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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : October 8 2008
MB INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, October 9, 2008 7 NEWS www.innerwestweekly.com.au Lesley's win marks shift SHIREEN KHALIL New Burwood Mayor Lesley Ferneaux-Cook. Picture: Phil Blatch ~PP198172 GIRL power has struck Burwood Council with Lesley Ferneaux- Cook elected as the first female mayor in 134 years. Cr Ferneaux-Cook was elected unanimously by her fellow coun- cillors. In her thank-you speech, Cr Ferneaux-Cook said she hoped to be the first of many women to take on the top role. ''With women making up over half of Burwood Local Govern- ment population, I can only say it's about time!'' she said. ''And I am honoured to be what I hope, just one in a long line of women as mayors of Burwood. ''I was on council for four years from 2000 to 2004 and didn't stand last term because I became presi- dent of BCV (Burwood Com- munity Voice) and wanted to focus on that.'' Cr Furneaux-Cook said she would be focusing on the finances of the council and the State Gov- ernment's Metro Strategy. ''The finances is what we have to look at and I was concerned that the Labor FiscalStar report had Burwood Council listed as unsustainable,'' she said. ''The Metro Strategy is going to take on 14,000 more people without any major infrastructure up- grades and that is something that I don't want to see happen and I'm sure the community wouldn't either.'' Cr Furneaux-Cook, who is a training and development consult- ant in the education and com- munity sector, will be putting her job on hold to use her time on working with the new council and serving the community. ''As long as people have the common goal about the best de- cisions for Burwood then we shouldn't have issues, if party politics come in, that may be difficult, but if we have a common goal it should be a good term and I look forward to it,'' she said. Cr Furneaux-Cook said she was grateful to have been given the opportunity to lead the council. New Mayor promises to respect past SHIREEN KHALIL New Strathfield Mayor Keith Kwon. Picture: Phil Blatch ~PP198172 FOR the first time, Strathfield councillor Keith Kwon has been elected Mayor and he aims to achieve an ''open, transparent and accountable local govern- ment''. Cr Kwon, who is now serving his second term on Strathfield Council, said he was deeply humbled to be given the oppor- tunity to serve the people of Strathfield. ''To lead a new council is some- thing that I hoped for, and I am deeply humbled and happy for the opportunity to serve the com- munity and use my endeavours to fulfil the mayoral position at Strathfield,'' he said. The practising solicitor wants to continue to maintain what has been achieved in the past and to improve services for the people of Strathfield. ''I will focus on improving local infrastructure and basic services and also protecting the historical character of our municipality, which I think is a big deal in Strathfield and something we take pride in.'' He also believes it is very im- portant to improve the council's financial stability. ''We have to ensure financial responsibility and accountability is intact and I will make sure we continue and improve what coun- cil has achieved in the past.'' Cr Kwon does not believe the council's reputation has been tar- nished and strongly believes the new council will work together. ''I look forward to working with them and I'm very sure everyone will contribute their bit in improving Strathfield Coun- cil,'' he said. get to know your neighbours ...absolutely We have been coming to Birkenhead since we moved into the area ...about 15 years now. The accessibility of Coles and the fresh food is what I like most about Birkenhead Point. The access is better for us than other shopping centres in the area, as the parking is convenient. Birkenhead Point fresh food is part of our life now, we're there every week without fail. Mrs Doyle, Strathfield Mrs Doyle, Strathfield & Mrs Cassidy, Haberfield
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