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    Beating the Christmas Blues                                                                                                                                                            HopeStreet Urban Compass will be
                                                                                                                                                                                        running its annual Christmas Hamper
                                                                                                                                                                                        Drive, and this year the group is putting
                                                                                                                                                                                        together up to 550 hampers to hand
                                                                                                                                                                                        out to the homeless community and
                                                                                                                                                                                        the disadvantaged residents of the
                                                                                                                                                                                        Woolloomooloo and Glebe housing
                                                                                                                                                                                           B re n d a n Wo o d , Re l a t i o n s h i p s
                                                                                                                                                                                        & Communications Manager of
                                                                                                                                                                                        HopeStreet, said the Christmas Hamper
                                                                                                                                                                                        Drive ran every year because the
                                                                                                                                                                                        hampers were always well received
                                                                                                                                                                                        by people. “Many of them depend on
                                                                                                                                                                                        it for their Christmas meal, either on
                                                                                                                                                                                        their own or with their family,” he said.
                                                                                                                                                                                        “The fact that we are able to hand out a
                                                                                                                                                                                        hamper and offer a hand of love makes
                                                                                                                                                                                        an impact on them.”
                                                                                                                                                                                           Mr Wood said that the members of
                                                                                                                                                                                        the community were fairly honest in
                                                                                                                                                                                        helping the group evenly distribute
                                                                                                                                                                                        hampers. “When they’re in need, they’ll
                                                                                                                                                                                        tell us and when they’re not and they’re
                                                                                                                                                                                        okay, they’ll usually tell us as well,”
                                                                                                                                                                                        he said.
                                                                                                                                                                                           The Kings Cross Community Centre
                                                                                                                                                                                        will be closed from Christmas Day
                                                                                                                                                                                        to New Year’s Day but the centre is
                                                                                                                                                                                        making sure its clients are looked after
                                                                                                                                                                                        and are given enough provisions during
                                                                                                                                                                                        that time. Robyn Greaves, the Centre
                                                                                                                                                                                        Coordinator, said many of the disabled
                                                                                                                                                                                        and elderly clients lived alone or were
                                                                                                                                                                                        isolated during the Christmas period.
                                                                                                                                                                                           “I contact all our clients and talk to
                                                                                                                                                                                        them about what they’re doing over
                                                                                                                                                                                        Christmas, tell them what’s available,
                                                                                                                                                                                        and if possible get them booked into
                                                                                                                                                                                        places to go on Christmas day or
                                                                                                                                                                                        organise for someone to visit them over
                                                                                                                                                                                        the Christmas period,” she said.
                                                                                                                                                                                           The Kings Cross Community Centre
                                                                                                                                                                                        arranged for its members to attend
                                                                                                                                                                                        rotary lunches and the centre’s own
HopeStreet affordable toy sale in Glebe Photo: Ali Blogg                                                                                                                                Christmas lunch. It also worked through
                                                                                                                                                                                        other charities to organise the delivery
BrenDan Wong                                               Christmas Day Street Party which has        Mr Long expected 1000 to 1500          he said. “People are anxious to be part   of Christmas hampers or gifts for clients
                                                           run every year since the early 1970s.    people to attend the lunch but he         of our party.” Mr Long said the public    who would benefit from them.                  S

  With Christmas fast approaching,                            Rev. Graham Long, Pastor and CEO      said there had been years when the        could help with the Christmas Day
many inner-city welfare agencies are                       of the Wayside Chapel, said the free     attendance had reached 3000. Running      lunch by volunteering or donating food    For information on how you can donate
hard at work organising lunches and                        community event was not only for the     the lunch required 400 volunteers         or equipment. The Wayside Chapel has      or assist with the Wayside Chapel’s
hampers to support disadvantaged                           disadvantaged but for those who were     but the group always received more        traditionally made Christmas hampers      Annual Christmas Day Street Party
members of the community.                                  lonely. “We just say if you need to be   volunteers than they could use, Mr Long   but due to current problems with their    visit
                                                           with us, then you qualify. It’s really   said. “When we call for volunteers, we    building, the group will be giving        To donate or assist with HopeStreet’s
  The Wayside Chapel is currently                          about not being alone, more than         start the registrations at 9am and by     out back-packs with items such as         Christmas Hamper Drive visit
preparing for its popular Annual                           anything else,” he said.                 3pm that same day we got them all,”       toothpaste and soap.            

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                                                  Funding for young mums, swim and dance lessons?
South Sydney Uniting Church
Raglan Street, Waterloo
Telephone 0400 008 338
Phone/fax 02 9698 8949
The views expressed in this newspaper are         FlinT DUxFielD
those of the author and the article and are not
necessarily the views of the Uniting Church.         The Settlement Neighbourhood
ADVERTISING                                       Centre in Redfern is set to expand its                                community programs after receiving
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                                                  spending ten days in Redfern as part
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                                                  said the Centre was extremely grateful
                                                  for the support provided by Mr Bond.
                                                  “Something like this makes a huge
                                                  difference to a neighbourhood centre like
                                                  the Settlement which is traditionally quite
                                                  underfunded,” he said.
                                                     Mr Bond, whose estimated wealth is
                                                  over half a billion dollars, said he initially
                                                  planned to donate $50,000 up front and
                                                  provide more funding in following years.
                                                  But after spending time at the Settlement,
                                                  he realised the importance of providing
                                                  the funding without any conditions.
                                                     “The feedback was that they don’t get                 Vicky Winters Photo: Ali Blogg
MANAGING EDITOR                                   a lot of money without strings attached
Andrew Collis
                                                  to it. I was going to try to control it, but            health and educational services for the                 “That would allow us to transport more        Community Building Partnership scheme
                                                  I thought what if these people aren’t here              local community for over 100 years. It                  people to events like Karate competitions     to fund the upgrade. Residents of the
                                                  in the years to come? Let’s give them the               runs on an annual budget of around                      which some of the kids take part in and       Marrickville electorate were invited
                                                  most we can right now.”                                 $300,000 with which it assists around                   also to do more spontaneous work like         to vote for the Settlement’s proposal
                                                     Mr Bond said he was inspired to                      80 young people and adults each week                    picking up local youth and taking them        alongside 13 other community projects
                                                  donate the money after witnessing the                   through a drop-in centre, after school care             swimming.”                                    through a ballot system organised by the
                                                  dedication of local people at organisations             and other community programs.                              Roxanne Briggs of Canterbury has           Member for Marickville, Carmel Tebbutt.
                                                  like the Settlement and the Shop, which                    Exactly how the funds will be spent is               been visiting the Settlement for over 17         Ms Withers said the Settlement had
                                                  he visited whilst filming the show.                     yet to be decided. Ms Withers said there                years. She has four children aged 6 to        made it through to the second round of
                                                     “If you’d asked me before I went                     are a number of options on the table                    14 who regularly visit the Settlement         the selection process for the grant and
                                                  there what I expected to find in the                    and proposals are still being accepted                  and take part in its activities. “The         was hoping to receive at least part of the
FEATURES EDITOR                                   community, I probably would have given                  from community members about how                        kids love the Settlement, especially the      funding requested when the recipients
Dorothy McRae-McMahon
                                                  a stereotypical answer about drug and                   the money should be used.                               homework centre. It’s because it’s so         are announced in early December.
                                                  alcohol problems. But after spending                       “We’re thinking about starting a young               warm and friendly. I don’t know what             If the Settlement doesn’t receive the
                                                  ten days working with people like those                 mums’ group to get young mums into a                    the community would do if it wasn’t           funding it needs, it may be able to look
                                                  at the Settlement, I walked away filled                 space where they can interact publicly                  here,” she said.                              to Peter Bond to provide additional
                                                  with hope and optimism because here are                 with their children. We’re also hoping                     While the Settlement is grateful for the   assistance. Mr Bond said he was planning
                                                  people working hard to break the cycle                  to use it for some new initiatives for the              money provided by Mr Bond, Ms Winters         on visiting the Settlement again before
                                                  of difficulties that the community faces.”              kids like a swimming program or dance                   says more funding is needed to finance        Christmas and hinted that there could be
                                                     According to Manager, Vicky Winters,                 lessons,” she said.                                     much needed building upgrades.                further funding available for the Centre. “I
                                                  the Settlement is Australia’s oldest                       Ms Winters said there was also the                      The Settlement has applied for             might go back and give them additional
                                                  neighbourhood centre, providing cultural,               option of buying a community bus.                       $300,000 through the State Government’s       money if need be,” he said.               S


                                                  thirty years and still transporting
Trevor Davies

                                                  DoroTHy Mcrae-McMaHon

                                                     The 30th anniversary lunch for South
                                                  Sydney Community Transport (SSCT),
                                                  held in the Australian Technology Park,
                                                  Eveleigh, was packed out with member
                                                  clients alongside drivers, volunteers,
PHOTO EDITOR                                      officials and various community
Ali Blogg                                         leaders. All around were people telling
                                                  good stories of a service that is life
                                                  changing for many. Manager Jane
                                                  Rogers moved around making everyone
Esther Turnbull                                   feel welcome, and the President of the
                                                  SSCT Committee, David Atkins, guided
DESIGNER                                          us through the event.
Robert Young

                                                     The brief Annual General Meeting
Spotpress PTY LTD                                 brought only good news – a financial
24-26 Lilian Fowler Place                         surplus for the year, increasing funding
Marrickville, NSW 2204                            from its sponsors and overall enthusiasm
                                                  for its services. The Chinese Ultimo
                                                  Community Choir sang, Auntie Silvia
REGULAR CONTRIBUTORS                              Scott welcomed people to Country
“We gratefully acknowledge the many
volunteer contributors and distributors
                                                  and Gumeroy delivered an amazing
who make this publication possible.”              didgeridoo performance.
                                                     Roy Wakelin-King, CEO of the Redfern
John August             Katherine Keefe
                                                  Waterloo Authority, described the depth
Laura Bannister         Kelly Lane
                                                  of care, the extra mile of service given by
Jane Barton             Rebecca LeMay                                                                      The Ultimo Community Choir sings in celebration Photo: Ali Blogg
                                                  all associated with the transport and its
Tara Clifford           norrie mAy-welby
Lindsay Cohen           Nicholas McCallum
                                                  contribution to the forming of community
Lee Conley              Barrie McMahon            among all concerned.                                    community. The third, and she thinks                       She stated that there is still much more   neighbours and social outings.
Wendy Collis            Robert Morrison              In launching the new DVD, which                      most important, factor – that the project               to be done on a wider front in the city,         Ms Moore announced that the pilot
Pam Dagwell             Sarah Malik               tells the story of the service, Lord Mayor              has attracted “an extraordinary range of                especially in the light of global warming,    project shuttle bus from Redfern to Glebe
Douglas Dingwall        Olivia Nigro              Clover Moore reflected that so many                     imaginative, dedicated and hard-working                 and suggested that the State transport        via the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital
Flint Duxfield          Navot Rom                 community organisations begin with                      staff and volunteers”.                                  system could learn much from South            would continue to be funded by the City
Alex Fleming            Alex Taylor               enthusiasm and then falter as time                         The objectives of the service are                    Sydney Community Transport.                   of Sydney.
Steph Gesling           Marg Vazey                goes on. She felt the fact the SSCT has                 ones to which the Lord Mayor has been                      She celebrated, especially, the               She then launched the new DVD,
Eve Gibson              Angelique Watkins         succeeded is due to three main factors.                 committed all through her varied political              difference it makes in the lives of so many   which was followed by children from the
Kristy Johnson          Philip Wen                The first is that the service is based on               life. She believes that “an equitable city              people – allowing them to move around         Darlington Public School Choir leading
Perry Johnstone         Neil Whitfield            genuine need, and the second that it is                 must be an accessible city and one that                 for medical appointments, shopping, local     the singing of ‘Happy Birthday’ and
                                                  “firmly based in and built on” the local                caters for all ages and abilities”.                     exercise centres, social interaction with     enjoyable socialising by all.          S
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new centrelink officers                                                                   Free speech or hate speech?
to help the homeless                                                                      norrie May-WelBy                                  second speaker, Chris Mansergh, a long-term
                                                                                                                                            truth and social justice activist, spoke in
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Dale Mills, 46, a long-term member of the
                                                                                                                                                                                               Humanist Society, told the SSH: “I think that
                                                                                             Riot squad, sniffer dogs and police on         favour of the right of the neo-Nazi group to       freedom of expression is very important, but
roBerT MorriSon                                Ms Plibersek. “Focusing on prevention      horseback gathered around the Humanist            meet, on the principle of freedom speech.          this is more about organisation, and far-right
                                               reduces the number of people who will      Society building in Chippendale on the first         Mr Mansergh told the SSH that he had gone       organisations coming together to organise
  M i n i s t e r f o r H o u s i n g Ta nya   experience homelessness. Assisting         Friday night in November as a hundred             to the Humanist Society building a few weeks       and promote their policies. If their policies
Plibersek, and Minister for Human              homeless Australians to access the full    local folk conducted a lively street protest      previous for a meeting of another group, and       are racist and hateful, I think that leasing
Re s o u rc e s C h r i s B owe n , h ave      range of Centrelink services will help     against a neo-Nazi group that had planned         he and his friends had then been terrorised by     them a room to let them do that is a step
appointed 90 new Centrelink staff              them end their homelessness sooner.”       to meet in the building.                          people attacking the building with baseball        too far.” He said the booking had probably
across Australia, who will work to                Since taking office, the Labor                                                            bats and smashing windows, not knowing             been made without the nature of the groups
achieve Kevin Rudd’s goal of halving           Government has spent over $7 billion           The demonstration had been initiated by       until afterwards who those people may have         being known.
homelessness in Australia by 2020.             on homelessness. However, many are         some local people who had been disturbed          been or what they wanted. It seems likely             President of the NSW Humanist Society,
                                               questioning whether this generous          at the sight of Nazi icons on those apparently    that these people had been trying to protest       John August, issued a statement to that
   As part of the Labor Party’s White          spending is making an inroad into the      using the building for a regular neo-Nazi         against Nazis, using the same techniques for       effect, explaining that a group called the
Paper on Homelessness, the new                 homelessness problem.                      meeting. In an address to the crowd, one          which Nazis are notorious.                         Public Information Forum (PIF), banned
Community Engagement Officers will                “Kevin Rudd has stated that the         local resident told of his fear as a gay person      Kieran Adair, a local university student        from meeting at Humanist House in 2005,
work closely with non-government               number of homeless in Australia is         at seeing people gathering with brazen            who came to support the rally, told the            had returned under the name Klub Nation.
organisations like drug and alcohol            ‘unacceptable’, but his government has,    displays of Nazi paraphernalia associated with    SSH: “I don’t want fascists in my city or my       At the recent AGM in August 2009, PIF/
rehabilitation services, mental health         so far failed to deal with the problem,”   murderous homophobia, racism and cultural         country. The Nazis started this way and it’s       Klub Nation participants and supporters
services, hostels, boarding houses,            says Tom Dobson, local Green-Left          intolerance. Other people from groups targeted    too dangerous to even let them plant their         were elected to the Humanist Society’s
refuges and drop-in centres.                   activist.                                  by Nazis expressed similar concerns. Yet the      roots. Hate speech is not free speech.”            management committee.                       S

