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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : October 29 2008
MB INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, October 30, 2008 5 NEWS www.innerwestweekly.com.au Mayor's no to gas guzzler SHIREEN KHALIL THE mayor of Burwood wants to go ''green'' and replace the Holden mayoral car with a more ''environmentally-friendly'' hybrid. At the last council meeting, Mayor Lesley Furneaux-Cook made a series of recommen- dations for the councillor ex- penses and facilities policy in- cluding to replace the existing six-cylinder mayoral car with a hybrid version, or a four-cylinder vehicle. The mayor said she didn't drive the Holden Caprice mayoral car as she found it ''unnessesary''. ''I don't drive the mayoral car, I drive my car because it's (mayoral car) an unnecessary car to have,'' Cr Furneaux-Cook said. ''I would like to lead by example and not have a petrol guzzler.'' Despite driving a four-cylinder Mitsubishi People Mover that runs on petrol, she said she couldn't wait to ''ditch it''. ''I'm waiting for my kids to learn to drive then I can ditch this car and move into a hybrid. ''We're a small urban local gov- ernment area and the mayor doesn't have to travel 100km to meet their constituents,'' she said. The mayor is also calling for any legal expenses incurred by a councillor to be capped at $150,000 per matter. Earlier this month Strathfield Mayor Keith Kwon also moved a motion to discontinue the mayoral car, a Toyota Prius, with intentions to improve ''com- munity confidence''. Judy sees red over pink Cancer survivor Judith Treanor, of Drummoyne, with her faithful pup Presley. Picture: PHIL BLATCH ~PP208518 LEESA SMITH Should 'pink' products be banned? Comment at www.innerwestweekly.com.au BREAST Cancer Month has raised millions of dollars for research, but for Judy Treanor, of Drummoyne, it is an insensitive campaign which reminds her of her struggle with the disease. The city turns a shade of pink in October, with everything from food products to washing-up brushes adopting the colour to raise money in the National Breast Cancer Foundation's biggest fundraiser of the year. Mrs Treanor, who is married with a four-year-old son, was diag- nosed with breast cancer two years ago. She said breast cancer aware- ness month was a constant re- minder of an experience she would rather forget. ''I understand fundraising and breast cancer awareness has to happen, but this atmosphere of pinkness in my face constantly this month just makes me and my family nauseous and brings back memories I'd rather put to the back of my mind,'' she said. The foundation's chief execu- tive officer Sue Murray apologised to Mrs Treanor and other breast cancer survivors who are of- fended. ''It is certainly not intended,'' Ms Murray said. ''On the other hand, the increase in funds that have been raised over the past eight years I have been here is a (testimony) to the fact that the community does respond very positively to the opportunity to do what they do normally -- which is purchase products and at the same time contribute to breast cancer research.'' Mrs Treanor, 36, said the pink theme associated with products was sending the wrong message. ''One of the things I find so sickening about this so-called Breast Cancer Month are the prod- ucts that are associated with col- lecting funds for the charities: Michel's Patisseries pink cup- cakes, pink Tim Tams, Dove skincare, OPI Pink nail varnish -- the list goes on,'' she said. ''These are items containing sugars, fats or perhaps other addi- tives, preservatives, chemicals -- in other words, the things cancer survivors are advised to avoid.'' Ms Murray said the foundation recommended that people main- tain a healthy diet. 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