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                                                     The Review page 9                                                                                          page 14


low price                                    Surry Hills arts prize – $5,000 up for grabs!
liquor –
high cost
for locals
Claire Thompson

   The proposal for a 24-hour liquor
outlet to be built on Fountain Street,
Alexandria has caused uproar among
some local residents. The store would
be a branch of famous retailer Dan
Murphys, owned by Woolworths
who advertise “lowest liquor prices
guaranteed.”
   Controversy has arisen amid
speculation that this bulk liquor
supermarket may be allowed to trade
until midnight in a residential area
when it is the SSHs understanding
that no other Dan Murphy in NSW is
open that late, nor are they situated
in residential areas.
   Local community group REDWatch
has expressed its concern to the
Council and the RWA has also made
a submission. A number of objections
including noise, encouraging alcohol                                                                                                                                                     Basil King and Cathy Wills Photo: Ali Blogg
consumption, the proximity of the             Arts On Bourke owners, the Graphic Arts Club, have joined forces with the Surry Hills Festival to create an inaugural art competition for emerging artists.
local school, parking and traffic
issues were raised. Spokesperson               Ben Falkenmire                                          12 october, the night before the Festival, where the      we think [the artists] need more encouragement,”
for REDWatch Geoffrey Turnbull
                                                                                                       winners will be announced. “All hung works will be        said King.
said, “The price of liquor is so                 the art competition is open to painters and
much cheaper at Dan Murphys so                                                                         available for sale and free of gallery commission,”          Arts on Bourke is looking to become a major exhibiter
                                              multimedia artists and will gift $5,000 in prize money
this is clearly going to impact on                                                                     said Basil King, who crafted the competition to help      of emerging art works providing artists cost-effective
                                              to one winner and two runners up. entries are to open
street drinking issues and underage                                                                    support emerging artists.                                 handling space without the commission burden.
drinking.”                                    soon, according to Arts on Bourke owner Basil King,
                                                                                                          “the Federal government has shown it’s not very           surry Hills Festival director Cathy Wills warmly
   Resident Gillian Trees lives next          with a closing date of 29 september, two weeks prior
                                                                                                       interested in the arts and we thought we’d help fill a    welcomed the initiative, saying it will complement
door to the proposed site at 2–10             to the surry Hills Festival.
                                                                                                       void in a small way by encouraging young and upcoming     an enhanced focus on art works at this year’s event.
Fountain Street and is concerned                 three judges will then select finalists to be hung
about the knock-on effect it will have                                                                                                                           the graphic Arts Club has agreed to be a major sponsor
                                              in the Arts on Bourke space for the month of october     artists,” said Basil.
for the community. She said, “My                                                                                                                                 of the Festival.
                                              alongside any other works considered appropriate            King considers there to be a thriving art community
predominant concern is the opening
hours. If you have to pick up your            for hanging.                                             in and around the surry Hills area. “there are scores
booze at 12 then that’s a problem.               All who enter and pay the small fee of $30 will be    of art supplies stores and galleries around and they
I’m also worried that people will             invited to an opening of the exhibited works on Friday   wouldn’t be there if there weren’t any artists, but       See page 16 for more details
                     continued on page 2




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                                                                                                                                                                        Local residents living next door to proposed liquor outlet Photo: Ali Blogg


                                                                    Colin Jensen Photo: Andrew Collis
                                                                                                         low price liquor – high cost for locals
                  managing editor
                    Andrew Collis
                                                      rogue cabbie                                       continued from page 1                                      extended hours too? Residents don’t want the area to

                                                      leaves blind
                                                                                                         be drinking in the parks and there will be broken          end up like Kings Cross.”
                                                                                                         bottles around. No pub or hotel in the area is open           A pre-existing liquor licence on the site may make
                                                                                                         after 10pm so, if Dan Murphys is allowed to be open        all but the late operating hours difficult to oppose

                                                      man stranded                                       until midnight, what’s to stop them putting in DAs for     when it is brought before Council in August.


                                                      Trevor Davies



                     co-editor
                                                         The Daily Telegraph reported last
                                                      month that “an appalled public
                                                      and the State Government have
                                                                                                         Foster’s and Sartor in Land
                                                                                                         and Environment Court
               dorothy Mcrae-McMahon
                                                      declared war on rogue cab drivers
                                                      who refuse to pick up blind people
                                                      with guide dogs.” Transport Minister
                                                      John Watkins was quoted as raising
                                                      the prospect of instant dismissal                   Samantha Van
                                                      for any cabbie caught rejecting a
                                                      blind person on religious grounds                    Matthew Drake-Brockman is confident of winning
                                                      or personal distaste of dogs. The Tel-             against global beverages firm Foster’s Group and the
                                                      egraph revealed that blind citizens,               state Minister for Planning Frank Sartor. On behalf
                                                      including the Federal Human Rights                 of the community, the Darlinghurst resident will
                      co-editor
                     trevor davies
                                                      Commissioner Graeme Innes, are                     challenge the company and Minister in the Land and
                                                      routinely being left on the side of                Environment Court on 24 to 26 July.
                                                      the road by some taxi drivers.                       Drake-Brockman told the SSH that he will argue five
                                                         Mr Watkins said refusing a guide                points in an attempt to overturn Sartor’s approval of
                                                      dog was an intolerable act that                    the proposed development of the Carlton and United
                                                      should not go unpunished. “If you                  Breweries site in Chippendale.
                                                      can’t actually serve the customers                   He said a win would set a positive precedent for
                                                      in greatest need – those people with               urban culture. “It would mean a new law would be                                            Matthew Drake-Brockman Photo: Ali Blogg
                                                      some form of disability – well, you                created which requires future development to take          at 702 Harris St, Ultimo.
                                                      shouldn’t be in the job,” he said.                 account of climate change,” Drake-Brockman said.              In addition to Drake-Brockman and Cr Harris,
                                                      “I’m committed to doing something                  “These people have got to be held accountable for          speakers include Murray Hogarth, an award winning
                   photography
                      Ali Blogg
                                                      about this. It is an intolerable thing.            their actions which will impact future generations.”       jou rnalist and author of The 3rd Degree – Frontline
                                                      I need to make the point very clear                  The state Legal Aid Commission granted Drake-            in Australia’s Climate War, Cate Faehrmann, Executive
                                                      to the taxi industry and to taxi                   Brockman $10,000 legal aid in May. However, he needs       Director of the NSW Nature Conservation Council and
                                                      drivers. This is illegal, with a fine of           $40,000 to cover all costs. City of Sydney Deputy Lord     more to be confirmed.
                                                      up to $1100.”                                      Mayor Greens Cr Chris Harris told the SSH that $3,000         Tickets cost $30. Cr Harris would like people to
                                                         The NSW Taxi Council said it                    had been received or pledged as of 20 June.                confirm their attendance to him by phone 0407 469
                                                      would agree to raising the fine to                   “This is public interest litigation on behalf of         384 or email charris@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au.
                                                      stamp out the offence, while Guide                 the residents of Chippendale,” Cr Harris said. “I’ve           “If people want to directly contribute to the future
                                                      Dogs NSW said it would help with                   been helping Matthew since day one with Michael            of sustainable living in the city, this is the best way
                                                      further disability training for drivers            Mobbs.” Mobbs is a Chippendale based sustainability        they can do it,” Drake-Brockman said.
                                                      already in the industry.                           consultant.
                    Ben Falkenmire                       It seems that it’s not only visually              On 25 June, Cr Harris asked all City of Sydney
                                                                                                                                                                               Donations can be made in other ways:
                                                      impaired people who have a guide                   councillors to vote in favour of his motion that council
                                                      dog that are having problems with                  donate $20,000 towards Drake-Brockman’s legal case.               direct deposits can be made into a trust account:
                                                      cabbies. Colin Jensen, a 43 year-                  The motion was UN/SUCCESSFUL.                               BsB 082-57, account number 87 479 5692, name environmental
                                                      old public servant, with 2% of his                   Cr Harris has also worked with members of the               defender’s office statutory trust Account. Cash, cheques
                aSSiStant-editor                      vision, who has a stick, not a dog,                local community to launch a public fundraising
                  Jessica Moore                                                                                                                                      (payable to “environmental defenders office – CUB litigation”
                                                      still had what would be for him an                 appeal. “We’re supporting him every inch of the
                  art director                        horrific experience.                               way,” he said.                                                or loan donations (minimum $200) can also be posted to
                   robert Young                          Colin told the South Sydney Herald:               The appeal includes a fundraiser to be held on 11                   edo, level 1, 89 York st, sydney nsW 2000.
                                                         “A while ago, I caught up with a                July at 6.30pm in the Guthrie Theatre, in the Peter          MasterCard and visa credit card donations are also accepted.
                    printer
                       MPd                            former work colleague in Newtown                   Johnson building, University of Technology, Sydney
          46-62 Maddox st, Alexandria 2015            on a week night. After a meal and
                                                      a few drinks, I hailed a taxi on King
            regular contriButorS                      Street to return to my home in Hugo
     dr Mualla Akinci             Brenden Hills       Street Redfern (near the intersec-                intersection of Cleveland and Aber-     that I could turn to for assist-               who relies frequently on taxis for
      Jessica Amos                darren Mara
       Jane Barton               samantha van
                                                      tion of Lawson and Abercrombie                    crombie Streets as that was not too     ance. Thankfully, a few minutes                transport, it is critical for me that
        Bill Birtles            Peter Whitehead       Streets). The time was around 10 to               far from my home. I was actually        later another taxi passed and                  taxi drivers have a reasonable
      Anna Christie             norrie mAy-welby      11pm. After a short while I realized              dropped off somewhere else in           realised that I needed assistance              level of English and an accept-
      todd dagwell              Claire thompson       that the driver was not taking the                Chippendale but didn’t realize this     and stopped to provide it. I told              able knowledge of Sydney streets
     Ben Falkenmire              Candice Chung
                                                      shortest route home and questioned                until after I had paid and the driver   him what had happened and he                   and suburbs. The first driver had
    “We gratefully acknowledge the many               him about it. His English was                     had sped off.                           generously delivered me home at                neither. Customers, irrespective of
   volunteer contributors and distributors            minimal and all I could glean from                   “I was stranded in an unknown        no charge. I am forever grateful to            whether they are visually impaired
     who make this publication possible.”             him was that we were on Cleveland                 location at a time of night when        that driver.                                   or not, should be entitled to noth-
                                                      Street. I asked him to drop me at the             there was no-one on the street             “As a visually impaired person              ing less!”
                                                                                                                                           The South Sydney Herald – July 2007 3



News


Establishment of
Alcohol Free
Zones
Responding to requests from residents and Police,
the City of Sydney is establishing Alcohol Free
Zones in some streets in the City Central, Kings
Cross, Newtown, Redfern and Surry Hills Police
Local Area Commands.
Alcohol Free Zones aim to reduce alcohol-related crime and
anti-social behaviour to create a safer environment for residents,
businesses and visitors.
It’s an offence to drink alcohol on any street or footpath where
an Alcohol Free Zone exists, 24 hours a day, seven days a
week. Footpath areas which are licensed for food or alcohol
consumption as part of a café or restaurant are exempt.
Alcohol Free Zones will be in effect from 3 July 2007 to 2 July 2010.
The NSW Police are responsible for enforcing Alcohol Free Zones.
Contact the closest local police station to report any breaches:                                                                                                    Photo: Ali Blogg