   Daniel Withers, 47, hopes the                  The Homeless Persons Information
new CEOs can help the 340 people               Centre recently reported a record 67,000
“sleeping rough” in Sydney every
night, particularly in the inner west.
                                               calls to its assistance service for the
                                               2008-09 financial year. That was 13,000
                                                                                          Planning to make heritage relevant
“I’ve been in that situation and it is         calls more and 24 per cent higher than     SSH                                               Register. She also discussed the Heritage          the Heritage Act anything deemed of State
one that I never want to return to …           the year before. Wesley Mission in                                                           Grants Programs and indicated that “the            significance.
Many people think it’s a choice for            Sydney has also reported turing away          A f o r u m h e l d a t t h e N ew t ow n      Government is committed to making Heritage            Peter Lowry said the National Trust fully
these people because it was their own          on average 35 people a night and have      Neighbourhood Centre late last month,             relevant”.                                         supports the separation of Planning from
drug addiction or alcohol problems that        already housed over 1500 people this       attended by 40-50 people, enabled the                 Brad Hazzard claimed that former Minister      Heritage and decries the composition of
got them there, but that’s not true,”          year. That is 15 per cent higher than      Heritage Legislation Amendment Bill 2009          for Planning, Frank Sartor, now a backbencher,     the Heritage Council being largely “people
says Withers. “The new CEOs should             last year.                                 to be publicly debated with interaction           has recently reversed his view that there is       who are pro-development”. He believes that
help get more of [the homeless] off the           However, Mr Bowen hopes that the        from the public.                                  no need for a new Environmental Planning           community needs must be given precedence
streets and into homes or shelters.”           greater accessibility to information                                                         & Assessment Act. Hazzard’s Liberal Party,         over the demands of developers in the
   A recent count by Sydney City               through the CEOs will help reduce             Co-chaired by MHS President Richard Blair      if elected, would bring out a new EP&A Act         decision-making process.
Council found that Woolloomooloo had           these numbers. “Centrelink is a key        and committee member Sonia Laverty, guest         within 18 months of gaining office and would          Some questions from the floor related to
the highest number of “rough sleepers”         ‘first to know’ agency and is well         speakers were Helen Westwood MLC (Labor);         split Planning and Heritage into two portfolios.   the slowness of the heritage listing process,
in Sydney closely followed by Kings            placed to identify people at risk,” says   Brad Hazzard MLA, Shadow Minister for                 Sylvia Hale expressed despair over Part        whether the Government is listening to
Cross. Other areas recording higher than       Mr Bowen. “These officers are trained      Planning (Member for Wakehurst, Liberal);         3A Major Projects (introduced in 2005 and          the community’s concerns, and developer
average numbers included Paddington,           to work with homeless Australians,         Sylvia Hale MLC (Greens); and Peter Lowry,        supported by both major parties) which             donations. In relation to donations, Peter
Glebe, Surry Hills, Ultimo and Redfern.        who have difficulties accessing            National Trust board member.                      allows the Minister for Planning to switch off     Lowry said, “If the system for heritage
   “[The] CEOs will help individuals           information and all available support         Most of Helen Westwood’s speech                heritage protection and make major planning        worked properly, there would be no need to
break the cycle of homelessness,” says         services they need.”                  S    discussed recent additions to the Heritage        decisions. This effectively exempts from           regulate donations”.                       S
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                                                                                                                                                               Why vegetarian?
                                                                                                                                                                By Angelique Watkins              The meat from these animals
                                                                                                                                                                                                  feeds a fraction that could
                                                                                                                                                                Well, why not? not only           be fed if the same amount of
                                                                                                                                                              am i a vegetarian for ethical       land were used for human
                                                                                                                                                              reasons, in that i don’t believe    food crops. if we all went
                                                                                                                                                              in harming other living             vegetarian, less land would
                                                                                                                                                              beings, but for good overall        be required to feed the people
                                                                                                                                                              health and environmental            of the world and there would
                                                                                                                                                              reasons also.                       be less degradation to the
                                                                                                                                                                                                  environment. The starving
                                                                                                                                                                 Many people claim they are       populations of the world
                                                                                                                                                              striving for a peaceful world,      may be able to eat if only half
                                                                                                                                                              yet as humans we are the only       of the land used for grazing
                                                                                                                                                              animal that consistently kills      and livestock food crops
                                                                                                                                                              for fun, and eats other animals
 Parichat (Anne) Chantarat of the Thai Square restaurant on Redfern Street Photo: Andrew Collis                                                                                                   were used to grow food crops
                                                                                                                                                              when there is no nutritional
                                                                                                                                                                                                  for humans.

rolling up the shutters and getting
                                                                                                                                                              need to do so. Do we really
                                                                                                                                                              want to strive towards peace,
                                                                                                                                                                                                     Vegetarianism can be a
                                                                                                                                                              or just talk about it, to be seen

down to business                                                                                                                                              as a “peaceful person”, while
                                                                                                                                                              continuing to act in a manner
                                                                                                                                                                                                  difficult choice as most of
                                                                                                                                                                                                  us were raised to eat meat,
                                                                                                                                                                                                  have become accustomed
PHiliP Wen                                              plan as examples.                                        And while the City says the majority         inconsistent with a peaceful
                                                                                                                                                                                                  to eating it, and have been
                                                           While the removal of shutters will                 of property owners support the Roll-Up          philosophy?
  Businesses in Redfern have been                       be voluntary, RWCC President Mary                     Redfern campaign, some tenants require                                              sheltered from the reality of
asked to roll up their infamous shutter                 Lynne Pidcock said she hoped business                 more convincing. “The one time we                                                   it as we tend to buy it from
                                                                                                                                                                 if you stop to think of the
doors – for good.                                       owners would support the cause and help               didn’t put our shutters down, we got                                                a supermarket or butcher
                                                                                                                                                              harm that is caused not only
                                                        demonstrate that Redfern’s stock was on               broken into,” said Julie Nguyen, of Yen’s                                           pre-packaged and ready to go.
   The City of Sydney, Redfern Waterloo                 the rise. Ms Pidcock said: “A very strong             Vietnamese Cuisine on Regent Street. “It        to the animals that are bred
Authority (RWA) and the Redfern                         message that we think that we can give                was only a few weeks ago.”                      in large numbers only to be         However, if you can make the
Waterloo Chamber of Commerce (RWCC)                     is ‘We will roll up the shutters’, and give              “Three times they broke in even with         slaughtered, but to the land        step towards vegetarianism or
have joined forces to launch the Roll-Up                the impression that Redfern is open for               the shutter doors,” said Hazem Sedda,           by breeding “livestock” solely      at least make vegetarian food
Redfern campaign, urging business                       business, it is welcoming, it is on its way           manager of Redfern Convenience Store                                                a larger part of your diet, not
owners along Redfern and Regent Streets                 back – and we want to give that very                  on Redfern Street. “If we leave the shutter
                                                                                                                                                              for the purposes of food and
                                                                                                                                                              clothing, where less harmful        only will you be healthier
to remove shutter doors from their shop                 strong message to everyone.”                          doors open, it will not be good. Insurance
fronts.                                                    The City of Sydney believes that                   will be a lot higher without shutter doors      alternatives are available,         (provided you do eat sensibly
   “Shutter doors send out messages of                  improving the appearance of shop fronts               – it’s already high in Redfern anyway.”         is the decision to eat meat         i.e., a range of fruit, vegetables,
insecurity, higher-than-average levels                  will add to street appeal. Numerous                      When asked for comment, the City                                                 grains and legumes), but
                                                                                                                                                              justified? The process of eating
of crime, and the need for protection,”                 s h o p s a l o n g Re g e n t S t re e t h ave       of Sydney said their own enquiries
                                                                                                                                                              farm animals requires large         you will know that you are
RWA Chief Executive Roy Wakelin-King                    deteriorated after being vacant for long              to insurance v companies indicated
explained. “Removing shutter and roller                 periods. “If a shop is vacant, owners                 that insurance premiums should not              tracts of land to be cleared        making a positive difference
doors will acknowledge the revitalisation               can agree to artworks or aesthetically                be increased if the roller shutters are         for the animals to graze and        to your fellow animals and
of the area to its current state and its                interesting products displayed in the                 removed, and that alternative security          to grow the food to feed them.      the environment.
exciting potential.”                                    shops, in a professional layout, so that              measures were being discussed.
   The City, RWA and RWCC co-wrote                      the area regains a ‘live’ look and not a                 Mr Wakelin-King said that the area’s
a letter to business owners talking                     depressed, unengaged look,” a City of                 history of high crime and insecurity was
up business opportunities, citing the                   Sydney spokesperson said. “The idea                   a thing of the past and incongruous with
imminent arrival of Channel Seven at                    is to create more vibrancy in the area,               the optimism of today. “We believe the                               Column sponsored by

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                                                                                                                                                              Vegetarian (and vegan), multicultural and eclectic
                                                                                                                                                               Open 7am to midnight • Open late on weekends
Supermarket and pokies “socially irresponsible”                                                                                                                   1/37 Glebe Point Road, Glebe NSW 2037
                                                                                                                                                                   Tel 9660 3797 •
Kelly lane                                              refused comment for this story, have                  significant concern to me is, how much
                                                        argued that the supermarket is vital to               pressure was put on the management of
  The City of Sydney Council has                        the club’s survival as it is a major tenant           the club and the members of the club by
approved a supermarket in the new                       in the development.                                   the poker machine industry?”
Souths Leagues Club building, despite                      H o w e v e r, G r e e n s C o u n c i l l o r s      Labor Councillor Meredith Burgmann
no guarantee the club will be pokie-free                Irene Doutney and Chris Harris, the                   had faith in Souths Leagues Club’s
as once hoped.                                          only Councillors to vote against the                  intention to submit a development
                                                        development application, expressed                    application without reference to poker
    When Peter Holmes à Court and                       their concern about the potential for a               machines. She said, however, that under
Russell Crowe took over the South Sydney
Rabbitohs in 2006, they were applauded
                                                        supermarket and poker machines to be
                                                        housed in the same premises. Cr Doutney
                                                                                                              the legislation only planning controls
                                                                                                              should have influenced Council’s decision                   Assure
for their announcement to have a new                    said she supported the Leagues Club                   about the supermarket. “They made a
style of club without poker machines,                   but it would be “socially irresponsible”              decision and supported a supermarket,
until Leagues Club members later voted                  for the IGA to be in close proximity                  so to then say you can’t fit it out because
to retain them.                                         to poker machines, because shoppers                   there are poker machines next door is not
    Mr Holmes à Court said last month that,             could be diverted and gamble their food               a lawful decision,” Cr Burgmann said.
despite his wish to see the Leagues Club                money. “When you live in an area that’s                  The survival of the club was also
                                                                                                                                                                 306 Abercrombie St (cnr Shepherd)
free of poker machines, the football club               full of people that are on very, very low             important to the social fabric of the                     chippendAle nSW 2008
had no power in a final decision. “Russell              incomes, many of whom have a number of                Redfern area, she said.
and I are separate from the Leagues Club,”              addiction problems ... it would seem folly               “It’s really important that the club            Caring, confidential psychological services
Mr Holmes à Court said. “We expressed a                 to me to put a supermarket in the same                be there, as a focus for community
desire, an aspiration, because we felt it was           building as poker machines,” she said.                sentiment.”                                          to help you deal with life’s difficulties
in the best interest of the community of                   Lord Mayor Clover Moore did not take                  Mr Holmes à Court believes the club
Redfern ... we were just hoping, imagining,             part in the vote because Mr Holmes à                  may still open in the middle of next year,
dreaming.”                                              Court was a donor to her state election               without poker machines. “Russell and I
                                                                                                                                                                  Bulk billing available on referral from GP
    City of Sydney Councillors were faced               campaign in 2006. Cr Harris said he gave              have only argued from the start for one
with the decision about the DA for the                  initial approval to the supermarket in 2007           thing, which is, it’s worth a shot to try and       Contact Elizabeth Munro on 0408 612 808
fit-out of the supermarket last month. Prior            because he saw it as a means of income for            create an environment [where] families
approval had been given for a supermarket               the club in the place of revenue from poker           want to gather, friends want to watch                 or at
in 2007, but for some Councillors this                  machines. “My view now is if they’re                  the football [and] people want to go out
was on the basis that the club would be                 going to finance the club with poker                  to dinner.”
pokie-free.                                             machines, they don’t need a supermarket                  The supermarket will operate from 7am
    Souths Leagues representatives, who                 there,” Cr Harris said. “The other thing of           to 10pm seven days a week.                 S
  December 2009                                                                                          neWS                                                                                                            5

