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					              12                                                                                                                                                                     Precinct issue 4/2007
                                                                                              Arts & Culture


              Sydney photographers capture
                                     A
                                                                                                                                                                                       new exhibition opening
                                                                                                                                                                                       at the Museum of
                                                                                                                                                                                       Sydney is focusing on
                                                                                                                                                                              the everyday lives of ordinary
                                                                                                                                                                              citizens, rather than news topics
                                                                                                                                                                              and celebrities more frequently
                                                                                                                                                                              observed in mainstream media.
                                                                                                                                                                                  Sydney Now: New Australian
                                                                                                                                                                              Photojournalism, which opens
                                                                                                                                                                              December 15, is a portrait in
                                                                                                                                                                              itself of contemporary Sydney
                                                                                                                                                                              life featuring the works of 24
                                                                                                                                                                              acclaimed photographers.
                                                                                                                                                                                  Sydney is one of the
                                                                                                                                                                              most recognisable cities in
                                                                                                                                                                              the world, the subject of
                                                                                                                                                                              considerable        international
                                                                                                                                                                              and national focus in the past
                                                                                                                                                                              decade. For those overseas,
                                                                                                                                                                              Sydney       often     represents
                                                                                                                                                                              a hedonistic life: harbour,
                                                                                                                                                                              beaches, sunny climate and
                                                                                                                                                                              carefree people - an image
                                                                                                                                                                              reinforced through tourism
                                                                                                                                                                              campaigns and television
                                                                                                                                                                              soap operas. However for
                                                                                                                                                                              those of us who live here, the
                                                                                                                                                                              reality is somewhat different.
                                                                                                                                                                              Sydney Now: New Australian
                                                                                                                                                                              Photojournalism aims to go
                                                                                                                                                                              beyond stereotypical views to
                                                                                                                                                                              reveal moments from real life.
                                                                                                                                                                                  The images featured in
                                                                                                                                                                              Sydney Now have been taken
                                                                                                                                                                              since the year 2000. The images
                                                                                                                                                              Narelle Autio
                                                                                                                                                                              chosen by curator Inara Walden
                                                                                                                                                                              represent new work by some
                                                                                                                                                                              of Sydney’s most exciting
              Narelle Autio’s ‘George Street’ shows Sydney is just a taxi ride away from heaven.                                                                              photojournalists, most of whom



                                                                                                                         Catch the critters:
                                                                                                                         Simone Tyson
                                                                                                                         While the horse racing punters                       out the starting list to begin the
                                                                                                                         have taken a forced reprieve in                      proceedings. The crowd gets
                                                                                                                         recent weeks, there is still some                    to christen their own crab, and
                                                                                                                         hope for those wanting to wager                      that’s all part of the fun.
                                                                                                                         on a winner. Crab racing is alive                       “Number 3 Ocher? Who is
                                                                                                                         and well at Glebe’s Friend in Hand                   Ocher? Number 4 Itchy?”. The
                                                                                                                         Hotel on Wednesday nights. For                       crowd favourite is number 15,
                                                                                                                         $3 you can name your own crab                        ‘Get your top off for the boys’.
                                                                                                                         and cheap thrills abound.                               Owners of the crabs come
                                                                                                                            Eclectic Australian memora-                       forward and are unceremoniously
                                                                                                                         bilia adorns the front bar of this                   hosed with water by the bargirl
                                                                                                                         well-known local pub. Rowdy                          and race assistant. Soon
                                                                                                                         Aussie students in their early                       everyone in the bar, punter or
                                                                                                                         twenties mix with young foreign                      otherwise, is part of an unofficial
                                                                                                                         tourists moshing to Guns n                           wet t-shirt competition. Cold
                                                                                                                         Roses, which blares from the                         chests are soon forgotten
Dean Sewell




                                                                                                                         speakers. Bar manager Dominic,                       though as Dominic starts the
                                                                                                                         whose top declares ‘I would                          hordes chanting “bring out the
                                                                                                                         rather have lobster on my piano                      crabs, bring out the crabs” and
              ‘Hot Dogs’ demonstrates Dean Sewell’s witty world view. From Sydney Now: New Australian Photojournalism.   than crabs on my organ’, calls                       the     countdown        backwards
Precinct issue 4/2007                                                                                                                                                                                                  13
                                                                                             Arts & Culture


moments of the ordinary                                                                                                                                                                  Leading
                                                                                                                                                                                         ladies light
                                                                                                                                                                                         the way
                                                                                                                                                                                         Cecile Muszynski

                                                                                                                                                                                         “I’m bored of the male point
                                                                                                                                                                                         of view all the time; I would
                                                                                                                                                                                         like to see more balance,”
                                                                                                                                                                                         says Anagha Dwivedi, a film
                                                                                                                                                                                         and documentary producer
                                                                                                                                                                                         and director. “Women see the
                                                                                                                                                                                         world differently. Just take a
                                                                                                                                                                                         camerawoman: she will place
                                                                                                                                                                                         the camera in a certain way
                                                                                                                                                                                         and focus on something totally
                                                                                                                                                                                         different than a man.”
                                                                                                                                                                                             The aim of the World
                                                                                                                                                                                         of Women (WOW) Film
                                                                                                                                                                                         Festival, a two-day short-film
                                                                                                                                                                                         screening exclusively made
                                                                                                                                                                                         by women held recently in
                                                                                                                                                                                         Paddington, is to see the world
                                                                                                                                                                                         through the eyes of women.
                                                                                                                                                                                             Organised by Women
                                                                                                                                                                                         In Film and Television
                                                                                                                                                                                         (WIFT), WOW promotes
                                                                                                                                                                                         and      awards      blossoming
                                                                                                                                                                                         women filmmakers. “For a
                                                                                                                                                                                         film to compete, the criteria
                                                                                                                                                                                         is that thekey creative people




                                                                                                                                                                        Steven Siewart
                                                                                                                                                                                         like directors, producers,
                                                                                                                                                                                         screen-writers should be
                                                                                                                                                                                         women,” says festival director
Steven Stewart’s ‘Movie’ shows film buffs enjoying a wet and wild night at Sydney’s Tropfest in 2006.                                                                                     Sil-Nyin Cameron.
                                                                                                                                                                                             “Because in the film
make a living working for media       can signify or illustrate a                        images of vibrant inner city             finds wonder in everyday                               industry       women          are
outlets and usually cover news,       breaking story.                                    suburb Newtown, the contrasting          experience, with her depiction of                      often employed in the
sport, politics and celebrities.         Highlights of Sydney Now                        spaciousness of western Sydney,          a small angel climbing into the                        acting, costumes or make-
Their aim is to tell a story with     include Trent Parke’s epic                         and the redbrick flats that march        back seat of a Sydney taxi, and                        up areas, there is an
pictures, to capture an image,        representations of Sydney’s                        down the streets of Hillsdale            her frozen underwater world of                         under-representation           in
or a series of images, that           business heart, Dean Sewell’s                      in the city’s east. Narelle Autio        surf-pummelled swimmers.                               the       technical       areas,”
                                                                                                                                                                                         Cameron says.


