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Read the latest news from Addison Road Community Centre.



Read the latest news from Addison Road Community Centre.

May 15, 2020

Retain the Rate

Addison Road Community Organisation has been working with ACOSS (Australian Council of Social Services) and the Inner West Raise The...
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April 14, 2020 / featured

The Language of the People

By the time the day is finished, over 150 Latin American students will have come here seeking emergency food hampers. Despite its name, United for Columbia is becoming a broad communication point for students from all over Latin America who suddenly find themselves adrift and in need here in Sydney.
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April 10, 2020 / featured

The Belmore Connection

Thanks to Addi Road’s Outreach Co-ordinator, Dulce Munoz, we were able to make Good Friday a truly good day, delivering Addi Road’s food relief hampers to 18 families in the Belmore area – as well as helping the Islamic Women's Welfare Association to get food to its clients.
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April 7, 2020 / featured

Making Hard Yards with the Swans

“I just love the vibe here. I’ve been coming down to Addi Road, packing emergency hampers for the last week... Anyone can help, whether you’re a professional or involved with a local club. That is why Craig Foster's #PlayForLives campaign is so great. It’s rallying all of us.” - Kieren Jack
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April 7, 2020 / featured

Playing On – Craig Foster, #PlayForLives and Addi Road

A recent Sydney Morning Herald news article on how Craig Foster's #PlayForLives campaign is motivating volunteers from the sports community to make Addi Road's emergency food hampers.
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April 3, 2020 / featured

Changing the Game – Addi Road, Craig Foster and food relief in Sydney

“If it wasn’t for Addi Road all the major NGOs and charity organisations we work with would have run out of food two weeks ago.” - Darcy Byrne, Mayor, Inner West Council
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April 2, 2020 / featured

Life During Wartime

“The people I work with are already socially isolated. They can handle that, But they can’t handle the panic happening out there."
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April 1, 2020 / featured

The Land of Topsy-Turvy

Ties between Bill Crews' Exodus Foundation and Addi Road are being strengthened as the homeless reach out for help.
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March 31, 2020 / featured

White Crosses

Day ends at the Addison Road Community Organisation. Gurwinder starts to take the chairs from the road, leaving only the white crosses that now mark out the social distance needs of our times...
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March 31, 2020 / featured

Feeding the People – Addi Road, Craig Foster and Anthony Albanese

After seeing our Emergency Food Preparedness and Response Centre, Anthony Albanese was moved to call Addi Road "the heart and soul of the electorate."
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March 27, 2020 / featured

Addi Road’s Emergency Food Preparedness and Response Centre

Gumbramorra Hall has been re-purposed as a production and distribution centre, where our wonderful staff and volunteers are preparing emergency food hampers. These hampers will be given to NGOs and charity groups to deliver to their most vulnerable and isolated community members and to people who are unable to visit and shop at the Addi Road Food Pantry.
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March 26, 2020 / featured

It took this virus to expose our meanest streak – the pitiful Newstart allowance

A report from behind the frontlines of unemployment and poverty in Australia, where Mark Mordue responds to a normal day at Addison Road Community Organisation's Food Pantry.
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March 24, 2020 / featured

Food Pantry Banjo Ballad #1

The words of the songs take on the strange timeless energy of old storytelling that needs repeating, and hard-won wisdoms that need to get won again.
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March 24, 2020 / featured, Food Rescue

Addi Road’s Emergency Food Hampers

Addison Road Community Organisation has re-purposed our Hall as a storage and production centre. Emergency food hampers are being prepared by our volunteer team (pictured) – and will be given to NGO's to deliver to their most vulnerable and isolated community members who are unable to shop at our Food Pantry.
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March 23, 2020 / featured

A Bag Full of Peaches

“Addi Road's Food Pantry has ben a real backstop for us and the children at the Addison Road Early Learning Centre."
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March 21, 2020 / featured

