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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : January 7th 2009
20 INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, January 8, 2009 MB Another plan on the rails ANOTHER week and yet another bold plan from the State Government -- this time in cahoots with its Federal counterpart. The new plan is for high rise apartments to entice more residents to the Inner West and thereby increase patronage for the planned Metro West underground rail line proposal. But residents should not hold their collective breaths. Similar plans, such as for urban consolidation along the rail line on the North Shore, have taken years to eventuate -- due mostly to local and vocal opposition. And the State Government's dithering on strategic infrastructure plans does not exactly instil faith in the community, as one plan is ditched for another one. Those who use the rail system to get to Sydney Markets at Flemington won't be too happy either. They are calling for a lift to alleviate the need to traverse 66 steep steps with their heavy bags of shopping. The environmental and economic need for more public transport is obvious. But when the State Government can't fulfil its promises in time, such as the upgrade of Burwood Station -- and a host of stations are still without lifts -- it is little wonder passenger numbers have failed to soar. Airport agenda bizarre The new noise monitoring device installed at Sydney Airport. Unlike the ''safety'' mind games and stretching of the east-west runway -- without special safety provision except fractionally more runway -- safety isn't a special factor for either parallel runway. However, it might when bigger A380s are offered. ''Safety'' doesn't start and stop west of the east-west runway, or on ground. Ignored as ''safety''/ disaster-sharing, increasingly air- craft criss-cross more densely- populated urban centres courtesy of noise-sharing. How many -- and who -- benefit from noise-sharing compared to the numbers that don't? Chameleon-like airport master plan meanings fit the prevailing flight path of corporate need, sup- port or profit. However politicians dress noise and safety, the airport expansion can't be disguised, which might be compared with the length of a piece of string. The 60,100ha green space- consuming Cooks Cove proposal was orchestrated on airport vicin- ity spin. Must all business be located next to airports? For a party that long ran a new airport agenda and fomented east- west runway opposition, federal Labor's airport agenda, noise and safety policies are bizarrely bipar- tisan and corporate friendly. The protracted opposition, local opinion-seeking and support have evaporated in office. R. Piech Sans Souci Used stamp appeal I am writing on behalf of Inter- national Nepal Fellowship (INF) where our friend, an Australian GP, is one of the volunteers in the medical team helping the locals in Nepal. Established in 1952, INF is the longest-serving international non- government organ- isation which helps people affected by TB, leprosy and dis- ability, and facili- tates development among poor com- munities, runs medical camps and provides medical training. These vol- unteers rely on the financial support of friends and I have been contribu- ting towards Peggy's work there since she joined INF several years ago. Another friend has been helping INF for the past 24 years by raising funds from used stamps, so if your organisation or any of your readers have any unwanted used stamps, you may send them to us at PO Box 510, Burwood, NSW 2134. It is amazing how a simple used stamp can contribute towards this most worthy cause. Meryl May International Nepal Fellowship Burwood 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 Congrats to Zoe I was pleased to see that Kailah Elliott and Nicole Chen had been acknowledged in your paper for their achievements in swimming at Pacific School Games. I am, however, concerned that Zoe Johnson, who also attended the games and won a gold and two silver medals, was not mentioned. She boards at the school in Croydon. Another interesting fact was that the school's head swimming coach, Pancha Thambo, was not mentioned. He coaches Nicole and Zoe at the PLC pool while Kailah is coached at Trinity Grammar school. Elizabeth Ouzas Online comment Carols a hit I had a most enjoyable evening with my family on December 13. Thanks to Strathfield Council for organising this big event; thanks to your paper and thanks to Strathfield Rotary, too, for a must-have sausage sizzle. At this busy time of the year it was good to see the community supporting Strathfield Council's ''Basket Brigade'' at the free barbecue at the Town Centre on December 6. We could donate hamper goods to be distributed before Christmas to those who, for various reasons, needed a helping hand. Inspirational carols and modern tunes at Carols in the Park under the stars was a reminder to me of the meaning of Christmas. Gladys Lim, Strathfield OPINION www.innerwestweekly.com.au PUBLIC NOTICE 2054186i iww wk28 APPLICATIONS ARE INVITED FOR THE CASUAL HIRE OF STRATHFIELD TOWN HALL IN 2009 Strathfield Council invites applications from members of the public, including locally based groups and organisations, for the hire and use of Strathfield Town Hall in 2009. Strathfield Town Hall is located at 65 Homebush Road, Strathfield. The Town Hall and Supper Room are available for hire during the following hours: Monday to Saturday 9:00am -- 12:00am Sunday or Public Holiday 9:00am -- 6:00pm (Only 10 Sundays per year) An application for use of the hall can be obtained from Strathfield Council's customer service area at the council administration centre, 65 Homebush Road, Strathfield, or by accessing council's website at www.strathfield.nsw.gov.au. Applications should be carefully completed and returned to council. All relevant additional documentation must be attached. APPLICATIONS ARE INVITED FOR THE CASUAL & REGULAR HIRE OF STRATHFIELD COMMUNITY CENTRE IN 2009 Strathfield Council invites applications from members of the public, including locally based groups and organisations, for the hire and use of Strathfield Community Centre on a casual & regular basis in 2009. Strathfield Community Centre is located at 1B Bates Street, Homebush, adjacent to Airey Park. Three rooms are available for hire during the following hours: Monday to Friday 5:00pm -- 10:30pm Saturday 9:00am -- 6:00pm An application for use of the centre can be obtained from Strathfield Council's customer service area at the council administration centre, 65 Homebush Road, Strathfield, or by accessing council's website at www.strathfield.nsw.gov.au. Applications should be carefully completed and returned to council by close of business on Friday 30 January 2009. All relevant additional documentation must be attached. Applications received without all necessary proof of status and insurance will not be considered. DA2008/443 24 MEREDITH STREET, STRATHFIELD A Development Application in relation to the subject site has been lodged by Patrick O'Carrigan & Partners P/L for addition to rear including double garage and landscaping. The application and plans can be viewed at Council's Customer Service Centre between 8.30am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday (except public holidays) until 14 January 2009. Reduced plans can also be viewed on Council's website at www.strathfield.nsw.gov.au. Any submissions should be made in writing with the grounds of objection clearly stated. Submissions should also quote the reference shown at the top of this notification and be addressed to the General Manager, Strathfield Municipal Council, PO Box 120, Strathfield 2135, or email firstname.lastname@example.org before 4:30pm on 14 January 2009. Please note that a person who makes a submission may also need to disclose reportable political donations and gifts made to a Councillor or employee of Council, as required by the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979. For further information please contact Council on 9748 9999.
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