crabs at the pub
                                                                                                                                                                                             Indeed, according to the
                                                                                                                                                                                         2001 figures of the Australian
                                                                                                                                                                                         Film Commission, women
                                                                                                                                                                                         represent only four percent of
                                                                                                                                                                                         the directors of photography,
from 10 begins, culminating           were missing was a half time                                                                                                                       five per cent of the camera
with a horse racing trumpet           orange drill. Top marks to my                                                                                                                      operators and 28 per cent of
which signals the race start.         comrades who beat me in the end.                                                                                                                   the directors. In stark contrast,
   Unfortunately great fanfare        They probably trained all season                                                                                                                   89 per cent of makeup artists
does not budge the slumbering         and I lost to the better crab.”                                                                                                                    are women
                                                                          Angela Honeywell




crabs. Winter hibernation is             Racing of hermit crabs across                                                                                                                       “There is a lack of models
blamed as beer is poured over         a dedicated large round table is                                                                                                                   for young women in these
the crabs to rouse them awake.        an institution at the Friend in                                                                                                                    areas,” says Cameron.
   “It’s coming to the end of         Hand. A concept started in Asia,                                                                                                                       However new digital media
winter and these ones are actually    it was brought to the family-                      Scuttle off. Patrons cheer on their crabs as they ‘race’ to the finish line                     can have an important role and
going into retirement tomorrow,”      run pub by its owners over 10                                                                                                                      change the status-quo.
says Dominic. “I think they just      years ago, with the peak of its                                                                                                                        “Digital technology has
know now ‘Oh God here we go           popularity in the 1990s.                           without the funds to back a crab,        Peter is keen to make an official                      changed the situation for
again. Crab racing… we do this           Local resident Joey welcomes                    there are other options to get           statement on behalf of the crabs.                      women,” says Dwivedi.
every week’.”                         the crab racing as an attraction                   patrons mingling in the rowdy               “There        were      baseless                    “The camera has become
   Peter from Erskineville is         to the area. “I think it’s pretty                  environment. These include               allegations of crab cheating. I’d                      smaller, you don’t need a
disappointed by the performance       positive for residents because                     a balloon game, a hula hoop              like to put the record straight and                    big team, just a computer to
of his crab ‘Stop Hammertime’.        there’s so many people down here,                  competition, a biscuit eating            say that no crabs were genetically                     edit and create something.
“I lost out to one of my good         so many eyes on the street.”                       and whistling comp. With recent          enhanced or have ever taken                            That’s very liberating, a
mates. What I really think we            For those wanting sport                         drug taking confessions in sport,        performance enhancing drugs.”                          big step for women.”
14                                                                                                                                                            Precinct issue 4/2007
                                                                 Heritage & Conservation


Scientist who loves
what others fear
Emily Laurence




T
         he word “shark” is          the dorsal fins on a group of         just the Grey Nurse.
         enough to make many of      three heading into Cape Town.”            “The field offers plenty
         us avoid the beach. The        These days, Dr Otway is            to study,” Dr Otway says.
movie Jaws springs to mind,          perhaps best known for his            “I like that it challenges my
especially when you realise          involvement in the test tube          perceptions. At this stage there
you’ve swum out just a bit too       breeding program of Grey              is enough we don’t know about
far at the beach.                    Nurse sharks, announced by            sharks to satisfy many careers
   “It’s hysteria. Even Spielberg    NSW Fisheries just over a             in terms of information.”
says he never should have            year ago.                                 He is particularly intrigued
made Jaws,” says Dr Nick                According to Dr Otway,             by a shark’s similar reproductive




                                                                                                                                                                                           NSW Fisheries
Otway, a NSW Fisheries               the Grey Nurse is diminishing         traits to human beings: the way
Research Scientist.                  rapidly due to a rare cannibalistic   some sharks have umbilical
   “Sharks       are     beautiful   trait where the shark pups eat        cords and the ability of other
to watch. They literally fly         each other in the uterus, known       sharks to give live birth.            Baby news ... Dr Otway performs an ultrasound on a Grey Nurse Shark
through the water. They can          as intra-uterine cannibalism.             “They are diverse and have
turn on a five cent piece. They         But despite this, Dr Otway         diverse habitats. It makes for        recalls the incident as if he were    he gets out on the boat for
are so agile and capable in their    says they have coped incredibly       interesting study,” says Dr           bitten by a mosquito.                 tracking studies.
own environment.”                    well for some 70 million years.       Otway. Of shark anatomy, he                “Once you start dealing with        Although Nick Otway has
     For Dr Otway, no other             The breeding program is            says, “they are ancient and this      larger animals, even placid ones,     been involved in numerous
marine creature inspires and         expected to take 10 years and         hasn’t changed greatly.”              it is difficult simply because of     projects involving sharks, he
challenges him quite so much -       is still in the early stages of           As can be expected, Dr            their capabilities,” he says.         says he doesn’t have a career
sharks are a life long fascination   collecting biological data.           Otway concedes that working               As for dipping his toes in the    highlight just yet.
and passion dating back                 “Procedures and research are       with sharks does not always           water of late, Dr Otway says             “I can’t put my finger on one,
to childhood.                        not possible without researching       go swimmingly.                       his current research is mostly        give me a couple of years.”
   “I was 11 years old and I was     the basic information at the              Although he’s never had a         conducted at his computer.               “My specialisation is the
on a cruise with my parents,”        outset. You need to use stepping      close call with a large shark, he     Although he says he used to           various aspects of ecology
says Dr Otway. “I kept looking       stones to make leaps ahead,” he       did have an altercation several       dive “a hell of a lot.”               and biology – the details are
out over the side of the cruise,     says.                                 years ago with a small Bronze               “I still love being a field     fascinating. That’s what keeps
watching. I wanted to see sharks.       However, Dr Otway says             Whaler. This resulted in a few        ecologist – it’s very enjoyable,”     me there; that’s what keeps
I ended up seeing several. I saw     he’s interested in all sharks, not    stitches to his hand, although he     he says of the occasions when          me going.”




