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by Justine Crowley
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Some public art in the area. The origins of Rozelle.


Rozelle is a trendy, cosmopolitan Inner Western suburb of Sydney. Darling Street has come alive - giving Rozelle a reputation of being a cool, laid back village like area. Rozelle has inherited some great shops and cafes, many of which used to set up shop in nearby Balmain. Rozelle was once behind Balmain in the trendy stakes, yet this has all now changed. Rozelle does not exude a too cool for school attitude to the likes of nearby Balmain.



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King George Park and the Iron Cove Bridge


Rozelle is a desired and friendly area to live in. Rozelle used to be called Balmain West. The area is now called Rozelle due to the Rosella's having taken up residence in this part of Sydney in the past.

What Rozelle is known most for:

The Bay Run

Rozelle Markets - a second hand flea market held every weekend.

Belle Fleur Chocolates

Adriano Zumbo's Lab

Rosebud Cafe

King George Park

Iron Cove Bridge - the gateway to Drummoyne.

Organic food providers such as About Life

Sydney Community College, of which now occupies the old St Joseph's Primary School space.

The now popular Rozelle Public School. This school used to have a not so good name, and now every parent in the area wants their primary school kid to come here. The Darling Street entrance has received a cool facelift.



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Outside Rozelle Public School


Who lives in Rozelle:

Young people ages 30 plus

Families with kids

Community minded people

Rozelle is home to old style terrace houses, and an abundance of apartments right near the Iron Cove Bridge - in the Balmain Shores complex of which construction commenced in 1998. This space used to be occupied by the Balmain Power Station.



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The ever popular Darling Street


Rozelle used to be home to the Balmain Leagues Club, of which now occupies spaces in Five Dock and Flemington. The club put in a proposal to include some high rise apartments on their Victoria Road space, to be initially rejected by council - only for their application to be approved by the council recently. The local residents are outraged.



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Art inside a kid-friendly cafe opposite the public school


Residents were once also outraged with the construction of the second bridge where King George Park was once a construction site, with the kids play space now restored to the popular Constitution Playgrounds as a result.



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Inside About Life: The Organic Grocers.


Postcode: 2039

Vibe: Organic fruit juice only please. No other juice allowed.

If Rozelle was a food it would be: Organic free range eggs on sourdough bread.

If Rozelle was a cartoon character it would be: Bugs Bunny.

If Rozelle was a shoe it would be: Comfortable walking shoes. Slip on canvas shoes or sneakers are fine.

Parking: Difficult. You will need to park in the back streets. Forget about Darling Street, its too busy.

Transport: Excellent bus services frequent Victoria Road (500 series) from Ryde and Parramatta to the city. Bus routes 432-434, 440 and 444-445 also service this area. The area was going to be home to a Metro Light Rail Station, of which is now scrapped.

Direction: West

Distance from the CBD: 4km

Nearby areas: Balmain, Lilyfield, Pyrmont, Drummoyne, Glebe and Leichhardt.



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