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Power to the People

By MARK MORDUE Addison Road Community Organisation and Newtown Neighbourhood Centre are combining forces to create a national alliance of community organisations working together to lobby for social justice and a basic living wage at the next election. “The inner west is the boarding house capital of Australia," Newtown Neighbourhood Centre CEO Liz Yeo said. […]

The Inner West’s war on waste

By KATE RAFFERTY The Inner West is making moves towards a more ecologically sustainable community, with reuse, recycling and a circular economy at the heart of new Council and community initiatives. At government level, the Inner West Council has released their new “Zero Waste Strategy 2021-2036” draft document, which outlines ways to address and reduce […]

The man with no face

By MARK MORDUE “What’s going on here?” a middle-aged man asks. He stands at the table set up by Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS) outside Addi Road’s Food Pantry Marrickville. I tell him we are helping put together Christmas cards from people who are unemployed and battling, to send them to Australian politicians. On […]

Sonic Truth – Addi Road opens the vault and releases a music festival

By MARK MORDUE “I don’t want to be the rock ‘n’ roll guy anymore. I want to be the healer.” Bartley Melocco speaks like a man with a purpose. There’s a lot of pride and amusement around his past as a roadie and production rigger. But Bartley changed direction in life long ago and became […]

Raining Stories – Warren Roberts and YARN

By MARK MORDUE Splotches of rain hit the page and the birds in the trees above me start shouting. Big storm is coming. You can smell it in the air. Talking to Warren Roberts of YARN makes for a similarly charged 15-minute interview. All the time I feel like I might break on through to […]

Racial discrimination not harmonious

By MARK MORDUE Saturday 21 March is International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, a day that is supported by the United Nations; however, in Australia it goes by another term. Rosanna Barbero, CEO for Addison Road Community Organisation in Marrickville (Addi Rd), is outraged by the name-change. “All over the world the 21 […]

War on Waste launched

By MARK MORDUE Last Monday morning, Addison Road Community Organisation announced the start of its WOW (War on Waste) Food! Inner West campaign. The campaign encourages local businesses to donate food and support the work Addi Road does through its ‘food rescue and food security’ supermarket, The Food Pantry. Matt Kean, the NSW Minister for […]

School dumped, ship hotel mothballed, buses bull: News Bites – 30 Oct 2019

Bite-sized bulletins by ALEC SMART School is a Dump The Dept of Planning are working with NSW Dept Education and Northern Beaches Council to relocate French’s Forest High School on Sydney’s North Shore, in order to build a new town centre on the school site, with shops, bars, a sports oval and 3,000 apartments. However, […]

Food, affordable food

BY ALEC SMART The massive surge in high-rise apartment construction in inner-west Sydney has created a significant hike in rental prices as more people flock to live near employment hubs. This, along with substantial increases in household electricity charges, the costs of medical services and products, kids’ school tuition fees, fuel prices and common necessities, […]

Vandals drain goodwill

BY ALEC SMART Another spate of vandalism at Addison Road Community (Addi Rd) in Marrickville was probably committed by the same people who targeted the premises earlier this year. Unfortunately, these abhorrent acts harm every organisation on this unique multicultural site, and ultimately threaten its long-term viability. Hate speech and trolling – generated in social […]