A celebration of diverse Lebanese history in
Julie Shingleton

“Back in the early 1900s, it         known for also being the                  Many settled in Redfern,          park to meet each other, exchange     owners would still come back
was the rhythmic pounding of         first home of many Lebanese           which, as a result was renamed        news and where newcomers              to Redfern to purchase stock
butchers tenderising lamb in their   migrants to Australia from the        Little Lebanon. The NSW               would find work,” Convy says.         from the warehouses and
jiruns that could be heard while     1880s onwards.                        Governor Marie Bashir lived              If Lebanese newcomers could        attend religious observance
walking down Cooper Street in            Nowadays, very few traces         at her grandmother’s home in          not find jobs with the wholesalers,   obligations and social events,”
Redfern,” says Paul Convy from       of the famous warehouses              Redfern while attending Sydney        because      of     discriminatory    says Freda Backes, President
the Australian Lebanese Historic     on Elizabeth Street set up in         Girls High School.                    practices barring Syrians from        of the Australian Lebanese
Society (ALHS), speaking on          the early 1900s by Lebanese               “When they first arrived          many forms of employment in           Historic Society.
the inaugural Redfern Lebanese       entrepreneurs remain, apart           in Sydney, many Lebanese              the early 1900s, the wholesalers         “Churches were the attraction
Legacy walk organised for            from Stanton Melick’s, as most        immigrants hotbedded around           would nevertheless supply them        for Lebanese migrants who later
History Week 2007.                   were demolished to make space         Redfern        while        seeking   with haberdasheries, linen and        moved to different suburbs such
    On the 19th of September,        for housing developments in           employment. Great Buckingham          goods that could be hawked.           as Harris Park, Thornleigh or
the ALHS took its first group        the late 1950s.                       Street in the 1920s saw many of       Many of those hawkers headed          Punchbowl.”
of visitors on a journey across          Those prosperous wholesalers      its houses filled with boarders,”     for rural Australia and set up           Even when the businesses in
100 years of Lebanese migration      employed many waves of                says Paul Convy. Today, an            successful businesses in most         Redfern changed, the members
to Sydney, walking around the        Lebanese migrants, or Assyrians,      iron gate shaped as a cedar,          NSW country towns.                    of the Lebanese community kept
area of Redfern which used to be     before the formation of the           the symbol for Lebanon, still            “I remember when we used go        coming back to Little Lebanon
called Little Lebanon, namely        modern state of Lebanon in 1943.      stands half way down the street,      for drives with the kids through      to get married or buried until
Elizabeth, Great Buckingham,         Most Lebanese migrants came           reminding this leafy gentrified       the country, we would keep them       the 1970s when they built their
Cleveland,       Walker       and    to Australia to make a better life    street of those earlier occupants.    busy by asking them to spot the       churches in other suburbs.
Cooper Streets.                      for themselves, some escaping             Just across the road is Redfern   Lebanese family names on the             St     George’s      Orthodox
    While Redfern is largely         religious persecution under the       Park. “Redfern Park was the           awnings of shops in the villages      Cathedral, situated at the corner
known culturally as            an    Ottoman empire, great famines or      recreational area for the Lebanese    we passed,” Convy recalls.            of Walker and Cooper Streets,
Aboriginal area, it is lesser        to reunite with their families.       community; they all came to the          “The Lebanese rural business       holds memories of many
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                                                                                    Heritage & Conservation


Barracks now on heritage list
Tess Bennett



T
        he Hyde Park Barracks                           convict history. The Barracks,        Barracks for National Heritage
        have      recently   been                       built between 1817 and 1819,          listing is the excellent condition
        included in the National                        was originally used as a              of the original building itself.
Heritage List, ensuring that                            residence for convicts working            “The nice thing is just how
the reminder of Sydney’s                                on government projects until its      much of it remains,” Mr Manera
colourful and violent past is                           closure in 1848.                      says. “Physical evidence of this
guaranteed to remain intact for                            “Over 160,000 convicts were        history is very rare.”
future generations.                                     sent to Australia between 1788            The central dormitory, eastern
   The Federal Government has                           and 1868. They became both            wall, home, office and solitary
nominated the Barracks along                            the backbone of our economy           confinement cells are still intact,
with 10 other convict sites for                         and future prosperity, and the        helping to explain how the
consideration for the World                             heart and soul of our collective      convict system worked.
Heritage List. If successful,                           egalitarian character.                    “In New South Wales, Hyde
Hyde Park Barracks will receive                            “It’s something about which        Park Barracks represents the
international recognition as                            we are very proud nowadays,           systematic control of convicts
a heritage site alongside the                           with an increasing number             and their labour, signifying a
Sydney Opera House and Uluru.                           of Australians able to trace          belief in the permanence of the
   Minister for the Environment                         back to their convict roots,”         colony of New South Wales,”
and Water Resources Malcolm                             Mr. Turnbull says.                    Mr Turnbull says.
Turnbull announced in August,                              Imperial transportation of             The Barracks also has




                                                                                                                                                                                                               Jenni Carter
that the site’s inclusion on                            people around the world is a          architectural        significance.
the National Heritage list will                         major part of global modern           Designed by convict architect
legally protect it under common-                        history. “The mass transport          Francis Greenway, the original
wealth law.                                             of convicts to Australia is very      three-storey building was part of     Convict heritage: the elegant simplicity of Hyde Park Barracks
   “The legal protection of                             significant,” Mr Manera says.         Governor Macquarie’s ambitious
these sites guarantees that future                         “Convicts and transportation       building vision for Sydney. It is     archeological dig in 1981.               The submission to the United
generations will be able to                             are such an important part            associated with other Sydney              “It is one of the few museums     Nations Educational Scientific and
appreciate first-hand where the                         of how we Australians know            landmarks, including the Mint,        that explains what museums            Cultural Organisation (UNESCO)
lives of many forbearers began                          ourselves. The Hyde Park              St James Church, St Mary’s            do. There are very few others         consists of 11 convict sites. In
in Australia,” Mr Turnbull says.                        Barracks are a huge piece of          Cathedral (demolished to make         that involve archaeology,”            NSW, these are Old Government
   Curator of Hyde Park                                 physical evidence. We need            way for Sydney Hospital), Rum         Mr.Manera says.                       House, Hyde Park Barracks,
Barracks Brad Manera says the                           these symbols to understand           Hospital and Hyde Park.                   Brad Manera says that the         Cockatoo Island Convict Site,
Barracks serve a vital purpose                          where we’ve been.”                        The site was also home to the     National Heritage listing was a       Old Great North Road Precinct,
for reminding us about our                                 Also qualifying Hyde Park          largest government sponsored          necessary step before the World       Kingston and Arthur Vale
                                                                                                                                    Heritage nomination. This is          Historic area (Norfolk Island).


