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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : November 19th 2008
24 INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, November 20, 2008 MB Time's up for long meetings ROBUST democracy is one thing, but waiting more than nine hours to have a development application heard at a council meeting is another. Two people did just that at Ashfield Council recently. They waited all night for their agenda item to come up, only to have the meeting adjourned until the following week. Admittedly, the first night in question was during a rather heated debate about the future of Yasmar. Mayor Ted Cassidy has since recognised that this should have been discussed at a stand-alone meeting, given the intensity of feeling about the historic property and Co.As.It's plans to build a bilingual school on the site. Yet four- or five-hour long meetings at Ashfield are not uncommon. The reverse is the case at Burwood, at least during the last term of office, when many planning meetings were cancelled altogether for lack of an agenda. So, there must be a compromise, and Cr Lucille McKenna's plan for a timer on speakers must be reconsidered. Have your say in the given time, and then move on with the agenda. Soup kitchen support Ashfield Cr Nick Adams. I am just home from overseas. When I opened the Inner-West Weekly and read Fiona Brady's article re Cr Nick Adams's call to consider soup kitchens in Ashfield for future needs that might arise (Nov 13). I was quite impressed. This was for the following reasons: Here is a councillor who is forward thinking and really con- cerned for the most vulnerable in our society . . . those who are/may be battling financially. I see him as suggesting that we begin to think and plan -- assess the need -- and consider what may need to be put in place now. My hope is that the Ashfield Council may start to consider the suggestion of Nick Adams. The solution may not need to be solved by the council. Rather the community, I believe, would rally around and offer support. I have lived in Ashfield for about 12 years and have come to appreci- ate the many initiatives taken by the council for the needs of the people. Let's hope they might listen again to Nick's suggestion. Sr Patricia Snudden Sister of St Joseph Ashfield Logo outrage In regards to the article Deputy up in arms written by Fiona Brady (IWW, Oct 30), I have lived in Ashfield for over 25 years, and this is the first time the council has changed our traditional logo. It seems to me that some people do not understand what a logo is. A logo is a permanent sign or label of a company, school or even city or state it is like Australia and the Australian flag. To change a logo there must be a very important and valid reason. A logo expresses the personality or history, and must be voted upon -- not just by the members of the council. It is a representation of the people hence the people should vote about it, not just an elect few. From what I see about this new logo, it is an attempt to revamp Ashfield -- changing its image, however it seems like this new logo is a abstract painting (that needs a magnifying glass to see these icons). It is not a symbol but a long-winded explanation of Ashfield that an average person cannot interpret. That is not what a logo is. Clearly the people or person behind this design do not understand this. I find it absurd that it was not advertised around the mall or around the council. Opinion polls would have been nice. How come we get continuous mail about the new town centre and library that will be built, but not about this logo? Does the council think that it is a councillor's decision only? We the residents of Ashfield are rep- resented by this logo as well! Why didn't they get the feedback of the public? We pay taxes and fees. It seems to me that someone is trying to benefit out of this change and a profit that the people of Ashfield have paid for. These are all things people need to know and have answered. John Gabra Ashfield 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 TO THE POINT Be effective IF State Labor wishes to cut spending, then let's see the plan to construct a second bridge at Iron Cove abandoned. The projected outcome, a few seconds cut from bus and car travel, is not worth the vast expense. Money saved on the second bridge that nobody wants, would go a long way towards improved rail links. With the flour mill at Summer Hill closing, it makes a lot of sense to convert this existing rail line to a passenger service. Julia Osborne Five Dock Aircraft noise WHY is there an apparent increase in airplane noise over Burwood, Croydon, Ashfield, Strathfield? There seems to be more planes taking off in a sequence directly towards the west and they appear to be flying lower than planes take off to the north-west. I have recently noticed two sequences of airplane take-offs that are particularly distressing. These start at 6.30am and 10.30pm and make any conversation difficult. Has there been a change in Sydney airport policy relating to flight paths and rate of change of altitude during take-off that is leading to greater noise over a wider area? Marisa Walker Strathfield OPINION www.innerwestweekly.com.au You have a role too - visit waterforlife.nsw.gov.au Water for Life NSW GOVERNMENT 2181048i iww wk20 For more information contact Council on 9748 9999 or visit www.strathfield.nsw.gov.au 65 Homebush Road, Strathfield NSW 2135 Area Community Forum Homebush* & Homebush West Wednesday 26th November 2008 6:30pm- 8:30pm Scout Hall - 53 Ismay Ave, Homebush Dear resident *area north of The Crescent (Homebush Railway) You are invited to attend a community forum to discuss your community concerns and hear about Council's latest projects and initiatives. Council is committed to ensuring our residents have their say in the way we develop and run our services, so come along and share your vision for Homebush and Homebush West. I look forward to seeing you there. Mayor of Strathfield Councillor Keith Kwon Discuss community concerns with the Mayor, Councillors & Council Officers. Hear about what Council is doing in your area. Light refreshments will be served.
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