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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : November 5th 2008
MB INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, November 6, 2008 3 NEWS www.innerwestweekly.com.au Bonanza of prizes won ANDREW Phan was the big win- ner in our Great Online Bonanza last week. Mr Phan won a nine-night South Pacific cruise aboard P&Os superliner Pacific Dawn. His name was randomly selec- ted in the final draw of the week- long promotion. The Great Online Bonanza ran all last week, with prize draws on the hour every hour. There were hundreds of prizes given away, with a total prize pool value of $50,000. Some of our other big winners were Iris Stephens, who collected a $1000 voucher from Treehouse, and Lydia Thompson, who won a Pumpkin Patch voucher worth $1000. There's still some great prizes on offer on our website. Visit www.innerwestweekly.com.au or see Page 6 for details. Young hunters bed down for a croc-free night under stars Luka, 3, and Georgie, 8, and cavalier king charles spaniel Gemma get ready for a night in the tent with their friends at Drummoyne. Picture: PHIL BLATCH ~PP211948 FIONA BRADY CRIKEY, have a look at these little beauties. Budding crocodile hunters Georgie, 8, and Luka, 3, can't wait for Steve Irwin Day on November 15.For the second year in a row, the Drummoyne kids and their mum and dad Kate and Tony File will be holding a sponsored back- yard campout to raise money for Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors. ''We celebrated Steve Irwin Day because we absolutely love Steve,'' Mrs File said. ''We are animal and wildlife lovers and admire his work. ''Georgie is animal mad and loves Bindi so she wanted to help out in any way she could. ''We had an awesome time last year and plan on doing even more this year.'' Little Georgie has fond memories of Steve Irwin and wants to follow in his footsteps. ''I like him because he worked with animals and helped them,'' she said. ''I want to be a zookeeper when I grow up.'' And Australia Zoo is hoping other Inner West residents get involved too -- either by donning khaki for Khaki Day or by hosting a sponsored back-yard campout. All money raised during this year's event will go to support humpback whale conservation. For more details visit www.australiazoo.com.au DAs get move on FIONA BRADY TRADUZIONE: Questo articolo è tradotto in italiano al sito: www.innerwestweekly.com.au www.innerwestweekly.com.au TRANSLATION: This story is translated in Chinese at innerwestweekly.com.au Has your DA been held up? Tell us your story online at www.innerwestweekly.com.au ASHFIELD Council has been named and shamed as the state's slowest council to process develop- ment applications. The latest figures released by the Planning Department show the council took an average of 160 days to process DAs in 2007-08, more than double the state aver- age of 74 days. But the Inner West council has tried to reassure residents that in the past three months it had implemented changes that had already slashed processing times. ''These statistics are certainly disappointing but the important thing is Ashfield Council has already recognised the need for improvement,'' Mayor Ted Cassidy said. ''We can reassure our residents that we have already taken nu- merous steps to improve our per- formance, with our statistics already showing a marked im- provement for our customers.'' Among the changes the council has introduced is a new procedure for accepting development appli- cations, with more staff, and in- creasing use of heritage advisers. ''The number of outstanding DAs has fallen dramatically from 160 at the beginning of the 2007-08 financial year to the current fig- ure of 80, and our average process- ing time over the past three months has dropped to 118 days,'' Cr Cassidy said. However Urban Taskforce chief executive Aaron Gadiel said the reluctance of councils to approve new homes was contributing to Sydney's rental crisis. ''It takes an average of 32 weeks for Ashfield Council to deal with new developments -- while local renters have struggled to deal with a 17 per cent increase in rent for new two-bedroom homes in the last year alone,'' he said. Commenting on the figures, a Planning Department spokesman said: ''The report shows some councils need to improve their performance in turning around development applications and the Department of Planning under- stands Ashfield Council has plans under way to do just that.'' GOSPEL PIANOS CITY CENTRE 156 Castlereagh Street 9264 0007 • Villawood 896 Woodville Road 9724 2022 North Ryde 9/277 Lane Cove Rd 9889 5551 IWW 2322121IL WK19 C.BECHSTEIN, W.HOFFMANN, KNABE, KOHLER & CAMPBELL, CASIO, DYNATONE, KETRON, KURZWEIL FINANCE T.A.P. 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