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Time of Marrai'gang -
Bana'murrai'yung (wet becoming cooler) April - June

when the lilly pillys ripen on the trees..more

Annandale Heritage Festival 20172017 Annandale Heritage Festival

Self Guided Walk

Explore Annandale and Westgate's Historical sites
Anytime: more

50s Annandale Virtual Walk

Marghanita da Cruz will present a Virtual Walk at Tetch Gallery. There will be an opportunity to visit to Annangrove Cottage and nearby sites.

2-4pm Sat 29 April, 245 Parramatta Rd Annandale, $15/$10 moreLetter: Annangrove Cottage, Sydney 29 October 1855 My Dearest Father - inscription on token: Advance Australia

Loaded Dog Folk Club Exhibition

1-28 April, Leichhardt Library... more

Hunter Baillie Church Open Day

Visit and discover the history and heritage of this landmark 1889 Sandstone Church,
enjoy a devonshire Tea in the 1886 Arts and Crafts Hall
Get an update on the restoration of the 1892 Hill & Son Organ
1-4pm, Sun 7 May, more

Journey down Johnston Street

Guided Walk up Johnston Street
Thurs 11 May,more information

Tour of working brewery

Sat 15 April, $25 more

Annandale Heritage Festival

1 April to 18 May 2017...more

Chloë & Jason* (vocals, guitar, mandolin)

+ support *MaD aDaM* - Putting instruments in their places.

Chloe & Jason have been researching & presenting the living tradition of Australian music for over 20 years - the songs & poems of the kitchen, the verandah, the shearer’s huts, the local pub - & the yarns that go with them. + MaD aDaM *- ***Miguel Heatwole & Dallas de Brabander, with a lifetime of harmony singing behind them, put instruments in their place.

Loaded Dog Folk Club
8pm (doors open 7.40pm)
Back Hall (Accessible) Annandale Neighbourhood Centre
79 Johnston St, $18/20, BYO, supper available.*..more

NEW WORKS

from Aaron Anderson, Nikolaus Dolman, Sally Mayman, Brett McMahon, Abdul Moeez and Charles Walker
Sculpture, photography, glass and works on paper

Show runs at Annandale Galleries from April 26 - May 27
Opening reception for the artists Wednesday April 26, 6:30 - 8:30pm
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SecondHand Saturday
13 May - Leichhardt, Annandale

SecondHand Saturdays (SHS) are giant neighbourhood garage sale held in individual households. SecondHand Saturday commenced in the year 2000 and has run each year ever since!
SecondHand Saturday is about promoting the value of resource conservation and reducing waste to landfill, whilst making a dollar or two and meeting your neighbours.

Registration 2017

If you miss the deadline (5pm Monday 1 May 2017) you miss placing the advertisement!

More Information: http://www.innerwest.nsw.gov.au/environment/workshops-and-events/secondhand-saturday

Restoration of Hill and Son Organ

large organ with shiny pipes in a sandstone church After 20 years of fund raising the Hill and Son Organ, at the Hunter Baillie Memorial Presbyterian Church's Memorial Presbyterian Church's , Annandale, is being restored. The fund raising and restoration is under the watchful eye of resident organist Ralph Lane...more

Tetch Gallery

Life Drawing Classes Sessions -7-9pm Every Wednesday Night!

Tetch Gallery 245 Parramatta Road
Tetch supplies drawing pad, sketching materials nibblies and a complimentary glass of wine. Spend your Wednesday nights in good company, sweet tunes, professional model each week and exploring your creative side. All is welcome, no experience necessary! $20 (cash on arrival is fine)...more

Tender - Replacement of the Chester St Footbridge across Johnston Creek Annandale

Tender Description :INNER WEST COUNCIL INVITATION TO TENDER FOR THE REPLACEMENT OF THE CHESTER STREET FOOTBRIDGE ACROSS JOHNSTON CREEK, ANNANDALE TENDER NO. T08-16
Tenders close at 11.00 am on Thursday, 15 December 2016.
The scope of works includes but not limited to:
Full engineering design and construction of a new footbridge and approach ramps, including new footings, across Johnston Creek, Annandale at Chester Street...www.tendersonline.com.au/leichhardt

Over 50s Tai Chi

11:45am Tuesdays Commencing on 14th July 2015
Tai Chi class for people over 50. Suitable for people with chronic conditions. Join a free trial class then pay $6 per class!
Annandale Neighbourhood Centre, 79 Johnston St, Annandale
To book or for more information: Tel:(02)95334422 Email: info@share.org.au
www.share.org.au

Annandale Craft Group

Five Women working on their craft Project

The Annandale Craft Group meets 11am-2pm Fridays at the Annandale Community Centre... more

Regarding Sydney Park: new paintings by Janet Kossy

Exhibition poster

18-25 April 2017

Janet Fossey: "The paintings are mixed media and collage with acrylic on canvas. Most are approx. 40 cm x 50 cm, or 50 cm x 60 cm. In creating them over the past few months I have chosen the freedom of an abstract and expressive approach, while observing, enjoying and learning about Sydney Park."

Paintings are for sale and net proceeds will go to the EDO, NSW—the Environmental Defenders Office, which does their vital work with no government funding. Current cases involve everything from heritage listing for the Sirius building to protecting endangered species, to keeping coal mine discharge out of Sydney’s drinking water catchment.

