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Path to completion

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Carmel Tebbutt weighs in on debate p.12

Surprise coming for Barry p.5

Women’s Day festival Participation in sport the aim p.8



ork is expected to start shortly on the final – and missing – link of the Regional Cycleway Route No.5 that connects Camperdown to the

Cooks River. The Route starts at Denison Road and Parramatta Road and ends at Mackey Park in Marrickville. It will now include a separated cycleway along Carrington Road that will meet with the already completed section on Myrtle Street. Marrickville Mayor Jo Haylen said the project had been a work in progress for a long time, but was pleased it now meant residents will finally get a much needed cycleway. “This is great news for bike riders and a win for the whole community. It’s another great example of Council listening to our residents and delivering the infrastructure our community wants and needs,” she said. “Residents will be more likely to ride to work, and families will be more likely to ride together for fun and exercise. This is a critical transport link, which has always had my full support.” Residents are encouraged to use environmental means of travel, but also take advantage of their surroundings. “I want to encourage all our residents to get out of their cars and on their bikes. So many people who live in the Marrickville area will be able to easily and safely access the picturesque ride along the Cooks River,” Mayor Haylen said.

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The footy’s back: Romantic Friday night movies on hold until October I took my girlfriend out for a lovely dinner in the city last week, as I do every year at this time. No, it wasn’t her birthday. Not an anniversary either. A bit late for Valentine’s Day, too. No, this annual occasion is all about the return of something that dominates the next 30 weeks: the footy season. Romantic Friday nights in are replaced with Ray Warren, Phil Gould and the boys delivering live footy from somewhere in the country. Saturday night outings become all about a visit to the Blue Mountains (followed by Penrith Stadium), a lovely dinner in Leichhardt (followed by 80 minutes at Leichhardt Oval) or a nice drive over to the north shore (via Brookvale Oval). Sunday drives are still in but the radio must be on either the 2GB Continuous Call Team or David Morrow over at the ABC. Monday nights? Who cares about ‘The Block’ anyway? You get the picture. So with the season kicking off this weekend, I thought I’d make a few predictions about what 2014 will bring. The Roosters will go back to back Not since Brisbane in 1992-1993 has a team gone back to back to win the premiership, but I honestly believe the Roosters will emerge as the

2014 premiers come October. They’ve barely had a change in their roster, have speed and strength all over the park and to me, just appear to be a complete footy side. I do expect they’ll start slowly but ultimately will be too strong for what other sides have to offer. Improvements in the west I really think you’ll see two western Sydney teams do better this year – the Panthers and Eels. Penrith have recruited better than any other side in the competition and with Jamal Idris, Jamie Soward and Elijah Taylor now calling the foot of the Mountains home, they have something special. Under new coach Brad Arthur, I can’t see the Eels winning their third wooden spoon and I reckon they’ll improve this season. I don’t think they can make the eight, but the blue and gold army will have plenty to smile about.

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man has been fatally shot on Railway Street, Petersham this week, leaving police with a serious investigation to complete. On Tuesday night at around 11pm, police and emergency services were called to Railway Street where it is believed they found a 44-year-old man on the footpath suffering a gunshot wound.

Police established a crime scene on Railway Street. Although paramedics tried to revive the man, he died at the scene. A neighbour who did not want to be named told the Weekender they heard a number of shots fired. “We heard around half a dozen shots. We thought they were fireworks,” the witness said. They said they didn’t go outside because they did not think it was anything more sinister than fireworks being let off.

Acting Superintendent Alf Sergi from Marrickville Police said a number of police units were involved with the investigation and search for those responsible including Polair, police rescue for lighting, forensics, ballistics and imagery. He said it was too early to say what the victim from Ashfield was doing in the area, however lines of enquiry were being pursued. When asked if he was surprised the shooting took place near a busy road [close to Parramatta Road] the Superintendent admitted he was. “It is surprising it’s a pretty peaceful sought of neighbourhood generally,” Mr Sergi said. Police are urging anyone who saw or heard any suspicious activity in the street to contact Crime Stoppers.


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News in numbers The median duration of insufficient work of Australia’s underemployed part-time workers increased to 30 weeks in 2013, up from 26 weeks in 2012, according to an Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) report released


weeks late last week. The survey found there were many Australians working part-time who would prefer to work more hours.

“Just over a quarter (912,200) of parttime workers, stated they would prefer to work more hours, with over half of these (55 per cent) preferring to find full-time work (35 hours or more),” said the ABS Director of the Labour Force and Supplementary Surveys, Stephen Collett. “Over half (58 per cent) would prefer to stay with their current employer, 27 per cent want a change and 15 per cent did not have a preference.” Older workers are continuing to experience longer periods of underemployment, upto an average of 40 weeks for those aged 45 to 54-years-old, and 52 weeks for those aged 55 and over. Further details can be found at www.


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ost people have heard of speed dating right? Well here’s one dating set-up with a difference. Marrickville Council’s free Speed Date a Sustainability Expert event presents home building with a sustainability twist – it’s an event run by experts for local residents to find out useful information in a friendly environment. People can explore environmental options with Marrickville’s leading sustainable home designers, architects and builders through this funky new social event. Each ‘date’ will run for 13 minutes in a fun, no-obligations environment, and will offer expert advice on how to make homes and gardens greener. Marrickville Mayor Jo Haylen said it was a chance for people to discuss their plans and ideas about sustainable design with experts in a relaxed setting. “The experts will all be in one place, ready to mix and mingle and offer great advice – from information on solar panels and solar hot water, to environmentallyfriendly home renovation,” she said. “We want to make it as easy as possible

for our community to go green at home,” Mayor Haylen added. Local resident Leonie McNamara, whose home was commended in last year’s Marrickville Medal, knows all about the benefits of sustainable design. She was successful in maintaining a comfortable temperature in her home without air conditioning, installed a rainwater tank that also supplies the second toilet and washing machine and even planted edible gardens. “I think a lot of people might think it’s too hard and too expensive to have a sustainable house, but I see it more as a direction to head in. Every conscious choice makes a big impact and the first leads on to the next,” Ms McNamara said. “The more knowledge and information you have, the more empowered you are to make those choices,” she added. The Speed Date a Sustainability Expert event will be run by the not-for-profit Alternative Technology Association in partnership with Marrickville Council. The event will take place on Saturday March 29, from 2pm to 4.30pm at Marrickville Town Hall: 303 Marrickville Road Marrickville. To guarantee your date make sure you register at speeddate.


