Inner West Independent

Glebe debut a change of pace for Whitney

For a broadcast journalist who is used to her every professional move being relentlessly monitored, Whitney Fitzsimmons is surprisingly forthcoming when you ask her about her feelings about putting her art on exhibition. “There’s a part of me that’s absolutely panicked about this – I’ve been having nightmares!” she laughs. “For the last couple of […]

Flightpath cleared for takeoff

After a turbulent start, the inaugural Flightpath Festival is in the final stages of preparation, primed with a younger, more diverse, and decidedly more local feel. The inner west’s newest festival will feature an all-local musical line-up over two stages, as well as art workshops, a petting zoo, community mural, food and sustainability-focused markets. Organisers […]

Leichhardt explosion: Clandestine drug lab?

The quiet neighbourhood of Hawthorne Street, Leichhardt was rocked in the early hours of the morning on March 15, when the front of a two-storey house exploded into flames at approximately 1.30am. A mother and her child residing in the rear end of the divided house were fortunate to escape unharmed. “I was awake when […]

Skanquey behaviour

It all sounds a bit risqué, but there’s nothing for a more conservative audience to be fearful of in this lot. In fact, far from being a taboo subject, The Skanques are emblematic of a proactive role in community development being taken by a number of councils across the inner west. For the name refers […]

Young, green thumbs up for community garden

They’re a growing trend in Sydney, and Dulwich Hill has become the latest to join the queue – with Denison Road Playground slated to be the venue for Marrickville Council’s newest community garden project. The Dulwich Hill community garden follows the model established in similar projects around the city – an area of shared land […]

Webber’s winning recipe

For any business startup, lasting six months can be a daunting challenge, let alone a full year. An impressive achievement, then, for Webber’s Carpet Warehouse in Annandale, which last year celebrated its 40th birthday. Proprietor Grahame Webber, 65, is rightly proud of the business he and his three children have built over that time. Originally […]


Cruise Terminal the way forward The Cruise Passenger Terminal will be a really positive part of the future for White Bay. It will protect the area from Meriton-style residential development. Importantly, once fully operational, it will also provide 700 jobs for local young people, including hundreds of blue-collar, maritime jobs, and jobs in local restaurants […]

Rozelle hosts African charity fundraiser

The Sydney College of the Arts has played host to the sale of around 100 contemporary Ubuntu artworks, part of an initiative to raise funds to improve the lives of women in Ethiopia. A number of prominent Australian artists and photographers, including the likes of Joan Ross, Angus McDonald and Juli Balla, donated their work […]

‘Sympathetic modernisation’ a winner in Marrickville

Nominations have been extended until Friday, March 5, for the annual Marrickville Medal, awarded to the best examples of “built conservation” within the Marrickville Council area. Awarded in April, the Medal recognises projects completed within the previous 12 months where conservation, or restoration works enhance the area’s cultural and architectural heritage. This is the 16th […]

‘Dykehardt’ flies the flag

A splash of colour will liven up Leichhardt during the Mardi Gras Festival, with the traditional rainbow symbol of Pride fluttering on top of Town Hall for the first time. ‘Dykehardt’ has a long-standing reputation as a hotspot for Sydney’s lesbians, with institutions such as the Feminist Bookshop and Dykes On Bikes closely associated with […]