditions at work, and the Prime
   Jenner House once soaked in the        posted near the gate for passers-by to    historic Yellow House. A lot of
sun on a handsome ridge east of the       consider. Not everyone is impressed.      work will be required to remove                        Minister says “families have never had
city. Now it shivers in a canyon of       SSH was told that the proposed            the patchwork alterations of nearly                    it so good”.
apartment blocks. It is two-thirty in     changes could lead to “amenity losses     a century from the villa’s past lives
the afternoon, the sun is blocked by      to residents in adjacent buildings”       as Hospital and Naval Offices. It
the eight-storey block of flats built     due to possible loss of privacy, lack     is estimated that approximately                        Unfortunately many Australians don’t
next door against the northern            of setbacks, breezeways, increased        $500,000 worth of joinery on the                       feels that they’re seeing their share of
boundary in 2000.                         noise and overshadowing.                  windows and doors is needed to meet                    our national prosperity.
                                            Horse breeder Tony Peterson and         heritage standards.
  The Heritage Council of New South       his wife had bought the heritage-listed     Opposing the development is
Wales has received a development          property in 1998 as a family home.        Potts Point & Kings Cross Heritage
                                                                                                                                             Authorised by Tanya Plibersek MP
proposal for alterations and additions    The dramatic nineteenth-century Potts     Conservation Society, led by
to Jenner House, its conversion to        Point villa had a price tag of more       Andrew Woodhouse. Most locals,                               Labor Member for Sydney
two dwellings, the construction of an     than $2 million.                          however, are supportive, recognizing                    422 Crown St, Surry Hills NSW 2010
additional dwelling, subdivision of the     Mr Peterson has appointed Phillip       the improvements promised by                            9357 6366 |
land under the Strata Schemes Act and     Bartlett to manage the proposed           the plans.
1 The South Sydney Herald – June 2007


                                                               Billionaire brings Chinese art to Chippendale
                              Kristina                         Ben Falkenmire                           the driving force behind the gallery’s
                                                                                                        theme. “My wife has always been
                                                                                                                                                  a statement,” said Neilson who
                                                                                                                                                  reminded the SSH Picasso would not

                                                                  A South African-born billionaire      keen on contemporary art and some         have received much interest from the
                                               MP              is currently awaiting development
                                                               approval to build a four-storey
                                                                                                        of the wildest stuff is coming out of
                                                                                                        China at the moment,” explained Mr
                                                                                                                                                  conventional galleries existing in his
                                                                                                                                                  time. “We are only interested in ego
                                                               contemporary Chinese art gallery         Neilson. “We are trying to alert peo-     and if we don’t have the space we
                              MEMBER                           in Chippendale’s Balfour Street.         ple about these works from a nation       cannot feature the pieces.”
                              FOR HEFFRON                                                               that is set to become the world’s next       Such a large-scale venture has
                                                                  The current three-storey ware-        leading political force.”                 been referred to by residents as
                                                               house on the corner of Wellington           To assuage profit-hunting con-         “exciting”. However, some have
                                                               and Balfour streets will be undergo-     cerns, Mr Neilson told the SSH the        expressed concern over the height
  The business of buses                                        ing a $4.7 million facelift to provide
                                                               for a void inside, a Chinese-themed
                                                                                                        White Rabbit gallery will be set up
                                                                                                        as an independent not-for-profit
                                                                                                                                                  and floor space regulations in the DA
                                                                                                                                                  submitted which will set a precedent
                                                               tea room on the ground floor and an      charity that will receive seed funding    in the mixed-use area.
  I am concerned about the challenges the State Transit        open-air deck on top.                    from no doubt one of his capital rich        A City of Sydney Council spokes-
                                                                  The White Rabbit gallery will         entities. “We don’t want to set this      person told the SSH: “As with all
  Authority is currently facing in providing an on-time        be owned by self-made billionaire        thing up only for someone else to         DAs, city planners are carefully
                                                               Kerr Neilson and his wife Judy.          come along and take artistic control,”    assessing the proposal to see if it
  service for Heffron residents on the 309/310 route.          Mr Neilson is the heart and soul of      said Mr Neilson. But not everyone         will affect privacy or have shadow-
                                                               Platinum Asset Management, which         will appreciate their efforts. “My wife   ing impacts on nearby residents
  That’s why I am taking the matter up directly with           partly listed on the Australian Stock
                                                               Exchange in late May this year,
                                                                                                        wants to provoke a strong reaction
                                                                                                        from people, whether they enjoy the
                                                                                                                                                  and buildings.”
                                                                                                                                                     In fact, as a result of the assess-
  the Minister for Transport and the STA.                      valuing Neilson’s personal interest      works or not.”                            ment, Mr Neilson has been required
                                                               at around $3 billion.                       The Neilsons intend to provoke         to change his initial restaurant
                                                                  With this kind of disposable          viewer’s reactions through a variety      concept for the ground floor to a
  I am urging the Minister for Transport to consider           income it is no wonder Mr Nielson        of media including paintings, video       tea room, to presumably accom-
  options for improving the service. These include             and his wife have been able to
                                                               accumulate enough contemporary
                                                                                                        and media art, photography and
                                                                                                        sculpture. To accommodate for such
                                                                                                                                                  modate City’s parking concerns for
                                                                                                                                                  the area.
  introducing a pre-pay service on Botany Road and             Chinese art works to furnish a gal-      an ambitious plan they needed size,          The Council said their assessment
                                                               lery close in size to the Museum of      hence the selection of the Balfour        is nearing completion. The White
  making changes to the 309/310 routes south of the            Contemporary Art.                        Street building.                          Rabbit Gallery is expected to open
                                                                  Neilson assures the SSH his wife is      “The building really has to be         in the next 12 to 15 months.
  Botany Shops precinct. I am of the view that these
  changes, along with continuous monitoring and other
  projects that the Government is introducing as part of       Feature

