What would locals like others know about Sydney, Australia? Presenting relevant links in a somewhat random fashion:
Sydney’s newest oldest neighbourhood to help revive the CBD after lockdown
‘It’s an ecological wasteland’: offsets for Sydney toll road were promised but never delivered – Guardian
Mirror Sydney: Artist finds beauty in city’s overlooked landmarks – ABC News
Urgent space-saving measures are needed
Environmental groups fear 20 per cent of open space will be lost in NSW – @LucyCormack
Old shops of Sydney
Sydney’s underwater world is coming to Street View on Google Maps
NSW government takes first step to returning Me-Mel/Goat Island to Indigenous community – The iconic Me-Mel/Goat Island in Sydney Harbour will be returned to the Indigenous community, with the NSW government allocating $43 million towards its restoration.
The Powerhouse Museum, 500 Harris Street, is close to Darling Harbour, Chinatown, Central Station (Sydney Terminal), Broadway bus station (Railway Square), and Paddy’s Markets Monorail Station. The museum has vast galleries of diverse exhibitions on themes including space, design, transport, technology, fashion, music, social history, and much much more. This is one of the largest museums in Australia with a diverse collection and a strong commitment to public access. Free Radicals is a monthly series of sustainability talks. Also check out the Sydney Observatory.
Nearby national parks
The Year that Made Me: Ray Bonner, 1980 – After covering wars, coups and massacres, an award-winning journalist launches his next adventure – running a bookshop.
An interview with Jack Mundey, one of Australia’s leading environmental crusaders – With the news that veteran union activist Jack Mundey has died at the age of 90, we’re sharing this interview he did with Conversations in 2010. So many things were said about Jack Mundey. He was a conservationist, a communist and and a rabble-rouser, as well as a protector of our urban heritage. The National Trust nominated him as an Australian Living Treasure. In the 1970s, as Secretary of the Builders Labourers Federation, he led the “green bans” preventing to demolishing of heritage sites in Sydney that are now recognised as instrumental in the conservation of Sydney’s urban heritage.
The battle for the City of Sydney – New legislation to give businesses twice the vote in choosing the Sydney City Council is under attack for being undemocratic and an attempt to oust the long serving Lord Mayor, Clover Moore.
The Tank Stream – Off Track heads underground to find out what remains of Sydney’s first water supply, the Tank Stream.
The Stonemasons of Sydney – Sailing in Sydney is a majestic sight. Sheer sandstone cliffs frame the entrance and continue up the harbour. This rock which became known as Sydney Yellowstone was the obvious choice with which to build.
Trends: Sydney CBD businesses go 70% green – Today we look at a new collaboration between landlords in the CBD in Sydney, part of the Sydney Better Buildings Partnership (BBP), an alliance of the City of Sydney and 13 major organisations which collectively own just under 60 per cent — 58 per cent to be precise — of Sydney’s CBD office space.
Conversation: Clover Moore on cities – Sydney’s Lord Mayor Clover Moore gives us an insight into the future of cities in Australia and, in particular, how Sydney is shaping up. What are the challenges and how can we meet them?
Psychogeography: discovering the mental terrain of the city – In this century there are flaneurs and commuters savouring their journeys on foot and by bike. They’re taking in the smells and sounds of back alleys, recalling emotional memories at intersections and celebrating stacks of shipping containers
The Pace of Place: David Watson’s Wild Ryde – On foot and by water, David Watson embarks on a meandering suburban pilgrimage.
Saltwater People – In two books about the Sydney coast, John Ogden weaves together the often neglected Aboriginal history, the recent European history and contemporary ways of life, showing how each have built lives around the salt air, sandstone and crashing surf.
Bangarra’s first Sydney story – Twenty-five years after Bangarra Dance Theatre was founded in Sydney, it is finally telling a story from the area’s Indigenous nation, the Eora. As Georgia Moodie writes, the company hopes its latest production,Patyegarang, will change the way people see Sydney Harbour.
Australian beach culture – Despite the many discomforts and dangers, the beach has become Sydney, and Australia’s, most iconic landscape feature.
Pemulwuy is a suburb of Sydney and is located 31 kilometers west of the Sydney central business district in the City of Holroyd.
Pemulwuy on the Block
Western Sydney Parklands
The Western Sydney Parklands is an open space system and contains world class sporting facilities, popular picnic areas, a full length cycling and walking track and extensive ecological and wildlife corridors. Covering 5,280 hectares and the Parklands stretch 27 kilometers from Quakers Hill to Leppington.
Sydney Sidetracks – Download the media from selected Sidetracks stories – audio or video – and use your mobile or handheld player to explore the city’s hidden history.
Stadium Australia, currently also known as ANZ Stadium due to naming rights, formerly known as Telstra Stadium, is a multi-purpose stadium located in the Sydney Olympic Park precinct of Homebush Bay.
Barani: Indigenous History of Sydney
Barani/Barrabugu (Yesterday/Tomorrow) is a new guide that showcases the history and culture of Aboriginal Sydney, from first contact to today’s living culture.
Download your copy here from the City of Sydney website.
Yiribana Indigenous Art Gallery at the Art Gallery of New South Wales is the largest permanent exhibition of indigenous Australian and Torres Strait artwork in the world.
Experience beautiful Manly Dam through the eyes of its original inhabitants with a self-guided walk. You can see evidence of Aboriginal life including rock engravings and paintings as well as axe grinding grooves. You may also be lucky enough to discover the remains of ancient camp sites such as stone tools, baked clay, fire blackened stones and charcoal. Download and print the Gulgadya Muru Map
Official whale season runs June 1 to November 30 when humpback whale migration passes Sydney’s coastline
Wild about Whales
May 4 TEDxSydney 2013 comes to the Sydney Opera House with a live audience of 2,000 and streamed live to a worldwide audience.
Sydney, Australia · http://www.tedxsydney.com – @tedxsydney #TedXSydney
May Sydney Writers Festival
Sydney Writers Festival – #swf2014 – http://www.swf.org.au/live
The MyBus 1, 2 or 3 TravelTen tickets
Elsewhere on the Web
Historic Houses Trust – @hhtnsw
Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council
http://www.greenvillages.com.au – @greenvillagesyd
Slow Guide Sydney
City of Sydney
Sydney Essentials – Budget Travel
King’s Cross – Guardian
Sydney Fish Market
Sydney Harbour YHA website
SYH archeological site
Sydney Visitors Information Centre
Water this month
http://www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au – art and soul
Sydney’s Convict Past – NYT
University of Western Sydney
Bondi to Bronte Coast Walk
This 4km walk takes in Bondi, Tamarama and Bronte, where beachside parks offer picnic shelters, barbecues, play areas and other facilities. South of Bronte, a new boardwalk follows the coastline past historic Waverley Cemetery, with platforms providing seating and breathtaking views.
In 1788 the British established a convict outpost on the shores of Sydney Harbour. This had far reaching and devastating impact on the Eora Nation, including the occupation and appropriation of traditional lands. Despite the destructive impact of this invasion Aboriginal culture endured and is now globally recognised as one of the world’s oldest cultures.
– Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Statement
If you’re not living in Sydney, you’re camping out.
– Paul Keating