Redfern
                                                                                                                                    just another development in           The other sites are Port Arthur
                                                                                                                                    the Barrack’s interesting and         Historic      Site,      Cascades
                                                                                                                                    occasionally chequered history.       Female Factory Historic Site
                                                                                                                                        Over time the building has        (Hobart), Darlington Probation
                                                                                                                                    evolved. Originally used as a         Station (Maria Island), Coal
Lebanese weddings, funerals                                                                                                         convict barracks, it has since        Mines      Historic    site   (via
and family reunions.                                                                                                                been a benevolent asylum,             Premadeyna), Brickendon and
   One such family reunion                                                                                                          immigration        depot,    courts   WoolmersEstates (near Longford)
occurred during the walk, when                                                                                                      and legal offices and finally         and Freemantle Prison in
visitor Gregory Sachs, whose                                                                                                         a museum.                            Western Australia.
maternal grandmother was born                                                                                                           Mr Manera says that it has           Together        these     sites
into a Lebanese family bumped                                                                                                       had a number of uses like many        provide a record of Australia’s
into Richard Yared, who was                                                                                                         large colonial buildings in NSW.      convict history.
also visiting the Cathedral that                                                                                                        “There are no financial              The National Heritage List
day. They stood amongst rows                                                                                                        benefits for National Heritage        demonstrates the government’s
                                     Julie Shingleton




of church benches engraved with                                                                                                     listed buildings, however it adds     commitment to the protection
Lebanese family names such as                                                                                                       to the museum’s credibility when      and promotion of our unique
Mellick, Dounami, Malouf and                                                                                                        it comes to grants,” he says.         heritage and protects 69
Mansour, recounting stories                             Taste of culture: Lebanese restaurants on Elizabeth Street                      The      National      Heritage   Australian sites.
about common relatives.                                                                                                             listing is expected to encourage         The nomination is to be
   Lebanese immigrants in                               the captain of the Australian         Heritage Centre and the NSW           more visitors to the Hyde             submitted to UNESCO next
Australia played an important role                      Wallabies Rugby Union team            Department of Planning is due         Park Barracks.                        month. The application will be
in the growth and development                           in 1953-54 and Lord Mayor of          for release in 2008, which will           Most of the museum’s              reviewed in February in Geneva,
of NSW, in both the economic                            Sydney in 1972; and Alexander         shed more light on the migration      visitors are from overseas.           and a final decision will be made
and political spheres.                                  Alam, one of the longest-             story of Lebanese Immigrants in           “Interest in Australian history   by October 2008.
   Notable Lebanese members of                          serving members of the NSW            Australia and their contribution      tends to run in fads,” Mr Manera         “If we are accepted that
the community include Governor                          Legislative Council.                  to NSW heritage, which began          says. “We tend to neglect our         would be marvellous. If not, we
Marie Bashir; her husband Sir                              An ALHS study in partnership       in suburbs such as Redfern.           own history until someone else        will reapply in 12 months,” Mr
Nicholas Shehadie who was                               with the NSW Migration                                                      sees it as significant.”              Manera says.
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                                                                Heritage & Conservation
Shant Fabricatorian



T
         here are surely few
         images more redolent
         of fading Imperial glory
than the sight of idly decaying
industrial machinery.
    The hammerhead crane on
Garden Island is an enduring
reminder of those days when
manufacturing was seen as the
path to prosperity. It stood as
the largest crane in the Southern
Hemisphere in 1951 and it
continues to occupy a place in
Australian naval history.
    Despite its significance, the
survival of the Garden Island
crane is not assured. Along with
the old railway engineering




                                                                                                                                                                                         Shant Fabricatorian
workshops at Eveleigh and the
Ku-ring-gai Blue Gum High
Forest, the Garden Island crane
is at serious risk of destruction.
    Clearing in the Blue Gum
High Forest, which houses many       Taking seven years to build, the Garden Island Hammerhead Crane at Woolloomooloo, was the largest crane in the southern hemisphere in 1951.




                                     Our heritage at risk
of Sydney’s largest and most
imposing trees, has reduced
it to around one per cent of its
original size, and no solution
has been implemented to assure
the survival of the crane or the
Eveleigh railway workshop.           Trust’s Deputy-Director of          industry was to Newcastle,”           have the highest protection,         Gum high forest in Sydney”.
    Stepping in to prevent the       Conservation in NSW, Graham         he says.                              unlike here,” she says.                 In April, the NSW Scientific
destruction of these icons is        Quint, the nominations are             He     claims     the      State      The main threat for the crane     Committee listed the Forest
the new program, Our Heritage        entirely deserving and the result   Government wants residential          lies in its inactivity. Standing     as critically endangered.
At Risk. The program is an           of a long-term struggle.            estates built on the Eveleigh         unused for over a decade,               The Forest Group has
extension of the National Trust of      “Eveleigh has been something     land and a similar fate could         increasing degradation has           experienced some success, but
Australia’s Endangered Species       we’ve been trying to save for       await the Garden Island crane.        made demolition a more likely        according to Ms Lock, it is vital
advocacy        program      which   30 years. The Smithsonian           Built to lift heavy machinery         option. The desired outcome is       that there is no further incursion
aims to reduce threats facing        Institution [in Washington] has     such as warship engines and           adaptation, recommissioning the      of development into the area.
heritage sights.                     said it’s one of the world’s most   boilers, it remains the largest       crane for lower load capacities.        The Ku-ring-gai Council has
    Our Heritage At Risk aims        significant industrial sites.”      dockside crane in Australia.             Like the crane, threat to the     endorsed the National Trust’s
to focus community and media            For Mr Quint, the protection     The National Trust’s Executive        survival of the Blue Gum High        decision to nominate the forest
interest on the threats facing       of these locations is about         Director, Tina Jackson, says the      Forest in Ku-ring-gai is acute.      for Our Heritage at Risk.
heritage sites in the hope of        preserving our institutional        crane represents a unique piece       According to Neroll Lock, of the        Nominations for the Our
bringing about change.               memory.                             of Australia’s industrial history.    Blue Gum High Forest Group,          Heritage at Risk list were
    To outsiders, the choice of         “The suburb of Eveleigh             “There are only 15 of these        the conservation of the forest       submitted to a national judging
the nominated sites may seem         is based on the railways, in a      cranes left in the world and          would represent “the survival of     panel who will decide on a
curious, but for the National        similar manner to what the steel    those that are in Scotland            the largest remaining part of Blue   national top 10.




