Verity Firth, Glebe Society President 2019Verity Firth, Glebe Society President 2019

The 'President's Welcome' appeared in the Festival Program

In June 2019 the Glebe Society celebrates 50 years of being a vibrant and active community organisation. Glebe & Forest Lodge are inner Sydney suburbs notable for their distinct village character, heritage streetscapes and a strong sense of community.

The late 1960s saw the start of organised resident action in the inner city and, in 1969, the Glebe Society was established to improve Glebe’s livability and to preserve and enhance the natural and architectural character of Glebe. A significant concern was also to stimulate interest in – and research on – Glebe’s history and character. These issues remain with us today.

Combined community action – much of it spearheaded by the Glebe Society - saved Glebe from rampant overdevelopment and the radial freeways that threatened to eviscerate Glebe.

Today we have over 400 members and focus our energy around three key areas: protecting our heritage, encouraging a sense of community and caring for our environment.

We will celebrate our golden anniversary with the Glebe Society Community Festival which is being held at the Harold Park Community Hall at Tramsheds from 23 to 30 June 2019. More 50th anniversary events will follow later in the year.

I invite you to enjoy the wide range of experiences on offer at the Glebe Society community Festival. Make sure you check out the program on our website and I look forward to seeing you there!

Verity Firth