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NEWTOWN: The foundation stone of St Joseph’s Catholic Church was laid on July 31, 1866 and the building opened in May 23, 1869. It is a heritage listed building which holds a special place in the history of Newtown. The church is Gothic Sydney sandstone with original stained glass windows. The church stands for the 150 years of a church community committed to engagement with the local community.
REDFERN: An area in the midst of profound and lasting change. The recent acquisition of Surry Hills Shopping Village by Chinese investors sets an exciting precedent for many in Redfern. This tired old marketplace at 399 Cleveland Street stands to be transformed into a multi-storey, luxury apartment building, potentially holding 300 apartments.
CAMPERDOWN: “Come as you are” is the anecdote and most appropriate invitation for all those who partake in Fair Day. Without judgement or shame, Victoria Park transforms into a playground for all those excluded from the regular stomping grounds in our hetero-normative world.
Christmas can be a special time for many people, whether they are religious, or not. Families come together and share food and gifts and there is a widespread sense of celebration. All communities need times like that – times when we pause from our usual patterns of life and give a new focus to the possibility of love and generosity. Of course, we can’t romanticise this.