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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : February 4th 2009
22 INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, February 5, 2009 MB OPINION Crumbling schools need $100m fix-up Burwood Mayor Lesley Furneaux-Cook IN the article Growing concerns (IWW, January 15) Burwood Mayor Lesley Furneaux-Cook makes the important observation that the Labor State Govern- ment's Inner West Sub-Regional Strategy, which mistakenly identifies Burwood (the second-smallest local government area in NSW) with the capacity to cater for 7700 extra homes, will put pressure on schools (not to mention Burwood Rd, which is already a traffic nightmare during peak hour). Our schools are already facing problems, with a backlog in school maintenance of around $100 million as a result of Labor Government neglect over the last 13 years. Put simply, our schools are crumbling. Leading experts such as Brian Cadwell (a former dean of education at the University of Melbourne) concluded that hundreds of schools need to be bulldozed and rebuilt because of their appalling condition, after his investigation into the state of NSW schools. He said that the NSW Government had failed to fund public schools adequately, resulting in buildings that are amongst the worst of any developed country. Professor Vinson, in another investi- gation, found that toilets were often the biggest problem. The sub-regional strategy is bad news for the Burwood area. It will have wide-ranging implications, including affecting the learn- ing conditions of our children. Get ready for the delivery of demountable classrooms, which usually arrive in a dilapidated and dangerous condition, to manage the in- creased pressure if this plan goes ahead. Joe Alvaro Croydon Safety is a loaded term ROD Gilmour acknowledges Sydney Air- port's ''great safety record'' (Opinion, January 22) but missed the disaster ''re- cords'' at Bankstown and Botany Bay. Circumstances determine safety. Runway safety ''records'' didn't prevent the Concorde disaster, among others. He also selectively limits ''safety'' dis- cussions to airline clients and property. The miniscule 90m expansion tacked to the western end of the east-west runway either wasn't relevant until larger aircraft took to it, or else it has taken decades of compromised passenger safety -- 32 million passengers previously unprotected, Rod acknowledges -- to consider and implement. Focusing on ''safety'' also distracts from compounding noise-sharing. Richard Piech, Sans Souci Authorised by the Australian Government, Capital Hill, Canberra. Advertisement ETR1M/9 The Australian Government's Education Tax Refund means you could get 50% back on a range of your children's education expenses. It's a refund of up to $375 for each primary school child and $750 for each secondary school child. You can claim expenses like textbooks, stationery, educational software and even computers, printers and the internet. If you receive Family Tax Benefit (FTB) Part A (or a government payment prevents you receiving FTB Part A) for a child at school, you will be eligible. You claim the refund on your tax return. If you don't need to lodge a tax return you can still claim, so be sure to keep your receipts. To fi nd out more visit australia.gov.au/educationtaxrefund orcall132861 Get your tickets online at www.sydneyroyalshows.com.au/wine or at the door on the day. For more information email email@example.com or contact 02 9704 1203 Sydney Royal Wine Show Cellar Tasting Saturday 14 February 1am -- 4pm Southee Complex, Cnr Showground Road & Grand Parade, Sydney Olympic Park Tickets are $50 online or $55 at the door 11 11 11 For one day only the Macquarie Group Sydney Royal Wine Show will open its doors to the public. Savour the flavour of the newest Trophy, Gold, Silver and Bronze medal winners from the Show, all under one roof. Ticket price includes unlimited tastings of the 2,300 wines, free tutorial with the judges plus Sydney Royal medal winning foods. RASS0330/IWW
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