City Central Police
Kings Cross Police
Newtown Police
                        9265 6499
                        8356 0099
                        9550 8199
                                        Redfern Police
                                        Surry Hills Police
                                                               8303 5199
                                                               9265 4144      cashless pokies to
The following streets are being established as Alcohol Free Zones:
                                                                              raise millions, and issues
City Central Local Area Command Kings Cross Local Area Command
     PYRMONT                                 EAST SYDNEY
                                                                              of problem gambling
 1   Union Square/Union Street           1   Francis Street between College   Ben Falkenmire                                   discourage routine gamblers.
     between Harris Street and               Street and Riley Street                                                              Two gamblers said it “would make no
     Pyrmont Street                          KINGS CROSS                         Clubs around New South Wales are to           difference” to their habits, describing the
                                                                              begin rolling out cashless poker machines        need to purchase credit as “just another
 2   Paternoster Row between Union       2   Macleay Street between           in a bid to curb armed robberies according       transaction” and pointing to Japan where all
     Street and Pyrmont Bridge Road          Darlinghurst Road and Wylde      to the NSW Minister for Gaming and Racing        machines are run on cards or tickets and no
 3   Pyrmont Street between Point            Street                           Graham West.                                     reduction in gambling levels were observed.
                                                                                 Minister West told the SSH the new               Greens member Lee Rhiannon argues the
     Street and Bunn Street              3   Victoria Street between          technology, which delivers winnings in           best path forward is to reduce Government
 4   Edward Street between Bunn              McDonald Lane and                the form of a ticket that can either be          dependency on the gaming industry. In
     Street and Pirrama Road                 Darlinghurst Road, Brougham      cashed or inserted into another machine          the past four years the Iemma Government
                                                                              for use, improves security by reducing cash      received more than $4 million in donations
     Pirrama Road between Harris             Lane between Victoria
 5                                                                            transactions on licensed premises. The           from pubs and clubs according to State
     Street and Murray Street, Murray        Street and Brougham Street,      Minister stressed the new technology is          and Federal Electoral Commissions, while
     Street between Pirrama Road and         Brougham Street between          not designed to reduce problem gambling          the Coalition has added $1.5 million to its
     Union Street                            Brougham Lane and Hourigan       but implied it may do just that by requiring     coffers. This is in addition to annual gaming
                                             Lane.                            players to purchase credit from bar staff and    machine tax revenue paid by these businesses
 6   Point Street                                                             take breaks in between games.                    to the Government, which last financial year
                                                                                 Debate has flared in the media and the        amounted to $991 million.
                                        Redfern Local Area Command            public as to what kind of impact cashless           “Responsibility for gambling must be
Newtown Local Area Command                                                    pokies will have on problem gambling which       removed from the Office of Liquor,
                                             CHIPPENDALE
     NEWTOWN                                                                  affects around 300,000 Australians. Club NSW        Gaming and Racing and handed to NSW
                                         1   Balfour Street between           representatives believe cashless technology      Health, following New Zealand’s lead,” said
 1   Campbell Street between                 Cleveland Street and Meagher     could assist in the “battle” against problem     Rhiannon. New Zealand’s Ministry of Health
     O’Connell and Elizabeth Streets                                          gambling while some academics and gambling       is responsible for developing an integrated
                                             Street                           counsellors argue it will not materially deter   strategy for problem gambling and spent
                                         2   Bartley Street between           gamblers and could in fact increase gambling     NZ$55 million over the last three years on
Surry Hills Local Area Command                                                levels. The Daily Telegraph reported that        problem gambling services.
                                             Abercrombie and Balfour Street
     SURRY HILLS                                                              Aristocrat, poker machine monopolist, has           Minister West told the SSH the Office for
                                                                              tested and proved that cashless pokies boost     Liquor Gambling and Racing is “developing
 1   Foveaux Street from Crown Street   Maps of the Alcohol Free Zones        machine revenue.                                 closer links with NSW Health” while the
     to Little Norton Street            can be viewed at:                        Two inner city hoteliers told the SSH they    Responsible Gambling Fund, which receives
                                        www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au           believe the new technology is costly and will    around $12 million a year in funding from
                                                                              make no impact on machine revenue with both      Star City, received a further $9.5 million boost
                                                                              disbelieving the Government’s armed robbery      in this year’s State Budget to help problem
                                                                              motive. One hotelier went on to say that he      gamblers.
                                                                              considers it to be a revenue-raising activity       Cashless pokies are to be rolled out
                                                                              by Aristocrat with the NSW Government            across NSW clubs and pubs over the next
                                                                              acting as the peddler, but admitted it might     five years.
4 The South Sydney Herald – July 2007




News

                 haVe you heard?

                 the FaSt neWS
                  WITH TREVOR DAVIES

   the State Budget – a good one
   At last a mostly good State Budget! It spends up big on infrastructure across
   the state and locally. $3.5 million for the new Redfern/Waterloo Community
   Health Centre is one of the local highlights in the Iemma Government’s second
   Budget delivered today, Kristina Keneally told the South Sydney Herald.
   “This Budget meets the Government’s election commitment to improve
   and expand the public services working families rely on.” The inner city
   will benefit from the acquisition of 260 new buses for the Sydney metropolitan
   and outer metropolitan areas in 2007/08, and planning for the Easy Access
   upgrade of Sydenham Station. There will be an investment of $13 million for
   the supply of new public housing and upgrading of existing public housing as
   well as $1 million for feasibility work to begin the upgrade of Redfern Station.
   $1.9 million has been assigned to improve child and adolescent mental health
   in-patient services at Sydney Children’s Hospital.



   But there is a problem, or perhaps it’s michael costa?
   The newly elected Upper House Green MP Dr Kaye said: “Morris Iemma                                                                                   Student activists Daniel Jones and Paddy Gibson Photo: Reem Al-Gharabally
   says he is committed to tackling dangerous climate change, but this Budget
   is another slap in the face for future generations. “The meagre commitment
   of $77.5 million a year for a Climate Change Fund is swamped by land tax
   cuts worth $117 million which will do nothing to assist first home-buyers.
   Meanwhile, yet another massive outlay of $1.9 billion on roads will lead to
                                                                                      apec: assault on civil liberties,
                                                                                      says legal expert
   more cars, further accelerating NSW’s greenhouse gas emissions. The budget
   was a victory for notorious climate change sceptic Michael Costa and his
   ‘browns’ allies in cabinet who have successfully subverted efforts to address
   global warming.” John Kay may be on to something there. I have sat in the
   gallery in the upper house on occasions and was “gob smacked” when I               Reem Al-Gharabally                       introduced set a worrying precedent              “They are usually quite obvious
   heard the Treasurer agree that he was a global warming sceptic. That was an                                                 for intimidating dissent and are               because they have cameras and
   issue on which he agreed with the current Prime Minister. Still, if you ignore       The City is going into “lock-down”     more reminiscent of a police state.            no-one quite knows them and
   the environment the rest of the budget was good!                                   during the Asia-Pacific Economic            “They are police state type of              they walk by themselves and they
                                                                                      Co-operation meeting (APEC)              powers. The police become judge,               have the trademark police belt,”
                                                                                      which will be held in Sydney from        jury and executioner. They can                 says Daniel Jones, Education Officer
                                                                                      September 7 to September 9.              designate someone a trouble-maker              on the Student Representative
   nSW aboriginal land council’s election finally happens                               Legislation introduced by the NSW      for which they can be locked up for            Council at Sydney University. Mr
                                                                                      parliament gives police new powers       the duration of the summit,” says Dr           Jones himself was approached by a
   A few months ago, Samantha Van reported on the upcoming elections for
                                                                                      during the APEC meeting period,          Michael Hunt, a legal expert at the            man identifying himself from NSW
   the New South Wales Aboriginal Land Council, the state’s peak Aboriginal           from August 30 to September 12           University of Western Sydney. “The             Police intelligence requesting him
   organisation. It’s finally happened – a Worimi woman, Councillor Bev               which include permission to declare      laws that are being introduced in              to spy on fellow students before
   Manton, who has had a long and active involvement at all levels in the             restricted security zones, conduct       NSW parliament are APEC specific               the APEC meeting in return for
   land rights system, was elected Chairperson and Councillor Tom Briggs,             random searches and ban people           and for a limited time but they                help with charges Mr Jones already
   a Gumbainggir man, was elected Deputy Chairperson. Chairperson Manton              deemed “troublemakers” from              become a precedent to be invoked               faces for his part in last year’s G20
   has been involved with NSWALC since its inception and is a founding                entering restricted zones. It also       at a later time and more readily               protests in Melbourne.
                                                                                      includes suspension of normal bail       introduced.”                                     The Northern CBD will contain
   member of Karuah Local Aboriginal Land Council. She worked as the
                                                                                      provisions for demonstrators and            “This is part of a greater picture of       the “declared zones’’ and “restricted
   co-ordinator at Karuah LALC for four years before being elected to NSWALC,         anyone under suspicion, for the          an ongoing assault on civil liberties          zones” where police can set up
   along with eight fellow councillors. We are hoping to do a profile on some of      duration of the summit.                  and democratic rights in the name              checkpoints through which the
   the other councillors over the next couple of months.                                Authorities say the APEC Meeting       of war on terror which we are being            public will be cleared. There is
                                                                                      (Police Powers) Bill 2007 is necessary   told are indefinite and could last a           also a planned closure of city circle
                                                                                      to ease congestion and strengthen        lifetime or more – things we would             train stations St James, Museum
                                                                                      security for the summit participants     have not dreamt of before, such as             and Circular Quay for the three
   a Supermarket on chalmers Street redfern at                                        who include world leaders such as        detention without trial or military            days from September 7 to 9. The
   South Sydney leagues club?                                                         US President George Bush, Russian        call-out laws are being introduced,”           legislation makes provisions to
                                                                                      President Vladimir Putin, China’s        Dr Hunt says.                                  declare Friday 7 September a
   The old South Sydney Leagues Clubhouse looks lonely in Chalmers Street but,
                                                                                      President Hu Jintao and Japan’s             Student activists say there has             public holiday for the Sydney
   be assured, the sign outside it tells onlookers that the Club will be open in      Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe.              been increased police presence on              Metropolitan region and although
   2008. The DA reads “Alterations to the South Sydney Leagues Club building:           But civil liberty groups,              campus and that students have been             shops in the CBD will probably
   Proposed works include extension of the third and fourth floors, provision         environmental and anti-war groups        approached by plain-clothes police             stay open the Minister may decide
   of balconies along the eastern facade of the building, and modification of         say the security measures being          and surveillance officers.                     to close them.
   the Chalmers and Douglas Street facades. Approval is also sought for the