Opening: Saturday afternoon, 22 April, 2-4 pm
Corner of Myrtle St and Percival Rd, Stanmore
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Westconnex $17billion White Elephant

"A white elephant is a possession which its owner cannot dispose of and whose cost, particularly that of maintenance, is out of proportion to its usefulness." - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_elephant

New Route through Annandale for M4-M5 link

On Wednesday 9 November 2016, the M4-M5 link was rerouted to pass under Annandale, from Booth Street at Alfred Street, crossing Johnston Street at Collins St and Parramatta Road at Johnston's Creek. Source: westconnex.com.au/map.

"M4-M5 Link: The SEARs define comprehensive environmental assessment requirements to be addressed by the project’s Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). This is being prepared and will be exhibited in early 2017."...more

Westconnex's new route under Annandale
On Wednesday 9 November 2016, the M4-M5 link was rerouted to pass under Annandale, from Booth Street at Alfred Street, crossing Johnston Street at Collins St and Parramatta Road at Johnston's Creek.

map

Snapshot 12 November 2016, 10.10am from westconnex.com.au/map
Test Drilling Start Dates
1. Johnston St (15/11/16)
2. John St near Hill St(5/12/16)
3. White's Creek Lane (4/1/17)

"Facts about the Camperdown/Annandale mid-tunnel construction site
A tunnelling construction site is needed to build the underground tunnel between Rozelle and St Peters for the M4-M5 Link.
"We recently confirmed a site on Parramatta Road in Camperdown/Annandale is required for this purpose"...more

STOP WESTCONNEXDamning Audit into Approval and Administration of Commonwealth Funding for the WestConnex Project

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

...The upfront payment and approach to agreeing and adjusting milestones for later payments did not adequately protect the Australian Government’s financial interests. Additionally, the provision of the concessional loan did not achieve the Australian Government’s objective of bringing Stage 2 of the project forward by approximately two years.
7. The WestConnex project had not proceeded fully through the established processes to assess the merits of nationally significant infrastructure investments prior to Australian Government funding being committed. This situation was identified in departmental advice to decision makers prior to decisions being taken.
8. Funds have been paid in advance of project needs. Advice provided prior to the first payment (of $500 million in June 2014) identified that a payment of that magnitude was not yet required. The ANAO estimates that as of November 2016, the total cost of amounts provided in excess of project needs since June 2014 has been approximately $20 million.
9. The May 2014 decision to make the $500 million advance payment led to the project being approved without there being any documented analysis and advice to Ministers that the statutory criteria for giving such approvals had been met. Advice seeking the necessary approval for later payments (of $250 million in June 2015, $450 million in June 2016 and $300 million in November 2016) addressed those criteria. But those three milestone payments were designed and administered in a way that did not adequately protect the Australian Government’s financial interests. This was because, in order not to delay payments, milestones were agreed to after the respective event had already occurred or amended shortly before the payment was due to be made where NSW had not met the milestone.
10. Departmental advice to Ministers focused on the benefits of providing a concessional loan to the WestConnex project. The key benefits identified were the:
lower net financial impact on the presentation of the Federal Budget of a loan compared with further grant funding (due to the differences in the accounting treatment of loans and grants, and because a loan would earn interest income and be later repaid);
increased construction activities between 2015‒16 and 2016‒17 from accelerating the second stage; and
potential to reinvigorate the private sector lending market in relation to demand risk toll roads.
11. But the advice to Ministers did not adequately identify or quantify the costs and risks associated with providing a concessional loan. Key issues that detract from the loan providing value for money include:
there is evidence that the loan was not needed to accelerate the second stage of WestConnex and, in any event, the project has not been accelerated to the extent projected by DIRD (by up to two years); and
the interest rate on the loan was set well below comparable market rates with no margin included to cover the Australian Government’s loan administration costs or risks....more

The objective of this audit is to assess whether appropriate steps were taken to protect the Commonwealth's interests and obtain value for money in respect to the $3.5 billion in Commonwealth funding committed to the NSW Government for the WestConnex project...more

Road with cars at night sign says Johnston Street Annandale, Leichhardt, Parramatta

Public Transport Survey

The Greens have established a series of surveys for people to have their say about New South Wales transport and help us in our work uncovering problems with the system and attending to people’s needs.

Do Survey at: http://transformtransport.org.au/report-your-transport/

Parramatta Road Urban Renewal

Parramatta Road has been divided into Precincts: Granville, Auburn, Homebush, Burwood-Concord, Kings Bay, Taverners Hill, Leichhardt, Camperdown connected by Frame Areas.

"The Frame Areas are important connections between Precincts and will contribute towards the transformation of the Corridor. While not the focus of growth in the Strategy, land use change and development may still occur over the longer term through 'spot rezonings' or changes to development controls...." - Parramatta Road Corridor Urban Transformation Strategy fact sheet

Strategy Documents 9 November 2016 : Urban Transformation Strategy 2016 pdf (14 MB); Implementation Plan 2016-2023 pdf (3.2 MB); Urban Amenity Improvement Plan pdf (10 MB); Planning and Design Guidelines pdf (24 MB); Infrastructure Schedule pdf (1.6 MB) - See more at: http://www.urbangrowth.nsw.gov.au/projects/parramatta-road/publications/#topic-21

For events and news of the past see history

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