18 November, 2015 15:55
CLANCY OVERELL | Editor | CONTACT
Sydney’s Inner-West, also known as the “Inner-Left” or “Little Melbourne” has long been without its historically rough, working-class reputation.
The area, which was originally home to a diverse mix of Aboriginal and Southern-European residents, has lost its community charm to droves of young white people, who found comfort in the fact that they could live two train stations from the cities’ CBD, while also paying cheap rent.
“Newtown was an obvious choice when I moved to Sydney from Wollongong, says part-time craft beer brewer and full-time busker, Banjo Clementé.
“The discarded needles were an issue to begin with, but then I became an artist and realised needles were just a normal part of day-to-day life in Little Melbourne,”
“It’s like all these gross working class people who like watching rugby league and drinking mass-produced beer out of cans are holding onto a dream that is long gone,”
“Newtown, Marrickville, Erskinville… These areas don’t belong to the working-class anymore. They belong to artists of many varieties. Not tradespeople… yuck,”
“We have taken over. Less pokie machines, more pinball machines I say,”
This increasing attitude, paired with an increasing population of unemployed “creatives” is most likely what spurred NSW premier Mike Baird to release an official statement regarding the area and it’s residents late last week.
“I mean Christ Almighty, what kind of creep would want to live that far from the beach without needing to?”
“I mean the rent in the inner-west is now equivalent to somewhere like, say Coogee (Sydney beachside suburb)… but these pretentious little perpetual art students choose to live like paupers because they think it’s cool,”
“I don’t get it. If you are anywhere west of the fish market, you may as well be in Dubbo in my opinion,”
With more and more tensions between Inner-West residents and the rest of greater Sydney, including a failed bid to “officially secede” from New South Wales and be recognised as a municipality of Melbourne, an award-winning Sydney-based film crew by the name of More Chillis Productions has ventured into the heart of this controversial left-wing enclave to interview some of their residents.