Thursday, August 16, 2012


A public meeting is to be held to raise the profile of the King Edward Park and its environs, the Obelisk, Arcadia Park and the Headland Reserve.

The meeting is intended to inform the community of the vulnerability of these parks. 

Your attendance and opinions are necessary to endorse and confirm their immense public value. It is an opportunity to shape Government policy on the use of Public Reserves by letting your representatives know how you feel.

Distinguished speakers will include Architects, Richard Leplastrier and Peter Stutchbury; Archivist, Gionni di Gravio and Cultural Heritage Researcher, Ann Hardy while John Lewer from the Friends of King Edward Park Inc. will outline public action thus far. Together, they will present anoverview of our vitally important public open spaces, the heritage, history, and essential need for public participation.
An independent chairperson will conduct the meeting and open it to general discussion and questions from the floor.
It is intended that a strong public resolution will be passed to our political decision makers that will influence their attitudes to future development of these invaluable and irreplaceable public open spaces.

Date: Wednesday,  29 August 2012

Time: 6:00 - 8:00pm

Venue: Mulubinba Room, 
Level 1, Newcastle City Hall
290 King Street, 

Newcastle NSW 2300

Contact: Public officer (02) 4929 7647


Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Fallujah: Agent Orange all over again?

Public forum with Donna Mulhearn* on the toxic legacy of the war in Iraq

The city of Fallujah, west of Baghdad has witnessed a large increase in birth deformities, cancers and heart problems since the 2004 US attacks on the city. It's alleged that weapons used in the attacks, white phosphorous and weapons containing depleted uranium have contaminated the environment and left a toxic legacy that will affect generations to come.
Donna Mulhearn has just returned from her fourth trip to Iraq where she
spent a week at Fallujah Hospital investigating and gathering stories on this important issue, described as the new 'Agent Orange".
Thursday the 23rd of August 6.00pm
2nd Floor Newcastle Trades Hall Council
406 - 408 King St. Newcastle
Organised by Newcastle Trades Hall, Contact Gary Kennedy, Secretary 49291162
& Newcastle NoWar Collective Contact  Niko Leka, convenor 0406296141