 The Darlington and Alexandria Park Public School Band Photo: Ali Blogg

What instrument does a skeleton play?
DoroTHy Mcrae-McMaHon                                  “What does a bird say on Halloween?”   the parents, they all agreed that          of encouragement, combined effort and       complete with a very impressive
                                                       The bird says, “Twig or tweet!”        creating community between its             talent as the band set itself up to bring   young soloist singing confidently into
   I must admit I didn’t know the                                                             diverse pupils and those around was        us its music. If you were expecting         a microphone! Times have changed.
answer to that significant question                       On the day, we all had a great      a strong feature of life at the school.    ‘Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star’ or maybe        It was a great fun day, with a
until told to us all by a confident                    time walking around among the             Watching the music teacher, Graeme      some familiar elementary classical          Ghost House in one of the classrooms
young Darlington Public School                         stalls and the suitably painted and    Sandstrom, organising a number of          pieces, you would still be waiting.         and all sorts of enjoyable activities
student at the Halloween Fete                          attired Halloween characters in the    individual performances and then that         The band, which is a combined            for everyone. We came away with
recently. The answer is, of course,                    school grounds. Everything hummed      of the school band, told us a lot about    Darlington and Alexandria Park              a sense of real celebration for all
“A trombone!” Obvious, when you                        with activity and a real sense of      the nature of the school and its staff.    Community School group, launched            that lies there in the efforts of both
think of it. She gave us another one.                  community. Talking with some of        There was such a spirit of friendliness,   into a song from Mama Mia!,                 teachers and students.                 S

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labor’s hard line on immigration                                                                                                                                                Have You Heard?

alex FleMing                                                   pressing alarm at the moment is Malcolm
                                                               Turnbull’s recent announcement that if
                                                                                                              New Guinean region.
                                                                                                                 Labor for Refugees is also pressing for
                                                                                                                                                                               THe FaST neWS
                                                                                                                                                                                 With treVOr DaVies
   Controversy has once again erupted                          the Coalition is returned to power he will     more action on climate change refugees
across Australia over the nation’s                             reintroduce the Temporary Protection Visa      – those who either now cannot or in the         campus life                                       five years, in the mid-70s, I taught
immigration policy following the                               abolished by the Rudd Government.              future will not be able to continue living in                                                     Scripture across the Northshore –
                                                                                                                                                              Last month the Sydney Morning
incident involving 78 Sri Lankan                                   Under this category of visa, people        their native homelands due to the effects                                                         Model Farms, Baulkham Hills and
                                                                                                                                                              Herald had a serious of investigative
refugees that emerged last month.                              were not permitted to leave the country        of global warming and climate change.                                                             Pennant Hills, North Sydney Boys,
                                                               nor were their families allowed to come           This is a serious and foreseeable threat     reports about some of the appalling
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Ku-ring-gai High Schools. I was
   Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has                               to Australia. Ms Scott argues that this        towards small and underdeveloped                behaviour of the male students
                                                                                                                                                                                                                at Pennant Hills High on Tuesday
received criticism for his handling of the                     subsequently led refugees to encourage         nations such as Bangladesh and the              in the residential colleges at the
issue, which has sparked a country-wide                        their families to get on boats and attempt     Maldives. As early as the 1990s the                                                               mornings. After reading some pretty
                                                                                                                                                              University of Sydney. I received an
discussion about the highly complex issue                      the dangerous passage to Australia.            UN has taken action to protect these            email from a former student who                   emotional stories and asking all
of “illegal” immigration.                                          “We are very concerned about the           possibly displaced peoples, however Ms                                                            the 13-year-old students to bow
                                                                                                                                                              also worked at some of the bars on
   Given his position as the                                   message that Mr Turnbull is sending to         Scott believes, that as a powerhouse in                                                           their heads and pray, six students
overwhelmingly preferred Prime                                 refugees, both within Australia and those      the region, it is up to Australia to take       campus. She writes: “Working at
                                                                                                                                                              the University of Sydney student                  raised their hands to respond to a
Minister contending with a conflict-riven                      considering getting on a boat,” Ms Scott       a leading and more concrete role in the
Opposition, many have expressed their                          said. “What we have here is Mr Turnbull        matter.                                         bar you get an insight into the                   call to conversion. In retrospect I’m
disappointment with the position taken                         presenting the public with opposing               Nonetheless, Ms Scott praised the            drinking culture in colleges. There               embarrassed by the way I taught
by Rudd. From Canberra late last month,                        rhetoric – he says he wants to stop the        government for the way it has significantly     were regularly parties where only                 Scripture. I don’t think I’m alone.
Mr Rudd defended his strong position,                          flow of boats and yet he’s willing to          decreased the processing time of detained                                                         That probably still goes on. There
                                                                                                                                                              first year girls and older guys were
arguing, “I make absolutely no apology                         reintroduce this visa … [it] is so horribly    refugees, as well as abolishing detention                                                         is a strong case for the Department
whatsoever for taking a hard line on illegal                   irresponsible.”                                debt and putting an end to children being       invited. We had such a problem
                                                                                                                                                              with guys buying girls mixed drinks               of Education to protect our kids and
immigration to Australia”.                                         Ms Scott said that although Labor for      placed in detention.
   The national debate has sent Labor for                      Refugees was pleased with the progress            Beyond this, Ms Scott remained               that were double shots (without                   make sure that only trained teachers
Refugees, a grass-roots lobby and action                       that has been made since the Rudd              optimistic about diplomatic progress on         telling the girls) that we had to ban             teach Scripture. The Minister must
group comprised of members of the                              Government took office, there was still        the issue, particularly in the way the Rudd     doubles. They dealt with that by                  approve Ethics courses and I’m
ALP, formed following the 2001 Federal                         much to be done. Of particular concern         government has opened up talks with                                                               sure she will. Parents must have a
                                                                                                                                                              buying a mixed drink and a shot,
Election, into overdrive, petitioning the                      is the “Australian migration zone”, which      Indonesia and our neighbours to address
                                                                                                                                                              and tipping it in the drink once                  choice. If you want to make your
government to undertake a humane and                           distinguishes between Australia and            the issue on an international scale.
international approach to both the Sri                         Australian waters.                                “It is a really complex and controversial    they were away from the bar. After                voice heard, there is an online
Lankan refugees as well as the broader                             Under current legislation, refugees who    policy area, we have to spend enough            that we had to ban shots, and the                 petition where you can register
problem.                                                       are picked up by authorities within these      time on it and hear all perspectives to         kids just simply stopped turning up               your support for Ethics courses.
   Linda Scott, Surry Hills resident and                       excised areas are processed separately         make sure we get it right and avoid             to events. When we tried to sort it
Co-President of Labor for Refugees, says                       from those on the mainland on Christmas        isolating ourselves. It’s good that we are
that the Sri Lankan scandal has now                            Island. Refugees that are processed there      negotiating with Sri Lanka. It’s good that
                                                                                                                                                              out with senior college kids who                  Surry Hills Festival
                                                                                                                                                              were on the Events Committees
more than ever illuminated the need for                        do not have the same rights or options         we are negotiating with Indonesia. This                                                           returns to crown Street
a fairer and more humane refugee policy.                       available to them, and can be sent to          is an international issue and it needs to       they told us that we were being too
However, Ms Scott believes that of most                        neighbouring islands within the Papua          be addressed at its source.”               S    strict and not giving them cheap                  It seems that, next year, the
                                                                                                                                                              enough drinks so they would rather                Surry Hills Festival will move
                                                                                                                                                              go to pubs in the surrounding                     back to Crown Street from Prince
                                                                                                                                                              areas and get cheaper drinks and                  Alfred Park. It had moved from
                                                                                                                                                              more lax security there.” One last                Crown Street to Prince Alfred
                                                                                                                                                              comment. I work in an inner-city                  Park after the RTA decided to
                                                                                                                                                              news agency and have to sell a                    impose massive charges on the
                                                                                                                                                              magazine called Zoo, a magazine                   Surry Hills Neighbourhood Centre
                                                                                                                                                              with pictures of women in states                  (the organisers of the festival).
                                                                                                                                                              of undress. It’s called Zoo. What                 The charges would have wiped
                                                                                                                                                              does that say about how we blokes                 out most of the profit from the
                                                                                                                                                              view women and some may even                      festival which is, we understand,
                                                                                                                                                              treat women – like animals. The                   the Neighbourhood Centre’s
                                                                                                                                                              magazine is published by ACP                      main source of income. Now
                                                                                                                                                              (the publishers of The Australian                 the million-dollar question is:
                                                                                                                                                              Women’s Weekly). We need a good                   Will the RTA do it again?
                                                                                                                                                              revival of 60s feminism. We need
                                                                                                                                                              Germaine. Come on sisters! Don’t                  living heritage
                                                                                                                                                              take that sort of crappy behaviour
                                                                                                                                                                                                                There’s always a lot of interest in
                                                                                                                                                              from us blokes. On the other hand,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                heritage issues – old buildings,
                                                                                                                                                              guys, how about we men call each
                                                                                                                                                                                                                the Eveleigh rail yards, etc., but
                                                                                                                                                              other into line in the name of being
                                                                                                                                                                                                                there are some inner-city residents
                                                                                                                                                              respectful to women and to the
                                                                                                                                                              best in ourselves? Perhaps ACP                    who should also be seen as
                                                                                                                                                              should change the name of this                    living heritage. Poppy is of Greek
                                                                                                                                                              trashy publication. Just think – they             heritage, born in Alexandria,
                                                                                                                                                              axed The Bulletin and kept Zoo!                   Egypt. She has been living in
 Jason Glanville, CEO of the National Centre for Indigenous Excellence Photo: Ali Blogg                                                                                                                         Darlington for 50 years and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                knows all there is to know

national centre part of redfern                                                                                                                               ethics instead
                                                                                                                                                              of Scripture?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                about Darlington. Poppy had coffee
                                                                                                                                                                                                                with her favourite pollie, Tanya

renaissance, says ceo                                                                                                                                         The debate on ethics courses in
                                                                                                                                                              schools is interesting. For about
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Plibersek, and offered the Minister
                                                                                                                                                                                                                some good old Greek wisdom.

naVoT roM                                                      need for the new Centre and believe it         across the country, and we’ve already got
                                                               may take attendance away from similar          interest in bookings from organisations
   As the opening of the National Centre                       local services, such as the Police Citizen     as far away as North Queensland and
for Indigenous Excellence gets closer,                         Youth Club.                                    Western Australia.”
CEO Jason Glanville addresses the                                 Geoff Turnbull of REDWatch, said:              Locals such as Mr Turnbull have
concerns of local residents.                                   “All the services already exist, it’s just a   questioned whether the project is
                                                               matter of another one being added in.”         necessarily more suited to Redfern’s
   The NCIE is being developed by the                             However, Mr Glanville says the NCIE         needs than the old school. “There’s been
Indigenous Land Corporation and is                             is targeting national, as well as local,       a fair amount of unease and resentment
planned to open on the old site of Redfern                     needs. Speaking of his own role in the         about it from the local community …
Public School in January, with some                            development, he said: “Our job is to           population is going up and Redfern
facilities being activated in December.                        oversee the entire project … and make          no longer has a school … It was done
   Mr Glanville said of the long-awaited                       sure that, as a national Centre based in       because it’s what the ILC wanted,
opening: “It’s a little bit behind time, in                    Redfern, we start to build that national       and thought Redfern was as good as
terms of our original expectations but,                        outreach; while being of as much use to        anywhere else,” he said.
with a project of this size, things often                      the local community as we can possibly            But Mr Glanville is enthusiastic about
run overtime and our concern is that we                        be, also growing into a national centre        the role of the privately funded NCIE in
get the project right rather than rush it to                   and being useful to as many young              government plans to renovate Redfern.
try and get it finished. And for us a new                      Aboriginal people from across the country      “I would hope that the Centre is being
year opening is a good thing. We get to                        as possible. Our ambition is that we’ll        established at the right time, given the
start the new year with a new centre.”                         have about 5000 young Aboriginal people        approval of the Pemulwuy plan … to be            Tanya Plibersek and Poppy Photo: Bill Sheridan
   Some locals are skeptical about the                         through the Centre every year from right       a part of the renaissance at Redfern.” S
  December 2009                                                                                                            neWS                                                                                                 7

