REDFERN: The number of robberies across the Redfern area has fallen dramatically thanks to a mentor program targeting juveniles at risk of criminal activity, according to Redfern Local Area Commander Luke Freudenstein. Clean Slate Without Prejudice promotes “routine and discipline” through boxing and fitness training, as a way to keep vulnerable youth out of trouble.
ALEXANDRIA: Alexandria Park Community School this year celebrates its 10th anniversary, with some very impressive results. In just one year last year the school leapt from 583rd place in the HSC rankings to 66th! The school’s highest performing students were local students from the Mainstream classes.
Still in his sweaty Redfern t-shirt after early morning training at the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence’s Eora Gym alongside Shane Phillips and the youth involved in the Clean Slate Without Prejudice program, Superintendent Luke Freudenstein was relaxed.
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.
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In 2009 baseball re-emerged as a local sport available to junior players with the inception of the Redfern Red Sox. With seed finance from the City of Sydney and the Indigenous Sport and Recreation program, as well as direction from informed locals like Deb Evans from Neighbourhood Services and Shane Philips from Tribal Warrior, the club finished its first season with three teams and its first representative player, Aaron J. Flood.
Back in 2001, a collective of young artists eager to offer a more low-key approach to art decided to take over a run-down workshop in Elizabeth Street, Surry Hills, which came to be known as the Knot Gallery & the Frequency Lab. But after five years of hosting art exhibitions, concerts (hip-hop band The Herd played there, amongst many others), spoken word performances, and generally being a social and gathering place, the team had to drop the curtain and was left without a space.