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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : October 8 2008
6 INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, October 9, 2008 MB NEWS www.innerwestweekly.com.au Mayor set to take up challenges FIONA BRADY Ashfield Mayor Ted Cassidy at home in Haberfield. ~PP199532 GOOD things come in threes for independent councillor Ted Cassidy who has been re-elected to a third term as Ashfield Mayor. Cr Cassidy beat Labor's Lucille McKenna by six votes to four at last week's council meeting. The Haberfield grandfather, who has been on the council since 1991, described his re-election to the mayoralty as ''an endorsement of the wishes of the people in North East ward''. ''I got an overwhelming vote of confidence from my community, 42.6 per cent voted for my team,'' he said. Cr Cassidy knows he and his fellow councillors have a busy term ahead -- particularly given the volatile economic climate. He has been critical of the current $12.3 million proposal for the new library and civic centre, believing a more ''austere'' build- ing would serve the council's needs equally well. ''I believe that we can still do what we need to for the library and our staff but do it in a more economic way,'' he said. Tenders will be put to council in the next few months. Other major projects on the agenda will be the Summer Hill flour mill redevelopment and the proposed school on the Yasmar site. One of Cr Cassidy's pet hates are what he sees as the ''oppressive preservation rules'' imposed on Haberfield, which he claims would turn the suburb into a ''museum''. ''I want to see a better, more family friendly way of dealing with development applications in Haberfield,'' he said. Cr Cassidy also wants to see the pensioner rates rebate increased. Ashfield's new deputy mayor is the Liberal's Morris Mansour, a restaurateur and self-declared ''Lazarus'' who has been re-elected to council after four failed at- tempts. Plan with 20-20 vision for future looks good for Angelo FIONA BRADY Canada Bay Mayor Angelo Tsirekas. CANADA Bay Mayor Angelo Tsirekas knows what his com- munity wants -- he has it in writing. Over the past year, the council has been inviting residents to contribute ideas to its FuturesPlan 20, a 20-year vision for the area. With the draft plan completed, the challenge now is to turn that vision into reality, Cr Tsirekas said. ''We'll be re-focussing our atten- tion on the built and natural environment, and looking at ways of improving and adding value to the wonderful features that we have, such as our open space and foreshore areas,'' he said. ''We'll also be looking at major issues that are impacting on our area, such as traffic and transport, and ways local government can be involved in finding solutions.'' One problem he really wants to solve is Victoria Rd, but he doesn't believe the State Government's solution is the right one. ''We have written to the new Premier putting forward our strong opposition to a second Iron Cove Bridge,'' he said, adding that he hoped to meet Nathan Rees to discuss the issue. Other key issues will be the future of the Yaralla Estate and the proposed Breakfast Point ma- rina. And with the worldwide economic downturn, so too, he says, will be strong management of the council's finances. ''Good, sound, long-term financial planning and making sure that the rates and the other money we spend is used wisely for adding value to our area,'' he said. Grand Opening Sale! Our new Drummoyne store opens Saturday 11 October at 9am! FURNITURE • HOMEWARES • OUTDOOR • OPEN 7 DAYS FROM 9AM TO 5PM 103 Victoria Road, Drummoyne • Phone 9181 2700 • Parking at the rear via Formosa Street Our full range is available for viewing at www.tigress.com.au UP TO 50% OFF STOREWIDE Grand Opening Special! Selected Hardwood Tables HALF PRICE when you purchase 8 dining chairs for ONLY $199 SAVE $100 each CHAIRS RRP $299 While stocks last. See in store for details.
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