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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : November 26th 2008
26 INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, November 27, 2008 MB A fairytale ending? We wish ONCE upon a time, in a mythical land called NSW, the government delivered on its promises -- all of them. The trains ran perfectly to timetable, the roads were free of congestion, the ferries and electricity providers remained in public hands, there was enough water to go around, and children could travel to school on public transport -- for free. Then the evil witch started to claw at the fabric of the society, pulling apart the pieces bit by bit. The trains and ferries failed to turn up, the government went broke and had to sell of its assets -- all the while building a white elephant called a desalination plant -- and the evil witch got her hands on all of the kiddies' bus and train passes, and tore them up with cackling glee. And all the while the government didn't know what was going on, so it decided to run an expensive advertising campaign telling people all was not what it seemed. Nothing had changed, the government said, and the people of NSW were convinced that everything was all right. Or were they? Scot's crest outdated Ashfield Council's new logo. I refer to a letter from John Gabra (Opinion, Nov 20) under the head- line Logo Outrage. Contrary to Mr Gabra's com- ments Ashfield Council has never had a ''traditional'' logo. The Scottish crest that preceded the new logo was only adopted by the council in 1983 following a visit to Ashfield by Sir Crispin Agnew, of Lochnaw, who suggested that Ashfield may care to pursue the granting of a Coat of Arms based on its early associations with Robert Campbell, an early land owner. The crest depicts the sun rising over the battlements with a Latin inscription that is used in the Campbell arms Agite pro viribus which translates to ''act according to your strength''. Although at times it feels like Ashfield is under siege, particularly from other levels of government, I am not aware of any imminent threat that would justify a logo depicting ''fortress Ashfield''. There is not much that is Scottish about current Ashfield. Ashfield today is home for people of many cultures living in har- mony -- why shouldn't the council therefore develop a new logo that depicts Ashfield's diversity in terms of its culture and built form? Our logo should be a celebration of our many cul- tures and should high- light our point of difference. Yes, Mr Gabra, the new branding for Ashfield might be different and a little controversial, but it is a bold attempt to depict and celebrate Ashfield as a diverse and progress- ive community, and a symbol of the many positive changes hap- pening at Ashfield Council. And, oh yes, contrary to your article claiming a lack of community consultation, the council conduc- ted a community survey in 2007 seeking feedback on what charac- teristics of our community ought to be embraced within a new logo. The key themes of diversity and celebration of our many cultures embraced within the new logo reflect this feedback. Anyone seeking more infor- mation should visit www.ashfield.nsw.gov.au Ken Gainger General manager Ashfield Council Logo falls apart I would also like to express my dismay at Ashfield Council's sad, new logo. I have a background in architec- ture and design, and in my opinion the new logo is an appal- ling example of a lack of under- standing of the concept of a civic logo. The original logo, the features and details of which may seem mundane and irrelevant today, had a backbone and history associ- ated with our municipality. We seem to have, in this country, a disrespect for our past which is justified by the argument that we need to only look forward and pander to present influences. This new, corporate style logo, via its scatterbrain design, portrays a fragmented society seemingly falling apart at the edges with hope that someone will be there to fill in the gaps. Ron Lumello 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 No flights of fancy RE: Aircraft noise (Opinion, Nov 20). 1. There is increased aircraft noise over Burwood, Croydon, Ashfield and Strathfield. We were warned about it -- I remember reading several months ago in the Inner-West Weekly that aircraft noise would increase over Croydon. Whether it was related to upgrade work at the airport or the periodic adjusting of flight paths so that we take turns to share the noise, I do not recall. 2. For several years there has been a cluster of outgoing planes around 10.30pm. I have often wondered where they are heading -- all or mostly, overseas. Christine Edwards Burwood Heights Scout not a knight I have read recently of the decline of accurate journalism. I hope this is not an example. Regarding the article concerning the Sea Scouts with the grand daughter of Baden Powell (IWW, Oct 30), the journalist who wrote this article referred to ''Sir Lord Baden Powell''. This is incorrect. A quick reference to Google would have revealed his correct title; Robert Baden-Powell, 1st Baron Baden-Powell. He never was knighted but was created a baronet in 1921. 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