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Important announcement

All cinemas are closed, and all movie ticket giveaways have been suspended.

Please be aware that most of the material on this website was written before the enforced shutdown – which specifically prohibits almost everything Ciao celebrated. Our high streets are dead, our lives are our screens and Ciao‘s proud motto, “There’s life in the Inner West!” now belongs to a distant era. Take care, gentle readers, we’ll miss you…

In the meantime – stay safe, stay sane, and stay indoors!

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West Metro stations announced

Three new Metro station for the inner west. Late last month the NSW State government finally decided on locations for the stations on the West Metro line to Westmead, now due for completion in 2030. There were no surprises –  the Bays Precinct, Five Dock and North Burwood locations named (the three most relevant for inner west commuters) have been widely canvassed over the last few years.  As [...]

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Movies this week

Local cinemas go dark

April 2, 2020
All cinemas in Australia have been closed. And slowly it’s become apparent that the shutdown will not be a matter of “a few weeks”, but months. So, how many… The six that everyone seems to […]

Feature Story

Word on the Street

August 16, 2018
In a residential street in suburban Russell Lea stands a little blue curiosity on the side of the road. It appears to be out of character with its surroundings but close inspection confirms that this […]

Travel with Winsor

10 Best Destinations

March 26, 2020
With the dollar diving and coronavirus spreading globally, now is the ideal time for a holiday close to home, travel editor Winsor Dobbin reports.  Right now, drought and fire-affected regions of New South Wales need […]