More than 6,000 foodies and ‘hopsters’ are expected to pass through Carriageworks over the two days, sampling some of the best brews and ciders from far and wide, including beverages from Sydney Brewery, Batch Brewing, Young Henrys and Sixpoint Brewery.
Co-organiser Michael Ward says, “We are bringing together over 40 brewers, including brewers from every state in Australia and a sprinkling of international brewers.”
In recent years, the craft beer movement has made an indelible impression on the palates of Sydney beer enthusiasts. Some of the city’s coolest bars offer extensive menus of local micro-brews, and artisanal IPAs have replaced the traditional Tooheys six-pack in many home refrigerators.
Ward says, “In Australia, we follow American trends and we are about 10 years behind when it comes to craft beer. We have about 180 craft brewers in Australia. There are more than 2,500 brewers in America – they are very entrepreneurial.”
Local newcomer Batch Brewing is run by two American expats, Andrew Fineran and Chris Sidwa. Their Summer Farmhouse Ale is easy-drinking Belgian-style ale with fruity characters and a touch of pepper, and their West Coast IPA, made with American West Coast hops, will be available at Sip & Savour.
After seeing the craft beer revolution sweep across the States, Fineran decided to start a microbrewery in Marrickville. He says, “It’s a global trend and it’s taking off in Sydney for a few reasons. People are drinking less, so when they do drink, it’s about quality over quantity.
“The trend has been happening for a while now in America – and there is a lot of great beer out there these days. Once Australians discover good craft beer abroad, via the internet or travel, naturally they want to be able to drink it at home.”
Ward claims that Sydney has been something of a latecomer to the craft beer party. He says, “Victoria and Western Australia were the first states to really get into craft beer – Sydney was a bit behind the other states, but it is playing catch-up now. We are seeing more and more local bars and restaurants stocking craft beer.”
He adds, “People love craft beer because it’s hand-crafted and artisan-based – so it’s made with fresh ingredients, in small quantities, and packaged with more personality. It’s not the bland, blokey drink that we are used to.”
Fineran says, “People’s palates are changing. With shows like Masterchef and local food and wine trends people are experimenting with more flavours and, when it comes to beer, people are appreciating interesting new styles.”
He continues, “There’s also a shift back to people wanting to be more connected to their local community. People don’t want everything they consume to be churned out by big business. People don’t want to just drink beer – they want to know the face that makes the beer, and where the beer came from.”
Dedicated to preserving the craft of brewing, Fineran says, “At Batch, we have an old-school approach to brewing. Each batch is brewed for around two weeks, to give the beer a chance to develop character. Our beers are not filtered or pasteurised so it’s important to drink it fresh, either at the brewery or nearby, to enjoy it at peak freshness.”
As he wins over local beer enthusiasts, one batch at a time, Fineran says, “There is demand for our beers outside of the area, but for now we are happy to be a local brewer. We are focused on working with our community, we want to look after our own backyard.”
Local pioneer Richard Feyn from Sydney Brewery has been making Sydney Cider since 1989. Two years ago he joined forces with Dr Jerry Schwartz, from Schwartz Brewery in the Macquarie Hotel, to form Sydney Brewery.
Feyn believes that the newfound popularity of craft beer will be lasting. He says, “Once you’ve had a beer with real flavour, there’s no turning back. And the craft beer movement is very experimental, so when you offer people lots of tasty new options, they are not going to stick to the same old mainstream brands.”
Sydney Brewery will offer four signature brews on tap at Sip & Savour: the Glamarama Summer Ale; the trophy-winning Lovedale Lager; the Piermont Rye IPA; and the Sydney Cider, a quaffing classic made in their cider room under World Square in the city. Paddo Pale and Darlo Dark will be available in bottles.
Ward claims that Sip & Savour will be a learning experience. He says, “Wine is a lecture; but craft beer is a conversation. Sip & Savour is all about tasting and appreciation. This is no Octoberfest. It’s a chance to really learn about beer – about craft beer that is, not the mass-produced drain water that goes by the same name.”
Feyn says, “As a collective, the craft beer industry has really grown in the last few years. Festivals like this bring people together, the brewers and the beer lovers.” (CC)
Oct 25-26, Carriageworks, 245 Wilson St, Eveleigh, $18.50-$73.50, sipsavour.com.au]]>
The City of Sydney Council has installed a permanent rainbow flag above Taylor Square to recognise Sydney’s gay and lesbian community.
