The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2017-08-16T01:35:43Z Celebrate 20 years of Italian festival, Ferragosto 2017-08-16T01:35:43Z celebrate-20-years-of-italian-festival-ferragosto Media Call – Italian street festival, Ferragosto What: Ferragosto Italian street festival celebrates 20th anniversary Interview/ filming opportunities: Australian Idol finalist and ARIA award winning artist, Cosima De Vito, Salt Meats Cheese co-owner and celebrity chef, Massimo Mele, gelato sundae building competition for children, Paw Patrol and City of Canada Bay Mayor, Helen McCaffrey Where: Great North Road, Five Dock When: Sunday, 20 August from 10am-4pm, best media opportunities between 1pm-2.30pm Media contact: Fiona Armstrong-Bunker, 0477 345 098   CELEBRATE 20 YEARS OF ITALIAN FESTIVAL, FERRAGOSTO  Great North Road, Five Dock will come alive with the tastes and sounds of Italy this Sunday. With four stages, more than 120 stalls, Italian motor vehicle displays, amusement rides and a petting zoo, Ferragosto promises to be the perfect way to explore the beauty of Italian culture in Five Dock and celebrate the vibrant multiculturalism in the City of Canada Bay. Highights include: ·         Australian Idol finalist, Cosima De Vito performing (1.40pm) ·         Renowned chef Massimo Mele demonstrating his cooking prowess (2pm) ·         Salt Meats Cheese’s cheese making demonstration (12.30pm) ·         Nick Jr.’s PAW Patrol Ready for Action Show (11am, 12pm, 1pm) ·         Dance @ Nikki Webster (11.30am) ·         Sundae building competition for children with Duccio Gelato (1.30pm) ·         Gelato blind tasting competition with Cremeria De Luca (2.20pm). The event will also feature authentic Italian food with pizza, pasta, cannoli, Italian ginger bread, gelato, antipasto, homemade sausage and sweets, just some of the delights that  will have event-goers’ tastebuds dancing. There is even a twist on an old classic, with deep friend lasagne. Full festival guide: COLOUR YOUR HERO COMPETITION 2016-09-18T23:45:57Z colour-your-hero-competition Children are encouraged to enter City of Canada Bay’s colour-in your hero competition ahead of Concord Carnival at Greenlees Park on Sunday, 9 October. Celebrate this year’s ‘heroes’ theme by colouring-in your favourite hero for the chance to win. The competition consists of two categories; one for children five years and under and another for children aged six to 13 years. Participants aged five years and under can draw their hero, while older kids are encouraged to paste a photo of their chosen hero and tell us why this figure appeals to them. Colour-in forms must be received by Council by close of business on Wednesday, 5 October. Competition winners will be invited to collect their prizes on the Main Stage at Concord Carnival. Concord Carnival, one of Sydney’s most popular community events, features performances by local entertainers, over 80 food and merchandise stalls and activities for all ages. Concord Carnival is on Sunday, 9 October from 10am-4pm at Greenlees Park, Concord. For more information on the colour-in competition, including terms and conditions, please visit the Concord Carnival page on Council’s website:  INTERNATIONAL ARTIST WILL PUT RHODES ON THE WORLD STAGE 2015-11-26T07:37:12Z international-artist-will-put-rhodes-on-the-world-stage “We are very excited to have Xinjian working with the City of Canada Bay to create two pieces of art work, which will feature in the new e-resource centre,” Mayor Angelo Tsirekas said.   One of the works that will feature is titled Rhodes City DNA and is part of his well-known series, City DNA. The design is based on an aerial perspective of Rhodes from Google Earth which features a laser cut acrylic screen suspended from floor to ceiling. The holes in the artwork will create an abstract work but allows the view to identify locations and street systems, seeing the genuine structure of their hometown from a new perspective.   The second piece of work, Wired Space, will be a suspended installation of three dimensional spatial drawings which are made of hand bent wire, partly wrapped in coloured wire and sealed with resin. Four hanging wire sculptures will make up the work, each revealing a multitude of scenarios (featuring figures and animals) as the work slowly revolves or the viewer changes position.   “Xinjian is a highly renowned contemporary artist, with an internationally recognised career and I believe his artwork will be the perfect edition to Rhodes and The Connection,” Mayor Tsirekas said.   Lu Xinjian was recently featured in last month’s edition of Vanity Fair, as well as having his works exhibited in London, Shanghai, LA and in Amsterdam alongside Holland representative at the Venice Biennale 2015.   