Everyone finding their place in history
Arsito Hidayatullah

This year’s 12th annual History      of History Week in 2007 at the      workshops, and exhibitions.           to the public. Individuals were      past. It is also amazing to know
Week was the biggest one yet,        community level,” she says.            Ms Donovan says the                invited to explore the heritage of   these huge book collections are
according to Event Coordinator          As an initiative from the        widespread        number        of    historical sites such as the Anzac   in the library,” she says.
Celia Donovan.                       History Council NSW, History        communities involved in this          Memorial, St Mary’s Cathedral,           While some eager historians
   The theme, Find Your Place        Week aimed to showcase the          year’s History Week made it           the Reserve Bank of Australia,       embraced the events, others just
in History, reflected a growing      diverse history being produced      bigger than previous years.           the Hyde Park Barracks, the          happened upon them as they
interest in Australians exploring    by individuals and organisations       “History Week is 50 percent        Mint, the Sydney Eye Hospital,       visited Sydney landmarks.
their personal histories.            across NSW, inviting people to      larger than in 2006. Participation    the State Library and the                “We just planned to look
   Ms Donovan says the               get involved in recognising the     is growing and the event is           Botanical Gardens.                   around at the Opera House. We
study of family history has          role of history in cultural life.   getting bigger,” she says.               Adriana Schmidt visited           didn’t know about the History
become the single biggest               Across NSW from September           For this year’s festival, a        the State Library as part of         Week program. Yet, I think
area of interest for amateur         15-23, there were 270 events        number of important historical        the festivities.                     it’s a great opportunity and an
historians in New South Wales.       held for History Week, which        buildings on and around                  “It is always interesting to      advantage for us to be here,” says
“Workshops on this are a big part    ranged from open-days, lectures,    Macquarie Street opened up            know what’s happened in the          Neil Staunton, who attended.
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                                                                  Heritage & Conservation


 Tapestry Project weaves tribute
 Polly Hemphill



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      t is their ordinariness that makes them extraordinary.    around 25 volunteers, who either give their time on a          perspective and this project is one way it can be done”.
      Their everyday life that inspires us. They do not         weekly basis or are more involved, taking ownership               By creating this social document it can become
      command centre stage nor do they receive accolades        of a specific project. Apart from the public grants the        a valuable recount of women’s history. Currently
 for their work. They are the women in our lives.               library receives, it relies largely on donations and           more than 100 women have sent in stories,
     Whether it is our mother, sister, daughter or friend,      fundraising activities to buy books and materials.             each approximately 1000 words in length.
 the Jesse Street Women’s Library is interested in hearing         The Tapestry Project is one of the valuable resources          The Project hopes to represent women of all social,
 their story as part of the Tapestry Project.                   the library is using to document the compelling lives          cultural, and religious backgrounds. Ms Paviour believes
     The Jessie Street Women’s Library was established          of women. Originally set up in 1996 by Jan Wood,               that for it to be successful there is a need to involve women
 in 1989 in honour of Jessie Street, who dedicated her          a member of the Jesse Street National Women’s                  from ethnic communities and Aboriginal backgrounds,
 life to improving the status of women in society. Some         Library committee and a founding member of SWAN                who have not submitted written entries. The library
 of the many causes she fought for included equal pay,          (School of Women Artists Network), the Tapestry                is looking for a way to combine the oral histories of
 equality for women, political rights, the plight of Jewish     Project is a collection of stories about everyday women        these women with the written histories of those women
 refugees and the elimination of discrimination for             who have inspired someone close to them.                       already included in the Tapestry Project.
 Aborigines. She also founded the United Associations              However, the uniqueness lies in the Library’s                  In addition to publishing the stories on the
 of Women in Australia, one of the most politically             ordinariness. Lorna Paviour, the volunteer currently in        internet, the long-term aim of the Tapestry Project
 forceful women’s organisations in Australia.                   charge of the Project, says, “There is already enough          is to create a book to ensure the histories of
     The original idea for establishing the library came        information about extraordinary people, this is for            these women will never be lost.
 from Lenore Coltheart and Shirley Jones who, frustrated        people from a small stage.”                                       “The project is an ongoing process as long as the
 by the limited information available on Australian                Kris Clarke, another volunteer at the Jesse Street          library is still going,” she says. There is also a hope that
 women, decided to create a women’s library.                    Women’s library, mentions that one of Jan Wood’s               similar projects will be initiated internationally that can
     The library functions solely on the dedication of          original goals was “to put women into historical               be woven together to create a worldwide tapestry.




Heritage List: a national controversy
Danielle Nicastri
Heritage experts hope the new         maintain sites,” says Elizabeth       Architects, says too many
National Heritage Listing is          Farrelly, architecture writer for     properties are listed and not
not just another bureaucratic         The Sydney Morning Herald.            supported. He maintains that
exercise, but one that will               Economics are at the heart        owners need financial assistance
provide real protection and the       of criticisms about the National      to fulfil heritage requirements.
necessary financial assistance.       Heritage List. Brad Manera,               “Some buildings which are
    The     National      Heritage    curator of Hyde Park Barracks,        built with standard materials
List is forcing owners to             which was added to the list last      are easier to maintain, unlike
maintain heritage sites without       month, says it gives heritage         sandstone, stone walls and slate
government funding.                   sites another credibility tick, but   roofs. They have more expensive
    A     second      round      of   funding is needed to maintain         finishes and require specialised
nominations for the list is now       buildings for the maintenance         tradesmen,” he says.
open. Nominated sites are             that the listing requires.                “Every heritage building
natural, historic or indigenous           The Federal Government is         requires some sort of major
places, which are historically        not obliged to provide funding        maintenance, unlike modern
valuable because they represent       for the sites on its new National     buildings built with brick
critical moments in Australia’s       Heritage List and as a result,        and corrugated steel,” says
development as a nation.              some owners are struggling.           Mr Tanner.
    Operating parallel to the local       John Toogood, Vice President          Mr Manera says the key is
and state and territory heritage      of the Friends of the Cerberus,       tailoring the funds available to
systems, The National Heritage        a shipwreck site off the              the heritage sites in need.
List offers sites an extra layer of   Victorian coast, says he needs            “You could always do with
protection. Places on the National    $6 million in funding to              more, so you have to work
Heritage List can also appear on      maintain the site, which has          within your budget,” he says.
state or local government lists.      been included on the National             “If you inherit or own a
    However, many architects          Heritage List. He says blame has      special building of public
and heritage experts say the list     been shifted between state and        importance, the costs are not in
will provide little protection.       federal authorities in the process    the realm of ordinary citizens,”
    “Being on a heritage list         of his negotiations.                  Mr Tanner says.
does not mean the site will               “The state has offered to go          Ms Farrelly says responsibility
                                                                                                                                                                                               Clive Collins




be conserved, but it will need        into shared funding, though the       then rests with the public.
permission to be knocked down,        longer it waits, the more the             “People are required to pay
in which economic arguments           price of steel goes up,” he says.     out of the goodness of their heart.
prevail because government and            Howard Tanner, from the           It is like self-regulation, which is   Sydney’s Australia Square has been nominated for the new National
private owners are not willing to     Royal Australian Institute of         always a disaster,” she says.          Heritage List. A $495 million upgrade of the site was completed in 1998.
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                                                                   Education & Environment