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ain failed to deter volunteers last Sunday when they tackled the Cooks River as part of Clean Up Australia Day. Recyclable bottles and cans were collected from one section of the Cooks River filling 100 sacks. Some 60 sacks containing around 4,000 bottles and cans were piled together from members of clean up group the Cooks River Tossers, as well as the Mudcrabs, and other volunteer groups who care for the Cooks River and its foreshores. Clean Up Australia Day was hailed a success with thousands of volunteers all over the country coming together at local sites to help lend a hand picking up rubbish. But the clean up at Cooks River highlighted once again that the waterway is a site for pollution and rubbish discarded by those who don’t care. Local residents have become increasingly agitated by the state of the river and the Cooks River Valley Association will go to State Parliament next Tuesday to voice their concerns to the Premier, Barry O’Farrell, about the endless rubbish piling up on the river. Hurlstone Park resident and Cooks River ‘Tosser’ Kate Maclean will lead a small

delegation to present a ‘gift’ to Mr O’Farrell at 10.15am to show the government how bad the situation has become. The ‘gift’ will consist of around 10 per cent of the bottles collected last Sunday and a giant gift card addressed to him with hundreds of messages calling for a 10 cent refund on bottles and cans. In Australia, some 13 billion containers are purchased each year, but less than half are recycled. Around eight billion containers end up as litter or go into landfill every year, with many ending up in our rivers and lakes. In South Australia, where a container deposit system is in place, 80 per cent of containers are recycled compared to only 40 to 50 per cent nationally. Ms McLean said the community was fed up with the rubbish build up and wanted the waterways clean. “We are just so sick of all this rubbish in the river which could be cleaned up by a 10 cent refund on containers,” Ms McLean said. “There is absolutely no reason why we can’t have a pristine river to enjoy with our families. “With the work we’ve already done, the fish are returning and so is the birdlife. There are now parts of the river that are magic. Let’s make the whole river magic once more.”

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Minister for Women Pru Goward has announced the formation of a Violent Domestic Crimes Taskforce to examine supports for reporters and witnesses, links between alcohol and domestic violence, and sentencing options for perpetrators. Domestic and family violence is the number one cause of death and disability for women under the age of 40. One woman on average is killed by her partner or former partner every week in this country. “The Taskforce also study whether the current system provides appropriate support for those reporting and witnessing violence,” Ms Goward said.

Station clean The State Government has announced new Customer First initiatives including a comprehensive station improvement program, starting with 19 key stations including deep cleans, improved security, de-cluttering, and clearer signage. “This is aimed at modernising many of our stations that have for decades been ignored” Transport Minister Glady Berejiklian said. The 19 key stations undergoing the refresh program include Asquith, Bondi Junction, Burwood, Caringbah, Carramar, Chester Hill, Granville, Gymea, Hurstville, Kogarah, Lidcombe, Martin Place, Parramatta, Penrith, Redfern, St Leonards and Strathfield.

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errie Lowe gallery in Newtown attracts some of Australia’s finest artists and this month the gallery will feature sculpture artist Bev Hogg whose work ‘Strange Pockets turf wars: wild fire at the urban fringe’ will be on display until April 1. Ms Hogg has exhibited her masterpieces at the Goulburn Regional Gallery NSW, Canberra Museum and Art Gallery. Her work also adorns prominent buildings such as Parliament House in Canberra and the ACT Legislative Assembly. She is twice winner of the Canberra Circle Visual Arts Award, The National Ceramic Award and the Doug Alexander Memorial Award. Gallery owner Kerrie Lowe said Ms Hogg had an excellent reputation amongst the arts community. “Bev works with clay and her ceramic sculptures in this exhibition show native Australian animals such as kangaroos, diamond firetail finches, paradise parrots, kookaburras, frogmouths and budgerigars, among others,” Ms Lowe said. ABC Radio National presenter Fran Kelly will formally open the exhibition.



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A report will be prepared for the Coroner after a man fell onto railway tracks in Dulwich Hill in Wednesday afternoon. About 4.20pm on March 5, a man was attempting to board a train at Dulwich Hill Railway Station when he accidently fell onto the railway tracks. When the train pulled away from the platform, it’s believed the man became trapped beneath the carriage. Emergency services attended a short time later, however the man died at the scene of the accident. Police from Marrickville Local Area Command attended the location while a recovery operation was conducted. The incident is not being treated as suspicious.

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Sometime between 11.30am and 12pm last Saturday, unknown person/s have gained entry to the unit on Harnett Avenue, Marrickville. Access was gained via the ground floor garage door where they have managed to open the secured door which leads into the unit complex. Once inside, the person/s have stolen the victim’s mountain bike, which was chained to the stairwell. The victim has contacted police who later attended. Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact the Marrickville Local Area Command on 9568 9299 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Police are investigating the death of a man following an alleged shooting at Petersham in Sydney’s inner-west. About 11.10pm on Wednesday, March 5, police and emergency services were called to Railway Street following reports of a shooting. A man, believed to be aged in his 40s, was found on the footpath suffering a gunshot wound. Despite efforts of paramedics, the man died at the scene. Detectives from Marrickville Police and the State Crime Command’s Homicide Squad are conducting investigations into the shooting. They urge anyone who saw or heard any suspicious activity in the street to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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TV retuning Some free-to-air digital TV channels will soon be changing frequency in greater Sydney and surrounds. These moves are part of a national retune programme that will free up broadcasting spectrum for new services such as mobile broadband. For greater Sydney, Macarthur and Hawkesbury regions, Picton, Bowral and Mittagong, the retune will occur on March 18. After the channels have changed, viewers will need to retune their digital TV, set-top box or digital TV recorder to find the channels that have moved. Retuning should not be done before March 18 as channels won’t move until then. See

Royal visit Their Royal Highnesses, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, will visit Australia from Wednesday, April 16 to Friday, April 25, 2014. The Duke and Duchess will have opportunities to meet Australians from a wide range of backgrounds. Kensington Palace has indicated Prince George will accompany The Duke and Duchess on this visit. “I look forward to welcoming The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince George to our country in April,” Prime Minister Tony Abbott said. In Sydney the royal family will be visiting the Blue Mountains bushfire victims as well as the iconic Sydney Opera House for a reception.


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s part of International Women’s Day on Sunday, Marrickville Council is getting hosting an array of activities including the Together in Motion – Women in Sport Festival 2014. Amongst those taking part in the day’s activities will be the Australian Martial Arts Academy, Marrickville. Head instructor Sarah Perkins, a dietician, exercise scientist and two time champion in Taekwondo, will be at Steel Park to give advice to women and girls on all things nutrition. “Some of the topics I will be discussing are: basic good nutrition for athletes, pre and post session meals, improved body composition (muscle versus fat) and energy requirements, hydration and how to access more information for athletes,” Ms Perkins said. Other sports to take part are:AFL, fencing, cricket, soccer, ultimate frisbee, gridiron, basketball and netball. There’ll be something for all ages. The Women in Sport Festival will be held Sunday, March 9, from 11am to 3pm, at Debbie and Abbey Borgia Centre, Steel Park Marrickville.

