Inner West Whispers – 220

Bikie gangs, markets and mega-fests all in your Inner West backyard

True or false? Bikie gangs are moving into Concord? Reportedly, police have been chatting to locals to try and identify which bikie gang members are dining at local cafes and restaurants. So far it seems the Hells Angels have set up shop somewhere near Majors Bay Road. Having once been across the road from the Ciao office, we can honestly say (apart from the odd bombing), the Bikies stayed away from ordinary folk like us and were very good at spending up big at the local restaurants (in cash, of course).

Drummoyne pop-up markets gains momentum and has its first more permanent trial this Sunday 13th October. Drummoyne Business Chamber has been pushing for the markets since its first trial back in May. After Formosa St carpark’s refurbishment and Canada Bay Council’s commitment to“place making” in Drummoyne, businesses seem to be livening up. Even Sutton Place. With current retailers in other areas like Newtown and Rozelle questioning the effect of markets on the retail strip and losing retail market shared to stall holders “who don’t pay taxes,” it is refreshing to see Drummoyne businesses excited about bringing more business to their village.

Newtown retailers are being knocked about with ever increasing rents. Even second hand clothing and vintage retailers that were once the darlings of the shopping strip have found it tough. Recent closures include Frolic Clothing.

Norton St Festa is gearing up to be a mega-fest. Rumours are flying around that this years Festa will be the best ever. Award winning organisers Impact Exhibitions are going to make a big impact with some surprise guests lined up….watch this space.

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