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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : November 5th 2008
20 INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, November 6, 2008 MB Keep your cash close to home WHEN times get tough, people tend to party. And that's exactly what the business community of the Inner West did at Wests Ashfield on October 22. As one sage pointed out: ''There's nothing like the hint of a recession to get businesspeople up dancing''. The event was the Inner-West Weekly's 2008 True Local Business Awards, which rewarded 21 organisations in particular business and non- profit categories, and honoured five others with special awards. It was a special night for a special bunch of people -- the people who match it with the big guys to win our collective trust. Despite another interest rates cut this week and perhaps a win on the Melbourne Cup, few can disagree that money is tight for everyone. This is all the more reason to support the local guy when it comes to spending your hard- earned dollar. At least then, you know you'll be doing something to keep your neighbours in business. It's easy to think locally, shop locally. Cars are eating city Row over parking meters continues in Burwood. All this fuss about parking meters, but no concern about the cars that ate Burwood. I think there should be no parking at all on the northern side of Railway Pde between Shaftesbury Rd and Conder St as the footpath is dangerously nar- row for pedestrians, and this is the busiest pedestrian area in Burwood, due to proximity to the railway station. As for the problem of elderly people with walking frames want- ing to park close to doctors: my understanding is that disabled people with disabled parking stickers from the RTA can park anywhere, all day, without being fined (even in the Sydney CBD). So all those people should be apply- ing to the RTA for their disabled stickers, not harassing the council about parking meters. The purpose of council parking meters is to ensure that com- muters don't park out the streets all day every day: if that happened you would never hear the end of the complaints from businesses and other residents. Everyone who lives here knows that the streets just east of Shaftesbury Rd, not far from the railway, where there are no meters or parking limits, are parked out before 8am every week day. Cr John Sidoti asked a legit- imate question: why is Cr John Faker making a fuss about this now, when he had the opportunity to easily do something about it (if he'd cared to) in the last eight years when he was the Mayor? C Kemp Croydon Focus on issues The Co.As.It DA application to occupy Yasmar went before Ashfield Council for determi- nation on October 14 and was refused. The DA was assessed on its merits by council officers, independent consultants and regulatory bodies, all professionals in their fields. The assessment concluded the project had two major flaws: 1. Traffic safety issues -- conflict existed between traffic and ped- estrians within the Yasmar car park and with local public school. The driveway was too narrow. 2. Heritage aspects -- bulk/scale, the structure was out of character, dominated the surrounding build- ings, did not comply with local LEP regulations. Councillors who supported the refusal are to be commended for their decision. They acknowl- edged these flaws, and protected the community from what was to be an inappropriate development. Co.As.It. had numerous opportunities and time to address these issues. The majority of residents support the location of the school on this site. The issues have always been about appropriate bulk and scale, traffic, safety and heritage con- siderations, which were never properly addressed. We must not lose focus of these issues and ensure they're resolved in any future submissions. S Di Lorenzo Haberfield WRITE TO US MAIL: The Editor Inner-West Weekly, 181 First Ave, Five Dock, 2046. FAX: 9018 3531 EMAIL: email@example.com 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 Greens snub Labor's plan ASHFIELD Greens have some explaining to do. Labor ap- proached the Greens before the council elections in the hope of establishing a progressive co- alition for Ashfield Municipality. Among other things, we pro- posed that both parties would exchange preferences and work together on council to achieve the following: an open and trans- parent system of political do- nations; refusal to take donations from corporate developers; com- mitment not to use the remnants of WorkChoices; support environmentally sustainable de- velopment for Ashfield; com- pletion of the Civic Centre; an extension of the light rail. We believe that this progress- ive coalition for Ashfield is what the voters expected and deserved. Labor and Greens received a combined 51.6 per cent of the vote and have seven of the 12 council- lors. So, how is it we have a conservative mayor who not only had a Liberal supporter as No. 2 on his ticket but also supported Liberal-in-exile Julie Passas in East Ward? How is it that we have a Liberal Deputy Mayor? Could it be because Greens councillor Marc Rerceretnam ac- tually voted for this conservative ticket in the council chamber? The ALP door is open to further co-operation with the Greens. Those who voted Greens expect- ing a progressive coalition for Ashfield should hold their coun- cillors to account. 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