Uni sports
ride out VSU
for now
Emily Laurence




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          s the saying goes,           Recreation Manager at UTS,
          “All work and no play        said that UTS sport had been
          makes Jack a dull            relatively unaffected by VSU.




                                                                                                                                                                                            Dale de la Ray
boy” (and Jill a dull girl for             This is because the university
that matter). So it was little         stepped in to cover the hole left
wonder that when the Federal           in the sporting budget.
Government               introduced        Ms Brett credits UTS Union’s
Voluntary Student Unionism             slick transition to its preparation    University of Sydney women’s eight rowing team on its way to gold at the 2007 Uni Games in September.
(VSU) just under two years ago,        prior to the implementation
organisers of Uni Games — and          of VSU.
advocates of university sport in           Staffing underwent a full
general — were left feeling a          restructure, with the sports
little worried.                        office reduced from six full-
    According to Don Knapp,            time staff to three paid jobs, in
CEO of Australian University           addition to redundancies in other
Sport (AUS), while it remains          Union areas.
an uncertain time for university           Although UTS sports staff
sport, most universities have          are working longer hours,
cushioned the impact of VSU –          Ms Brett says this has had a
for now.                               positive effect on facilities
    “There’s      no     immediate     and services.
concern that Uni Games will                “With the restructure came
disappear, only that participation     a fresh new team who came in
will decrease. And we’re not           with new exciting ideas and a
really feeling that impact yet,”       great deal of enthusiasm for our
Mr Knapp says.                         work,” she says.
    However, Mr Knapp says                 As for the Uni Games this
VSU has impacted on sports             year, UTS students are being
facilities and services to varying     provided with exactly the same
degrees throughout Australian          subsidies and concessions as
universities, and the full effects     when compulsory fees existed.
have not yet been felt.                    Ms Brett does sense that           A member of the University of NSW swimming team competes at the 2007 Uni Games on the Gold Coast.
    But universities are preparing     sport facilities and services at
for the worst. AUS and the             UTS, including future student          real shame for students who will

                                                                                                                   Student union deplores
Australasian Campus Union              participation in Uni Games, will       miss out. Uni is not just about
Managers’ Association have             hinge on continued funding.            sitting in classes.”
ordered a comprehensive study              “If we can secure university           Likewise, Don Knapp feels
to measure the impact of VSU           support then we will continue          university sport is an essential
on university sport.                   to provide quality facilities and      element of university life.          Peta Yoshinaga and Annabel Boyer
    “The stimulus for the report       services to students,” she says.           Regardless of the VSU
was to know what’s going on                “Insofar      as     Australian    impact study findings, Knapp is      Voluntary Student Unionism has       universities    as     deplorable
so we can adjust and make              University Games, we will be           confident that university sport      made life tougher for students,      in terms of their provision
changes,” Mr Knapp says.               able to continue the opportunity       and the Uni Games are here           according to a report recently       of student services. They
    “There’s      definitely    less   for students to socialise with peers   to stay.                             released by the National Union       include Swinburne University,
money in the system for sporting       in a safe, friendly environment,”          “It’s a strong social sporting   of Students (NUS).                   University of Western Sydney,
activities on campus.”                 she says.                              opportunity.                            “The significant reductions       Griffith University and Charles
    Whatever the findings of               “The benefit of having student         “The general question of         in the areas of professional staff   Darwin University.
the impact study, Mr Knapp             union fees in terms of Uni Games       sport and uni — whether team         assisting student representatives       Rose Khalilizadeh, President
maintains that VSU will not be         was that there was a constant          or individual achievement — is       puts student involvement in          of the University of Sydney
the demise of the Uni Games.           source of income, so there was         integral to a holistic approach to   quality assurance and consumer       Union, isn’t happy about the
    This is certainly the case with    no pressure about sourcing             educational experience. It would     protection within universities in    effect of VSU.
UTS, which sent a 230-person           uniforms and transport, and            be devastating for university        jeopardy,” says president of the        “We have lost $8 million in
team to compete at the Gold            subsidising costs for students.        to not have sport – it would be      NUS, Michael Nguyen.                 funding since the introduction of
Coast Uni Games in September.              “It will be difficult without      incomprehensible. It’s not going        In a recent ranking, the NUS      the VSU,” she says.
    Elizabeth Brett, Sport and         that support, and that would be a      to happen,” Mr Knapp says.           categorised some Australian             “There have been significant
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                                                                Education & Environment


Old school embraces new cultures
There is more to this enduring Surry
Hills institution than meets the eye, as
Arsito Hidayatullah discovers.


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        hatting happily in a             “Mostly their families came
        corner of Prince Alfred      from Eastern Asia, like China
        Park in Sydney’s Surry       and Korea. There are a few
Hills, they look like a typical      of them who also came from
bunch of cheerful, multicultural     the Middle East, Russia and
Australian kids.                     certain countries in Europe, as
   Like many Sydney teenagers,       well as from southern America,
they are learning to speak a         and occasionally from Africa,”
foreign language at school.          she says.
But unlike most Sydney                   “There are some students
teenagers, they are not learning     who had been out of school
French or Latin or Japanese.         for years, and a few more had
   These students are all            tragic experiences in their home
studying English as their second     country. It’s more difficult for
language, and many had a             them, so we will always try to
complicated life before arriving     help,” she says.




