Monday, June 27, 2011


The Factory Community Centre’s YURUNGAI  DANCE GROUP have returned triumphant following representing Australia at the 2011 Seventh International Ordu (Turkey) Youth and Children’s Theatre Festival held between June 14–21. The group were generously received in the Black Sea port, famous for it’s connection with the founder of modern Turkey, Kemal Atatürk, and also its hazelnut growing industry.

Performing two shows in a central recreational area to large crowds, Yurungai Dance was rapturously received to the extent that security had to be called into the 2nd performance in order to protect the young indigenous group from inner city Sydney.

The eight member troupe also performed twice to over 1500 hundred children and the general public in a central park in Ankara, in the presence of Ambassador to Turkey, Mr Ian Biggs and his wife Christine. (See photos below.) The 1st perforamce was streamed live to air on National TV.

Following running a workshop the next and final day of the tour (which was held in a child-centred community centre), the group capped this life-changing experience through paying respects to Ataturk, visiting his final resting place and mausoleum. Their next big challenge is in hosting the 2012Festival at Cockatoo Island were 15 countries are expected to attend

Yurungai Dance is grateful to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Program Public Diplomacy Branch of the Commonwealth Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade through their award of funds towards the travel costs. Other funding support was received by Barnardos Australia, Redfern Waterloo Authority, Clubs Limited
NSW, Housing NSW, and the Factory Community Centre 

For further information, contact Micheal Shreenan at the Factory Community Centre
67 Raglan Street, Waterloo, NSW 2017. Email or Ph 02 9698 9569

The Factory Community Centre acts as a meeting place for local community groups and a place where residents from Waterloo, Redfern and surrounds seek support. For over 30 years, it has delivered a range of projects and programs for the benefit of the community and surrounds, with the financial support of a range of government bodies, which include The City of Sydney, various sections of the Department of Human Services, and a range of philanthropic supporters.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011


In this Update: Vale Trevor Davies – Funeral 23 June 2011 / Groundswell for Redfern Waterloo / Council BEP2 Presentation for REDWatch & Groundswell – 7 July 6pm Factory / USyd Abercrombie Precinct Business School Redevelopment Project - until Friday 24 June, 2011 / Redfern Waterloo will still be State Significant / SMDA gets its Precinct Outcomes Brief for Redfern Waterloo Eveleigh and Darlington / Update on BEP2 Issues / Housing NSW Masterplan and Tenant Engagement / What is happening around the RWA Sites / RWA Heritage Update / AHC Revises Pemulwuy / Alexandria Residents Action Group (ARAG) / It is almost Census time – Please Fill in The Census / Monthly Informal Gathering Friday – 24 June 2011 at 1 pm / Electricity Pricing Workshop for Community Workers – 18 July 2011
In this Update:
Have Your Say- Summary of Current Consultations (looks at current consultations on the REDWatch website)
Coming Events (looks at the current events listed on the REDWatch website)

Vale Trevor Davies – Funeral 23 June 2011

The Funeral Service for Trevor Davies will be held at 10am on Thursday June 23, 2011at Pitt Street Uniting Church, 264 Pitt St, Sydney (near to corner of Pitt& Park Streets and a block from Town Hall Station). The service will be followed by refreshments until 1pm. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to The South Sydney Herald. By mail: PO Box 3288 Redfern NSW 2016. By EFT: BSB 062 231; Account No. 1021 8391.
Trevor was a member and Elder of South Sydney Uniting Church, the founding editor of the South Sydney Herald and long-time Secretary of the Darlington ALP Branch. Trevor was one of the foundation members of REDWatch, had served as a committee member in almost every community organisation in the area at one time or another over the last 30 years. At the time of his death his committee responsibilities included being Vice President of the St Vincent de Paul branch that covered the Redfern area. Trevor had a wide circle of friends from his various involvements and the people he met along the way; be that as a street sweeper, working in the Darlington newsagency, at Politics in the Pub, as part of Redfern Residents for Reconciliation, at political meetings or delivering leaflets for a meeting, or his beloved local newspapers (the South Sydney Herald only being the most recent incarnation).
Trevor’s death was sudden although he had not been well for some time. He was due to have an angiogram on the day he died but was taken to hospital the evening before where he had a heart attack and was operated on for several hours before he died on Tuesday 14 June 2011. His death came as a particular shock to those who had spoken to him around the Darlington coffee shops over the long weekend or had talked to him in one of his various activities in the week before. Trevor had only recently celebrated his 55thbirthday and was brother to Susan, Annie and Ivor. Susan has recently started work at the Big Issue office in Redfern.
His family would welcome assistance with the funeral costs and if you are able to contribute please contact his sister Susan Leith-Miller on leithsu@bigpond.comand / or make a contribution to Account name: Susan Leith-Miller BSB: 062 231 Account Number: 1037 0246. Any surplus funds will be donated to the South Sydney Herald.
The South Sydney Herald will publish tributes to Trevor in their July issue. You can email your story or message to before the weekend. Trevor played an important role in the South Sydney Herald and they are currently looking at how they rearrange responsibilities to cover a Trevor sized hole. If you have skills that may be of assistance to the paper, even in the short term, please contact Andrew at
It has also been suggested by Gai Smith, who is helping with other family archives to be deposited with the Mitchell library, that the Mitchell Library would also be interested in receiving people’s stories. She says “it's very important to use the occasion of the great gathering of people who come to honour Trevor on Thursday to get people to commit to contributing their memories of Trevor, and what they know of all he did in their area of interest, in writing - so we can gather the materials that will be needed to document the life of a great man. We'll never get that chance again, to have in oneplace so many people who knew the different facets of Trevor's life”. We encourage you to put something in writing about your interactions with Trevor and add items to SMH Tribute Page for Trevor or pass these on to the South Sydney Herald to either publish or to pass on to an archive.
Below are some current online tributes to Trevor and if you know of others please let us know to pass on to others:

