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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : February 4th 2009
24 INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, February 5, 2009 MB STREETVIEW Students should stay put Christine Galea Michael Succar Marlene Brown Rob Mourched Susan Fouani The State Government has increased the school leaving age to 17 and students wishing to leave before the set age will need to be in vocational training, an apprenticeship or paid employment for more than 25 hours per week. We asked people in Burwood what they thought about this new legislation. Christine Galea, of Bankstown: It should be 17 because you don't end up doing what you want and you end up doing nothing. You just get stuck in a rut. I left in Year 10 planning to do child care but I didn't get in and now I'm managing a cafe but it took me a good seven years to get to this position. Kids will have more opportunity at 17. Michael Succar, of Villawood: I think it's a good idea because 17 years of age is definitely better than 15 as there is more opportunity for them. I left school at 15 and it didn't help. It took me about 10 years to get motivated because I didn't have much schooling. If they had this law when I was at school I would have had a better education. Marlene Brown, of Burwood: I do think students should be 17 if they want to leave school because of the job situation at the moment. They need something to do with their time if they're not at school and they don't have a job. We need more apprenticeships and positions for young people. Rob Mourched, of Burwood: I definitely agree that they should have a secured apprenticeship or employment because it keeps them off the streets and from bludging. The government is trying to help the students get a proper education. Seventeen is not much of a difference to 15 but there's more maturity there. Susan Fouani, of Smithfield: I think it's a good idea because everyone needs to be educated in this country. I thinks it's bad if they have the opportunity to drop out at 15 because they are too young and need a proper education. OPINION STRATHFIELD Council our Community news council chambers: 65 Homebush Rd, Strathfield NSW 2135 P: 9748 9999 F: 9764 1034 postal address: PO Box 120, Strathfield NSW 2135 business hours: 8.30am - 4.30pm Monday to Friday STRATHFIELD COUNCIL Cr Keith Kwon, Mayor Mayor's message I am pleased to announce that Council will be celebrating Lunar New Year along The Boulevarde Strathfield Town Centre this Saturday. The Lunar New Year event, which has been organised in association with the Strathfield Korean Business Association, will be a wonderful opportunity for our community to come together and celebrate the welcoming in of 'The Year of the Ox'. There will be something for everyone including free entertainment, stalls, animal farm, rides and children's activities from 10am-3.30pm. Ihopetoseeyouat the Lunar New Year celebration. If you would like any further information please contact Council on 9748 9999. What's On MOVIES ON THE BIG SCREEN 'Fool's Gold' (Rated M) Saturday 14 February Commences 8pm Rotunda, Strathfield Park FREE Nominations Open: Heritage Awards Nominations are now open for the 2009 Strathfield Local Heritage Conservation Awards and Council is encouraging community members to nominate a property in the Municipality. The awards scheme is open to all property owners (including government departments, churches and schools) until 13 March in their respective categories within the Strathfield area. To be eligible, works must have been completed in 2008 irrespective of when they were commenced. For further information contact Council on 9748 9999 or visit Council's website. Youth Week Band Auditions Bands from the Inner West are invited to audition on the 14 February at the Burwood Cultural and Community Centre for their chance to play at The Annandale as part of National Youth Week (28 March-5 April). For further information contact Kate Abbott of Council on 9748 9999. This is an initiative of Strathfield, Ashfield, Burwood, City of Canada Bay and Leichhardt councils. Bushcare Welcomes New Volunteers Strathfield Bushcare is a group of dedicated volunteers that work with Council to assist in the protection of natural areas within the Strathfield area. The next Bushcare workday will be held on 28 February at Maria Reserve from 9am. For further information about becoming a Bushcare volunteer contact Jeanie Muspratt of Council on 9748 9999. 2008 Youth Week band competition winner Calyca Rose performed at The Brewhaha Youth Festival last year. First Tuesday of the month -- Council Meeting Second Tuesday of the month -- Planning Committee Third Tuesday of the month -- Committee meeting as required Council meetings are held at 7pm in the Council Chambers, 65 Homebush Road, Strathfield. Planning Committee meetings are held at 6pm at Strathfield Library and Information Centre, 65-67 Rochester Street, Homebush. Meeting business papers are available from Council's Customer Service Centre, Library and website on the Saturday prior to each meeting. E: email@example.com W: www.strathfield.nsw.gov.au 2041572k wk32 FREE Workshops for Parents and supervising drivers To help you with practical advice about: • Understanding of the new laws for L and P licence holders. • Supervising learner drivers. • Completing the Learner Driver Log Book. • Understanding the benefits of supervised on-road driving experience. The RTA and your local council have set up free two hour workshops for parents and supervisors of learner drivers. The next workshop in your area will be held: Wednesday 25 Feburary 6.00pm-8.00pm Venue: The Cadigal Room 160 Elizabeth St, Ashfield (near pool) BOOKINGS ARE ESSENTIAL Phone: 9716 1843 Helping learner drivers become safer drivers L 2120824p iww wk32 Email bookings: firstname.lastname@example.org Over 50 Specialty Stores, FREE 3 hour shopper carparking 42 - 50 Railway Parade, Burwood. Phone: 9744 0251 2112014i iww wk32 For all your Valentine's Day Gift Ideas Classy Jewellers Shop 37 9744 5505 Floral Culture Shop 6D 9744 7222 Monopoly Greetings Shop 44 9744 6725 Queen Watches & Jewellery Shop 45 9715 5880
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