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weekender the inner city FRI 28 MAR 2014 • Issue 180


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Wild wild inner west Commercial’s filming goes awry after buffalo make a quick escape CHRIS CONNOLLY

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Greens’ new candidate p.5

Extension complete Premier declares light rail officially open p.3



edestrians and motorists in Newtown got the surprise of their lives on Tuesday when two water buffalo were spotted running down King Street in a scene akin to a Hollywood Western. University student Abril Felman said she was waiting for a bus near the intersection of King Street and Holt Street when the two animals charged through the traffic. “They were running very fast and were being followed by a jeep with filming equipment, which was beeping its horn at them,” Ms Felman said. “The noise just seemed to be making them go faster.” It’s believed the animals were being used for a television commercial for Samsung mobile phones being filmed at Sydney Park in St Peters. The animals escaped their handlers then led them on a merry chase until they were apprehended by a passing fire truck in Camperdown. Station officer Brad Black said he was in the fire truck at the intersection of King Street and Missenden Road when the animals passed. “We did a double take at first because it’s not what you see everyday in Newtown,” he said. “Then we realised there was a public danger and we should do something. They were large animals with big horns being pursued by a small buggy so we joined the pursuit. “Using ropes, ladders and stretchers, we managed to corral the buffalo... This was definitely a case of making it up as you go.”

Water buffalo charge up King Street. Photo: Abril Felman


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I first met Steve Willingale when he was the Acting CEO of the Penrith Economic Development Corporation back in 2007. Steve’s contribution to Penrith is significant, but it is his role away from Penrith’s professional sector that I want to talk about today. Today I want to talk about Steve’s role as a husband, and about the remarkable, sad, yet inspiring story of his wife Lynne. I met Lynne in around 2008 when I was the Master of Ceremonies for an event that she and Steve put on at the Penrith Paceway to raise money for the fight against cancer. Such an event was not a rarity for Lynne; she’s regularly been a keen fundraiser for cancer charities. Lynne’s long, personal fight started in 2001 when she was first diagnosed with breast cancer. Five years later she was diagnosed with secondary breast cancer (in her lungs) and in 2012, she was again diagnosed with secondary breast cancer (in her liver). Two years ago, the cancer was almost eliminated by the use of Herceptin. However, in May 2013 Lynne suffered a heart attack caused by the Herceptin, which weakened her heart muscles significantly. During treatment, doctors found brain tumours. Since May 2013, Lynne has not been able to have chemotherapy treatment due to the heart problems. Lynne has shown great physical and mental courage over the years of this battle, but she will soon lose the war. Knowing her condition was terminal, Lynne wanted to see her idol – John Farnham – in concert one final time. Lynne along with 11 girlfriends secured tickets to the recent John Farnham and Lionel Ritchie concert in the Hunter Valley. As the concert

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neared, a combination of Lynne’s health and poor weather meant the trip couldn’t go ahead. Steve and family friend Melissa Black contacted Jenny Howell-Clark of Orange Pigeon, which is a ‘make a wish’ type organisation for adults. Steve was trying to transfer the Hunter Valley tickets to the Sydney show, which was proving difficult. Jenny worked hard with the team at the Dainty Group, the concert’s promoters, and eventually Lynne’s tickets were moved to the Homebush show. Even better, they got her into the front row. Meanwhile, a family friend named Karla Patterson was aiming to go one better. She managed to arrange a phone call from John Farnham to Lynne the day before the Sydney concert. A very surprised Lynne had an emotional talk with him and as Steve puts it, “her face lit up like a child in a lolly shop and four people at our house had tears streaming from our eyes”. During the phone call, John invited Lynne to the sound check for the Sydney concert and even took a photo together. “She’s now close to the end of her days but through the goodwill and decency of a number of people in recent weeks, she will end her life with some more exceptional memories,” Steve told me this week. Steve originally phoned me trying to find a way to thank the many people who’ve made Lynne’s health struggles a little easier to deal with over the years. So, to finish up, let’s raise a glass to not only Lynne but to the following people: Westmead Hospital’s cancer team, the team at Nepean Cancer Care Centre, Dr Jenny Shannon, Dr Michael Noel, Orange Pigeon and Jenny Howell-Clark, Paul Dainty, John Farnham, Karla Patterson and Glenn and Gaynor Wheatley.

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allows them to expand their services. “Having more food retailers on board makes a huge, positive impact as we can deliver even more meals to people in need,” Ms Tran said. “Reducing food waste at all levels, including business and within homes is beneficial for our environment and for the entire community.”



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Light rail open for business But Opal Card ticketing system not expected until next year CHRIS CONNOLLY


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esidents of Dulwich Hill and Lewisham now have a new public transport option with the opening this week of the $176 million Inner West Light Rail Extension. Passengers can access new stations at Lewisham West, Waratah Mills, Arlington and Dulwich Grove to travel to Central via Leichhardt and Lilyfield or to Dulwich Hill where there is an interchange with the Bankstown line. Minister for Transport Gladys Berejiklian said the light rail will deliver a service every 10 minutes in the peaks between 7am to 10am and 3pm to 6pm, and every 15 minutes in the off peak period. There will also be regular weekend services for customers. “Because of the regular turn-up-and-go service, customers won’t need to consult a timetable and can easily interchange between Inner West bus services as well as local train services at Lewisham and Dulwich Hill,” she said. The Minister said full fare tickets will remain at the same price for customers on the existing light rail service from Central to Lilyfield, meaning customers will be able to travel to Central for $4.60

one way or $6.20 return. Ms Berejiklian said each of the light rail stops feature a range of safety and accessibility features such as real-time passenger information displays, platform shelters and seating, lighting, emergency help points, CCTV, wayfinding signage and a level crossing between platforms. “Sydney’s new-look light rail vehicle fleet will also be on display from next Thursday on the Inner West Light Rail Extension, with more new vehicles to be brought into service in coming months,” Ms Berejiklian said. Marrickville Mayor Jo Haylen said she was pleased to see the light rail open but disappointed that there would be no Opal ticketing on the trams. “It makes no sense to open the Light Rail without Opal ticketing. I’m sure our residents will have been expecting that this would be integrated from day one,” Mayor Haylen said. She also criticised the State Government’s axing of the associated GreenWay project. “It was a missed opportunity, and an example of failed planning, to not build the associated shared pathway for cyclists and pedestrians at the same time as the Light Rail,” she said. See

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News in numbers Minister for Fair Trading Stuart Ayres said investigators were out in force last week, checking on regulatory compliance at more than 100 dealerships across Sydney.


complaints “A swoop across 104 businesses showed a level of non-compliance among a dozen dealerships, with 33 breaches of the Motor Dealers Act 1974 or the Mo-

concerned them, compared to 25 per cent who said they were comforted. “This research shows voters are anx-


concerned ious after three years of State Liberal cuts to jobs, rights and services. Those anxieties are compounded by having the Liberals in power at both the state and federal level,” Unions NSW Secretary, Mark Lennon said.


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Polling commissioned by Unions NSW to mark the three-year anniversary of the State Liberal Government has uncovered deep community anxiety about health and education cuts, as well as privatisation. UMR Research polled 1,000 people across the State between February 7 and 17, on behalf of Unions NSW. Privatisation was the top unprompted concern of voters, followed by funding cuts and changes to workers compensation. Job creation was another key concern, with 56 per cent of respondents describing the Government’s performance either as poor or very poor. 46 per cent said having the Liberals in power at both state and federal level

tor Dealers Regulation 2010 detected,” he said. “As a result, Fair Trading officers have issued 22 penalty infringement notices totalling $7,260.” Mr Ayres said unannounced inspections of dealerships would continue throughout 2014 and the non-compliant dealerships fined last week would be re-inspected in the near future, to ensure the breaches were rectified. In 2013 Fair Trading received 1,300 complaints relating to new car dealers and 2,570 complaints relating to used car dealers. While repairs and maintenance issues and problems relating to warranties featured prominently in the complaint figures, defects were the most complained about issue.