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he ‘best party in town’ will get underway on March 16 when the Portuguese community lets down its hair at the 2014 Bairro Português Petersham Food and Wine Fair. The event will get started at 10am and go until 6pm. Masterchef finalist in 2013 Christina Batista will be MC for the day. “The food scene in Australia has grown in leaps and bounds in the last decade but there are still some rather dated perceptions I’d like to tackle – like for example that all the Portuguese eat is chicken,” Ms Batista said.

“Portugal has a coastline that runs the entire length of the country and we have a love of seafood that is second to none.” A family setback helped Christina look to positives in her life. Cooking was one of them. “When my son was diagnosed with autism, life took a dramatic turn. It became necessary for me to become a stay-at-home mum and ensure his needs were met.” Christina’s dream is to cement her place in Australia’s food scene by sharing a more inclusive understanding of classic Western European flavours. Over 16,000 people are expected to join in the festival on March 16.


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Rolling back into town One man’s quest to put rollerblading back on the map in Marrickville BASIL NAIMET


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etting around on skates is a great pastime and now in 2014, it’s making a come-back. One inner-west based business is making the most of this resurgence. YouSkate is the brainchild of Peter Schaffer, a rollerblading instructor who is seeking to raise the profile of inline skating and helping people discover the joys of getting around on eight wheels. Mr Schaffer started the company earlier this year, but originally found his footing as an instructor in Hyde Park in London – one of the meccas of the sport – where hundreds of people skate every weekend. When he moved back to Sydney two years ago, he decided to try and recreate that popularity in the inner west. “Rollerblading was popular here in the 90s, but it’s been mostly forgotten since then. In the UK and Europe, though, it’s remained massively popular. My aim is to get as many people on inline skates as possible, whether it’s through teaching them or taking them on tours, or running parties,” he said. An internationally accredited instructor with Inline Certification Program, Mr Schaffer said YouSkate offers lessons for

Peter Schaffer teaches a student to skate individuals or groups, adults and children and provides all the skates and safety gear. “Learning should always be fun, and we offer a safe, structured environment for

students to learn in. I know, as a parent, safety is paramount when teaching kids, and we give them the skills to skate properly,” he said.

Mr Schaffer will be running a clinic on Sunday, March 9 at the Debbie and Abbey Borgia Centre on Illawarra Road, Marrickville. The clinic is free and begins at 11am.

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ember for Marrickville Carmel Tebbutt has welcomed the announcement last week by the State Government that passenger services for the Inner West Light Rail Extension would commence in the short term. Ms Tebbutt said she was proud that both the Inner West Light Rail Extension and the GreenWay projects were “visionary” initiatives the Labor Government had implemented in its last term. “This is a project of great importance to the local community and I am proud that Labor in government responded to the enormous community campaign to extend the light rail by allocating funding and commencing construction of the extension to Dulwich Hill,” Ms Tebbutt said. Although she was pleased with the commencement of the Light Rail Extension, she admitted it was a shame the Coalition Government had not seen fit to follow through with the GreenWay pedestrian facilities, which would have complemented the light rail. “The light rail extension will provide important benefits to the people of the Inner West, including important transport

cross-connectivity,” she said. “However, the local community remains sorely disappointed that the O’Farrell Government abandoned the GreenWay – the popular integrated walking and cycle way that was to run alongside the light rail extension.” She said the Coalition had been supportive of the GreenWay in opposition but abandoned that commitment whilst in Government. “Labor will continue to pursue the Government on this issue until the GreenWay is built,” she promised. Shadow Minister for Transport Penny Sharpe weighed into the debate and expressed disappointment about the lack of carriages servicing the new rail extension. “I am pleased to see this project finally ready for operation – although 12 months behind the original plans is unfortunate,” she said. “Regrettably for commuters, the Government has failed to order enough carriages to cater for the new extension, with an expected wait time of 18 months. This means an uncomfortable, tightly packed commute ahead for users of the new extension.” Final testing on the light rail extension has begun with operation to commence in the coming weeks.

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first of its kind vaccination to help protect against the most common form of meningococcal disease has been approved for use in Australia this week. Rates of other forms of the disease have been reduced dramatically over the past 10 years due to national immunisation, but until now there’s been no protection from meningococcal B (MenB). On Wednesday, March 5, it was announced that a multi-component MenB vaccine is now available in Australia following approval by the Therapeutic Goods Administration. “Australian parents have a high level of concern when it comes to meningococcal disease,” said Professor Robert Booy, Head of Clinical Research, at the National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance. “This anxiety is understandable, as the disease is easily confused with the flu in its early stages and can progress rapidly to requiring intensive care.” Up to 10 per cent of those who contract the disease do not survive, with adolescents and young children at the highest risk of contracting it. It is anticipated

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Pets provide seniors great companionship Australians clearly love their animals. According to Animals Australia, more pet owners reside here than anywhere else in the world. And for good reason too. Particularly for the elderly, owning a pet has shown to significantly benefit a person’s health and wellbeing. As people grow older their homes often become quieter, emptier places. Children move out and begin building lives and families of their own and partners pass on. Unfortunately this means that the concept of home can quickly become associated with the feelings of loss and loneliness. Companionship is extremely important as it provides a feeling of security, which in turn helps combat depression. The idea of investing time and money into another living thing may seem daunting at first. However, it is clear that the benefits of pet ownership far outweigh the losses – perhaps a few chewed shoes. Pets are a good incentive to exercise, and can make it a less tedious experience. Taking a walk around the local park with an excitable companion may give you more appreciation for the sights and sounds around you. These outings with your pet also provide you with the opportunity to socialise with fellow pet owners in a safe and friendly environment. With so many pet options available, you can find an animal that suits your needs perfectly. An obvious option for a more mature person seeking a pet is a dog, as these animals are known to easily form strong emotional attachments to people. Of the infinite number of dog breeds out there, recent media reports have suggested smaller breeds like Maltese and Chihuahuas are the ideal fit for elderly people. While lively, they are easier to control and need less living space and exercise than larger dogs. Worried about the considerable life expectancy of a young animal? Consider taking a visit to a local shelter where dozens of more mature pets await a loving owner to take them home. Your low key lifestyle will likely be a welcome change for an animal that has been mistreated in the past. It’s an opportunity for you to teach an old dog new tricks! If owning a pet is a viable option for you, I encourage you to consider it.



Jets and Lakers to face off Local basketball teams show Australia has plenty of talent on the court BASIL NAIMET


Former NBL star Shane Heal with player/coach Ben Knight and members of the Maccabi Lakers.