                                                                                      Planned and regular maintenance
   future use of the building in principle – this includes a supermarket on the
   ground floor, the Leagues and Football Club on the first floor and use of
   the second, third and fourth floors as commercial offices. 191 car spaces
   are proposed to be provided for these uses in the basement of the adjoining
   building.” The interesting thing is that you may notice that the DA mentions a
   supermarket. For some time there’s been talk of Audi taking over the building
                                                                                      a must for public housing
   that used to be a sheltered workshop. There was even a petition designed to
                                                                                      Andrew Collis                            insists that government has a duty             exposed electrical wires, the stench
   garner support. Will Audi move into the club? There does seem to be a need
                                                                                                                               of care to tenants, and asks, “What            of garbage in waste-disposal shutes,
   for a reasonably priced supermarket in the area.                                     The Department of Housing              risk management strategies have                and guano-encrusted common
                                                                                      (DoH) is in a bind. Years of less than   been put in place?”                            area floors.
                                                                                      adequate planned and regular main-          It’s a question very much in line              “We’re treated as second-class
                                                                                      tenance of its more than 130,000         with a recent Auditor General’s                citizens,” one tenant remarked. “And
   Sleeping out                                                                       units has resulted in a backlog of       report which refers to the need                these are our homes. The dull paint-
   Last month the weather was awful. It took me back to my childhood in the           maintenance estimated to exceed          for urgent attention, especially in            work, the corrosion and the filth – it
   UK. I love cold weather but last month it was over the top. Perhaps we all         $750m. In addition, the DoH has          regard to completing property condi-           makes you feel so depressed.”
   need to be conscious of those organizations around town that advocate for          assessed its costs of long-term fire     tion surveys.                                     Many tenants refer to cost-cutting
   the homeless. Have a look at Wayside Chapel’s web site and see how you             and safety upgrading as $350m.              The SSH has conducted its own               measures, as well as to insensitive
                                                                                        Increased expenditure on main-         survey on Elizabeth and Walker                 treatment on the part of maintenance
   can help. As usual they need money and perhaps some of your time. There is
                                                                                      tenance since 1995 has not kept          Street properties in Redfern. Tenants          call centre operators. “It makes you
   one thing coming up in August. It is their annual classical music fundraiser       pace with demand. According to           confirm that, over the last ten years,         think they want the building to
   featuring Teddy Tahu Rhodes and Aubrey Murphy at Trackdown Scoring Stage           local activist, Ross Smith, additional   only urgent repairs have been made.            fall down,” says one despondent
   in the Entertainment Quarter (adjacent to Fox Studios). Book at Ticketek or,       charges directed at tenants including    Indications of neglect are numerous,           long-term resident. Says another,
   for more information, contact Freya at the Wayside or on 9358 6577.                higher rent and water charges, offer     and include badly broken pathways,             “Yes, and it makes you think they
                                                                                      no solution. The funds will need         rusted guttering and problems                  want us to leave so they can sell
                                                                                      to come from elsewhere. Mr Smith         with drainage, inadequate lighting,            the property.”
CITYNEWS
                                                                                                                   OUR SUSTAINABLE VISION
                                                                                                                   Just as previous generations     and safe streets; all serviced
                                                                                                                   had the imagination to           by an integrated transport
                                                                                                                   think for the future, we         system including walking
                                                                                                                   now have the opportunity         and cycling.
                                                                                                                   to think - and act - boldly
                                                                                                                                                    Sustainable Sydney
                                                                                                                   for the benefit of future
                                                                                                                                                    2030 sets a challenge for
                                                                                                                   generations.
                                                                                                                                                    everyone to think beyond
                                                                                                                   Environmental imperatives        the present limits and
                                                                                                                   alone mean that we need          requires input from all
                                                                                                                   to rethink the way we build,     sectors of our community.
                                                                                                                   operate and live in our          For more information visit
                                                                                                                   cities. The City of Sydney       www.cityofsydney.nsw.
                                                                                                                   has launched Sustainable         gov.au/2030.
                                                                                                                   Sydney 2030 to provide
                                                                                                                   a vision for our future, and
                                                                                                                   a series of projects and
                                                                                                                   programs to help achieve
                                                                       Clover at NAIDOC celebrations last year     that vision.
 FAMILY DAYS OF CELEBRATION                                                                                        It is a plan for great parks
 Annual NAIDOC Family Days of Celebration will be held this month at Alexandria Park                               in urban settings, a vibrant     CLOVER MOORE MP
 - Friday 13 July from 10am to 4pm and at Forbes Street Reserve Woolloomooloo                                      arts and cultural sector,
 - Saturday July 14 from 11am to 4pm. The events feature a variety of entertainment for                                                             Lord Mayor
                                                                                                                   lively villages for our
 all the family including the traditional Welcoming to the Land, Smoking Ceremony and                              diverse communities and
 Aboriginal dancing. Join in the sport, kids’ activities and amusement rides at Alexandria Park or                 businesses, a dynamic
 Woolloomooloo. Visitors also have the chance to participate in boomerang and emu egg painting;
                                                                                                                   economy with interesting
 sand art or an artefacts workshop. For details visit www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/whatson.

                                  SAVING SYDNEY                       REVITALISING                               NOMINATE YOUR
                                  TOWN HALL                           OXFORD STREET                              FAVOURITE LOCAL
                                  Sydney Town Hall is the             The City is planning an                    BUSINESS
                                  subject of a five-year               extensive revitalisation strategy          Applaud your favourite local
                                  plan being developed                for Oxford Street in consultation          business in the fourth annual
                                  to rescue the historic              with local business, residents             City of Sydney Business
                                  landmark which is in need           and the community to ensure                Awards and go into the
                                  of urgent repair. The work          that area’s unique character               running to win a $1,000
                                  to repair the building’s            is retained. Projects include              shopping spree. Vote for an
                                  crumbling sandstone                 a mixed retail services                    exceptional business across 29
                                  façade and deteriorating            centre, restoration of heritage            categories including fashion,
                                  electrical cabling, air-            shopfronts, development of a               fresh food, environmental
                                  conditioning, sewerage and          tourist hotel and supporting               services and best innovative
                                  stormwater infrastructure           retail and the reinvigoration              business. Vote online at www.
                                  will ensure Sydney Town             of Taylor Square. Foley                    thebusinessawards.com.au
                                  Hall is embraced by future          Street will also be activated as           or look out for entry coupons      OPENING OF KOORI
                                  generations.                        part of the works.                         at local businesses, branches      COLLECTION
                                                                                                                 of the Commonwealth Bank or        The City invites you to join
                                                                                                                 call 9264 0757. Nominations        Elders at the opening of the
                                                                                                                 close Tuesday 24 July.             Koori Collection at Waterloo
                            CALLING ALL GREEN THUMBS                                                                                                Library on Tuesday, 10 July
                                                                                                                 Vivo Cafe, 2006 City of Sydney
  City dwellers with green thumbs are invited to enter the City’s                                                Business of the Year               at 11am. Explore and borrow
         fourth annual Garden Competition. The competition                                                                                          from almost 1,500 items
                is open to all residents within the City of Sydney                                                                                  about Indigenous history
              Council area. There is a prize pool worth $20,000                                                                                     and experience. Kids will
                                      to share among the winners                                                                                    also have the opportunity to
                                      in six categories – including                                                                                 design their own library bag,
                                      Best Sustainable Garden,        HAILING A CAB                                                                 hear stories and eat traditional
                          Overall Best Garden, People’s Choice        IS NOW EASIER                                                                 foods. All activities are free.
                          and Encouragement Award. For entry          Taxis have been granted                                                       For details, call Waterloo
                            details visit cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au     a one-minute exemption                                                        Library on 9288 5688.
                                   or call 9265 9333. Competition     to pick up and set down
                                                closes 27 August.     passengers in some No                       HAVE YOUR SAY
                                                                      Stopping Zones under a trial                The City’s Sustainable Sydney 2030
                                                                      by the City of Sydney. The                  project will be discussed at the Inner South
                                                                      three-month trial is designed to            community forum on Wednesday 25 July.
                                                                      increase pedestrian safety                  The forum will provide residents of Eveleigh,
                                                                      and make it easier for people               Redfern and Waterloo an opportunity to
                                                                      to hail a cab in the city. The              discuss local matters with Council staff and
                                                                      following streets have been                 community representatives including the
                                                                      signposted where the trial is               Police. The forum will be held at Redfern
                                                                      applicable: Elizabeth Street,               Town Hall between 6pm and 8.30pm. For
                                                                      Surry Hills and Wentworth,                  details call 9265 9333 or visit cityofsydney.
                                                                      Phillip, Kent and Sussex                    nsw.gov.au/meetings.
                                                                      Streets, Sydney.


CONTACT THE CITY                     NEIGHBOURHOOD SERVICE CENTRE, REDFERN                                       NEIGHBOURHOOD SERVICE CENTRE, ERSKINEVILLE
Phone: 9265 9333                     Tower 2, 1 Lawson Square, Redfern NSW 2016                                  104 Erskineville Road, Erskineville NSW 2043
www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au          Monday to Friday 9.00am to 5.00pm                                           Monday to Friday 9.00am to 5.00pm
                                     Saturday 9.00am to 12 noon. Closed public holidays.                         Closed public holidays.
6 The South Sydney Herald – July 2007




News
                                                                                                 Major Sponsors                                       Presented by

                                                                                                                                                                                  Seeking nominations for
                                                                                                                                                                                  local business awards
                                                                                                                                                                                  Ben Falkenmire                                  competition, is again entering and has its
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  sights set on the top position.
                                                                                                                                                                                     This year’s City of Sydney Local Business       “It’s tough work going up against the
                                                                                                                                                                                  Awards are shaping up to be another hot         big guns in the city who can be serving
                                                                                                                                                                                  contest with the voting commencing 29           200 people plus at any one time, but we’ll
                                                                                                  Media Partners                                                                  May.                                            give it another shot,” said Appetite owner
                                                                                                                                                                                     The awards are open to local businesses      Leanne Fraser who speaks highly of the
                                                                                                                                                                                  in and around the CBD and the inner south,      awards’ ripple effect in the community.
                                                                                                                                                                                  east and west areas of the city which can          “People really took an interest in our
                                                                                                                                                                                  be classified in one of 29 categories ranging   finalist placing and it was a great boost
                                                                                                                                                                                  from cafes, restaurants and bars or pubs,       in morale for the staff,” said Leanne
                                                                                                                                                                                  to environmental stores, grocery shops,         who created a mini Business Awards
                                                                                                                                                                                  hairdressers and fashion.                       shrine in her intimate and pacifying café
                                                                                                Support Sponsor                                                                      Voting closes on 24 July with category       environment.
                                                                                                                                                                                  finalists announced on 10 August and               C a f é E l l a a n d Tr i p o d C a f é o n
                                                                                                                                                                                  published in the August edition of the          Abercrombie Street, Survival Expresso Bar
                                                                                                                                                                                  SSH (newspaper sponsors of this year’s          and Video Ezy on Redfern Street, are also
                                                                                                                                                                                  event). Mystery judges will visit each of the   considering entering the awards based on
    SECTION 1 - Please tick ONE                                                                                                                                                   finalists with both public and contestants      discussions with the SSH.
                of the following                                            The City of Sydney Business Associations will each present                                            invited to the Gala Presentation evening           It is not too late for businesses to be
                categories:                                                an award to an outstanding business within their local area.                                           on 12 September where the winners will          nominated. Those interested in nominating
                                                                                                                                                                                  be announced.                                   or voting for a business should fill out


                                                                         VOTE
            Advertising, Marketing,                                                                                                   Nominate your                                  Appetite Café on Regent Street in            the coupon available in this edition of
            Business & Design                                                                                                                                                     Redfern which reached the final round for       the SSH or head to the online website
            Services                                                                                                                favourite Business

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            Beauty Services                                                                                                            STOCKLAND                                  a new neighbourhood centre and
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                                                                                                                                       CENTRE GIFT                                library for Surry hills – soon!
            Computer, Technology &                                                                                                        CARD                                    Pam Dagwell                                     Mayor sees the new Surry Hills Community
            Hi-Fi                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Centre as her legacy to the City. “It really
            Disability Inclusiveness                                                                                                                                                 The long-awaited rebuilding of the Surry     doesn’t matter how much the City pays
                                                                                                                                                                                  Hills Community Centre in Crown Street          for the Surry Hills library. Just so long as
            Entertainment Venue                                        SECTION 2 - Please nominate an outstanding business:                                                       is to commence June 18, 2007. Sydney            Clover has a ‘beacon’ to point to before the
            Environmental Stores &                                                                                                                                                City Lord Mayor, Clover Moore, used her         next election.”
            Services                                                 BUSINESS NAME                                                                                                casting vote at the June 10 Council meeting        However, Cr John McInerney, an architect
                                                                                                                                                                                  to approve the $19m project. The four           and town planner, agrees with the Lord
            Fast Food/Takeaway                                                                                                                                                    storey, state-of-the-art, environmentally       Mayor that there is no point comparing
                                                                     ADDRESS
            Fresh Food / Grocery                                                                                                                                                  friendly building will house a two-level        old and new project plans. He says that
                                                                                                                                                                                  library, childcare facility, neighbourhood      Surry Hills has been under-provided and
            Galleries                                                                                                                                                             centre meeting and training rooms, a large      deserves better services and the current
                                                                                                                                    POSTCODE                                      hall and a café.                                plans have been adjusted accordingly. “To
            General Retail
                                                                     SUBURB                                                                                                          Some City councillors, however, are          check that money is not being wasted by
            Hairdresser                                                                                                             DATE                                          clearly dissatisfied with the Lord Mayoral      Council we need exemplary sustainability
            Health & Fitness                                                                                                                                                      leadership on this occasion. Deputy Lord        and this is what we will have.” He says that
                                                                     SIGNATURE                                                                                                    Mayor and Greens representative, Chris          Council had three briefings and two public
            Homewares                                                NB: Only customer signed coupons will be accepted in the count. Customers are                                Harris, feels far better sustainability         committee meetings on the development.
            Hotel (4 & 5 Star)                                           restricted to one vote per category.                                                                     should be possible for the amount of            Councillors were given every opportunity
                                                                                                                                                                                  dollars being spent. “We have asked for         to ask questions of the consultants present
            Hotel (up to 3 star)                                                                                                                                                  detailed reports on costings but they have      and to raise issues such as over-costing.
            Innovative Business                                        SECTION 3 - Enter the prize draw:                                                                          not been forthcoming,” he said. “While             Linda Scott, Chairperson of the Centre
                                                                                                                                                                                  it is true that Council has a large surplus,    management committee, says they are
            Jewellery Store                                                                                                                                                       it is irresponsible to use public money in      badly in need of a replacement for the
            Men’s Fashion                                            YOUR NAME                                                                                                    this way. Some of the funds, for example,       30-year-old facility. She is pleased that
                                                                                                                                                                                  could have been used to put in a bid to         this model will allow for integrated service
            Music, Books &                                           YOUR CONTACT NUMBER                                                                                          buy the Crown Street Reservoir site from        provision. “We will be able to hold classes
            Stationery                                                                                                                                                            the State Government. Instead that land         such as cooking, or sewing, or English for
                                                                     Any personal information, including contact details & other information you
            Professional Services                                    provide will be used strictly for this program and will not be provided to any                               has been sold off to a developer and lost       parents while their children are in child
                                                                     third party.                                                                                                 to the community.” Cr Harris asserts that       care in the same building. This was not
            Real Estate Agency                                                                                                                                                    the project has been mismanaged by              always possible in the old Centre.”
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            Restaurant                                                      DOWNLOAD                                                                                              Council staff who have “done the Lord
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Greg and Netta Byrnes take their 21-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  month-old twin boys to the child care
            Service Business                                              MORE COUPONS                                                                                               Cr Tony Pooley was Mayor of South            centre every day. “The boys are very well
            Visitor Attractions & Tours                                  FROM THE WEBSITE                                                                                         Sydney Council when the new Centre was
                                                                                                                                                                                  first planned in 2003. The cost then was
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  looked after and very happy. We live in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  a terrace with no yard and they can run
                                                                                                                                   Awarding Business Excellence
            Women’s Fashion                                             www.thebusinessawards.com                                          since 1985                             estimated at $2.2m and had only risen to        around outside at day care,” said Netta.
                                                                                                                                                                                  $3.6m in Sydney Council’s 05-06 corporate       Greg hopes that the subsidising of the fees
                                                                                                                                                                                  budget. By 06-07 it was $12m and the            will continue once the new Neighbourhood

