REDFERN: Shane Phillips received the Australian Local Hero award on Australia Day. It was undoubtedly well deserved, and just talking with him invites a new hope in people.
Aerobic Gymnast and Redfern local Bridget Rieger speaks about her recent national title, her support network and fitting everything in.
For months now I’ve followed with interest the debate surrounding the “gentrification” of Redfern and whether the addition of new small entrepreneurial businesses, such as wine bars and cafes, will kill the spirit of the suburb. Having only moved here in the last couple of years (I wasn’t born in Sydney) and paid a lot of money for an almost unliveable terrace and “yuppified” it with a new paint job and some major “fixing” to create a family home, I am possibly the exact definition of what is perceived as the “wrong” type of person for Redfern and its surrounds.
There are not many professions that can boast having the general respect of the whole community: doctors, nurses, vets, lifeguards … When kids are asked what they want to be when they grow up, one of the most recurring answers would be: “A firefighter!” There is nothing quite like the appeal of the shiny red fire engine, the powerful water hose and the heroism of saving lives from house fires to ignite the imagination and admiration of children and adults alike.
REDFERN: Amy Porter is a bright, blue-eyed and dark-haired young woman who loves camping and leading rover scouts on adventures. Her occupation, however, might surprise you. At 20, she is a Funeral Director at Joseph Medcalf Funeral Services in Redfern Street and has been working in the industry since she was 16.
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.
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.
Stephanie Hayter loves rugby league, and her beloved Jets are currently sixth on the NSW Cup ladder, with 11 wins and 9 losses.
Edyta is not foreign to multicultural environments. She was born in Kraków, an historical city in southern Poland dating back to the 7th century, which escaped destruction during…
Two men sit casually sharing a conversation, enjoying a clear summer night. A lighting display burns the word “Redfern” on the balcony above. A stranger driving past pulls over and sees it as a perfect Kodak moment to document “Redfern inhabitants”. She takes the photo and continues on. If she’d returned the next night she might have found the same men in the same place – with one difference. If she had spent the time to learn about the people, who they were and what Redfern was about, she may have taken a slightly different photo.