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The Premier League basketball competition is well underway with two of Dulwich Hill’s sides at opposing ends of the competition ladder. Dulwich Undrafted who is third on the ladder won their match against the Brewers 88-68 last Monday night. Dulwich Jets however are yet to make a dent on the competition. The coach for the Dulwich Jets, Chris Woods, said he was confident his side would make the finals. “We are going ok but there are a few things we’ll fix. We need to be better in finishing. Other teams are cool and relaxed, whereas we, being young are excited when we get ahead in the dying minutes lose our way,” Mr Woods said. Woods said the scores haven’t been blowouts, so a win is in sight, and with a little bit more experience, the team will come good. “We’ve only been losing by 5 or 6 points, we’re in the mix; we just have to know how to manage our game better until the end,” he said. The Dulwich Jets have their work cut out next Monday night, March 10, when they take on the Maccabi Lakers.

It won’t be an easy task either as the Lakers have former NBL and NBA star Shane Heal playing, along with another former NBL star player/coach Ben Knight who had a 15 year-career including 399 NBL games under his belt. “The Premier League is the best local competition in Sydney. Currently there are 250 Australian basketball players playing in the U.S College system. When they finish playing over there, they come back and play in this competition,” Ben Knight said. He said the player age group is 19 to 24-years-old and the standard is high. “The level of basketball has been getting better each year. I have been the coach of Maccabi for three years now and the standard has definitely lifted.” He said although Dulwich Jets were a young side, they had done well to get to the Premier League. Dulwich Jets play Maccabi on Monday night at 9pm at the Alexandria Basketball Stadium. Residents are more than welcome to come and get behind the local team by watching. Do you have a sports story you would like to see in the Inner City Weekender? Email your ideas and contact details to Basil Naimet at:

New cameras installed The City of Sydney will fast-track the expansion of its CCTV network, with 10 new cameras set to be installed in late-night hot spots across Kings Cross, Surry Hills and the city centre starting this month. Following Council endorsement, the City will engage Ausgrid to begin work installing the fibre optic cables needed to connect the new cameras, which can zoom, tilt and be rotated a full 360 degrees, to the control room at Town Hall. Once the expansion is complete, a total

of 98 cameras will operate across the City of Sydney. Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the camera expansion was part of the City’s ongoing efforts to make Sydney’s streets safer after dark. “We want the City to be an open, inclusive place where people feel safe and welcome at all hours,” the Lord Mayor said. “We have consulted closely with NSW Police, local residents and businesses to determine the most appropriate locations for these cameras.”

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Georgia Verkuylen Twenty eight year old Georgia Verkuylen plays AFL for the Newtown Breakaways and represented NSW at the 2013 National Women’s AFL Championships last year. She’ll use those skills to help run Marrickville Council’s International Women’s Day event Together In Motion, to encourage local women and girls to get involved in sport and active recreation. 1. What do you hope local women and girls will get out of the Together In Motion event?

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I love AFL and have a really strong interest in the league’s longevity and development. Together In Motion will provide a great platform for us to teach local women more about this really fun sport. Everyone should come down, there’s some awesome talent out there. 2. What’s your advice for local women out there who want to get involved in a sport but might not know how? Come along on Sunday! You can have a kick with the Newtown Breakaways if you fancy AFL, or if you’re keen on another sport you can chat with local women who’re already involved. In my experience people are so keen to help and more often than not teams need players in any sport. Being part of a team is the best thing you can do. Together In Motion will be held on Sunday 9 March from 11am to 3pm at the Debbie and Abbey Borgia Centre and Steel Park, Marrickville. For more details visit


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he footy season has begun and The Southern Cross Hotel has the best seat in the house to relax. Catch all NRL games live and loud on the big screens in the sports bar. Book an area for you and three or more mates and receive a complimentary platter and $10 VB Jugs during all games. With recent refurbishment across all areas, The Southern Cross Hotel prides itself as being enriched with unique charm and a warming atmosphere. They offer a family friendly environment with a range of food options for every palate and every taste, and even entertainment for the kids with specially designed cooking parties. Grab one of the finest tradie lunches, which includes a beer, a glass of wine or soft drink for only $15. They have ample free parking with 125 car spaces (entry from the Princes Highway). If sitting outside is where you want to enjoy the autumn sun, they have the biggest outdoor beer garden in the inner west. And the all new Brasserie SX is open from 8am through to 9pm weekdays, and until 10pm on weekends. Functions are a speciality with the Southern Cross Hotel, with three plush function spaces that hold from 30 to 300 guests. They have a special offer: free room hire plus two gourmet platters if the event is booked before April 7, 2014. Why not checkout the great beer specials from their easy to access drive through bottleshop? Right now Corona is on special for only $48.99, down from $55. For those who like a flutter, there are full TAB and Keno facilities available. The Southern Cross Hotel certainly is the place to socialise in the inner west!









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Fitec is the Fitness Industry Training & Education Centre. It’s where the trainers get their training! As part of raising awareness and promoting it in our community, we present the Fitec Fitness Champion! Each week we will interview someone who has successfully made health and fitness an integral part of their life...

ADAM KEARNS Feel better, sleep better, act better What do you consider the biggest benefit of being fit and healthy? For me it’s a combination of two things: being able to do my job properly – 12 hour or longer days of bending, lifting, carrying etc can be pretty demanding and I’m doing my best to not get injured. I also notice the simple things like my mood improves, I sleep better and generally feel better day to day after a good workout and a healthy eating day.

How does fitness feature in your life? I’m an Intern Paramedic with NSW Ambulance, about six months from finishing my qualifications. I also have a Degree in Exercise Science and consider health and exercise something incredibly important in my life – something I think about every day. My job can be taxing with night shifts and 12 to 14 hour shifts but I find eating healthy and exercising regularly can make a huge difference to how I feel at the end of a work week. I regularly run, visit the gym, play competitive basketball and competitive golf. Top three tips for good health? Don’t be too strict or hard on yourself, if you miss one workout or have one unhealthy meal the world won’t end, just keep up the healthy lifestyle the next day. Visit the doctor, especially as you get older. Finding out your medical history can be a great motivator to lose weight and get things like high blood pressure and cholesterol under control. Figure out what you enjoy or what challenges you – for example, some people like competitive sport, some people prefer to go for a bush walk or do something social with friends. You need to discover what you find fun and challenging because exercise and health shouldn’t be a chore! A daily ‘must do’? Just do anything that gets your heart rate going. Even if it’s taking the dog for a walk

What type of activity/exercise do you enjoy the most? Usually anything that challenges me personally. I love running as it’s only me who can control my results and it’s against the clock when doing a race. It’s about as simple as it can be and I find it motivating to get faster. I just love sport in general so I’ll give anything a go but most of the time it’s usually individual sports – running, golf and tennis seem to be the activities I do most and I can control when I do them. for half an hour just get off the lounge and get moving; the more often you do it, it will become a habit. Biggest health/fitness misconception? That you can out-exercise a bad diet. When it comes to overall health the best thing you can do is a good diet. No matter how far you run or how long you spend in the gym nothing can undo a diet full of chocolates, soft drinks, alcohol and pizza!