                                                                  It may not be fancy:
  its Urban Transport Policy, will make a real difference
  to 309/310 routes.
  Some residents have asked if there are still articulated
                                                                                                          gay, lesbian,
  buses (bendy buses) on the 309 corridor. The STA                        Exploring the needs of homeless youth
  advises me that a bendy bus departs Mascot Shops at                          bisexual and transgender
  7:54 am and arrives at Martin Place at 8:25 am, as one
                                                               Meredith Turnbull                                                By 2004 Twenty10 was still referring to the ‘Doona’
  of the extra services introduced last year.                                                                                report and people from around Australia were still
                                                                             Twenty10 has been providing services            requesting it as a key text to understand the concerns
                                                                             to homeless and marginalised gay,               of homeless GLBT young people. It was decided to
  Given the success of the pre-pay route to Bondi,                           lesbian, bisexual, transgender (GLBT)           revisit the report and assess the state of homeless
  I also recommended to the Transport Minister that he                       young people and educating the                  GLBT young people in New South Wales ten years on.
                                                                             welfare sector and broader community               Young people and community workers were
  consider introducing another pre-pay service on Anzac                      about homophobia since 1981.                    interviewed from all over New South Wales.
                                                                                                                             Surprisingly, the recommendations from the new
  Parade, perhaps the 400 or a similar route.
                                                                   n 1995 the Twenty10 funded it own research                research were very similar to those of the ‘Doona’
                                                                   which explored the housing and related needs of           report. This demonstrates that despite some key
  Some residents have raised with me concerns                      lesbian and gay youth. The study called ‘As Long          legislative reforms and some reported positive changes
                                                               As I’ve Got My Doona: A report on lesbian and gay             in community attitudes, these young people were
  about capacity on the 343 bus route as it travels            youth homelessness’ was the first study of its kind in        still experiencing additional complexity within their
                                                               Australia and its recommendations were used to lobby          homelessness, because of their sexual or gender
  through Redfern.                                             the government to increase support to Twenty10 and            identity, or how these identities were perceived and
                                                               to strengthen the response to homelessness among              treated by others.
  I am advised by the STA that capacity on the 343             gay and lesbian youth throughout the government and              New themes from the report which is called
                                                               community sectors.                                            ‘It May Not Be Fancy’ (a reference to Twenty10’s
  bus service has been affected by the diversion of                                                                          accommodation) include the emergence of culturally
                                                                 In 1996, the Department for Community Services              and linguistically diverse young people and the
  the 309/310 routes from Redfern Street due to the            (NSW) commissioned its own report called ‘Bedding             increasing difficulty of juggling mental health issues,
  upgrades undertaken by the City of Sydney.                   Down the Issue: A report into the provision of services       drug use and homelessness. Most concerning was
                                                               to homeless young gays and lesbians’. The report              the perceptions from young people that homelessness
                                                               aimed to review the recommendations and resultant             services were still not safe for non-heterosexual
  I am further advised that the STA is re-installing the       actions from the ‘Doona’ report, and to identify              people, and from service providers, that homophobic
                                                               emerging issues and recommend feasible actions that           bullying was not discouraged among young people.
  309/310 bus stops on Redfern Street, and anticipates         could be made by the government.
  the services should resume shortly.                                                                                          It has been 25 years since the Twenty10 Association
                                                                 Both reports made very similar recommendations              was formed and over ten years since the ‘Doona’
                                                               including:                                                    report was released. In that time young gay, lesbian,
  Following the re-introduction of these services                                                                            bisexual and transgender people and their concerns
                                                               1. Increasing the amount of supported                         have moved in from the margins – slightly. However,
  to Redfern Street, the 343 should return to its                 accommodation;                                             the similarity in the recommendations in the ‘Doona’
  regular capacity.                                                                                                          and ‘It May Not Be Fancy’ reports indicates that
                                                               2. Providing sensitivity training community workers;          despite some improvements, there is still much work
                                                                                                                             to do before gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender
                                                               3. Including the specific concerns of gay and lesbian         young people can access the same level of support as
                                                                  youth in government policy and research;                   their homeless heterosexual peers.
  Kristina Keneally MP
                                                               4. Developing multi-purpose services to address the
  Member for Heffron                                              welfare, health and social concerns of gay and
                                                                                                                              Twenty10 offers a range of services for ALL young
  Shop 117, 747 Botany Road, Rosebery NSW 2018                    lesbian youth; in particular within schools;                GLBT people from 10am–5.30pm each weekday.
  Phone: (02) 9699 8166 Fax: (02) 9699 8222                                                                                   You can call them on: 8594 9555 or 1800 64 2010
                                                               5. Developing strategies to reduce homophobic
                                                                  attitudes and crimes in particular within schools, on       or email:
  Email:                  the streets and within community services.        
                                                                                                                                                                                The South Sydney Herald – June 2007 1

