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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : January 7th 2009
MB INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, January 8, 2009 5 NEWS www.innerwestweekly.com.au Best ever new year LANA LAM Lachlan Cook and April McDermott with baby William Matthew Cook who was the first baby of 2009 at RPA Hospital. Picture: DANNY AARONS ~PP231130 You couldn't ask for a better way to start the year. It's like the whole world celebrated with us' ' Proud father LACHLAN COOK THERE were no fireworks or champagne but for one Ashfield couple, New Year's Day turned out to be the best ever. April McDermott, 28, and Lachlan Cook, 30, welcomed the birth of their first child, William Matthew Cook at 3.10am on January 1. Baby William was the first baby to be born at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Camperdown this year. ''Without question, it was the best New Year's Day ever,'' Mr Cook said. ''You couldn't ask for a better way to start the year. It's like the whole world celebrated with us.'' Ms McDermott, who was due to give birth on December 30, and Mr Cook had declined all party in- vites so they could have a quiet New Year's Eve, just in case. ''We were at home and had decided not to go out,'' Ms McDermott said. At 5am on December 31, Ms McDermott's waters broke. After a 22-hour labour, the couple celebrated the natural birth of baby William, who weighed 3.07kg. By 10am on New Year's Day, the young family were all back home with relatives celebrating the newest addition to the clan. ''He's been sleeping and feeding well,'' Ms McDermott said. Mr Cook said the birth had been mostly stress-free because of a prenatal course the couple had taken. ''I went in knowing what would happen so I was cool with it,'' he said. ''I was happy and excited, not panicking.'' Mr Cook said he had ''more than a strong gut feeling'' that it would be a boy. Baby William is named after Mr Cook's grandfather. So, are there plans for baby number two? ''I don't know yet,'' Ms McDermott said. ''Yeah, possibly. We'll see,'' Mr Cook said. High-rise eyed for Five Dock FIONA BRADY IMAGINE tranquil Five Dock transformed into a high-rise sub- urb. But high-rise could be the fu- ture for the Inner West according to a leaked plan for an under- ground rail line along Parra- matta Rd surrounded by high- density housing and office complexes. A State and Federal govern- ment study which envisages the $8.1 billion West Metro rail line and increased urban density was leaked to a newspaper this week. Both proposed metro routes would include underground stations at Five Dock, North Burwood and Homebush. But to justify the expense of the project, tens of thousands more people would have to live and work in these areas, planning officials say. Canada Bay Mayor Angelo Tsirekas said he would support the West Metro if it relieved congestion on local roads but he was concerned about the effects any increase in density would have on schools and infrastruc- ture. ''I think there is a long way to go before we would agree to any increase in density,'' he said. ''One would be to look at what their plan involves. It is early stages yet.'' He said he would be happy to work with the governments on the issue, but their priority should be to work on an inte- grated transport strategy first. Permanence is built on 30+ years of industry leadership and success stories Visit us at www.permanence.com.au We invite you for a FREE 1/2 Hour consultation valued at $60. Call us today on: Embarrassed by ugly unwanted hair? Want a permanent hair solution that's not laser and guarantees to get rid of your unwanted hair forever? You are not alone! At Permanence our unique multi-probe electrolysis treatment which is suitable for men and women, has transformed the appearance of thousands of people, enabling them to re-claim their confidence. The treatment is scientifically & medically proven to be safe & effective. It is backed by the Permanence 100% guarantee City : 428 George Street ............ 9221 8594 Drummoyne:170 Victoria Road .... 9719 1391 Alternative medicine. www.swissmasai.com.au Footwear designed to make you better. MBTs are clinically proven to: Increase muscle activity Can alleviate back & joint pain Improve posture Decrease stress on knee & hip joints Burwood 9515 2580 Shop 118 West eld Shoppingtown Parramatta 9635 1483 Shop 5067 West eld Shoppingtown Church street Available at The Athlete's Foot locations: LIDCOMBE Factory Outlet adidas Factory Outlet 55-59 Parramatta Road Lidcombe 2141 Phone 9748 0577 CLEARANCESALENOWON UP TO 50% OFF SELECTED MEN'S & WOMEN'S APPAREL* *Offer excludes samples. *Reductions marked off outlet prices. VISIT connect to your community close to home matters Visit a photo gallery that pu you in the pic
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