How do you stay motivated when it’s so easy to just ‘take it easy’? I try to set goals or challenges. Finding a running race like a 10km or half marathon and paying an entry fee is great motivation to get out and get running. Also a health check-up with the doctor is a great way to face the reality of your health and get you motivated to make changes to your diet and your exercise levels.

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A restored Spitfire in flight. and was taken from a 16th century word meaning a quick-tempered or highly excitable person. But Reg Mitchell was anything but impressed with their choice, telling a friend: “Spitfire – just the sort of bloody silly name they would choose.” And by the time WWII broke out in 1939, the Germans were already very well aware of the massive threat the Spitfire posed – so much so that in two carefully-planned daylight bombing raids in September 1940, they totally destroyed the Woolston Spitfire factory, killing 110 people.

These days the Solent Sky Museum – after the Solent waterway on which Southampton sits – draws thousands of tourists every year interested in this historic hub of aviation, and where at times no less than 26 companies were engaged in WWII aircraft construction. Among other famous planes was the Short Sunderland flying boat, used as a patrol aircraft and bomber before being renamed after the war the Sandringham. Visitors to the Solent Sky Museum can check out today fantastic informational displays about this incredible plane.



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n an icy February morning in 1934, a small group of British aircraft chiefs and engineers huddled at the then Eastleigh Aerodrome (now Southampton Airport) to watch the first test flight of a new fighter aircraft they hoped would ensure Britain’s military superiority in the air for decades to come. That aircraft was the Supermarine 224, and those on the ground shook their heads in dismay and disappointment as it failed to meet expectations. As they trudged downcast off the aerodrome, the most-heavy in heart was chief designer, RJ ‘Reg’ Mitchell who, while shattered at the results of the test flight, headed back to his drawing board determined he would not be beaten. And beaten he was not, for within two years he created arguably the most important aircraft for Britain in WWII, and one of the most famous fighter planes the world has ever known. It was ultimately named the Spitfire,

and while Reg Mitchell and his team had successfully turned failure into triumph, Mitchell would sadly not live to see the success of his “baby” – dying of cancer in June 1937, three years before the 1940 Battle of Britain in which the Spitfire was credited with changing the course of World War II. The first actual Spitfire to take to the air after Reg Mitchell re-worked his Supermarine 224 from the failure of 1934, did so on March 5, 1936. Powered by a massive Rolls Royce Merlin engine, and able to fly at more than 700km/hr with four deadly machine guns in each wing, it was deemed far ahead of its time. The test pilot Captain Joseph ‘Mutt’ Summers, was absolutely ecstatic after the flight. “Don’t change anything,” he almost yelled in jubilation to the aeronautical engineers anxiously awaiting his appraisal. “It’s perfect!” And so delighted were the Royal Air Force high brass who had also watched the flight that the RAF immediately ordered 310 of the aircraft, with a giant factory being created in the Southampton suburb of Woolston to build them. The name Spitfire was chosen by Board members of Supermarine Aviation, the company that employed Reg Mitchell,

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You continue to ride a rollicking wave of change. Venus (the planet of friendship) helps you form new alliances with supportive people. Self-imposed seclusion gives way to a satisfying social life and amusing entertainment. Witty one-liners make you laugh, and emotion and sentiment worm their way into your heart.


You gladly trade refuge for freedom. The Piscean sun catapults you out of a rut and into more exciting territory. You achieve independence in the context of close relationships through open communication. To keep loved ones in the loop, express your heartfelt needs and desires out loud.



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An impasse on the home front gets a nudge mid-week. Jupiter has switched gears, which helps you accelerate towards a longawaited goal. Regaining the upper hand has a transforming effect on your disposition. Buoyancy returns, and inspiration bubbles back up to the surface. Having someone to yourself for the first time in weeks is the icing on the romantic or relationship cake.

Your world pulsates with pent-up energy. Mars suggests you release it through physical activity, while Mercury prefers a talkfest. Either way, a much-needed respite comes later in the week. Leos are in the final phase of a journey of self-discovery, and your more assertive self will soon re-emerge.

Star predictions for the week beginning March 9


Aim to be firm but fair. While others change their tune, you stick to the same song book and steer situations in the right direction. What began as a joint partnership is likely end with you in total control. Meanwhile, Mars marking time in the material zone compels you to curb spending and start saving.


Keeping the faith is your biggest test of character. Persistence pays off eventually but in the meantime, self-belief sustains you. Stubborn stars see you taking one step forward and two steps back, gaining wisdom along the way. Your learning curve has been steep recently but you are now more mature and empathetic. Repay acts of kindness to balance the karmic scales.


This week soul-searching comes easily. You reflect on mistakes of the past and ponder what can be done differently. Sentimental solar forces work in your favour, and give you a newfound sense of self. You get credit for compassion shown towards others, and demonstrate composure in the face of adversity.

The art of compromise comes with practice. You are put to the test, as you struggle to meet people half way and sacrifice some of your own needs. Doing deals with the devil is a step too far but making allowances for an adversary is doable. Your popularity is currently high in social circles but muted with family members.



Mainstream issues are your bread and butter as Mercury keeps you abreast of current affairs, pop culture and the latest hightech devices. Your opinions are certain to chop and change but an authoritative air gives you extra credibility and respectability. Saturday is a super day for travel, study and making long-term plans.

You are ambivalent about resolving a personal problem. First you want to fulfil a long-held dream, and then allow destiny to take its course. Friends and family continue to enable you, but their patience is probably wearing thin. An innate tendency to avoid unpleasantness means choices are often made on your behalf.



At the moment you excel at platonic relationships but shy away from intimacy. Friends are less emotionally demanding, while loved ones grow needier by the day. Venus chills the air and the closer you come to people, the faster resentment grows. Listen to Cancerian writer George Sand: “Admiration and familiarity are strangers”.

All-inclusive stars demand equal treatment for everyone. Hence, you stop judging people on status and adjudicate instead on character. Capricorn has an inbuilt sense of right and wrong, but aloofness often masks your noble intentions. Take more time to listen, learn and love selflessly.




