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MB INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, December 18, 2008 3 NEWS www.innerwestweekly.com.au HSC delight for eight students who top their subjects Inner West students who came first in their HSC courses celebrate with Strathfield State MP Virginia Judge. Picture: PHIL BLATCH ~PP228614 EIGHT Inner West students proudly walked away with smil- ing faces after receiving HSC first in course achievers' certificate at the Australian Technology Park in Eveleigh on Tuesday. Premier Nathan Rees, who handed out the Certificate of Ex- cellence awards to the 112 students, said they deserved their moment of glory. MLC Burwood's Jessica Tong received two certificates -- for English advanced and English extension 1. ''I worked really hard and my school helped me a lot too,'' Jessica said. She wants to study medicine at the University of NSW or Sydney University. Maria Oh and Christina Calgaro, from Santa Sabina Col- lege, Strathfield, were surprised when they received the phone call saying they had topped the state. ''I got the phone call when I was overseas in Korea saying I came first in Japanese extension and I was surprised because I didn't expect it,'' Maria said. Despite being Italian, Christina said she couldn't really speak the language, so was also shocked when they told her she ranked first in Italian beginners. Other students who came first were Dominic Ofner of St Patrick's College, Strathfield, with studies of religion II; Edward Lyons, of St Patrick's College, Strathfield, with first in music; Alexandra Suchowerska, of Strathfield Girls language school with Ukrainian continuers; Joanna Guse, of Ashfield Boys language school with Polish continuers; and Chrishanthi Karunainathan of Year 11 at Strathfield Girls High School with Tamil continuers. Smaller project OK SHIREEN KHALIL We have to be careful with money that's not ours' ' Mayor LESLEY FURNEAUX-COOK A SCALED-DOWN Burwood Civic Precinct project has been given the green light during the final council meeting of the year. The project's library has been cut down to two-thirds of its originally-proposed size and the auditorium has been reduced from 1500 seats to 1250. Council administration staff will stay in the existing building and another level will be added to cater for them. Although questions were raised recently about whether the project would proceed, the councillors, excluding Mayor Lesley Furneaux-Cook and Cr Christine Donayre, agreed on a ''preferred option''. This option has reduced the size of the library from 3000sq m to 2000sq m. Crs Furneaux-Cook (Burwood Community Voice), Donayre (Greens) and John Faker (Labor) say the remaining library space will now be used as commercial space and community meeting rooms. Cr Furneaux-Cook said: ''I was not happy that there was more commercial space and less library space than the original appli- cation. ''I'm sure the 2000sq m is good, but originally the former council sold it on 3000sq m. We have to be careful with money that's not ours.'' The revised plans will see the council's administration building remain in its existing site with the installation of an additional level, leaving a further 1000sq m for income-generating commercial space for lease. The mayor had preferred to defer approval of the Civic Pre- cinct project until the council had received exact income figures from the sale of its land in the municipality. ''Yes it may be built six months later than now but you've looked at the financial landscape and you know what's ahead. What if they (the government) don't give us any money?'' Cr Furneaux-Cook asked. The council has applied for money under the Federal Govern- ment's infrastructure grants to go towards the precinct. A council spokeswoman said applications for the grant expire on December 23 and the Burwood Civic Precinct project met all the criteria, had DA approval and resolution of the council to pro- ceed. The development application for the building's layout would be submitted to the Burwood plan- ning panel in February, with work expected to begin mid-to-late 2009, she said. Get more gifts for your money. This Christmas, for every $100 you spend, we'll give you a voucher to get $25 off your next purchase of $50 or more. That should make it a very merry Christmas. Conditions apply, see in-store for details. Offer valid until 31 Dec 2008. Not valid with any other offer.
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