Comment & Opinion
Faith                                                                                                                                                                            READERS’ LETTERS

In life & death                                                                                                                                                                  The fundamentals
                                                                                                                                                                                 of reality
Dorothy McRae McMahon                                                                                                                                                               I’d like to say that most
                                                                                                                                                                                 popular atheist literature

T   here is something about looking serious illness and death in
    the face which often sharpens our perspectives on everything.
                                                                                                                                                                                 unfortunately aims its target
                                                                                                                                                                                 squarely at fundamentalism
                                                                                                                                                                                 rather than mainstream
   For some people, there is a new intensity about questions                                                                                                                     Christianity. What they don’t
around life after death. Does it exist at all? Who or what lies there                                                                                                            realise is, most Christians
waiting for us? What does our life here carry which might affect                                                                                                                 abhor the extremities of their
any future existence? What has been its meaning and purpose?
                                                                                                                                                                                 religion just as much as the
   Of course our attempts to answer these questions are
                                                                                                                                                                                 atheist community. Having
usually determined by our already held beliefs about ultimate
reality, but a new sense of our mortality engages us more                                                                                                                        said that, as a former Christian
deeply with what we have believed, or may now choose to                                                                                                                          with a Bachelor of Theology,
believe. There is a soul searching which takes place and which
                                                                                                 Cartoon: norrie mAy- welby
                                                                                                                                                                                 I feel there is still some
needs to be respected in ourselves, or in those we love.                                                                                                                         room for an atheist critique
   The death, or life-threatening illness, of someone near to us also                                                                                                            of mainstream Christianity.
often invites us into a challenging journey. It is as though the life we                                                                                                         While most Christians are
have been living wheels into a different reality. The way we perceive                                                                                                            comfortable with scientific
relationships is sharpened. We may have been simply humming                                                                                                                      laws generally, ultimately
along together and suddenly we look at each other and see someone                                                                                                                there are points at which their
infinitely precious to us. Every day and every moment becomes a                                                                                                                  beliefs depart from the bounds
privilege, even as we try to keep thongs as normal as possible.
                                                                                                                                                                                 of physics. In other words,
   Friendships are revealed for what they really are – superficial
                                                                                                                                                                                 many Christians believe in