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As much as I love the hotter months of the year, by the time March rolls around, I am well and truly ready to ditch the shorts and thongs for my favourite winter warmers. My love of bikinis (you may have read about my obsession in a previous column) makes me appear a summer-lover at heart but in reality, the rest of my personal style screams winter. I love jeans, jumpers and long sleeved t-shirts and have a scarf collection that is so big it’s embarrassing! I know there are many of you who disagree with the preconceived idea that winter is all about black, white and neutral colours but honestly, there is nothing that makes me happier than simple, colourless dressing. Autumn/winter fashions change from year to year but it looks to me like this year the fashion industry is on my side, with a bounty of black and white clothing, the odd khaki shirt or jacket and camel or beige tones galore. This season is all about simple day wear, stand out accessories (think brightly coloured handbags and leopard print stilettos) and the comeback of the turtleneck. Also look out for the poncho, which is replacing the standard jacket. Monochrome outfits will be easily brightened this season with a touch of red lippy and the odd coloured accessory – keep your eyes on bright reds, navy blues, deep greens and surprisingly, pale pinks. Grab yourself a pair of ‘boyfriend’ jeans and purchase anything with checks or animal prints but don’t go over the top. You might remember that during autumn/winter 2013 we saw loads of patterned stockings... this season they are being replaced with plain colours, so pack the prints away for another year. Sometimes it feels as though we have just begun to get used to incorporating one new and quirky trend into our personal style when a new season rolls around and introduces a whole new line of weird trends. It is annoying, especially when it’s something awesome like high waisted denim shorts, but try to look at the bright side: you have the opportunity to change up your look as you experiment with something different.


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Love is often thought of as a human construct. As pets fulfil an important emotional role in our lives, without this bond, we probably wouldn’t have pets. While most pet parents do love their companion animal friends, is this feeling reciprocated? Of course it is! For years we’ve known that dogs and cats release what is DR. SAM thought of as the ‘love hormone’ – KOVAC oxytocin, when they interact with their Southern Cross human friends. Veterinary Clinic However, assessing and measuring 9516 0234 emotions in non-human species has 60 Princes Hwy, been difficult for scientists. With techSt Peters www.southernnological advances, many new studies are coming out proving that, indeed, dogs and cats experience a full gamut of emotions that were previously thought of as being exclusively felt by humans. As part of an amazing study by Gregory Berns in the United States, dogs had MRI scans taken of their brains under different situations. The researchers found that the areas of the brain that are activated when people feel love, were also activated when the dogs recognised the scent of their owner, or interacted with their human friend. This showed that they loved humans for the same reasons humans love each other – companionship and social comfort; and not just merely for the food and shelter we provide. This data means we need to re-think how we treat dogs in shelters, on farms and at home. Hopefully these studies will be expanded to include other species and will be used as forces for good in the animal welfare cause, by proving the emotional intelligence to policy-makers who may not have the enlightenment that comes with pet ‘ownership’.

Last week we talked about how important exercise is. This week I’ll tell you the best exercise in the whole world: It’s the one you actually do. And that usually means you actually enjoy doing it. I see people get so caught up in what the best exercise is or routine to do; magazines are full of articles saying which fancy exercises in what order and to do four sets or exactly 15 reps... no wonder people get confused. They show someone with an eight-pack for abs doing complicated exercises like sitting balanced with your legs in the air swinging a medicine ball from side to side, and then throw in words like ‘core’ or ‘functional’. I can’t remember the last time I had to sit on the floor, balance my legs up and swing something heavy side to side in real life, that’s not really functional. Simple works best. Try starting with a walk and put a couple of bursts in where you go fast for a bit. If you want to check you’re getting a bit fitter, go out and pick a specific route, for example from your gate to the shop for your paper. Time how long it takes you to walk it the first time; the second time try to get a bit quicker, and third time a bit quicker again. It’s not rocket science but it is science. As your times get quicker you will get fitter. It’s called progressive overload. Each time you finish a bit tired your body recovers and repairs whichever part is worn out to where you started, but – and this is the secret that it’s all about – it then recovers a little bit more! For example have you ever worked with a shovel and rubbed the skin away on your hands? After a rest the skin repairs thicker than it was, a callous, so next time it can handle even more work. You finish a run and you’re out of breath? Your body will over repair so next time the same run makes you less out of breath! It’s an incredible system and it’s yours. Your body is made to move and improve, so do something you like, don’t make it too fancy and make it fun. This is how you really get results!

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Stars aligned for Louis’ show ‘Migratorium’ to take shape


he spirit of the Greek festival comes to Marrickville when the Factory Theatre hosts the wonderful musical ‘Migratorium’ on Thursday, March 13.


Leading an all-star cast from the fields of music, singing and poetry is Artistic Director Van Louis, nominated for the MusicOz Australian/Songwriter of the Year Award for 2013. A show about migration and the human experience of mobilisation, Louis said it took some time to get momentum, but happened rather serendipitously. “Migratorium is a project that has been haunting me for years, yet, it took a magical path of unexpected coincidences and opportunities to stage it. Life itself had to decide about the right time for this exploration,” Louis said. He said the show consists of music and poetry, both of which contain a powerful message – a message that he is convinced the audience will take away and reflect upon well after the show. “The musical doesn’t only affect Greeks migrating to Australia, but highlights that the human condition affects the entire world, irrespective of one’s culture,” he explained. “I want to say to the audience Aboriginal music, Greek, rock, Opera and poetry, is

MIGRATORIUM VAN LOUIS MARCH 13 what they will experience at the show,” Louis said. The cast features indigenous didgeridoo player and soloist Glen Doyle, as well as acclaimed soprano Helen Zerefos OAM, who will add her special touch to the performance.

Other performers are Robin Gist on guitar, Valerios Calocerinos on the double bass, Paul Kapeleris on the bouzouki/baglama and Curtis Martin on the drums/percussions. No matter what your heritage, this is a great musical that will speak volumes

to all so why not get your ticket today? Louis says you won’t regret it! What: Migratorium When: Thursday, March 13 Where: The Factory Theatre Tickets: Adults $25, concession $20 Phone: 9550 3666


Newman heading back to Australia fter rising to prominence last year with his soulful music, breakout singersongwriter John Newman will perform his first Australian headline tour. The British musician has signed on to perform in Sydney at The Hi-Fi on Thursday, May 1 and will also be appearing at the 56th TV Week Logie Awards. Newman is no stranger to Australia and travelled down under on a promotional tour last year, when he wowed audiences with performances on numerous television and radio shows including ‘Sunrise’ and ‘The X Factor’. The 23-year-old star had his first taste of success in 2012 when he teamed up with quartet Rudimental and lent his vocals to their song ‘Feel The Love’. The track reached number 1 on the UK

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Singles Chart and was a top five hit in Belgium, New Zealand, the Netherlands and Australia, where it was certified Double Platinum. Newman’s solo career skyrocketed even more a year later after his song ‘Love Me Again’ rose to the top of charts in his native Britain and across the globe. It was followed by Newman’s debut album ‘Tribute’, which was released in October last year and achieved commercial and critical success, with Q Magazine likening the singer to soul greats Otis Redding and Amy Winehouse. Born in Yorkshire, Newman inherited his passion for music from his Motown loving mother, and has been playing since he was 14-years-old. John Newman will perform at The Hi-Fi in Sydney on Thursday, May 1. Call 1300 762 545 or visit