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The City of Sydney Council has installed a permanent rainbow flag above Taylor Square to recognise Sydney’s gay and lesbian community.
The removal of a rainbow street crossing in Oxford Street last year caused anger and sparked claims for recognition as locals reacted with rallies of support.
Then Labor councillor Verity Firth raised the idea of a rainbow flag almost a decade ago. Current Labor councillor Linda Scott told City Hub that after Lord Mayor Clover Moore voted the motion down twice, she finally agreed to it this month.
“Quite some time ago now I proposed that the city build a giant rainbow flag in Taylor Square, and we had hundreds of people turn out to a council meeting and chalk up ’we want a rainbow flag’ in the front of Town Hall.”
Cr Scott believes it is important to have a visible sign of history in the area to recognise the contribution of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Question (LGBTIQ) community.
“It always upset me that there hadn’t been a physical reminder of the history of the area.”
The rally of support behind the rainbow street crossing created tension between the state government and the City, which believed the removal was unnecessary. Cr Scott believes the war between the governments needs to stop for outcomes to be achieved.
The Pollys Club, Australia’s oldest gay and lesbian social group, celebrated their 50 year anniversary in 2014.
Pollys Club president David Haynes told City Hub the flag is an important symbol to the community.
“This is an acknowledgement to the LGBTIQ community; that we are here and we are visible. The flag also sends a message right across Sydney that we are proud of our diversity.”
“I’m not sure why the mayor was initially against the flag but maybe she witnessed the significant amount of opposition when the much-loved rainbow crossing at Taylor Square was removed.”
Sydney’s first Mardi Gras in 1978 was met by unexpected policy brutality. Despite the progression, Mr Haynes and Cr Scott believe there is still some way to go.
“The Labor policy now is that we are committed to marriage equality. We’re not there yet,” said Cr Scott.
Mr Haynes said intolerance continues to be reinforced by some politicians and sections of the media.
“Pollys has always prided itself in providing a safe and supportive environment at our events where people can be themselves and celebrate life,” said Mr Haynes.
A City of Sydney spokesperson informed City Hub that this flag labels Sydney as a safe and inclusive city for everyone.
“The rainbow flag is an international symbol of pride and will help reinforce the area’s rich LGBTIQ culture and history.”
The spokesperson cited the council’s willingness to provide an iconic destination.
“We want the artwork to bring as much colour and joy to Oxford Street as the crossing did. It should serve as a landmark and a meeting place – something people will want to photograph and share with others.”
Cr Scott remained focused on making a better future for everyone.
“If people believe in equality and they do something about it, things can change.”
Muslim, Jewish and Christian leaders are calling on all Australians to participate in a National Day of Unity to demonstrate the strength … Read more]]>
Muslim, Jewish and Christian leaders are calling on all Australians to participate in a National Day of Unity to demonstrate the strength of religious tolerance.
Mosques around the country will open their doors for the Lebanese Muslim Association’s (LMA) first National Mosque Open Day this Friday (October 24).
That same day Welcome to Australia’s (WTA) annual march ‘Walk Together’ will take place in 20 regions across Australia.
LMA project officer Zachary Rea said while the doors to the mosques are always open, people don’t often walk in. The open day aims to demystify the mosques to the general public.
“The idea is to encourage people to walk in and see how it is, what it’s like, and attempt to defuse or mitigate some of the social or community tension that’s out there currently.”
Mr Rea said the current situation in Sydney is challenging.
“I myself am pretty lucky because I don’t look stereotypically Muslim, so I don’t really cop anything with respect to that, but I know with other people for sure – whether it’s just the awkward stares they might get in the supermarket or whether it is getting verbally or in some cases physically attacked.”
“I hope to really make the most of the opportunity, although times can be more challenging and tense now than others, I think it’s probably the most appropriate time to do it.”
The Sydney event will be held at the Lakemba Mosque, one of Australia’s largest mosques, where there will be guided tours, traditional foods, Islamic exhibitions and children’s activities.
Mr Rea said people could still partake in the spirit of the day without attending either of the two official events.
“People don’t just have to attend a mosque or attend a march supporting diversity, it can be as simple as speaking to a neighbour on their street they’ve never spoken to or overlooked speaking to for some time – anything people can do really.”