Flair, initiative and perseverance at the atP                                                                                                                                                                        ADVERTISEMENT

nicHolaS MccallUM

   Last month the Minister for

                                                                                                                                                                                       Keneally MP
Innovation, Industry, Science and
Research, Kim Carr, was at the Australian
Technology Park (ATP) in Eveleigh
as part of the federal government’s
Powering Ideas initiative. The senator
from Victoria was there as part of the                                                                                                                                                 FOR HEFFRON
Rudd Government’s long-term strategy
to boost the nation’s innovation capacity
and performance. This was part of the                                                                                                                         South Sydney and Botany Bay residents
$3.1 billion injection into research and
innovation from this year’s budget.
                                                                                                                                                              now can use a new, high frequency bus
   “It is a strategy to stimulate creativity,
to accelerate the production and                                                                                                                              service to the City and North Shore.
dissemination of new ideas,” the Senator
   “It is also a strategy to translate                                                                                                                        The newest Metrobus route is here, running between
more Australian ideas into products                                                                                                                           Mascot and Gore Hill. The route 20 Metrobus service
and services we can sell to the world”,
stressing the importance of transforming         Senator Kim Carr talks with staff from Innovations Photo: Ali Blogg                                          provides an extra 80,000 spaces for people travelling
Australia’s fresh ideas into commercially
viable products.                                rail heritage company, 3801 Ltd., and                          over $30 million in private and public
                                                                                                                                                              between Sydney’s south, the city and the lower North
   “This is an area in which we have            the unique blacksmith shop, Wrought                            investment, generating over 78 new             shore every week. As with the Metrobus route 10, the
not always done well,” he stated,               Artworks, the ATP also hosts numerous                          products and services and over $40 million
adding, “Having great ideas is one thing.       IT companies. It is also home to national                      in revenue.                                    route 20 Metrobuses are a distinctive bright red colour.
Commercialising them is another.”               research centre for NICT Australia,                               ATP Innovations works in partnership
   The Senator praised the steadfast            and is the largest information and                             with Australian National University,
abilities of the young technology               communications technology company in                           University of Sydney, University of New        This is the second of a five-route Metrobus network,
companies located at ATP, despite               Australia, working in the fields of medical                    South Wales and University of Technology       which will be completed by the end of 2010. This whole
recent economic difficulties. “Economic         sciences, environmental management and                         Sydney and has provided 95 new graduate
downturns do more than cause short-term         intelligence.                                                  positions as of 2008.                          network will provide over 300,000 additional passenger
hardship, they also destroy capacity that          Also found at the Technology Park is                           Senator Carr expressed his gratitude
can take years to rebuild,” the Senator         Marathon Robotics, a company that has                          at the expanding possibilities and
                                                                                                                                                              spaces on Sydney’s busiest corridors every week.
said. And whilst there was some praise for      been developing cutting-edge Rover System                      opportunities that the site offers for
the Rudd stimulus package, Senator Carr         for realistic target training for military and                 Australian ingenuity, and the role the ATP
did not take away from the efforts of the       law enforcement training.                                      will play in transforming the nation’s ideas
                                                                                                                                                              The Metrobus network is unique and features:
Australian workers and ingenuity housed            There is also the GreenTech company,                        into products and services that will be
at places like ATP.                             Biopower Systems, which has been                               accessible for the world.
   “Most of the credit, however, goes           concentrating on developing wave and                              “It is immensely satisfying to see          •	 a route that connects places of work,
to Australian workers and Australian            tidal energy solutions. The company                            innovation in action,” the Minister said.         shopping, entertainment and hospitals
industry,” he said. “Successful innovation      plans to bring its zero carbon emission                           It is also immensely satisfying to see
requires flair, initiative and perseverance.    bioWAVE and bioSTREAM online in                                government investment in Australian
They have contrived to keep skilled and         Australia by 2010. These will be at specific                   ingenuity within Australia, instead of         •	 high frequency services not requiring a timetable
experienced people in jobs. They have held      locations around the country, feeding                          allowing the country’s young and creative
their nerve under fire.”                        power into existing grids.                                     minds to be exported overseas. With
   Currently there are 55 individual               There are currently more than 450                           continued investment it is hoped only their    •	 a cashless, PrePay-only service for faster boardings, and
companies at ATP, along with the historic       fulltime employees at the ATP, attracting                      products will be leaving our shores.      S

                                                                                                                                                              •	 a mixture of high capacity ‘bendy’ buses and standard buses.
Darlington resists the Uni push
                                                                                                                                                              From Mascot the new Route 20 service will travel up
neil WHiTFielD                                  smallpox and other hazards. In 1835 the                        Smythe provided Arnott biscuits, E. and
                                                botanist, Thomas Shepherd, had a nursery                       G. Humphreys the cordials, the chemist         Botany Road, turn right onto Epsom Road in Rosebery,
   Like old Dan in Judith Wright’s              there named in honour of Governor Ralph                        Mr. M. H. Limon the programmes, and
‘South of My Days’ John and Bev Hunter          Darling; the street names – Ivy, Rose and                      four local butchers the meat.”
                                                                                                                                                              past Victoria Park on Joynton Avenue, up Bourke Street,
have 70 years of Darlington memories            so on – reflect that origin. By the late 19th                     Bev remembers the alcohol-free dance        across Phillip Street, Waterloo and then to the City along
hived up in them like old honey. “It was        century Darlington was well established                        nights. “We used to walk up to the
a great place. We had the best of it,” Bev      as the working class suburb John and Bev                       Surryville, where the Wentworth Building       the Chalmers Street/Elizabeth Street corridor and on to
recalls. “It was a really safe area. You        Hunter were later born into.                                   now is, and walk home again around
                                                                                                                                                              North Sydney, Crows Nest, St Leonards and Gore Hill.
could leave your key in the door, or                                                                           11pm – that’s how safe it was then.”
leave it open, or the key under the mat.                                                                          But the University did provide work,
You never got shut out.”                                                                                       too, for local people in the 60s and 70s.
                                                                                                                                                              As you may recall, the Route 20 was originally planned
                                                                                                               Bev herself worked as a cleaner in the
   “It was terrible, what happened.                                                                            Wentworth Building from 5-9am, then at         to start and terminate at Rosebery. However, the southern
‘Progress’ they call it, but the Town Hall                                                                     a shop on the corner of Calder Road and
where everyone had their birthday parties,                                                                     Shepherd Street, which she eventually          terminus was extended to give residents and workers in
engagement parties, wedding parties – that                                                                     owned. Later she was in the hamburger          the Mascot area greater access to public transport.
went. But we did save the old school,                                                                          bar upstairs in Wentworth. The Calder
which is a music room now, and the gates                                                                       Road shop did much business with
with the war memorials. How many were                                                                          students from the new Engineering School;      The NSW Government made the pledge when the
affected? You’d have to look at the James                                                                      among Bev’s customers was Frank Sartor
Colman Report on the expansion of Sydney                                                                       with whom Bev would in time be on              first Metrobus trial began of giving Sydney more
University into the Darlington area.” Bev                                                                      Sydney Council. Bev’s activism in that
has a copy in front of her. It came out in                                                                     role is local legend now. Her community
                                                                                                                                                              buses, more often. That promise is being delivered
1976 and is in Waterloo Library.                                                                               work was acknowledged by the Council           with the Route 20 and will continue to be honoured
   There were some, apparently, who                                                                            in 1988 with an Australia Day Award for
helped themselves to people’s property           Bev Hunter Photo: Ali Blogg                                   voluntary work. She had also become            next year with three more Metrobus routes.
even before they had fully moved out.                                                                          a JP during those activist days so she
Some of the local hard men soon dealt              One of the attractions for young people                     could save people having to walk up to
with that. “It was pretty tough in those        in the 40s and 50s of last century was the                     Newtown Court to get their documents           For more information on the Metrobus Route 20
days,” Bev says. “But we did get enough         Surryville. Johnny Devlin & the Devils,                        witnessed. She is still an active JP.          and additional services that are planned, visit
support to stop them crossing Shepherd          from New Zealand, started a permanent                             Bev and John raised three children in
Street” – referring to the University of        Tuesday night dance at the Surryville,                         Darlington. Retired to Long Jetty, she still
Sydney which began encroaching on               but the place had been jumping long                            feels part of the Darlington community.
Darlington in the 1960s and has now             before that. St Vincent de Paul’s had                          Some of their old neighbours now live
“swallowed up almost half the suburb”.          an event there: “In the winter of 1903,                        not far from their new home, including
   Not the first time the area was devoured     the Society organised at ‘SurreyVille’ for                     one who was John’s next-door neighbour         Kristina Keneally MP
of course. In 1788-9 the “Kangaroo              the distressed poor of the parish a Bread                      in 1939. Bev still has relatives and friends
Ground” (as it was then known) was set          and Butter Dance which was hailed as                           in Darlington and visits quite often.          Member for Heffron
aside for educational and other purposes,       ‘a perfect success’. Thirty-three lady                         A sister-in-law and her family still live in   Shop 117, 747 Botany Road, Rosebery NSW 2018
though it would be the 1850s before the         parishioners, ranging from Madame                              Calder Road.                              S

University actually appeared just above         Huenerbein to Madame McSweene                                                                                 Phone: (02) 9699 8166 Fax: (02) 9699 8222
the swamp and lake that formed one of           furnished a generous table free ... Rickett’s                  Acknowledgement: St. James’ Forest Lodge
two sources of Blackwattle Creek. By 1791       string band discoursed the music and                           parish history (online) for the account of
most of the Cadigal had succumbed to            Miss May Stanley played the extras’. G.                        the St Vincent de Paul event of 1903.
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alex Taylor                                                  resulted in Bridge Community Housing                             Activist Jack Mundey says that the
                                                             Ltd offering rolling one-month leases                         heritage-listed Millers Point boarding
  The management of a number of                              to allow tenants to stay on in their                          houses were a lynchpin in the struggle
the culturally-significant Millers Point                     dwellings.                                                    to preserve culturally significant
boarding houses has been placed by                              “Landladies … have been a part                             buildings with Green Bans in the 1970s
the Department of Housing into the                           of the heritage fabric of this area for                       and that it is important that low-income                                                  Sydney and Melbourne
hands of a not-for-profit company.                           over a hundred years, however, given                          people continue to have access to the

  Numerous head tenants, including
                                                             our tenancy law offers no protection
                                                             to boarders, the move to leases by
                                                                                                                               “It was in the Millers Point and                                                      1300 769 389
two women in their 80s, and residents                        Bridge Community Housing is a step                            Rocks area where the Green Bans                                                 
in boarding houses in Lower Fort                             forward, and if the verbal assurances                         fought for the right of decent rents for
Street, had previously been under
government orders to vacate their
                                                             by Bridge about the ongoing nature of
                                                             the leases is to be relied upon this is a
                                                                                                                           lower-middle income people and so I
                                                                                                                           think that’s got to be maintained. And
                                                                                                                                                                                       24/7 access to cars parked nearby
premises by October 30 without the                           good outcome,” says the head tenant                           this government hasn’t got a very good
assurance of alternative public housing.                     of a Lower Fort Street boarding house,                        record of looking after public housing,
However, residents’ lobbying has                             Julie Crittle.                                                or for the lower income groupings.” S

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   If the boys from Monty Python have                        broader left, but Ms Barton believes the                      THAT and PIP is the role that the
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philosophy are a great mix. And when                         particular, one-sided narrative. “As a                        in the traditional row of seats and appears
it comes to holding forums concerned                         former Convenor of Politics In the Pub,                       quite subdued, the Toxteth audience
with the institutions that have been
handed down by the likes of Plato, it
                                                             I feel that that forum has lost the plot
                                                             insofar as they are just the usual array of
                                                                                                                           members have tables on which to place
                                                                                                                           their beverages and are encouraged to
seems only logical they should be held                       the radical left,” Ms Barton stated.                          participate. “We encourage heckling and
in one of Sydney’s public bars.                                 Through THAT Ms Barton hopes to                            don’t object to swearing,” Ms Barton
                                                             energise debate by including people from                      admitted, something that will surely
   So far Sydney has not been home to                        all sides. “I actually started THAT as an                     occur after a few drinks leads to lowered

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any noble ideas to rival the ancients,                       antidote to PIP,” the Convener said.                          inhibitions.
but Talking Heads At Toxteth (THAT) in                          At a PIP session last year, held to                           Past guests have included Philip
Glebe is host to debates that would make                     discuss the ‘Pathology of NSW Labor’,                         Ruddock, Pru Goward, Greg Smith and
the ancient Athenians proud. THAT is                         the panel hosted Alex Mitchell of Fairfax                     John Dowd from the Liberal Party, Greens
just one of the thematic discussions that                    Media fame, and Greens MP of the                              Mayor of Leichhardt Jamie Parker and                         Cleaning • Sales • Service • Repairs
are held in pubs across the inner city                       NSW Upper House, Lee Rhiannon. But                            journalist Michael Duffy.
and which are fast becoming a unique
aspect of Sydney as a home for social
                                                             when an audience member asked if
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month, the ironically named Talking                          approached.                                                   ‘Putting Community back into Politics’.
Heads At Toxteth is dedicated to providing                      “We do not have a party political                          There will also be a feminist trivia night in
a public and accessible forum for the                        agenda,” Ms Barton affirmed, though she                       conjunction with the Feminist Bookshop.

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people of Sydney, with emphasis on                           doesn’t deny that, for the moment, THAT                          For those who enjoy the dynamism
audience participation.                                      will be run like a dictatorial party of one.                  of public forum, or perhaps just want
   Convenor of THAT, Kate Barton,                            “I prefer a committee of one, however I                       the chance to heckle and boo, be sure
former convener of Politics In the Pub                       often co-opt friends to help with different                   to participate in the next Talking Heads
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  December 2009                                                                                             FeaT U r eS                                                                                                                                9

Building on Common ground

   In October, NSW Premier Nathan
Rees received widespread community
support when he announced a plan to
permanently help some of the 27,000
of his citizens who are homeless every
night. On November 19, NSW Housing
Minister David Borger informed the
media that the DA would be placed that
day with the City of Sydney.

