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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : February 11th 2009
10 INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, February 12, 2009 NEWS Binge drinking ruins a fun night Kieren Jack backs the campaign. SYDNEY Swans footballer Kieren Jack says it's simple: If you binge drink, you're an idiot. The high profile utility player, and son of Balmain Tigers rugby league legend Garry, says it's timely to spread the word about the dangers of binge drinking. Although heavy drinking over short periods of time was not confined to the younger generation, he said it was certainly becoming more of a problem among teenagers. ''Everybody's been involved in a binge drinking act of some sort,'' he said. ''I have had people who've tried to cause trouble. You're out having a good time, and there's some idiot who wants to cause trouble -- it's not a good feeling.'' It's a common problem for footballers who are often the target of drunks in a social environment. People have seen players on television and feel the way to get attention is to target them. Jack said alcohol often made people feel 10-foot-tall and bullet-proof. ''I'm not sure why they want to be a hero,'' he said. ''Maybe they want to see themselves on television or something.'' He's also had friends whose night has been ruined by schooner-waving revellers. ''I've had friends who've had drinks poured on them, and it does ruin their night," Jack said. ''It's pointless. It's just not a nice thing to experience, and nobody thinks highly of whoever it was who did it." Jack is the latest high-profile athlete to support the Just Think campaign. 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 What's On MOVIES ON THE BIG SCREEN 'Fool's Gold' (Rated M) Saturday 14 February Commences 8pm Rotunda, Strathfield Park FREE 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: firstname.lastname@example.org W: www.strathfield.nsw.gov.au 2041572k wk33 Lunar New Year A Hit Council once again held a successful Lunar New Year celebration along The Boulevarde Strathfield Town Centre last Saturday. Over 500 people attended the event and enjoyed free entertainment, market stalls and children's activities. Council extends thanks to the Strathfield-Korean Business Association and the Strathfield Plaza for supporting this event. Birdwatcher's Breakfast Council, together with the Sydney Metropolitan Catchment Management Authority, held a Birdwatcher's Breakfast to celebrate World Wetlands Day on 31 January. The community event was held at Mason Park Wetlands in Homebush from 8am and over 30 participants came along and enjoyed a one-hour tour of the wetlands followed by a free a breakfast. Back to School Safety Council is reminding drivers of the 50km/h speed limit on local roads and 40km/h speed limit in school zones, through its "Please Slow Down" campaign. The project includes a courtesy radar telling drivers of their speed in local streets. Celebrating Lunar New Year along The Boulevarde at the Strathfield Town Centre. Cecil McCoy a student from Homebush West Public School Deputy Mayor Hope Brett-Bowen joined locals on a tour of the Mason Park Wetlands in celebration of World Wetlands Day. I was deeply shocked and saddened by the Victorian bushfire tragedy which has claimed the lives of over 170 people and left hundreds of people without a home. I would like to sincerely express my deepest and most sincere condolences to suffering families and to their communities. It really is a tragedy beyond belief and my thoughts are with those who are suffering first hand the horrific aftermath of Australia's worst bushfires. Along with all Australian's I would like to thank all the emergency services personnel including the Country Fire Authority who are working tirelessly at this time. ADVERTISEMENT Carelink Jan 2009 Do you need help to stay at home? Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centres Would you like information on: • a wide range of community services? • help for carers to take a break (respite)? For information about community care programs and services in your local region call Freecall* 1800 052 222. For help with emergency respite outside business hours call Freecall* 1800 059 059. Or visit your local Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centre shopfront Or visit the website www.commcarelink.health.gov.au * Calls from mobile phones are charged at applicable rates
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