                                                                                                                                                                                             Arsito Hidayatullah
in Australia.                            Diversity is clearly a unique
   These are the students of         characteristic of the school,
Cleveland     Street   Intensive     which has played a unique role
English High School, a school        in the Surry Hills community for
for the children of migrant          more than 150 years.
families, refugees and other             An educational institution        The heritage Cleveland Street High School is now the scene of some innovative learning programs.
non-English speaking residents.      since 1856, the school has had
   Most days, they can be found      several different names and           list of graduates including NSW       came from different countries.        the importance of community
laughing and chatting in their       roles.                                Governor Marie Bashir, the            They all have specialist teaching     and family support, which
own languages during school              It has been a school for          NSW Attorney General, John            areas and had been trained in         is good for the students’
break.                               infants, for girls and boys, a        Hatzistergos and others.              English as Second Language or         successful learning.”
   When asked the direction          co-educational school, and                The school has always had         TESOL,” she says.                        Dr Hodge explains that the
to the school office, one of the     even a weekend community              programs over the years to               “We also have a large number       students are graded into classes
boys breaks off his conversation     language school and evening           support the life of the students      of bilingual staff who act as         according to age and English
in Chinese and replies in very       community college.                    and their families. But only          interpreters, translators who give    speaking      ability,    although
fluent English.                          Over the years, the school        since the 1980s has it been an        social support for students,” Ms      they also learn other subjects
   “Oh, you want to go to the        has produced many prominent           intensive English high school,        Jachman says.                         including science, maths, music
school office? Alright, come,        judges, scientists, politicians,      with a host of related cultural          As school counsellor, Dr           and business, in preparation for
follow me,” he says.                 and sporting identities.              support initiatives.                  Hodge also runs a group for           employment or further study.
   Dr Glenda Hodge, the school            “Many of those students have         As well as English, the school    family and community members             With 250 current students,
counsellor, explains the cultural    gone on to be very successful,”       also places a strong emphasis         called Aupendi.                       Dr Hodge hopes the program
breakdown of the school.             says Dr Hodge, mentioning a           on fostering the multicultural           The group has weekly               will continue to grow.
                                                                           backgrounds of the students.          meetings to help community               “The school can actually
                                                                           Study and other materials             members with English and              take up to 500 students. So I

post-VSU service cuts
                                                                           are provided in several of the        cultural learning every Monday.       can see that the numbers are
                                                                           students’ home languages, such        Members of the group are also         growing each year. And if people
                                                                           as Chinese, Vietnamese, Arabic,       taken on school excursions from       write back to their family and
                                                                           and Indonesian.                       time to time.                         relatives in their own countries,
                                                                               A special initiative called the      The school is seen by many         they’ll be sending more of their
                                                                           ‘Greeting of the Week’ is also        as playing an important role in       children here,” she says.
constraints as a result.             greater efficiency in the running     a vital part of the school’s          the educational development of           A Vietnamese student, Trinh
   “We have had to seek funding      of the union.                         program. Students and staff           the city.                             Duy Anh Vu, agrees that the
from the university, cut down           He says that certain positions     are required to use a greeting           This view is confirmed by Iis      learning system in the school is
on programs, and outsource our       have been amalgamated and             from a different language every       Nur Rodliyah, a postgraduate          helpful.
catering,” Khalilizadeh says.        others scrapped, such as the          week. All must respect this           Masters of Education student             “We learn other useful
   The NUS says that as              Programs and Activity Officer.        agreement to participate in           from Indonesia who is studying        subjects too besides English.
government policy continues to          One of the areas that the          cultural diversity.                   and living in Sydney.                 Unfortunately, sometimes there
shape universities into income-      union is struggling in is replacing       Much of the school’s teaching        “This school plays an              are still a few students who like
driven entities, the rights of       equipment that has worn out.          staff also have a personal            important role in the migrant         to disturb the class and make
students, especially paying             “There      are      40     less   understanding of what it means        teenagers’       education      by    noise. I think teachers should
students, are often eroded in the    staff members. [VSU] has              to learn English as a second          providing       language     skills   give more attention on them,”
pursuit of increasing income.        forced people to tighten              language in a foreign country,        and knowledge necessary for           he says.
   UTS Union’s Ahmad Ramay           their belts, but counselling          as Karen Jachman, the Head            surviving their future.                  So this is, after all, a typical
says the introduction of voluntary   and legal services are still          Teacher of Welfare, explains.            “The curriculum is well            Australian high school — with a
student unionism boils down to       there,” Ramay says.                       “The teachers originally also     designed, and it also addresses       few cultural differences.
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                                                              Education & Environment


Festival adds fun to
eco-living message
Elsa Evers



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         rey weather and the            On the main stage, popular       be subsidised by the government
         prospect of muddy shoes     bands including Rastawookie,        so that it can more accessible,”
         were not enough to stop     composer Elena Kats-Chernin         he says.
people flocking to Victoria Park     and the Double Yum Funk                The music that Davis makes
recently for the inaugural Live      Club kept toes tapping and kids     as part of the Double Yum
Green festival.                      bouncing throughout the day.        Funk Club – a spontaneous mix
   Organised by the City of             How committed to the             of funk, soul and breakbeat
Sydney Council, the aim of           message of sustainable living       – could itself be described
the festival was to promote          though, were the personalities      as ‘organic’.
environmental sustainability in      and musicians that performed at        “[The Council] chose us
everyday living.                     the event?                          because we are organic in many
   Energetic bands, organic food        “Living green is knowing         ways,” he says.
stalls, children’s activities, and   what impact you as an individual       “All the music that we
workshops all formed part of         have on your local area,”           play is sampled old funk
the event.                           explains Chad Davis, still          loops. There are no real
   Celebrity chef Kylie Kwong        panting. Davis (aka DJ Mr Chad)     syntherizery sounds and it is
was named ‘Live Green                had hardly finished playing a       completely spontaneous.”
Ambassador’ and could be             set with The Double Yum Funk           “None of the guys on stage
found steaming organic and           Club as part of the Live Green      know what I’m going to play and
biodynamic broccoli in the Live      festival when I nabbed him fresh    I don’t actually know what I’m
Green Kitchen.                       off the stage.                      going to play at the time either,”
   City of Sydney Lord Mayor,           Davis explains that he           he says
Clover Moore, also made an           would always choose organic            When asked about the
appearance on the main stage         if he could afford it, but          selection criteria for the live
to describe the ways in which        unfortunately the tight budget      acts, Live Green publicist Maya




                                                                                                                                                                                            Elsa Evers
the Council is set to “harness       of a local musician doesn’t         Catsanis replied frankly. “The
Australia’s best and most creative   always allow him that luxury.       entertainment of Live Green
thinkers to build Sydney as an          “Organic food deserves to be     was just that: entertainment,”        Chad Davis and the Double Yum Funk Club (top); an organic food stall
environmentally sustainable city”.   paid for but I think it needs to    she says.                             (centre); a grass installation embodies the ‘Live Green’ concept (above).




