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Volunteers’ News – March 2024

March is shaping up as a very busy month, with lots of activities and religious festivals.

NSW Seniors Festival – March 11-24
The Premier’s Gala Concerts are on Wednesday 13 and Thursday 14 March, two sessions each day at 11am and 2.45pm at the ICC Sydney Theatre. Audience members are asked to reach beyond and wear purple for the performances. Tickets are free and available online from Ticketek or by phone: 02 9215 700. You can also register to live stream the concerts at:

Seniors Festival Expo 2024 also at ICC Sydney Hall K on March 13 and 14 from 9am-3pm.

Marrickville Fashion Frenzy – Saturday 15 and Sunday March 16
Marrickville Town Hall, Marrickville Road
This 2024 Frenzy is presented by Dress for Success, and features pre-loved clothing and accessories, starting at $5 per item. Entry is by ticket only, and there are various times and price levels for each day. For tickets and all the details contact:

Harmony Week 2024 is from March 15 to March 21, which is the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. The theme for this year is EVERYONE BELONGS.

The Bourbaki Ensemble Concert – Longing for Peace
Sunday March 17 at 2.30pm, St Georges Hall (above Corelli Café, King Street, Newtown)
The Bourbaki Ensemble is a chamber string orchestra based in Newtown, and the concert will feature classical and works by Australian composers, conducted by David Angell. Tickets are various prices, including discounts for the under 30s. Tickets are various prices. Contact

Other Dates for March 2024:
March 9 – April 8
St Patrick’s Day – March 17
Purim – March 23-24
Holi (Hindu Festival of Colours) – March 25
Easter Sunday – March 31 (Orthodox Easter is May 5 this year)

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

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.

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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.