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Local Students Tackle Marine Conservation

Working in partnership with Take 3, a not-for-profit organisation, students from City of Canada Bay have been congratulated on their campaigns to reduce marine pollution.

The campaigns, which include litter-free lunchbox designs, bin stickers and lunchtime rubbish round-ups, will now be implemented at schools across the area, including St Ambrose Catholic Public School, Concord High School, St Marks Catholic Primary School and Abbotsford Primary Public School.

City of Canada Bay Deputy Mayor Helen McCaffery called the strategies “very impressive” and presented the students with certificates for their efforts. “It is beneficial to inspire a proactive approach to environmental protection at a young age,” she said. The resources and services needed to see the campaigns become a reality in schools will be funded by the Council’s Small Environmental Grants program.


Balmain’s Exchange Hotel for Sale

One of Balmain’s most well known venues, The Exchange Hotel, is currently up for grabs, as a private organisation has put the long-running pub on the market. Located on Beattie Street, the multi-level building has the potential for many uses, including residential use, with its prominent position within Balmain’s dining and pub precinct and large 360-meter corner site making the hotel hot property.

It is expected the building will attract strong interest from owner-operators, value-add specialist and investors alike, with State Government compulsory acquisitions throughout the CBD said to be driving demand for properties such as this in the suburbs.

Built in 1885, the building is heritage listed, with any future plans for the site subject to council approval.


Footprints Film Festival Closing Entries in July

The final call for entries to the Inner West’s Footprints Film Festival is fast approaching, with the last date for submissions Sunday, July 31st. There are only two requirements for submissions; that the film does not exceed seven minutes and that there is an environmental theme or message in the piece.

Following the closure of entries, the shortlisted films will be announced, and then screened on the day, with the major winners announced at the festival and awarded prizes with a combined value of $5000. The Footprints Film Festival will take place on August 21st, between 11am and 3pm at Whites Creek Valley Park on White St and Piper St, Annandale.

For further information or to enter your film visit www.leichhardt.nsw.gov.au/Footprints-Film-Festival.