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Country wine will be on offer to support the City Hub at one of the city’s premier dining establishments during the Fifth Annual Pyrmont Festival on Thursday 21 May from 6pm. Join us at a pop up event at Signorelli Gastronomia for some of the best wine from the Mudgee region. Support Sydney’s last independent community newspaper and learn about a new community campaign to champion much needed additional open space in Pyrmont at Ballaarat Park.

 

SUPPORT SYDNEY’S LAST INDEPENDENT COMMUNITY NEWSPAPER: Don’t Make Your News Limited.

Thursday May 21 marks the end of the City Hub’s six week long crowd funding campaign www.indiegogo.com/projects/don-t-make-your-news-limited. Nearly $20,000 has been pledged to date. If you haven’t contributed yet, you have until Thursday to do so on line. Or you can contribute in person at Signorelli Gastronomia on Thursday night. The City Hub is Sydney’s last remaining independent community newspaper, providing vital coverage for the inner city. In 1995 the first issue of the City Hub hit the streets vowing to “print the news and raise hell”. Over the last two decades we have promoted more than a half million performances, events and shows. We have broken news and offered alternative views to Sydney’s mainstream media outlets. We are not your everyday paper.

A range of local businesses have contributed perks including free dinners, theatre tickets and cinema passes. Wine from some of Mudgee’s best wineries will be available with proceeds from the Pyrmont Festival Pop Up event donated to the City Hub’s crowd funding campaign. A range of perks can be purchased on the night. By purchasing a perk, you will become a member of the HUB CLUB, ensuring that Sydney’s last independent community newspaper can continue printing the news and raising hell.

 

SUPPORT MORE OPEN SPACE IN PYRMONT: Help Us Expand Ballaarat Park

The campaign launch to expand Ballaat Park in Pyrmont will also take place on May 21 at Signorelli Gastronomia. Local residents and businesses are joining forces to call for additional open space. Pyrmont and Ultimo are in desperate need of additional park land. Figures from the Bureau of Statistics show Pyrmont-Ultimo had 13,850 residents a square kilometre in June 2012 making it Australia’s most crowded suburb.

Just 20 years ago, when the first issue of the City Hub hit the streets, Pyrmont had less than 3,000 people living in the area and less than 5,000 people worked there. Today the peninsula is not only Australia’s most densely populated precinct, it is also one of the largest centres of employment in NSW after the CBD, North Sydney and Macquarie Fields.

The area is now home to a number of large media companies and start up information and technology businesses. The growth in digital companies has led to an overall 46 percent increase in new jobs in the area, bringing the total from 19,869 in 2007 to 29,010 in 2012.

Situated on Darling Island on the northern edge of Darling Harbour and directly opposite the new Barrangaroo development — providing stunning views of the Harbour Bridge, Ballaarat Park is engulfed by a sea of ugly asphalt. Local residents and businesses are calling for the expansion of this sliver of open space on the foreshore. Removing the roads around the park would almost double the size of the existing waterfront park, providing much needed additional open space for residents, workers and visitors to Darling Island on the Pyrmont Peninsula.

Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority was responsible for overseeing the development of Darling Island, and was the last part of Pyrmont to be redeveloped as part of an urban regeneration strategy for the peninsula. Today, as the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority exits the area and transfers oversight of the area to the City of Sydney, the opportunity exists for the City of Sydney to expand the footprint of Ballaarat Park and to embrace open space and park land by closing off the streets and replacing asphalt with grass. Local residents and businesses are calling on the City to seize the opporuntity to expand much needed park land on the Sydney Harbour foreshore. Find out about the community campaign to expand Ballaarat Park over some of Mudgee’s best wines at the pop up Pyrmont Festival event.

 

PYRMONT FESTIVAL POP UP EVENT

Mudgee Wine and Pyrmont Food in support of local media and additional open space in Pyrmont

When:  THURSDAY 21 MAY from 6pm to 9pm

Where: Signorelli Gastronomia Ground Floor of Accenture/Google Building, Trouton Place, Pyrmont

Why:  Closing night of the City Hub’s crowd funding campaign: www.indiegogo.com/projects/don-t-make-your-news-limited

Launch of a new community campaign to expand Ballaarat Park in Pyrmont.