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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : December 3rd 2008
MB INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, December 4, 2008 49 It's a time to give to charity THE Rev Bill Crews is deadly serious when he says he believes there's a ''twin-tsunami'' coming. He doesn't mean the ever- looming economic crisis, but rather the perception that times are tougher than they really are. He believes people are hoarding their money and, while they are not spending, they are also not donating to charity. It is to be acknowledged that some people are losing their jobs, and they are forced to look to charities to make ends meet, putting even more pressure on the non-profit organisations. The Exodus Foundation is not alone in feeling the pinch. Donations to Kmart Wishing Trees have been unremarkable to date, and organisers are calling for people to give generously to underprivileged children. But the economy is not as bleak as it seems. This week the Reserve Bank cut official interest to 4.25 per cent -- the lowest in seven years. Petrol prices, too, are falling to below $1 a litre. These should act as an incentive to help out the people who really need it -- the jobless and homeless. And while very few of us have a spare $1 million like Singo, we should be able to contribute something -- even if it is our time, like the wonderful volunteers honoured with awards recently. Preserve health system MPs Angela D'Amore and Virginia Judge with Minister Kristina Keneally on the Grosvenor Centre site. The threat to our health system presented by the State Mini- Budget is abhorrent. We should be supporting and rewarding the excellent health system that we have. Having spent several days at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital I was overwhelmed by my experience. As a public patient I had a team of specialists who had expert knowledge, were up-to-date with research and practice, and were genuinely concerned and caring towards me as a patient. This level of care did not stop with these dedicated doctors, but was found throughout the health system. The nursing staff pro- vided excellent and diligent care, the administrative staff checked that I was not kept waiting for too long, and blood tests were pain- free. I also participated in the community nursing service based at Croydon Health Centre and received treatment at home from some dynamic nursing staff. My heartfelt thanks and ap- preciation to our health system. As a civil society we must con- tinue to provide realistic financial support to this essential service. Marina Harvey Croydon Stop sell-off Inner West residents lost a nearby medical hospital and casualty (the former Western Suburbs Hospital in Croydon). Camperdown Children's Hospital, Prince Henry, Callan Park and many others have been sold or will be to private developers. The NSW Labor Party would oper- ate a very successful real estate business. Now we finally learn what has been on their agenda regarding the Grosvenor health facility for the severely disabled at Summer Hill (IWW, Nov 20 New centre's grounds to be reduced). Through Labor's continuous mis- management of our funds, the taxpayers of NSW are losing more and more of our public assets. In a letter to your paper on February, 2008, pertaining to this very site .I queried whether this was to happen. Now we know thanks to your paper and your reporter, it seems my concerns were justified. Ashfield Council and residents must unite to stop this sell-off. The new facilities for the severely disabled were built facing the railway tracks, leaving the rest of the site that is to be sold off more aesthetically pleasing for the high- rise developments (better return for developers). Ashfield Council must not sit back and do nothing as they did when the heritage mansion was demol- ished. They must pursue this issue for all residents of the Inner West with the same vigour and enthusi- asm when they object to a resi- dent's application for a small extension. We want banners erected all over Ashfield opposing this public land sell-off. These signs would be more important and relevant than the ridiculous ''no war'' signs. Julie Passas Ashfield WRITE TO US MAIL: The Editor Inner-West Weekly, 181 First Ave, Five Dock, 2046. FAX: 9018 3531 EMAIL: email@example.com 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 Cr out of order IN response, (Strathfield) Cr Danny Lim would be better served if he endeavoured to educate some people who insist on ''spitting'' in public. I believe that there is an existing State law (Health Department) that prohibits persons from spitting. As regards the balance of notices of motion, it would appear that the general manager's time and that of his staff will be taken up with matters including creating reports and recommendations instead of fulfilling their current municipality responsibilities. As regards Cr Lim's no- confidence motion/s, as the current council has only held two meetings and one planning meeting, it seems Cr Lim's input is of an invective nature and not based on a performance result. Graham Doran Strathfield Backbone lacking SO the State Member of Drummoyne Angela D'Amore can hear the protest noise ''loud and clear'' because the State Government slashing the student's subsidies on public transport. But she didn't have the backbone to cross the floor and vote against the Bill. She also had no problem to collect the hefty payrise early this year. George Orban Concord OPINION www.innerwestweekly.com.au Own the moment Buy pictures from this newspaper www.newsphotos.com.au The ACADEMY of DRESSMAKERS is designed for those who are looking for an alternative to the current vocational training. Refine your skills or learn a new trade. Professional PATTERNMAKING COURSES NOW ENROLLING FOR 2009 ENROL NOW AND RECEIVE A 5% DISCOUNT Other courses: BEGINNERS GARMENT CONSTRUCTION ALTERATIONS Classes have limited spots. Enquiries call 9885 3600 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org 2261287i pag wk22 Carols by Candlelight at Ashfield Park 2004894i iww wk23 News from Ashfield Council Don't miss Ashfield Council's Carols by Candlelight on Saturday 13 December from 6pm to 9pm at Ashfield Park . There will be delightful performances by local schools, church and community choirs. A sausage sizzle will also be available, cooked by the 1st Haberfield Scouts. Ashfield Council will provide fee Safe flame candles for the carols sing a long. Bring your rug and enjoy the carols. Ashfield Park is located on the corner of Parramatta Road and Orpington Street, Ashfield. For more information contact Ashfield Council on 9716 1902. Tel: (02) 9716 1800 | Fax: (02) 9716 1911 Customer Service Centre 260 Liverpool Road, Ashfield NSW 2131 email@example.com | www.ashfield.nsw.gov.au
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