   The initiative will model the Common
Ground Housing concept begun in New
York in the early 1990s by Rosanne
Haggerty, who was present when the
Minister visited the Camperdown site to
announce the DA. The Common Ground
project approach has now reduced
homelessness in New York by 50 per cent,
saved huge amounts of funding and is
being reproduced in many cities in the
US, as well as in most State capitals in
Australia. Therese Rein is the Australian
patron of Common Ground Housing.
   City of Sydney Council, Housing New
South Wales and not-for-profit partners
such as the Mercy Foundation will join
forces to offer around 90 of Sydney’s
homeless their own apartments in this
first Common Ground endeavour in the
State. Architectural firm, Hassell, and
developer, Grocon, are providing their
services at cost. MA Housing, a division of
Mission Australia will be the community
housing provider for the project.
   The building will have a 24-hour
concierge and programs such as drug
and alcohol counselling, health support,
and education and employment training
will be available in the complex. The
various services provided will also be
offered to the residents already living in
the Public Housing on either sides of the
new development.
   The proposed site of the purpose built
accommodation is vacant land between
two existing housing department blocks in
Camperdown. The concept plans require
the demolition of a small section of one
of these blocks, known as Alexander            Artist’s impression of new housing development: Supplied
Terraces, and the resulting displacement
of some of the residents who have spent       forms part of the Joanna Odea complex                       stable housing first and then offering                and students as well as the formerly             on Homelessness entitled ‘The Road
most of their lives in the units.             into a park that can be used by tenants                     on-site support services after that gives             homeless living in a socially inclusive          Home’. The Paper’s goals were to halve
   However, in discussing this dislocation    of public housing, the Common Ground                        the best chance of ending chronic                     environment.”                                    homelessness and provide supported
with Minister David Borger, it appears        project and other residents from the local                  homelessness. The building will have a                  I n D e c e m b e r 20 0 0 t h e Fe d e ra l   accommodation to all rough sleepers
that although things were not easy            community. This will serve the dual                         tenancy mix with low income workers                   Government released a White Paper                by 2020.                            S

in the beginning, many of the issues          purpose of providing alternative open
are gradually being resolved. There           space for a park and integrating the new
will be six households affected and           project into the community.”
careful arrangements are being made
for the relocation, with each tenant
holding personal discussions with the
Department. Three of the residents have
                                                 Cr Harris says: “With good
                                              management, sensitivity and a
                                              cooperative approach between Housing
                                              NSW and the City of Sydney we can
                                                                                                             Chewing the fat on trans fats
decided to group together, to keep their      create an innovative project that begins                       JoHn aUgUST                                          as compared to the “good” unsaturated           are mostly about manufactured food
long-term friendship going. They will         to tackle homelessness in Sydney and                                                                                fat, the “cis” type.                            – the approaches to food preparation
be moving to an attractive unit in the        provides more affordable accommodation                            Bob Carr has echoed the calls, from                  However, it’s worth understanding            don’t really influence trans fats content.
Inner West. Housing NSW will cover            and open space for local residents. The                        overseas and from Kogarah Council,                   that pretty much all naturally occurring        This means that for fast food chains, the
all residents’ removal costs, pay for the     site is considered ideal, being close to                       to require a prohibition on the use of               fats are composed of a combination of           whole enterprise needs to change the
reconnection of electricity, gas, phone       transport, a hospital and the city.”                           trans fats in fast foods as a condition              these different types of chemical fats –        food it produces. For individual outlets,
and internet as well as for three months         Mercy Foundation is one of the key                          for Development Applications (DAs).                  only the relative proportions vary.             we still need an effective market with
mail redirection.                             players in the Common Ground housing                           I spoke with Rosie Stern, a food                        Some unprocessed foods like meats            suppliers willing to provide low trans
   Remaining residents in the Terraces        project. The Foundation is a Catholic                          scientist and local member of the                    have small quantities of trans fats.            fat foods.
                                                                                                             Dietitians Association of Australia.                 Because these are unavoidable, various             Still, focusing on trans fats and
          It is nonsense to believe, as many                                                                    Fats can be saturated (having no
                                                                                                                                                                  authorities have accepted these in
                                                                                                                                                                  people’s diets. The problem comes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  avoiding saturated fats means you
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  can miss the big picture. You want to
              people do, that the homeless                                                                   double bonds), mono unsaturated                      with additional trans fats, which are           control your kilojoules and your total fat
                                                                                                             ( h av i n g o n e d o u b l e b o n d ) , a n d     avoidable.                                      content, even if it might be unsaturated
                are that way by choice...                                                                    polyunsaturated (many double bonds).                    However, while we can focus on               non-trans fats. Many people don’t know
                                                                                                             Saturated fats were previously known to              “fast foods”, there’s a lot more to the         to check the nutrition information panel
have been assured that the heritage           philanthropic organisation owned by                            be the most unhealthy, promoting the                 trans fat picture. The processed foods          on foods (check out the kilojoules and
issues related to their buildings will be     the North Sydney Sisters of Mercy. Their                       retention of so called “bad” cholesterols,           we buy at supermarkets have variable            fats of “2 minute noodles” – they’re
respected and that their courtyards will      current focus is on homelessness and                           while polyunsaturated fats promoted                  and unknown amounts of trans fats.              diabolical!).
remain private to them.                       their CEO, Felicity Reynolds, believes                         “good” cholesterols.                                 This has been reviewed in articles in              Further, some food suppliers sell
   Although some public grassed land          Common Ground offers a real opportunity                           However, during the processing of fats            Choice magazine. There was a push to            foods with unhealthy levels of fat
will be lost in the development, the new      to break the cycle for many of Sydney’s                        to give them a more solid consistency                include the trans fats content on food          because that’s all consumers are willing
building will make access to open space       most vulnerable.                                               and longer shelf life, it was discovered             information labels, but this was lost.          to buy. We need to become more
a priority and there will be a community         “It is nonsense to believe, as many                         that nominally “good” fats (unsaturated                 Then you have the cakes and                  aware as consumers – and we need the
garden available to residents.                people do, that the homeless are that way                      and polyunsaturated), the molecules had              pastries you buy at cafes, what you             information to become more aware.
   In response to the concerns of             by choice. They usually have a range of                        a different arrangement, incorporating a             don’t normally think of as fast food,           Local Government DA restrictions won’t
residents about open space in the area,       problems that have forced them into this                       “zig zag”, and we had so called “trans”              but nevertheless have looser regulation         hurt, but we need a broader regulatory
City of Sydney Councillor and Greens          predicament,” Ms Reynolds said. “The                           fats. These also encouraged the build-up             because they’re not “packaged”. Vendors         framework – providing trans fat
representative, Chris Harris, has asked       longer someone stays homeless, the                             of bad cholesterol and were unhealthy in             do need to tell you about allergens – but       information on the nutrition information
the Council “to meet with Housing NSW         deeper the entrenchment and adaptation                         other ways. It became clear we needed                it’s not clear whether they need to tell        panel – together with consumers who are
to investigate the prospects of jointly       to that lifestyle.                                             to differentiate unsaturated fats into the           you about trans fats.                           willing to look into what they’re buying
developing some adjacent open space that         “Studies have shown that providing                          “bad” unsaturated fats, the “trans” type,               When it comes to fast food, trans fats       and make informed judgements.           S
  10                                                                            coMMenT & oPinion                                                                                                                                             December 2009

Thank you to our volunteer distributors in 2009: Kath Green, Jackie Dettman, Melissa McMahon, Georgina Abrahams, Adrian Emilsen,
Adrian Spry, Bede Kelcher, Anthony Kable, Rosemary Tyler, Miriam Pepper, Nicole Fleming, Eve Gibson, Matt and Tammy McClennan,                                       faith
                                                                                                                                                                     Cherishing the child
Lyn Turnbull, norrie mAy-welby, Sam Choy, Joel Pringle, Barrie McMahon, Barry Carroll, John Berry, Ross Smith, Mark McPherson, Chelsea Reid,
Gaylene Smith, Nicole Gertenaar, Damien Roberts, Don Crowley, Tony Pooley, Gai Smith, Sue Dahl, Jacob Hikila, Stan Correy, Di Everingham,
Pepsee, Steph Gesling, Donna Mulhearn, Gabby Briene, John August, John Lanzky, Neil Whitfield, Peter Lonergan, Nick McCallum.
                                                                                                                                                                     DoroTHy Mcrae-McMaHon                           us with their offerings to the world.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         We also need to say a word about

                                                                                                                                         Cartoon: norrie mAy-welby
                                                                                                                                                                        Maybe it’s not by chance that in the         the yeast, which often has negative
                                                                                                                                                                     Christian tradition we believe the Christ       connotations in biblical writings.
                                                                                                                                                                     came into the world as a vulnerable child.      Nevertheless, yeast is also an addition
                                                                                                                                                                     As we remember this in the Christmas            that can enable growth and produce
                                                                                                                                                                     season, perhaps this year we could              something sustaining. Yeast is the cry of
                                                                                                                                                                     contemplate whether we, the churches            protest. Yeast is the cry of lament: “Why
                                                                                                                                                                     and the community, have loved, protected        God? Why did this happen?” Yeast is the
                                                                                                                                                                     and respected all children as we would          heart’s cry for acceptance and for justice:
                                                                                                                                                                     hope for the Christchild? Where we have         “This did happen to me. It shouldn’t have
                                                                                                                                                                     not, could we grieve that and offer to the      happened. It must stop happening.”
                                                                                                                                                                     abused a love and care which is long                Like yeast in a ball of dough, voices
                                                                                                                                                                     overdue – as though we were caring for          rise from within our families, schools
                                                                                                                                                                     the vulnerable Christ.                          and churches. Overwhelmingly, this is
                                                                                                                                                                        After the Prime Minister’s apology           where abuse happens – not at the hands
                                                                                                                                                                     to half a million Australians abused            of strangers, but at the hands of known
                                                                                                                                                                     in institutional “care”, many of those          and trusted adults. It’s a terrible tragedy
                                                                                                                                                                     institutions owned by the churches, we          and an offence to our sense of already
                                                                                                                                                                     could remember that the Gospel speaks           providing safe and caring families, schools
                                                                                                                                                                     of family, of kin: “What does the kindom        and churches. Voices rise. Two million
                                                                                                                                                                     of God resemble? To what will I liken           adult survivors of child abuse. There is no
                                                                                                                                                                     it? It’s like a mustard seed ... It’s like      kindom of heaven for us without hearing
                                                                                                                                                                     yeast” [In the Inclusive Bible translation      and without heeding what they say.
                                                                                                                                                                     of Luke 13:18-21 “kindom” replaces                  What does the kindom of God
                                                                                                                                                                     the more common “kingdom” with its              resemble? To what will I liken it? It’s like
editorial                                                                                                                                                            implicit sexism and reference to power          a community, church (or a church-run

