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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : November 19th 2008
MB INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, November 20, 2008 5 NEWS www.innerwestweekly.com.au A bridge too close FIONA BRADY Ben Quinlan and John Price at the Cove cafe in Drummoyne. Picture: PHIL BLATCH ~PP217792 NEVER mind the economic crisis, the owners of Cove cafe in Drummoyne have another big problem looming on the horizon -- the second Iron Cove Bridge. When they opened the business in the deserted pool keeper's house two years ago, John Price and Ben Quinlan had no idea their next-door neighbour could soon be a three-lane bridge. ''Council knew nothing about it, we knew nothing about it,'' Mr Price said. If, as expected, construction gets under way in autumn next year the Cove will have a ringside seat. The car park next door will be used as a compound during the two-year construction period, at the end of which, they estimate, the new bridge will be 15-20m away from their boundary. To add to their problems, a new pedestrian walkway linking with the bridge will effectively ''build a wall in front of us'', according to Mr Quinlan. With their hopes dashed that the bridge plan would be ditched in last week's Mini-Budget, the businessmen are putting their ef- forts into trying to safeguard their thriving business and the liveli- hood of their 20 staff during construction. ''Once the bridge is built, we can probably feel that we're going to survive but in the process, it's going to be very, very tough,'' Mr Quinlan said. The pair have put together a proposal to help them through the construction process which in- cludes reversing the entry to the cafe to the opposite side. They said Canada Bay Council, which owned the building, had been very supportive and Mr Price hoped the RTA would do what was ''morally right''. ''Our stance has been to work with the RTA and the council to try to solve our problems,'' he said. ''Hopefully they recognise that and they can see that we have tried to co-operate with them and hopefully that will pay dividends.'' An RTA spokesman said they continued to talk to the cafe's owners and the council. Fury at RTA parking plan A PROPOSAL to turn part of a Drummoyne park into a parking lot has raised the ire of a local protest group. The Victoria Road Community Committee described the RTA's plan to build 27 car parking spaces in Brett Park, opposite the Drummoyne Rowing Club, as ''a blow to all residents and users of the park''. ''The VRCC will strenuously oppose this proposal,'' a spokes- man said. ''We cannot imagine how the council or any resident could possibly support the construction of 27 car parking spaces in Brett Park.'' The RTA said it needed to replace car park spaces that would be lost during construction of the second Iron Cove Bridge. Thirty-six car parking spots will be temporarily removed and 12 permanently removed as a result of the work. ''The section of Brett Park where the proposed car park would be is small and steep and not an active park area,'' the spokesman said, adding that the public could comment on the plan. ''No trees would be lost. He said the proposed area rep- resented only 1.8 per cent of Brett Park. ''Recreational access to and use of Brett Park will not be affected by this proposal,'' he said. ''This proposed parking area would be either temporary or permanent, depending on what the community, through council, wants.'' Battle continues AN environmental assessment of the $156 million upgrade of Victoria Road and duplication of the Iron Cove Bridge is on display until November 25. To view the proposal, visit the RTA's website at www.rta.nsw.gov.au Meanwhile, across Iron Cove, a community protest meeting will be held in King George Park, Rozelle, on Sunday, November 30, at 11.30am over the proposed construction of a new bridge. 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