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Directors’ Statement for Addi Road Writers’ Festival 2022

No one can escape the reality of how strange and difficult these times have been. War, Covid, climate change. And that persistent feeling our digital communications are polarising attitudes to everything from politics to telling a joke. Claustrophobia and oppression can seem the order of the day. Pulling the masks (actual and virtual) from our […]

Push to remove Racism Not Welcome signs in Woollahra fails

By PATRICK MCKENZIE Twelve ‘Racism Not Welcome’ signs in the Woollahra area will remain, after a motion in a council meeting to remove them was narrowly defeated on Monday night. The motion was put forward by Liberal councillors Toni Zeltzer, Peter Cavanagh and Mary-Lou Jarvis, who wrote in the motion that the area “has had […]

Nourishing the Frontlines at RPA Hospital

By MARK MORDUE It’s 2:37 am and a message pings through on Addi Road’s Instagram feed. Someone is awake late into the night, and they want to communicate with us. We won’t see the message from the Royal Prince Alfred (RPA) Hospital in Camperdown till the following morning. “I am a midwife on the Postnatal […]

Addi Road highly commended in 2021 Sustainable Cities Awards

By MARK MORDUE Addison Road Community Organisation was Highly Commended as a finalist in the ‘Resource Recovery and Waste Management’ category of the Sustainable Cities Awards 2021. Run by Keep Australia Beautiful NSW, the awards took note of our hugely successful food rescue program.   It’s now understood that one of the most effective individual actions […]

Addi Road wins 2021 NSW International Student Community Engagement Award 

By MARK MORDUE Addison Road Community Organisation has been honoured with a 2021 NSW International Student Community Engagement Award. It recognises the “solidarity and aid” we offered international students.   In the aftermath of the first lockdown in 2020, we began helping hundreds of students left abandoned by casual job losses (without recourse to any government […]

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 […]