Volunteering at South Eveleigh

Kyle Leonard - Horticulturalist, Yerrabingin (native rooftop farm)

March 2020

My name is Kyle Leonard. In my role as the senior horticulturist for Yerrabingin, I’m responsible for maintaining all the green spaces throughout the South Eveleigh precinct.

 

Redfern has always been a gathering place – where are you from originally?

I'm a proud Kamilaroi man. I’m originally from Western Sydney out near Mt Druitt, but my family ties go all the way out to Central West NSW, and all the way back down to the south coast.

 

What brought you here?

Yerrabingin were looking for a horticulturist, and funnily enough, the site manager and I did our apprenticeship at the same workplace. They recommended me to the Yerrabingin team and it was a perfect fit - the rest is history. 

 

What about South Eveleigh are you most excited about?

I’m most excited about the Locomotive Workshop and all the work that’s going on in there. It will be pretty cool to see all the new spaces in there once it’s complete.

 

Where can we find you when you when you’re not working?

When I’m not at work I’m usually at home occupied by my little girl. She keeps me on my toes.

 

 

 

Sally-Ann Williams - CEO, Cicada Innovations

February 2020

Meet Sally-Ann Williams, CEO of Cicada Innovations. Cicada Innovations, based at South Eveleigh, is Australia's pioneering Deep Tech incubator, unlocking the power to create the industries and jobs of the future addressing some of the most pressing global issues that face our world today

Redfern has always been a gathering place – where are you from originally?
I'm originally from what used to be a very small town in the hinterland on the Gold Coast.  My parents owned a fruit and vegetable shop and it was the kind of town where everyone knew everyone else. So as a child there was no hiding anything from your parents!

What brought you here?
I moved to Sydney over 16 years ago when I married my amazing partner. Cicada Innovations was what drew me to South Eveleigh. This year is our 20th birthday and in those 20 years there have been some incredible scientific and engineering inventions that have emerged from deep tech companies in our incubator.  The opportunity to support that work and to grow it to have a positive impact on the world is one I couldn't pass up.

What about South Eveleigh are you most excited about?
Cicada was established to be a melting pot of research, industry and community to solve the world's most pressing problems together through new technology.  South Eveleigh is an extension of that.  A melting pot of old and new. Ancient knowledge through our traditional owners, old skills through our blacksmith and new opportunities through the community of businesses and residents. A melting pot where we can gather to work and play and hopefully create some solutions that have a positive impact on our community and society.

Where can we find you when you when you’re not working?

When I'm not working, I'm usually with friends enjoying some great food and wine. There's something about a meal that can connect people in a profound way. When you give space and place to do that you create rich and rewarding bonds that benefit the whole community.

Kylie Kwong