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Volunteers’ News – August 2023

NAIDOC Week, FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023, Computer classes at Redfern Community Centre … and so much more!

NAIDOC celebrations across the City and suburbs
It was so heartening to see beautiful artworks and installations in local streets and shopping centres, celebrating our bright and talented Indigenous artists. Even Kmart had gorgeous giveaway posters at no cost to interested customers.

2023 Women’s Ashes Series
With the Australian cricket team officially the World Champions, and now playing in the Ashes Series in the UK, it’s no wonder a local pamphleteer in my suburb was holding a sign saying “Great Day for Men’s Netball!” I couldn’t help having a laugh.

FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 until August 20
How great it will be to see our brilliant Matildas get a chance to show off their skills here in Australia. A big welcome and good luck to all visiting international teams.

Computer Classes at Redfern Community Centre, 29-53 Hugo Street, Redfern
These classes are free and are on August 15 and 19, and September 12, from 10am to 11.30am. Computers are available or you can bring your own laptop, iPad or smart phone. Bookings are essential, so phone 9288 5713 if you want to update your skills or learn new ones.

Auburn Botanic Gardens Cherry Blossom Festival – August 19-27
If you can make it to Auburn, the Gardens are turned Japanese-style into a celebration of cherry blossoms, food and music. The result is quite gorgeous, but the season is short. It is best to pre-book your tickets (cost $13.50) at

Hiroshima Day event – Sunday August 6
Gather in Sydney Town Hall Square at 2pm to hear peace activists speak then walk to the Defence Department at 320 Pitt Street where participants will lay wreaths. Join to say: Hiroshima never again, and no to nuclear submarines.

Some dates for August and September
Rally for Native Forests – 142 Addison Road, Marrickville – August 12, 1pm
Book Week (2023 Theme: Read Grow Inspire) – August 19-25
National Science Week – August 12-20
End of Winter – August 31 (Spring Equinox is September 23 at 4.49pm)

By the time this month’s issue goes to press I will be in the Deep North in Cairns for just a short break to travel with and meet up with friends, and to celebrate an 85th birthday. This is an occasion to be treasured, as we’ve known each other for many years. I hope you will indulge me saying, “Happy Birthday, Peter”.

Until next time,
Pat Clarke

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Sydney’s best ‘top 20’ result in prestigious world rankings

The University of Sydney has secured its highest ever ranking overall and continues to be rated as a top 20 global university in the 2025 QS World University Rankings.

Homes NSW to develop North Eveleigh Clothing Store site

The North Eveleigh Clothing Store Precinct will be transferred to Homes NSW for the delivery of 500 new homes, half of which will be social and affordable homes.

A new kind of industry policy

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‘A giant in the fight for First Nations justice’

It is with great sadness that Reconciliation Australia sends our condolences to the family and friends of the Rev. Dr D. Gondarra OAM.