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Matt, Alicia, Jarrid – T-1 Commons

T-1 Commons

Design is one of those totally hipsterised fields where you have to be on the cutting edge, else you’re on the cutting room floor, add to that you anything west of Surry Hills is smeared in a stigma of being a creative wasteland.

So where does that leave the designers who are choosing to study, live and work outside the city centre where the bulk of events and networking take place?  

A group of Western Sydney University Design students have decided to tackle the issue head on by creating T-1 Commons, a networking website for visual communicators from Western Sydney. They’ve created an accessible space for designers to network and creating a community of cool kids who just want to make great shit where they are.

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Ridhika – Green Fix

Liverpool locals know that the real heartbeat of the city is pumping in the lanes that connect East to West allowing you to cross the city on foot without walking down a street. Each lane has its own distinct character and down Northumberland Arcade you will find a number of shops dedicated to Liverpool Councils, Pop Up initiative which was launched in 2018. The initiative provides an opportunity to trial concepts and operations in a low risk environment, the aim of the project is to develop a vibrant and interesting destination that attracts visitors to the area.

One of the tenants breathing new life into the old is Ridhika Naidoo the owner of Green Fix a space where you can purchase pre loved and repurposed items from, vintage furniture to upcycled shopping bags. And what’s more important than teaching a man to shop? Teaching him to repair things. Ridhika also runs workshops teaching you how to create or fix your own items extending the life cycle of your beloved pieces and reducing the amount of waste each of us contributes to landfill, which according to the ABC is on average more than one tonne, per person every year!

I sat down with Ridhika over a cup of tea and some origami folding to find out what led to her opening Green Fix and what you’ll find in store.

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Refugee Camp in My Neighbourhood

I just spent the afternoon in a refugee camp.

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Libraries and Community


When was the last time you visited your local Library? I bet it was years ago, maybe when you were a kid, checking out books and notoriously (in my case at least) returning them late. As a child, the Library was a core part of the community, but in a world where books are cheap and in lots of cases becoming an ancient form of communication (I’m looking at you Encyclopaedia Brittanica) what role does the Library have to play in building and supporting our communities today?

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Penrith Community Panel


Today we have a guest post from Kim who runs the blog Living Next Door to Sydney. Kim was recently part of the Penrith Community Panel are a group of diverse residents who spent hours looking at Council’s plans, finances, services and capacity, with the aim of advising council on where they can go from here. The panel presented council with a 32 page document titled “The City We Want” Kim gives us an insider look on the process it took to get there.  Continue Reading