Calls to install lifts at Redfern station, one of the busiest stations in Sydney, have become more and more vigorous in recent months thanks to the Lift Redfern: Make Redfern Accessible Now campaign, launched in January by a group of local residents.
Balmain resident Frances Milne was recently awarded the Order of Australia during this year’s Queen’s Birthday celebrations. Frances discusses why she decided to accept the award and why she wants to stop being a silent hero when it comes to asylum seekers.
South Sydney mourns the passing of Yvonne Carol (Nan) Phillips, late of The Block in Redfern (December 22, 1940 – July 15, 2012). Yvonne will be deeply missed by her husband Richard and her many children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchild.
On Sunday August 12, Adrian Spry will run the Sun-Herald City2Surf for Cystic Fibrosis NSW. The Waterloo local is an artist and teacher, a keen road-runner and member of the Ravens running group. He has competed in recent Sydney Half Marathons as well as this year’s Sun Run from Dee Why to Manly. He’s looking forward to taking up the 14km challenge on behalf of a cause he believes in.
Flying overseas soon? Been divorced? Changed relationships? Own your own house or have a mortgage? Have children? Chances are you are one of the 45 per cent of Australians who don’t have a will. Maybe you don’t think you need one. Or don’t figure on dying soon! Who does? Perhaps you should take the opportunity during Good Will Week, August 5-11, to re-think your position and protect those you love.
REDFERN: The owners of the GCA/TNT Towers presented preliminary concept ideas for the refurbishment and heightening of the landmark towers adjacent to Redfern railway station to interested community members at Redfern Community Centre in late July.
July 20-27 saw local engineer and electrician, Stephen Creak, compete in the 2012 World Masters Squash Tournament in Birmingham. The tournament was held at the Solihull Arden Squash Club, West Warwicks Squash Club, Priory Club Edgbaston and Edgbaston Campus Birmingham University. Entries exceeded 500. “There is a great camaraderie with squash players re-uniting from all over the world,” Steve said.
On Thursday July 26, the Women’s Reconciliation Network presented a panel of three excellent speakers to address the issues surrounding the proposed referendum to change Australia’s constitution. Readers may remember that there was an energetic session at the Redfern Community Centre last September, when members of the Panel on Constitutional Recognition of Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders came to engage us in the conversation that began in May 2011 with their discussion paper. The gathering at the RCC on July 26 was smaller but just as energetic!
Stephanie Hayter loves rugby league, and her beloved Jets are currently sixth on the NSW Cup ladder, with 11 wins and 9 losses.
REDFERN: A groundbreaking resource, both for the future of Aboriginal people before the law and for the development of social policy, was launched on Tuesday July 10 at the Aboriginal Legal Service (ALS) in Elizabeth Street.