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Katter Australia Party leader, Bob Katter

Katter matter heading to court

The NSW Anti-Discrimination Board (ADB) will investigate a complaint by Sydney anti-discrimination campaigner Gary Burns against the Katter Australia Party for comparing gay men to paedophiles, the ADB has confirmed. In a letter sent to Mr Burns last week, the ADB confirmed the matter would proceed to a public hearing, with the date to be announced. Mr Burns’ complaint relates to former Katter Australia Party candidate Tess Corbett, who in January likened gays to paedophiles. Ms Corbett subsequently resigned but party leader Bob Katter has refused to repudiate her statements. “The Bob Katter soufflé is about to go poof,” said Mr Burns, who is seeking $20,000 damages “in the public interest”, to be donated to HIV/AIDS charity, Stanford House.

Glebe honour for Melina Galluzo

A previously unnamed lane in Glebe will be officially named Melina Lane this Sunday, May 5 as part of a continuing project to give the unnamed back lanes of Glebe official names. Melina Lane, located off Campbell St, between St Johns Rd and Norton St, will be officially recongised at the 2pm ceremony, attended by NSW Governor Marie Bashir and Sydney Deputy Lord Mayor Robyn Kemmis. Jan Wilson from the Glebe Community Action Group said the lane would honour Melina Galluzo, a well-known and much-loved member of the Glebe community who passed away in 2005.

Free heritage home workshops 

Residents of Sydney’s historic houses will be given free lessons on how to restore their home without compromising its heritage value. The Heritage 101 event, to be held at Customs House, Circular Quay on Thursday, May 16 will explore the process of heritage restoration and give tips for ensuring the process runs smoothly. “It’s important we maintain heritage buildings for the generations to come, by using best practice techniques for restoration or renovation work in heritage conservation zones,” said Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore. For information and bookings, call (02) 9298 3060.