Monday, June 20, 2011

Event Posters

N.I.D.O.C week

RWA Email Update

Minister tours Redfern
Redfern Fire Station mural unveiled
New Redfern home for community groups
Redfern makes its mark online
Nathan Merritt plays his 150th game
Bicycle fever hits Redfern-Waterloo
In memory of Trevor Davies

Art Bar at 70 Regent Street, Redfern
Redfern RSL Club fit out
Youth Hostel at 90 Regent Street, Redfern

3-10 July NAIDOC Week including:
1 July - Storytime
4 July - Flag Raising Ceremony
5 July - Elders Luncheon
8 July - Family and Sports Day
9 July - Bush Tucker Talk
Black History month
Eveleigh Farmers’ Market –Saturday 8am to 1pm
Eveleigh Artisan’s Market – last Sunday of the month 10am-3pm
Alexandria Community Garden – 1 and 3rd Saturday of the month


Minister tours Redfern
The Hon. Brad Hazzard, Minister for Planning and Infrastructure, was welcomed to Redfern on Friday, 10 June 2011 for an extensive tour to showcase what this vibrant area has to offer. The Minister met with Redfern-Waterloo Authority’s CEO Roy Wakelin-King and members of the community with visits to many of the positive developments in the area including the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence, Australian Technology Park, Redfern Community Health Centre, The Block and Redfern Oval, finishing with a tour of the Les Tobler Construction Centre and lunch at Yaama Dhiyaan.

Redfern Fire Station mural unveiled
Redfern Fire Station has been given a colourful facelift with the unveiling of a new fire safety mural to educate the public about fire safety. Over 160 school students from across Australia entered the competition as part of a campaign aimed at reducing Aboriginal deaths and injuries from fires at home. Four winning designs were chosen. 

Donovan in Year 8 from Fairfield Patrician Brothers School based his design on the fire safety message: “Everyone should have an escape plan.” Byron in Year 5 from Lambton Public School and Abbey from West Wallsend expressed the importance of not playing  with matches, and Imogen in Year 4 from Lambton Public School, used the phrase ‘Stop, drop, and roll’ to put out a fire in her work.

Many community members came together for the launch with a didgeridoo and band performance, a welcome to country by Charles Madden, speeches, a video of the making of the mural, a smoking ceremony and a lunch.

Steve Russell, Aboriginal Services Officer, said the main aim of the campaign is to raise awareness of fire safety in the community with the mural “brightening up the neighbourhood”.

Redfern Fire Station is the fourth busiest station in NSW.

New Redfern home for community groups
107 Redfern St, Redfern is set to be the new home for three local organisations as part of City Of Sydney’s Accommodation Grants Program. The program supports non-profit, locally based organisations by giving them a new home in City-owned buildings at nil or below market rent.

The organisations that are set move in to 107 Redfern St include:
·         107 Projects Inc to provide artists’ studios and associated cultural activities
·         PLACE (Partners in Learning and Community Enterprise) to establish an education and creative enterprise centre for disadvantaged communities
·         Tribal Warrior’s Mentor Program to run its mentoring program for Aboriginal and Torres Islander youth.

Waterloo will also be the home to the Asylum Seekers Centre for NSW who has received an accommodation grant to occupy the Waterloo Town Hall Office.


In this Issue

It was with great sadness that the local inner city community received the news of Trevor Davies’ sudden passing last week. Trevor was a member and Elder of South Sydney Uniting Church, the founding editor of the South Sydney Herald and long-time Secretary of the Darlington ALP Branch. Trevor was one of the foundation members of REDWatch and was known to very many people within the local community. Trevor had only just celebrated his 55th birthday.

