WATERLOO: Every Sunday at Waterloo Oval a festival of rugby league attracts an excited crowd. Mothers, fathers, aunties, uncles and league enthusiasts come to support the Redfern All Blacks. The proud club, founded in 1944, fields teams of boys and girls from five to 14 years. Games commence around 9am, with the final game usually finishing around 1pm.
Late Night Library – Seizure science fiction sketch jam
Customs House Library
May 6, 2015
Standing before an earnest crowd squeezed into a dim reading room in a forgotten corner of Customs House Library, Patrick Magee is seized by a moment of existential doubt. “How long have I been in this darkness? I wonder if I’ve even been born yet. I must have lived to know such terms. There is only that staring darkness, the unblinking void.”
Greens MP Jenny Leong relishes the privilege of having been elected to serve the people of Newtown. The past month has seen her give an inaugural speech in parliament, set up an electoral office in King Street, and engage a host of constituents on key issues including the WestConnex project, the Central to Eveleigh development, affordable housing and the maintenance of “diverse, safe, vibrant community spaces”. It’s an exciting time for the newly elected MP who brings palpable enthusiasm and expertise in a range of fields well suited to her portfolio responsibilities: Arts and Creative Industries, Rental and Tenancy Housing, LGBTIQ and Human Rights.
WATERLOO: On Friday May 22 students and teachers of Green Square School took part in a presentation ceremony at which the school received a brand new water tank. The event, moved indoors due to heavy rain, was part of the Green Gardens Project that will see 12 schools each receive a tank from GreenCo Water.
The Little Engine That Could is a wonderful story of a small, struggling train engine pushing the limits of its capacity and endurance to succeed despite the odds. A moving story of homeless and unemployed people in Victoria pooling together what little they have to help those affected by Nepal’s earthquakes reminds me of that little engine that could. The odds were stacked against them in so many ways, yet they found a way to reach for resources they barely have for themselves in order to help others.
ULTIMO: South East Sydney Community Transport (SESCT) and Inner West Community Transport (IWCT) have announced a merger that will deliver numerous benefits to clients across nine Local Government Areas. From July 1, 2015, the new service, Access Sydney Community Transport (ASCT), will consolidate the achievements and commitments of its antecedent organisations. John Reynolds, Chair of the SESCT Transitional Board (from May 22), says: “I think it’s fantastic what’s happening. The merger was unanimously endorsed by members at the special general meetings in April. The good will developed by both organisations over the years has remained. Commitment to excellence will continue.”
Eight months ago Nathsaie (Honey) Pakdeesush moved to Sydney from her family home in Bangkok. Last month she commenced postgraduate studies in international business at the Sydney campus of the University of Wollongong. Four days a week she works at the Pronprohm Thai restaurant in Redfern Street, Redfern. A gracious and self-assured young woman who speaks three languages, Honey shares her passion for food, travel and business.
Prominent community identities have spent three days walking in police shoes as they take part in a unique hands-on insight into policing in NSW. A total of 23 participants took part in the second Youth Community Awareness in Policing Program (CAPP), which started in Sydney on March 25. The program was launched in 2010 by the NSW Police Customer Service Program, and is the first of its kind for an Australian law-enforcement agency. To date there have been 12 CAPP programs run.
ULTIMO: A restaurant utilising surplus food has “popped up” in Harris Street, Pyrmont. OzHarvest has taken a three-month lease on an empty restaurant space owned by City West Housing. Ronni Kahn, founder and CEO of OzHarvest, says food destined for landfill will be transformed into gourmet, high-quality restaurant meals.
In 2011, Andreas Aurin, a young musician from Berlin, was teaching piano to students at Camdenville Public School. In order to get the parents more involved in the children’s musical journey, he invited their parents to join a community choir.