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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : February 4th 2009
MB INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, February 5, 2009 7 NEWS www.innerwestweekly.com.au Float has star appeal The Ashfield Youth Theatre float honoured Mei Quong Tart. Pictures: PHIL BLATCH FIONA BRADY See more pictures More photographs available at www.innerwestweekly.com.au www.innerwestweekly.com.au TRANSLATION: This story is translated in Chinese at www.innerwestweekly.com.au A SOAP actor was a star attrac- tion on the stunning Ashfield float at Sunday night's Chinese New Year parade in the city. The Ashfield Youth Theatre float honoured Mei Quong Tart, a respected 19th-century business figure who lived in Ashfield. And his great-grandson Josh Quong Tart, who plays Miles Copeland in Home and Away, joined the colour- ful characters walking beside the float and gave it real star power, Ashfield Youth Theatre director James Winter said. ''He posed for plenty of photo- graphs and signed lots of auto- graphs,'' he said. Ashfield's was the first com- munity float in the parade and was accompanied by kids on roller blades, a wheel of progress and people in costume. It was created by local people, led by artists Danielle Antaki and Angela Orrego. ''This was a beautiful com- munity project,'' Mr Winter said. ''It brought young and old, Chinese and non-Chinese together.'' Honours for dedication and service TWO Inner West residents were awarded for their dedication in the Australia Day honours list. Gregory John Snape was awarded the Emergency Services Medal for his 29-year devotion to the State Emergency Service in the Ashfield and Leichhardt units. ''I'm very proud to have re- ceived the award. It's not only a recognition of my efforts but also of the support my family, friends and employer IBN have given me,'' Mr Snape said. He has fulfilled various roles in the SES and after more than a decade, he was appointed Local Controller of the Leichhardt Head- quarters in 1993 and later the Deputy Controller of the combined Ashfield-Leichhardt head- quarters. State Department of Primary Industries director of mine and forest safety performance Rod Morrison, of Breakfast Point, was acknowledged with a prestigious Public Service Medal. Mr Morrison specialises in hu- man resources and change man- agement and has had a highly distinguished 44-year career in the NSW Public Service. DPI director general Richard Sheldrake congratulated Mr Morrison on his role in developing enhanced safety measures within the NSW mining industry. ''In his current role Rod has completely changed the way the government manages mine safety legislation,'' he said. your community news from burwood council rwood Council is committed to the ongoing upgrade of our nicipality and a major aspect of this is ensuring residential eets and footpaths remain safe and free from hazards. spite the recent high temperatures, Council's Technical vice & Operations Division has been carrying out repairs d maintenance at several locations continuing to deliver its mmitment to resident d the community. 09 will see more area dergo transformation th repair and mprovements maining a major riority. 2029732i iww wk32
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