Tuesday, May 17, 2022




Let’s get serious about climate justice

The recent deaths of three people in a fire at a Newtown boarding house on March 15 drove home the consequences that can result from a lack of housing choice. An array of people and organisations are calling for changes to ensure boarding houses are safer, more secure and affordable.

Palm Sunday – ‘justice and freedom for refugees’

The Australian Refugee Action Network (ARAN) took a leading role in the Palm Sunday rally at Belmore Park, Haymarket, on April 10. The theme...

More support for boarding house residents

The recent deaths of three people in a fire at a Newtown boarding house on March 15 drove home the consequences that can result from a lack of housing choice. An array of people and organisations are calling for changes to ensure boarding houses are safer, more secure and affordable.

Anti-Racism Library launched to build harmony

Counterpoint Community Services celebrated Harmony Week, in conjunction with...

Climate change is not gender neutral

Current events such as conflict, Covid-19 and intensifying climate...

Dive deep with the Sea Museum’s holiday program

The whole family can dive deep into discovery in...

Help easing loneliness could be just next door

Neighbours look after each other’s animals, water plants while they’re away and hold social events. They can also be a vital port of call in an emergency. That’s why Resilient Sydney is encouraging us to get to know the people who live next door.

Let’s get proud at the InnerWest Disability Pride Fest

Head to Newtown Neighbourhood Centre for the InnerWest Disability Pride Fest from 11am on April 9.

Haymarket Foundation’s healthcare for homeless wins HESTA

The Haymarket Foundation Medical Practice team has won a 2022 HESTA Impact Award for its dedication to providing accessible, specialist healthcare and housing support services for people experiencing, or who are at risk of, homelessness.

Big Love mural launched in Redfern for Mardi Gras

A new mural in Redfern, inspired by a love...

Feline friendly? March is the month to adopt

A new challenge in the pet adoption landscape is the more than 36,000 cats and kittens that remain homeless. This March, people could help break the cycle of pet homelessness in Australia by adopting a cat - as PETstock Zetland hosts its annual National Pet Adoption Month.

One&All is here to help and heal

Sydney’s first all-inclusive community hub for disabled and abled individuals aims to “elevate all” says its founder/director Romy Wolman in this Q&A.

Action yields results for Better Read than Dead staff

Staff from Better Read than Dead bookshop in Newtown have negotiated to secure better working conditions with help from the RAFFWU (Retail and Fast Food Workers Union) and strong support from locals and Australia’s literary community.

‘Pray without ceasing for Tonga after the tsunami’

Uniting Church in Australia (UCA) leaders have called for prayer and the UCA's international aid and partnerships agency UnitingWorld has launched an appeal for donations to provide urgent support to affected communities in Tonga after the recent tsunami.

Small businesses need kind customers not critics

The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Bruce...

Sydney Summer Streets to bring village high streets alive

The council of the City of Sydney (CoS) is...

Local Stories Live was uplifting – but please keep your support coming

Singer-songwriter Toby Martin brought songs and stories of Yorkshire...

Tips for dog owners as they head back to the office

Desperate dog owners returning to the office are reporting issues with separation anxiety, because their dogs are not used to being alone. Dog behaviouralist, trainer and author Lara Shannon offers some tips about how to prepare your dog for your absence.

Are we responsible for our own happiness?

Kaushik Sridhar says that if life were to give him a lemon he'd squeeze it on to a piece of Tandoori chicken and relish it. Here he offers a few more tips that have helped him to cultivate happiness and let go of negativity and frustration.

Better Read than Dead staff continue to negotiate rights

After more than a year, staff of Better Read than Dead bookshop in Newtown continue to negotiate to secure better working conditions through a new enterprise agreement.

Where do your brands fit on Oxfam’s Naughty or Nice list?

Major fashion brands in Australia, such as Just Jeans,...

Christmas program set to reignite city and suburbs

The City of Sydney’s program of Christmas cheer with its roving entertainment, cracking Christmas decorations and sparkling lighting displays aims to create a welcoming, festive atmosphere to encourage people back onto the streets in the city and after a tough lockdown and year.

Fancy some forest therapy?

