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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : October 22 2008
26 INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, October 23, 2008 MB Estates crave some life IT'S a tenet in the building game that houses that are unlived in tend to die a faster death than those that have tenants. Two of the Inner West's most loved treasures -- the estates of Yasmar and Yaralla -- are dying under our collective noses. Both estates are in the hands of the State Government -- Yasmar with the Lands Department and Yaralla entrusted to the Health Department. And while local heritage societies and residents are hopeful of bright futures for the estates, the solution is no nearer. The Lands Department has given Co.As.It., the Italian community organisation, a 20-year lease to use part of Yasmar for a bilingual school. While such a use may be equitable, unfortunately their plans to rebuild on the Juvenile Justice section of the site have caused consternation among residents, heritage groups and Ashfield Council. And now the real fight is on. Meanwhile, much of Yaralla lies dormant since the Health Department moved its dialysis unit from the Dame Eadith Walker Hospital mansion in June. It was never the right place for the unit, and now is the perfect opportunity to deliver an outcome that works for the Trust and the community. Heritage credentials Ashfield Mayor Ted Cassidy. Re: Greg Chapman, ''Keep heritage solid'' (Opinion, Oct 16). Well, Greg could not be more wrong. Where have I ever stated that ''superb original architecture in a harmonious streetscape is my pet hate''? Where was he when I and others started our campaign to protect Haberfield during the '60s and '70s when Ashfield Council allowed our beautiful federation homes to be brick-veneered, roof shapes altered and indeed the total demolition of federation homes. Your reader has obviously not met me or followed my path as a community activist over decades. The result is the now magnificent conservation suburb of Haberfield. Let me enlighten and disabuse Greg of his ill-informed views of my involvement in Haberfield. My home ''Berne'' in Forrest St was selected for the first National Trust tour in Haberfield in 1980. For that I received a National Trust plaque of appreciation. The fence of my home in Deakin Ave was the first federation fence to be reinstated in the whole of Haberfield. Interestingly, Ashfield Council ordered the demolition of that fence until Alderman Murden intervened. Reinstating a feder- ation fence is now the norm. It is the ''preservationists'' rather than the ''conserv- ationists'', a small group of zealots pursuing residents and insisting on prosecutions for the most minor detail that has no visual impact on the federation character of their home or streetscape or neigh- bours' amenity that are my ''pet hate'', which is forcing young growing families out of Haberfield. Ted Cassidy PSM Ashfield Mayor Italian school Ashfield Council voted against Co.As.It.'s development appli- cation for the establishment of the Italian Bilingual School at Yasmar in Haberfield on October 14. The matter was refused by a small majority vote which supported the council officers' recommendation for refusal. Co.As.It. is disap- pointed that some members of the community and interest groups were misinformed about the com- pliance aspects of the proposal. It was clear some councillors were insufficiently familiar with the detail of the proposal and that detailed reports provided by Co.As.It. and sought by councillors were held on file but unavailable at the meeting. Notwithstanding a motion for deferral to deal with these and mediation matters (and with no objection by Co.As.It.), the matter proceeded to a vote and a refusal outcome. Co.As.It. has complied with all requirements and is surprised the council based its decision on heri- tage advice which goes against the approval recommended by the NSW Heritage Council. In the face of this temporary setback, Co.As.It. will be consider- ing its position and exhaust every reasonable avenue to realise the great advantages the Italian Bi- lingual School would have for the local community, the future of the Yasmar House and gardens, and its restoration. Andrea Comastri CEO, Co.As.It 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 Facing the music TO THE POINT The front page of the Inner-West Weekly (Oct 16) featured the Labor State member for Strathfield smiling ecstatically stating she ''would absolutely love to see more live music in the electorate of Strathfield''. If the dangerous pedestrian problem at the corner of Carlton Cres and Liverpool Rd, Ashfield and the unsafe, un- sightly State Rail-owned shops in close proximity are not urgently rectified, the only music will be hymns at some unfortunate's fu- neral. Her neglect of the seat of Strathfield clearly shows where her priorities are. Maybe the MP for Strathfield should return to teaching music. She was elected to look after Strathfield, not be a music promoter. Julie Passas, Ashfield Postal service I went to the GPO in Sydney on Saturday, October 4, to send an overseas letter by courier for $44. I was told this letter would not leave the Post Office before Tuesday. Which service is Aust- ralia Post running? To have a letter with a guarantee for next- day delivery you have to send it by Express Post, even within Sydney. No more telegram ser- vice will be provided over the counter. I think this is against the regulation of the World Post or- ganisation of which Australia is a member. I think it is time for Australia Post to provide a good service and not run a papershop with imported goods. Christoph Krause, Ashfield OPINION www.innerwestweekly.com.au
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