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Finding belonging in Newtown through the Asylum Seeker’s Centre

By GEORGIA ROBINSON “When I was jobless, it was hard to provide food even for my daughter. The food services we got from the Asylum Seekers Centre were a big help”, says Bala*. Bala and his family sought asylum in Australia as a result of religious persecution as Hindis in a Muslim-majority country.  However, arriving […]

Gathering of the clan: Reflections on family and identity

Opinion by DR SANDRA SYMONS As a young child, I grew up in regional towns.  As a teenager, I grew up in the city. The hubbub of city life entranced me. I loved the smell of ozone and fuel in inner city train stations. I loved the sound of the trains hurtling past my bedroom […]

Rediscovering home: It’s a beautiful day in the neighbourhood

Opinion by SANDRA SYMONS It is a lovely evening in the inner city. It is the violet hour.  Wayward frangipani blooms still litter the pavement, murraya crowds the iron fence railings, leptospermum lends the air a soft suggestion of lemons.  But stop. Listen. Blot out the sounds of passing cars and passers-by, the sounds of […]

Creativity in COVID time: Diccon lines up his ducks

By SANDRA SYMONS Eminent Sydney lawyer Diccon Loxton, who lives in the inner city, has 500 ducks. Well, he thinks he has 500 ducks, give or take. At home. All well behaved. Mr Loxton, who has developed an interest in ducks during the Covid pandemic, has, due to health concerns, imposed a lockdown on himself. […]

The centre of goodwill

BY JOHN MOYLE The Kings Cross Community Centre is not big on Xmas. Not because they are grinches, but because they hope that for their clients, the goodwill associated with Xmas flows year round. Having just delivered its 42nd annual report, the centre is also celebrating the fact that due to considered and prudent management, […]

Community calls for an ‘open’ report

By Leanne Elahmad   The Ultimo Public School community called for the Department of Education and the City of Sydney to reopen negotiations at a fiery community meeting on June 17. The community has demanded that government stakeholders undertake an independent survey of the Fig and Wattle Street site to gauge the actual level and […]

Bar Fly: Social-Laneway

You'll have trouble finding a bar in Sydney with a more welcoming vibe than this cosy wedge of community spirit.

Wishing tree woes

By Sophia Morris Residents of Avoca Street in Bondi could lose their beloved ‘wishing tree’ after Waverley Council found the tree to be in “poor health”. The tight-knit community of neighbours on the street, where all the trees are heritage listed, is passionate about the wishing tree. The fig acquired its name thanks to local […]