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Rarely legal: The story of Sydney’s 505

February 16th, 2010 No Comments

After years of ‘running on the sly’, one of Sydney’s leading underground jazz clubs is becoming a legal venue. An infamous Sydney underground jazz venue is finally going legit. After nearly six years operating ‘505’ off the record and strictly hush-hush, recent changes in licensing laws and compliance regimes as well as a change of […]

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Is Sydney scared of Newcastle?

November 14th, 2009 No Comments

The Crew from Firstdraft From The Sydney Morning Herald, apparently The City of Sydney is responding to the Newcastle threat: Look out, Clover Moore. Newcastle is beckoning your artists. To shore-up talent in her domain, the Lord Mayor has arranged for buildings disused by the City of Sydney council to be leased as studio space. […]

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Unpaid? Unremarkable.

March 31st, 2009 10 Comments

My comments here about the proposed billion dollar redevelopment of the Sydney Opera House have attracted more than the usual amount of attention as has Ben Eltham’s post about the same subject over at Larvatus Prodeo. Comments on both sites have come from people who are working or have worked at the Opera House or […]

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The problem of scale

February 23rd, 2009 21 Comments

I am writing this on the train from Sydney to Newcastle on my phone as my laptop is dead and in need of charging… Returning from Newcastle after a very successful launch weekend for the renew Newcastle project, I’ve started to reflect on some of the larger policy questions. In part this is inspired by […]

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