Mad Marissa is now on Facebook, where should local businesses seek help?
• A Facebook page has been created for Five Dock icon and local known as ‘Mad Marissa.’ She has been walking around Haberfield and Five Dock for over 20 years, flashing her private parts to bus drivers, talking to anyone who will listen and giving leopard print garments a whole new look. Her Facebook page received over 400 likes in under 24 hours after being created, with locals trying to get a selfie with Marissa in the background. Not sure what this says about social media or the plight of the mentally ill but rest assured Marissa will always be one of Haberfield’s most beloved local celebrities.
• If you are a business in the Marrickville local government area you could be forgiven for not knowing where to go for help. Your first port of call might the Marrickville Business Association, which is not run by, but supported by Marrickville Council. You might also be thinking about joining the Marrickville Chamber of Commerce, which again, is not funded but is otherwise supported by Council. If your business is Enmore or South Newtown but still in the Marrickville part of the LGA you might also want to join Newtown Precinct, which is supported by both Marrickville and City of Sydney Councils.
While it is great to have so many business representative organisations to choose from, the organisations themselves do have different priorities, such as lobbying Council, networking or business development. There could be some unnecessary duplication. While some of the organisations are known to favour landlords over businesses, and others to tick Council boxes, the primary focus of all of these business groups should be to develop business in the area. Period.
• Drummoyne local fitness trainer stars as the strength coach in the latest reality TV show to hit the networks, Wimp 2 Warrior. Rachel Guy (pictured above) transforms wimpy humans into mixed martial arts experts. Move over Michelle Bridges.