                                                                                               APEC: like Sydney
or deeply faithful, life-consuming or life-giving. What was
it that you meant to say to someone, or to do with them,                                                                                                                         a kind of dualism where the
which you had been putting off? Were there unresolved issues                                                                                                                     natural and the metaphysical
between you which need to be faced and sorted out?                                                                                                                               worlds co-exist. In contrast,
   Time becomes significant in new ways. You find yourself
exploring whether what you had planned is important or
whether it was just a way of filling in the day.
                                                                                               during the Olympics,                                                              most atheists believe that the
                                                                                                                                                                                 physical world in which we
                                                                                                                                                                                 live is the crucial, important
   Somehow the money you had been saving looks different to
you now. Is it so valuable that it needs to be used carefully and
sparingly so that it is held in trust for those whose lives may be
                                                                                               but in a bad mood                                                                 and only real world – a belief
                                                                                                                                                                                 which may bring a greater
                                                                                                                                                                                 appreciation in living for the
transformed with a gift later on? Was it being saved for a future which                                                                                                          moment and commitment
                                                                                               Andrew Collis                           influential visitors, and to avoid the
may not come? Does the present moment plead for the funding of
                                                                                                                                       embarrassment of civil dissent as         to our own lives. Personally,

healing, pain relieving or moments of cherishing? Maybe all the                                    egal professionals have             well as terrorist activity.
birthday gifts planned for years ahead are better given now.                                                                                                                     while I believe that the
                                                                                                   lent a voice to those                  In view of the APEC summit,            scientific laws are the best
   Then you look at your life as it has been. What and who had                                 expressing concerns over                legal professionals point out
you hoped to be? Did you intend to add something to the life                                   the Asia-Pacific Economic               that the right to political protest       indicator of the true nature of
of others or the world that you have not yet done? Could you                                   Co-operation (APEC) Leaders             is a valuable component of a              reality, I am still inspired by
be gentler to yourself than you were before – understanding                                    Meeting to be held in the CBD           democratic society. It is noted that      the historical Jesus and many
your own vulnerability and humanness in clearer more                                           the weekend commencing                  activists, many of them younger           who follow in his example.
honest ways? Or will you now be your own tough judge?                                          7 September.                            people, should be entitled to             So within an acceptance of
   As we enter even part of this journey with our own mortality,                                                                       express themselves peaceably.             the laws of nature, I think the
we may find ourselves asking whether we should not always live                                    The event will see 21 of the            However, the prospect of
                                                                                               world’s most powerful people            new police powers including               historical Jesus who related to
life like this – with greater depth and sharpness, as though life                                                                                                                all members of society can still
                                                                                               – including the US President            preventative detention (detaining
has assumed more vivid colours in front of us. We are shocked
                                                                                               and leaders of Japan, Russia,           a person suspected of intent to           inspire our lives and give us
out of complacency as life choices stand more starkly before
                                                                                               China and Indonesia (each with          commit a crime) and covert search         hope for a better future.
our eyes. Things that seemed so important have become so trivial                               personal security detail), high-level   warrants, rings alarm bells. It
that we can caste them away like fluff which has gathered around                                                                                                                                        Ben Walker
                                                                                               bureaucrats, business leaders and       would be tragic if younger activists                            Chippendale
us on the road. On the other hand, sometimes the life ahead                                    media representatives – descend         or other vulnerable members of the
looks so fearful that things stand still and cold in apprehension                              upon the city.                          society were to find themselves in
and we hold the fluff around us for warmth and comfort.                                           Between 6,000 and 7,000              the wrong place at the wrong time.
   In our stronger times, we might ask ourselves whether we could not                          executive hotel rooms will be              The prominence of APEC is a            Share the love
look at life with this clarity every day. Should we not be aware of every                      required, with the US President and     reflection of our region’s economic
question in each moment as though it is genuinely a moment of truth?                           his entourage rumoured to require       progress. But the millions of               Clover Moore is right
   I don’t believe that any of us has the strength or courage to                               an entire five-star hotel just for      dollars spent on security reveal          to spend $60 million of
live like that. Thankfully, life is usually given to us spread out in                          themselves! Security bill estimates,    the underlying fragility of our           ratepayers’ hard-earned
gentler ways. When it is not, as in war, many of us cannot bear                                taking into account thousands of        economic and political systems.
                                                                                                                                                                                 savings on her office – our
                                                                                               federal and state police plus the          We pay a high price for our
its severity and sometimes suffer from the experiences forever.                                                                                                                  Town Hall – from heritage
                                                                                               SAS, begin at $15 million!              freedom, and may even be willing
   However, even if our days deliver us the encounter with                                                                                                                       neglect (Daily Telegraph, 
                                                                                                  During the summit, the CBD will      to exchange personal and social
death, sometimes is does become a gift for our present and                                     be cordoned off, roads closed and       freedoms for the right to free trade      “$60m to repair crumbling 
future – a sort of revelation which may enhance our journeying.                                public transport affected. There        and better business relations.            Town Hall,” April 25). Why
And if there is one thing which we may just receive as a special                               will be a closer watch for threats of   Exactly how high a price are we           then, isn’t a similar amount
realisation, it is that we cannot judge each other’s walking                                   terrorism and introduction of new       willing to pay? A local solicitor puts
                                                                                                                                                                                 of money spent on heritage
into the seeming darkness of death. Tomorrow, in our own                                       police powers and penalties.            it this way: “It’s so important that
human frailty, we may find that we can do no better.                                              There are concerns that any new      we look out for each other. APEC          conservation plans to save our
                                                                                               police powers remain proportionate      will be like Sydney during the            other heritage sites including
                                                                                               to risk – in particular that            Olympics. But this will be Sydney         Jenner House, Potts Point,
                                                                                               distinctions are clearly maintained     in a bad mood.”                           currently subject to a savage
                                                                                               between “activist” and “terrorist”.                                               over-development application
                                                                                                  It is also important that powers
                                                                                                                                                                                 for 3 swimming pools, a 12-car
                                                                                               granted in the wake of race riots in     The NSW Ombudsman will monitor the
                                                                                               Cronulla not be extended to deal                                                  garage and two apartment
                                                                                               with the very different situation         situation with respect to new police    blocks, which will partly
 “Celebrating the lives of the diverse people of South Sydney, inviting discussion on issues
      of concern and interest, adding encouragement to possibilities for community.”           of public demonstrations against          powers implemented in the run-up        demolish this magnificent villa
                                                                                               globalisation or war.                                                             and raze the heritage-listed
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1 The South Sydney Herald – June 2007

