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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : November 12th 2008
MB INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, November 13, 2008 29 Hard times or time to party? THE doom and gloom of the economy seems to be hanging over our heads like that great pall of black smoke seen in William St, Five Dock, last week. Every where you look there are more signs of woe, such as with the car dealerships in Strathfield who can't make ends meet to pay the rent. Neither can the State Government for that matter. In Ashfield, Cr Nick Adams is proposing the council draw up contingency plans for soup kitchens should the credit crunch deepen and masses of people go begging. One sector doing their bit to stimulate the economy are the parents of HSC students who are having to fork out as much as $1000 on Year 12 formals -- and that's regardless of the cost of Schoolies Week celebrations. It's times like this when the community needs to pull together and support one another -- whether that means giving your hard-earned dollar to the local shopkeeper or business, or giving a neighbour a helping hand. Just remember, it's only six weeks until Christmas, so there's still hope left in the short term. Don't Labor the point Ashfield Local Labor president Marcus Strom. I refer to Marcus Strom's letter (Weekly, 6 November 2008). It would appear that Mr Strom is still reeling from voters rejection of Ashfield's Local Labor. Despite delusions to the contrary, the Labor Party achieved 27.5 per cent of the vote at the recent council elections. In addition, Labor's can- didates in both the North East and East wards were the last to be elected -- something previously unheard of in what was once Labor's heartland. The time has come for Mr Strom to realise that Ashfield needs a new direction: the leadership being offered by Ashfield's non-Labor councillors. Mr Strom obviously still be- lieves in wedge politics. He would be well-advised to respect the will of the people and forget Local Labor's born-to-rule mentality. He obviously still lives in the good old days when the Labor Party domi- nated Ashfield Council for 40 years; considering this, they should take responsibility for Ashfield's crumbling infrastruc- ture. Finally, I believe the residents of Ashfield care more for what their Mayor and Deputy Mayor will deliver for them rather than what label they represent; we promise to do a better job than Local Labor has and will do. Morris Mansour Ashfield Deputy Mayor Laboring on I feel sorry that Marcus Strom (Ashfield Labor) is unable to con- cede Labor's own shortcomings. I emphasise this is not the first time Ashfield Labor has accused the Greens and independents of col- lusion with the Liberals before. In 2006, Labor did a deal to install Nick Adams (Liberal) as Deputy Mayor -- despite having previously promised the position to indepen- dent Councillor Caroline Stott. Not sure if you are aware Mr Strom but if you want to support this issue you are more than free to follow your convictions. The Greens have long publicly pro- claimed support for worker rights, the banning of political donations from property developers, en- vironmental sustainability and enhancement of our woeful public transport system. If Ashfield Labor feel the same way, what is stopping you from supporting the Greens? Or are you implying you need the Greens to hold your hand in order for Ashfield Labor to make up its own mind? Mr Strom, Ashfield Labor and its state Labor counterpart are not progressive in spite of your prot- estations. Need I remind you of NSW Labor's well-documented track record on political donations, and also re- mind you of Ashfield Labor coun- cillors' public stand on a recent controversial vote in July 2008. At this meeting Labor councillors voted in support of one of their number who was shown to have a direct conflict of interest because he had received a $1000 political donation from an entity. Cr Marc Rerceretnam Ashfield Greens Council 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 The lessons of Yasmar I write on behalf of the Ashfield & District Historical Society to re- but remarks made by your corre- spondents regarding Yasmar. (Opinion, Oct 30). ADHS welcomes the council's rejection of the development ap- plication for a part of the site. Julie Passas suggests that interest in the heritage values of the site are recent and by impli- cation ephemeral. This is not so. For example, in the mid-1980s ADHS published articles by the late Gwen Gardiner about the house, which was designed in 1856 by John Bibb, and appar- ently built in the period 1856-1858. It is therefore one of the oldest surviving buildings in the mu- nicipality. Yasmar has had only three owners, the last of these being the NSW Government which pur- chased the property in 1944. What we require now is a coherent plan of management for the whole site. It risks a terrible lost opportunity to commit a portion of the site until such a plan is determined. These considerations are en- tirely distinct from the merits of the proposed Italian Bilingual School. There are no doubt many good reasons for such a school, but they do not have special claim to compromise the heritage sig- nificance of the Yasmar site. The appropriate heritage man- agement will provide opport- unities for formal and informal education, helping to interpret for the people how the district developed from its earliest days. Julian Holland ADHS President, Ashfield OPINION www.innerwestweekly.com.au THIS WEEKEND -- SAT & SUN ONLY weather permitting 128 Victoria Road Gladesville ph 9816 3666 HUGE SAVINGS SHIRTS FROM $10 DRESSES FROM $10 SHOES FROM $20 SHORTS FROM $5 Trading Hours - Open 7 days from 10am SAVE 30% OFF ALL SWIMWEAR 2041694i ndt wk19 MASSIVE CARPARK SALE
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