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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : February 11th 2009
INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, February 12, 2009 7 NEWS www.innerwestweekly.com.au Outcry over police station fate SHIREEN KHALIL CONCERNS about the future of Strathfield policing continue as councillors demand a fully- functional station. At Strathfield Council's meeting last Tuesday night, independent Cr Danny Lim's motion to re-open Enfield police station was ruled out of order as the mayor said it was not located in Strathfield. But Cr Lim's amended motion to call on the State Government to open a fully-functional station was car- ried unanimously. Liberal Cr Bill Carney said after the meeting: ''We need to open a proper, fully-functional police station, not just a shopfront which is what we have now.'' A spokesman for Police Minis- ter Tony Kelly told the Inner-West Weekly three weeks ago Strathfield police station would close and move to another, undis- closed site. ''The current frontline police numbers and services will remain unchanged before, during and after the relocation,'' he said. Independent Cr Paul Barron said this was not good enough as crime rates would increase. ''When you have got such a huge population and especially at night with so many restaurants open, you need a fully-manned police station,'' Cr Barron said. ''Where they have it now is close to everything. You need to have a police station where the popu- lation is. ''There will be a lot more crimes because the crims will know there is no station around the area.'' Cr Barron said Strathfield State Labor MP Virginia Judge had promised a new station ''and she has failed to deliver''. The council also passed an amended motion to call on the government to increase police numbers at Flemington station. Pumpkin patch kids cultivate their green-thumb skills SHANNON ANDREUCCI Students from Concord West Public School in their pumpkin patch. Picture: PHIL BLATCH ~pP242418 IT'S pumpkin fever at Concord West Public School where the gardening club is cultivating pumpkins to enter in The Great Backyard Pumpkin Challenge. The club, made up of about 30 children and a parent, Fiona Johnston, is a con- testant in the run- ning to win the grand prize of $2000. They planted two Atlantic Giant seeds in their shadehouse in November that have begun to bloom and they have been anxiously watching them grow. ''The kids are so excited. When they got back to school last week the first thing they wanted to do was come and see how the vine was going. They absolutely love it!'' Mrs Johnston said. She shared her secrets to sowing and growing a flourishing pumpkin flower. ''We have been putting some Thrive and a bit of worm wee and have been watering it every few days,'' she said. During the holidays, three dedi- cated students Suzie Monk, Jessica Casey and Emily Johnston watered the pumpkin patch. Eight-year-old Alexa Swientek said: ''We love watering the plants and watching them grow. It's really fun.'' The kids donate zucchini, lettuce, tomatoes and silverbeat to the school canteen three times a week and when the compe- tition is over, the canteen workers will make some pumpkin scones. The competition is being run by Cumberland Courier and the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW. Pumpkins will be entered into a special competition for the 2009 Sydney Royal Easter Show. For more dates and locations call the Environment Line on 131 555 or visit www.cleanout.com.au Drop off your old or leftover paints pesticides, herbicides solvents and household cleaners oils and fuels batteries gas bottles fire extinguishers pool and hobby chemicals acids and alkalis fluorescent tubes your household chemical clutter it's time to AND IT'S FREE Only household quantities accepted 788856v2 AT THESE LOCATIONS BETWEEN 9AM -- 3.30PM ON: Saturday 21 February City of Canterbury Council Administration Building car park, Shakespeare St, Campsie Saturday 2 May Marrickville Works Depot, 15-17 Unwins Bridge Rd, St Peters Saturday & Sunday 16 & 17 May Hurstville City Council Works Depot, Depot Rd (Cnr. Roberts Ave), Mortdale STRATHFIELD COUNCIL HERITAGE AWARDS 2009 NOMINATIONS NOW OPEN Strathfield Council is calling for nominations for the 2009 Strathfield Heritage Conservation Awards. Non-heritage listed properties are eligible to enter and works must be completed in 2008. The five award categories are restoration and renovation of existing buildings, landscaping restoration, colour schemes, new building heritage theme and heritage projects and plans. Nominations close Friday 13 March and are open to all property owners within the Strathfield Local Government Area. For further information contact Roger Brook of Council on 9748 9999 or visit Council's website www.strathfield.nsw.gov.au 2020524i iww wk33 council chambers: 65 Homebush Rd, Strathfield NSW 2135 p) 9748 9999 f) 9764 1034 business hours: 8.30am - 4.30pm Monday to Friday postal address: PO Box 120, Strathfield NSW 2135 e) firstname.lastname@example.org w) www.strathfield.nsw.gov.au STRATHFIELD COUNCIL
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