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A poem by Inner West writer Mark Mordue – #boysarepoeticbeings

I believe in the beauty of boys, their grace, their poetry, their bicycles, their secret worlds in lanes and back streets, the rush of their lives beneath trees and on concrete, their scraped knees, their chipped skateboards, their prayers and their lies, I believe in their shouts c’mon to one another, cursed graffiti in the […]

Waterloo Sunset

By Mark Mordue I’m sitting here watching the world slide by. Tower blocks loom. It’s a beautiful day. A few kids on skateboards and scooters grind across Waterloo Fernside Skatepark in Sydney. There’s not much history to the place that I can find. Just what can be glimpsed on YouTube videos, or is writ on […]

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. […]

Deadly Good: different cultural communities come together at Addi Rd

By MARK MORDUE Keenan Mundine, Carly Stanley and Dean Lloyd are here from Deadly Connections, picking up hamper boxes from Addi Road’s Emergency Food Relief Hub. They’re using two vans to do a big delivery run to Glebe, Waterloo, Redfern, Marrickville and Dulwich Hill. Deadly Connections work across those areas and throughout the Inner West […]

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 […]

Faces of Addi Road: Sebastian

By MARK MORDUE Do you know the lyrics to the song Lost in Music? “Lost in music, caught in trap, no turning back.” Well, it is the opposite of that for Sebastian. Music is the only true home he has. Hailing from Cali in Colombia, he has been living in Sydney now for seven months. Since […]

Food relief hungry for help

by ALEC SMART The Addison Road Food Pantry, a food relief operation in Marrickville run by the Addison Road Community Organisation (ARCO), is experiencing a substantial surge in users since the COVID-19 coronavirus began infecting Australians. The Food Pantry rescues fresh fruit, vegetables, bread and other quality tinned and packaged foods, as well as household […]

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 […]