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he Greens Party has announced human rights campaigner Jenny Leong as their candidate for the seat of Newtown at next year’s State Election. Ms Leong grew up in Adelaide but has lived in Newtown since the age of 19 when she studied performing arts at the University of Sydney. Of part Malaysian Chinese heritage, she became aware of discrimination and became committed to the idea of equality and fairness. “I didn’t realise until I moved to Newtown that passion for equality was part of a broader community, that there was a collective group of people that wanted to change the world,” she said. Ms Leong became involved in the South Sydney Youth Advisory Committee and was active in student politics, being elected both to the University Senate and as president of the Sydney University Postgraduate Representatives Association. Her activism started to lean towards refugee issues and human rights and she got a job with Amnesty International locally before being promoted to positions in London and Hong Kong, where she

local issues for the electorate at the next state election. “It’s important we maintain public housing in the Inner West and Inner City. People love the diversity it brings to the local community. If you lose that you lose the community,” she said. She feels the residents of this area want their elected representative to champion broader progressive causes as well, such as action on climate change and democratic freedoms. “The O’Farrell Government’s policies on pub lockouts and Zoe’s Law are an overreaction to personal tragedies that infringe on our civil liberties,” she said. “At Amnesty, I saw the most oppressive regimes and I’m highly sensitive to any erosion of our civil liberties. Once you lose them, you lose your ability participate fully in society.” Ms Leong said the vote in the pre-selection was very close and she paid tribute to her opponent, former Marrickville Mayor Fiona Byrne, whom she described as “a strong, passionate and committed local Green”. The Labor Party is also in the process of selecting its candidate for Newtown and will make an announcement this weekend. The Liberal Party is expected to nominate its candidate later in the year.

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Car-ing for the environment Council adopts draft strategy for Share Car policy, asks for community feedback

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t last week’s meeting, Marrickville Council voted unanimously to adopt a Draft Car Share Policy that will see car sharing become a more realistic transport option for the local community. The policy recommends more on street car spaces dedicated to car share, as well as dedicated off-street car share spaces in medium to large sized developments. There are more than 3,000 residents in the local government area who are members of local car-share operator Go Get and Council estimates that as demand increases up to 200 car share spaces will be needed across the region. Locations identified for future spaces include: Pearl Street, Newtown; Gordon Crescent, Stanmore; Denison Street, Camperdown; Tupper Street, Enmore; and Schwebel Street, Marrickville. Marrickville Mayor Jo Haylen said Council wants to make it easier for people in our community to live car-free. “While many residents like the idea of car sharing, the current lack of dedicated parking spaces acts as a deterrent. As people see dedicated car share spots popping up close to home, they’ll feel

Mayor Jo Haylen with local resident and ‘Go Get’ user Peter Dixon more relaxed about giving car sharing a go,” she said. Cr Haylen said Council has supported car sharing since 2007 and is committed to it as a sustainable transport option. “Car sharing means a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and on-street parking demand. Car share vehicles replace about seven motor vehicles on the roads, and

anyone who’s driven through the inner west during peak hour will appreciate that,” Mayor Haylen said. “It also encourages our community to get active, with car share users more likely to choose to walk or ride on those short trips to the shops or park.” The cost of installing any new on-street car share bays will be met by the relevant

car share operator. Council is a member of a car share organisation itself and has dedicated car share places in its own car parks for staff who need to drive at work but wish to use public transport for commuting. The draft Marrickville Car Share Policy 2014 will remain on public exhibition until 16 April to allow for community feedback.

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The NSW Government announced this week that a $100,000 reward would be offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the disappearance and presumed murder of a man last seen in 1995. Richard Sajko, a 21-year-old man from Ashfield, was last seen at his place of work – Avis Car Rentals, Mascot – on Saturday, May 13, 1995. A short time prior to finishing his shift on the Saturday, Mr Sajko met a number of associates in the car park of Avis Car Rentals. He was last seen around 11.45pm, sitting inside his car – a red Holden Commodore sedan, which was still in the car park – with another person. His car was later found parked in Edwin Street, Croydon. He was reported missing four days later.

Marrickville Police are seeking assistance from the public regarding an indecent assault in Dulwich Hill on Monday this week. Just after 10pm on Monday, March 24, a 39-year-old woman was walking from Hurlstone Park Station to her home in Myra Road, Dulwich Hill. Whilst on The Parade near the corner of Myra Rd, she heard a male voice call out to her but she didn’t stop or look at him. The woman continued walking towards her unit block staying in the light of the street lights. Near her unit door, she was approached by a male and indecently assaulted. She immediately screamed out and, as a result, the male ran back down the stairs and out of the unit block. Police are now investigating.

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A fire that damaged a home in Enmore last Saturday appears to have been started by equipment used to grow an illegal hydroponic cannabis crop. Emergency services were called to Browns Avenue shortly before 10pm, after smoke was seen coming from the three-bedroom house. Fire and Rescue NSW officers forced their way inside and extinguished a fire which had started in the meter box, by equipment being used to grow cannabis. A crime scene warrant was executed to seize the estimated 100 plants and equipment, being grown in the three bedrooms. Police are searching for a couple, aged in their 40s, who rented the property.

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Recognition for Greek military Greek community asks for Federal Government support of delegation

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he Greek community and veterans groups have enlisted the help of Federal Member for Grayndler Anthony Albanese to try to restore official recognition of the visitation of a Greek military delegation. The delegation’s visit commemorates the Anniversary of the Battle of Crete and the Greek Campaign. Mr Albanese raised the issue in Parliament last week stating the delegation was a well-established tradition, having visited various cities across Australia since 1978. “Over that time and up until 2010, the military delegation was recognised as an official visit and received consequential support from the Federal Government,” Mr Albanese said. “Unfortunately, due to the global financial crisis, they did not visit in 2011 and, therefore, that support has ceased.” The Marrickville-based Cretan Association of Sydney & NSW and the Joint Committee for the Commemoration of the Battle of Crete and the Greek Campaign were instrumental in gaining Mr Albanese’s support. The Joint Committee’s Nick Andriotakis

Rear Admiral Alexandros Theodosiou and Commander Georgios Pelekanos said Australia and Greece have been allies for 100 years in all conflicts and peace keeping operations. “Not many people know the island of Lemnos was the headquarters of the Gallipoli campaign,” Mr Andriotakis said.

“It was the training ground for the beach landings. Hospitals were based there and the wounded from Gallipoli were evacuated there. Many ANZACs are buried there.” When Germany invaded Greece in 1941,

more than 17,000 Australian soldiers from the Sixth Division AIF were sent to help defend Greece. The ultimately unsuccessful campaign, which culminated in the Battle of Crete, saw 594 Australians killed, 1,001 wounded and 5,132 taken as Prisoners of War. Mr Andriotakis said the Greek military delegation, which involves top serving military officials, recognises the importance of this connection between the countries. “It is a significant visit to both Greek Australians and Australian military veterans,” he said. “We should have an official invitation from the Australian Government to make it an official visit as well as appropriate funding.” Mr Albanese said there are nearly 3,500 people originally from Greece in his electorate and Greek remains the language spoken most apart from English. “The Hellenic Military delegation is an important acknowledgement of the ties between Australia and Greece and I believe they should receive Federal Government support,” he said. “I have written to the Minister for Veteran’s Affairs, asking that the support be reinstated. I believe that everyone in this House would support such a measure.”


