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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : January 7th 2009
MB INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, January 8, 2009 9 NEWS www.innerwestweekly.com.au New pool set to make a big splash FIONA BRADY Trinity Ray, 4, Russell Lea, has a splash at the reopened Cabarita pool. Picture: PHIL BLATCH ~PP231372 THIS week's sizzling tempera- tures gave local families the per- fect excuse to check out the new- look Cabarita Swim Centre. The Cabarita Park complex re- opened last week after extensive renovations. As the temperature rose above 30 degrees on Tuesday morning, Russell Lea mum Felicity Ray and her children Trinity, 4, and Eden, 1, tried out the pool for the first time. ''The kids really loved it,'' Mrs Ray said, adding they were ''total water babies''. The improvements include new change rooms and community rooms and a cafe with an outdoor deck. The eight-lane, 50m pool has been retiled with the learn-to- swim and toddler pools re-painted. But while Mrs Ray thought the complex was ''fantastic, really beautiful'', she also expressed con- cern it did not provide enough shade for swimmers and spec- tators. She said families ''huddled up'' in the limited shade. A Canada Bay Council spokeswoman said the council welcomed feedback from resi- dents. ''In regards to shade, council will investigate further in order to determine how much additional shade is required,'' she said. Canada Bay Mayor Angelo Tsirekas said a huge amount of work had gone into the project. ''It's fantastic to see it come to fruition and I know our com- munity is going to enjoy using this wonderful facility,'' he said. Floral gift causes flak SHIREEN KHALIL DURING a heated 10-minute extra- ordinary meeting two Strathfield councillors walked out, refusing to vote on an item. At Strathfield Council's final meeting for 2008, independent councillors Danny Lim and Paul Barron were furious that ALP Mayor Keith Kwon didn't declare a gift he received from the appli- cants of the Strathfield Plaza item, the Memo Corporation. The Memo Corporation, which is a property and investment com- pany, is seeking approval to allow 24-hour a day construction at Strathfield Plaza. While Cr Carney wasn't present and Cr Maroun declared his pecuniary interest in the item, there was a lack of quorum and so the meeting lapsed. ''The bottom line is Cr Kwon didn't declare a $120 gift he re- ceived from the Memo Corpor- ation, which is against the ICAC and our Code of Conduct,'' Cr Barron, who resigned from the Labor Party last year, said after the meeting. ''At our last planning meeting, Cr Lim put an alternative motion to the Memo DA and Cr Kwon squashed it without reason. Now I've never seen that done on the 41/2 years I've been on council. ''It was just an alternative, what's he afraid of?'' The mayor, who has been sub- jected to three no confidence mo- tions since being elected, said he got congratulatory flowers from the Memo Corporation on or about September 26, 2008 and declared it at the last planning meeting. ''I did not see the need for declaring it again in the extraord- inary meeting.'' ''Under sub-clause 8.1(d) of the Code of Conduct flowers are de- fined as token gifts and benefits,'' Cr Kwon said. ''As such, there is no need for token gifts and benefits to be recorded in the Gifts Register.'' However, when the Inner-West Weekly spoke to the mayor earlier he said he was in the process of declaring the gift. Cr Kwon, who is president of the Strathfield Labor Party branch, said he had not received any political donations from Memo to date. However, records show Strathfield State MP Virginia Judge, a member of the Strathfield Labor Party branch, received $28,000 from Memo in the three years before the last election. Cr Lim said he would ask the general manager to prepare a report to the ICAC on Cr Kwon's relationship with the company. MLC School's 2008 High Achievers ADVERTISEMENT The Perfect Gift -- UAI of 100 Jessica is one of seven students from MLC School on the 'Best in Subject List' covering courses from English, Ancient History, Business Services, Chemistry, Hospitality and Japanese. MLC also had eight "all-rounders", students achieving a Band 6, the highest band, across 10 units of study. These students will each receive Premier's Awards, remarkable results for a non-selective high school. Seven students scored a UAI over 99. Delighted Principal of MLC, Mrs Barbara Stone AM said, "Highly successful schools share two characteristics: amazing students with a will to learn and outstanding teachers with a dedication to their students' success." MLC's Top All-Rounders The all-round excellence achievers from MLC School. Standing l-r: Cherie Lui, Jenny Lee, Rachel Martin, Head of Senior School Ms Maree Herrett. Seated l-r: Alicia Tan, Principal Mrs Barbara Stone, Jessica Tong, Lydia Lee, and Natalie Ngu. All-round excellence is something Jessica Tong has been striving for throughout her school life. Her UAI of 100 is proof that the MLC School Burwood student was able to balance her remarkable academic talents equally between the top Sciences, Maths and English subjects of the 2008 NSW HSC. She gained first place in NSW in both English Advanced and English Extension 1. Jessica scored 100 in the Mathematics Extension 1 paper, 96 in Chemistry and 92 in Physics. While mindful of the need to keep the exciting results a secret for a few days, Jessica returned to the school that she has attended since Year 7 to see her teachers and share the news. She spoke modestly of how grateful she was for the education she had at MLC. "Honestly, I don't think I would have achieved what I have if I had not been at MLC," she said. She is now going to fulfil her dream of studying medicine. "I believe skills in both English and Sciences will help me be a better doctor and communicator." Jessica shared a special hug with Ms Olivia Takacs her English teacher, under the Christmas tree in the staff common room. Olivia reminded Jessica of her prediction "I thought you would pull this off." They shared a wonderful exchange of gifts -- brilliant student and passionate teacher. Jessica Tong shares the celebration of topping two English courses with her teacher for the last two years, Ms Olivia Takacs. 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