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Relay For Life registrations open

The 2017 Sydney Relay For Life, held in Rozelle’s King George Park, is just around the corner. The relay, taking place on the 11th and 12th of March, seeks to raise money and awareness for Cancer Council NSW through encouraging teams of walkers to register and generate donations from their friends and families.

Balmain resident Catherine McLachlan has teamed up with her family from New Zealand to honour her father who passed away from cancer in 2009 by doing the relay. “There is so much to love about Sydney Relay. Not only can you set personal walking challenges for yourself – last year I made it to 50km – but it is also an opportunity to remember loved ones who have passed,” she says.

Relay For Life Sydney will include live entertainment and fitness challenges.

To register visit www.relayforlife.org.au/sydney.


VPA results in $10 million in pubic benefits

Inner West Council negotiations regarding a Voluntary Planning Agreement have resulted in more that $10 million dollars in benefits, including four residential units to be transferred to Council for affordable housing, land transferred to Council for a public park along with the funds to develop the park, a strata unit to be transformed into a community room, improvements to facilitate access from the light rail station to the rail station at Lewisham and a cash payment of almost $1.1 million.

Inner West Council Administrator Richard Pearson said the Council is very pleased with the outcome, particularly in comparison to the expected $4.5 million that would have been secured otherwise under the normal arrangements. (A Voluntary Planning Agreement refers to an agreement entered into with a developer in which the developer agrees to fund public amenities and services.)


Newtown couple raises $3,000

Combining two issues close to their heart, Newtown couple Shelley Tinworth and Belinda Evernden managed to collect $3,000 for Greyhound Rescue by fundraising at their same-sex wedding. After travelling to New Zealand in December 2016 for the vows, they asked their 70 guests to donate funds to Greyhound Rescue instead of buying gifts.

“Were it not for Greyhound Rescue, we would not have our beautiful girl, Piper, who brightens our life immensely, and gives us so much happiness and joy,” says Belinda. “As such, it was a no-brainer that in lieu of wedding gifts, we would ask for donations, as they need all the help they can to continue the amazing work they do.”

Greyhound Rescue is a charity that aims to re-home discarded racing dogs in the face of the (now overturned) NSW greyhound-racing ban.

To donate visit www.greyhoundrescue.com.au.