A Funeral Service for Trevor Davies is to be held on Thursday, June 23 at 10:00am at the Pitt Street Uniting Church, 264 Pitt St, Sydney. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made to South Sydney Herald - BSB 062 231; Account No. 1021 8391.

Our Future Community – The Challenge of Change
Inner Sydney Regional Council will be hosting the Our Future Community – The Challenge of Change conference on July 20th 2011. The conference will look at the challenges faced by the NGO sector as we move into the next decade.

The event is to be held at Sydney Town Hall and will be facilitated by Helen Campbell OAM, with Eva Cox as the Keynote Speaker. For more information, contact Char Jones on or call Inner Sydney Regional Council on 9698 7690.
Australian Mobile phone numbers are going public next month. All mobile phone numbers are being released to telemarketing companies and you will start to receive sale calls. Depending on your provider and plan, you can be charged for these calls.

The Australian Communications and Media Authority have a Do Not Call register. You can access the register at The link allows you to enter your phone numbers to put an end to telemarketing calls.

Randwick City Council will be holding a free full day Playwriting and Performance Workshop on Saturday 2nd July from 10am to 4pm at Bowen Library and Community Centre, 669-376 Anzac Parade Maroubra.

Anyone with an interest in writing and performing for the theatre should rush to this fantastic workshop which will be facilitated by acclaimed playwright Hilary Bell and actor/director Bill Conn. To participate you must register your interest by Thursday 23 June 2011. Forms and details are available from Randwick Libraries or contact Frida Kitas on 9399 0972 or email

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

A Funeral Service for Trevor Davies

Dear friends,

Apologies for multiple emails, just wanting to make sure I reach you all.

Trevor's passing this week has so many of us in shock. As you know, he contributed so much to the community and people he loved. The grieving will take some time and then the regrouping ...

Thank you for your July stories. Dorothy and I will be in touch about those in next week or so. We will publish a July SSH, with space for tributes to Trevor -- please send your special letters to the editor.

We will not publish an August SSH -- we'll need that time to grieve properly and to make plans for the future. In recent months Trevor helped to compose a five-year plan for the paper, so we can be confident about the way forward, and know that he affirmed the plan. 

I have attached funeral details below. Thanks for all your kind words and support this week.

With you in love for Trevor and South Sydney,

A Funeral Service for Trevor Davies
10am, Thu June 23, 2011
Pitt Street Uniting Church
264 Pitt St, Sydney (near to cnr of Pitt & Park sts and a block from Town Hall Stn)

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to The South Sydney Herald.
By mail: PO Box 3288 Redfern NSW 2016.
By EFT: BSB 062 231; Account No. 1021 8391.

"... love is everywhere present where there is one who loves" (S. Kierkegaard).

Rev. Andrew Collis
South Sydney Uniting Church
The South Sydney Herald
The Orchard Gallery
PO Box 3288
+ 61 2 8399 3410

Monday, June 13, 2011

Sorry Business - Death of Trevor Davies

Dear Friends and Colleagues

It is with great sadness that I write to let you know that Trevor Davies passed away this morning Tuesday 14 June 2011.

Trevor was due to undergo an angiogram today but was taken to hospital yesterday and had a massive heart attack there. Doctors worked on him for many hours but were unable to revive him. It only became apparent when they operated on him that he had a congenital hole in the heart and an infection.

Trevor had only recently celebrated his 55th birthday.

Trevor was a member and Elder of South Sydney Uniting Church, the founding editor of the South Sydney Herald and long-time Secretary of the Darlington ALP Branch. Trevor was one of the foundation members of REDWatch and was known to very many people within the local community. Please pass word on to those you know who knew Trevor.

We will advise funeral details when known and will also post these on the Events section of the

Sad Regards,

Geoffrey Turnbull
Ph Wk: (02) 8004 1490  Mob: 0418 457 392

Tuesday, June 7, 2011



Cancer Council NSW needs your help to find out what causes cancer.

We are undertaking a landmark research initiative to assess the causes of cancer. The CLEAR Study has the potential to lead to cancer breakthroughs.

You – or someone you know - can participate if you have been diagnosed with cancer for the first time within the past 18 months.

We need 10,000 people by the end of 2011. We are halfway there, but we need your help.

Participation in the CLEAR study involves completing a questionnaire and providing a small blood sample (optional). Both are a one time only activity, and there are no further obligations. It’s that simple to help us find the answers.

You can participate in the CLEAR Study online at or receive a paper copy by calling 1800 500 894 (free call in NSW