T     he media is hugely powerful in its
      influence on society and therefore
carries a grave responsibility. The way
                                                us. To tell the life stories of ordinary
                                                people who survive against the odds
                                                or achieve great things lifts the hearts
                                                                                                and consumers of the lives of the rich
                                                                                                and glamorous.
                                                                                                    We can collude with those who end
                                                                                                                                                                     over others].
                                                                                                                                                                        Talk about the kindom of God or the
                                                                                                                                                                     kindom of heaven is religious and political
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     school or college) whose leaders and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     members work to untangle knots of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     abuse, whose down-to-earth members
we do our work has the power to either          of us all.                                      discussion before it begins by labelling                             talk, interpersonal and environmental           assume heavenly responsibility for
build or dismantle community.                      Media can encourage or discourage            people as “rednecks” or “latte and                                   talk. It’s about space. It’s about open         unbinding what is bound, whose
   There are times when we pretend              genuine debate. The role of the media           chardonnay drinking lefties” or refuse                               space – space for life and freedom, space       members work in a Spirit of care and
to ourselves that we are just reporting         is not just in the area of honest and           to support this and insist that the issues                           for telling painful truths. It’s about making   support, and in response to a promise of
and reacting to the initiatives of others.      accurate reporting. We can take people          be properly explored.                                                space in particular places wherein we           space for life and freedom. The promise
There is a certain truth in that, but it’s      deeper into the issues, or keep the                 Media can invite us to dare to trust                             say that God reigns, that love rules, that      is real. The kindom of God is a real place.
far from the whole truth. What we give          discussion superficial. Television often        each other or be endlessly suspicious.                               there is enough space for you and me,           The childlike heart understands that.
prominence to, the emphases we give             uses grabs and sensational bits and             It can stereotype people in categories or                            for those unlike us as well as for us. The          People brought their infants forward for
and the very selections we make for             pieces, rather than the more reflective         encourage us to be curious about and                                 kindom of God is a place, as implied by         Jesus to touch. When the disciples saw
coverage, are part of the formation of          mode of some radio and print media.             stimulated by difference.                                            the word “kin”, of mutually respectful          this, they scolded the parents. However,
the life of the community.                         T h e s u p re m e exa m p l e o f t h i s       To be part of the media is a great                               and supportive relationships.                   Jesus intervened by calling the children to
   The media can concentrate on the             trivia lies in what now purport to be           privilege and challenge. May we all have                                When we talk about the kindom of God         himself. He said, “Let the children come
bad news or give us stories that inspire        magazines – turning us into voyeurs             a great new year together!                                           we are talking about safe places for caring     to me. Don’t stop them, for the kindom
                                                                                                                                                                     relationships. Our projects in the name of      of heaven belongs to such as these.
                                                                                                                                                                     safety and care for the one who cries, “For     The truth is, whoever doesn’t welcome
comment                                                                                                                                                              as long as I remember, I’ve been hurting”       the kindom of God like a child will never
                                                                                                                                                                     [Psalm 88:15], matter a great deal. Even        enter it” [Luke 18: 15-17].
mostly bad news on global warming                                                                                                                                    if what we create together is something
                                                                                                                                                                     not so grand, not so impressive by the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         And whoever doesn’t cherish the life
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     of little children, may never know what it
Barrie McMaHon                                 in stopping global warming was always            grows. They think that not only might                                standards of world-beaters and big-time         is to be a true friend of God and one who
                                               going to be by a journey of thousands            they win the next full-term election, they                           players. Our task is not to build a big and     shares in making Christmas real.
  So let’s start with the good news.           of steps, of which Copenhagen might              might even win a double dissolution one.                             impressive place but to make our place
Senator Ian Macfarlane is showing              have been one. We’ll just have to look              Rudd won’t stop BHP mining coal and                               as safe and as caring as we possibly can.       Based on a homily by the Rev. Andrew Collis
real leadership in his negotiations            for others.                                      sending it to China. It might be asked,                                 It’s about caring for the beginnings of      for a service at South Sydney Uniting Church:
with Penny Wong on amendments to                  Meanwhile the skeptics are having a           Who will? Maybe the farmers who object                               things – the tiny “mustard seeds” of life,      Preventing Child Abuse and Supporting Adult
Labor’s ETS legislation. The tragedy is        dream run. As we are all illiterate when         to good agricultural land being turned                               which, if we nurture them, will surprise        Survivors.
that it might all be in vain. But along        it comes to the science, they just say           over to mining. Maybe the self-funded
the way there have been a couple of            that the cost of everything (with an ETS)        retirees (through their superannuation)
statesperson-like pronouncements,
which we should have heard from
                                               will rise through the roof – and they are
                                               not necessarily wrong. The ETS is an
                                                                                                will invest away from BHP. Maybe the
                                                                                                rest of us will stop buying imported
                                                                                                                                                                     readers’ letters                                of the Epsom Rd, Zetland depot. It also
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     recommended “council should not locate
Rudd months ago.                               extra tax. It is necessary because: Our          products made from/with our coal.                                                                                    depots adjacent to recreational, residential
                                               climate is warming because there is too             Looking at it economically, the more                              rosebery ropeable                               or commercial areas”. However, when the
   They are: There will be no more             much CO2 in the atmosphere; we have              we spend on energy, and the energy                                                                                   Rosebery site came up for sale and council
coal-fired power stations built in             burned too much fossil fuel; we bought           component of other basic goods, the less                                The article in last month’s SSH on City      bureaucrats saw it would make a cheap
Australia, and, Don’t put your faith in        it cheaply; we did not count the getting         we spend on the imported goods from                                  Council’s proposed garbage truck depot          depot conversion they decided to ignore due
geo-sequestration to solve the carbon          it back.                                         overseas, which moderates the Chinese                                for Rosebery claims our Action Group            diligence, their own depot strategy and the
problem. The reason you haven’t heard             But Rudd has not been prepared to             demand for coal. This all changes, of                                is unhappy because “of three possible           constraints presented by adjacent residents
this from Rudd is that he is beholden          sell us this cost because his approval           course, once we don’t get our energy                                 sites, Rosebery is the worst option”. This      and the increasing residential developments
(and holding us captive) to the coal           rating might slip (as it did). So we are         from coal, but from wind, solar, tide, hot                           is incorrect. In fact, Rosebery was never       surrounding the site. The way in which the
interests – more on that later.                swayed by the skeptics. Optimistically we        rocks, hydro, and, err, nuclear. Our own                             an option, never one of the three possible      Rosebery site was chosen for a 24/7 heavy
   From now on it is bad news. Copen-          downgrade climate change as an issue.            effort, alone, is necessary (but futile as                           sites. The sites recommended under              fleet operation was wrong and will cause
hagen looks like a fizzer. That won’t be       We turn our attention to boat people             the skeptics tell us). There must be global                          Council’s depot strategy were: (1) the RTA      problems for residents, local businesses and
the end of the world – that is still due in    (which doesn’t reflect well on Rudd              collaboration on this – which was what                               site on Burrows Rd, Alexandria (currently       for the councillors who will have to field
2050 at the rate we are going. Success         either). The confidence of the opposition        Copenhagen was/is about.                                             leased to City Council); (2) Anywhere           the on-going complaints for years to come.
                                                                                                                                                                     else around the Alexandria canal, north                                      Graeme Grace
                                                                                                                                                                     of the airport; and (3) redevelopment                 Rosebery Residents Action Group
Channel seven a boon to local business
roy WaKelin-King                                 to the ATP. The Plan was superseded by           to accommodate community feedback.                                 development that will be held at the ATP        boost for the area. Already the building
                                                 the Redfern Waterloo Authority’s Built              In relation to the building’s height,                           in December 2009.                               process alone has created jobs for over 60
  I refer to the article contained in            Environment Plan (Stage 1) (BEP) and             the planning controls for the ATP limits                              The community engagement process             Aboriginal employees, many of whom live
the November 2009 edition of the SSH             Schedule 3, Part 5 of State Environmental        building heights to 12 storeys, which                              does not stop when construction work            in the local area. This offered a number
entitled ‘Channel Seven rates poorly in          Planning Policy (Major Development),             the developer has complied with. The                               is completed. It is an ongoing process          of these people the opportunity to enter
Alexandria’.                                     which were both adopted in 2006. They            suggestion that the developer or the                               that we will undertake in partnership           the workforce for the first time.
                                                 allow for a variable building height of 4,       State acted in some underhanded way                                with the developer and the tenants of              The builder, WATPAC, is to be
   The article strongly implies that the         11 and 12 storeys over the Channel Seven         to permit a change in the height of the                            the building. This is why I am pleased          congratulated for its commitment to this
Redfern Waterloo Authority deliberately          site. The Channel Seven building does not        building from 5 to 12 storeys is false and                         to advise that Channel Seven and its            critical program.
kept residents in the dark on this matter,       exceed the maximum allowable 12-storey           misleading. The developer of this building                         partner company, Global Television, will           The benefits will also go beyond the
and goes on to suggest that there was            height limit.                                    has complied with the law.                                         be joining me at the community meeting          construction phase, and we will see a
inappropriate conduct regarding the                 In addition to statutory notification            I acknowledge that this development                             in December 2009.                               further invigoration of the local business
approval process. This is not correct.           requirements, the Department of Planning         has raised concerns from some members                                 The most fundamental aspect of this          community, generating more local jobs
   The development of the Channel Seven          sent over 1,000 letters to the neighbouring      of the community, who want to know                                 development is the significant positive         and leading to positive social change.
building was carried out in accordance           businesses and residents regarding this          how potential impacts of the operation of                          impact that the arrival of Channel Seven,       We are committed to working with the
with strict adherence to the planning laws       development.                                     the building will be managed. This is why                          Global Television and Pacific Publications      community to achieve this.
and procedures of NSW. The Australian               Following the completion of the public        I have met with the local residents directly                       will have on the broader Redfern
Technology Park (ATP) Master Plan                consultation process a number of changes         to discuss their concerns and have also                            Waterloo community. The economic and            Roy Wakelin-King is Chief Executive Officer
referred to in the article no longer applies     were made to the design of the building          organised a community meeting on the                               social benefits will provide a significant      of the Redfern-Waterloo Authority.
                                                                                                                                                                                The Review December ’09 11

  Newtown Festival languid, solar-powered
Laura Bannister                          arpeggio of a brass saxophone,           stalls, the focus of the iconic day-long   Park over the course of the day.            from the Crooked Fiddle Band to
                                         building steadily to a crescendo.        festival seemed to be something               The atmosphere was nothing short         Newtown Community Choir.
   Newtown’s annual community                                                     that lay beyond the often quirky           of electric, as mouths and figures             The Newtown Neighbourhood
music celebration, the Newtown              For over 30 years the free            exterior of the inner city suburb.         buzzed in delighted conversation over       Centre provides community services
Festival was brilliantly kick-started    community event has been                    Whether intentional or not, the         a shared plate of Gozleme, bodies           to Sydney’s inner west for those
once again on Sunday November 8          run by the efforts of Newtown            important factors that make the            sprawled languidly across tufts of          who are socially and economically
in the usual grass roots style – with    Neighbourhood Centre, with the           community unique came strongly             grassy terrain. The music that wafted       marginalised, as well as general
a resounding clap of some slightly       help of many dedicated volunteers.       to the fore – namely the inclusion         through the grounds could have              information and advice on local
rusted cymbals and the, inverted            Comprised of five stages showcasing   of those traditionally excluded.           been anything, because everything           community groups and activities.
                                         live music, performances, licensed          In spite of stubborn, fluctuating       was there – be it indie, jazz, garage,
                                         bars, workshops and over 280 arts,       weather conditions, a steady stream        tango, shoegaze, grindcore, dutch pop,      Visit for
                                                                 craft and food               of 80,000 visitors passed      folk, reggae, electronica or hip hop.       more information on the NNC.
                                                                                                   through the gates of         The Vocal Local Village Stage,
                                                                                                        Camperdown           run completely on Solar Energy,
                                                                                                              Memorial       featured bands ranging

 Urban sprawl Photo: Hamish McCluggage

Pump up the jam                                                                                                                  Elton John concert
                                                                                                                                 for World AIDS Day
at CarriageWorks                                                                                                                 ssh                                       particularly around World AIDS
                                                                                                                                                                           Day to demonstrate care and
                                                                                                                                    Started on December 1, 1988,           concern about HIV and AIDS,
Kristy Johnson                                                                                                                   World AIDS Day is about raising           and to remind others of the need
                                                                                                                                 money, increasing awareness,              for support and commitment. The
   Urban Dance Centre is proud                                                                                                   fighting prejudice and improving          red ribbon started as a “grass roots”
to announce its annual Urban Jam                                                                                                 education. The World AIDS                 effort. As a result, there is no one
will be held at CarriageWorks (the                                                                                               Day theme for 2009 is Universal           official AIDS ribbon manufacturer,
venue used for filming of the hit                                                                                                Access and Human Rights.                  and many people make their own.
television series So You Think You                                                                                               World AIDS Day is important                  If you want to take your
Can Dance Australia) on Saturday                                                                                                 in reminding people that HIV              awareness raising a step
December 12 at 2 and 8pm!                                                                                                        has not gone away, and that               further then try finding a
                                                                                                                                 despite significant advances in           local event to take part in.
  Watch the Centre’s full-time                                                                                                   medical treatment, there are                 The 2009 World AIDS Day
students perform a variety of                                                                                                    many things still to be done.             Concert will be held for the second
pieces choreographed by leading                                                                                                                                            time in Sydney – at the Seymour
industry professionals including                                                                                                    According to UNAIDS                    Centre on December 6. As a tribute
Juliette “Jet” Verne, Veronica                                                                                                   estimates, there are now 33.4             to the legendary Sir Elton John,
Beattie and Rosa Agius. These                                                                                                    million people living with HIV,           Ricki-Lee Coulter headlines a
pieces represent the professional                                                                                                including 2.1 million children.           talented cast of performers including
development of Urban Dance               of what it takes to succeed in           evening performance shows. Their               During 2008 some 2.7 million              Paul Capsis, Rhys Bobridge, iOTA,
Centre’s full-time students              the national and international           performances will showcase the                 people became newly infected              Rob Mills and David Harris all
throughout the duration of               entertainment industries.                hard work and determination put                with the virus. Around half of            backed by the 30-piece Sydney
the Certificate IV Performing            Although the So You Think You Can        in by the students throughout                  all people who become infected            International Orchestra. Proceeds
Arts Course. Each student has            Dance experience did not allow for       the year. Enjoy watching                       with HIV do so before they are            will help fund vital services for
been equipped and prepared               his vocal talents to be showcased,       choreographic pieces by Sally                  25, and die due to AIDS-related           people with HIV as well as assisting
with the necessary skills for a          Timomatic is a triple threat of          Hare and Tiana Joubert.                        complications before they are 35.         the ongoing battle to find a cure.
successful entry into the dance          the new generation in terms of             Also featured on the day will be                The red ribbon is an international
and entertainment industries.            being able to sing, dance and act.       the Centre’s performance groups,               symbol of AIDS awareness worn             Bookings: www.seymourcentre.
  Co-Directors Juliette “Jet”            Three qualities of a performer we        Urban Youth Project, Urban Dance               by people all year round and     or (02) 9351 7940
Verne and Julie Williamson are           strive for our full-time students to     Project and Urban Dance Project
delighted to have So You Think           become,” says Julie Williamson.          Two. These performance groups
You Can Dance 2009 Finalist Tim             Youth students aged 5 onwards         provide talented dancers with the          Ticketmaster is CarriageWork’s              the Urban Dance Centre full-time
“Timomatic” Omaji perform a              and Chance to Dance students             foundations of Hip Hop and urban           official ticket supplier for the            students and performance groups
vocal number for the crowd.              will perform for friends and             styles, and the potential to develop       event. Prices are $40 for an adult          in action, visit www.ticketmaster.
  “Timomatic is a prime example          family at both the matinee and           their performance skills further.          and $35 for concession. To watch   or call 1300 723 038.
12   The Review December ’09

