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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : October 8 2008
20 INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, October 9, 2008 MB For Jack's sake, give bowls a go A SMALL piece of the fabric of Inner West society is slowly dying off. The once robust lawn bowls club that existed in every suburb is closing down or changing shape due to market forces, the shifting demographics and State Government-imposed pokie tax and smoking bans. As clubs struggle to survive, they have to become inventive. Concord RSL Bowling Club and South Strathfield Bowling Club are two such clubs that are pushing open days and barefoot bowls days to attempt to attract new, younger members. Some clubs such as Five Dock RSL Bowling Club and Homebush Bowling Club have simply disappeared and are set to be redeveloped. Others diversify, such as Greenlees, which has merged with the mega sporting club Briars, bringing with it younger, active patrons. In other parts of Sydney, the greens have been given over to hockey fields, gardens and car parks. One thing is for sure. Bowling clubs are pleasant places to be, albeit some need to be brought into the 21st century. If more people took the chance to learn a bit about the jack, the bias, the touchers and the dead end, the game might just survive. Politically motivated MP John Murphy in Federal Parliament. I read with interest last week's letter by Joe Alvaro (Opinion, Oct 2) regarding the recent incident involving Lowe Federal Labor MP John Murphy and the Parliament House cafeteria. Given Mr Alvaro's background as a Liberal candidate, his letter is nothing short of a politically motivated attack and should be treated as such. Regardless of whether Mr Murphy should have made the complaint, it is important to note (and this is what Mr Alvaro over- looks) that he apologised to the Parliament that same day. What he said may have been a mistake, but at least he showed the decency to say sorry -- something which too many of our politicians seem un- able to do! Moreover, in light of the Liberal Party's inexcusable defence of big business, Ferraris and Bacardi Breezers, the old cliche´ , people in glass houses should not throw stones is particularly relevant. If, as Mr Alvaro suggests, John Murphy and his wife should spend an evening with the St Vincent de Paul Night Patrol van, then the out of touch men and women of the Federal Parliamentary Liberal Party should seriously contem- plate the idea of aid work in Sub- Sahara Africa. Dominic Ofner Concord West Mental moves Less than four years ago then premier Bob Carr opened Croydon Community Health Centre, sing- ing the praises of the $24 million centre that would have 180 staff members. It would be ''a modern facility that sets new standards in design for community health care''. So, what new standards are being set? Lower ones, apparently. The meagre bucks that someone with a mental illness can earn is actually being cut by Sydney South West Area Health (IWW, Sept 25). Let's be very clear about who is affected here, and that's one of the the most vulnerable groups in society. This includes people who live in licensed boarding houses, who pay 75 per cent or more of their income for food and accom- modation. Many will have been institutionalised for lengthy periods, many will endure drug regimes with nasty side effects for much of their life, just to keep them stable. They participate in an honest way to earn a small income, undertaking worthwhile tasks that many of us would find repetitive and tedious. They are not in training for highly skilled tasks, they are doing their best to partici- pate and earn a living. This is simply a pay cut that removes not only income but dignity. Federal and State governments say they are committed to ensuring people with mental illness are given the best chance to partici- pate in society. If that's the case then I'd expect this petty minded, mean spirited decision to be over- turned very quickly, and those responsible to be called to account. Bill Gunning Haberfield WRITE TO US MAIL: The Editor Inner-West Weekly, 181 First Ave, Five Dock, 2046. FAX: 9018 3531 EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org Letters should be kept brief. Name, address and phone num- ber must be supplied. Letters are submitted on condition that Cumberland Newspapers, as publisher of the Inner-West Weekly, may edit and has the right to reproduce in electronic form and communicate these letters. CONDITIONS Absent councillor TO THE POINT It's a pity that Julie Passas had not bothered to acquaint herself with the facts regarding a Greens councillor's absence on election day before she cast aspersions (Opinion Oct 2). If she had, she would have known the councillor was fulfilling a long-term commit- ment (planned and booked a long time ago) to take his ageing mother on a trip of a lifetime. He worked extremely hard prior to the election to gain the vote of confidence that he did and Ashfield residents will be very lucky to have such a compassion- ate councillor serving their interests for the next four years. Rosslyn Rix, Summer Hill Fun Spring fair Thank you Strathfield Council for the fun-filled family day at the Strathfield Spring Fair on September 28. Thank you to the community who supported my Leukaemia Foundation stall. All day I could hear the children laughing on the free rides. I could see the wandering entertainment and feel the lovely sunshine. It was a great day. Gladys Lim, Strathfield Political joke Sacked politicians should not be allowed to continue receiving their payments of superannu- ation. Give it back to the people! The events of the past month from the politicians that have either left or been sacked by the Premier of the time is a joke. Paul Woods, Homebush OPINION www.innerwestweekly.com.au
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