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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : October 29 2008
22 INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, October 30, 2008 MB More talk promised on meters THE scourge of the parking meter continues in Burwood, as do the attempts to find a compromise. No one likes parking meters -- except perhaps the bean counters who consider the revenue aspect. Shopkeepers across Sydney say the meters deter business. Drivers curse them. Last year as mayor John Faker and the council held a parking summit, which resulted in the removal of one parking meter in Railway Pde. This was replaced with half- hour parking -- which isn't much good if you're sitting in a doctor's waiting room, or worse, sitting in the consulting room. To be fair, the council did introduce some cheaper parking in the reconfigured George St car park. Now Cr Faker has again raised the issue with the council. And the result? A six-month consultation process with councillors, residents and stakeholders. There will be ''workshops and communication'', according to new mayor Lesley Furneaux- Cook. We can only hope that this time around, the consultation process results in a more equitable outcome for the frail aged. Plants before pupils? Yasmar's heritage versus harmony? In the grand history of ''what were they thinking'', Ashfield Council's decision to reject the development of the Italian Bilingual School beggars belief! Do we really value heritage gardens ahead of future gener- ations? Is greenspace more important than children? No one doubts the real value that multiculturalism has be- stowed upon our nation. Why then, does Ashfield Council want to knock back a valuable resource? If multiculturalism is the means to global harmony (and Australia stands as testimony to this) then bilingual education is the tool to get us there. We are fortunate that our chil- dren can be educated in the French school, Greek, German and Arabic schools, International Grammar School (four languages there), Jewish schools teaching Hebrew -- yet the Italian language (the largest of the non-English speaking migrant groups) has been shut out by Ashfield Council. It seems in Australia that we can have pasta as our most popu- lar mealtime dish, and capuccinos outselling beer, just don't allow those children to learn Italian in our precious Haberfield! With much dismay, Dr John-Paul Bossi Five Dock Selective heritage Yasmar on Parramatta Rd, Ashfield was a detention centre for years, and in all that time none of the pro-heritage groups were concerned about the deterioration of the buildings and surrounds. Now that a school has been pro- posed these heritage crusaders as usual are opposing the appli- cation. They also have the hide to suggest another site for the school. Your front page article last week featured a photo that shows a neglected column at the entrance to Yasmar covered in graffiti. I wonder why not one of the heritage groups has taken time out from objecting to everything to clean up the entrance. They voluntarily spend their time scrutinising council's develop- ment applications looking for reasons to object and justify their existence. Why don't they spend their time which they seem to have a lot of to help maintain the many public heritage-listed properties in Ashfield that are falling into disre- pair. Their heritage concern is selective and only appears when an appli- cation is lodged. Julie Passas Ashfield 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 TO THE POINT Playing politics? ''No confidence vote in Mayor'' (IWW Oct 23) fails to mention that Councillor Lim and other council- lors passed this motion after unanimously passing the first agenda items requiring a vote and subsequently passed unani- mously all of the General Busi- ness items at the October 7 Coun- cil meeting. The irony is that this motion was based on lack of harmony. Just because no-one supported your nomination on election night to become mayor. Shame! Shame! Councillor Lim are you now playing politics at the first Council meeting! Sue McDonald, Concord West MP hits wrong note Julie Passas makes valid points (Opinion, Oct 23) re the article (IWW Oct 16) which tells us that Labor State MP Virginia Judge wants more music in Strathfield, implying that voters would prefer Ms Judge to focus on more serious and pressing issues. Ms Judge is surely out of touch with the needs of her electorate. Has she forgotten that users of Burwood Railway Station, includ- ing the elderly and people with a disability, are waiting for the station upgrade and lift, a re- peated promise from Ms Judge since she was elected in 2003? The users of Burwood Station all deserve an award for patience. But as John Dryden said: ''Be- ware the fury of a patient man''. 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