The Connection is the new community precinct in Rhodes, valued at $21 million and due to be opened mid-2016. DON’T WASTE - EAT TASTE CREATE 2015-11-11T23:00:32Z don-t-waste-eat-taste-create “The consequences of food waste are costly and the Environment Protection Agency (EPA) estimates the average NSW household wastes $1036 every year,” he said.   “In Canada Bay alone, we regularly see our residents throw out approximately half their red bin full of food waste.   “To combat food waste, help save the environment by reducing methane gases and save your pockets, we have partnered with local restaurants for a dinner series called Eat Taste Create.   “The idea of these dinners is to educate the community on how they can avoid food wastage, saving them dollars as well as helping the environment.”   As part of Eat Taste Create, local chefs from six restaurants in the City of Canada Bay share their tips on how to minimise food waste, saving you money whilst helping the environment and creating tasty meals.   Copo Café, in Drummoyne is kicking off the dinner series on Saturday, 14 November with a South American inspired dinner. Join Copo for a three course dinner, with the head chef providing his tips on how to best minimise food waste in the kitchen.   South American Inspired at Copo Cafe When: Saturday, 14 November at 7pm Where: Shop M3. 135 Victoria Road, Drummoyne, (access on Formosa St) Bookings: Essential as spaces are limited. Phone Copo on 9719 9057 or make a reservation online:   Chef de Cuisine at Vatel Restaurant When: Thursday, 26 November at 7:30pm Where: 188 Lyons Road, Drummoyne, NSW 2047 Bookings: Essential as spaces are limited. Phone Vatel on 9181 3961 or make a reservation online:   Four further dinners are planned: two in February, and two in March 2016. More details will be available soon.   Guests are encouraged to share their own tips to be included in an online cookbook prepared by Council.   To further inspire foodies and the community to share their tips on how they reduce their food waste, we are running an Instagram completion November, 2015 to March, 2016. Capture your creative recipes for leftovers, nose-to-tail cooking, preserving ingredients and use the hashtag #EatTasteCreate and tag @canadabay to win.  We will be selecting our favourite image every month, with the winner receiving an $80 Harris Farm Market voucher, with a total of five vouchers available; as well as one of our Eat Taste Create kits. For further information on how to enter the competition and the terms and conditions, please visit the Environment section of Council’s website.   This project is supported by the Environmental Trust as part of the NSW EPA’s Waste Less, Recycle More initiative, funded from the waste levy.   <Ends> UPGRADE OF WAR MEMORIALS IN THE LEAD UP TO ANZAC DAY 2015-04-13T00:05:17Z upgrade-of-war-memorials-in-the-lead-up-to-anzac-day “These war memorials are dedicated to our fallen and it is fitting that they will be upgraded before the Centenary of Anzac,” he said.  Five Dock War Memorial is undergoing a $200,000 upgrade funded by Five Dock RSL in commemoration of the Centenary of Anzac, with the works due for completion ahead of the Anzac service on Sunday, 19 April. The upgrade includes returning the brickwork to its original aesthetic, renewing gutters and roof beams, replacing the concrete plinth that holds the eternal flame with a contemporary glass structure that has the names of the fallen etched into it, as well as replacing the previous timber ceiling with a new art deco pressed metal one. “We also have four pine trees, which are descendants of the original lone pine at Gallipoli that will be planted as sentinels,” said Mayor Tsirekas. “These trees are currently seedlings and will be present at the Anzac service before taken away to be grown until they’re large enough to be planted in a public space. “I’m also very excited about the upgrades to the Pavilion of Honour at Queen Elizabeth Park, Concord, which is undergoing a $150,000 transformation,” he said. The upgrade at the memorial site at Queen Elizabeth Park has been made possible thanks to the Australian Government’s Anzac Centenary Local Grants Program and their funding of $38,600 towards the project. The remainder of the project cost was funded by Council in partnership with Concord RSL. The war memorial was constructed in 1921 and has significant heritage considerations as well as being a focal point for memorial services on Remembrance Days and Anzac Days. Part of the works included the names of deceased soldiers from WWI listed on the freestanding central panel and those of WWII and subsequent conflicts on plaques added to the internal brick frame of the building. This year, several Anzac Services will be held around the City of Canada Bay.  