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Good neighbourhood vibes

Two recent events organised by the Waterloo & Redfern Events Working Group and partner agencies (including The Factory Community Centre) were well attended and highly successful. I (Heart) Redfern Neighbourhood Day was held at the Poet’s Corner Shops on Morehead Street on November 18, and Summer on the Green in Waterloo was held on December 2 reports Reece Meredith in the December 2011 issue of The South Sydney Herald.

Redfern Neighbourhood Day included live music, face painting, show bags, Healthy Living information stalls and an Employment Expo. Participants were encouraged to exercise regularly and think about food in terms of nutrition. Inspired, this reporter took an opportunity to jump on the M20 Red Bus and ended up in Botany where the section ended. He then decided to walk along Banksia Street towards Maroubra, crossing the railway line heading out to Port Botany container yards where a fab new curvy pedestrian overpass is being constructed. He walked the distance to Maroubra Junction before catching a 397 bus to the Beach.

Waterloo’s Summer on the Green was an intergenerational fun fest. There was great singing and performances from the young people. One reveler commented: “Having lived in Waterloo for a good five years, I always enjoy the Summer on the Green activities. The celebrations are a great expression of our community’s vitality with warm vibes and smiles all around.”

Kids enjoyed playing on the blow-up slides, dancing and singing. Several hundred people enjoyed the entertainment and activities during the wonderfully sunny afternoon. The day concluded with a free barbecue.

The “Don’t Dis My Ability” campaign was also launched on the Green, with participants learning to value the contributions all sorts of people are able to offer.

These exciting outreach initiatives bode well for all those participating in and celebrating Redfern-Waterloo’s diverse and dynamic community; its mix of cultures and people.

This reporter looks forward to more good times in 2012, and opportunities for community members to find new ways to share and express themselves.

Source: South Sydney Herald December 2011