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Drummoyne Wharf reopens

Drummoyne Ferry Wharf is set to re-open on the 17th September, after a $5.4 million dollar accessibility upgrade. The upgrade has included a gangway and pontoon, which make the wharf easier to get to for those with wheelchairs and prams. Ironically, a locking gate has been added to the wharf to keep night-time hooligans out.

The first service to Parramatta will be leaving at 6.08am on the 17th, followed by a 6.28am service to Darling Harbour.



The show goes on

Controversy and confusion over the ownership and tenancy of the Italian Forum’s theatre continues as community organisation and prospective buyer Co.As.It has organised an open meeting to propose their plans for the space.

Co.As.It does not yet own the site, as its administration is being disputed in the Supreme Court. Currently it’s being used as a performance space by the Actors Centre Australia.

Co.As.It maintains their openness to sharing the space with current tenants, stating in a press release, “We are very keen to have a vibrant relationship between us and the ACA…This will involve agreeing to a realistic lease.”

Dean Carey, Director of ACA, says he is concerned about Co.As.It’s ability to manage the facility, “the engine room of the Forum”, which he claims costs a quarter of a million dollars a year to staff for public access.

If you’re interested in stepping further into the saga of the Italian Forum Cultural Centre, Co.As.It’s public forum will be taking place on September 18th at 7.30pm in Leichhardt Town Hall.



local-news-sailingLearn to sail

Last season, the Abbotsford Sailing Club introduced fun and social sailing to the community by hosting family days on one Sunday of every month, letting locals experience just what sailing is really about…

The family fun day program was set up to promote the sport and the club to a wider demographic as they felt many locals never had the chance to get to know the club, despite it having operated in the area for well over 60 years. During these days, parents and children are taken out on the boats to get a feel for sailing and just “being on the water”, followed by a delicious lunch on the Club. balcony.

William Vervoort, president of the club, says, “our guests learn about sailing and the club in general by talking to our members and that is the real beauty of this club.” There is a really strong sense of community that goes beyond competitive sailing and by attending one of these family days, you might discover a few new friends as well as a new hobby.

For more information about the club and its activities, visit www.abbotsfordsailingclub.org.au

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