Len and Dilys Williams and the Hunter Baillie Presbyterian Church

The Rev. Leonard Mervyn Williams and his wife Dilys came to the Hunter Baillie in 1956. The church was in decline and the threat of falling masonry had made it impossible to obtain public liability insurance. (p39, Hunter Baillie) Dilys conducted alternate services at Leichhardt and Hunter Baillie Presbyterian churches with her husband and was inducted, in 1969, as the first woman Elder in NSW. (p41, Hunter Baillie). Ferguson Library Archivist mentioned in her talk at the church on 4 September 2010, that Dilys Williams in the 1930s had applied to the Presbyterian Church of Australia General Assembly to be Accepted as a candidate for the Ministry. Her application was "laid on the table" and was never dealt with. The stained glass window on the northern side of the church was restored in memory of the Williams' time at the church.
"Back in the 1950's after first attending Sunday School in the morning the older children were then taken into the church f…

Construction of the Glebe Island Bridge 1899

"The Glebe Island Bridge, across Johnstons Bay, is of state significance as it demonstrates one of the earliest examples of an electric-powered swing bridge in Australia" .... Glebe Island Bridge Heritage Listing

"With regard to the Glebe Island Causeway - This work, which was commenced in Apriol 1898, consists in the construction of two high embankments as approaches to the new Glebe Island Bridge, 202,195 tons of ballast filling have been used in the work which is being done by day-labour, 140 men being empoyed. A timber staging has been constructed under contract b etween the western and eastern embankments in order to carry othe stone trucks, and the timber abutments of the bridge have also been erected under contract. Glebe Island Quarry - during the year 51,890 tons of ballast and 1,483 cubic yards of dimension stone have been obtained at the quarry on the north s…

Harvesting and preparing coffee beans (Annandale 2019)

Used online instructions for harvesting and processing coffee ready for roasting,  but still not sure whether Berries should be picked when red and fleshy or black and more dry.

Leichhardt Council employ Man, Horse and Cart in streetsweeping (Video 1965)

This news item shows horse and carts being used in 1965 by Leichhardt Council to sweep the streets including Annandale.
Though the news item mocks the operation, the horse, man and cart was an efficient and quiet way to clean the streets compared to today's leaf blower and vacuum truck. 

Notice of Motion: Review of Aquatic Centre Times (26 March 2019)

Summer 2019/20 Swims
LPAC have extended our pool open times so you can enjoy some late laps and a sunset swim during the summer period.
Commencing on the first Friday of summer and running to the last Friday of summer the following changes will be made to pool closing times:
Mushroom pool will stay open to the public until 7pm Olympic Pool will stay open to the public until 9pm
26 March 2019 Item No: C0319(2) Item 9 )
Subject:  Notice of Motion: Review of Aquatic Centre Times From: Councillor Marghanita Da Cruz Motion:
THAT a review of the opening times of swimming pools and other facilities at the Aquatic Centres including extending (or shortening) the season and hours be undertaken and a report be brought back to Council.
At the 12 March 2019 Council meeting, Council resolved to run a trial of keeping a pool open for water polo training from 8.00pm-9.00pm.
Personal Fitness was iden…

Action would be good but back of an envelope BAU Cost of Inner West Carbon Neutrality by 2021

% of Emissions from each SourceSourcetonnesOffset $15/tonne***Offset $40/tonne****11.00%Fuel2420$36,300$96,80010.00%Natural Gas2200$33,000$88,00035.00%Street Lights 7700$115,500$308,00038.00%Electricity8360$125,400$334,4004.00%Food and Catering880$13,200$35,2001.00%Waste220$3,300$8,8001.00%Other220$3,300$8,800

22000$330,000$880,000Forecast Reduction 4,000 tonnes a year Morree Solar Farm power purchase *
-4000-$60,000-$160,000reduction of 1,500 tonnes per year LED Street Lighting **


Climate Change and Renewables at the Inner West Council

Disappointing that the majority of councillors did not support Council reducing our emissions more quickly.

However, on a positive note - several of our amendments were incorporated into the motion and resolved: "That Council note the community support for transitioning its fleet to electric vehicles, and receive an update on the Fleet Transition Plan in early 2020."

There were two speakers to the item. 

Anna Harvery spoke of the need to reduce our emissions and how transitioning our fleet would reduce environmental and financial costs.

Rachel Green raised some important issues about the Adaptation to poorer air quality and the need for indoor exercise spaces. Also the challenges and opportunities for installing Solar in the Inner West.
Anna referenced a report prepared by Climate Works for the Municipal Association of Victoria.

See:  Driven Article: Electric vehicles are already cheaper than petrol cars for fleet owners, Posted onAugust 26, 2019Report: Electric Vehicle Ready Loc…