They include: ·         Kokoda Track Memorial Dawn Service on Sunday, 19 April at 5.30am ·         Five Dock War Memorial on Sunday, 19 April at 11am ·         Drummoyne RSL Dawn Service at the Civic Centre on Saturday, 25 April at 5.30am ·         Concord RSL Dawn Service on Saturday, 25 April at 5am ·         Concord War Memorial on Saturday, 25 April at 5pm. ANZAC SERVICES - LEST WE FORGET 2015-04-07T04:31:06Z anzac-services-lest-we-forget “We have three Anzac services across the City of Canada Bay to mark the centenary of the fateful landing at Gallipoli,” Mayor Angelo Tsirekas said.   Drummoyne RSL will be hosting their annual Service of  Commemoration at the memorial, outside the Civic Centre, 1A Marlborough St, Drummoyne on Anzac day at 5.45am. The RSL club are inviting all those present in the morning to Drummoyne Oval following the service for a sausage sandwich breakfast, prepared by Drummoyne Rotary Club.   Kokoda Track Memorial Walkway will also host a dawn service at 5.30am on Sunday, 19 April. Four thousand  people are expected to gather at the memorial for this special centenary dawn service to remember those who served, fought and fell. The service will feature the Navy Band and one of Australia’s most accomplished choirs.   Five Dock RSL will be hosting their service at the newly upgraded War Memorial at Five Dock Park on Sunday, 19 April at 11am.   The War Memorial at Five Dock Park recently received a $200,000 upgrade entirely funded by Five Dock RSL.   “We have been working closely with local RSL clubs and the Kokoda Track Memorial Walkway Steering Committee to mark this special and memorable occasion. I hope the community takes a moment to remember those brave soldiers,” Mayor Tsirekas said.   For more information on the Kokdoda Track Memorial Walkway, please visit:   For all other queries regarding Centenary of Anzac celebrations, phone Council on 9911 6555. CLEANING UP PARRAMATTA RIVER – WE ARE READY – ARE YOU? 2015-03-12T00:07:21Z cleaning-up-parramatta-river-we-are-ready-are-you City of Canada Bay, as part of the Parramatta River Catchment Group (PRCG), has committed to the vision of making the River swimmable again by 2025. “We believe this vision is quite achievable,” said Mayor Tsirekas. “We already have a number of swimmable spots along the River in Canada Bay including Cabarita Beach and Chiswick Baths; which are monitored as part of the Beachwatch program; as well as our Pools – Cabarita and Drummoyne which use treated river water.” There are also a number of spots that are currently being reviewed, with the potential of becoming swimmable in the nearer future, including Cabarita Beach, Bayview Park and Chiswick Baths.” “We have, and continue to, invest in preserving our waterways and reducing pollution into the River.” The following projects have been implemented to reduce pollution into the River: ·         The Drummoyne Oval Stormwater Harvesting and Reuse Scheme, implemented in 2010, harvests up to nine million litres of stormwater from around Drummoyne Oval (including streets, roofs and hard surfaces), and is reused for irrigation of Drummoyne Oval and Taplin Park. The system incorporates a gross pollutant trap which captures over 6 tonnes of litter, sediment and organics each year. ·         The Catchment to Cove project has improved the conditions for fragile ecosystems that exist along Sisters and Half Moon Bays in Drummoyne. Up to eight tonnes of pollutants such as leaves, sediment and litter is collected from stormwater each year by the two gross pollutants traps, preventing the pollutants from reaching the foreshore and waterways of Iron Cove. Part of the project is the bush regeneration, which included planting of over 2000 native plants in Brett Park, which has reduced the amount of overland flow that would normally enter the bay. The Catchment to Cove Initiative encourages awareness of the community to learn how the water and pollutants from their catchment affect habitats and waterways downstream. ·         The Water for the Community project, will harvest 180 million litres of stormwater each year to be reused for irrigating our parks and golf courses in Concord. This project is reducing stormwater flows and pollutant loads to the Parramatta River. Council is currently implementing a range of litter projects which aim to assess and upgrade infrastructure in key hotspots. The current projects are raising awareness within the community about the litter problem, informing people about where their litter goes and the