Get some heat into your night with the Hotshots SHANNON COCHRANE @shanc_91


HOTSHOTS GALSTON CLUB MARCH 15 Renowned throughout the country, the Sydney Hotshots have been performing for the past 19 years and have made appearances on a range of television shows in Australia. With an intense training schedule and performing over


Metal maniacs ydney-based band Acid Nymph have already made waves in the local music scene with their energetic brand of metal and now they’re set to rock audiences in Penrith. The group, which describe themselves as “melodic circus metal maniacs”, will bring their lively stage presence and loud sound to the Tattersalls Hotel in Penrith. They will be joined by other local metal bands Dead Life, The Blackend Beneath, Foundry Road and Thraxxas. Acid Nymph is made up of members who hail from suburbs all across Sydney, including the Penrith area, and have already built up a fan base within the city’s metal loving community. Their music has been influenced by a range of acts including Rob Zombie. Acid Nymph will perform at the Tattersalls Hotel on Saturday, March 8 at 8.30pm. Entry is free. Call 4732 6373 or visit


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he Sydney Hotshots are back and ready to show off their best assets with their brand new show ‘Six Pack Sensation Extravaganza’. The show features dazzling, sexy dance routines that display the Hotshots’ chiselled bodies and was designed in conjunction with one of Australia’s leading choreographers. The final result is two hours of sizzling six pack entertainment. Fans of the Hotshots will get to see their show at the Galston Club on Saturday, March 15. The ‘Six Pack Sensation Extravaganza’ will feature the Hotshots putting on a range of acts, from dressing up as smokin’ firemen to playing seductively smooth officers and suited gentlemen. When the crowd of ladies gets too rowdy and fired up, policemen in uniform arrive to take control in classic cheeky Hotshots style, and there’s also a Wild Wild West themed act.

300 shows a year, the Sydney Hotshots are some of the most talented and polished male revue performers in the world. New recruits to the Sydney Hotshots include former US soldier Johnno, who has recently completed a military tour to Afghanistan, and Dave Hughes who spent 10 years performing at the Excalibur Casino in Las Vegas. The group’s director Paul Reynolds believes that the success of the Hotshots can be attributed to their love of performing, attention to detail and the constant evolution of the show. “The guys spend hours perfecting their moves, training to stay in shape and researching new ideas and songs,” he said. “I believe that it is this sort of ethic; the love for the show and the audience and the level of professionalism our guys bring to the show, that makes the Sydney Hotshots so successful,” Reynolds added. The Sydney Hotshots will be performing at the Galston Club on Saturday, March 15 at 8pm. Tickets are $28. Call 9653 2017 or visit




GREEN SQUARE MARKETS Saturday, March 8 Joyton Park, Zetland Rotary South Sydney has launched a unique and exciting Fresh Food and Artisan Market at Joynton Park in the Green Square Precinct. The Green Square community’s expansion has been ongoing for a while now and the markets provide an opportunity for residents to come together and get to know each other in a relaxed and welcoming setting. Rotary will return the profits to the community. These markets will be held every Saturday from 9am until 2pm and entry is free.

SWEET CHARITY Friday, March 7 – Sunday, March 9 Hayes Theatre Co, Potts Point Directed by Green Room Award winner Dean Bryant an exquisite cast of musical theatre stars lead one of Broadway’s most spectacular shows. This is a personal, up-close production of a true classic, ‘Sweet Charity’, which cannot be missed. An adult ticket costs $49 and can be purchased at

EL’ CIRCO Friday, March 7 (running through to December) Slide, Oxford Street A fabulous combination of circus, cabaret and burlesque in an intriguing and captivating show that will make sure you don’t want to leave. Your host will be from another part of the world, which creates a total experience for you. From aerial performers, to amazing vocalists and pole performers you will be entertained all night long. Tickets can be purchased from www.premier. au.

COCKTAIL HAPPY HOUR Friday, March 7 – Sunday, March 9 The White Horse Hotel You can have their special Belvedere and Hendricks drinks for only $6 and one-of-a kind cocktails for just $5 at The White Horse Hotel this weekend! Gather up some friends for an amazing weekend full of fun that will keep everyone dancing all night long.

FALSETTOS Friday, March 7 – March 16 Darlinghurst Theatre Company A musical about the modern family! Stephen Colyer directs this wickedly funny, Tony Award winning musical. It’s a unique tale about being a man, growing up in this world and having a family. Tickets range from $30-$40. See

COURTYARD SESSIONS Every Friday night until March 28 Seymour Centre

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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

KINGS CROSS ORGANIC FOOD MARKET Every Saturday, 9am – 2pm Fitzroy Gardens, Kings Cross

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!

TOWNSHIP JIVE PARTY WITH CHRIS GUDU Saturday, March 8 The Camelot Lounge Straight from Zimbabwe, Chris Gudu brings his spiritual and musical grooves to the Camelot Lounge where he will present the township jive rhythms. This is a high-energy, thrilling and exciting performance so you will be entertained all night long. Tickets are $25 on the door and the doors open at 7pm. See




This is a perfect night for all budding songwriters to display their work. Each week people gather at the great establishment, The Vic, to experience the talent that exists right within the local community. So whether you want to hop up on stage and perform to the crowd or just want to enjoy a relaxed night of great music The Vic is where you need to be on a Tuesday night. Visit their website, www. for more info.

Each year Future Music Festival gets bigger and bigger and this year the line-up is especially phenomenal! Grammy award winning artists Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, responsible for ‘Thrift Shop’ and ‘Can’t hold us’ will headline the festival as well as musical genius of ‘Blurred Lines’ and ‘Happy’ fame, Pharrell Williams. Amongst these international superstars, local artists will also have plenty of time on the stage along with other DJs and performers that will create an atmosphere ideal for those who love to just dance along to the music. Ticket prices vary so head to for all the infomation.

RUMOURS: FLEETWOOD MAC SHOW Friday, March 14 The Camelot Lounge The band’s sounds from the ‘Rumours’ album and hits from the early blues era will be interpreted on the night. Hand picked singers will deliver exquisite and eclectic performances of your favourite songs. Tickets are $25 and doors open at 7pm. See

JURASSIC 5 Tuesday, March 18 and Wednesday, March 19 The Enmore Theatre CHANCE Running until March 23 Carriageworks, Eveleigh


FUTURE MUSIC FESTIVAL Saturday, March 8, 12pm Royal Randwick Racecourse

Chance is an installation by Christian Boltanski. This interactive monument explores the concept that human life is the result of chance. At 50 metres long, eight metres tall and 16 tonnes of scaffolding this truly is a sight to see and well worth a visit. Christian Boltanski is acknowledged worldwide as one of the most influential artists of his generation. Check out www.carriageworks. for all the details!