     SOUTH           SYDNEY              ENVIRONMENT

A daintier footprint
to be proud of
 Anna Christie                                      Jealous? Criticising the materialistic
                                                 tendencies of the big-footprinters

            F   or those readers who are
                not up with the lingo,
            “McMansions” are large
                                                 inevitably attracts accusations of envy,
                                                 but my objection to their lifestyles is not
                                                 motivated by envy. My objection is that the
            free-standing homes with             McMansion lifestyle is unsustainable, and
            many, many rooms upstairs            causes environmental impacts that are felt
and cavernous open-plan living areas             beyond their immediate neighbourhood,
downstairs, and usually lots of paved            for example air pollution and carbon
areas and multiple garages. If you did           emissions, not to mention their waste, the
not know what a McMansion was, this              sand dunes that were plundered to provide
is an acceptable omission for a South            them with cement and so on.
Sydney resident. Those bloated, pseudo              The big-footprinters want plenty of
architect-designed palaces favoured by           space to stretch out in. Never mind that
the so-called “aspirational” Australians         Sydney’s market garden belt is under
– are usually found in newly developed           threat by property developers who want to
suburbs of the urban sprawl, or                  cash in on the continuing love affair with
places where old cottages have been              the monumental McMansion lifestyle. The
demolished to make way for someone’s             NSW Labor Government is supporting this
fantasy palace.                                  myopic folly, which will sterilise the very
                                                 fertile farming land for future farming,
   McMansions have a much larger                 in favour of pretentious ghettoes of the
ecological footprint than those of us who        resource-greedy.
live in terrace houses, or multi-dwelling           Market gardeners will be forced out

