Simon Meli will perform at the Glebe Street Fair on Sunday / Photo: Chris Peken

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Barangaroo casino receives green light

A casino is set to operate at Barangaroo after the State Government announced an agreement with James Packer’s Crown Resorts for VIP-only gambling at its proposed $1.3 billion hotel complex. The casino is scheduled to open November 2019. Premier Barry O’Farrell announced cabinet had struck an agreement with Crown on Monday night and said legislation for a second Sydney casino licence would be introduced to parliament this week. Crown has been working to comply with a series of conditions required by the State Government and the Opposition to win approval for its proposed $1.5 billion development at Barangaroo.

Glebe Street Fair on Sunday

An estimated retail turnover of nearly $1.75 million is expected to be earned across local businesses and visiting stall holders on a single day of trading during the Glebe Street Fair on Sunday. “Beyond the 30th anniversary celebration of the event this year, the turnover expectation really cements the importance of street festivals and fairs,” Event Director for the Glebe Street Fair, Roselle Gowan said. “The rediscovery of a suburban high street by consumers during these events translates into further spending throughout the year, and adds to the popularity and nature of village shopping and local economies.” More than 100 full-time businesses are expected to line Glebe Point Rd, combined with more than 250 hand-picked stall vendors. The Glebe Street Fair will have with all-day entertainment across three open-air stages.

Thomlinson commemorates Remembrance Day

Damien Thomlinson, an Afghanistan War veteran and eastern suburbs resident, attended Waverley Council’s Remembrance Day ceremony on Monday. Inspired by the military history of his grandfather, Thomlinson joined the Australian Defence Force and at the age of 24 became a Commando. This elite group is tasked with the most physically demanding, mentally challenging and dangerous roles in the armed forces, often behind enemy lines. Thomlinson’s triumph against adversity and his positive attitude have seen him become an inspiration to many. His next chapter continues to be written as an aspiring Paralympian. Thomlinson’s autobiography, Without Warning, can be purchased at                   www.damienthomlinson.com