WTA national director Pastor Brad Chilcott said they were inviting all Australians to visit a mosque in the morning and then join the march of solidarity in the afternoon.
Walkers will gather at Sydney’s town hall at 1pm, followed by speeches, food and multicultural performances.
Mr Chilcott said he hoped the march would paint a picture of social harmony and social cohesion.
“It’s a tangible expression of the Australia that we believe is possible – a welcoming, compassionate, generous place where everyone can belong and contribute.”
“We are really hoping it can be an expression of unity at a time where fear and division and prejudice are all throughout our media and political conversation.”
However both organisers agreed despite increased tensions many acts of kindness and acceptance still existed within the Australian community.
“I think often it’s very easy to report on people being accosted… but there are those grassroots stories that help you to realise that you’re pretty lucky to live where you do.”
Other groups, including the Uniting Church in Australia (UC) and the Union of Progressive Judaism (UPJ) were also getting behind the event.
Pitt Street Uniting Church minister Reverend Dr Margaret Maymen said a lot of people from the UC had been concerned about all the tensions in the community, and many members wanted to show their solidarity with ordinary peace loving Muslim Australians.
“To love your neighbour – to know them and to reach out to them – is one of the most important things that Christians are called on to do. So these events are both an opportunity and a reminder of that.”
“It is so important for people to cut through the fear and stereotyping and actually find out for themselves the people around them in the community share the same common humanity.”
Executive director of the UPJ Steve Denenberg said he hoped the day would remind Australians about what bound them together.
“From a Jewish perspective, we know what it’s like to be discriminated against for what we believe in, not because of who we are.”
“Whether its us or Muslims, it’s unacceptable.”
“In most community groups there are extremists, the difficulty becomes when others take that voice of extremism to be the representative voice, which is very rarely the case.”
“Most people of faith are moderate and want peace for themselves and humanity for the society they live in.”
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The galleries, located on Mcleay Street in Potts Point, are now home to a large collection of Sydney’s finest antiques belonging to Sydney’s most reputable antiques dealers.
The galleries are considered the newest addition to a vibrant arts and antiques scene in the suburb.
“Potts Point is home to one of our city’s most diverse local shopping precincts, and the new Potts Point Galleries is a welcome addition. I wish Paul and his team every success as they settle into their new home, and have no doubt their treasure trove will soon become a must-visit destination for locals and visitors alike,” said the Lord Mayor.
Gallery owner Paul Baker has added the project to a series of successful contributions to Sydney’s art community.
In the 1980’s, Mr Baker restored the Coogee palace, transforming the area for the local community. Later in the 1980s, he transformed Sydney’s first laundry, The Parisian, into the Woollahra Galleries Antique Centre.
“Paul Baker has done it again, Phoenix rising from the ashes: With the Sydney Antique Centre closing its doors forever on June 30, within a month Baker, the visionary behind the Woollahra Galleries, which closed two decades ago, opened the doors to the new Potts Point Galleries.”
This time, Mr Baker has transformed an abandoned video store into the Potts Point galleries, bringing with him many art and antiques dealers from the Woollahra Centre.
Located at 67 Mcleay Street, Potts Point, the gallery is open seven days and includes late night hours to accommodate the vibrant life of the area.]]>
Bronte residents have expressed concern over the upcoming development of the Bronte RSL.
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Bronte residents have expressed concern over the upcoming development of the Bronte RSL.
Developer Winston Langley Burlington has proposed to double the floor space of the RSL and increase the height of the building by half, sparking overdevelopment fears amongst local residents.
Waverley Council recently rejected a proposal by Winston Langley Burlington (WLB) to develop the site, but the NSW Department of Planning is considering overruling the council’s decision.
Last week, community group Save Bronte rallied against the overdevelopment of the RSL and called on Minister Pru Goward to reverse the Department’s decision.
Save Bronte spokesperson Dr Stephen Lightfoot said he was confident the development would be stopped.
“We have confidence in our democracy and we hope we get a good result.”
Dr Lightfoot said the community could not understand how the Department of Planning was looking at overruling what the council and community proposed simply because the developer was unhappy.
“Our group is not anti-development, we want to see redevelopment of the Bronte RSL site, but development to comply with the current Waverley local environment plan.”