Keen on green: city building aims for 6-star status
Polly Hemphill
Imagine:     office    buildings     the rating can be awarded.          in energy consumption by                  Peter Whittaker, planner with      language, setting a standard
with a lower carbon footprint           The Green Star system            80 per cent and a greenhouse          the City of Sydney Council, says       of measurement for green
than a standard house, office        evaluates the environmental         reduction of 50 per cent from         the new rating system, which           commercial buildings.
buildings that generate their        performance of buildings. It        the standard office building.         combines the GBCA and AGBR                It recognises environmental
own energy and contribute to         was developed by the GBCA               The construction process          ratings, is all about embodied         leadership     and      encourages
the environment rather than          to assist the building industry     required enormous floor plates        energy. “If a substance has            a     holistic     approach      to
destroying it. Is it a reality or    in its transition to sustainable    of 3593 metres, yet the               embodied energy it took energy         development.        The     system
merely a utopia?                     development and is a national       workplace6        design      still   to make it,” he says                   identifies building life-cycle
   The       developers        of    voluntary rating system.            includes a central atrium that            The new system takes the           impacts and raises awareness of
workplace6, a new building in           To achieve the ground-           allows high levels of natural         construction materials into            green building benefits.
the Darling Island precinct of       breaking rating, one of the         light in. There is no point on        account, “giving a bigger,                To achieve a 6-Star Green
Pyrmont, maintain that it can be     prominent features in the           any floor that is more than           conclusive     energy     picture      Star certified rating, commercial
a reality.                           18,000 square metre workplace6      12 metres from the atrium or          as it looks at both sides [of          buildings must score 75-100.
   The six-level building has        building is the large water         a window.                             construction] rather than the          It is then considered a world
been designed to achieve a           saving initiatives.                     Workplace6 is not the             standard one energy rating”.           leader     in     environmentally
6-Star Green Star rating                Waste water will be sourced      first building in Australia               The standard one energy            conscious design.
from the Green Building              from sewers, treated to potable     to achieve a 6-star rating.           rating system only relates to             Workplace6 is one step
Council Australia (GBCA)             standards and then used for         Two buildings in Melbourne            how the building reduces energy        in the grand scheme of
and a 5-star plus 20 per             toilet flushing. It could also be   are already rated 6-star, but         and waste. The two energy              commercial building, but it is
cent Australian Greenhouse           used for landscape irrigation.      workplace6 aims to be the first       rating system also looks at            a start towards a future where
Building Rating (AGBR). The             Energy efficiency in the         in New South Wales to establish       unsustainable energy materials.        all commercial buildings could
council is currently assessing       building should be superior,        a new standard for green                  The Green Star rating              be rated, leading to a greener,
workplace6 to confirm whether        aiming to have a reduction          building design.                      system establishes a common            cleaner environment.
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                                                                  Education & Environment


Rooftop oases planned for
Sydney’s concrete jungle
Sydney’s skyline may soon resemble a
highrise parkland, thanks to a $48,000
grant and the work of a local design
team. Britta Jorgensen reports.


I
    nner-city workers facing the      residents, as well as office
    daily grind could soon find       workers. And with the city’s
    an escape from the hustle         population estimated to increase
and bustle of Sydney’s CBD,           by 70,000 residents and 90,000
with the City of Sydney planning      workers by 2030, more green
to green the city’s roofs.            spaces are needed for the future.
   The Council is contributing a         “A green roof gives city
$48,000 grant towards a project       residents a really pleasant place
encouraging parks and gardens         where they can sit and read, for
on top of office towers and           instance,” she says.
apartment buildings.                     “It also creates more open
   The green roofs initiative was     space for people in an area
one of the 173 projects awarded       where many live without a
a total of $1.6 million in grants     backyard. They can go up onto a
by the Council this August, as        green roof.”
part of its Grants and                   Green      roofs     are    also
Sponsorships Program for small        contributing to environmental
community projects.                   sustainability, by including
   A Pyrmont community group          water tanks, vegetable gardens
is currently putting together a       and solar energy panels.
manual for retrofitting a green          The City’s Environmental
roof on an existing building.         Management Plan identifies
   “It’s a reference manual           green roofs as one of 53
on how to take the idea from          actions to create a more
the concept to development            environmentally         sustainable
application, to get it through the    Sydney in the next 10 years.
local government authority,”             “Depending on the type of
says Charles Perry, who put           green roof you install, they
forward the proposal.                 can provide cleaner air, save
   The group, Pyrmont Progress        water and minimise energy
Incorporated, is made up of           consumption.        They’re      all
architects and economic and           sustainable,” says Charles Perry.
environment experts.                     “We’re also able to introduce
   The manual will provide            greater biodiversity into a small
technical      guidelines     and     area,” says Marcelle Hoff.
specifications such as roof              Green roofs can also insulate
load-bearing            capability,   the roof of a building, and allow
                                                                                                                                                                                          Sydney City Council




waterproofing, drainage and           stormwater runoff to be gathered
water supply.                         and reused.
   “It will be available to              “There are a number of
everybody, and so it’s a              really valuable benefits apart
very valuable resource,” Mr           from it just looking good,” Cr
Perry says.                           Hoff says.                             An artist’s impression shows what Sydney’s rooftops may look like when the plan is fully implemented.
   The design team is led                Any multi-storey building
by Tone Wheeler, an architect         with a flat roof, or gently sloping       “Obviously we don’t expect        City of Sydney spokesperson           most environmentally-friendly
and environment advocate at           roof, can install a green roof.        it will be a cheap exercise,”        Josh Mackenzie.                       community centre.
the Royal Australian Institute           “It would be wonderful if we        Charles Perry says.                     Rooftops around the world             Construction of the $14
of Architects.                        could get one on every single flat        “One would hope in the            have already gone green,              million project is to begin
   “We’ve got a team of people        roof,” says Cr Hoff.                   longer run that there will be        including Chicago, Berlin,            in November, and is due for
who are working on it at the             Structural engineer Matthew         incentives for people to do it,      Toronto and Portland. “Sydney’s       completion by April next year.
moment,” he says.                     O’Hearn says buildings would           perhaps through subsidies and        a bit behind,” he says.                  The    reference     manual
   City of Sydney councillor          require strengthening to with-         so forth.”                              One of the city’s first green      should be completed and
Marcelle Hoff said green roofs        stand the extra load, costing up          The green roof is not a           roofs is to be developed in           publicly available by the end
will offer a refuge for city          to $1,500 per square metre.            new concept, according to            Surry Hills as part of Sydney’s       of November.

				
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