At Carriageworks on February 13, the 12th anniversary of the National Apology to the Stolen Generations, the survivors of Kinchela Boys Home Aboriginal Corporation (KBHAC) launched a modified bus to take their stories on the road.
At just 20 years old, Shaquille Robinson may have been the youngest in her class when she graduated with a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment at Eora College Darlington, Sydney TAFE, but she is a multi-award winner.
The NSW government will offer the Australian Technology Park (ATP) by invited tender. The decision comes without the body in charge of the sale, UrbanGrowth NSW, having responded to concerns raised about the sale by the City of Sydney or local resident groups encouraged to make submissions.
Bright orange signage emblazoned with the words, “innovation, sustainability and community”, welcomes visitors at all major entrances to the Australian Technology Park (ATP). Banners along all pedestrian and bicycle pathways throughout the site also include the word “heritage”, but they all ring hollow to local residents’ groups as the government proceeds with its plans to sell the ATP.
The Bays Precinct was the focus of an international summit at the Australian Technology Park on November 19 and 20. World-leading urban renewal experts talked about the best ways to revitalise the 80 hectares of state-owned public land, bordering Sydney’s inner harbour from Sydney Fish Markets west to White Bay.
Just over a week before Gough Whitlam’s death, about 60 Glebe community members gathered to celebrate the 40th anniversary of his government saving large swathes of Glebe from demolition for a planned freeway.
For 21 years the Cancer Council NSW has been holding Australia’s Biggest Morning Teas. These gatherings are hosted by celebrities and individuals in their homes or workplaces in May and June, to raise funds for cancer research, prevention programs, and advocacy and support services.
Your news editor is a knitting tragic who has had brain health problems with epilepsy and associated episodes of mental illness. An event that combined yarn based craft and brain health was an irresistible assignment, so I signed up to attend the Knit Your Way to a Healthy Brain workshop at the University of Sydney on June 19.
The Factory Community Centre’s Volunteers Community Participation Awards recognise the many contributions of volunteers to the inner city. Each year for the past seven years the Awards lunch has grown larger and larger, so much so that this year all volunteer activities needed to happen in Redfern and Waterloo.
The Sydney Story Factory has been working with Martha Austin’s senior primary school students at Alexandria Park Community School during the last school term. Sebastian Wooldridge explained: “We have been making posters to support making a lift at Redfern station. It’s important as Redfern station is one of the stations that has the most steps and if an elderly person gets off they have to walk up the stairs.”
REDFERN: The Attorney-General Mark Dreyfuss visited Redfern Legal Centre (RLC) to announce $60,000 of untied federal funding at a time when the state government has cut funding to community legal centres across the state.
With the imminent release of the state government’s Planning White Paper, the City of Sydney has agreed to assisting communities with consultation workshops. Council will provide free meeting space and access to funding through the Quick Response Grants program for relevant community meetings.
In announcing the winners of an international design competition for the Green Square Library, jury member Professor Glenn Murcutt congratulated Matthias Hollenstein, 28, and Felicity Stewart, 30, but warned them that the expectations for subsequent projects will be influential in shaping their careers. Their design was chosen from a field of 167 entrants from 29 countries.
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.
During the holiday season public tenants received letters from Minister for Family and Community Services Pru Goward urging them to declare their unauthorised occupants and to phone a “dob in” phone line to report their neighbours.