A Department of Planning and Environment spokesperson said the department had been open, transparent and followed all of the correct procedures regarding the Bronte RSL site.
“The Department cannot arbitrarily refuse or approve planning proposals without allowing the public to have their say, particularly where there is considerable public interest as is the case with the amended WLB proposal.”
Dr Lightfoot said that the community were extremely disappointed when the Department announced they were supporting the developer’s planning proposal only 24 hours after having announced that they endorsed the Waverley council planning proposal.
“Those two decisions don’t make any sense. They are inconsistent, incoherent decisions.”
“The Department announced that they were supporting the developers plans to double the floor space ratio and increase the height limit to 150% of what is now, which doesn’t make any sense and the community cannot understand how this can possibly happen.”
Bronte resident Cassandra Jordan also expressed disappointment at the lack of consideration for community interests.
“It is shocking that the community has had to be involved in 5 consultations. However, the Save Bronte campaign will be involved in 10 consultations if that is what it takes to ensure the Department of Planning follows due process,” she said.
“The community have been ignored but Save Bronte will not disappear.”
The Department said: “On 4 September this year the Department confirmed its support of amendments to Waverley Council’s Local Environmental Plan (LEP), following broad community consultation undertaken by the council.”
“The Department asked Waverley Council to exhibit Winston Langley Burlington’s amended planning proposal to ensure that the public has an opportunity to provide their feedback.”
Waverley Council believes the current development limits should not be exceeded.
“The development standards that currently apply to the site are what Council considers appropriate. These standards reflect the community’s views,” a spokesperson said.
Winston Langley Burlington Director David Hynes referred City Hub to their Bronte RSL Project webpage rather than make comment.
Mr Hynes said the website sets out WLB’s position in relation to key project features: “The plan strives to achieve a balance between financial sustainability, community amenity and the ability of the Bronte RSL to support our veterans and local community groups.”
Don Rowe, president of the NSW RSL state branch said there had been a continued misunderstanding over the RSL’s involvement in the development.
“NSW RSL has continued to be contacted about the development but has nothing to do with the issue. The issue lies with the developer and council.”
Dr Lightfoot said the community and Waverley council had worked together, followed government planning policy, and negotiated rules and vision for the neighbourhood in an attempt to negotiate the scale of the development.
“Now because one party is unhappy with that – the developer – the Department of Planning has stepped in and is looking at overruling what the council and the community have come up with. It’s inconsistent with government policy.”
“Government policy is that council and communities determine the rules of development in their local neighbourhood. That is what we’ve done. Now the department of planning is working against Liberal party government policy, it just does not make any sense.”
Save Bronte has called on Minister Goward to show support for the community and for her government’s local planning policy.
“We would really like her to step in and use her power to dismiss this planning proposal and we call on her to do the right thing at Bronte and for the people of Bronte.”]]>
This year, one of the highlights of the festival will be the Italian cooking stage. The stage will feature cooking lessons for lovers of Italian food from 10am-5pm. The stage will also feature stars of the cooking world, including Luke and Scott of My Kitchen Rules.
Local chefs Paolo Gatto and Christian Colognesi will cook regional dishes for the audience. Silvia Colloca from Made in Italy on SBS and Pina Pacialeo of “Pina Cucina” will also cook their signature dishes.
The festival will also feature Luca Ciano, Executive Chef at Barilla at founder of Casa Barilla cooking school.
“I was Born and raised in Milan by an amazing family from whom I inherited my passion for food and respect for people. I started cooking with my Mum and Grandma when I was 8 years old, taking my first few steps with them in the direction of becoming a chef,” Mr Ciano said.
“In 2008 I joined Barilla Australia, where I developed and established the “Casa Barilla” cooking school, where I still offer regular hands-on cooking classes and demonstrations in Sydney. Based on regional Italian gastronomy, and showcasing the breadth of Italy’s cuisine, I have travelled with this concept around Australia, New Zealand and many Asian countries.”
Mr Ciano will be leading a cooking class on the day.
“This year will be a spectacular tasting treat for lovers of Italian food,” said Enzo Guarino, MC of the Festa cooking stage.
Norton Street Festa cooking stage, Norton Street, Leichhardt, 10am-5pm, Sunday October 26, ww.nortonstreetfesta.com.au]]>
Changes to school catchment areas in Leichhardt may force siblings to attend different schools as the inner west faces a baby boom.… Read more]]>
Changes to school catchment areas in Leichhardt may force siblings to attend different schools as the inner west faces a baby boom.
