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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : October 15 2008
MB INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, October 16, 2008 35 Put good music on the menu EVERYBODY loves good music so there should be no reason why small venues around Strathfield can't give over a corner to a musician or three. State MP Virginia Judge is trying to encourage local restaurateurs and cafe owners to do just that. Recent changes to legislation mean that small bars are an option, and eateries can serve up entertainment as well, without all of the rigmarole. Historically, Strathfield has not been a municipality for pubs. The good burghers of days gone by didn't see the need for such establishments. The result today is that the younger generation of Strathfield are voting with their feet and heading towards the city to get their fill of entertainment and live music. There's simply very little to do in Strathfield other than eat at a restaurant or visit a karaoke bar. And musicians are feeling squeezed out, with nowhere to perform. Now times have changed and the government has seen a need to relax the rules a little -- if only to encourage the ''right'' sort of clientele. Some Sunday afternoon music at a cafe might just hit the spot. Keep heritage solid Ashfield Mayor Ted Cassidy. Museums are places where people come to visit beautiful items of historical value. If Mayor Cassidy wants to liken Haberfield to a museum then so be it (IWW, Oct 9). Heaven help Haberfield and the rest of Ashfield's heritage, if su- perb original architecture in a harmonious streetscape, is Mayor Cassidy's pet hate. Our architectural heritage is not all sandstone buildings hundreds of years old as in Europe. Our heritage is the colonial, victorian, federation and bungalow styles that predominate these older sub- urbs. Let's look after them. There's been enough damage done to Ashfield from past and present planners and councillors. We need to resist any watering down of heritage guidelines. Greg Chapman Ashfield Majority rules The editorial about the Burwood mayoral election (Opinion, Oct 2) was somewhat wide of the mark in championing Cr Faker as mayor based upon the ALP vote at the recent council election. A quick view of the results show that the ALP only got 40.7 per cent of the vote. This indicates that Cr Faker was not directly supported by more than 50 per cent of voters. In the case of an direct election for mayor Cr Faker may well have won but for the Inner-West Weekly to urge a result based purely on the very much discredited first past the post method does not serve democracy at all. If the ALP had received 50 per cent of the votes they would have received four seats and control of council; the fact that the ALP didn't is easy for all to see as their opponents got the majority (four) instead. Inner-West Weekly should be more careful in its commentary on the results. All candidates deserve thanks for putting themselves forward and the winners are to be congratu- lated. Best wishes in your endeav- ours. Colin Jones Summer Hill Decision stinks I am writing in response to the article in the Inner West Weekly regarding opposition to the pro- posed V8 Supercar race through Olympic Park. I used to love going to car races but I think it is appalling that the V8s -- or any race car -- should take priority over part of the Olympic Park and cause such disruption to residents. I am amazed that the Premier can make such a decision when there are so many areas across the city that need attention before a car racing track. Put the race track at Eastern Creek where it belongs and leave the Olympic Park for the people of Sydney, most of whom don't care for racing cars of any sort. I'm sorry, but I don't think that the supposed 100 jobs and 75 appren- ticeships are worth this demo- lition. Julia Osborne Five Dock WRITE TO US MAIL: The Editor Inner-West Weekly, 181 First Ave, Five Dock, 2046. FAX: 9018 3531 EMAIL: email@example.com 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 Transport below par TO THE POINT The transport in Ashfield going to the city about 8am is below standard. The train is so full, some passengers have to wait for the next train. Why can't the tramway be brought to Ashfield? Everyone is talking about trans- port problems but no action is taken. Christoph Krause, Ashfield Pushing on arrogant What arrogance of the State Labor Government to push ahead with the V8 Supercar races in Sydney Olympic Park in spite of community opposition! The loud roars and whines and air pol- lution from racing cars and hun- dreds of semi-trailer movements will cause weeks of disruption to surrounding residents. And the removal of more than 700 native trees is the last thing we want in the Inner West! On Tuesday, October 21, at the first council meeting since the election, I will be urging councillors to throw our weight behind the campaign to stop the V8 Supercar races in Olympic Park. Pauline Tyrrell Greens councillor Canada Bay Council New mayor's great Great news that the voters in Burwood Municipality finally have a female mayor. What a relief that we, hopefully, will not be subjected to Mr Faker's smil- ing face, which seemed to appear countless times with regular monotony in the pages of our local papers. Marian Jager, Burwood OPINION www.innerwestweekly.com.au
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