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Congratulations Dorothy Locke Haven resident recognised for her compassion and loving spirit CHRIS CONNOLLY


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etersham’s Dorothy Williamson was presented with a Local Achievement Award last week as part of annual Seniors Week celebrations. The award for Outstanding Contribution in Community Service was presented by Member for Marrickville, Carmel Tebbutt who thanked Mrs Williamson for her commitment and generosity to her local community. “These Awards are the community’s way of saying ‘thank you’ to seniors for their contribution and impressive commitment to their community,” Ms Tebbutt said. “Mrs Williamson is a great example of the diversity of talent, generosity of spirit and limitless energy of seniors in Marrickville.” Mrs Williamson is a resident of the Locke Haven Uniting Care facility and was nominated for the award by the Recreation and Activity Officer, Elise Seach. “The campaign for Seniors Week this year was ‘Live Life’ and no-one embodies that better than Dorothy,” Ms Seach said. “Dorothy says that since she was given a second chance at life a few years ago after being on life support that she has decided

to live her life to the fullest. She is always helping out staff and other residents.” She collects the mail, clears the tables and enjoys doing the shopping for residents who are unable to do so themselves. She runs activities to entertain the residents and brings a loving spirit to the community. Mrs Williamson said she was very excited when she heard about the award. “I’m all shook up,” she said. She said she enjoys getting out and helping other people and particularly likes running the Hoy game on weekends. Mrs Williamson was a nurse in her younger days and has five children, 14 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren. The NSW Seniors Week Local Achievement Awards are just one of the exciting events held during 2014 NSW Seniors Week program. An estimated 250,000 seniors attended more than 900 local events throughout the state during Seniors Week. Ms Tebbutt congratulated the recipients of the 2014 NSW Seniors Week Local Achievement Award across the state. “It is wonderful to see so many recognised during 2014 NSW Seniors Week. Seniors deserve recognition for the important contribution they make to their communities,” she said.

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Streets freed up for residents ‘Sunday Streets’ will see local roads temporarily closed to traffic for pedestrian use

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She is particularly keen to see King Street in Newtown as one of the streets included but recognises that for that to happen Council would need the State Government on board, which has responsibility for King Street. “People are used to major roads being close for events such as the Mardi Gras,” she said. “In Newtown, Enmore Road used to be closed for the Blue Moon Festival and local residents have fond memories of that. “People are excited about King Street being part of the idea because of the type of community this is.” She said the Business Precinct Association in Newtown support the idea because research has shown that the more slowly people move past shops, the more likely they are to go in and browse. Bike Sydney is one of the community organisations supporting the idea. Its president David Borella said it was a great opportunity for cyclists. “When I lived in London, there was a thing called the Big Wheel ride where city streets were closed down for a morning and people could ride in a relaxed environment,” Mr Borella said. He would like to see the idea include long stretches of car-free roads so people could cycle into the city and back.


arrickville Council voted last week to support the principle of Sunday Streets in the Marrickville local govern-

ment area. Cr Sylvie Ellsmore said neighbouring Council areas such as Leichhardt and the City of Sydney were also behind the idea, which would see large numbers of streets closed to cars for a number of hours allowing them to be used more easily by pedestrians, cyclists and other groups. “This is an idea that came from the community, people who want to turn their streets into public parks or town squares for a few days a year,” Cr Ellsmore said. More than 100 cities worldwide take part in similar programs including New York, Paris, Cape Town and Mumbai. The idea began in Bogota, Colombia in the 1970s which now sees 120 kilometres of streets closed every Sunday and on public holidays, however, Cr Ellsmore’s vision is simpler. “I’d like to see the model used in New York where you have one month a year when the weather is generally good where the streets are closed each Sunday of that month,” she said.

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ulwich Hill’s famous fighting Father Dave Smith has taken on a new cause, the plight of sick women and children in the Syrian civil war. He leaves next week as part of an international peace mission trying to work out how to get medicines to women and children behind the front lines where few aid organisations have access. “Sanctions against the Syrian regime are supposed to exclude food and medicines, but it all falls apart at a business level,” Father Dave said. He will fly with a group of his parishioners first to Tehran where they will buy medicines with funds they have raised in Australia and meet up with other members of the Interfaith Pilgrimage of Peace to Syria. The Pilgrimage is organised by the Mussalaha movement, which he says is a community-based non-violent popular initiative which has grown from the grassroots in Syria. It will include representatives from a number of different countries and faiths including Mother Agnes Mariam of Homs and Nobel Peace Prize winner Mairead Maguire. Father Dave said their goal is to get to

government-held parts of the Syrian capital Damascus to distribute medicines to clinics and hospitals directly and also try to set up pathways for the flow of humanitarian aid into the city from Amman in Jordan and Tehran in Iran. “We want to ensure the mothers and children of Syria are spared the horrors we have seen in other areas,” Father Dave said. While in Damascus, he will meet with the Grand Mufti of Syria, Sheik Ahmad Badreddin Hassoun as a way of building networks within the troubled region. One of the parishioners travelling with Father Dave is boxer Sol Egberime, formerly ranked number three in the world. Father Dave and Mr Egberime are hoping to run some boxing clinics with local youth and take part in some exhibition fights while they’re there. The last leg of the trip will take them to London where Father Dave is hoping to meet with the Archbishop of Canterbury and enlist his help in the cause. He has also lined up a meeting with fugitive Australian Julian Assange, as another of the parishioners travelling with Father Dave is Mr Assange’s father, John Shipton. Father Dave is still looking for donations for medical supplies. “Just $10 can save a life,” he said.

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14 Problem gamblers given a helping hand

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atholic Care at Lewisham has created the Gambling Intervention Family Team (GIFT) to provide support for local families affected by problem gambling. GIFT Coordinator Rhonda Woodford said problem gamblers make up less than one per cent of the population but for every problem gambler there are around five to 10 other people likely to be affected. “The problem gambler might be your partner, your parent, your son or daughter but it affects the whole family,” Ms Woodford said. “They struggle to buy food, pay the bills, make their rent or cover their debts. What’s worse is they become more desperate to recoup their losses and they get into a cycle.” She said family members and partners of problem gamblers also experience significant distress along with financial hardship, and are often shocked and overwhelmed to discover the problem exists. “They often feel like they’re the ‘last to know’, only finding out when things become so bad they can no longer be hidden,” she said. The symptoms of problem gambling are not always obvious because people with a

problem tend to gamble in isolation. “It’s different to social gambling where people go out in a group and don’t gamble more than they can afford to lose,” Ms Woodford said. “People with a problem come back to gamble by themselves. They don’t want to be disturbed. They’re in a zone. “If they win, they put the money back in. If they lose, they get more money from the ATM or try to borrow it.” She said there are hundreds of triggers that push people into the problem zone including grief, work problems and domestic violence, but mental illness is a major factor. She points to statistics showing more than a third of problem gamblers have been diagnosed with anxiety and nearly half with depression. Ms Woodford said the GIFT program provides free face-to-face and telephone counselling for individuals with a gambling problem and for family members affected by it. “We try to offer a holistic service. We can draw on the full range of social services offered by Catholic Care,” she said. The program is funded by the NSW Government Responsible Gambling Fund. People wishing to contact the Gambling Intervention Family Team for counselling and support can ring 9509 1148.

