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Inner West Independent

Writer-fest returns to Callan Park

For most writers, the constant turnover of new ideas, angles and inspiration is crucial to the creative process. The NSW Writers’ Centre aims to harness this ‘creative spark’ at the fifth annual Children’s and Young Adult Literature Festival, to be held at its premises in Callan Park on Saturday, July 3, between 10am and 6pm. […]

Cultural Centre breaks through the funds barrier

Years of hard work have finally paid off for the staff at the Cultural Centre in Leichhardt’s Italian Forum, with the enterprise securing nearly $3.7 million in Federal Government funding to complete various initiatives following the Centre’s opening 12 months ago. The Centre’s General Manager, Monica Scagliarini, described the announcement as “a dream”. “It’s very […]

Final call for Fair Trade Coffee Company

Ethical consumerism has suffered a blow in its inner west heartland. Due to crippling financial pressures, the Fair Trade Coffee Company, a café on Glebe Point Road, closed its doors for the final time on Sunday, June 20. Roger O’Halloran, the café’s manager, said it was disappointing the parties involved in the commercial venture could […]

Winter wonderland theme hits Balmain

Barring a particularly fierce cold front, it won’t be a truly white Christmas. But for the Balmain Rozelle Chamber of Commerce, the idea of ‘Christmas in July’ has a certain logical attraction. “The idea is to get people out and about within the community,” said Festival Co-ordinator Sandy Jackson. “There are a lot of unique […]

Skating towards an outcome

Leichhardt is one step closer to a new skate park facility, after an overwhelming turnout of youth at June’s Council meeting demonstrated the high level of support for such an initiative. Councillors unanimously reconfirmed their support for the ‘Teenzone’ project, which aims to provide new outdoor facilities for young people throughout the Leichhardt Local Government […]

A long way to the shops

A Woolworths in Annandale? On the face of it, not the most pressing priority for the area’s future development. The suburb already lies within spitting distance of several major supermarkets in Leichhardt, plus those at Broadway Westfield and Marrickville Metro. But in an apparently shocking case of oversight from the market leaders, within Annandale itself, […]

Round the clock battle

Lilyfield husband-and-wife team, James and Melissa Nott, are amongst the hundreds of people taking part in the Sydney 24 Hour Mega Swim, taking place at Homebush Olympic Pool this weekend, with the aim of helping the organisers raise their target of $250,000. Founded in Victoria in 2001, the 24 Hour Mega Swim is a relay […]

Inner west students take up the HIV fight

With South Africa at the forefront of the world’s attention over the next fortnight, the spotlights are focused on presenting the country’s best angle. But endemic problems remain, not the least of which is the country’s ongoing problems with HIV/AIDS infection, with some 5.7 million people currently registering positive to the disease. However, a group […]

Local premiere for Refugee Week

Screening as part of Refugee Week, Leichhardt is the venue for the Australian premiere of the award-winning ‘Welcome to Hebron’, by filmmaker Terje Carlsson. The film follows 17-year-old Leila Sarsour, who attends Al-Qurtuba-school, a Palestinian girls’ school surrounded by Israeli military installations and settlements. Along with her classmates, Leila – a strong, intelligent and outspoken […]

Spring into spring with Springboards

Springboards Performing Arts in Annandale is currently inviting auditions for the spring semester of ‘Springboards’, a two-day-a-week intensive theatre and music theatre training course, commencing in mid-July and running for 20 weeks. Co-ordinated by Pat Wilson and Adrian Barnes, the course offers classes in acting, singing, spoken voice, Alexander Technique, body awareness and dancing, with […]