No Harmony in Racism

Tune in to Addi Road's podcast for International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.
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March 21, 2020 / featured

Tim Soutphommasane – Speaking Out on Racism Now

"We know there are extremist right wing organisations that are resurgent and that are seeking to capitalise on political developments."
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March 20, 2020 / featured, Food Rescue

Friends Will Come Round

“If no one panicked, we would all be fine. There’d be enough food for everyone.”
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March 19, 2020 / featured

Making Our Stand

I stand with you, my face masked, our eyes looking in at our hearts...
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March 18, 2020 / featured

The Virus Among Us – Fighting Racism and Rebuilding Community

Issues of racism and discrimination work like, and with, the virus we now fear. It's an issue that cannot and should not be silenced on Saturday, March 21st. We will use all the tools we have available in a podcast that is made available through our Facebook page and website.
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March 17, 2020 / featured

Up Beat – Finding Our Food Pantry’s Rhythm

Mark's been coming to Addi Road's Food Pantry for a while now. Lately, he's been noticing "all these new faces, and just loads more people. It's obvious the need is getting bigger and bigger with everything that is going on."
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March 13, 2020 / featured, Food Rescue

Our Community Needs Food – Please Donate Now!!!

The demand for affordable groceries is shooting through the roof. Addison Road Community Organisation's FOOD PANTRY has seen a growth in customers of more than 20% every week for the last month. Food is a basic human right. Hunger is an injustice.
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March 11, 2020 / featured

A Right to A Say. A Right to Be Heard.

The inaugural Inner West March and Festival for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination on Saturday, March 21st. 2SER-FM interview with Addi Road CEO, Rosanna Barbero.
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February 27, 2020 / featured

An important message from Addi Road’s CEO, Rosanna Barbero

All over the world, March 21st is known as ‘International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination’. Only in Australia has it been rebranded as ‘Harmony Day’, diluting its relevance. Join us for the Inner West March and Festival for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination on Saturday March 21st.
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February 26, 2020 / featured

Beastie Boys and Butterflies

Elisa volunteers for Addison Road Community Organisation every week. You may have seen her working at the Main Gates on Sundays, but we know her best for keeping our kitchen well-organised and clean as a whistle...
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February 22, 2020 / featured

Living for the City

Barbara Licha opens her 'In Progress' exhibition at Addi Road's Up Space Gallery.
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February 21, 2020 / featured

Inner West March and Festival for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

We come together in the belief that we must challenge harmful forces that are growing in our society.
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February 5, 2020 / featured, Food Rescue

V is for Victory

"We love what Addi Road's Food Pantry does. Because of what we do at Vic on Park, avoiding food waste is at the forefront of our minds all the time – on a business level, and on an individual level too." Alex Smith, Manager, Vic on the Park Hotel.
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December 24, 2019

In the Moment – Making music with Polly

"I tend to be dreamy and not present a lot. It’s the only time I am wholly invested in something and totally in the moment.”
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December 20, 2019

Under Pressure – Remembering Mental Health Month

As Christmas approaches, we felt it was important we remember our Community.a.Fair event during Mental Health Month last October.
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December 17, 2019 / featured

Addison Road Community Organisation Annual Report 2019

We are catalysing change in many areas... serving our community with our largest and most diverse programme delivery in five years.
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December 14, 2019

Remembering our Seniors.a.Fair Day

“We like to be in the news!"
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December 13, 2019 / Food Rescue

Cold Chisel: putting food on the table

Jimmy Barnes: “There’s too many people in Australia going hungry."
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December 13, 2019

The Gift

Looking for a special place to buy gifts this Christmas? Try Addi Road's Fair Trade Emporium.
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November 27, 2019 / featured

Raise the Rate Drive points to the way

At the ACOSS National Conference 2019 in Canberra this week Addi Road's work on the Raise the Rate campaign was recognised.
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November 11, 2019 / featured

The War on Waste begins

Our Food Pantry currently rescues 1.8 tonnes of food from landfill every week. And we can save even more. 2SER-FM interviews us about our WOW (War on Waste) Food! Inner West campaign.
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November 11, 2019

Another Level – The truth about poverty in Australia

Political language being used in Australia indicates we blame individuals for their sudden distress and poverty.
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October 29, 2019 / featured

Reducing Waste

Statistics indicate that the average NSW household throws away $77 worth of edible food every week!
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October 22, 2019

Enough with the Apps!

