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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : November 12th 2008
4 INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, November 13, 2008 MB NEWS www.innerwestweekly.com.au Mini-Budget detail 'tough and decisive' CLAIRE THOMPSON Mini Budget '08 For comprehensive reports on the mini-Budget go to www.innerwestweekly.com.au TOUGH, decisive and detailed is how Treasurer Eric Roozendaal described the mini-Budget, which he said represented difficult decision-making in times of financial crisis. Saying a lack of trust and confi- dence has stalled traditional lend- ing and investment, he outlined the government's plans to try to keep the financial position stable. Building projects which have been confirmed include the $156 million Victoria Rd upgrade, including the duplication of Iron Cove Bridge. Transport Minister David Campbell said widening the bridge would feed more buses along Victoria Rd into a new transport hub at Rozelle, which will connect with the CBD Metro, taking commuters into the city. ''This is about putting in place real options for people that will make a difference to their daily commute,'' Mr Campbell said. Mr Roozendaal outlined savings totalling $3.3 billion over the next four years and measures to raise $3.6 billion. He said business tax cuts of $1.9 billion stay and tar- geted expenditure of $850 million. Not deferring the $12 billion North West Metro indefinitely would have been ''economically irresponsible'' the Treasurer said, adding that the scheme would be replaced with a smaller Sydney Metro system. ''The mini-budget is tough, it is decisive and it represents a change from the past,'' he said. Tilly the dog doesn't think a second Iron Cove Bridge is a good idea. Picture: PHIL BLATCH ~PP215060 Bridge plan over troubled waters FIONA BRADY THE State Government has not backed down on its plans for Victoria Rd, vowing in the mini- Budget this week that the $156 million widening project will go ahead. More than 5000 people have signed a petition opposing the roadwork and the proposal to build a second Iron Cove Bridge. It was presented to Opposition transport spokeswoman Gladys Berejiklian last Wednesday by residents and members of the Victoria Rd Community Com- mittee. Ms Berejiklian is expected to table the petition in Parliament later this week. At the meeting, Victoria Rd Community Committee spokes- man Alex Elliott told the crowd to look up in the sky. ''In 21/2 years, that will be a three-lane motorway,'' he said. Opposition roads spokesman Duncan Gay, who also attended, said he believed the State Govern- ment's priority should be eliminating the bottlenecks at Lyons Rd and Darling St rather than ''spending $150 million on something that's not going to work''. One of the most eye-catching protesters was Tilly the dog who was wearing a sign saying; ''A new bridge, a dog of an idea''. Her owner, Edwina Kirby, of Drummoyne, said the bridge would disrupt the area ''without a benefit''. ''It will damage the community on both sides of the bridge,'' she said. Helping learner drivers become safer drivers FREE workshops for parents and supervising drivers To help you with practical advice about: • Understanding of the new laws for L and P licence holders. • Supervising learner drivers. • Completing the Learner Driver Log Book. • Understanding the benefits of supervised on-road driving experience. The RTA and your local council have set up free two hour workshops for parents and supervisors of learner drivers. The next workshop in your area will be held: 2008979i iww wk20 Time and Date: 6.30 - 8.30pm Monday, 24 November Venue: Civic Centre, 1A Malborough St, Drummoyne Book Now on: 9911 6332 Council's Road Safety Officer *Bookings are essential Would a short-term cash loan help you get back on top of things? Every week, our Personal Finance Centres help thousands of people get over life's ups and downs with a convenient cash loan. We have all kinds of loans from $50 to $5000. And, as a responsible lender, we'll tailor a financial solution that's right for you. To find out more, call 13CASH. 303CASH0961 OPENING SALE Lift chairs, scooters, rollators, shower chairs Crutches, walking sticks, walking frames, wheelchairs, hospital beds, commodes, cushions, ramps Ability Healthcare 115 Silverwater Road Silverwater 9648 1888 www.abilityhealthcare.net Pride Lift Chair C6 Dual Motor $1580 Save $270 Pride Pathride 10 Scooter $2400 Save $250 6 Wheel Rollator $170 Sale Price $127 Shower stool $60 Sale Price $45 Sales, Hire, Personal Delivery (10km radius) 2304589i iww wk20
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