                                                                                      Closing Date:
      Finalists are determined based on the
                                                                                                                                                                                  current prediction is $20m. He, too, is         Centre is built. “Netta is only able to
      number of nominations received.
                                                                                                                                                                                  worried about the lack of transparency          work because the fees are so affordable in
      Photocopies of entry forms will be                                                                                                                                          on the cost explosion. He quotes inner          comparison to privately owned facilities.

                                                                                     24th July 2007
      accepted.                                                                                                                                                                   city sustainability expert, Michael Mobbs,      We feel fortunate to have a non-profit,
      Businesses may be nominated by                                                                                                                                              who says the price tag gives ‘green’ a bad      community-based centre like this close to
      proprietors, managers or customers.                                                                                                                                         name. Mr Mobbs claims that other highly         where we live.”
      Entrants are encouraged to provide                                        SEND TO: The City of Sydney Business Awards                                                       sustainable buildings such as CH2 in               The Neighbourhood Centre (including
      additional supporting material with the                                                                                                                                     Melbourne are much less expensive per           the child-care operation) has been relocated
      entry form to assist in the assessment
                                                                                    PO Box A1260, Sydney South 1235
                                                                                                                                                                                  square metre.                                   and is currently operating out of the Bourke
      process.                                                                         Enquiries: Tel (02) 9264 0757                                                                 Cr Pooley is also critical of the child      Street Public School at the corner of Mort
                                                                                                                                                                                  care centre’s capacity of only 26 places        and Bourke Streets.
                                                                                                                                                                                  – not nearly enough to meet the demand,            Council Project Manager, Terry Chin,
   VOTE ONLINE                                                  www.thebusinessawards.com                                                                                         he says. The centre is on the third floor
                                                                                                                                                                                  and has no room for expansion. He and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  said WBHO Probuild hope to complete
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  the new building on Crown Street by
 Terms and Conditions • AWARDS - Businesses that receive the highest number of nominations become nalists. The number of nominations needed to qualify will vary for              some of his colleagues believe the Lord         August 2008.
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 2007 will win this advertised prize. • Prize consists of a Stockland Shopping Centre Gift Card (valued at $1000). Stockland Gift Cards are accepted at participating retailers
 only. Terms and conditions apply.• Any change in the value of the prize occurring between the publishing date and the date the prize is claimed is not the responsibility of
 Precedent Productions. • Prize is not transferable and not redeemable for cash. All entrants must be over 18 years of age. NSW Permit Number TPL07/01647.
                                                                                                                                                                                                        more news on page 11...
                                                                                                      The
                                                                                                      Clarity
                                                                                                      Project
                                                                                                      More than a childhood delusion
                                                                                                       Tom Tilley                                    his analog synth. With Mr Rees inciting
                                                                                                                                                     pure engagement from his dancees, things

            The Clarity Project will play the Support Independent Media! concert at
    Australian Technology Park on Sunday 8 July, 4–8pm. Tickets $12 at the door.
                                                                                                       W      ith hot, fresh tracks, and the odd
                                                                                                              Prince cover tucked in the top
                                                                                                       pocket, the Clarity Project are a party
                                                                                                                                                     tend to sweat up a little.
                                                                                                                                                        The Clarity Project is the continuation
                                                                                                                                                     of a naive childhood delusion that Mr
                                                                                                       in and of themselves.                         Rees and his bass-man Tt could never let
            Support Independent Media! is a fundraiser for the South Sydney Herald.                                                                  go of – so the roots go way back, although
               Join us for fine food, drink, music and lively debate, arts/crafts & more.                 Having rocked the Basement a number        there’s nothing rootsy about these guys.
                                                                                                       of times last year, and smoked a sold-out        Anyway, you can catch them down
 Also playing: Jackie Orszaczky, Wire MC, Café of the Gate of Salvation, and Matt Young.
                                                                                                       Annandale Hotel gig at New Year’s, the        at the SSH fundraiser – Support
                Art/craft stalls $25. Set up 2–3pm. To reserve booking for a stall please              Clarity Project are starting to smack up      Independent Media! – on the 8th of July,
                                                                                                       dance floors all over the shop.               and also at the Basement on the 21st of
                          call Jhan Leach at South Sydney Community Aid on 9319 4073.
                                                                                                          Their front-man, Mr Rees, recites          July when they warm the seats for electro
         We gratefully acknowledge the support of Australian Technology Park, the Redfern-Waterloo     dance-inspiring libido-rising fighting talk   funk icons Professor Groove and the
                  Authority, Appetite Café, Tripod Café, Guitar Jungle, South Sydney Community Aid.    as he hits the guitar strings and fires up    Booty Affair.




How to get there
The concert will be held in Bay 11 of Australian Technology Park.                                     Matt
                                                                                                      Young
entrance is from locomotive St




                                                                                                      P    erforming also at the Support
                                                                                                           Independent Media concert,
                                                                                                      Matt Young has performed
                                                                                                      throughout the USA, Europe,
                                                                                                      Canada, and Australia over a 17-year
                                                                                                      professional singing career. Mostly
                                                                                                      known as a musical performer
                                                                                                      (A Chorus Line, On The Town, The
                                                                                                      Producers), Matt began performing
                                                                                                      as a cabaret/club singer in 2001, and
                                                                                                      has played some of the top Sydney
                                                                                                      venues, including The Basement,
                                                                                                      Slide, Kabarett Junction, and the
                                                                                                      Side On Cafe. Also an accomplished
                                                                                                      actor, Matt will be seen in the
                                                                                                      upcoming Looking For Captain Cook
                                                                                                      for the ABC in which he stars as
                                                                                                      Captain James Cook.




Support Independent MedIa!
                                                                                                                                                       TICkeT
                                                                                                                                                     THe dOOrS AT
 A concert in support of                                                                                                                              $12
                                                                                                                                                              OnlY




SundAY 8 JulY 4–8PM, AuSTrAlIAn TeCHnOlOGY PArk (Henderson rd eveleigH)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Y




WitH JACkIe OrSZACZkY, CAFe OF THe GATe OF SAlVATIOn, WIre MC, THe ClArITY PrOJeCT, MATT YOunG
                                                                                                                                                                                                  JACkIE oRSZACZk




JoIn Big Brother’S TIM BRUnERo (MC) & JoURnALISTS WEnDY BACon (UTS), ALEX MITCHELL (EX-Sun herald) & LAWREnCE GIBBonS
(City huB & City newS) foR fInE MUSIC, fooD, DRInk, ART & CRAfT STALLS, DEBATE & DISCUSSIon. SEE PAGE 7 foR MoRE DETAILS
8   The Review July 2007




                                                                           Serenity Buddha
                                                                           Local artist “deserves recognition”
                                                                           Andrew Collis                                            adorn the walls of South Sydney Community Aid.
                                                                                                                                    Ms Leach is excited about Marta’s talent and keen

                                                                           M      arta Ponti is employed as a counsellor and
                                                                                  case-worker in various settings, from youth
                                                                           refuges to community centre class-rooms in Ryde,
                                                                                                                                    to see her do well. “She deserves recognition.”
                                                                                                                                       Marta has just put the finishing touches to
                                                                                                                                    a large work entitled, ‘Serenity Buddha.’ The
                                                                           Glebe, and Alexandria.                                   work depicts the Buddha in peaceful repose – in
                                                                                                                                    different shades of brown and gold (it seems to
                                                                              According to Jhan Leach, manager of South             change colour depending on the light). “I imagine
                                                                           Sydney Community Aid in Alexandria, Marta                it as depicting a joy, and bringing a joy and warmth
                                                                           is one of the most generous and compassionate            to the space it is in,” Marta says.
                                                                           community workers she has known. “Her                       Marta has decided to donate the painting to
                                                                           professionalism, her commitment to the care of           the Support Independent Media! event on July
                                                                           people, is an inspiration!” says Ms Leach.               8. ‘Serenity Buddha’ will be auctioned by guest
                                                                              Marta is also an artist. Her community work           auctioneer for the fundraiser, Kristina Kenneally
                                                                           is centred on creative practices – painting, print-      MP. Be there from 4 to 8pm for an opportunity
                                                                           making, sculpture, design. All kinds of workshops.       to make a bid.
                                                                           Marta, who has a fine arts degree from the
                                                                           University of Western Sydney (Nepean), and an
                                                                           established studio, developed a cartoon series as part
                                                                           of her counselling work with victims of domestic         Contact South Sydney Community Aid if you’d
                                                                           violence, as well as a logo for Playgroups in the        like to inquire about commissioning Marta for
                                                                           Park (in association with Connect Redfern).              community art projects. Phone Jhan Leach on
                                                                              Her works are in high demand. Several paintings       9319 4073.




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                                                                                        Images operating within established
                                                                                        interpretive codes have no meaningful place within
                                                                                        the visual arts. This is why pictures exist instead
                                                                                        of essays. The constraints of language are too
                                                                                        limited to facilitate the existence of any ambiguity
                                                                                        once a representational element is introduced.
                                                                                        Symbolism sucks, too.