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Codes combine for day of fun School children get a taste of major sporting codes through new program CHRIS CONNOLLY


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ore than 400 children from the Canterbury-Hurlstone Park area got a taste of six different sporting codes this week as part of the Carnival of the Codes, an initiative of the Cooks River Sporting Alliance. The sports on trial were Australian Rules football, hockey, netball, rugby league, rugby union and soccer. The children from Ashbury Public School and Canterbury South Public School were divided into groups of around 30 and given a 20 minute taste of each sport under the supervision of qualified coaches from the respective codes. Paul Kougias from the Canterbury Hurlstone Park RSL Club organised the day and said the feedback from the children, the schools and the codes was all positive. “Each sport session started out with some basic skills and drills then about halfway through they would try out a mini game,” Mr Kougias said. “We got comments back from the kids saying they thought it was amazing because they all got to have a game. “Kids from poorer socio-economic backgrounds often can’t afford to join


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their local clubs so allowing them a taste of some of these sports can help develop an interest.” Mr Kougias said it was also great to see the people from the different codes interacting because they don’t always get together like this. “You tend to think of the codes as competing with each other for the kids but

Finding your perfect match later in life As people grow older, it’s inevitable that some will grow apart. Maybe you have been through a divorce, or the heartbreak of losing a spouse, or maybe you have never found Mr or Mrs Right. Whatever the reason for a person’s single status, it’s never too late to get back onto the dating scene. What better time than now, in retirement, when you have more spare time to spend with a possible companion. Though the idea of putting yourself out there may be daunting, it can benefit you in more ways than just one. Don’t be afraid to take friends up on their blind date offers that you’ve probably been turning down for years. If they think they know someone who would be perfect for you, what’s the harm in meeting them for a coffee? Arguably the best way to ease yourself back into dating is by selecting a hobby that will put you in contact with fellow singles. Picking an old interest back up or getting involved in a new one is a great starting point as it will lead you straight to people with similar interests. Group fitness classes are also a good way to meet people, as there are opportunities to chat during class and during partner exercises. For those who don’t want to throw themselves head first into those kind of social situations, Internet dating could be the way to go. Dating is now right at people’s fingertips, with a possible match only a few clicks away. Not only do Internet dating sites make it easier to connect with other singles, users can indicate exactly what they’re looking for in a partner so that they’re only put in contact with like-minded people. Age, interests and religion are just some of the search options that can be changed to cater for a person’s specific wants. But remember, sometimes in reality people don’t quite match their online personas. When signing up for online dating it is important to be as honest as you’d like people to be with you.

at the grassroots level they just want to see kids playing sport,” he said. This was also the inspiration for the formation of the Cooks River Sporting Alliance. Mr Kougias said Canterbury Hurlstone Park RSL supports many local sporting clubs who come up with good ideas independently of each other. He felt it was

important to get these grassroots organisations together and talking to each other about their ideas as there is no governing body for grassroots sport. “The Carnival of the Codes is one of these ideas,” Mr Kougias said. “Later in the year we will try it again with summer sports like cricket, athletics and basketball.”


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Turn all the lights out! Residents will be dining by candlelight on Saturday to mark Earth Hour

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omorrow night is Earth Hour and Newtown is going ‘unplugged’ with help from The Green Living Centre and Newtown Precinct Business Association. Bars, cafés, and restaurants along King Street, Enmore Road and Erskineville Road will host candlelight dining and live acoustic entertainment during Earth Hour on Saturday from 8.30pm to 9.30pm. Some of the participating bars, cafés, and restaurants hosting candlelit dinners include Bloodwood, Burgerlicious, Café 2042, Clems Chicken, Hartsyard, The Hive Bar, Oldtown in Newtown, Rubyos, Soffritto, Spencer Guthrie and Thai Pothong. There will also be live acoustic music from artists such as Boy Outside, Hollie Matthew, Huckleberry Hastings and Matt Rainshadow in assorted cafes and bars as well as Gould’s Bookstore and Telstra Square, home of the iconic ‘I Have a Dream’ mural. Residents can find a participating restaurant on the Green Living Centre’s Unplugged Map available at www. Diners at participating restaurants can

Angela Mayer, Elizabeth Costello and Suji Jadhav from the Green Living Centre in Newtown go into a draw for one of three $50 gift vouchers from the Green Living Centre by posting their location and “#newtownunplugged” on Facebook during Earth Hour.

Businesses that participate in Newtown Unplugged for Earth Hour will receive free beeswax candles from the Green Living Centre as well.

The Green Living Centre is also inviting residents to come to the centre at 218 King Street and make their own candle to take home and enjoy on Saturday between 2pm and 3pm. On the night, the Centre will host an expert talk on energy efficient lights to mark Earth Hour. Earth Hour was launched in Sydney in 2007 and is now celebrated in 7,000 cities in 152 countries. This year, the focus of attention for Earth Hour is the Great Barrier Reef and recent scientific findings that the effect of climate change on the Reef will be irreversible by 2030. University of Queensland Professor of Marine Science Ove Hoegh-Guldberg said the Reef is at a turning point. “The scientific consensus has concluded that further increases in CO2 and average global temperature are almost certain to destroy the coral communities of the Great Barrier Reef for hundreds if not thousands of years,” Professor Hoegh-Guldberg said. “Losing the Great Barrier Reef for even a few years, let alone thousands, surely demands more attention from all of us. “If we don’t act now, the effects of climate change on the Great Barrier Reef will be irreversible in just over a decade.” See for more info.

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new dress code for public school teachers has been criticised by the independent schools sector, with claims that the NSW Government policy is a distraction from real educational issues. The policy, which was announced last Sunday by the Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli, is the first ever explicit dress code for public school teachers in New South Wales and will be introduced in classrooms at the beginning of Term 2. It lists a standard of dress that public teachers are obliged to meet, with the dress code including restrictions on wearing t-shirts, rubber thongs, ripped or dirty clothes and attire with inappropriate slogans. Male teachers are also required to wear collared shirts, subject to exceptions, and there are restrictions on revealing clothing such as tops with bare midriffs and strapless tops. “Wearing appropriate dress helps teachers maintain respect and credibility with students, parents and the broader community,” Mr Piccoli said. While the policy has received support from some principals’ groups, the Independent Education Union has criticised the dress code as being a diversion from

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more substantive issues affecting schools. The union, which represents teachers in non-government schools, has been running a campaign for its members to draw attention to the increasing workload demands that impact on teachers’ time. Independent Education Union General Secretary John Quessy said that teacher workload was a more important issue than dress codes. “Everyone is talking about the intensification of teachers’ workloads and it’s seriously compressing teaching time, yet the Education Minister chooses to focus on their clothing,” Mr Quessy said. “If the Minister is unsure of the real issues, we are more than happy to provide a list and teachers’ attire is not on it.” The Union’s ‘3Rs: Recognise, Respect and Reward’ campaign is aimed at addressing the increasing workload of teachers. “Increasing workload demands are compressing the time that teachers have available for lesson planning, review, mentoring and meeting expanding teaching and learning needs,” Mr Quessy said. Mr Piccoli said the moves were all about increasing the status of teachers in the classroom and the wider community. “The Dress Code is the latest element of our plans to improve the status of the profession – something we know teachers care passionately about,” Mr Piccoli said when announcing the plans.

