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‘I need to fix some things’: police chief

Last year’s Mardi Gras was marred by accusations of police brutality toward Jamie Jackson Reed and Bryn Hutchinson, along with complaints about sniffer dogs at the after party. Surry Hills LAC Police Superintendent Tony Crandell was the Forward Commander of the 2013 parade route and was also in charge of the sniffer dog operation. “[My […]

Colour burst: a sneak peek at the parade

In keeping with the 2014 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras theme ‘Kaleidoscope,’ the floats and costumes of the parade will be bursting with colour. This week City Hub went behind the scenes of the Mardi Gras Creative Workshop as preparations for this year’s parade come to a head. Angela Sinnett, manager of the workshop, […]

Tailor-made solutions for refugees

When Javed and Fahmida Khan first decided to flee Pakistan, they knew they were taking a risk as much as ameliorating one. Javed was a clerk in the high court and Fahmida a school teacher, but in Australia that would count for little. “In Pakistan we were persecuted because of Fahmida’s role, she was a […]

Wheels turn again on cycleway

Local residents and cyclists are applauding Marrickville Council’s decision to construct the missing link in the Camperdown to Cooks River cycleway. At the last council meeting a rescission motion made by several councillors to halt the construction of the Carrington Rd separated cycleway was overturned. Greens councillor David Leary said the vote against the rescission […]

Scoring a try for South Marrickville

South Sydney Rabbitohs first-grader Tulsa Saumanao is a fitness trainer for the Marrickville Souths Breakfast Club, a program that is helping disadvantaged youth in South Marrickville. A joint venture by Marrickville Council, Rabbitohs NRL ‘South Cares’ program and other partners, the program consists of three under-20s Rabbitohs players training kids at the local PCYC. Mr […]

This Mardi Gras, it’s all about the girls

Women are playing a more central role at this year’s Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival, an event that has been criticised in the past for being too male-orientated. The Dykes on Bikes are celebrating their 26th year in the parade and media officer Lyn Doherty expects to assemble about 180 women ranging from […]

Sorry not sorry: councillor suspended for refusing apology

Marrickville Greens councillor Max Phillips has been suspended for two months after refusing to apologise for informing residents about a $5 million offer made to council by developer Meriton. The Division of Local Government (DLG) suspended Cr Phillips, who has now lodged an appeal with the Pecuniary Interest and Disciplinary Tribunal. Cr Phillips said he […]


The Duck Duck Goose Theatre Company presents Pinball; a play set in the '70s about a lesbian couple trying to gain custody of a son. Part of Mardi Gras Sydney 2014, Pinball is an anti-naturalistic comedy that centres around Theenie as she struggles with her family’s bigotry. “It’s a story about what we have been […]

Residents rail against station tower

A planned 16-storey apartment block on Station Street in Marrickville has community groups and councillors up in arms. The proposal, which has been approved by the NSW Department of Planning’s Gateway Process, exceeds current planning restrictions. Greens councillor Max Phillips said the developer of the apartment block will create a public square in exchange for […]

Refugees making a crust

Chantelle Oo is a trainee baker and refugee from Burma, whose life is being changed by a Marrickville-based social enterprise, the Bread and Butter Project. Created by the Bourke Street Bakery, the project is a wholesale artisan bakery suppling food outlets throughout the inner city, while training refugees for future employment. Ms Oo is in […]