Fancy some forest therapy? Ways to keep your kids entertained pre-Christmas? With its upcoming events, Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan, just an hour’s drive from Sydney, has you covered.

New mural in Redfern urges #ActionForAfghanistan

A striking new mural on the corner of Woodburn and Cleveland Streets in Redfern is offering community members a simple way to spur the Morrison Government to ramp up its response to the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan.

The Freedom Hub tackles modern slavery at its roots

WATERLOO: For someone who works with survivors of modern...

Keep picnics a staple in Sydney’s social season

Through a dark and difficult few months, picnics truly...

Cheering up Sydney with big yellow signs

Big yellow signs with positive messages will soon be...

The Kindness Revolution

Hugh Mackay AO, author of The Kindness Revolution, believes that people are capable of great kindness, and that the Covid pandemic demonstrated this.

Chefs Day feast offers a culinary treat for local charities

On October 20, French culinary masters Le Cordon Bleu Australia teamed...

Gender Agenda addendum – Vale Aidy Griffin

Aidy Griffin, strategic driver of law reform and social...

Sydney’s broad highway out of lockdown must carry us all

As Sydney’s lockdown restrictions lift, Randa Kattan, CEO of the Arab Council of Australia says “the road out must be a broad highway that can carry all of us, not just the lucky few”. Others say to “build back better” we must seek diverse perspectives from those communities disproportionately affected by the pandemic.

Take a walk for kindness

Lockdown continues and concerns regarding mental health and wellbeing...

Beautiful World, Where Are You

Climate change, the fate of a now extinct Bronze Age culture, the rise of right-wing politics and global injustice also make their appearance in the detailed electronic epistles of the two women in Sally Rooney’s third novel Beautiful World, Where Are You.

Young people falling victim to family violence during lockdown

Lockdown has seen young people fall victim to family...

Reining in the debt

In August 2020 my life fell apart. Or at...

Can’t make a decision? This hotline could help

When people have difficulties making decisions, it is usually...

Lives or livelihoods? What’s the social cost of Covid-19?

We face an awful choice in light of the Covid-19 pandemic: Should we risk the lives of millions of people by reopening economies too soon or risk the livelihood of millions by opening the economy too late?

Regain control with the Red Cross Get Prepared App

As people continue to suffer the mental health effects...

Religious Australians call on Scott Morrison to do more on climate

Over six hundred people of faith from around Australia...

Tearfund Australia launches appeal to offer aid in Afghanistan

International aid agency Tearfund Australia has launched an emergency...

Assisting families in Afghanistan – emergency appeal

The scenes unfolding in Afghanistan are heartbreaking. My team...

Afghanistan – Australia, we can do more

I am an Australian Muslim woman with an Afghan...

Counterpoint launches Covid Vax Assist to encourage locals have their shot

Help is at hand for people struggling to book their Covid vaccination as Counterpoint Community Services launches Covid Vax Assist. A dedicated helpline and email address have been set up to assist with questions.

Why aren’t Aussies giving fast fashion the flick?

Australian consumers believe ethical purchasing is important, but are...

Glebe, Waterloo, Redfern and Marrickville residents urged to get vaccinated

Glebe, Waterloo, Redfern and Marrickville are at the centre of a Covid vaccine push – with health officials concerned over low vaccination rates and rising case numbers. Pop-up Covid-19 vaccine clinics are open at Glebe and Green Square / Zetland this week run by Sydney Local Health District.

The Labyrinth

What sets The Labyrinth apart, though, is both the beauty and simplicity of Lohrey’s writing and the magnitude of the tragedy that has caused her narrator, Erica, to flee Sydney for a tiny coastal town.

Australian charities unite to launch disaster relief alliance

When a magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck Nepal in 2015,...

Grant gets Rainbow Families sports days up and running

Alexandria-based LGBTQ+ support group Rainbow Families has been chosen...

Biggest stumbling block to tackling racism is politics

Racism is being treated as a political issue in...

Free online first aid training for World First Aid Day

Australian Red Cross is offering free online first aid...

‘The future of kindness is very bright’

The future of kindness in Australia is very bright,...

On the street and online this library helps the homeless

While Martin Place fell into an uncharacteristic quiet during...