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Volunteers’ News – December 2023

Martin Place Christmas tree and fairy lights until January 1
The City of Sydney is again showcasing the lights at Martin Place, with the tallest Christmas tree in NSW. It will feature a massive 110,000 LED lights, a colour-changing star and 330 specially created Christmas baubles. What a wonderful treat for the whole family, on display until January 1, 2024. Other lights to see in the City are at Darling Square, The Rocks, Darling Harbour and the QVB.

Blak Markets at the Rocks – December 16 and 27, 10am-4pm at Tallawoladah Place, Museum of Contemporary Art Forecourt
Hosted by The Rocks, there will be 20 unique Indigenous stalls, Welcome to Country, dance and craft and weaving workshops. Full program can be found at

Museum of Contemporary Art Summer Blockbuster – Tacita Dean from December 8
Tacita Dean is a British conceptual artist who works mainly in film. This exhibition also includes monumental chalkboard drawings and photographic and print series. Tickets are Adults $25, Concession $18 and Youth Children and MCA members free.

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Sydney Festival – January 5-28
Another almost month-long feast of theatre, music, dance, circus – whatever your favourite entertainment, you’ll find it there. Some free events, such as Living Sculpture: How the Birds got their Colours from January 10-14 will be at various venues including Royal Botanic Gardens, Tumbalong Park and Bondi Beach. And for those who want to spoil themselves, Festival Feasts at acclaimed Sydney restaurants is back on the menu. See

The Vigil: The Future – January 25, Barangaroo Reserve, 8.30pm
This is a free event and no registration is required. Also available to watch online.

NSW Summer School Holidays
Holidays start Wednesday December 20, until Monday January 29.

Thank you to our volunteers for 2023
Thank you to South Sydney Herald’s amazing and talented volunteers 2023.

And once again our appreciation goes to Marjorie Lewis-Jones for all the years of her guidance and talent. Thank you also to the Rev. Andrew Collis who is at the helm as managing editor for this issue. We look forward to seeing you all in 2024. Also, our best wishes to our regular contributors, advertisers, readers and friends.

Best wishes for the festive season and the holidays. Take care in the summer heat, keep safe and heartfelt thoughts for peace in the world, not just the Middle East, but everywhere war is raging.

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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

The Trevor Davies Memorial Lecture is an annual event hosted by the Trevor Davies ALP Branch, and the Newtown ALP State Electorate Council. This year, it was held at the Royal Hotel on June 13. Assistant Minister Tim Ayres, a former branch member and Darlington local, was asked to deliver the address.

Volunteers’ News – July 2024

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Refreshing approach to food production

REDFERN: On July 21, I was lucky enough to attend the launch of the new website for Native Botanical Brewery (NBB), and to talk to the team behind this new and innovative business.

‘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.