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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : October 15 2008
6 INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, October 16, 2008 MB NEWS www.innerwestweekly.com.au Council against V8s SHIREEN KHALIL Craig Lowndes drives to the winning post of the Bathurst 1000. Picture: STEPHEN COOPER It will put strain and stress the north part of the municipality' ' Strathfield Councillor BILL CARNEY STRATHFIELD Council will write a letter to State Development Minister Ian MacDonald in a bid to prevent the V8 Supercars race being held at Sydney Olympic Park. The decision came after Liberal Councillor Bill Carney called it as a matter of urgency at last week's council meeting. All seven councillors unani- mously voted against the event and agreed a letter be written to the Minister which will contain three main issues -- noise pol- lution, parking and other environ- mental impacts. Premier Nathan Rees an- nounced the introduction of V8 Supercars racing through Sydney Olympic Park two weeks ago. The first race of the Sydney 400 -- a 3.4km circuit -- will be held next year from December 4 to 6. The race contract has been awarded for five years and it is understood it will cost taxpayers about $30 million. Mr Rees was supported by V8 supercars drivers including the legendary Mark Skaiffe. But Cr Carney said the race was not wanted so close to the Strathfield municipality. ''A lot people are not happy about the cars being held at Olympic Park . . . it disrupts life in Strathfield and you will get a lot of noise and there's no doubt about that,'' he said. ''It will put strain and stress the north part of the municipality.'' Cr Carney wants the race to be held at Eastern Creek, where local residents won't be adversely affec- ted. Another council concern is car parking. The councillors say Sydney Olympic Park ''does not have a satisfactory (parking) arrange- ment''. Cr Carney believes residents and their visitors in the Strathfield municipality will be inconvenienced as they ''can't get a park and have the potential of being booked''. ''I wonder how they will get people in there and I don't know how they are going to deal with that, and what are people who work there going to do?'' Cr Carney said. He said another concern was the environment. ''There has been talk that they will cut down 300 trees, which suggests it is going to be a perma- nent event,'' he said. The letter will be sent to the Minister as soon as possible. Opposition to the race is mount- ing, despite a successful and rela- tively trouble-free Bathurst 1000 last weekend, which was won for the third year in a row by Ford drivers Craig Lowndes and Jamie Whincup, of Team Vodafone. Rally against car race plan FIONA BRADY INNER-WEST Weekly readers don't want V8 Supercars racing to come anywhere near Sydney Olympic Park. That's the overwhelming message from a poll on our website in which 88 per cent of respondents (118 people) voted against the idea. Only 12 per cent (16 people) gave the plans the thumbs-up. Pressure against the proposal is mounting, with a public rally against the V8 Supercars race through Sydney Olympic Park planned for Sunday. The rally has had to change location since it was initially announced last week. The event was to have been staged in the Overflow, but due to this weekend's Cycling Festi- val in Olympic Park, it will now take place in the park opposite The Overflow, on the corner of Dawn Fraser Ave and Olympic Blvd. Speakers at the protest rally will include Reid Federal Labor MP Laurie Ferguson, Upper House MP Lee Rhiannon from the Greens, and Leigh Martin from the Total Environment Centre. Speeches will begin at noon. The rally has been organised by the Save Olympic Park -- No V8 Race committee. For more details visit www.saveolympicpark.com.au
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