The Mad Pride Festival is here. As the t-shirt slogan puts it, "Hear us. Don't fear us. Walk with us."
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October 22, 2019

A New Street in Town

Addison Road Community Organisation has a new address from today, with a new street sign in our Centre's grounds to mark the occasion - ‘Raise the Rate Drive’.
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October 17, 2019

ABC Drive Adelaide: Newstart and the Job Providers

"Listening to you and some of these callers there's a sense of dehumanisation about these experiences that is difficult to comprehend if you haven't been through it."
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October 16, 2019 / Food Rescue

Feed the People

We ask when the government will step up and do the work it should be doing to create a more equitable society where Australians can feel more sure of their next meal.
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October 15, 2019

How to Make Us Happy

Our Councils that claim green credentials need to be careful they don’t head down the path of superficial 'green virtue signalling'... The intended Inner West Council Tree Policy has the capacity to destroy our inner urban trees and canopy.
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October 13, 2019 / featured

The Hungry Country

"One in five Australians say they ran out of food at least once in the past year and were unable to buy more, according to a new Foodbank report, with food charities pointing to an alarming 22 per cent spike in people seeking emergency food supplies."
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October 11, 2019 / featured

Newstart Senate Inquiry

Members of Addi Road's Inner West 'Raise the Rate' Group attended the Newstart Senate Inquiry today in Sydney. More power to everyone who spoke up about their struggles and the abuses they have battled through.
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October 9, 2019

Sir David Attenborough, The Hollow Tree and Arden the Artist

Sir David Attenborough has just written back to Arden, one of the children whose art features in our children's book 'The Hollow Tree'.
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October 1, 2019

Mental Health Month – Addi Road shares the journey on 2SER-FM

"It's very difficult to come together in a real physical way and very easy to feel that you're on your own. So it's really great Addison Road Community Organisation is putting together a day like 'Community.a.Fair' for Mental Health Month."
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September 22, 2019

Global Climate Strike Sydney 2019

Friday, September 20th 2019: The Global Climate Strike in Sydney gathers in the Domain and marches to Hyde Park. "The youth are rising, no more compromising." A photo essay from Addison Road Community Organisation.
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September 13, 2019

Rethinking Wasn’t Meant to be Thoughtless

Just months after the Inner West Council (IWC) supported Addison Road Community Organisation’s 'Rethinking the Urban Forest Conference', which attracted experts and participants from around Australia, IWC appears to have reset its policy thinking on tree canopy to destruction mode.
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September 12, 2019

Pluto Beat

“There’s an anxiousness in the air. I don’t really know how to name the feeling. It’s not so much a personal anxiety, more a feeling from around the planet and for the planet. And with it a need for people to get together and get to know each other.” - DJ Gemma
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September 7, 2019

Secret Rivers, Hidden Streams

2SER-FM Weekend Breakfast host, Jess Klajman, spoke with our Programs Coordinator, Mina Bui Jones, about ‘Memory and Landscapes’, an Addison Road Community Organisation event happening this Sunday morning, 8th September, 10am-12pm, exploring the hidden and 'lost' waterways running beneath Sydney’s Inner West.
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September 5, 2019 / featured

Frydenberg Syndrome – Careful, He Might Hear You

The illusion of trickle down economics is being laid bare. Money does not trickle down, it trickles up! Leading economists and business groups are all coming around the argument that Newstart should be increased – not simply because of social justice issues, but to get the economy moving.
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August 16, 2019 / Food Rescue