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series of coins will be released by the Royal Australian Mint to commemorate the Centenary of ANZAC, with the first circulating coin already unveiled. The special commemorative 2014 $1 circulating coin features the official logo of the ANZAC Centenary, including the image of an Australian soldier, head bowed and rifle reversed in solemn reflection and the words ‘100 Years of ANZAC – The Spirit Lives’. The coin is rimmed with a motif reflecting the sun’s rays as captured on the Australian Army’s Rising Sun badge. Royal Australian Mint CEO, Ross MacDiarmid, said the Mint had a proud tradition of commemorating Australian

military history with the production of a coin and the 2014 $1 ‘100 Years of ANZAC – The Spirit Lives’ circulating coin would add to that. “The ANZAC Spirit has long been invoked as part of the essence of what it is to be Australian. The ANZAC Centenary reminds us all that it is a living spirit and this coin captures aspects of that spirit in a permanent form,” Mr MacDiarmid said. The Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC, Senator Michael Ronaldson unveiled the coin earlier this month. “The Centenary of ANZAC will be one of the most defining moments in our nation’s story and the creation of a coin is a permanent way to reflect on and remember this commemorative period,” Senator Ronaldson said.

New exhibition NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell has officially launched the Museum of Sydney’s new exhibition, ‘Celestial City: Sydney’s Chinese Story’, that tells the story of Chinese immigration to Sydney and New South Wales. “This exhibition showcases the role the Chinese community played in the

development of Sydney and NSW, dating back to the 1840s,” Mr O’Farrell said. “Today, around one in 10 people living in Sydney have Chinese ancestry and this exhibition retraces the steps of Chinese immigrants as they forged a place in society.” The exhibition runs until October.

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Call to ban energy drink sales Country Women’s Association says energy drinks shouldn’t be sold to children “Who knows what damage, over time, this causes a developing body and mind?” The petition was presented to the House by the Federal Member for Parkes, Mr Mark Coulton. “In my experience, the CWA has a good understanding of issues that are important in the community,” Mr Coulton said. “The CWA serves a valuable role in facilitating and communicating these concerns.” The Australian Medical Association has supported the proposal saying that the increase in the number of incidents of caffeine toxicity from energy drink consumption amongst adolescents is alarming. “We are very concerned about the number of teenagers being adversely affected by energy drinks,” said Dr Steve Hambleton, President of the Australian Medical Association. “The dangers of over-consumption are significant and I think many parents and teenagers are unaware of the risks.” Studies show that young teenagers who frequently consume these drinks on their way to school are more disruptive in class, have poor concentration and some have been admitted to hospital suffering heart palpitations. “Research has shown that the sale of

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ore than 13,600 Country Women’s Association (CWA) of NSW members and supporters have signed a petition, which was presented to the House of Representatives on Thursday calling for a ban on the sale of energy drinks to children under 18 years of age. “We protect our children from alcohol and tobacco and believe that energy drinks should also be included on this list,” said Mrs Tanya Cameron, President of the CWA of NSW. “Energy drinks contain high amounts of caffeine mixed with ingredients like taurine, guarana, glucuronolactone and ginseng, which elevate the heart rate and blood pressure and disrupt sleep. “To children this is dangerous, especially when these beverages can be purchased practically anywhere with no limit as to how many can be bought at one time.” The average energy drink contains 160-300mg of caffeine per 500ml serve whereas coffee has 80-160mg and tea 40-120mg for an equivalent quantity. “The higher rate of caffeine found in most energy drinks can cause insomnia, headache, rapid heart rate, nervousness, hypertension, anxiety and diarrhoea not to mention developing a dependence on caffeine,” says Mrs Cameron.

Children are being encouraged to drink water, not energy drinks energy drinks is growing by more than eight per cent a year,” said Mrs Cameron. “Last year they made up more than 35 per cent of all drinks sold in convenience

stores, outdoing soft drinks, which came in at 31.5 per cent.” The CWA is the largest women’s organisation in Australia.

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You’re keen to break free from your usual routine as you yearn for unusual and exciting experiences and – if you can’t find them elsewhere – then you’ll create them in your local environment. Use your abundant Aquarian energy to juggle projects as you multitask and get things done in record time.


Security issues are centre stage as you search for ways to improve your financial situation. Be patient Pisces and focus on long-term solutions – quick fixes just won’t work. Don’t believe everything you hear on Friday, as some information will be hard to verify. So don’t make important decisions unless you are 100 confident!


The New Moon’s in your sign so it’s the best week of the year to initiate pet projects and turn pipe dreams into positive action. But, with mighty Mars in retro mode (until May 20) avoid procrastinating… plus starting arguments for your own personal amusement. On Wednesday you’re at your wild and witty best but Thursday’s Sun/Pluto square powers up your bossy, belligerent side.


Get set for a big week Lions as you overdo just about everything. Under the influence of Jupiter, Uranus and Pluto you’ll be generous and garrulous; enthusiastic and exhausting; restless and reckless; passionate and pushy. Be warned that if you are too big-headed and self-righteous, others will bring you back down to earth with a thud.

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It’s not a suitable week to enter into delicate financial negotiations as retrograde Mars stalls momentum, and your thinking is not as logical as usual. Be patient as you let ideas germinate. Saturday is super for talking, texting and social media. As Venus shifts into your partnership zone on Sunday, calm cooperation will get you further.


With the New Moon and Uranus revving up your relationship zone, loved ones will continue to surprise you. Romantic sparks are set to fly but the course of true love won’t run smoothly so be prepared for a wild card. On the weekend you’re in the mood to help others but don’t feel you have to fix their problems. Providing a steady shoulder to cry on is what’s needed at the moment.


Have you been bustling around like a Bull on steroids? Monday’s New Moon encourages you to make room for rest and recuperation. So activities like contemplation, meditation, journal writing, yoga and spiritual study are favoured. Wednesday and Thursday are perfect for practical pursuits like cooking, crafting, gardening and DIY projects.

The New Moon encourages you to improve your diet, plus find fun ways to boost your fitness levels. And resist the temptation to get stuck in a Scorpio rut … shake up your daily routine! The Sun/Pluto square amps up your stubborn side, as you get stirred up over things that you can’t control. But, manipulation will result in woe.



Are you surrounded by positive people who dream big dreams? Monday’s New Moon energises your networking zone so it’s a terrific time to pal up with some new friends, make work contacts or reconnect with overseas mates. As Anthony Robbins says, “People’s lives are a direct reflection of the expectations of their peer group.”

Avoid jumping from the frying pan into the fire! People respond to your rambunctious and spontaneous Sagittarian nature, but too much impulsive behaviour this week could leave you full of regrets later on. With Venus moving into your home zone find fun ways you can bring more beauty, creativity and compassion into your home life.



As Jupiter charges through your sign, your motto for the week is from actress Bette Davis. “The key to life is accepting challenges.” The New Moon shines the spotlight on career plans and projects, so show the world what you are capable of. Work is unpredictable and there’s never been a better time to be professionally proactive.

This week there’s a tendency to blow a family problem way out of proportion. Cool down Capricorn and try to see the current situation from a broader and calmer perspective. Thursday’s Mercury/Saturn trine is super for fine-tuning travel arrangements, powering through paperwork, plus tackling mental tasks.