penalties associated with littering, with the aim to build community pride through publicised campaigns. “As well as these projects we have over 25 gross pollutant traps in the City of Canada Bay, collecting over 150 tonnes of litter, sediment and leaf matter from reaching the Parramatta River each year,” Mayor Tsirekas said. In celebrating life by Parramatta River and the launch of the Our Living River initiative, Canada Bay along with  the PRCG are hosting a free event at Bayview Park on Saturday, 21 March from 12-4pm. There will be plenty of free activities for the whole family, including raft building, balloonists, face painting, live entertainment, sausage sizzle and ice cream. “I encourage the community to come down to Bayview Park and join in the mission of making Parramatta River swimmable once again by 2025,” Mayor Tsirekas said. As part of the Our Living River campaign, we invite the community to vote on where along the River they would like to swim. Sites include Bayview Park, Rodd Point, Henry Lawson Park and Battersea Park. To vote for your favourite spot, visit and help bring the river and surrounding creeks back to their former glory. For more information, please visit our website: or phone Council on 9911 6555. SYDNEY SIXERS RETURN TO DRUMMOYNE OVAL - SUNDAY, 14 DECEMBER 2014-12-10T06:30:16Z sydney-sixers-return-to-drummoyne-oval-sunday-14-december Get set to catch some of Australia’s best cricket players in action when the Sydney Sixers return to Drummoyne Oval to play a Twenty20 cricket game.   For the third year running City of Canada Bay are pleased to welcome the Sydney Sixers to Drummoyne Oval to play a warm-up match before the Twenty20 season kicks off.   The game will be a free event and a great night out in the wonderful surrounds of Drummoyne Oval.   The event will include a Twenty20 match, cricket clinic, give-aways from the Sydney Sixers, autograph opportunities, a membership drive and more.    The Sydney Sixers v SCG XI will be held on Sunday, 14 December from 5pm to 8pm. The junior clinic will run from 3 to 4.30pm. Food and drink will be available for purchase or bring your own picnic.   Come and meet the Sydney Sixers and enjoy an evening of action! <ends>     Please note: * Alcohol is permitted to be brought into the Oval, however, we encourage responsible consumption.  There will be family friendly areas where no alcohol will be permitted so please observe the signage.  NEW ARTWORK WILL BE A JOURNEY THROUGH RHODES 2014-12-08T23:36:41Z new-artwork-will-be-a-journey-through-rhodes Artists Angela Pasqua and Olev Muska are creating Wonderwalk, a public artwork designed for the Lewis Avenue steps which will feature imagery derived from stories relating to “journey”.   “This is an exciting project set to feature the faces of Rhodes in their own public artwork,” Mayor Tsirekas said.   “Join the event and be a part of Rhodes history,” he said.   Community consultation will be held on the following days and times where residents can bring a photo or recount their own journey by writing, drawing or having their photo taken: ·         Thursday, 11 December, 5.30-7.30pm at Rhodes Town Square ·         Saturday, 13 December, 8.30-10.30am at Lewis Avenue steps ·         Sunday, 14 December, 10am-12pm at Lewis Avenue steps     -Ends- CITY OF CANADA BAY JOINED THE COMPOST REVOLUTION 2014-11-19T01:21:45Z city-of-canada-bay-joined-the-compost-revolution “Approximately half of our household waste is made up of food scraps. Instead of sending it to landfill we could be nourishing our soil,” Mayor Tsirekas said. “We already recycle our plastic, metal and paper, but few of us are recycling our food scraps as well.” We have recently joined the Compost Revolution in a bid to reduce the amount of food waste going to landfill. “When we throw our food in the rubbish bins, it goes to the tip where it breaks down. As the food rots, it releases methane and is responsible for an estimated 3% of our national greenhouse gas foot print. Put simply, this doesn’t occur in a compost system,” he said. As part of the Compost Revolution, we are offering residents a 50% discount on compost bins and worm farms. For further information, please contact our Resource Recovery & Waste Services Officer on 9911 6555 or visit our website: This project was supported by the Environmental Trust as part of the NSW EPA’s Waste Less Recycle More Initiative, funded from the waste levy. THEY ARE MORE THAN JUST A NAME 2014-10-02T01:03:37Z they-are-more-than-just-a-name The project, known as ‘More than Just a Name’ saw the year five students at Five Dock Public School researching the history of soldiers from the area who served in WW1.   