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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : December 3rd 2008
MB INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, December 4, 2008 3 NEWS www.innerwestweekly.com.au Young songbird to share the stage with Santa FIONA BRADY Georgia McCarthy leads the Carols by Candlelight at Strathfield Park. Picture: PHIL BLATCH ~PP223412 THE angel-voiced Georgia McCarthy is one of the stars of next weekend's Carols by Candelight in Strathfield Park. The Croydon Park girl, 12, is hoping spectators will enjoy the festive favourites she has chosen to perform. ''I chose Away in a Manger because it's a soft, soulful song and it's a lovely carol for the children and families to listen to,'' she said. ''Last Christmas is a great upbeat song. It's very happy and I wanted to get the kids waving the candles in the air and having fun.'' The McDonald College student is an old hand at carols events, having sung solo in front of 20,000 people at a Carols by Candlelight in Launceston when she was only nine. Since moving to the Inner West in April 2007, her singing and dancing talents have won her many accolades. She's the current holder of the prestigious Ann McDonald Scholarship for Music and last week she won an award for her performance in Sydney Youth Musical Theatre's production of The Wiz. She is also singing in the pre-show entertainment at Carols in the Domain on Saturday, December 20. Her ultimate dream is to be a musical theatre artist ''because I'm happiest when I'm on the stage''. But right now she's dreaming of Christmas like every other child. ''It's a great time of the year when families get together and it's really fun getting up at 5 o'clock in the morning, running down and opening your presents,'' she said. Carols by Candlelight will take place in Strathfield Park at 6.30pm on Saturday, December 13. A talented line-up of performers will sing traditional carols and Christmas songs. It's hoped Santa Claus and a few of his reindeer will drop by. Vandal attack on bust FIONA BRADY The bust of Mei Quong Tart. www.innerwestweekly.com.au TRANSLATION: This story is translated in Chinese at www.innerwestweekly.com.au A MONUMENT to one of Ashfield's first Chinese residents has been vandalised. The bust of Mei Quong Tart, a 19th Century merchant, was pushed off its pedestal in Hercules St last week. Council staff found the bust at 5.45am on the Tuesday and took it back to the council depot for safekeeping. It was not damaged apart from some scratching on the ears but the sandstone block it sits on will have to be replaced. The council's general manager Ken Gainger has urged anyone with information to contact the council or local police. ''Ashfield Council is outraged at the vandalism of this important community monument in Hercules St,'' he said. ''Quong Tart was a highly re- spected member of the Ashfield, Chinese and wider Sydney com- munity and is considered a highly successful merchant and com- munity leader to this day. ''We have the bust safely stored at council's depot and are making arrangements to re-install the bust in a secure way as soon as poss- ible.'' Quong Tart owned tea houses across Sydney. He lobbied for his fellow Chinese immigrants at a time when anti-Chinese feeling was high and he also helped develop diplomatic and trade relations between Australia and China. The Ashfield monument to him was erected in 1998, nearly 100 years after his death. His former home, Gallop House in Ashfield, has been restored and turned into a Chinese-specific aged care facility. Italian school bid heads for court appeal ASHFIELD Council's rejection of the proposal for an Italian bi- lingual school on the Yasmar Estate in Haberfield will be chal- lenged in the Land and Environ- ment Court. Italian organisation Co.As.It has lodged an appeal over the council's refusal of its develop- ment application. Co.As.It. wanted to demolish the existing juvenile detention centre buildings and prison wall, and build a school for 240 primary students. The council refused the appli- cation on the grounds of bulk and scale, heritage considerations and traffic, parking and safety issues. Afterwards the Italian organis- ation's CEO Andrea Comastri said it would ''exhaust every reason- able avenue'' to get the school built. This week Mr Comastri confirmed the chosen avenue was the Land and Environment Court. ''We believe our application is compliant with the planning guidelines, so we still believe it is the right thing to do,'' he said. But Adrian Walton, one of 11 home-owners in Chandos St whose properties back onto the proposed development, said residents would ''help and support'' the council in their case. ''It is very disappointing that Co.As.It hasn't respected the Ashfield Council's decision that was extensively re- searched by its officers,'' he said. 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