The Reviews
                                                                                                        Film Review                                more questions than it answers, and         ideas to the Theatre Review section
                                                                                                        by Lindsay Cohen                           has no ending.                              this year. See you again next year for
                                                                                                                                                     Rating: Full price admission,             more local, national/international
                                                                                                                                                   1½ choc tops, large popcorn and a           theatre.
                                                                                                                                                   medium drink with a bowl of your
Music Review                                                  drawing you in from the first few bars.                                              mum’s chicken soup afterwards.              »
by Julie Patterson                                            You can’t help but move your feet.
                                                              The distorted guitar riffs, and strong                                               »
                                                              drumbeat hold the song together,                                                                                                 Book Review
                                                              and the female backing vocal floats                                                                                              by Graeme Grace
                                                              through the song beautifully.                                                        Theatre Review
                                                                 The song I keep singing long after                                                by Jane Barton
                                                              listening to this new record is the       A Serious Man
                                                              second track, and first single, ‘Bell’.   Directors: The Coen Brothers
For The Birds                                                 In keeping with the ornithological        Starring: Some actors,
The Mess Hall                                                 theme of the album title, Jed sings       but really, it’s about
Ivy League, 2009                                              his praises to a bird: “From your         the Coen brothers
                                                              nest I hear you sing / sounds like a      Genre: Not your usual Coen
   Ah, The Mess Hall, Sydney’s best                           bell built for a king.” The piano in
live band (in this reviewer’s humble                          this track is a nice change, and the         Only the Coen brothers could
opinion), are back with their third                           melody stays with you. “My soul           turn a film with a theme along the                                                     The Water Dreamers:
album, For The Birds. As a long-time                          starts aching for the sounds escaping     lines of “life’s not as bad as you think                                               The remarkable history
fan of this duo I’m pleased to report                         from your chest.”                         and then you die” into an amusing          Cabaret                                     of our dry continent
that this record is good. Very good.                             ‘Tijuana 500’ is lyrically cool –      and occasionally very funny semi-          New Theatre                                 Michael Cathcart
   I first saw Jed Kurzel and Cec                             think Johnny Cash singing about           autobiography. Mind you, A Serious         Nov 19-Dec 19                               Text Publishing, 2009
Condon play at the Annandale                                  Folsom. “I ended up in a mess on the      Man is no Big Lebowski or Burn After       Lyrics: Fred Ebb                                
in 2004, and was instantly taken                              boarder / the kinda place they take       Reading, or pretty much any other          Music: John Kandor                             The drought is over in inner Sydney.
in by  their frenetic,  mesmerising,                          the lambs to the slaughter.”              Coen film for that matter. It takes a      Dir: Louis Fischer                          We can tell by the easing of the water
raucously energetic rock performance                             ‘Bare’ is a great rock song. The       serious look at human relationships        With: Stephen Anderson,                     restrictions. But it continues elsewhere,
   The sounds they produced were                              repetitive bass line and solid            and the various roles of religion,         Sheridan Harbridge,                         and Michael Cathcart’s history
incredible and you’d be forgiven for                          drumbeat build in tempo to peak in        education, gender, and physical            Matt Young, Colleen Cook,                   connects us with the rest of Australia
thinking there were five musicians                            a frantic Nirvana-esque guitar solo       and mental health in society. But          Barry French, Crystal Hegedis,              and with Sydney’s own dry  past.
on stage, rather than these two                               that, frankly, could have gone on a       especially religion.                       Nate Gilkes                                    It is deliberately a book of contrasts:
totally in-synch guys. I followed                             lot longer.                                  It is no secret that the Coen           Musical Director: Sarah Gates               colonists from a green and pleasant
them all over Sydney for the next                                ‘Marlene’ is a curious track – “The    brothers are Jewish. They are also                                                     land in a dry and unforgiving
three years, and every single show                            Bible in your hands is just for show”     very amusing and that may be no               Life is a … The challenge of doing       environment; agrarian settlers vs
was the same – raw energy backed up                           – soulful and sweet sounding, with a      coincidence. Indeed it begs the            Cabaret is to avoid the clichés. Louise     hunter/gatherers; the dreams of
by great rock songs, delivered with                           soft brush drumbeat.                      question, “Are Jews inherently funny       Fischer and co. have managed that           plentiful water and the unfortunate
an on-stage chemistry and charisma                               ‘Swing Low’ is hauntingly              or is Judaism inherently funny?”           in this very enjoyable production at        reality.
that’s palpable.                                              beautiful, a slow, sensitive and sad         You don’t have to be Jewish to enjoy    the New Theatre. It’s a good choice            Cathcart takes us from hydro-
   Their first album, Notes From A                            song that’s ultimately optimistic and     A Serious Man but it probably helps.       for the New who are always needing          engineering feats, like the Tank
Ceiling (2005) is awesome, capturing                          positive: “If I swing low / Know that     Unless you’ve had a Barmitzvah,            a big box office draw to complete           Stream and the Ord River scheme,
their live energy and combining                               I’m going home / To fall on my feet /     battled wits with a Rabbi or hated         much needed upgrades, and the sultry        to the modern day sale of irrigation
it with colourful, creative, poetic                           This world complete.”                     your Hebrew lessons you probably           sleaze that Cabaret inspires fits the       licenses and consequent distortion of
lyrics. The single, ‘Metal And Hair’,                            The final track is the most            can’t truly appreciate some aspects        King Street milieu like a leather glove.    water conservation and river health
is a brilliant, racy, rocking track and                       beautiful thing The Mess Hall have        of the film. But everyone’s family         The singing is universally strong, the      issues. Along the way are the many
standout on this album.                                       ever recorded (yes, better even than      is dysfunctional to some extent so         interpretations of the Kit Kat Klub         clashes of Aborigines and colonists
   Their second album, Devils Elbow                           ‘Red Eyes And Sunshine’).                 there is something here for everyone,      girls – cowgirl, baby doll, dominatrix,     (over water and well-watered land, of
(2007), won the prestigious Australia                            Without a doubt, The Mess Hall         especially if you’re a Coen Brothers       Russian soldier and nurse – are             course) and an overview of an entire
Music Prize (AMP), but for me                                 are back with a fantastic record          fan.                                       contemporary and cute, even if the          genre of forgotten, early-20th Century
doesn’t compare with the first, and                           definitely worth buying. You should          Mind you, despite my Jewish             choreography is a little too fixated on     Australian novels of imagined
actually left me feeling disappointed.                        also go to their website – www.           heritage I still have no idea what         doggy style – less really can be more!      civilisations and seas set in the then
   For The Birds changes all that.                   – to check             the scene at the start of the film set     The acting, particularly Sheridan           unknown middle of our continent.
   The boys have refined their sound                          out Cec’s hilarious rant against an       in a shtetl (19th century Eastern          Harbridge/Sally Bowles, Colleen                He spends the first half of the book
somewhat. It’s more stripped back,                            English department store.                 European Jewish village) in Yiddish        Cook/Fraulein Schneider and Barry           debunking long-held popular beliefs:
slightly more relaxed, but no less raw.                                                                 had to do with the rest of the film.       Young/Herr Schultz is excellent,            there was no general conviction that
The opening track, ‘My Villain’, is                           »                        So just like a Coen brothers film       although Matt Young’s interpretation        Australia must contain an inland
very Mess Hall – strong guitar sound                                                                    this review is all over the place, asks    of Clifford Bradshaw is  disturbing         sea; Burke and Wills did not die of
                                                                                                                                                   – he slaps and grabs Sally with more        thirst (starved to death in the mud,
                                                                                                                                                   frequency than the original script          apparently); and Busby’s Bore, from
                                                                                                                                                   demands. This action undermines             Centennial Park to Sydney Town, was
                                                                                                                                                   the warmth of the relationship with         anything but an engineering triumph.
                                                                                                                                                   the result that Sally Bowles appears           Cathcart also brings in the theme
                                                                                                                                                   more tawdry than usual. The Fraulein        of the silence of this flat land (much
                                                                                                                                                   Schneider/Herr Schultz love story,          commented on by the early explorers
                                                                                                                                                   somewhat unusually, steals the show.        from noisier climes – not for us the
                                                                                                                                                   Connoisseurs of Cabaret will also be        crashing waters of the European spring
                                                                                                                                                   intrigued by Sheridan Harbridge’s           thaw), and the explorers’ “American”
                                                                                                                                                   interpretation of the big show-stopper      expectation of divine guidance to the
                                                                                                                                                   number. Harbridge is vulnerable and         lands of milk and honey awaiting
                                                                                                                                                   shaky during Cabaret – most Sallys          within. Australia is a land of oft-
                                                                                                                                                   put their troubles aside for the big        disappointed water dreamers.
                                                                                                                                                   number – that being the point of the           The author, too, is a dreamer, hoping
                                                                                                                                                   song, life being a cabaret and all that …   that the sight of a few thin rainwater
                                                                                                                                                   The set looks good. Tom Bannerman           tanks slapped on the side of terrace
                                                                                                                                                   has done German expressionism               houses indicates a burgeoning desire
                                                                                                                                                   well – but the doors (!) are shaky          by Australians to live with the land.
                                                                                                                                                   and difficult to manage. Overall, it        However, water dreaming continues.
                                                                                                                                                   probably inhibits rather than enhances      Witness the constant calls to pipe
                                                                                                                                                   with the tilt of the stage stunting the     excess fresh water thousands of miles
                                                                                                                                                   full range of dance – it is a song and      and other plans to “drought-proof ”
                                                                                                                                                   dance number after all – into a weak        the nation. As well, we continue to
                                                                                                                                                   down stage, straight line position.         buy spa-baths, water features and
                                                                                                                                                   However, the production is manfully         backyard swimming pools. And next
                                                                                                                                                   wrangled by Stephen Anderson,               year, the state government’s own water
                                                                                                                                                   your MC for the evening, and  with          dreaming becomes reality when the
                                                                                                                                                   strong direction, good singers, fun         Kurnell desalination plant pumps
                                                                                                                                                   choreography  and  solid acting,            converted seawater into our taps.
                                                                                                                                                   criticism is academic. Not much can         Enjoy!
                                                                                                                                                   stop you enjoying this show.
                                                                                                                                                      Happy Festive Season and thanks          »
El Perro del Mar (Sarah Assbring) at the Enmore Theatre Photo: Roanna Manlutac
                                                                                                                                                   to everyone who read or contributed
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         The Review December ’09 13

Father of the forest
                                                                        His tradition is very old and is thought to
                                                                     predate Christianity. Scholars and historians
                                                                     think that this mystical pagan figure represents
                                                                     the cycle of life and death in the ancient
                                                                     world. He can be regarded as the “father of
                                                                     the forest”, that is, an archetypal image of
                                                                     the guardian of our natural environment.
                                                                        Mike Harding has searched for Green                                                    simon                                                     simon
                                                                     Men all over the world, and has found them                                                carter                                                    carter
                                                                                                                                                                THE bl ack book
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         HarD rain
                                                                     in far flung places such as Paris, Kathmandu,                                              of THE univErsE

                                                                     Ranakpur in Rajasthan, and in New Delhi.
                                                                     He has found them in Borneo above doors,
                                                                     on walls, and woven into their baby back-
                                                                     pack style of basket. But nobody seems
                                                                     to know the story of their beginnings.
                                                                        Mike Harding tells us: “What we do know
                                                                     for certain is that figures called Green Men
                                                                     went about in procession during the Middle
                                                                     Ages and were covered in foliage and greenery.”
                                                                        Perhaps the time has come for us to
                                                                     embrace this old tradition and extend it!
                                                                        Our natural world needs us to both celebrate
                                                                     and educate so we all understand our place in
                                                                     our world. That is, we are a species which must
                                                                     connect with, and protect our environment.
                                                                        Maybe a Green Tent-Embassy is needed
The Green Man Photo: Mike Harding
                                                                     on the slopes of our Federal Parliament!  
                                                                        This delightful little book is probably hard
Marg Vazey                                                           to obtain in Australia – but not to worry
                                                                     – there are many images from the book on
  Who is the Green Man and why is he                                 Mike Harding’s website. Just go to the Green
important? He can be seen in many old                                Man tab and click on the Mystery button.
cathedrals and churches in Britain, looking
down from the ceilings, on the side or in                            Mike Harding
the centre of the roof bosses, or halfway                            A Little Book of the Green Man
up the pillars. The Green Man is always                              Aurum Press
recognisable, for he has leaves and shoots                 
growing out of his mouth or ears or eyes.