Annandale North Primary School (ANPS) is the local school for many families in the previous catchment area, but they now face the possibility of added travel distance and the separation of siblings as a result of the change.
Wendy Routledge is a parent in the Leichhardt local government area who lives in a recently removed part of the ANPS zone. Despite being a 5 minute walk from school grounds she is now placed in Orange Grove Public School’s district. This is a 25 minute walk from her home. She has a child in year 1 at ANPS and a younger son due to begin schooling in 2016.
“We have no idea what will happen regarding the 2016 enrolments. It is likely that we will be informed in October 2015 whether they are being offered a place and that any such offer is solely dependent on any places remaining after in-area enrolments.”
Ms Routledge helped work on a petition with Catherine Sengupta in a fight to keep siblings together, highlighting that the removal of older siblings is unreasonable and unjust.
“We have been very active in petitioning and writing to the Department of Education, various MPs and local councillors. Whether this has helped keep the affected siblings on the agenda, I don’t know, but it has certainly not resulted in any policy changes yet.”
Ms Routledge sent an email to minister of education Adrian Piccoli outlining the concerns about her own children and the families of the community.
“The school community was urged to support the boundary change as the only possible option for ANPS to maximise availability for affected siblings. In fact, this has simply created a larger group of affected siblings,” she wrote.
Her email ended with “We ask for your help in resolving this distressing issue and look forward to hearing from you.” There was no response.
Leichhardt Council are in support of the affected parents. Councillor Darcy Byrne told City Hub he has written to Mr Piccoli more than 6 times in 6 months and has received no response, blaming the state government for not stepping up to the problem.
“The government has had its head in the sand for many months now about the critical shortage of primary school places in inner western Sydney,” he said.
Cr Byrne accused Mr Piccoli of having a 1950’s attitude, noting there were deeper issues resulting from the short-sightedness and unwillingness of the government to build schools.
“There is an assumption (by Mr Piccoli) that one parent in each family can afford not to work. The reality is that more often than not, the person who’s missing out on the workforce is the mother, so it’s a gender issue as well.”
“I think it’s a failure of the government to understand the nature of the economic pressures facing most families in the inner west.”
The local area is in a boom; between 2001 and 2011, children aged 5 to 14 in Leichhardt increased 20 times faster than the NSW average. This is expected to grow with the addition of new apartments.
A Department of Education and Communities spokesperson informed City Hub that they are currently working on strategies to meet the anticipated demand and that changes were made regularly to meet the demographic needs of communities.
“The Department expects it will have completed the development of its future asset strategies for primary and secondary schools across inner Sydney by January 2015.”
Michelle Lehman told City Hub that trying to describe the situation to her children was saddening.
“They’re very close. A 6 year old has to start all over again because of government decisions and lack of planning. It’s disgraceful. It will change her life and possibly who she is.”
Ms Lehman said she cannot comprehend the lack of understanding.
“We deal with the emotional side of this issue; it’s been very stressful and involves huge changes for families. Yet politicians talk in numbers and borders. “
A petition has been signed by many other affected parents in the area.
Other parents feared the balance of being involved in two separate school communities, having to perform double drop-offs in peak morning traffic and further changes to boundaries when new developments are in place.
Cr Byrne believes the current situation will only get worse unless Mr Piccoli begins working with the council. The parents are of the same view.
“This is not putting the children first. This is not providing the continuity of education and social interaction,” said Ms Routledge.
David Shoebridge MLC will deliver this year’s Joseph McCabe lecture on the 24th of October, titled The Ellis Defence and its … Read more]]>
David Shoebridge MLC will deliver this year’s Joseph McCabe lecture on the 24th of October, titled The Ellis Defence and its Aftermath.
Mr Shoebridge will discuss the bill he drafted to the NSW government that will allow victims of the church to sue for compensation.
The name of the lecture refers to John Ellis, a victim of abuse at the hands of a deceased assistant priest. He lost a high court case against the Catholic Church in 2007.
Church assets are placed in statutory trusts, which are immune from claims of abuse. Mr Shoebridge told City Hub about the issue that has been on his radar since he came into parliament.
“Our position is that parliament has an obligation to get rid of unfair legal obstacles that stop victims of abuse gaining fair compensation.”
