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COVID19 in Glebe / Forest Lodge – How you can help

In response to the current Covid19 situation in Glebe/Forest Lodge, members and others are asked to consider making a financial donation to Glebe Youth Service (GYS). GYS is providing food and other essential items to families who are positive or who are having to isolate.

Blue Wren sighting in Glebe!

In May this year two Superb Fairywrens were spotted at Glebe Point, the first confirmed sighting since 2016

Blackwattle Bay State Significant Precinct Study

Blackwattle Bay opens Glebe up to the sky and water, and gives the suburb a wonderful aspect and the opportunity for water sports like rowing, dragon boating and canoeing. The incredible popularity of the foreshore walk is due to its proximity to the water and the sense of space and relaxation that it brings. All this is threatened by the Blackwattle Bay Precinct Plan.

Things to do in lockdown – one of our self-guided Glebe Walks

Why not try one? Each walk is based on a theme: Politicians, Publicans and Sinners, The Pocket Parks of Glebe, Glebe Waterfront Walk, Early Glebe Architects, Late Victorian Streetscapes, The Rocks of Glebe Point, and Sydney University – the early Science precinct.

2021 Annual General Meeting: 10 October

The Glebe Society’s 2021 AGM will be held at 11 am on 10 October by Zoom. All members are welcome. Nominations for membership of the Management Committee should be submitted by 1 October.

This month’s mystery photo – September 2021

Try your hand at this month’s mystery photo – which pub is this and what are they doing?

Inspirational artwork from the students of Glebe Public School

The students of Glebe Public School provide the community with some inspirational words during the COVID-19 lockdown.

Vale Janet Venn-Brown

Well-known Australian artist, Janet Venn-Brown, died on 6 August, aged 96. Janet had a long association with Glebe and the Glebe Society. Read more about her fascinating life.

The decline in community services ‒ Council election issue

One of the candidates in the Mayoral election, Labor candidate Linda Scott, has a policy commitment to ‘Re-Establish Community Centres and City of Sydney Town Halls’. This is directly in line with the Glebe Society’s proposal to Council that a staffed community centre be established in Glebe Town Hall.

UPDATE: ‘Meet the Lord Mayor Candidates’ Forum

The Forum was planned to be held on 29 August at the Tramsheds with the six candidates for Lord Mayor. Due to the current dynamic COVID situation, this event was cancelled.

An unsuccessful proposal for the development of part of Glebe

In the 1840s, a new, and poorly-managed, Sydney Council proposed to use Grose Farm (now the University of Sydney) as a cattle market and abattoir.

A man who punched above his weight – John McColl

A much-loved boxing trainer and community member, John McColl, died in August at the age of 81 years. After a successful boxing career he set up and ran the Glebe Estate Boxing Gym that was once located on Wentworth Park Rd. As well as training state and national champions, the gym played a vital social role in the Glebe community.

From the President, August 2021

Glebe Society President, Janet Wahlquist, provides an update on the Society’s recent activities and what’s new in Glebe and Forest Lodge

Proposed development at 7 Franklyn St and 49-51 Greek St, Glebe

A DA under consideration for these sites, involves demolishing two former warehouses and replacing them with 84 self-contained boarding rooms. The proposed development is out of character with the neighbouring houses. Adaptive reuse of the warehouses would be a better solution.

Bidura: The Bitter Sweet DA

The DAs for the demolition of the Metropolitan Remand Centre and construction of a new housing development behind the heritage-listed Bidura House are now on public exhibition. We explain the plans and why we are concerned about them.

See the News Archive for earlier items.

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