The Backyard Bar in Northcote Road hosted a Northcote networking evening on Thursday July 25th in association with PHAB, a charitable organisation that promotes independence to enhance the social opportunities of people with disabilities. Guests arrived at 6pm and were treated generously to drinks and canapes. MC Mandy Moore introduced Northcote MP Dan Bidois and the staff hosting the event, including The Backyard owner Aman Jain, venue manager Rodger Van Kempen and events manager Vatsala Mishra. The guest speaker was broadcaster and local resident Tony Johnson. Kerry Barnett from PHAB shared the organisation's goal for creating meaningful lives for people with disabilities. The evening concluded with an open mic session where locals could say a few words about their businesses.