Inner West’s Little Italy to be recognised

Friday, 18 October 2019

The decision follows the recent successful naming of Little Portugal in Petersham, which recognises the close ties of that area with the Portuguese community.


 Inner West Mayor Darcy Byrne said that the Inner West had a long-established association with Italy, which was reflected in the concentration of Italian businesses and peoples in the suburb of Leichhardt and Haberfield.


“Leichhardt is recognised across Sydney and even across the globe as Little Italy,” he said.

“The famous Norton Street Festa which has been running for many years brings thousands of visitors to Leichhardt each October, and is attracting more every year.

“At this year’s Fest we will be consulting the community on how we can make a permanent link between Italo-Australians and the Inner West.

“We want to formally recognise the Italian heart of Sydney.”

Council will consult with the Italian Consulate General and the local community about the right precinct area and the right name for the Italian precinct.

Attendees at the Norton Street Festa on Sunday 27 October will also be able to have their say on recognising the home of Italy in Sydney.

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