                                                                                                 An old digger’s
buildings. The ecological footprint is a         to ever more distant locations, having to
measurement (in hectares) of how much            truck their produce long distances, making
land is needed as water catchment to             your vegetables much more expensive.
provide your home with water, waste              It’s not just the per capita footprint that
disposal, food and energy production,            is growing. As the footprint grows, so
transport, buildings …all the “ecosystem         does Sydney’s population. You really

                                                                                                 black experience
services” that underpin our lifestyle.           have to suppress common sense if you
   Although criticised by some as being          believe Sydney’s expansion can just go
over simplistic, ecological footprint is a       on and on.
technique used by the NSW Environment               What is particularly galling is the
Protection Authority (the EPA) to measure        sense of righteousness displayed by
our environmental performance in its             those McMansion-loving aspirational
periodic “State of the Environment”              Australians . To “aspire” has suggestions       “It was the system that let him down” says 82-year-old Val Hinton of her
reports (which may be viewed on the EPA          of lofty ideals. But what are they “aspiring”
NSW website).                                    to? Their aspirations appear to be based        late husband Cecil. Speaking in a soft, gentle tone, Val remembers Cecil
   South Sydney dwellers may take some           on material goals. They aspire to big           as “a good man who was well-liked and loved” – but who also became
satisfaction in knowing that we have a           houses, lots of cars, home cinemas and
smaller ecological footprint than many           other big-ticket consumables.                   “very bitter” over his treatment as an Aboriginal returned soldier.
other Sydney-siders, particularly those             Unfortunately, while McMansion
who choose to live in McMansions in              dwellers pay for their materialistic
car-dependent suburbs.                           pleasures, they do not pay the true costs of    Robert Domm                                                also took Cecil and Val’s eldest son off them and
   Undoubtedly the built environment of          their impacts on the environment, which                                                                    made him a State ward. The child, Ray Vincent, was
South Sydney is more economical than
McMansion estates, not only because of
our architecture, but also because we are
                                                 – to use the terminology of economists
                                                 – are “externalised”. In other words, the
                                                 consumers get the benefits, but the hidden
                                                                                                 C    ecil Hinton was a strapping young man in his
                                                                                                      twenties when he donned his army fatigues
                                                                                                 to fight for Australia in the Second World War.
                                                                                                                                                            deemed “uncontrollable,” which Ray remembers as a
                                                                                                                                                            common term applied to Aboriginal children in those
                                                                                                                                                            days. Cecil and Val tried in vain for many years to get
more likely to undertake adaptive reuse (of      costs like air pollution, waste and resource    Eventually captured by the Japanese, he spent three        their son released and sent back home.
industrial, warehouse or civic buildings)        depletion, are borne by the community           and a half years in Singapore’s notorious prisoner-           As if this wasn’t enough, Cecil continued to suffer
rather than demolish and rebuild. We             as a whole.                                     of-war camp at Changi. The cruel experience was            the discrimination that he had encountered prior to
are also likely to be less car dependent            These costs to the environment should        to afflict him for the rest of his life.                   going to war. He was, for example, refused service
than those who have restricted use of            not be externalised, but should be costed                                                                  in hotels because he was Aboriginal. Ray Vincent,
public transport, or prefer to rely on cars      and paid for by those who take the                 Repatriated in poor health to Sydney at war’s           now 62 and a resident of Redfern, remains angry to
– sometimes to the level of three cars           benefits. At the moment, Sydney-siders          end, 29-year-old Cecil formed part of a small group        this day: “My father fought for his country but came
or more in a household. Then there are           with smaller ecological footprints are in       of diggers whose sacrifice and suffering as POWs           back to a place that just hadn’t changed,” he says. Val
other factors, like the energy efficiency        effect subsidising those who pollute and        became etched into this country’s history and              Hinton adds: “He was good enough to risk his life in