                                                                                        Image and text by Liam O’Donnell
                                                                                                                                                                                  The Review July 2007 9




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 sCoTT winTer                                          Sneaky Sound System consist of the           which has sold more than 60,000 copies             and rock ’n roll. The boys do, but I don’t. I’m
                                                    enigmatic and frizzy-haired singer Ms           and includes three hit singles, ‘I Love It,’       a good girl … Do you like my shoes?” she


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          op-shelf Sydney-based pop                 Connie; goateed MC rapper (and something        ‘Pictures’ and ‘UFO.’                              asks coquettishly.
          trio Sneaky Sound System are              of a loose cannon) Damion Downey, who              Sneaky’s national success sees them                Damion, reserved about the band’s
          allowed to be fashionably late for        provides constant boyish entertainment;         already having toured Australia and                success, keeps up the fizzy, mad energy
 their recent performance at the Forum              with smooth-styling leader of the pack,         supporting the likes of pop legend Robbie          expected of him, yet occasionally sinks into
 Entertainment Centre (formerly known               Black Angus (Angus Mc Donald) just about        Williams, playing, on average, to 30,000           deep pockets of thought. “I just really hope
 as Fox Studios). They played a poptastic           managing to keep order.                         people a night on his recent Australian            they take to us over there in Europe,” he says
 album’s worth of 80s covers and their latest          Everyone who knows of this Australian        concert tour. Supporting US pop success            in a pensive, yet ambitious tone.
 disco hits, with a live band, to a packed-out,     pop sensation can’t help but like them when     Scissor Sisters (now their “mates”) can               Black Angus, who laughs and denies
 predominately gay and lesbian crowd. The           confronted with their colourful energy and      only add fuel to the flames. Scissor Sister’s      when asked if he has ever had a same-sex
 night was fittingly titled ‘Get Together,’         infectious sound. The six years of ground       singer, Jake Shears, reportedly informed the       experience, seems quietly confident about
 uniting all genders, via the efforts of popular    work spent arduously dj-ing and promoting       band that while he was writing with Aussie         the band’s success overseas. But as they say
 party brand, Fag Tag.                              in cool joints such as Hugo’s Bar (Kings        pop princess, Kylie Minogue, he played to          in the pop industry, “The proof is in the
    Ascending a stairwell from the tiny             Cross) is now paying off. (Hefty bar and        her Sneaky’s national hit ‘Pictures’ and she       pudding.”
 dressing room area, the 80s-influenced band        pizza tabs to prove it).                        insisted that they write a song just like it for
 appear. Sycophants, security guards and               “We’ve kept all the bar tabs – they could    her. Now that’s influence.
 dancers all seem tongue tied and excited now.      paper a wall,” laughs Angus. $600,000              The Forum is getting frenetic. Ms               SNEAKY SOUND SYSTEM’s self titled
 Beyond the walls party animals are chanting.       worth in fact. Let’s hope some of those         Connie applies make-up and prepares for an         debut LP out now in Australia through
 The trio are all funked up, dressed to thrill in   swigger-ligger’s have now contributed back,     exclusive backstage photo shoot.                   Whack/MGM.
 street-smart neon, black and silver.               by buying the band’s self-titled debut album,      “I don’t get caught up in all the beer, fags




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10   The Review July 2007




Danks Street                                      South Sydney Crossword
Not “dank &
dirty”
sCoTT winTer




A
         decade ago the industrial storage site
         that connects Waterloo to Redfern
         was a barren place, a “dank and dirty
ground,” as William Shakespeare once wrote.
It’s now a hub of culture and design – with
interior designers, antique dealers, art
galleries, home-ware outlets, and some of
Sydney’s most gastronomically delightful
restaurants and bistros.

   “It’s like a little Europe on my doorstep,”
says local resident and actor Steve Ryan.
   “I love it, especially on a Saturday
morning,” says local Rene Nicks.
   “I like the fact that although the area is
built up, you don’t feel like you are in living
in an urban jungle. Danks Street is so darn
cool especially for shopping and eating,” says
Zaab, internationally known record producer
and resident.
   Start on the Bourke Street side, with
coffee and a top-notch breakfast at Browns
on Bourke, ’cause then you can pop over the
road to Valiant Furniture. Speak to John on
the clearance level to pick up quality design                                                                                                                 Crossword by D.P.

modern furniture at sometimes bargain
factory prices.                                   ACrOSS                                                                    dOWn
   Up and to the left you find Gallery            5     the original local lingo. initial dialect holding ancient rites &   1  Adheres to approval amidships. (6)
Gondwana. It displays contemporary                      unwritten knowledge (6)                                             2 right fender smashed in south sydney. (7)
indigenous art. Through a diverse exhibition      8 the solid heart of urban Aboriginality. (3,5)                           3 slick tone interwoven. (5,4)
program they showcase both established and        9 one of three. (7)                                                       4 gouging goal kicker. (6)
emerging artists. The gallery takes pride in
                                                  10 Funny faces, refreshment places. (5)                                   5 degenerate mucky pup. (5,3)
the long lasting friendships it has developed
                                                  11 Patsy sees changes in simple stages. (4,5)                             6 Pasta meal, a tiff. (1,4)
throughout the years with those artists and
their communities.                                13 goal kickers downing tools? (8)                                        7 Consumer coughs up. (4,4)
   The street is resonating with a life that      14 Cyclops won i heard. (3,3)                                             12 enquire about asterisk. (3)
seems totally incongruous for the area. All       17,19 Methamphetamine era c. 10,000BC. (3,3)                              15 Fresh knickers supplied by crazed nudie in all directions. (3,6)
buses from Danks Street can take you to, and      20 Heart of the home, these days the kitchen. (6)                         16 Mad sir lovey really is archaic. (6,2)
from, the CBD. Green Square train station is      23 redevelopment project incorporating 8 across. (8)                      18 Fast felines pronounced as swindlers. (8)
a mere stroll away.
                                                  26 Former english county between M & F. (9)                               21 Monkey see, monkey do. (3)
   Next to Salvage Antiques and opposite
                                                  28 did well to out do it live. (5)                                        22 sugary i.e. darling. (7)
Abode Bazaar, there’s the perfect pit stop for
lunch and that’s The Danks Street Depot.          29 the Aboriginal people of sW Australia. (7)                             24 Praises former levies by the sound of it. (6)
It was established by head chef and food          30 sing about peel back, dormant. (8)                                     25 the Aboriginal people of nW Arnhemland. (6)
author, Jared Ingersoll, and Melanie Starr,       31 lesson about equality. (2,4)                                           27 enchanted then out manoeuvred, e.g. rumba. (5)
both famous for the simplicity of their work.
                                                                                                                            solUtions in neXt MontH’s edition
The organic roast chicken and sweet corn
sandwich or Spaghetti Strascinato married
with a cold riesling work well in the sunshine.
The new European tapas menu in the                Last month’s solutions
evening is one heavenly Hispanic experience.          S   M   O   K    I    N   G    C    E    R    E   M    O    N    Y
“We work really closely with growers and
farmers to ensure that we use the best and            E
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                                                                                                                   I   A                      Blow your
                                                                                                                                              own trumpet!
freshest ingredients,” says Ingersoll.
                                                          R       L         T        V         D         D        L
   When shopping is done and the credit card
                                                      B   A   B   A    N    A        E    V    E    L    E    I   G    H
is almost maxed for the day, save some room
                                                          G                 N         L        R         N        U
for Strangers with Candy, over on Kepos
                                                      L   E   A   S    T    D    E   A    R         L    I   O    N                           Send your band /
Street, a 2-minute walk away. Created by
Justin Wells, try the West Australian Snapper                     A                  N                   N                                    theatre / art bios and
drenched with a coconut lime custard,                     M   E   N    U         O   D    D    D    I   G     I   T    S                      pics to be published in
followed by the warm chocolate fudge cake                 A       T         H        S         E                  O                           the Review
with citris and toffee sauce and fresh cream.         B   R   E   A    K    O    U   T         L    A   W    S    O    N                      (All pics must be
The setting is cosy with port wine walls and              S       C         T        R         E        A          I                          300 dpi at print size
waxy bottled candles. There’s a real sense of                                                                                                 or will be rejected)
                                                      T   H   I   R    S    T    I   E    S    T         T    I   D    Y
“all that is fresh and home made” radiating
                                                          A       U         U        E         E         E        L                           Send to editor@ssh.com.au
from the country style kitchen. Best to book
                                                      E   L   I   Z    A    B    E   T    H    S    T    R   E     E   T
in advance!
                                                                                                                                                                           The South Sydney Herald – July 2007 11



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An Opera House for all                                                                                                                                   Tanya Plibersek MP
                                                                                                                                                         Member for Sydney
Reem Al-Gharabally                          Gillespie, Chief Executive Officer           we can best reach out to the people
                                            of the Sydney Opera House. The               you want to get to.”
   In April an audience of disad-           initiative is part of the Opera House’s         The tickets for the first two shows
vantaged communities attended a             Annual Giving Program which will             have been sold through the Factory
performance at the Sydney Opera
House as part of a new initiative
                                            fund artistic, education and access
                                            initiatives.
                                                                                         Community Centre in Waterloo and
                                                                                         a temporary box office has also been                  Fairer deal on health
aimed at increasing access to Sydney
Opera House.
                                               “It is all about making the place
                                            lively, vibrant and relevant to
                                                                                         set up in Waterloo Public Library for
                                                                                         the next show in June.                                funding is needed
   The Balnaves Foundation Open             everybody because we really like to             “From the feedback I am hearing
House Program offers subsidised $5          think this place as the mother of all        from the community the program is
tickets to selected performances at the     community halls. Because that is what        very well accepted and people are very
                                                                                                                                               A first class health care system is a priority for
Sydney Opera House to underprivi-           it is really,” says Mr Gillespie.            excited about getting to go inside the                most Australians.
leged and unemployed people.                   “It is very important we communi-         Opera House,” says Melissa Burgess,
   “There is a price barrier to people      cate to people this is available. It will    a Community Development Worker at
of different socio-economic class and       not work unless people know that it          the Factory Community Centre.
we felt we had to do something that         is available and actually come and              Year one of the program focuses                    With the Federal Government collecting a $389
allows a wider range of the com-            apply for these subsidised tickets,”         on inner city residents, expanding
munity to see some of the great stuff       he adds. “This is the first season so        to southern and western suburbs in
                                                                                                                                               billion windfall from the mining boom we could
that we put on here,” says Norman           we are learning as we go along how           years two and three.                                  have expected increased investment and better
                                                                                                                                               services. No such luck.

                                                                                                                                               The Howard Government likes to blame the
                                                                                                                                               NSW State Government for problems with
                                                                                                                                               our public hospitals, but a recent report Caring
                                                                                                                                               for our Health? A report card on the Australian
                                                                                                                                               Government’s performance on health care shows
                                                                                                                                               that the Commonwealth’s share of funding for
                                                                                                                                               public hospitals has dropped from 50% in 2000
                                                                                                                                               to 45% today.

                                                                                                                                               You can’t cut the Commonwealth’s share of
                                                                                                                                               funding to hospitals and then blame the States
                                                                                                                                               for the inevitable problems that this creates.

                                                                                                                                               Even quality hospitals like Royal Prince Alfred
                                                                                                                                               and the Sydney Dental Hospital will feel the
                                                                                          Lucy Taksa and Geoff Turnbull Photo: Andrew Collis
                                                                                                                                               effects of this Howard neglect.