Meet Jay, Shift Team Leader at the Food Pantry

Meet Jay, Team Leader at the Food Pantry: "The reason I love rescuing food is because the amount of over-production is causing too much waste in the system.”
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July 31, 2019

Living in Australia

Yesterday, the Living in Australia report was released based on the findings of the HILDA (Household, Income, Labour Dynamics in Australia) survey.  We are becoming poorer and poorer as a nation. Deeply stressed; and evermore deeply divided.
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July 18, 2019 / featured, Food Rescue

Meet Kruno, Executive Chef from The Hilton and WOWFood! Donor

Kruno Velican learnt from a very early age not to take food for granted. Growing up in Croatia, Kruno fondly...
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July 12, 2019

Come Together – NAIDOC Week Community.a.Fair at Addi Road

Days like today reinforce the wisdom that one of the greatest political acts we can be involved in is simply to be present in a place and remind ourselves and others we are part of a community that cares.
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July 11, 2019

Art and Life – Radio Skid Row interviews Addi Road’s Rosanna Barbero and Mark Mordue

Tune in here for news on our children's book, The Hollow Tree; Addi Road's NAIDOC week celebration day, 'Community A. Fair'; recent problems with malicious damage of the Centre; and a forthcoming Public Schools Arts Festival.
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July 9, 2019


This is a depressing and upsetting post to make. But it’s important our community is made aware of some dreadful actions that have occurred. Acts which is more than mere vandalism; crimes of malicious damage.
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July 4, 2019

Announcing the Addison Road NAIDOC 2020 Artspace Award!

The Addison Road Community Centre Organisation is delighted to announce the creation of a new opportunity for Indigenous artists to...
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July 4, 2019 / Food Rescue

Meet Deb & Judy, discerning rescued food shoppers

Last month we caught up with Deborah & Judy, discerning shoppers at the Food Pantry, both are the main food...
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June 19, 2019

An Illustrated Report on ‘Rethinking the Urban Forest’

This report on Addison Road's inaugural 2019 Rethinking the Urban Forest conference features the birds-eye views of Jayda Bicer, who kept an illustrated record of the speakers and their ideas across the day.
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June 16, 2019

War on Waste – Read All About It

Pick up this week's City Hub paper in Sydney to find out how Inner West businesses are coming onboard with a new Addison Road Community Centre Organisation 'food rescue and security' initiative – the WOW Food! Inner West project.
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June 12, 2019

Eastside Radio

Please tune in and listen as Mark Mordue talks to Eastside Radio about his journalism background and writing poetry, and how he came to be involved with a new children's book called 'The Hollow Tree' - written with a lot of help from children of the Inner West and all his friends at Addison Road Community Centre Organisation!
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June 11, 2019

Living Structures

Urban trees and their associated living habitats are misunderstood when it comes to urban planning and the role living structures play in sustaining a sense of place and well-being. Listen to our interview with Radio 2SER-FM.
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June 5, 2019

“Offering fresh food and a helping hand”

Our amazing Food Pantry has been featured in the June 4 issue of the Inner West Courier! Read the story here - and our CEO Rosanna Barbero's response.
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May 31, 2019

Public Housing Residents Most Vulnerable to Climate Crisis

Here comes the sun... A podcast from Radio 2SER-FM's Razor's Edge program on social inequality and some burning truths.
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May 30, 2019

Heat Treatment

“An architect might have a vision. Look at my wonderful green vision. They get permissions from councils and other bodies. Along the way to it being developed the money runs out. And suddenly the green bits fall off first. Eventually you have a non-green landscape. The notion of amenity has gone.” - Dr Peter Davies in a report from City Hub, Sydney.
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May 30, 2019