of our homes, compared with notorious            deplete non-renewable resources. Those          folklore. He retained lasting friendships with his         war but not good enough to drink in a pub.”
McMansions which are difficult to heat,          with the big ecological footprint should        wartime comrades, including the legendary Weary               But his old digger comrades stuck by him.
and are customarily fitted out with              be called to account for the invisible          Dunlop with whom he sometimes went on fishing              Ray fondly remembers his father as being a proud
air conditioning.                                costs they fob onto the community as            trips to the Gold Coast.                                   person who would never ask for charity despite his
   Despite their size, they are often            a whole.                                           Prior to the war, Cecil had enjoyed steady              struggle to raise a very large family on a meagre
“attractively priced “ largely because they         Some of you may have friends,                employment and played rugby league for the Redfern         war pension. “Dad just had this uncanny knack of
are (according to some Master Builders)          relatives or work colleagues who live           All Blacks. However, the hard labour, beatings             winning the regular Friday night chook raffles run
not built to last. According to some             in McMansions. I do. They are most              and malnutrition suffered at Changi left him with          by his mates at Seven Hills RSL,” Ray says with a
reports, many of these buildings will start      likely oblivious to the impacts of their        a permanent heart condition and debilitating leg           chuckle. “The respect the old diggers showed for my
to experience major deterioration within         lifestyles on the wider community, or           injuries from untreated tropical ulcers.                   father was inspiring,” he recalls.
20 years, requiring virtual rebuilding.          on future generations ability to enjoy             Upon his return he landed a good job with the              The system though had one final indignity to
   Their extravagance came to mind               anything like the environment we have           NSW Tramways, which involved walking around the            mete out to Cecil Hinton. On 4 May 1982 the
recently when I read a Sydney Morning            today. In particular they seem to be            rail network and oiling the numerous tram junctions.       Commonwealth Repatriation Board finally upheld
Herald article extolling the wonders of          quite unmotivated by the principle of           His workmates were well aware of the walking               Cecil’s claim to a war pension at the TPI rate
a Baulkham Hills home which “boasts              sustainable building design.                    impairment caused by his wartime leg injuries, so          following representations from the Federal Member
a garage with room for three cars... the            However, there are changes in the            they often gave him a lift on the trams to the various     for Chifley on his behalf. Tragically, Cecil had died
neighbours have a five car garage and            air. As the time draws closer and closer        junctions. Unfortunately for Cecil, this was against       just a few months earlier at only 65 years old.
up the road one house has an eight-              to the inevitable introduction of carbon        the employer’s rules and his practice of catching a lift   The cause of death was a heart attack brought on
car garage”. Each of the family’s two            taxes, and whole-of-life responsibility for     on the trams ultimately led to his dismissal.              by the hypertensive cardio vascular disease that the
children, aged 6 and 10, has their own           manufactured goods (called “extended               Following this disappointment, he was never able        Veterans Affairs Department had accepted was related
“study” and the father has a dedicated           producer responsibility”), we can wait with     to work again and obtained a disability pension from       to his war service.
room for his model aircraft. It takes quite      interest to hear the “big-footers” cries of     the Commonwealth Department of Veterans Affairs.              It seems appropriate that the last word in this sorry
a large ecological footprint to support          protest when they will fnally have to pay       He claimed a higher rate of pension for total and          story should go to Cecil Hinton himself. While he was
these lifestyles.                                the true costs of their chosen lifestyles.      permanent incapacity (TPI) as a result of his war          a POW in Changi, his Japanese tormentors used to
                                                                                                 injuries but was refused. He could not understand          goad him by asking why he, as a black man, would
                                                                                                 the knock-back given that all other ex-Changi POWs         fight for a racist country like Australia.
  If you would like to suggest environmental issues in South Sydney that need investigation,     seemed to qualify for the TPI rate.                           “Because it’s my country, mate,” he would reply,
        please contact Anna Christie by email:                      Around this time, the child welfare authorities         defiantly and proudly.
                                                                                                                                                                                                          The South Sydney Herald – June 2007 15