rail heritage at risk in eveleigh                                                                                                              Under the Howard Government:
Candice Chung                               Environment Plan, the LES is to be              Dr Taksa argues that the NSW                       ß The Commonwealth’s share of funding for
                                            added to the Park which was zoned            Government is “out of step” with gov-
   Following the much contested             to be up to 12 stories in height.            ernments elsewhere in the country. In                   public hospitals is declining, directly affecting
relocation of Locomotive 3801 to               “The government seems to be trying        Queensland, the State Government has
Thirlmere late last year, the Eveleigh      to get rail heritage out of Sydney,”         provided $20m towards redevelopment
                                                                                                                                                 this community’s access to public hospital
Workshop in Redfern is resuming             REDWatch spokesperson Geoff                  of Ipswich Railway workshops which                      facilities;
its battle with an uncertain future.        Turnbull said. “Basically, it means that     contain a functional museum, along-
Earlier in April, the National Trust of     places like the LES and the paint shop       side an operational railway workshop
Australia (NTA) had listed the site as      have come into the firing line.”             where heritage work continues.                        ß $100 million was ripped out of dental care
one of the most at risk places in NSW,         Mr Turnbull believes that economic           “The Labor Government in NSW                        in1997 and never restored;
highlighting the threat of potential        factors are the main driving forces          has had since the 1990s to do
heritage loss.                              behind the potential shift. “I think         adequate heritage interpretation but
   Eveleigh currently houses the            the rationale is that these are very         there have been virtually miniscule                   ß The out-of-pocket cost of visiting the doctor
largest surviving railway engineer-
ing workshops in Australia which
                                            expensive inner-city lands and it is
                                            better to be used for something else.
                                                                                         heritage funds provided for a design
                                                                                         plan or signage. So whilst people
                                                                                                                                                has more than doubled since 1996;
date back to the steam era. Several         Of course, one of the issues is, if you’re   can say, ‘Oh wow, what a beautiful
buildings within the site have been         going to have active rail heritage, it       building’ and admire the romance of                   ß National GP bulk-billing rates are still below
re-developed and there are fears that       needs to be somewhere that people            the industry, there is no sign of the                  where they were under Labor 11 years ago;
further changes may threaten existing       can actually have access to it.”             people who once occupied that site,”
heritage values.                               The importance of active heritage         Dr Taksa said.
   “The NTA is concerned about the          conservation has long been advocated            The RWA is currently undertaking                   ß Private health insurance premiums have risen
proposals for multi-storey develop-         by academics and historians. Univer-         preliminary feasibility work on the
ment. We urge the retention of those        sity of New South Wales associate            LES in the event that Railcorp hands
                                                                                                                                                by 47% since 1999;
workshops and a continuation of their       professor Lucy Taksa believes the            over the site in the future. While RWA
role in training skilled apprentices        State Government should make a               Chief Executive Officer Robert Domm                   ß One in three Australians can’t get health care
and in rebuilding our state’s steam         greater effort to preserve the existing      said it is too early to determine what
engines,” NTA Executive Director Tina       “intangible heritage” in Eveleigh.           the adaptive re-use options may be,                    or dental care because they can’t afford it.
Jackson said.                                  “There has been lip service given to      he explains that the 12 storey zoning
   With the fate of the Large Erecting      heritage in terms of adaptive re-use,”       is there to ensure consistency with
Shop (LES) resting in the hands of          Dr Taksa said. “However, that adap-          the adjoining Australian Technology                   More than ever, health care is less affordable, less
Railcorp, it is not yet certain whether     tive re-use is focused on commercial         Park.
the historically significant site will be   redevelopment and maintaining only              In terms of the sale of surplus lands              accessible and less able to cope with the health
sold off for commercial development         the built fabric – only the shell. So        in North Eveleigh, Mr Domm states
or handed down to the Redfern Water-        anybody moving into the area doesn’t         that heritage safeguards already exist                challenges of the future.
loo Authority (RWA) to be adaptively        actually have any connection with            in the State Environmental Planning
re-used.                                    the past and the social value of the         Policy which was amended to give
                                                                                                                                                 Authorised by Tanya Plibersek MP
   Currently, the LES is one of the few     site. Basically, we’re talking about         effect to the RWA’s Built Environment
heritage pieces on the southern side        the recolonisation of a site without         Plan. “Further safeguards will be put                       Labor Member for Sydney
of Eveleigh that is not already under       adequate resources being given to            in place by the RWA’s concept plan-                    422 Crown St, Surry Hills NSW 2010
the umbrella of Australian Technology       making the heritage accessible to the        ning for the site, which will occur                    9357 6366 | www.tanyaplibersek.com
Park. In a recently submitted Built         broader community,” she said.                prior to sale.”
12 The South Sydney Herald – July 2007




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                               Kristina
                                                                  Films to view
                               Keneally           MP              at the ’loo
                                                                  Claire Thompson
                               MEMBER
                               FOR HEFFRON                           The Woolloomooloo Film Society began as an
                                                                  experiment in Bob Percival’s living room last June
                                                                  and has come a long way since then, now working

 Meeting our                                                      in conjunction with the Kings Cross Arts Guild and
                                                                  Sydney City Council.

 commitments in Heffron
                                                                     On the second Tuesday of every month at 5.45pm,
                                                                  crowds gather to the Macleay Room, Rex Centre
                                                                  in Potts Point to enjoy tea and biscuits and 16mm
                                                                  screenings of Hollywood classics and cinematheque
 I am pleased to report that the seat of Heffron will             films from Australia and overseas. Bob explains that,
                                                                  by using a 16mm film reel viewed through a projector,
 receive a healthy share of the record $12.5 billion being        the grainy image, different colourisation and sound
 invested this year in schools, hospitals, roads, transport       adds to the authenticity of the viewing. “It’s a whole
                                                                  screening experience as the light is thrown from the
 and other vital infrastructure as part of the NSW                projector across the room. The crackle of the sound
 Government’s record $45 billion budget.                          and clicking of the cogs brings back nostalgia for many
                                                                  of the older members of the audience.”
                                                                     The films are borrowed from the National Film and
 One of the major local highlights for the Iemma                  Sound Archives in Canberra whose library boasts
                                                                  literally thousands of films from around the world.               Bob Percival running his 16mm Bauer movie projector Photo: Ali Blogg
 Government’s second budget is the $3.5 million for               Members get a chance to pick films that they want
 the new Redfern/Waterloo Community Health Centre.                to see in the future, and talk about them afterwards.      look forward to it. Some of them even get dressed up
                                                                  The main film is then followed by a short film which       in evening wear!”
                                                                  is generally about 20 minutes long.                          The annual fee is a mere $5 (charged at the door
 Our local community will also benefit from the                      At the moment the Film Society only screens             on first visit and subsequent visits free.) The next
                                                                  classics, but Bob is hoping to expand to a new venue       viewing, on July 10, will be of The Third Man, Carol
 acquisition of 260 new buses for the Sydney                      in Darlinghurst where avant-garde and experimental         Reeds’ 1949 classic about an out-of-work pulp fiction
 metropolitan and outer metropolitan areas in 2007/08.            movies will appeal to a younger audience. “It’s a          novelist who has just arrived in post-war Vienna.
                                                                  great way to enable people in the community to come
                                                                  together. The regular members of the Society really        for more information phone Bob on 0422 105391.
 The Iemma Government will invest $13 million for the
 supply of new public housing and upgrading of existing
 public housing in the Heffron electorate.

 Other projects being supported in South Sydney include:

 ˛ $1 million for feasibility work to begin for the
       upgrade of Redfern Station;

 ˛ More than $1 million into improving City West
       community housing;

 ˛ $9.6 million for local roads including $390,000 to
       replace the existing pedestrian crossing in Euston Rd,
       south of Harley St, Alexandria with traffic signals;

 ˛ $750,000 for the North Eveleigh Pedestrian Link;
 ˛ $1.125 million for signage and utilities upgrade at
       the Australian Technology Park;

 ˛ $1.590 million for Remediation and Public Domain
       Preliminary Works at the ATP site;

 ˛ $9.499 million for continuation of construction of                                                                                                  Jimmy Little and Aunty Mavis Photo: Deborah Wall

       buildings in the Australian Technology Park.

 I welcome the Government’s commitment to improve
                                                                  honour, recognition and respect – lest we forget
                                                                  Claire Thompson                       I and II, Vietnam and Korea. Many               A further address was made by
 and expand public services and increased infrastructure                                                of these diggers failed to receive the       Veteran Mr Harry Buckley who
 funding. As a result, I look forward to seeing jobs created        Members of the RSL and Aboriginal   recognition they deserved on their           commented that the service and
                                                                  diggers have honoured Indigenous      return. One coloured digger said,            sacrifice of the coloured diggers had
 and strong economic growth in NSW, and in particular in          veterans on May 31 at the Pool of     “When you’re out there fighting for          not been classified until now as they
 South Sydney.                                                    Reflection at the Anzac Memorial,     your life you find out that the bullets      had not been considered as civilians
                                                                  Hyde Park.                            don’t discriminate but when we came          of Australia. He said, “The most
                                                                    The moving ceremony began with      home we faced discrimination of the          tragic aspect is that it was after they
                                                                  a Traditional Smoking Ceremony to     highest order.”                              returned to this country that they
  Kristina Keneally MP                                            the sound of a didgeridoo in order       Master of Ceremonies and ex-Naval         were shunned, their sacrifice ignored
                                                                  to cleanse the area and bring peace   submariner Mr David Williams                 and families oppressed even further
  Member for Heffron                                              as school children placed wreaths     opened the ceremony with a powerful          by State and Federal Governments.”
  Shop 117, 747 Botany Road, Rosebery NSW 2018                    in the water. Further wreaths were    speech noting the Commemoration                 Mr Don Rowe has pledged to make
                                                                  then laid by RSL State President Mr   Service as an important step towards         the memorial service an annual event
  Phone: (02) 9699 8166 Fax: (02) 9699 8222                       Don Rowe and a number of MPs in       reconciliation. He said, “I never            and recited The Ode. He pledged
                                                                  memory of the thousands of Aborigi-   thought I’d live to see this day and         memory to the unaccounted for Abo-
  Email: kristina.keneally@parliament.nsw.gov.au                  nal and Torres Strait Islanders who   am proud to be here amongst my               riginal diggers. He said, “We continue
                                                                  served for Australia in World Wars    people.”                                     to pay our respects to them.”
                                                                                                                                                         The South Sydney Herald – July 2007 13




Comment & Opinion
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A C R I T I C A L L O O AT T H E M E D I A
John Stapleton


T   his month John Stapleton considers Australia’s low ranking
    in terms of press freedom.

   In case you missed the news I’ll repeat it here: Australia has
been ranked 35th and 39th in the world in terms of press freedom
by two international journalist organisations, Reporters Without
Borders and Freedom House respectively. That puts us down there
with El Salvador and Bosnia. Australians love to pride themselves
on being open-minded and tolerant. Our academics spout endlessly
about “diversity” and “multiplicity” while cheerfully condemning
the media. The truth is another country.
   Australia is little better than a communist country with a capitalist
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gloss. Any independent minded reporter is confronted with a
bewildering variety of restrictions on what they can and cannot cover.
If you don’t believe me, try a few politically incorrect experiments.
   Try and find out how many acts of vandalism have been perpetrated
against Christian churches in 2007. You won’t get very far. Try and
find out what the travel budgets are for the country’s most senior
judicial figures. The travel budgets of the Supreme Court or the
Family Court are reputed to be an open scandal. But just try and
                                                                                                                                                           READERS’ LETTERS
get a breakdown of their travel budgets. Or to quote an example            editorial
which has been making the news, try and get a breakdown of the                                                                                           Re: ‘Green light for Green
hundreds of thousands of dollars of your money being spent on the
Prime Minister’s wine cellar. You won’t get anywhere.                      Babana:                                                                       Square pool?’ (SSH June)
                                                                                                                                                             As is clearly stated in the text of


