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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : November 5th 2008
4 INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, November 6, 2008 MB NEWS www.innerwestweekly.com.au Great V8 debate rages Inner-West Weekly reporters Shireen Khalil and Fiona Brady are at loggerheads over the proposal to hold V8 Supercar races at Sydney Olympic Park. Picture: PHIL BLATCH SHIREEN KHALIL SAYS YES I CAN understand where people are coming from when they say they don't want the V8 Supercar race to be held at Sydney Olympic Park because of environmental issues. But the fact of the matter is, noise pollution is everywhere. Locals who live on busy streets put up with it every day. Keep in mind this event is only three days a year! At the end of the day, Sydney Olympic Park is the best venue to cater for such a large event. Unlike Eastern Creek, it has easy access. The track at Eastern Creek is built more for motorbikes than V8s. Olympic Park is Sydney's most recog- nised park and will only build upon its reputation as well as drawing the expected 15,000 visitors to other venues. More importantly, it will generate more job opportunities and boost the NSW econ- omy, which after all, is what we need. 'Odd time for donations' KIM SHAW state parliament PROMOTERS of the V8 Supercar race at Sydney Olympic Park made donations to the ALP over the past 18 months, but State Development Minister Ian Macdonald said the contributions ''played no role'' in his approval of the event. Opposition state development spokesman Adrian Piccoli said the donations came at a very ''odd time''. ''We are not suggesting any impropriety on behalf of the companies and person who donated to the Labor Party but this does raise questions in the minds of the public about whether decisions are being made for the right reasons,'' Mr Piccoli said. Mr Macdonald has not denied his long- term friendship with one of the V8 pro- moters, Greg Jones. Electoral returns produced by Mr Piccoli showed companies directed by David Coe and Mr Jones each contributed $10,000 to the ALP, plus personal contributions from Mr Jones. Mr Macdonald said the companies had also made significant donations to the Liberal Party. Political donations are legal under the current system and must be declared. Mr Macdonald told parliament the gov- ernment's decision to hold the event at Homebush Bay was based on economic modelling. However the government has not allowed the public to see the economic modelling. The NSW Ombudsman reported that the economic modelling was also the subject of a complaint by journalists denied access to the figures. The government will give $30 million over five years to the event. FIONA BRADY SAYS NO CALL me a wowser, but I think allowing it to go ahead is an Olympic-sized mistake. Sydney Olympic Park was built for fast sleek HUMAN bodies, not lean mean bogan machines spewing fumes all over the place. And while I'm no tree hugger, I object to trees being cut down in Sydney's environ- mental showpiece. Think too of the poor residents and workers who are going to have to endure massive traffic and noise disruption in the weeks -- not days -- leading up to the event. ''Yeah, yeah,'' I hear the revheads say, ''at least this race will make some money out of that big white elephant complex''. ''Hog- wash'' I say. Premier Nathan Rees (who's about to announce a cost-slashing mini- budget) has already admitted that taxpayers will fork out at least $30 million for this fiasco, and that's just for starters. I think the petrol fumes have gone to his head. SUPER SALE Fill Your Bookshelves at Unbelievable Prices! Thursday 13t h November 2008 Open to the Public --- 10am-7:30pm Venue: Olympic Park Sports Centre, Olympic Boulevard, Homebush Bay (Free parking available in P7) At least 50 % off! A huge range of products to choose from! 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