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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : February 11th 2009
4 INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, February 12, 2009 NEWS www.innerwestweekly.com.au Late Barry's excuse scores point FIONA BRADY NSW Young Liberals president Scott Farlow and State Opposition Leader Barry O'Farrell on Victoria Rd, Drummoyne. Picture: DANNY AARONS ~pP242820 STATE Opposition Leader Barry O'Farrell was late for the launch of the Liberal's latest campaign against the government's plans for Victoria Rd. ''I've got the perfect excuse,'' he said when he eventually arrived in Drummoyne. ''Traffic.'' Mr O'Farrell was launching the Liberal's new online petition against traffic policies and the proposed second Iron Cove Bridge. He described the plans as ''crazy'' and said the Liberal's focus would be to resolve the traffic bottlenecks. ''The way to fix it is to properly address the pinch points of Lyons Rd and Darling St and also to put an extra lane on the existing bridge,'' he said. ''It addresses the problem and the root cause.'' Mr O'Farrell also entered into the White Bay controversy, claim- ing the plans for a cruise ship terminal would lead to thousands more vehicle movements along Victoria Rd. ''That's a disaster for people in this region,'' he said. He urged frustrated commuters to sign the online petition at www.startthechange.com.au. ''It's a practical way to demon- strate to Verity Firth and Angela D'Amore that the communities they represent don't want a bar of this,'' he said. Politics and in-fighting rule council SHIREEN KHALIL Is Strathfield Council dysfunctional? www.innerwestweekly.com.au STRATHFIELD Council's first meeting for 2009 was full of action, topped with tantrums. Controversial independent councillor Danny Lim started the night with 29 motions, some of which were ruled out of order including two motions to censure the mayor and deputy mayor. But Cr Lim's spotlight was taken when his adviser Andrew Ho accused Strathfield State Labor MP Virginia Judge's electrorate officer, Steven Zenos, of assaulting him. ItwaswhenMrHomadea comment about the meeting that Mr Zenos moved a seat closer to Mr Ho. Mr Ho then repeatedly yelled, ''Are you assaulting me?'' After a few minutes the council general manager David Backhouse managed to gain order and resume the meeting. After the meeting Mr Zenos would not comment on the record but Mr Ho said Ms Judge shouldn't be afraid to attend coun- cil meetings herself. Among the action of the night was Cr Lim's successful motion to prohibit the use of photographs of the mayor and deputy mayor in council advertising. While the mayor failed to rule the motion out of order, he lodged a rescission motion during closed session. Cr Barron said the way Cr Kwon was running meetings was a joke. ''He said he had an urgent phone call to make and said he would be back in five minutes . . . 20 min- utes later he wasn't back so we all left,'' Cr Barron said after the closed session. Cr Kwon said he phoned Labor's Cr Sundar Eswaren (who wasn't at the meeting) to sign a rescission motion on the mayoral photo ban. ''I don't think it is practical and it doesn't serve the mayor or the role of the mayor and our civic duty will severely be limited,'' Cr Kwon said. Another restriction imposed on the mayor was that he must be accompanied by a councillor from a different political party when attending meetings. ''I don't think it was fair of Cr Lim to put forward these mo- tions,'' Cr Kwon said. MASSIVE SAVINGS!!! Built in Wardrobes & Kitchens • Built In Wardrobes, hinged or sliding doors • Showers Screens, frameless, semi frameless or fully framed • Two sliding safety mirrored doors • Four Drawers in metal runners with safety stop • Double hanging space and 1 single hanging space • Coloured or timber look doors available if preferred (additional cost) $549 Prices Start From including GST Wardrobes Pty Ltd SHOWROOM OPEN 7 DAYS Monday - Friday 8am-4.30pm Saturday 8am-1pm Sunday 10am-1pm Unit 14, 39-41 Marigold St, REVESBY 12 year warranty Free measure & quote Fully installed at factory Prices Up to 2.4m wide wall to wall Up to 2.7m ceiling high 9792 2233 All major credit cards available "Won't be Beaten on Quality, Price & Services" special offer for a limited time only WE NOW DO KITCHENS! MULTI 2108397iL WK33 Strathfield Park Homebush Rd Strathfield @ Approx 8:00pm Bring your picnic blanket for a night under the stars! For more information please check Council's website www.strathfield.nsw.gov.au or contact Council on 9748 9999 ON THE BIG SCREEN 2087700i iww wk33 Movies are subject to change without notice. Classification: 14th Mar 2009 Get Smart Rated: M 28th Feb 2009 The Dark Knight Rated: M 14th Feb 2009 Fool's Gold Rated: M Youth Week Movie 28th Mar 2009 Juno Rated: M
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