                                                                           Source of strength
   Under our now frequently abused Freedom of Information laws                                                                                           the article, the recreation complex
police have refused to release a list of the pubs with the highest                                                                                       is planned for the former SSC site
numbers of alcohol-related incidents, including assault and robbery.                                                                                     on the eastern side of Joynton
Think you have the right to know which schools in this state have                                                                                        Avenue, not, as is indicated by the
the most violent incidents – perhaps so you can avoid sending your
child into a dangerous schoolyard? Forget it. A major newspaper has
                                                                           T    he men of Babana conduct
                                                                                their monthly meetings
                                                                           with a sense of purpose and
                                                                                                                justly and in peace. There is
                                                                                                                patience and good humour, again
                                                                                                                and again – and everyone is
                                                                                                                                                         text below the photo of the old
                                                                                                                                                         Royal South Sydney Hospital, on
                                                                                                                                                         the hospital site. The hospital is
spent more than $40,000 on legal fees so far in an attempt to get a                                             given a chance to speak, actually        heritage listed as any study of the
report from the NSW Department of Education on violent incidents,          pride. As a visitor made very
                                                                                                                encouraged to speak.                     vast amount of readily available
but after repeated attempts still can’t get the full report.               welcome, it’s something quite          In a context of focus on               documentation on Green Square
   One simple but effective tool governments have used to rort FOI         noticeable. Babana is about          problems in Aboriginal                   would reveal. This was, or should
                                                                           Aboriginal men, brothers,            communities – serious problems,          have been, a “good news” item
laws has been to make them too expensive for the average citizen.
                                                                                                                yes – and having to do with real
Don’t believe me? Try and get your own health, tax or police               supporting one another so                                                     despite the little spat of political
                                                                                                                despondency and frustration at
records; try and find out what information the government has on           they might offer greater                                                      grandstanding by Councillor
                                                                                                                paternalistic attitudes and policies
                                                                           support to their families and        – we might well acknowledge the          Pooley who should be much
you personally, and you’ll be immediately hit with extensive delays
                                                                                                                energy and the ideas generated           better acquainted with planning
and massive costs.                                                         to the local community.
                                                                                                                within groups like Babana.               progress for the huge project of
    Australian laws now contain more than 500 separate prohibitions                                                                                      developing Green Square if he is
                                                                                                                We might well acknowledge
and restrictions on what the public is allowed to know. Some                  At the June meeting held in       the healing that occurs there.           so interested in the area. Things
vary from state to state, creating huge barriers to accurate and full      the offices of the Aboriginal        We might well acknowledge that           are finally starting to happen
reporting. Courts are routinely suppressing information, often on          Housing Company on the               the greatest source of strength          in Green Square and while fair
spurious grounds. A decade ago, there were fewer than 100 court            Block, discussion ranged from        for Aboriginal people is hopeful         criticism is valid, cheap shots and
suppression orders on the media. Now there are more than 1,000             planning to connect with similar     Aboriginal people. And we might          ill-informed articles aren’t. No,
                                                                           groups throughout the State, to      well support them in whatever            I have no affiliation with City of
at any one time.                                                           collaborating with an Aboriginal     way we can.                              Sydney other than being a resident
   One of the most disgusting sights in recent times has been the sight    documentary film-maker; from                                                  of Zetland/Green Square.
of a judge declaring that he was seriously considering a jail term         marking NAIDOC week in July,                                                                          Brian Phipps
for the whistle blower convicted for exposing the shocking state of        to building partnerships with        upcoming                                                               Zetland
security at our airports and revealing that a number of employees          the Redfern-Waterloo Authority,
at Sydney airport had serious criminal histories or potential links to
                                                                           the Benevolent Society, and Care     Babana events                            Re. ‘Jenner House in
                                                                           Connect, Redfern; from leading                                                jeopardy… again’ (SSH June)
radical Islamic groups. This whistle blower’s common decency in            a celebration for the World’s        for details contact Mark spinks on
exposing the systemic flaws at our airport facilities led to a $22m        Indigenous Peoples’ Day at the                                                   It’s hard to believe that leaving
                                                                                                                9243 3546, or                            Jenner on 27% of its current site
upgrade of security and the traveling public is now much safer as          Sydney Town Hall on 13 August,
                                                                           to helping with a jobs expo at the   www.treocom.net/babana                   to fit in two new modern houses
a result.                                                                                                                                                is sensitive. And destroying all
                                                                           University of Western Sydney.        13 July
   We are, all of us, from those in the media to your average punter,         There was also talk of a joint                                             the heritage gardens and every
fools for having allowed this to happen. We are all complicit in our       Babana-DoCS educational              nAidoC Week Harbour Cruise               bit of original landscaping to
own oppression.                                                            workshop on family violence;         tribal Warrior                           put houses, three swimming
   Both Labor and the Coalition are guilty of abusing Australian           men taking time to care for          Partners: rWA, the Benevolent society,   pools, pergolas, driveways and
democracy by withholding information that should be in the public          their own health; the need of                                                 car-parks is hardly sympathetic.
                                                                           support for fathers, and the         Care Connect, redfern                    But having allowed the house
domain. But there is no doubt the Howard government has been
                                                                           role of fathers in handing on                                                 to deteriorate for 7 years during
particularly blame-worthy in this regard.                                  traditions that promote respect      20 July
                                                                                                                                                         his stewardship, we should be
   To combat the secrecy which has enveloped the operation of              and self-respect; and the value of   Babana Meeting                           thankful the owner isn’t applying
governments at all levels in this country Australia’s largest media        maintaining practical and positive   AHA offices, redfern                     to pull it down completely and
organisations, traditionally fierce competitors, have united to form       relationships with local police.
                                                                              Members reported with pride       From 12–2pm                              the developer describing this
a new coalition to run a public campaign called Australia’s Right                                                                                        as the ultimate ‘restoration’. Oh
                                                                           laying a wreath on behalf of
To Know.                                                                                                        13 august                                and by the way… more than 700
                                                                           Aboriginal diggers at the Pool of
   The group includes News Limited, Fairfax Media, the ABC, the            Reflection at the war memorial in    World’s indigenous Peoples’ day          people signed a petition against
commercial television industry body FreeTV, its radio equivalent           Hyde Park.                           sydney town Hall                         the DA and over 100 objections
Commercial Radio Australia, SBS, wire service AAP and broadcaster             In and through all the talk                                                have been received by Council…
Sky News. At a press conference in May the group outlined plans for        there was a strong spirit of         28 september                             and just one letter supporting
                                                                           determination. An orientation        Jobs expo                                the proposal.
a major reappraisal of laws and regulations that censor free speech        toward a future where Indigenous                                                              Peter Sheridan AM
and undermine the right of all Australians to information that is          and non-Indigenous communities       University of Western sydney                                   Elizabeth Bay
relevant and important to them.                                            might share resources for living     Blacktown Campus
14 The South Sydney Herald – July 2007




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                                                                                                                                          SOUTH            SYDNEY              ENVIRONMENT
    A conversation with

  Sekai Holland of Zimbabwe                                                                                                          Ethical eating:
                                                                                                                                     ham and bacon
                                                                                                                                                  Anna Christie


                                                                                                                                                  I
                                                                                                                                                  n past issues of the South Sydney Herald I have
                                                                                                                                                  attempted to draw a connection between us
                                                                                                                                              as consumers, and the ability of our life support
                                                                                                                                     systems – the environment – to continue providing for us as
                                                                                                                                     we have become accustomed. The ability of our environment
                                                                                                                                     to provide food for us is probably the most critical of these life
                                                                                                                                     support systems.
                                                                                                                                        The many discussions that turn around this subject concern not just
                                                                                                                                     agricultural and economic matters, but also ethical ones. For meat-
                                                                                                                                     eaters, it is imperative that we concern ourselves with the ethics of
                                                                                                                                     how we raise animals for food.
                                                                                                                                        What started off as a “good news” story about the availability of
                                                                                                                                     free-range ham and bacon has turned into an investigation about
                                                                                                                                     why the products had been pulled from the local supermarket, Coles
                                                                                                                                     Surry Hills.
                                                                                                                                        Ever since Professor Peter Singer’s ground-breaking book Animal
                                                                                                                                     Liberation in 1975, concern for factory-farmed pigs has slowly but
                                                                                                                                     surely spread throughout the community.
                                                                                                                                        It is often said that the physiology and internal organs of pigs are
                                                                                                                                     more like humans than any other animals – hence they are regarded
                                                                                                                                     as the first animal most likely to provide organs for animal-to-human
                                                                                                                                     transplants in the future.
                                                                                                                                        My question is, if pigs are so much like us why is it acceptable
                                                                                       Sekai Holland stays strong Photo: Ali Blogg   for our society to breed them (unlike sheep, cattle, goats and other
                                                                                                                                     livestock) in factory farms where these clever and sentient animals

    S   ekai Holland is still struggling to recover from 81 beatings to the front of her body, plus
        15 more on her side and then being dropped on her head from a high truck by those
    who serve the power-corrupted Robert Mugabe. But there is no stopping her from fighting
                                                                                                                                     suffer unimaginable cruelty?
                                                                                                                                        Free-range farming recognises that factory-farming causes prolonged
                                                                                                                                     psychological harm to animals, and seeks to encourage the natural
                                                                                                                                     social behaviour of the livestock.
    for the future of Zimbabwe.                                                                                                         For a while, it was good news to be able to buy the free-range
                                                                                                                                     products at a mainstream grocery store, where they were selling for
     Dorothy McRae-McMahon                                      What of the future for Zimbabwe? The natural                         not much more than some of the non-free-range competitor products.
                                                             event of an earthquake which threw fine diamonds                        This was a welcome change from having to hunt them down at
       She reflected on the experience of torture at the     up to the surface may well be a significant factor                      specialty butchers and boutique organic grocers, where they are often
    hands of Mugabe’s militia and her responses as it        as people from prosperous countries gather around                       priced out of reach for many. The smallgoods may not have been
    happened. As she looked at her torturers, she had        and try to take advantage of this find. Who knows                       exactly “organic” – coming from pigs raised on only certified organic
    a sense of shock and wondered how she had failed         what deals will be done, both economically and                          feedstock, with no antibiotics and certainly no genetically modified
    to talk with them before and engage with them as         politically? Undoubtedly the Zimbabwean economy                         organisms – but they were free-range, and that means a great deal
    human beings. She asked herself, “Why are you doing      is already moving towards collapse with its currency                    to me.
    this and how can I connect with your humanity?”          now having virtually no value and its systems                              Like most Australian families, my household enjoys ham and adores
       When the attackers shouted that she and four          in chaos.                                                               bacon. However, it is only available from time-to-time when I happen
    other women prisoners were “Tony Blair’s prosti-            During the most recent attacks by Mugabe and his                     across free-range because I am a conscientious objector to products
    tutes”, she found herself thinking “How can they         forces on his own people, there were several areas                      made from intensively-farmed livestock. The regular availability of
    say that? I am 64! Tony Blair is more likely to be       of supports which made a difference and they came                       acceptable bacon at Coles Surry Hills enabled my 19-year-old son to
    my son and I am married to a white person.” Then         from Australia. The first was response by the Aus-                      enjoy those egg and bacon sandwiches he so loves… for a while.
    she remembers considering how to respond to the          tralian Ambassadors in both Zimbabwe and South                             To find out why the supply of free-range ham and bacon dried
    intended abuse in the prostitute label and yet hold      Africa who acted immediately and competently to                         up, I contacted the company that supplies Coles. KR Castlemaine,
    to her solidarity with sex workers.                      get those attacked into medical care. The second                        one of Australia’s three biggest pork producers, claims to be the first
       She marvelled at how strong the human body            was the appeals to Mugabe for justice to his people                     mainstream producer to offer Australian consumers the choice of
    can become in the face of such an onslaught of           and the stopping of the torture which came from                         free-range bred products.
    pain and wounding – how her whole body and               Aboriginal leaders and groups all over Australia and                       John Brady, KR Castlemaine’s General Manager of Sales and
    all its functions closed up for 9 hours of suffering.    which were critical in influencing what happened.                       Marketing, confirmed what I suspected: that producers are having
    She tells how one of the 56 men, who had been            The third was from Dr. Bob Woods from Burwood                           trouble keeping up with the demand for the free-range products.
    arrested with her, warned the others that he was         in Sydney, who happened to be in Harare recruiting                      There is no surprise there – after all, they don’t call intensive animal
    HIV positive when his blood was splashed over her        nurses and who was able to take important photos of                     husbandry “factory farming” for nothing. It enables more pork
    and tried to wash it off so she wouldn’t be infected.    what was happening and get them out for the world                       products to be manufactured, more cheaply … and more cruelly.
    As Sekai said, “We don’t know our strength until         to see. Sporting boycotts were also important.                             The free-range farms from which KR Castlemaine gets its pigs,
    we are tested”. Nor do we know whether our usual            Sekai also pays tribute to her husband, Australian                   on the Western Plains of Victoria, are not like this. Instead of being
    principles of care and justice will be sustained until   born Jim Holland who set aside everything in his                        penned into concrete-floored cages, pigs may wallow in open
    we are attacked.                                         own life to support both her and the cause of the                       paddocks. Sows with piglets are housed in insulated huts, from
       She vividly remembers the situation in Zimbabwe       people of Zimbabwe. Will they return home? Yes,                         which they may freely move inside and out.
    and the forming of her political party, the Movement     they will – a home which Sekai hasn’t seen since the                       As Mr Brady told me, “While the number of bred free-range
    for Democratic Change, from the representatives of       torture began many weeks ago. They will go back                         Australian farms is increasing, there is still not sufficient supply to
    42 non-government organisations in 1988, when it         because they never give up hope for the future and                      enable us to deliver the product across all our categories and keep up
    became apparent that they needed to enter political      because they have the care of 11 children whose                         demand. It is still a very small proportion of total production and it is
    life in order for new leadership to emerge and for       parents have died from HIV/AIDS. The grandparent                        not likely that farmers will be able to increase this figure dramatically.”
    a culture of democracy to be established. By this        generation is the new “parenting” generation in                            In the short-term it is not a promising outlook for those of us
    stage it was very clear that Mugabe was not going        Zimbabwe, due to the scourge of this destructive                        who make purchasing decisions based on ethical concerns like
    to carry the people towards the freedom that they        illness. Also, Sekai is still the leader of the Harare                  animal cruelty.
                                                             Province of her Party.                                                     But one thing John Brady made clear is the trend towards free-
    had fought for when colonialism was ended.
                                                                If Sekai Holland had one thing to say to the world                   range products is consumer-led. That means food producers like KR
       She recalled the moment when the guns
                                                                                                                                     Castlemaine, and retailers too, are responding to market research and
    stopped in 1980 and the Policy of Reconciliation         it would be that, in the end, there is only one human
                                                                                                                                     buyer behaviour that tells them what people want.
    was announced with all its hopefulness. The              race. Ultimately we have no choice but to learn to
                                                                                                                                        So, all of you who are missing the free-range ham and bacon,
    elections which followed in 2000 were manifestly         live and work together. If there were more people like
                                                                                                                                     raise the cry and remind your supermarket manager: “We want
    undemocratic – as established this year by the           her around, maybe that might happen more quickly.
                                                                                                                                     free-range ham and bacon!”
    African Commission for Human Rights and since            It is in our hands.
    then the world has mostly stood by and watched              We, of the South Sydney Herald, were honoured to
    the destruction of the economy and the lives of the      talk with this brave woman who, unlike most of us, is                    If you would like to suggest environmental issues in South Sydney that need investigation,
    people of Zimbabwe.                                      prepared to pay the price for what she believes.
                                                                                                                                             please contact Anna Christie by email: environment@annachristie.com.au
                                                                                                                                                                                       The South Sydney Herald – July 2007 15