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By cleaning out my wardrobe before the beginning of autumn, I thought I was being super clever and proactive but instead, I may have missed out on being part of one of the most ingenious initiatives yet. Myer – which happens to be my ‘go to’ department store – has teamed up with Salvos Stores to encourage people to donate their pre-loved clothing to charity through an initiative called Fashion Rescue. When I say team up, I mean they are offering anyone who donates their pre-loved clothing to a Salvos op shop a $10 Myer voucher. What a brilliant idea! There is a catch though, the $10 voucher can only be used when you’re spending over $50 in Myer – don’t stress, you’d be lucky to find something there for less anyway! All you have to do is pop into a Salvos store with an armful of clothes and bam! Say hello to a Myer shopping spree... well, a small, $10 to be exact, excuse to have one. “Following a successful trial in Victoria last year, we’re excited to take Fashion Rescue national and encourage the recycling and reuse of clothing as well as supporting local Australian communities through the Salvos Stores,” said Myer Executive General Manager of Merchandise, Adam Stapleton. We’re excited too, Adam! All the clothes donated through the initiative – I can only imagine the truckloads the Salvos will be sifting through – will be sold in Salvos stores to raise funds for the Salvation Army’s support of disadvantaged families. The Salvos are certainly thrilled about the initiative, keen to fill their stores so that our dedicated op-shoppers have something to purchase. “This is a really exciting opportunity for us to partner with Myer and make it even easier for Australians to donate to a very worthy cause and help out those less fortunate in their local community,” said the Salvos Stores’ Neville Barrett. “Fashion Rescue is a great way for residents to donate and recycle their pre-loved clothing, perhaps for the first time, and receive a little thank you for their efforts in supporting a charitable cause and the environment.”


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The recent surge in humidity in Sydney has wrought havoc on the ears of many of our pets. Ears are often overlooked by us pet owners when we routinely care for our animals. While some breeds of dogs and cats have large, open ear canals (think of the spitz type breeds and german shepherds), all breeds need regular cleaning DR. SAM of their ears. KOVAC A waxy material known as cerumen Southern Cross is constantly secreted by glands inside Veterinary Clinic the ear and if not cleansed regularly, 9516 0234 this can build up, oxidise and become 60 Princes Hwy, malodorous. Apart from the obnoxious St Peters smell, the waxy build-up presents a great source of food products for bacteria and yeast to thrive on. What to look for Shaking of the head or scratching at the ears are common signs of an outer ear infection. If your pet tilts her head to the side compulsively, this can be a sign of a more serious middle ear infection. Like with most medical conditions, it is simpler and easier to treat the earlier it is diagnosed. To pluck or not to pluck? Some breeds of dogs naturally have more hair in their ears. Poodles and bichon fries are good examples of these. New research by veterinary dermatologists suggests that plucking greatly increases the risk of ear infections as hairs in the ear canal are important for the self-cleaning mechanism of the outer ear. So tell your groomer next time to keep the tweezers away from the ears! Prevention is better than cure Weekly cleaning of healthy ears should be sufficient to prevent ear infections and cerumen buildup.

Some health foods are killing us. Most people are familiar with macro nutrients; these are the broad groups called protein, fats and carbohydrates. None of these groups are bad. You need all of them to live. I read a study the other day that said much of people’s knowledge on fitness topics comes from media and advertising. Things like infomercials are guiding our decisions on eating and exercise! We are consuming more ‘low fat’ products than ever. So why are we still getting fatter? Low cholesterol is another line, some people now think this is a deadly poison. Cholesterol is essential in our bodies and helps repair our cells. Just think for a minute; you have a business trying to sell a new food in a supermarket. The shelves are bulging with them already so how do you get anybody to look at your product? One angle is make it sound healthier than the competition. It’s almost funny to see the ads for a processed, sugar filled, nutrient devoid bar saying they’re so much healthier than that other processed, sugar filled bar because it has ‘real strawberry’ powdered concentrate. Much better to consume healthy, proper, unprocessed food. This will get you the macro nutrients and just as importantly, the micro nutrients. These are all the vitamins and minerals that actually provide nutrition to your body. Without them the millions of processes your body constantly needs to perform can’t happen. Imagine planting two similar trees; one in a pot full of sand that gets a drip of water now and then. It’s alive but only just. The other is planted in dark, composted, nutrient-rich, well drained soil and given fresh water every day. How do you think they would compare in a year’s time? And just taking a vitamin tablet isn’t enough. Take an apple, it has thousands of compounds, from quercetin, a powerful antioxidant that reduces cardiovascular risk, to flavonoids and phytochemicals that fight cancer. We’re not even sure what half these things do yet. But our body has evolved eating them for thousands of years and it knows what to do.

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Hunters and Collectors reunite for new tour f you’re an eighties Oz Rock tragic who missed out on tickets for the Sunnyboys at the Enmore this weekend, it’s not too late for the Hunters and Collectors show next weekend. When they called it a day in 1998, the Hunters and Collectors was a multi-platinum selling band, with five top 10 albums boasting classic such as ‘Throw Your Arms Around Me’, ‘Talking to a Stranger’,’Holy Grail’, ‘When The River Runs Dry’, ‘Do You See What I See’, ‘Say Goodbye’ and countless others. In 2005 they were inducted by Peter Garrett into the ARIA Hall of Fame. Then in March 2009 the Sound Relief benefit concert at the MCG brought them temporarily out of retirement, with a set that won rave reviews. “The band’s visceral, gutsy performance makes us feel proud of our musical heritage,” said Inpress. “They had people everywhere hugging and belting out the words to some Aussie classics. All delivered to rapturous response,” added Beat Magazine. And Richard Kingsmill of radio station Triple J said, “they sounded like they had never stopped touring – an amazing set.” Mark Seymour has, of course, continued a vibrant and successful solo career but for now, he’s enjoying being back with former band mates Jack Howard, Michael Waters, Jeremy Smith, Doug Falconer, Barry Palmer and John Archer in this longawaited reformation tour.



“The reputation of the band – its iconic status, so to speak – was built up over constant touring, just this relentless approach to getting out there and playing for years and years and years,” lead singer Mark Seymour said. “It was very much about being in a pub and having thousands of people jammed into a room, with this big, incredible sound. There was unity, there was pride and a total lack of bullshit.” Ask anyone to describe a Hunters and Collectors gig and words like ‘primal’, ‘sweat-soaked’, ‘intense’, ‘ferocious’ come to the fore. Few bands made their mark in the live music landscape like ‘The Hunnas’ did. It was a badge of honour they wore with pride and fought to sustain at every show – approaching a total of nearly 2,000 of them across 15 countries – resulting in a profound connection with audiences everywhere. They also have a new record, ‘Crucible – The Songs Of Hunters and Collectors’, which is a lovingly curated album featuring 15 classic songs plus stunning tributes of the same songs from the likes of The Living End, Birds Of Tokyo, Neil Finn and Eddie Vedder and Paul Kelly. The Panics, who feature on ‘Crucible’ with their cover of ‘Alligator Engine’, will be the supports for the Enmore shows. The Hunters and Collectors will play at the Enmore Theatre on Friday, April 4 and Saturday, April 5 at 8pm. To get tickets visit


Feathered Friends show their beauty group of cheeky, clever birds will be winning hearts when wildlife performance troupe Feathered Friends returns. With a mix of human and animal members, Feathered Friends is wellestablished within Sydney and will be performing their latest show ‘Wildlife of the Outback’ at Gledswood Homestead in Catherine Field. The show is presented by animal trainer Ravi Wasan, who has previously featured on television and radio programs demonstrating his training skills. Wasan and his team have a strong, unique relationship with their flocks of birds, which have been trained to perform a variety of entertaining, astounding tricks in front of an audience. Birds trained by Wasan include owls

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used in ‘Harry Potter’ promotions and white cockatoos featured in the number one Japanese TV show ‘Little Q’, while others have appeared on Australian shows such as ‘Packed to the Rafters’, ‘Great Outdoors’ and ‘Saturday Disney’. All of the Feathered Friends birds are talented entertainers but resident mascot Zen, a Wedge-tailed Eagle, is arguably the biggest star of the show and also features on the National Geographic channel. Another Wedge-tailed Eagle, Elanor, will be coming out of a long hiatus from performing to appear in the upcoming show. The almost 40-year-old bird became part of the Feathered Friends team after she was injured in a car accident and, after a long rehabilitation, was not able to be safely released back into the wild. Her special story of recovery will be

FEATHERED FRIENDS GLEDSWOOD HOMESTEAD SATURDAY, MARCH 29 shared with audiences during the show by Wasan, who said: “It’s an amazing feeling being able to give such a mysterious creature a second chance in life”.

