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Queer Screen Awards Additional Round Of Funding During Lockdown

By ELYSIA COOK Queer Screen’s Completion Fund awarded $15,000 across three different screen projects last Friday and the timing couldn’t have been better. The additional round of the Completion Fund was announced on the Closing Night of the Mardi Gras Film Festival in March, in light of the devastating effects of COVID-19 on the independent […]

​​One for the books: a victory sweeter than fiction for Newtown bookstore workers

By ELYSIA COOK Independent Newtown bookstore Better Read Than Dead reached an in-principle enterprise agreement with its workers this month. The enterprise bargaining agreement is a first for non-university bookshops in the country, and the workers are now the best paid booksellers in Australia.  Dymocks Chatswood Manager Mark Hopson told the Independent that the successful […]

“Meanwhile use”: City of Sydney trials housing women in need in vacant student accommodation

By ELYSIA COOK Vacant student accommodation, dwindling international students and soaring domestic violence reports are all a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic. The City of Sydney is exploring an innovative opportunity as a result. Deputy Lord Mayor Jess Scully is advocating for vacant student accommodation to be used as transitional housing for women at risk. […]

Middle Eastern & West African Drumming & Dance Classes At Addison Road Community Centre

Coomba Percussion’s Middle Eastern Drumming, West African Drumming and Dance classes are set to return to Addison Road Community Centre once safe to do so. The classes will run for nine weeks once Sydney’s current lockdown ends. Coomba has played the Middle Eastern Tabla, also known as the darbuka, for over 25 years. Coomba said […]

NSW COVID: Workers struggling to keep heads above water after Aquatic Centre stands down staff without pay

By ELYSIA COOK As Sydney was plunged into lockdown last month, Marrickville's Annette Kellerman Aquatic Centre (AKAC) stood down its entire workforce, indefinitely and without pay. While full-time and part-time workers have been asked to access their annual leave, many of the casual staff working at AKAC aren’t eligible for the COVID-19 Disaster Payment. An […]

Inner West Council: Greens candidate launches petition for basic maintenance of Balmain Town Hall and Library

By ELYSIA COOK Greens candidate for the Balmain-Baludarri Ward Kobi Shetty last week launched her petition to refurbish the Balmain Town Hall and Library. The Inner West Council’s 2021 infrastructure budget lists an upgrade to the Balmain Town Hall as a priority project, with $6.8 million of funding allocated to improving community centres across the […]

Vape shop opened 100 metres from schools in Ashfield gets parents fired up

By ELYSIA COOK In late June, parents of students at Ashfield Boys High School (ABHS) and Ashfield Public School took to the Inner West Council Watch Facebook group to voice their concern over a pop-up vape shop located roughly 100 metres away. Kate Magoffin has a son in Year 8 at ABHS. Magoffin has taken […]

New HJ Mahoney Reserve Youth Facility proves timely despite delays to completion

By ELYSIA COOK The Inner West Council opened the HJ Mahoney Reserve Youth Facility on June 16th. The facility is stage 3 of the Cooks River Parklands upgrade, and was originally set for completion in mid 2020.  The area has a multi-purpose court, skate ramps, three street art walls, outdoor study spaces, hang-out nets and […]

Affirmative consent reforms to be enacted in NSW

By ELYSIA COOK Last month the NSW Government announced that the state’s sexual consent laws will be reformed. The changes will see the adoption of an ‘affirmative consent’ model, requiring the accused to have actively obtained consent. The reform comes after recommendations were made by the NSW Law Reform Commission's Report to ‘strengthen’ and ‘simplify’ […]

Meet the Greens candidates for the 2021 Inner West Council elections

By SASHA FOOT, ELYSIA COOK and DANIEL LO SURDO Ahead of the Inner West Council local elections on September 4, the Independent profiled all five Greens candidates seeking to either be elected or gain re-election to Council.  Kobi Shetty Kobi Shetty is the Greens candidate running for Baludarri-Balmain, which encompasses the suburbs of Balmain, Balmain-East, […]