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 Community Centre                                    will understand, appreciate and greatly      Chippendale, Ultimo, Pyrmont, Miller’s Point, The Rocks/Dawes Point, The CBD, East Sydney, Darlinghurst,
                                                      enjoy this book, Australians devoid of
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                                                                                                  Woolloomooloo, Kings Cross, Potts Point, Elizabeth Bay, Rushcutters Bay, Paddington, small parts of Woollahra and
    troubles in the Redfern/Waterloo area.          less convinced of its veracity, but will be   Edgecliffe west of Ocean Street and a small part of Kensington bounded by Anzac Parade and Abbotford Street.
  Free financial counselling is being offered by    amazed if convinced that truth is indeed
  a qualified financial counsellor to 40 people      stranger than fiction. Anyway, they will     I work with my constituents to make government and bureaucracies accountable, empower the community,
    willing to take part in a quick private and        also enjoy it. Papua Niugini nationals
confidential survey about their money troubles.       may have even more difficulty, but for      ensure social justice for individuals, and protect the urban and natural environments.
The information given to The Settlement will be
                                                      the older literate citizens, it may help
 used to improve financial services in the area.
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                   Contact:                            odd behavior of the expatriates they
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1 The South Sydney Herald – June 2007

Bunnies hide
in burrow
Ben Falkenmire                           competition approaches the
                                         half-way point of its 25 rounds.
  The season opening form                While definitely not out of finals
for South Sydney has turned              contention the Bunnies need to
on its head, with the Bunnies            resurrect some consistent form for
losing the last six of their             the full 80 minutes of a game to
seven matches.                           make their way up the ladder.
                                            Taylor has his men barricading
   The latest of the team’s              in defence, but moments of
frustrating defeats was to the           lapsed thought and subsequent
Gold Coast Titans in Round 11            breaks in the line of defence are
at Carrara Stadium. In a match           costing them games. Diddo down
befitting of their mid-season            the other end.
form, the Rabbitohs never let               Every tackle and every caught
their opponents escape to an             ball adds to a winning formula.
unassailable lead, yet failed to         An exhausting thought for Taylor
convert try-scoring opportunities        and his assistant coaching staff
in the closing period to win. The        to embed in his player’s minds,                                                                                      Juliette Kumari at the Mundine Gym Photo: Andrew Collis

                                                                                Indian Queen in Waterloo
Rabbitohs spilled an opportunity         but such is the reality of the 2007
to tie the game again after the          NRL competition.
Titans had taken the lead in                The Rabbitohs need to step up
the second half, with the Titans         their game intensity in the coming
hammering in the nail with 10            five to six rounds when they
minutes to go to win 25-18.              take on the likes of competition
   A similar game pattern was            leaders the Storm in Round 12          Trevor Davies                         certificate with the Boxing                help with their exercise regime
observed in the Rabbitohs’ loss to       and the Manly Sea Eagles in                                                  Authority of New South Wales. She          (as someone who trains there 3
Canberra the week before where           Round 14. Knocking one of the            One journalist writing in a         also lobbied the authorities to allow      days a week I often find her advice
the green machine closed out             big guns off their pedestals, a task   local paper back in 2000 said         women to fight on promotions in            incredibly helpful). She trains Holly
the game in the final 12 minutes,        not impossible for this mercurial      of Juliette Kumari: “She is one       other male dominated sports.               Fernely. Holly is a world champion
and against the Broncos and              South Sydney team, will reinstall      tough lady who can lift a 120kg         Juliette trains with some of             kick-boxer and boxer.
the Auckland Warriors where              some of that winning blood in the      man without any hesitation.”          Australia’s toughest men at                   When Juliette talked to the
the Bunnies almost stole the             green and red jersey veins.                                                  Mundine’s Gym on the Block in              SSH about her career she stressed
game from under the nose of the             It starts at training with             The article went on to say: “She   Redfern. As someone who’s seen             that she wants to help poor and
opposition in the dying minutes.         someone yelling down their             has been an Australian champion       Juliet in action in the gym she is         marginalized people to defend
   The Rabbitohs’ fourth straight        throats and finishes when the          in wrestling under the name of        good – as tough as or tougher than         themselves – and to enjoy healthy
loss sees them scouring the              clock hits 80 minutes.                 “the Indian Queen.” Juliette has      most of the men who train at the           life-styles.
bottom of the table as the                  Go the Bunnies!                     attained a kick boxing trainer’s      gym (tougher than me I should say,
                                                                                                                      and I train there).
                                                                                                                        Juliette is very proud that she’s        If you want to benefit from Juliette Kumari’s
                                                                                                                      been trained by the best – Uncle           wisdom she also takes classes at the
                                                                                                                      Dick Blair, Uncle Jim West and             Aboriginal Dance Theatre at:
                                                                                                                      Tony Mundine. Juliette now trains          88 Renwick St, Redfern.
                                                                                                                      people at the gym. She is always           Phone 9699 2171
                                                                                                                      offering advice to people who want         Cost: gold coin donation

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