LIVING IN HARMONY FESTIVAL March 1 to March 31 Various locations all over Sydney The collaboration of many community organisations will see a range of diverse cultures unite in an attempt to harmonise the city. There will be workshops, debates and exhibitions that will open your mind to a new way of thinking. The festival runs all through March and includes events like an Aboriginal Art Gathering, debate on ‘who are Chinese Australians’ and more. All the details can be found at

One of the most loved hip-hop groups, Jurassic 5, are back in action and will be performing at the Enmore Theatre this March. This high-energy, electrifying show will present some of their biggest hits from 1993 until 2007 when the band split. Having re-united the band is fresh and dynamic and ready to keep you entertained! Tickets cost $89.60 and can be purchased from

AUTUMN VIBES MUSIC & DANCE Be captivated by Drum Beats and rhythms of West Africa, TaikOz (Japanese drums), Riley Lee, JFC African Choir, Gaia Rhythm Show, African and contemporary dance, The Morrisons, Gerard Willems, Michael Duke & David Howie, Marco Tamayo, Ying Liu, Jackson/ Pratt Mallet Project, Zoo Boyz, JHD Jazz Quartet and Sydney Conservatorium of Music musicians. GUIDED WALKS & TALKS Hear about our Gondwanan plant cousins, palms of Africa & Madagascar, African succulents or plants & animals of Southern Africa.

Everlast is bringing his show to Australia for the first time in over 10 years. His career as a solo artist and band member is admirable and he has been rewarded for his success, winning a Grammy award and being nominated for two more. This is a concert you don’t want to miss! Tickets cost $44 and can be purchased directly from The Factory Theatre or online at

Free outdoor music day! Sunday 9 March 10 am – 4 pm



CHILDREN’S ACTIVITIES Choose froma range of activities — drumming, clay pottery or animal sculpture workshops, storytelling, drawing competition and a self-guided Garden Safari (small fee applies). Q&A Horticultural staff will be on hand to help with your gardening questions. Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney Mrs Macquaries Road T: 9231 8111


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Delight your senses with music, dance, exhibitions, food, activities for kids, Japanese Tea ceremony, special Garden talks and tours — all linked to the countries of origin of plants in the Garden.

EVERLAST Saturday, March 8 The Factory Theatre



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he 2013 vintage proved another classic year for white grapes in Western Australia’s Margaret River, and for one local maker, Forester Estate, it’s resulted in a range of equally classic whites – amongst them a really outstanding 2013 Semillon Sauvignon Blanc. February gave plenty of days during this warmest period of vintage for fruit to ripen exactly as the winemaking team wanted. As a result the Semillon Sauvignon Blanc has a refreshing palate of passionfruit, lychee and citrus fruit flavours, and a touch of thyme, reflected in wonderfully matching aromas from the glass. Fruit was sourced from several neighbouring properties in the Margaret River’s Yallingup northern sub-region, predominantly Semillon (53 per cent) and Sauvignon Blanc (45 per cent), with a small two per cent Chardonnay in the blend as well. It is a rewarding drop at $23.99 to enjoy with seafoods and a broad range of other lighter dining options. One to note: Spanish sparkling winemaker, Freixenet that makes more sparkling wines than any other maker in the world (and makes and bottles here in Australia on the Victorian side of the Murray River under the Azahara label), has branched out into the production of Australian still wines. Azahara (it’s Spanish for orange blossom) has just released a 2013 Pinot Grigio and a 2013 Shiraz, each selling for a modest $15 and which winemaker, Dr Phil Spillman says he’s fashioned to partner bright, fresh dishes.



The Face Australia FOX8 March 18

Molly’s life set for new TV tale Interesting news in TV circles of late that Channel Seven is currently developing a Molly Meldrum mini-series for 2015 – just like their recent INXS smash. If anyone has seen it or done it in the Australian and international music industry it’s good old Molly. With Molly being such a beloved Aussie personality due to many antics, I tip this will be huge for Channel Seven.

Beautiful Channel Seven presenter and reporter Monique Wright has been announced the permanent host of ‘Weekend Sunrise’ alongside Andrew O’Keefe. Wright has been the fill-in presenter for some time on the program and deserves a chance to anchor. She previously has worked on stories for ‘Sunday Night’ and ‘The Daily Edition’ so certainly has the journalistic experience.

With the Winter Olympics over it’s now time for the Winter Paralympics, which will be broadcast from Sochi on ABC1. ABC will air a daily highlights package of competition at 10.30am and 6pm but will screen the Opening Ceremony live at 3am tomorrow, March 8.

Foxtel will launch two new Disney Movie channels on Thursday, April 10. Foxtel Movies Disney will air Disney Pixar films as well as traditional classics from years gone by. The second channel, Disney XD, will include live-action shows, sport and animation.

Huge Channel Nine hit ‘Love Child’ has been given the green light for a second season after just a handful of episodes on air. The series, which is set some 40 years ago in Sydney, has been a ratings bonanza for Nine. It’s understood all the current cast have signed on for season two.

Lastly, a new show will hit our screens soon with the announcement new modelling series starring Naomi Campbell, ‘The Face Australia’, will premiere on FOX8 on Tuesday, March 18 at 9pm. The show also features Australian models Nicole Trunfio and Cheyenne Tozzi.


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Do you play croquet? Vintage sport is building in popularity at Marrickville club BASIL NAIMET



hey’re calling it the sport that will have you hooked after just one hit. Marrickville Croquet Club held a series of free ‘come and try’ sessions recently on a Tuesday evening and Saturday afternoon and the numbers were encouraging. Club secretary Roberta Flint said she was happy with the turn-out which had a vast age range. “The participants ranged from eight-year-olds to 80, which showed how croquet has an appeal across all age groups. Once people get a taste for croquet, many find it quite addictive. Hopefully we got a few of our attendees hooked,” Ms Flint said. She said the sport of croquet was suitable for all ages with few demands on physical fitness. “Anyone can play, although it can take a while to get very good at it. But you have fun playing anyway, whatever skill level you might have. Croquet is not just a game for retired people,” Ms Flint added. “We were particularly happy to see a good number of young adults come along, which we think is due to the active social media presence of the club.”

Recent attendees at Marrickville Croquet Club. Susan Linge, spokesperson for Croquet Australia concurred, citing the current world champion to make her point. “We are encouraging young people to get involved with the sport. When you consider that 20-year-old Victorian Robert Fletcher won the world championships in London last year,

it is a fantastic result, and more young people should get involved,” she said. Marrickville Croquet Club is asking people to register for future ‘come and try sessions’ to boost the profile of the sport. Email: or visit their Facebook page for more information.



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