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Volunteers’ News – May 2022

I’ve just come back to Sydney from an extensive trip to visit relatives in Victoria (where they so badly need good rainfall) and Queensland to visit a friend of 50 years. It was wonderful to catch up after so long and to see a few new places of interest. It did feel good to be “let out” but despite the cliché, I’ve decided there’s no place like home (must be my age)!

Autumn bursts upon us and as always Sydney is full of things to do in May.

Neighbourhood Centre Week – May 9-15
Counterpoint Community Services has a list of activities on its Facebook page. As part of NCW, housing activist and SSH volunteer the late Ross Smith will be honoured with a Memorial Plaque and bench installed outside the Waterloo Neighbourhood Centre in Wellington Street – 11am on May 13. 

Sydney Park Community Planting Day (Adults and Children) – May 15, 9am-1pm
Plant a tree in Sydney Park and help regenerate what was once a brickworks and waste depot, before extensive remediation, to make it the wonderful area it is today. Dress sun-safe and bring your water bottle and gardening gloves. Using public transport is advisable, as parking is limited.

To register contact

Recycle It Saturday, Alexandra Canal Depot, 67C Bourke Road Alexandria – May 28, 9am-3pm
This is a free drop-off event by the City of Sydney in partnership with Waverley and Woollahra Councils and you need to bring along ID as proof of residence in one of these council areas. It is drive-through and you stay in your vehicle while teams unload your pre-separated items from your car boot. I’m sure we all have reusable items and goods that need a new home, so this is the perfect one-stop way of recycling. You can also bring along certain types of plastics, paints, mobile phones … the list is extensive, see People walking or cycling can access a separate drop-off area.

Sydney Writers’ Festival 2022 – May 16-22
Events will take place at Carriageworks, City Recital Hall, Sydney Town Hall and some suburban venues. For tickets and other information:

National Volunteer Week 2022 – May 16-22
Our acknowledgement and sincere thanks to volunteers from all walks of life and all disciplines. You are amazing and deserving of praise and gratitude for your contributions.

Sydney Film Festival 2022 – June 8-19
Tickets sell fast, and single tickets will go on sale on Wednesday May 11. For all the films, times and prices contact: https://ssf/

For your diary
Nauha Dabboussy, Selected Works, the Orchard Gallery from May 28.

Until next time,
Pat Clarke


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