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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : November 26th 2008
4 INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, November 27, 2008 MB NEWS www.innerwestweekly.com.au Car dealers hit the road SHIREEN KHALIL How we broke the story. Charlie Catalano back in his Strathfield car yard. Picture: PHIL BLATCH ~PP220141 THE tenants of a used car dealership and mechanics shop on Parramatta Rd, Strathfield, who were locked out of their businesses more than three weeks ago for failing to pay their rent, have been allowed to return. However they say they have decided to pack their bags and leave for good. Charlie's Auto Garage owner, Charlie Catalano, and P.J. Automotive's Peter Janos were let back into their businesses on November 15 after a deal that Mr Janos, the primary tenant, made with their landlord Michael Chama to pay rent until the end of November. ''After they had us closed out for one week they accepted the pay- ment which is what I was trying to offer them to begin with,'' Mr Janos said. The car salesmen claim they had pleaded with Mr Chama for six months to reduce their rent due to the economic crisis. But Mr Chama said this week he had done everything he could to help the car salesmen. ''We tried to help him (Mr Janos) and we tried to reduce the rent for him,'' he said. ''We have had this situation for 10 months.'' He said Mr Janos had delayed paying his rent but he had let him back in after he paid the rent owing. Mr Chama said because they were still bound by a lease, if they left they would be responsible for paying the rent until he found someone else to lease the building. The car salesmen say they are packing their equipment to leave this weekend. ''When I walked back in for the first time I felt numb because I thought, where do I go from here?'' Mr Catalano said. ''I'm going to take a break for a few weeks because the stress really killed me,'' he said. ''I'll be looking for other prem- ises in the area.'' Mr Janos said he had no choice but to follow his sub-tenant. ''It was difficult enough with the sub-leasing income and now it's impossible for me to stay,'' Mr Janos said. Mr Catalano has been renting the site for nearly 17 months and said in the past year he had lost $60,000, and will lose more with his closing-down sale. Streets alive with student banners COLOURFUL street banners de- signed by local students will dec- orate the streets of Canada Bay this Christmas. Designs based on the 12 days of Christmas by students from Domremy College, Rosebank Col- lege and Concord High School have been incorporated into ban- ners and will hang along Great North Rd in Five Dock. Students from Abbotsford Pub- lic School and St Mark's Primary School, Drummoyne, also de- signed banners, which will be displayed in Concord, Cabarita, Chiswick, Mortlake, Rodd Point, Wareemba and Drummoyne. Canada Bay Mayor Angelo Tsirekas will present the student designers with a mini-replica ban- ner at a special Christmas event taking place at 6.30pm on Thursday, December 11, at Fred Kelly Place, Five Dock. The original artwork will be on display at Five Dock library from December 11. New bridge plan protest meeting A PROTEST meeting will be held in King George Park, Rozelle, on Sunday at 11.30am over the pro- posed construction of a new Iron Cove Bridge. The construction of a duplicate bridge faces considerable oppo- sition from Leichhardt and Canada Bay councils and many residents of the area. Protesters say the bridge will destroy valuable parkland and overshadow Drummoyne Pool. Rosebank College in partnership with leading hospitality leaders offers a unique 'Trade Training' program for its senior students. This school-based apprenticeship initiative allows you to: • Commence hospitality training in Year 10 • Kick-start your career during your two senior years at school • Complete Certificate III of the job training • Work part-time and get paid • Learn in up-to-date commercial standard facilities • Obtain financial assistance for specialist clothing and tools • Remain in a comprehensive caring school environment • Complete your UAI if desired Take the first step with Rosebank College Further information and applications for the 2009 Year 10 program are available by calling the registrar on 9713 4205. Do you want a School-Based Apprenticeship or UAI? Rosebank College offers both! www.rosebank.nsw.edu.au
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