City Hub

Following my work at the Star Observer, I was asked to write some of the cover features for the City Hub. While it was only a few pieces, I loved being able to write stories that were relevant for my home city. 

Keeping The Lights On, Barely

The devastating impacts of the coronavirus pandemic have been far-reaching, and the arts sector has ground to a halt in many ways as a result. From the Opera House and Capitol Theatre right through to the Belvoir and Giant Dwarf theatres there have even a plethora of cancelled shows as a cloud of uncertainty hangs over the future. Graeme Kearns​, CEO of Foundation Theatres which includes the Capitol and Sydney Lyric theatres, said their sites had been closed since March 15. “This has had a ca

The Mask Debate

The government has issued a “strong recommendation” that people wear masks in four vital circumstances, as the NSW premier warns that the state is in a “critical” stage. On Sunday, Gladys Berejiklian urged for residents to use face masks on public transport and in supermarkets amid fears the state remains at risk of Victorian cases spreading. Wearing masks will not be mandatory, but Ms Berejiklian said: “it is a strong recommendation from Health, given where we are in the pandemic, given the r

Coronavirus cases see another Sydney venues close for cleaning

Coronavirus cases see another Sydney venues close for cleaning Harpoon Harry's in Surry Hills has closed for COVID-19 cleaning. Photo: Mitch Lui As the state battles to keep coronavirus numbers down, a public health warning has been put out for anyone who attended an establishment in Surry Hills on Sunday. NSW Health has put out an alert for those who visited Hotel Harry, known to many as Harpoon Harry, on July 26. A case confirmed today who was at the Apollo Restaurant in Potts Point on Jul

Looking to the future of Pyrmont

Looking to the future of Pyrmont After nearly two decades of running a law firm in Pyrmont, one business owner is looking to the future more than the past and hopes to see the area flourish. Rob McCourt, principal of McCourts Law Firm, believes the suburb and surrounds has an incredible amount of potential. He rediscovered Pyrmont in 2002 by chance when he was looking for a new building to work in. “I had always been in the CBD with my practice, but my lease was up, and I was looking to move

End of an era

Bringing the arts, sciences, and a sense of community has been the passion of one Pyrmont resident for years. Sherryl Ryan, founder of Culture at Work, since 2008 has provided the suburb and surrounds with a gallery that focuses on bridging science and art. But, her history with the area started before that. “Many years ago I came here with other artists when there was nothing here,” she said. “You could see all of the ground was flattened and you could see the Terminus pub on the corner, and

A life dedicated to campaigning for Pyrmont

For nearly 30 years, one Pyrmont resident has staunchly campaigned on behalf of the community against planning and development proposals that have been “nonsense”. Jean Stuart is the convener of the Pyrmont Community Group, an organisation she helped start-up in 1991. “In 1993, we urban gorilla-ed a block of land on the headland and turned it into a green park, because there was no park in Pyrmont,” she said. “The Sydney Morning Herald always runs a competition every year for conservation, an