Mr Shoebridge’s lecture will cover the Ellis case and the two pieces of legislation that are being proposed.
“The Ellis Defence is used by a number of churches, but mainly the Catholic Church, to protect their assets. This is a matter we’ve raised repeatedly, it is indefensible, and we’ve got a bill that will require churches to meet the cases of victims on their merits, not on legal technicalities.”
The lecture will be held at The Sydney Mechanics Institute at 6pm.]]>
Opinions are divided in Bondi after the announcement that ‘Shore Thing’, the popular beach’s annual New Years Eve music festival, has been … Read more]]>
Opinions are divided in Bondi after the announcement that ‘Shore Thing’, the popular beach’s annual New Years Eve music festival, has been cancelled.
In the official statement made by festival organisers Mi5, “lengthy discussions with Council and other stakeholders” were cited as justification for cancelling the event.
Waverley Mayor Sally Betts said she was initially concerned about the security of Bondi Beach on New Years Eve now that no organised event will take place, but that council and police had worked together to address the issue.
“We sat down with all the police last week and went through all the contingents and worked through a whole lot of logistical things.”
Director of Bondi Beach Radio, Chris Williams, is a supporter of the event because it adds to the culture of Sydney on New Years Eve.
“Sydney is known worldwide for celebrating the new year in a particular way, and its all about really showcasing our natural environment.”
“Whether you’re at Darling Harbour or The Rocks or North Sydney, it’s all about framing the New Years Eve celebration in the context of this great natural environment that we have in this city and I look at the Bondi experience as being part of that broader celebration.”
Residents in the vicinity of the beach have been campaigning for the event’s cancellation for some time, claiming that the event is noisy, messy, and brings antisocial behaviour to the area whilst cutting off locals from visiting the beach.
Bondi resident Ian Plashchik said: “The local community was predominantly behind its cancellation. I can hear the music from my house and it makes a very big mess of things.”
Mr Williams said that the mess should not be a consideration.
“It may be visually more extreme the next day because there have been 15000 people there but I’m sure after two days it’ll be back to normal, which is no different to when we get large storms.”
“It boils down to the cultural impact. I think that’s the strongest argument to our existence as an international global city, and this great opportunity for the global music spotlight to shine on our inspirational beach.”
The event has featured such artists as Fatboy Slim, Snoop Dogg and Skrillex in recent years.
Cr Betts said that the beach will still be open for anybody who would like to visit, but stressed that no alcohol is to be brought.
“Unfortunately if some people do drink too much, they spoil it for everybody. So everybody is welcome, come and have a wonderful evening but just don’t bring alcohol.”
This year there will be no event, but Cr Betts said that it might be good to have a “family event” in the coming years to replace Shore Thing.]]>
Soon after emerging as grand final man of the match, Rabbitohs’ player Sam Burgess has found himself at the centre of an … Read more]]>
Soon after emerging as grand final man of the match, Rabbitohs’ player Sam Burgess has found himself at the centre of an NRL inquiry.
During an interview with radio 2KY after the grand final, Mr Burgess said he didn’t “remember too much of it”, suggesting possible concussion and forcing the NRL to conduct an investigation.
The NRL told City Hub they have asked the Rabbitohs to explain the comment by Mr Burgess which suggested his recollection of the game was hazy.
“We have asked the Rabbitohs for advice on whether there were any signs that Mr Burgess suffered concussion and, if so, what action was taken by the club,” a NRL spokesperson said.
The NRL strengthened its concussion guidelines earlier this year to ensure clubs identify any player showing signs of concussion and remove them from the field immediately.
They have fined clubs up to $20,000 this year for breaching the policy, including the Penrith Panthers, the Canterbury Bulldogs and the North Queensland Cowboys.
Burgess received the injury in question after clashing with Canterbury player James Graham in the opening tackle.
He was not taken off for concussion tests and continued to play the remainder of the game.
“During the tackle, I knew I had broken it instantly,” he said in the radio 2KY interview.
But he said he did not want to come off after working so hard to get to the grand final.
“I just thought I would crack on and see how I felt.”
Burgess underwent surgery on October 7 after scans revealed a double fracture to the cheekbone and eye socket.
The NRL are currently awaiting the club’s response and will announce the outcome following completion of the inquiry.]]>