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Born in England, Ms Bergeron lived in the United States for over 20 years before migrating to Australia in 2005. She now lives in Lewisham and is head of the Theatre Studies program at the University of Notre Dame in Sydney. Ms Quinn is also an actor and academic who is currently assistant professor of Theatre Arts at the University of Massachussets, Boston. The pair met while they were both fellows at Boston University in America. With a shared interest in notorious women, the pair decided to write a play together featuring two dynamic female characters whose stories were largely unknown. The Mancini sistersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; story was perfect for them. On the surface, it is full of glamour and adventure but underneath is a more human story of domestic violence and the double standards women are forced to put up with. It is here that Jane Bergeron and Carrie Ann Quinn feel the story will resonate with womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lives in the 21st century. The play weaves together the historical memoirs of Marie and Hortense with other stories and songs of the same era, creating an unique and intriguing story. It was first performed in Boston last year to positive audience reactions and the Company is hoping to replicate that vibe with Sydney audiences. Performances are on Thursdays to Saturdays at 7.30pm until April 5 with an expert panel and audience talkback session on Thursday, April 3. Tickets are available now for $25/$15 from the King Street Theatre, 644 King St, Newtown or their website,

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n 1672, Marie Mancini and her sister Hortense climbed out of castle windows in the dead of night to escape their abusive husbands. They managed to travel across Europe on horseback, armed and dressed as men, to evade the kidnappers their husbands sent out to recapture them. Needing protection, they flirted with the rich and powerful, including the Kings of France and England. This is the true life story behind Escape Artists Theatre Companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new production, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Possessionsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; written and performed by Jane Bergeron and Carrie Ann Quinn, and showing at the King Street Theatre in Newtown. Described as â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Thelma and Louiseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; meets â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Dangerous Liaisonsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, the sisters scandalised European society firstly by shamelessly abandoning their husbands and then by writing memoirs of their adventures from their lives on the run.


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ALEXANDRIA FAIR Sunday, March 30 Alexandria Park Gather up the family for ‘Funday Sunday’ at Alexandria Park this weekend. There will be face painting, a jumping castle, competitions and live music that the kids can get involved in. Segway and bungee fun cannot be missed! Come down and soak up the sun and do something exciting this weekend! Best of all the cost is free! So head down to Alexandria Park this Sunday, March 30, from 11am to 3pm to give the family a day of fun and enjoyment.


CHILDREN’S FESTIVAL: LIVING IN HARMONY Sunday, March 30 Belmore Park, Haymarket Children of all ethnicities are invited to unite as one for a day of singing and dancing in Belmore Park. There will be clowns, face painting and food at this family fun day. As a part of the Living in Harmony Festival initiative there will be poster competitions that children can enter as well as a costume display and a children’s parade. Bring the entire family down for a day full of free fun!

THE FAIRIES: JUMP JUMP STAR Sunday, March 30 The Enmore Theatre Tickets start at just $27.50 so get the kids together to sing and dance along to a live performance of this TV kids show. Dance with Barnaby the Bizzy Buzzy Bee and the other fairies as well as Harmony and Rhapsody as the fairies come to life – proving to you that fairies indeed are real! An hour in magical fairyland just can’t be missed. Tickets can be purchased now at premier. au. Enjoy!

EXHIBITION OF PRINTS BY DANIEL LETHLEAN HIGSON Friday, March 28 – Tuesday, April 1 Beach Burrito, Newtown Daniel Lethlean Higson’s works are inquisitive and outrageous, ranging from alien worlds to unusual natural environments. Colourful and exciting these works are fun to observe and could also make a great masterpiece in your house! The prints will be available for $15 and entry to the exhibition is free.

TYGA Sunday, April 13 The Enmore Theatre Tyga supported Nicki Minaj on her Australian tour in 2012 and received great reviews from audiences selling out two headlining shows. In April he returns to Sydney’s Enmore Theatre. Tickets can be purchased at premier. for $72.10.

COURTYARD SESSIONS Every Friday night until March 28 Seymour Centre Head down from 6pm until 9pm for a free night of awesome fun, with a showcase of emerging artists. These outdoor gigs are unique and exciting and will present pure and real talent every night throughout the summer. So head down to the Seymour Centre to try and spot the next big thing!

SHORT AND SWEET THEATRE FESTIVAL On until Tuesday, April 22 King Street Theatre

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This is a festival of short, 10 minute plays that display over 400 works of young and upcoming actors, directors, technical crew and writers. This is the biggest festival of micro-theatre in the world. Tickets will cost you $33 each so head down to King Street Theatre for some “bite sized dramatic treats.” Visit thewebsite for more information on this event. You will find a timetable of all the different performances on in the local area as well as information about the performers themselves!

With the social setting of Fitzroy Gardens, these organic markets are a great way to kick start your Saturday morning. Enjoyable for everyone there is a selection of certified and conventional fruit and veg, bread, juices, cheese, cakes, coffee and of course bacon and eggs rolls that cannot be missed. Best of all entry is free!

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ROYAL HUNT Friday, April 4 The Factory Theatre This will be the first Australian tour for Royal Hunt, having sold more than one million albums worldwide. Older tracks will be performed alongside new songs from their latest album, ‘A Life to Die For’. This is an exclusive, perhaps once in a lifetime opportunity that you do not want to miss! Tickets and more information can be found at www.

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Perth born Rock ’n’ Roll band The Scientists formed in 1978 and have a hard rock sound combined with some pop elements. Kim Salmon, James Baker, Rod Radalj and Boris Sujdovic reunite again for these special shows. You are guaranteed to be entertained so head to www. to get your tickets now! Prices are $40 plus booking fee. Call 9550 3666.

William Shakespeare’s beloved fable is reimagined through the eyes of a child. Young prince Mamillius watches in horror as his father, King Leontes, wrongly accuses his pregnant mother, Hermione, of adultery. Everything goes down hill when the King orders the baby to be abandoned in a forest and the King realises too late his errors. John Bell directs this classic in a way that will generate both heartache and hysterics. You will leave the theatre questioning whether anyone can truly live happily ever after. Helen Thomson, Myles Pollard and Rory Potter star in this production that just should not be missed! See

ALIN AND MELIKE Sunday, March 30 The Camelot Lounge This exciting night will feature world music fusion between Turkish and Spanish melodies combined with the flamenco guitar. Vocals, lyrics and music combine to create a magical musical experience that audiences will thoroughly enjoy. These passionate and vibrant rhythms area must see so get your tickets now at

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Mercedes Benz Fashion Week is one of Australia’s most anticipated fashion events of the year. Exquisite arrays of the Spring/Summer collections from Australia’s leading designers are showcased and for the first time, the public have the opportunity to view the latest collections only days after the industry gets to. The weekend will include runway shows, how to sessions and more. Head to for the schedule and further details.

