Tuesday, August 2, 2022




Yeo and Toka chosen as Citizens of the Year

Newtown resident and longstanding leader of Newtown Neighbourhood Centre, Liz Yeo, and Indigenous activist, Cheree Toka, are Inner West 2022 Citizens of the Year. Liz Yeo...

Building trust and respect

The Rev. Dr Matt Wilcoxen has been rector at St John’s Anglican Church for a year now and he says, “What’s most important is loving the people, building trust and respect”.

Mission Australia celebrates 160 years since Sydney City Mission opened

On July 11, 2022, Mission Australia will celebrate 160...

Better social housing for people with disabilities?

In a few months, the Disability Royal Commission will...

Digital literacy program empowers mature-aged refugees

One hundred and five people from refugee backgrounds have...

NAIDOC Week tenant art exhibition inspires

Local photographer Paul Bramble snapped this wonderful image of...

Language service offers a lifeline – but for how long?

The University of Sydney’s Refugee Language Program has helped...

Who’s hurting?

Stepping Out and Samsn are groups that help survivors counteract perpetrator tactics writes Gill Jeffery.

Song to raise funds for orphans in Nigeria

Nigeria has over 200 million people and more than 17.5 million orphans. Joel O’Connor, lead singer of the Sydney rock band Andorra, has collaborated with Ella Ukhuerbor and The Hope Band on a song to raise funds for two orphanages in Nigeria.

Take up the Ration Challenge to help refugees

If you’re feeling helpless watching media reports of devastating...

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...

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...