The six-week project involved 90 students, researching 27 soldiers who worked at the Australian Gas Light Company in Mortlake.  The students used iMovie on the City of Canada Bay Libraries’ portable multimedia studio to create a two-minute video, acknowledging the service and sacrifice of these soldiers. “It is important that our future generations remember the sacrifice these soldiers took for our country and educating our youth is one way to ensure their memory lives on,” Mayor Angelo Tsirekas said. The students found the project educational and inspirational. “This project has really encouraged me to think about the history of my country. It has been really exciting and fun,” said Benjamin, a year five student. Another student, Maleeka followed sentiment saying “I’ve really enjoyed this project a lot. I like learning about the history of our country and researching brave Aussies. It’s very interesting.” Mayor Angelo Tsirekas will be screening the videos and presenting certificates to the students on Thursday, 16 October at 3.15pm at Five Dock Library. The videos will be uploaded on our Project Y City of Canada Bay YouTube channel from mid-October. Two other local schools will also take part in the project, with our library teams currently working with year five and six students from Concord Public School. They will start working with year nine history students from Concord High School in term four. The final collection will consist of 56 videos and will be launched next year during the Centenary of ANZAC 2015. CONCORD CARNIVAL HAS MOVED TO GREENLEES PARK 2014-09-17T01:03:54Z concord-carnival-has-moved-to-greenlees-park Moving to a new location at Greenlees Park, this year’s Concord Carnival will draw crowds to the area and provide a great opportunity for local groups to showcase their talent, says Mayor Angelo Tsirekas. “Concord Carnival is a fantastic community event and we are excited to be hosting the festival at a new location this year,” he said. “The theme for this year is ‘Paws n’ Claws, Tails n’ Scales’ so bring your four legged friends and enjoy everything on offer including fitness classes for you and your dog and dog obedience workshops! “We are also thrilled to be hosting celebrity chef Ed Halmagyi, also known as ‘Fast Ed’, at Concord Kitchen this year.Join Fast Ed as he dishes up culinary delights for Council’s WasteLess in the Bay program, along with some of the best chefs from the area.” Mayor Tsirekas added. Concord Carnival showcases local performers in the inner west and this year’s event will see some fantastic entertainment on the main stage including dancing, music, belly dancing, martial arts and demonstrations from Assistance Dogs Australia. A second stage, the Lolo Gypsie Caravan will feature world music from Lolo Lovina, New Orleans style music from ‘The Moods’ and blues/roots band ‘The Lost Planet Hotrods’. In keeping with the ‘Paws n’ Claws, Tails n’ Scales’ theme, there will be a range of entertainment including dog obedience and dog fitness workshops, sheep dog trials and sheep shearing demonstrations. A reptile enclosure will feature a variety of animals including snakes, lizards, turtles and even a baby croc! With amusement rides and a petting zoo, plus an array of merchandise and food stalls, there is something for everyone at Concord Carnival.  We are also running the Concord Carnival colouring competition and funniest pet photo Instagram competition. Head to our website for details and how to enter. Concord Carnival is on Sunday, 12 October from 10am–4pm at Greenlees Park, Ian Parade, Concord. For more information please Concord Carnival is proudly brought to you by the City of Canada Bay and supported by Canada Bay Club, Inner West Courier, Cleanaway, Channel Nine, LJ Hooker Concord, Briars at Greenlees Sporting Club, IKEA Rhodes, Adshel, Aqua Source, Concord Vet and Conti Property Group - Strata Management. Spring into the Bayside Kids Holiday Program 2014-09-10T01:24:11Z spring-into-the-bayside-kids-holiday-program The program is back these spring school holidays with a great range of activities that will keep your kids active. Enrol your child in one of the following programs; jumping castle obstacle course, karate clinic, swim and survive, soccer clinic, two day learn to sail clinic, hockey clinic, basketball clinic, cricket clinic, ballet and jazz, fishing, laser tag, golf, rock climbing and triathlon. Bayside Kids Holiday Program is run from Tuesday, 23 September to Thursday, 2 October. Bookings are essential as places are limited. Bayside Kids school holiday program promotes fitness, fun and wellbeing amongst children in our City. For further information or to view the complete program please visit