HELEN REDDY Friday, April 11 The Enmore Theatre Helen Reddy is known as the ‘Queen of 70s Pop’ and is one of the best recording artists that the world has to offer. Helen has created over a dozen top 40 hits and even won a Grammy Award. Her hit, ‘I Am Woman’ has gone on to become an anthem for many and you can see Reddy perform this, along with hits such as ‘Angie Baby’ and ‘Delta Dawn’ live at the Enmore Theatre. Call 9550 3666 for tickets, starting at $79.

Put all your worries aside and put your dancing shoes on as you join the witty Woohoo Revue for a fun filled evening. You will be transported to exciting places accompanied by the clever compositions and fiery musical mateship that is evident on the stage. Tickets are $21.80 and can be purchased at au today.

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As a 10 year anniversary edition Pete Murray is re-releasing his album ‘Feeler’. Pete will be performing the entire album on this special night. Come and join Pete at the Enmore Theatre to re-live a definitive time in his life on this very special night. Doors will open at 8pm with tickets costing $56.60. Call 02 9550 3666 for more information.



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t’s not every day I’ve the chance to enjoy a $200 wine, but just such an opportunity came my way a couple of weeks back when I shared a bottle of 2012 Best’s Thomson Family Shiraz from Best’s Wines at Great Western, in the Grampians north-west of Melbourne. And what a WOW factor it turned out to have. Made from fruit hand-harvested off just 15 rows of some of the oldest, most-gnarled Shiraz vines in Australia (planted by Henry Best in 1867), it has an almost explosive bouquet of dark fruits, bitter chocolate, dried flowers and intense white pepper. Savour these with a swirl of the glass, and then be wonderfully seduced on the palate with mouthfilling, yet quite mellow, fragrant dark fruit flavours and delightful tannins… just perfect with roast suckling pig on a spit, fresh garden vegies and a rich gravy. It’s a very special wine for a very special occasion, the more so with five to 20 years cellaring. One to note: If you have carpaccio of Tasmanian salmon on the menu as a starter for that next dinner party, a great drop to offer it with is a Bay of Fires Tasmanian Cuvee Rosé, particularly as it’s from the salmon’s home state and priced at $29.99. Made from highest-quality fruit sourced from across Tasmania’s four major viticultural regions, this is a great cool climate bubbly with loads of red berry fruit flavours, earthy mushrooms and crisp acidity; ideal with that carpaccio.



The tonight show ABC2 & Comedy channel

It’s no deal for game show It seems the axe has finally been swung on ‘Deal or No Deal’. Host Andrew O’Keefe has confirmed Channel Seven has no intentions of filming any new episodes in the near future. In case you didn’t know, Seven has been showing repeats of ‘Deal’ at 5pm for some time. I think Seven should either buy the ‘Family Feud’ format or air episodes from the US instead because it’s a great format.

Talk show host Jimmy Fallon has been seen on Foxtel for some time and now he’s finally made his way to free-to-air television via ABC2. ‘The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon’ is now airing weeknights on ABC2 at 7.30pm. Comedy Channel will still premiere the episodes first with the ABC screening them two days after their US showing. The show has been rating highly.

Two popular shows are heading back to Foxtel over the next couple of months. Aussie prison drama ‘Wentworth’ will return for a second season from May 20 on SoHo, while ‘Veep’ will have its season three premiere on Monday, April 7 at 5.30pm on Showcase.

Remember the show ‘SlideShow’? No, not many people do, however the US are about to get their own version with Rove McManus as host. Rove will host the US version titled ‘Riot’, which pits two teams improvising on a floor titled at a 22.5 degree angle.

Terrible news for American sports fans after free-to-air broadcaster ONE HD announced they were dumping Major League Baseball (MLB) and National Football League (NFL) from their schedules in 2014. The only way to watch is through Foxtel or a streaming service.

Good news for fans of a few NBC shows that air here in Australia as they’ve all been renewed for further seasons. Fire drama ‘Chicago Fire’ will return for a third season. Fantasy drama ‘Grimm’ has been awarded a fourth season and ‘Parks and Recreation’ picks up a seventh.





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Intimate with English Aplin alented singer-songwriter Gabrielle Aplin will be returning to Australia for two intimate, acoustic performances. The English musician recently announced she would be visiting the country, with a show at Sydney’s Oxford Art Factory on Sunday, June 1.




It follows on from Aplin’s first Australian show last year, when she supported Ed Sheeran’s concert with fellow British musician Passenger on a sold-out tour. Aplin has been writing and recording songs since she was 15-years-old, and initially gained a fan base through posting videos of her original compositions and covers on YouTube, getting millions of views. At the age of 17, she set up her own label and released three EPs that charted on iTunes, before major record companies took notice and she signed to Parlophone. Her first album ‘English Rain’ is reminiscent of musicians such as Leonard Cohen and Joni Mitchell, and debuted at number

two on the UK album charts and number 22 on the ARIA Albums chart. The first single from the album, a delicate cover of Frankie Goes To Hollywood’s ‘The Power of Love’ was the number one Christmas single in the UK, while the second song ‘Please Don’t Say You Love Me’ was a top 10 hit. While Aplin may have made her name through YouTube videos and albums, she’s also a natural on stage with her performances winning over audiences and reviewers. Fortitude Magazine gave a glowing assessment of Aplin’s live concert, awarding her four stars and writing: “Her entire performance was fantastic. The track listing was spot on and all of the music was played superbly by her and her band. Her voice sounded spectacular too, even better than how it does on the record. The atmosphere created from the combination of songs and lighting worked excellently”. And the Oxford Art Factory will provide the perfect backdrop for Aplin’s intimate stage presence. Gabrielle Aplin will perform at the Oxford Art Factory on Sunday, June 1. Entry is 18+. For bookings call 1300 438 849 or visit


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Mounting pressure Collapse in second half sees winless Jets go down to Mounties 38-16 CHRIS CONNOLLY



he Newtown Jets put in a strong first half performance against Mount Pritchard and with scores locked up at 10-all at half-time, were hopeful of springing an upset. However, the Mounties lifted a gear in the second half to record an emphatic 38-16 victory. The Mounties leapt to an early lead with a long-distance intercept try in the second minute. However, new Jets signing, half Arana Taumata, put through two kicks that resulted in tries to winger Jonathon Reuben in the 16th minute and fullback Shannon Gallant in the 28th. Supported by a strong defensive effort, they looked like they might go to half-time with a 10-6 lead until late in the first half, when the Mounties equalised through an unconverted try after taking advantage of two successive penalties. Poor discipline in the second half cost the Jets dearly, with the Mounties running in three tries to take a 26-10 lead after 55 minutes. Jets centre Brett Lane scored Newtown’s only second half try through an intercept three

Jack Siejka swoops on a Mounties attacker last weekend. Photo: Gary Sutherland minutes out from full-time. Mounties then finished the game with a runaway try after gathering in a short kick from the Jets to make the final score 38-16. Jack Siejka and David Harris were the best of the Newtown forwards while halfback Arana Taumata showed enough in his first

game with the Jets to indicate that he will add to the team’s attacking potential. The Jets travel to Wollongong tomorrow, where they take on the St George-Illawarra partnership club, the Illawarra Cutters, at WIN Stadium. This fourth round NSW Cup match is set for a 3pm kick-off.

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