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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : December 10th 2008
30 INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, December 11, 2008 We're as secure as we can be DON'T panic! While we might be at risk of disasters such as plane crashes, tsunamis, bridge collapses, floods, earthquakes, nuclear strikes and meteoroid impacts, the chances are ever so slight. In fact, according to a new report prepared for Ashfield, Burwood, Canada Bay and Strathfield Councils under State legislation, such episodes are likely to occur only as often as 1-in-100 or more years. Heart disease is more likely to getmostofusintheend.Orifwe want to gloomy -- cancer, traffic accidents and the like. The reality is though that the probability is there -- and if governments don't prepare for any and all eventualities, the consequences of any disaster would be greatly increased. So, the councils, with the help of emergency services and government departments, have put the information out there. And they have devised plans to prevent or ameliorate any such disasters. Our more immediate concern should be the thousands of children who will do without this Christmas. That is one disaster we can avoid. Pot keeps kettle waiting Our front page last week. I am amazed that Labor Council- lor Lucille McKenna complains about the length of council meet- ings (''Time to stop the bluster'', IWW, Nov 20). Wasn't Cr McKenna aware of this before putting her hand up before the voters only eight weeks ago? After all, she was already a sitting councillor. More- over, I wonder how she would have coped as Mayor, with greater responsibilities, given she was the local Labor's mayoral candidate recently. As far as the meetings are concerned, any objective observer of Ashfield Council's meetings would observe the Labor council- lors suffering from irrelevance and attention deprivation syn- drome. They themselves contrib- ute to the length of meetings by talking about anything and every- thing and by constantly submit- ting frivolous motions to council, including four at one recent meet- ing. If only they could adjust these behaviours I am sure we could save a lot of time and divert it to more serious matters such as considering residents develop- ment applications. It would be a win-win outcome for all. Morris Mansour Ashfield Deputy Mayor Untold stories I would like to thank you for your unbiased reporting on two issues: The million dollar pledge from John Singleton to the Exodus Foundation and Ashfield's Coun- cils rejection of the proposal for the Italian School development. I am wondering why I didn't read these stories in the mainstream tabloids. If perhaps the council rejected a proposal for an Islamic school then they would have had it all over the front pages and would also have made it to the nightly news. Of course John Singleton would only make the headlines if he had done something wrong. Steve (surname provided) Strathfield South Praise for help It was the United Nations Inter- national Volunteer Day on December 5, and I would like to publicly thank the hundreds of volunteers of Sydney West Area Health Service (SWAHS). More than 900 men and woman give their time, talent and energy to a range of services and activi- ties across our health facilities. They run errands for patients, undertake flower and paper deliv- eries, manage patient book trollies, spend countless hours creating craft objects for fundrais- ing stalls, guide visitors and patients through hospitals, man- age gift shops, act as a shoulder to cry -- the list goes on. SWAHS' volunteers are not mo- tivated by material gain or kudos. Rather, they are generous souls who simply believe in reaching out and giving to another and in contributing to their community. Quite simply, we could not do without them. On behalf of SWAHS, I extend a deep, heart-felt thanks to all our volunteers. Professor Steven Boyages Chief Executive Sydney West Area Health Service 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 Not so special I enjoyed the ''Inner Vibe'' section (Dec 4) issue listing popular picnic spots in our area for the family, with the accompanying photo of the beautiful trees. It is ironic that this time next year, if the Premier Nathan Rees and his ministers get their way, the Sydney Olympic Park/Bicentennial Park precinct will host V8 racing at a cost of $30 million. Residents as well as picnickers will be subjected to the resultant pollution and noise annually for the next five years. The article ''Special laws for V8 race'' on page 2 in the same issue tells it all. J. Colman Strathfield Respect lacking Cr Danny Lim should be shown the door; it is only a matter of time before he finds himself heading for it. He has been elected to the council by voters in the municipality who thought he would get things moving BUT he spends his time trying to make a name for himself and trying to shame the local MP. Barracking in public as a protester is unethical and unorthodox and unbecoming a councillor. Wearing casual clothing and refusing to be photographed does not respect the code of office. No confidence in you Mr Smarty of the Smart Party. Garry Robinson Strathfield OPINION www.innerwestweekly.com.au
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