our website: REDUCING LITTER IN CANADA BAY 2014-08-19T03:55:58Z reducing-litter-in-canada-bay Following Council’s award winning Stop Litter in the Bay project, the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has announced round two of NSW Council Litter Prevention Grants. The City of Canada Bay was successful in receiving two grants as part of the funding; ·         Trash Your Ash – A Picnic-Based Approach This project will target hot coal bead littering in parks. ·         Hey Tosser! – Bin Your Butts This project will include upgrades and installation of cigarette butt litter bins, education on littering and enforcement and recycling cigarette butts into everyday items. “Cigarette butts are the most littered item in Australia, and with 7.2 billion of them  littered each year, it’s important we do what we can to target this kind of littering”, Mayor Tsirekas said. Following an audit last year, two sites where cigarette butt littering is a problem were identified. Concord (Majors Bay Road) and Rhodes (Town Square) will be the focus of the Bin Your Butts program, with both of these areas also having direct links to stormwater and the Parramatta River. “We ask our community to work with us on these important programs – when you are out and about – trash your ash and bin your butts!,” Mayor Tsirekas added. MORE THAN JUST A NAME - CENTENARY OF ANZAC PROJECT 2014-08-13T07:55:51Z more-than-just-a-name-centenary-of-anzac-project “We are working with local schools on the More Than Just A Name project, which will result in a short video being produced to commemorate the life of a World War I soldier or service personnel connected to this area,” he said. “The list of our former community members is far-reaching with over 1,600 names. These brave men and women lived and worked all around Canada Bay, from Drummoyne to Rhodes, and the suburbs in between and this project will tell their story. “There are three schools involved – Five Dock Public School, Concord Public School and Concord High School and they will work with our library teams to create the videos. “More Than Just A Name will be an important project to commemorate the Centenary but also engages with young people to learn more about the journey of our servicemen and women.” To create the video projects, the three schools have access to the portable multimedia labs from Council’s two libraries. The completed videos (that meet guidelines) will be uploaded to Council’s website and other online media during the commemorative year. More Than Just A Name recently received a $5,000 grant from the NSW Government’s Anzac Community Grants program which encourages culturally diverse communities and young people to deepen their knowledge about the legacy of Australia’s involvement in World War I. It is just one project the City of Canada Bay is supporting as part of the Centenary of Anzac.  Other projects include: Centenary of ANZAC project – Liryclea Estate We are on the search for descendants or relatives of Mr W.S.Tait who developed the Liryclea Estate in Russell Lea in 1915. We are researching the history of three street names in the Estate – Mons, Reims and Liege Streets – which appear to commemorate battles which occurred in 1914 at the start of the Great War.  The research is part of a Centenary of ANZAC project which aims to recognise Australian allies in World War I during the Centenary of ANZAC next year.  Anyone with information about the development of Liryclea Estate or descendants of Mr Tait are encouraged to contact our Place Management Coordinator Vincent Conroy on 9911 6422. Centenary of ANZAC – Kokoda Track Dawn Service We will be supporting a special Dawn Service planned for the Kokoda Track Memorial Walkway at Rhodes Park, Concord on 19  April, 2015.  The Dawn Service will be held to commemorate the first boats that landed at ANZAC Cove.  The event is being organised by the Kokoda Track Memorial Board and we are a funding partner and stakeholder. Centenary of ANZAC – Five Dock Park War Memorial Upgrade Upgrade of the war memorial at Five Dock War Memorial Park thanks to funding from Five Dock RSL. Centenary of ANZAC – Queen Elizabeth Park (Concord) – upgrade works to Pavilion of Honour Queen Elizabeth Park Pavilion of Honour conservation works thanks to funding partners Concord RSL. Centenary of ANZAC – Field of Remembrance Brays Bay Reserve We are developing a project to allow those participating in the Kokoda Track Dawn Service next year to be provided with a commemorative and artistic poppy to create a Field of Remembrance in Brays Bay Reserve – this memorial precinct is located close to the Kokoda Tack Memorial Walkway.  (This project is still in early days)