     New shows at Wilson Street Gallery

    Deborah Beck, Dated, Mixed Media on Paper on Board 118 x 109cm                                                      Michelle Collocott, Three Ponds Series C No. 29, Acylic and mixed media on canvas 107 x 107 cm

   Text: Paintings, works on paper, artists’ books by gallery and invited artists                                       Michelle Collocott – Three Ponds Series C: the final works
   Exhibition dates: December 5-20                                                                                      Exhibition dates: January 23-February 14

   Gallery and invited artists use words as a springboard to visual expression in                                       The artist’s absorption in the climate, topography and ecology of
   an eclectic gathering of paintings, drawings, books and sculpture.                                                   this special place reaches its climax in this exhibition of profoundly
                                                                                                                        distilled work.
   Graham Kuo, Heather Ellyard, Robyn Gordon, Adrian Lockhart, Deborah Beck,
   Diana Davidson, Katrina O’Brien, Peter Pinson, Virginia Ryan                                                         WILSON STREET GALLERY | 30-34 Wilson Street, Newtown, NSW 2042
                                                                                                                        | Phone: 9516 3144 | Gallery Hours: Wed-Sun 11am-6pm
14    The Review December ’09

             Precious and unique collection of Indigenous Contemporary Art

                                                                                                                               Bev Cockburn (secretary/treasurer of the ACC), Ian Williams (editor of Crozworld), and David Stickley
                                                                                                                               (author of the Stickler crossword, Daily Telegraph) at the Cauliflower Hotel Photo: Andrew Collis

                                                                                                                              Looking for clues at the Cauliflower
                                                                                                                              ssh                                                                                   team member replied, ‘Yes, oldest pub in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    South Sydney, established 1838, lots of old-
                                                                                                                                 The Australian Crossword Club was                                                  school colourful history, preferred Rabbitohs
                                                                                                                              established in 1990. Today, with a strong                                             waterhole, publican, William Ryan, is a man
                                                                                                                              membership base across all states in Australia,                                       about town …’ ‘No, no no,’ the customer
                                                                                                                              the Club is a non-profit organisation that                                            interrupted, ‘This is the crossword pub!’”
                                                                                                                              aims to provide enjoyment and stimulation                                                Ryan, owner of the Cauliflower
                                                                                                                              to the devotees of the crossword puzzle.                                              since 2004, is also a Chippendale
                                                                                                                                 Members meet on a regular basis in                                                 resident and keen crossword solver.
                                                                                                                              each state, but the Annual Get-Together                                                  His favourite crossword clue?
                                                                                                                              is always in Sydney and has been held                                                 Hard to pick one from the thousands,
                     ‘Civilising the Natives’ by Gordon Syron, 2009                                                           for the past six years at our very own
                                                                                                                              Cauliflower Hotel in Waterloo.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    but how about these two!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Gegs (9,4) 
         A benefactor is required to establish a ‘Keeping Place’ with this collection as a foundation.                           Cauliflower owner, William Ryan, fifth                                                Friday giveaways? (10)
                                Viewing of this collection is by request only.                                                generation hotelier, a Club member since                                                 The Club’s monthly magazine, Crozworld,
                                For an appointment to preview The Keeping Place                                               1991, says the lunch held last month                                                  is filled with prize crosswords of all types,
                                       please call Gordon on 0421 031 392.                                                    was very informal with many members                                                   together with lively discussion between the
                                                                                                                              traveling from all over Australia.                                                    members. “The magazine also publishes setters’
                  For more information please visit:                                      “It’s a barrel of laughs,” he said. “We got over                                   crosswords – it’s a great way for setters to
                                                                                                                              100 members including several of the Australian                                       establish themselves,” said editor Ian Williams.
                                       Can we save them, Kevin?                                                               newspapers’ crossword writing luminaries.”
                                                                                                                                 Ryan said, “A customer walked in for the                                           For further details about the ACC contact the
   Add your name to the online petition, calling on the Federal Government to establish a National
                                                                                                                              first time – think his wife was on a factory                                          Secretary Bev Cockburn on (02) 9635 7802
Aboriginal Museum and to save the collection of 547 Aboriginal artworks, to allow The Keeping Place to
                                                                                                                              outlet shop-a-thon – and said to one of the                                           (e-mail:
       re-open to the public :
                                                                                                                              staff, ‘This hotel is famous’. The Cauliflower                                        Answers: Scrambled eggs and Footprints.

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       your pocket to pay off your bills or donate further                                                                          20    Untilled up to a point (5)                                                13 Turn warts into fodder or thatch or a hat (5)
                                                              Time: 7.30pm-8.30pm
       to charity.                                            Venue: Level 1, 397 New South Head Rd                                 22    Shaw is a non-event (7)                                                   14 Through and through tho’ approximately (10)
                                                                      Double Bay, 2028                                              25    Avoiding dog with a wild dingo heart transplant (7)                       16 Mislaid luggage e.g. lost, in Siberia perhaps (5)
                                                              Phone: (02) 9006 1525
           The Donors Without Borders                                                                                               26    Amid but not entirely amongst (5)                                         19 Breeding displayed devouring pie with greed (8)
                                                              Fax :   (02) 9006 1010
           philanthropic initiative will                      E-mail:                                       27    The endless big bull expressing a bright idea (9)                         21 Court of justice witnesses a bread roll during trial (8)
        show you how your donation will                          Space is limited – Please contact us to reserve your seat.         30    A serving of humility (6,3)                                               23 Turbulent story about the origin of mankind (6)
       actually improve your own financial                                     Refreshments will be served.
                                                                                                                                    31    The first sign of Dawn’s addiction? (5)                                   24 Dutch bloomers making up list (6)
        position (do well) and enable you                                                                                                                                                                           26 Whether of the head or the heart, each is bad (4)
             to give more (do good).                                                                                                                                                                                28 Half a second …. Correct (4)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    29 Prepare kebab mostly in the oven (4)
December 2009                                                                COMMUNITY NOTICES                                                                                                                                       15

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                                                                                 has increased ten-fold from the old way of letterbox dropping." Wayne Blindeman, Food Distribution Network, Waterloo
shuttle bus services
FREE shuttle bus services now run from Redfern to Broadway                                                   advertise in the ssh                                                                      Uniting Churches
shops via the RPA Hospital; and from Woolloomooloo to Redfern
                                                                                    “Celebrating the lives of the diverse people of South Sydney, inviting discussion on
via Paddy’s Market and St Vincent’s.                                              issues of concern and interest, adding encouragement to possibilities for community.”
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These FREE buses are available to all City Of Sydney residents
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Thursday and Friday of each week.                                                                          – looking to support local businesses and people
For more information and timetables please
                                                                                        Affordable rates • Booking Sheet online •                                        South Sydney Uniting Church
call 9319 4439 or visit                                                            or 9319 1373                                                                56a Raglan St Waterloo
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Worship (Eucharist) 10am Sunday
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Rev Andrew Collis 8399 3410
                                                                              this Christmas many families in                            foodstuffs, cakes or sweets to these                           Welcoming people of all ages,
   Refugee Language PRogRam                                                   our community are in dire need                             hampers, drop them in to your local                                cultural backgrounds,
                   univeRsity of sydney                                       of assistance.                                             Vinnies shop or at 317 Cleveland St                          sexual orientations and identities.
                                                                                                                                         Redfern.                                                        Peace with justice, integrity
                                                                              The 12 local St Vincent de Paul
 The RLP has been operating now for six years with volunteer                                                                                                          Feel the Christmas                         of creation.
                                                                              Conferences meet this need all year
   teachers who teach small classes on campus, including                      by visiting homes and giving all kinds                                                  Spirit, donate
    an Intermediate English and Academic Writing class on                     of help to those in need. And at this                                                   generously and                      Tongan Uniting Church
   Wednesdays, and a Creative Writing class on Saturdays.                     time of year the Society distributes                                                    join us in spreading                    (South Sydney)
 The Creative Writing class is co-taught by a published writer,               well over 1000 Christmas hampers to                                                     Christmas Cheer.                     Worship 1pm Sunday
         Anna Dell’osa, and a documentary filmmaker,                          local families and individuals as well.                                                                                  Mid-week service Friday 7-8pm
    Lesley Seebold-Freedman (                         If you would like to contribute toys,                                                                                     Ps Sione Hau 0431 144 247

                Classes are free for asylum seekers.                                                                                                                                                         Glebe Cafe Church
                                                                                                                                                                                                       Cnr St Johns & Cambourne Sts
  An integral part of our Saturday class is the light lunch.                        What is happening                                                                Seniors                                         Glebe
Conversation volunteers join the lunch to chat and to provide                     in RedfeRn-WateRloo?                                                              Christmas                              Gathering Sunday 7pm
  social contact and cultural information to the students.                                                                                                                                             Free For All/Eight O'Clock Sharp

   Further information about the RLP and donation form at
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                                                                               email for free email updates
                                                                                                                                                                     Concert                                Music nights Thu 8pm
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Steph Gesling 9518 9413                                        or call geoff on 9318 0824                                      Hosted by the Crystal set Choir
                                                                                                                                                                   friday december 4, 2009                   Newtown Mission
                                                                                                                                                                           from 1-3pm                      280 King St Newtown
                                                                                                                                                                                                       Worship 9.30am & 6pm Sunday
                                                                                                                                                                     tickets $4 at the door                Rev Ps Doug Clements
                                                                                                                                                                        Redfern town Hall                        9519 9000

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Paddington Uniting Church
                                                                                                                                                                                                          395 Oxford St Paddington
                                                                                                                                                                  Waterloo Recycling                       Church Open 10am-2pm
                                                                                                                                                                      Workshop                              1st and 3rd Saturdays
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Worship Sunday 7.30pm
                                                                                                                                                                   Workshop and market open
                                                                                                                                                                      fridays 9am-12pm.                  Rev. Peter Walker 9331 2646

                                                                                                                                                                    turungah flats, 1 Phillip st,
                                                                                                                                                                    Waterloo (lower car park).           Pitt Street Uniting Church
                                                                                                                                                                                                             264 Pitt St, Sydney
                                                                                                                                                                     affordable furniture and
                                                                                                                                                                        household goods.                   Worship 10 am Sunday
                                                                                                                                                                                                        & 6 pm (2nd and 4th Sundays)
                                                                                                                                                                    donations gladly received
                                                                                                                                                                                                         Rev Ian Pearson 9267 3614
                                                                                                                                                                   (no white goods or electrical
                                                                                                                                                                                                         Ultimo University Church
                                                                                                                                                                   volunteers welcome (phone
                                                                                                                                                                    naomi on 0407 576 098).                 Cnr Bulwara Road and
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Quarry St, Ultimo
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Worship 6.30pm Sunday
                                                                                                                                                                                                       Rev. Dr John Hirt 0408 238 117

                                                                                                                                                                                                               Wayside Chapel
                                                                                                                                                                                                          29 Hughes St Potts Point
                                                                                                                                                                                                               Worship 10am,
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Bible Study 5pm Sunday
                                                                                                                                                                                                         Ps Graham Long 9358 6996
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                                              atP signs sponsorship
     WORK OUT AT REDFERN’S WORLD FAMOUS       deal with souths
                             GYM              SSH

                                                 The Australian Technology
                                              Park (ATP) has entered into a
                                              two-year agreement to sponsor
                                                                                       they perform in this vibrant and
                                                                                       dynamic part of South Sydney.”
                                                                                          Under the sponsorship
                                                                                       arrangement the ATP will
                                                                                       also receive naming rights to
                                                                                                                             when assisting the local community.
                                                                                                                                “The Australian Technology Park
                                                                                                                             is one of the leading organisations
                                                                                                                             in the heart of the South Sydney
                                                                                                                             district, so for Souths Cares to have
                                              local community service provider         the Rabbitohs’ Performance            an opportunity to partner with
                                              Souths Cares, as well as take on         Centre at Redfern Oval, which         them was an opportunity that we
                                              the naming rights to the Australian      will now be referred to as            jumped at,” Mr Richardson said.
                                              Technology Park Performance              the Australian Technology             “Our players and staff have made a
                                              Centre at Redfern Oval.                  Park Performance Centre.              big impact on the local community
                                                                                          The ATP will become a senior       and having the backing of the
                                                 South Cares is the charitable arm     partner of the South Sydney           Australian Technology Park will
                                              of the South Sydney Rabbitohs that       Rabbitohs and ATP signage             allow Souths Cares to take the next
                                              assists disadvantaged youth and          will appear at the Australian         steps with the Teachers’ Aide and
                                              their families in the South Sydney       Technology Park Performance           Workplace Mentoring programs
                                              district through the delivery of         Centre at Redfern Oval and at South   which are touching our people now.
                                              education, training and employment       Sydney Rabbitohs’ home games.            “Redfern Oval will now house
                                              programs. In the financial year          In addition select South Sydney       the Australian Technology Park
                                              of 2009 Souths Cares contributed         Rabbitohs events will be held in      Performance Centre, with our first
                                              over 1,600 hours to schools such         the Redfern-Waterloo community        big event for 2010 at Redfern Oval
                                              as Alexandria Park Community             at the Australian Technology Park.    coming up on Sunday February 7
                                              School, Green Square, La Perouse            “ATP is looking to become a        when we play the Manly-Warringah
                                              Primary and Matraville Sports High       stronger community member,”           Sea Eagles in our first trial match
            COMMUNITY GYM - BOXING            School and their communities,
                                              as well as workplace mentoring
                                                                                       Mr Wakelin-King said. “We are
                                                                                       a major employer and key part
                                                                                                                             of 2010. Last year our game against
                                                                                                                             the Wests Tigers was sold-out to
            WEIGHT TRAINING - CARDIO          programs and other activities in the
                                              South Sydney district and beyond.
                                                                                       of the economic engine room
                                                                                       in the Redfern-Waterloo area,
                                                                                                                             our Ticketed Members and we are
                                                                                                                             on track to sell-out again in 2010.
      KICK BOXING - FITNESS & DANCE STUDIO       “Souths Cares is an enormous          and we want to make sure that            “We started training for the new

        OPEN MON-FRI 9AM-2PM & 5PM-9PM        asset to the community,” ATP
                                              Managing Director Roy Wakelin-
                                                                                       we also give help to those in
                                                                                       need within the community. Our
                                                                                                                             season at the Australian Technology
                                                                                                                             Park Performance Centre on

     CORNER EVELEIGH & VINE STREETS REDFERN   King said. “The reach of Souths
                                              Cares is immeasurable. These
                                                                                       relationship with Souths Cares will
                                                                                       be a key part of this strategy.”
                                                                                                                             Monday and we’re looking forward
                                                                                                                             to providing our players with the

                9319 0316                     players and volunteers make
                                              fundamental differences to the lives
                                              of kids and their families with little
                                              recognition. This is an opportunity
                                                                                          Rabbitohs CEO and Souths Cares
                                                                                       board member Shane Richardson
                                                                                       said partnering with a fellow
                                                                                       member of the South Sydney
                                                                                                                             best training facilities, as well as our
                                                                                                                             community with the best support
                                                                                                                             through Souths Cares’ programs, all
                                                                                                                             with the backing of the Australian
                                              to acknowledge the crucial work          business community makes sense        Technology Park.”                      S