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                                                   network, discuss issues affecting local
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                                                    groups and do projects which benefit
                                                      the Redfern-Waterloo community.
                                                       “A year ago there was nothing
South Sydney                                         like Babana in Redfern-Waterloo.
Uniting Church                                       Babana has already done a lot in
                                                    its first year. I hope there are more
     56a Raglan St Waterloo                          Babana partnerships with Federal
                                                    and NSW Government departments
Worship (Eucharist) 10am Sunday
                                                    and private sponsors which benefit
  Bible Study / Discussion 7pm –                     Aboriginal men, their families and
             12/7, 9/8                              this community.” Honorary Babana             The Bourbaki Ensemble is a small string                      Faith and Social Cohesion Study Day
  Rev Andrew Collis 8399 3410                                Elder, Eric Robinson                                                                             Women’s College, Sydney University
                                                                                               orchestra based in Newtown which performs
  Welcoming people of all ages,                      Community members are helping                                                                                         14 July 2007 9.00am – 5.00pm
  cultural backgrounds, sexual                      to develop a Babana website: www.           works from the string orchestra repertoire.
                                                                                                                                                                        Geraldine Doogue ABC Compass Presenter,
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 preferences. Peace with justice,                                                                                                                                               will open the study day at 9.30am.
       integrity of creation.                            Contact: Mark Spinks                                                                                       Justice Jane Mathews will chair the morning sessions.
                                                                                                      The Bourbaki Ensemble presents
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   Tongan Uniting Church                                                                         AMERICAN AND AUSTRALIAN                                         Sociology, UNESCO Chair in Intercultural and Interreligious
                                                                                                                                                              Relations–Asia Pacific at Monash University, and Chair of Board
          South Sydney                                                                              MUSIC FOR STRINGS                                           of Directors for the Parliament of the World’s Religions 2009.
      Worship 1pm Sunday                                                                                                                                        Tanveer Ahmed Psychiatry registrar, writer and broadcaster.
                                                   LOCAL HANDYPERSON                                        Conductor: David Angell                                                 Afternoon speakers include:
  Mid-week service Fri 7-8pm
                                                                                                                                                             Stephen Crittenden ABC Broadcaster with an interest in religious
 Pastor Sione Hau 0431 144 247                       All installations, repairs and            Soloists: Rachel Tolmie, oboe and cor anglais;                affairs, who will facilitate the discussion. Jihad Dib Acting Principal
                                                          small building jobs.                            Andrew del Riccio, trumpet                            Punchbowl Boys’ High School. Murat Dizdar Senior Principal,
                                                                                                                                                                         Punchbowl and Belmore Boys’ High Schools.
                                                      Please call Mr Kim Marsh.                         Program: Copland, Sculthorpe,                               Mohamed Dukuly Community Worker Auburn Migrant
                                                                                                                                                                  Resource Centre. Lee Howell National Diversity Manager
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                                                                                                                                                                            Aisha Meguid and Mahsheed Ansari.
                                                                                                             St Stephen’s Church,                                   Executive members of Affinity Intercultural Foundation:
                                                                                                                                                                   Brother John Pill Principal, LaSalle College, Bankstown.
                                                                                                           189 Church St, Newtown                               Seide Ramadani Independent migrant community advocate.
                                                    Sepik Blu longpela muruk
                                                                                                                Tickets: $20/$15                              Superintendent Rod Smith Policy and Programs, NSW Police.
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 prime position main street.                                                                                                                                or phcameron@iprimus.com.au or Merilyn Bryce Tel: 9660-0473
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      Busy cafe, good rent,
                                                    “White papua new Guinea residents
long lease. 2 person business,                         will understand, appreciate and
easy to run 5 1/2 days week.                         greatly enjoy this book, australians
         Price negotiable.                             devoid of the “pnG experience”
                                                       will perhaps be less convinced of                         Clover Moore MP
                                                                                                                 State Member for Sydney
      Phone 0403 579 893
                                                        its veracity, but will be amazed
                                                       if convinced that truth is indeed
                                                     stranger than fiction. anyway, they
  The Settlement                                        will also enjoy it. papua niugini      I represent the residents of the Sydney electorate in the NSW Parliament which covers Surry Hills,Centennial Park,
 Community Centre                                        nationals may have even more          Chippendale, Ultimo, Pyrmont, Miller’s Point, The Rocks/Dawes Point, The CBD, East Sydney, Darlinghurst,
  The Settlement wants to know about money            difficulty, but for the older literate   Woolloomooloo, Kings Cross, Potts Point, Elizabeth Bay, Rushcutters Bay, Paddington, small parts of Woollahra and
    troubles in the Redfern/Waterloo area.                                                     Edgecliffe west of Ocean Street and a small part of Kensington bounded by Anzac Parade and Abbotford Street.
  Free financial counselling is being offered by
                                                    citizens, it may help to provide some
  a qualified financial counsellor to 40 people      explanation for the odd behavior of       I work with my constituents to make government and bureaucracies accountable, empower the community,
    willing to take part in a quick private and
confidential survey about their money troubles.    the expatriates they observed in their      ensure social justice for individuals, and protect the urban and natural environments.
The information given to The Settlement will be
                                                     youth; some may even nostalgically
 used to improve financial services in the area.
                                                          wish to turn back the clock.”        Contact my office to talk about your ideas or concerns or if you need help with NSW Government matters.
                   Contact:
    The Settlement Neighbourhood Centre                                                        Tel 9360 3053, drop in to 58 Oxford Street, Paddington, fax 9331 6963, or email sydney@parliament.nsw.gov.au
           17 Edward St, Darlington
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         Phone: Ellouise or Danielle:                the House of Assembly and long-time       Subscribe to my free weekly Clover’s eNews, an email bulletin to inform the community about important issues,
           9698 3087                                           resident of PNG)                events and campaigns. Check my website for more information: www.clovermoore.com
16 The South Sydney Herald – July 2007




Sport
Braving the rain for the red and green
                                                                                                                   were scored, despite both teams
                                                                                                                   having opportunities. Rogers, the
                                                                                                                   best of the Bunnies, came within
                                                                                                                   five metres of the try-line. On a
                                                                                                                   positive note, Souths’ defensive
                                                                                                                   effort in the closing stages
                                                                                                                   was impressive.
                                                                                                                      The following week, on Sunday
                                                                                                                   24 June, in much lighter rain, a
                                                                                                                   mighty effort from co-captain Roy
                                                                                                                   Asotasi laid the platform for a vital
                                                                                                                   Rabbitohs win against the Sharks
                                                                                                                   at Telstra Stadium.
                                                                                                                      Asotasi played the full 80
                                                                                                                   minutes, and scored his first try
                                                                                                                   in the red and green in Souths’
                                                                                                                   16-12 victory. He also led the way
                                                                                                                   defensively.
                                                                                                                      “As a group we feel we are                                   Alexandria Park Boys’ Softball team after training session Photo: Travis Lane
                                                                                                                   heading in the right direction,”
 Souths Juniors Abby El-zbdieh, Sione Tovo, Jarrett Douglas and Welfare Manager Tom Simpson Photo: Andrew Collis


SSH                                                       seemed like a greasy cake of soap)
                                                                                                                   said coach Jason Taylor. “We’ve
                                                                                                                   been feeling that way for a few
                                                                                                                   weeks now. But we needed a bit
                                                                                                                                                           Good sports at Alexandria Park
                                                          brought back-line movements to                           of confidence and that win is           Travis Lane                                     with all members contributing to
  On Friday night 15 June,                                an end. Late in the half Ben Rogers                      the icing on the cake of a good                                                         the win. A big thanks goes out to
in horrible weather conditions                            made a wonderful stepping run                            month of football. We’ve played            The Alexandria Park Community                the bat boy Kieran Mundine for
at Brookvale, the Rabbitohs                               inside the Eagles’ 20 metre area,                        Melbourne away and Manly away           School Primary Softball team have               his supporting role.
were defeated by the Manly                                and when David Fa’alogo was                              – two of the toughest games in the      hit their way into the 4th round                   Alexandria Park Community
Sea Eagles.                                               denied a try (referee Steve Clark                        league – and won against Penrith        of the 2007 NSW State Knockout.                 School now moves on to the next
                                                          ruled a Rogers pass forward),                            and Cronulla. If we didn’t get that     On June 4 2007 the team made up                 round and hosts the strong team
  The Rabbitohs got away to an                            Rabbitohs fans threw up their                            win we might have been back to          of 12 students from Years 5 and                 from Gymea Bay Public School,
early lead via a Nathan Merritt                           hands, and umbrellas, in disbelief.                      square one. But our hard work has       6 played host to Strathfield South              who advanced to the 4th round,
penalty goal, and were making                             It was one of those nights.                              manifested itself into a win and        Public School. Both teams came                  beating Caringbah North by a
good metres in the slippery wet.                             Manly stalwart Steve Menzies                          that is great for our confidence.”      out hard and ready to play, and it              score of 23 to 4. The game will
For sustained periods they had the                        scored after gathering a loose ball                         The Rabbitohs move up to             showed, as both teams displayed                 be played in the coming weeks
Sea Eagles under pressure.                                from a kick. And State-of-Origin                         tenth place on the ladder, and          great skill and sportsmanship.                  with the winner advancing to the
  Dean Widders and Ben Rogers                             debutante Brett Stewart crossed                          will play the Newcastle Knights         There was never much in it, and                 finals of the Sydney North/Sydney
were looking dangerous with the                           to give the Eagles a 14-2 lead at                        in Round 16.                            it was an arm wrestle until the                 East Region.
home side’s defence unable to                             the break.                                                  In other news, there is genuine      very end.                                          In Cross Country news, a special
handle their footwork. Roy Asotasi                           The rain kept falling, the Manly                      excitement about the return of             With strong effort and great                 mention of Rachael Bayliss of
and David Fa’alogo were running                           cheerleaders folded their seats and                      utility star Craig Wing. Things         discipline, along with the veteran              Alexandria Park Community
hard and straight, but some poor                          called it quits just minutes into the                    are indeed heading in the               guidance of Kindergarten teacher                School who finished in the top 6
passing and handling (the ball                            second half, and no further points                       right direction.                        Joy Smith, the Alexandria Park                  at the South Sydney zone carnival,
                                                                                                                                                           Community School team prevailed                 and was the only representative
                                                                                                                                                           for a hard-fought 9 to 6 win.                   from Alexandria Park Community
                                                                                                                                                              Special mention goes to Perri                School to advance and compete in
                                                                                                                                                           E’e and Greg Walford who were                   the Sydney East district carnival at
                                                                                                                                                           named the Best & Fairest for                    Canterbury South Public School,
                                                                                                                                                           their game play and leadership.                 where she put in another
                                                                                                                                                           However, it was a great team effort             gallant effort!


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