How to Increase the Green Spaces in our Cities

Radio National's 'Life Matters' features one of the main speakers from our 'Rethinking the Urban Forest' conference – Dr Marco Amati, an environmental scientist and Associate Professor of International Planning at RMIT’s Centre for Urban Research. The program investigates how green spaces can be increased in urban environments.
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Rosanna Barbero, CEO of Addison Road Community Centre Organisation, in conversation with Councillor Anna York, Inner West Council. Rethinking the Urban Forest Conference. Photo by Mark Mordue.
May 25, 2019

Root and Branch – ‘Rethinking the Urban Forest’ Today

"We've gone from planted Australian suburbs of the post-War period to a different kind of Australian dream: more built up and denser, an unregulated death by a 1000 cuts to the urban forest."
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May 23, 2019

Beating the ‘heat island effect’ – Bruce Knobloch on 2SER-FM

Tune in here to a great podcast conversation from 2SER-FM with our own Bruce Knobloch discussing the Rethinking the Urban Forest Conference at Addison Road Community Centre on Friday 24th May.
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May 22, 2019

The Hollow Tree

Can a dying tree save a city? A major new conference called ‘Rethinking the Urban Forest’ is being convened this Friday in Marrickville at the Addison Road Community Centre. It will look how we can create a greener, better city for living creatures of all kinds, ourselves included.
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May 16, 2019

Down Below

We need answers to extreme and oppressive poverty in this country. The 'Raise the Rate' campaign to boost Newstart payments is an attempt to change a dire situation. Mark Mordue speaks here with Colin Hesse of Radio Skid Row.
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May 15, 2019

Highly commended for Addi Road conservation!

Addison Road Community Centre Organisation is absolutely thrilled to have been awarded Highly Commended with a National Trust Heritage Award for the Addison Road Community Centre Conservation Management Plan.
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May 15, 2019

Inner West Council joins Raise the Rate campaign!

Pictured: Tom Studans (AUWU), Bev Carter (Community Member), Pas Forgione (ACOSS), Mark Mordue (Media Adviser, Addison Road Community Centre), Rosanna Barbero (CEO, Addison Road Community Centre), Cr Tom Kiat (Inner West Council).
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May 1, 2019

Hot February Morning: Anthony Albanese Live at the Greek

A report on a February visit by Anthony Albanese, the Member for Grayndler, to the Greek Theatre at Addison Road Community Centre. Albanese acknowledged the Centre “embodies the diversity that is here in our community; and it embodies the creativity.”
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April 30, 2019

Dead Set

Poverty is a disease. Newstart is its major vector in Australia. Sign on and you become dysfunctional and grotesque, a creature excluded from a society trying to protect itself.
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April 18, 2019

No Start At All

We used to be a society. Now we’re an economy. Nowhere is this dehumanising and destructive reality more apparent than...
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March 27, 2019

Ex-Socceroo Craig Foster to introduce the Mamma Penny initiative!

Addison Road Community Centre Organisation is pleased to announce a new joint initiative with Australian Muslim charity Penny Appeal Australia. Mums4Refugees...
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March 21, 2019

Raise the Rate: Newstart, Centrelink, ‘job providers’ and a system that dehumanises

It barely made the news. But today is the 25th anniversary of the last time Newstart was raised in real...
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March 14, 2019

BOOK NOW – Rethinking the Urban Forest Conference 2019

Join us at the inaugural Rethinking the Urban Forest Conference on Friday May 24 2019. Bookings are now open, with...
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March 13, 2019

Say hello to Vege-Table Mondays!

Beginning on March 18 2019, members of the local community are invited to come to the Addison Road Food Pantry...
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March 7, 2019

Subsidised Spaces for Lease!

Expressions of interest are OPEN NOW for two available spaces here at Addison Road. Hut 40A - 40sqm office space;...
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February 27, 2019

Whatever happened to the arts of peace?

Alexander Wells is a writer, historian and volunteer for the Living Museum program here at Addi Road. After working on...
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February 20, 2019

The Food Pantry has extended its opening hours!

The Addison Road Food Pantry has recently extended its opening hours! Come by Hut 1 to find an abundance of...
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