One irate parent shared a letter from the centre outlining their fee policy during COVID-19. Instead of offering free child care to all until July 12 as per the government subsidy, the private centre instead waived fees for all families for six weeks. Those families not allocated the free spots had to then revert to paying full fees if they wished to keep their child’s place at the centre.
Families were particularly annoyed about the way the centre decided which parents were essential workers. Noses were swiftly put out of joint as parents felt some families were receiving preferential treatment.
“There were children approved to attend daycare when their mums were spending more time at the salons of Double Bay than at their place of work,” one yummy mummy muttered.
Emerald City has been told disgruntled parents from Double Bay to Vaucluse are expressing their frustration at the centre’s handling of the situation.
The centre did not respond to requests for comment.
Former Fairfax boss looking for love on Tinder
Millions of people look for love online, and former Fairfax chief executive Greg Hywood is no exception.
The ex-publisher of this publication – until its merger with Nine Entertainment Co in 2018 – has taken to Tinder to find romance.
Hywood, 59, confirmed it was his profile that was doing the rounds of journos last week. “Yes, it is my account. I have used it [Tinder] on and off for years,” he sheepishly confirmed on Friday.
In his profile, Hywood says he has “experienced the requisite ups and downs … and came through fine”.
The Melbourne-based consultant and father-of-two insisted his romantic life was unremarkable and would not comment on whether he’s had any romantic success on the dating app. He said his foray into online dating came after he left Fairfax. “I would not have used Tinder during my time Fairfax,” Hywood said.
The former media executive split from his wife, award-winning journalist Kate Legge, on the eve of their 30th wedding anniversary. Known for living life in the fast lane, Hywood made headlines in 2014 when he dropped $140,000 on a blue Maserati at the height of job cuts at Fairfax. However, Hywood’s flashy set of wheels failed to make an appearance on his Tinder profile.
Hywood’s 28-year-old son Tom was diagnosed with coronavirus in March after returning from Hong Kong. The property technology entrepreneur copped a backlash when he shared his diagnosis in the Herald and urged readers to stop the hysteria about the disease.
Sam Kerr’s brother in bizarre video
Friends and ex-teammates are rallying around former Australian rules footballer Daniel Kerr after a video circulating in the sporting community raised concerns for his welfare.
The video obtained by Emerald City depicts the former West Coast Eagles player ranting about the professional success of his soccer star sister and Matildas captain, Sam Kerr.
The one time AFL premiership player can be heard talking about his sister, who placed third in the BBC’s 2019 women’s footballer of the year award, proclaiming her success but looking anything but a motivational speaker.
In February the sportsman was found unresponsive on the streets of Kalgoorlie and taken to hospital with suspected alcohol poisoning. The incident was not the first time Kerr had been in trouble; he publicly admitted in 2015 to a spate of drug and alcohol problems and pledged to try and rebuild his life.
Kerr is part of the Eagles class of 2006 that includes Ben Cousins, Chad Fletcher, Daniel Chick and Adam Hunter who have all experienced personal difficulties since their breakthrough year.
Ruffled feathers in fashion circles
Melbourne’s fashion set descended on Sydney last week to escape the arctic weather down south. The arrival of celebrity stylist and tastemaker Elliot Garnaut, in-demand hairdresser Gabrielle Roccuzzo and their publicist Lily Baker in the Harbour City ruffled the feathers of local fashionistas.
As influencers and stylists scramble for work, the appearance of the Melbourne entourage sparked fears their Sydney rivals could lose clients and work opportunities. Garnaut, who is known to style Lindy Klim, Rozalia Russian and Rebecca Harding, has been seen cruising around town in a Maserati loaned for his visit.
Lucy Manly is a reporter and gossip columnist for The Sydney Morning Herald and Sun-Herald.