“If we’re a society which believes in giving people a fair go,” says Marianne Jauncey, “if we believe in saving lives, we must do something differently.”
This month’s report is dedicated to SSH sports writer Michael Page who sadly passed away in June. Over many years Michael wrote with knowledge and passion about his beloved Rabbitohs. He wrote the game report for our grand final wrap-around in 2014, as well as a special (unbeatable) Souths Quiz in celebration of a long-awaited premiership for the team and the community. We will miss him. The SSH extends love and sympathy to Michael’s family and friends.
On Thursday June 16, 13 young people graduated from the IPROWD (Indigenous Police Recruitment Our Way) program at Sydney Tafe’s Eora College. The students are now among over 500 graduates of the highly successful learning program which supports Indigenous people to gain entry into the NSW police force.
The briefings provided an opportunity for these communities to raise their questions. FaCS acknowledged the lack of further details surrounding the redevelopment but outlined some possible scenarios, especially…
Fourteen kilometres on the 14th of August is a proposition that many at The Big Issue in Sydney are coming to terms with. Many vendors and WSE (Women’s Social Enterprise) workers who have recently been profiled in the SSH will be participating in this year’s City 2 Surf as they raise money for The Big Issue.
NEWTOWN: As part of Neighbourhood Centre Week in May community members were invited to express their love for Newtown by making a vow to keep the suburb vibrant, open, weird and safe. Newtown’s open culture is seen to be under threat from influences such as lack of affordable housing, WestConnex and the flow-on effects of the lock-out laws.
August will be extra busy for Oxfam in Sydney, with two new retail shops opening and another Trailwalker about to kick off. The two new Oxfam Shop stores will open in the city and Bondi and the 18th Oxfam Trailwalker Sydney will take place on August 19-21.
Artist Melissa Carey has long loved drawing, painting, printmaking and sculpture. As a 12 year old she had her first jewellery stall. An art school graduate in hometown Perth, she worked for a while in the corporate sector but soon realised the office environment was not a healthy space for her. Three years ago she moved to Sydney where she has established her own creative business. From her share-space studio in Alexandria, Melissa conducts workshops in candle-making, printing and macrame. She enjoys festival work and volunteer work within the arts scene, as well as commissions large and small. Next month she hopes to complete an art residency in Berlin.
Meeting dancer and choreographer Jasmin Sheppard, whom I remember vividly as the courageous but tragic Patygarang in the Bangarra performance of the same name, she seems weightless as if she might float away unless anchored to the foyer armchair.