Inner West Whispers – 256

Welcome to Meri-dale, Little Italy gets old, Library lactation

The Scalabrini Aged Health Care facility is going ahead in Drummoyne, despite 34 submissions against the proposal.  Scalibrini has had mixed reception in the Inner West in the past, with a proposal to build a similar development in Callan Park knocked back by Leichhardt Council. A NIMBY campaign has been leafletting letterboxes in Drummoyne using quotes from an Urbis report, rumoured to have been commissioned by a competing developer. But the Italian-centric retirement village has won out in the big-money world of Inner West property development. And it looks like Little Italy is moving to Drummoyne.

Monopoly: Sydney’s Publican Edition is becoming a thing –no board required! It’s been big news that top-player Justin Hemmes has moved his money for the first time into the Inner West, snapping up the well-loved Queen Vic pub on Enmore Road. This is while the “Riversdale” group (an ALDI knock off of Merivale?) of John Singleton fame has also been singling in on the King St/Enmore Rd run, buying the Marly bar in 2012, as well as reviving the other “Vic” (on the park) a tad further down Enmore Road – now a hipster staple. Social media responses to Hemmes hemming in on the Golden Mile of drinking holes have mostly concerned the inevitable gentrification of the Queen Vic’s pub menu, as one reddit reader warned: just don’t f**k up the nachos, Justin.

We were about to include Newtown Women’s Library as a potential breastfeeding sanctuary in our Road Test this week, when were told the library actually has received complaints about women breastfeeding there. With two couches and a microwave and plenty of food for thought, it could be a lovely place for mothers and their babes – if it weren’t for the strangely exclusionary complaints of other women.