Word from the West. Harmony.

Happy Harmony Day to one and all! Here’s a gorgeous photo of my daughter and her pre-school bestie all decked out in Orange for Harmony Day.

Harmony Day

Harmony Day 2014


Word from the West. Zest.

Zest Awards 2014 (http://www.crn.org.au)

Last night was the 4th annual Zest Awards; an evening to celebrate all the wonderful community work that goes on in Western Sydney.

“The ZEST Awards are the annual celebration of the innovation and creativity of the Community Sector and its workers. ZEST, now in its 4th year, gives us the opportunity to recognise and honour the leadership, capacity building and partnerships which allow the Sector to support local communities.

The event raises awareness of the impact of the Community Sector in the region and promotes a positive image of Greater Western Sydney through highlighting our assets, our diversity and the creative and innovative work happening throughout the region.” (Zest Awards website)

Congratulations to all the nominees and winner for 2014!

For more information visit http://zestawards.com.au/


Word from the West. ICE (Information and Cultural Exchange)

 Information and Cultural Exchange (ICE) is the actualisation of so much that is great in Western Sydney.  Described as a creative conduit between Western Sydney and the world, ICE brings to life the qualities of Appreciative Inquiry I wrote about here…..https://caravanserai230.wordpress.com/word-from-the-west/ and demonstrates the ways in which we can benefit from sharing our stories and experiences.

“Information and Cultural Exchange (ICE) works at the intersection of arts, culture, technology and community. ICE projects engage diverse communities, build capacity in digital media and arts practice, and tell the stories of an extraordinary place, Western Sydney – the most diverse region in Australia.” (From the website) To learn more about ICE and read about the amazing projects and people visit http://ice.org.au/what-is-ice/

A video of the storytellers. http://vimeo.com/31870394#at=0

And Facebook if you want to be in touch https://www.facebook.com/ICEorgau?directed_target_id=0






Word from the West. Relief.

A game of cricket breaks out after the fire threat eased in Springwood. (http://www.abc.net.au) photo by John Donegan

Volunteer fire fighters in the Blue Mountains relax at last after a week of devastating bushfires around Springwood and Winmalee. 200 houses in my home town of Winmalee were destroyed and another 100 damaged but it could have been so many more without these fantastic people.

Here are a few photos from the back of my family home as the blaze approached. Luckily for us the winds were kind and the fire stayed clear.



Bushfire in Winmalee 2013


Water bomber flies over the fire at Winmalee


Fire at Winmalee 2013

Word from the West. Healing.

Operation Art for the Children’s Hospital at Westmead

From the Operation Art Brochure  – more info visit www.artsunit.nsw.edu.au

“Operation Art is a program which encourages young people to create artworks for children in hospital. The program involves young people in the special work carried out by The Children’s Hospital at Westmead – a total healing environment where design, decoration, facilities, gardens and art combine with the best possible medical care to help heal all of our patients.

Each year, 50 works from Operation Arts are chosen to become part of the Hospital’s collection, which includes sculptures, paintings, and prints by many well known artists. The art contributed by the Operation Art are some of the most popular pieces in the Hospital’s collection.

Over 70,000 sick children and their families are cared for by the Hospital each year and many more lives are touched through our research into the causes, treatment and cures of childhood diseases. The works from Operation Art will be proudly displayed in the Hospital for these children and their families to enjoy.”

Artworks will be on display until October 27 at the Newington Armory Gallery, Jamieson Street, Newington, Sydney Olympic Park.

Word from the West. Wanderers.

The Western Sydney Wanderers in the final stages of pre-season training at Parramatta Stadium.

We’re really  looking forward to another fantastic year in Wanderland after an amazing foundation season last year!  The players, the coach, the passionate fans and the atmosphere around the club have contributed so much to the Western Sydney community in such a short time.  We can’t wait to see what they can do this year!

C’mon you Wanderers!


Word from the West. Freedom

Freedom - Newington swing

Freedom – Newington swing

This is the first post in my Word from the West category. To find out what it’s all about it visit https://caravanserai230.wordpress.com/word-from-the-west/

Let me know what you think, or join in! Do you have a favourite place in the Western suburbs of Sydney? Do you believe, like me, that we can create harmony by focusing on what makes society great!