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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : February 11th 2009
18 INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, February 12, 2009 Money the key to rebuilding THE fragility of humankind can be demonstrated in an instant. Events this week in Victoria have shown that our fortunes can change with the wind. People who were alive last week are no longer. What were once beautiful homes and landscapes are now reduced to ash and rubble. Hell hath no fury like a countryside burning. Asweshedatearof compassion while hearing the stories of the survivors or while watching events unfold on the nightly news, we hold our loved ones tighter. Such times evoke memories of past personal tragedies, terrorism and natural disasters -- and so a nation mourns the loss of more than 100 citizens. Time and investigations will determine the causes of the fires, yet the disaster has also brought out the worst in some sectors of society, with a few claiming bizarre reasons for the inferno that don't bear reporting. The rebuilding effort will take months. The rebuilding of survivors' lives will take longer. We can all help by putting our hands in our wallets and giving to the relief funds. Council onto problems Ashfield Civic Centre which is being redeveloped. Julie Passas (Opinion, Feb 5) is taking an interest in local matters again, full of rage and fury and issuing challenges. Pity she did not take the earlier opportunities to get involved be- fore the decisions were taken. I have a challenge for Ms Passas, what would you say to the follow- ing facts? Ashfield Council in recognising the problems with aging infra- structure (footpaths in particular) applied and were permitted to increase rates in 2006/7. This raises an additional $700,000 per year that is spent on infrastruc- ture. Rather than a reactive, politi- cally influenced, Band-aid ap- proach to fixing assets, Ashfield Council has a strategic asset man- agement approach. We have over 1 million square metres of roads and associated kerb, guttering and footpaths. So we systematically assess their state, work out those most in need and get on with the job. This is a rational, sensible and equitable way of looking after assets. Council applied for an ad- ditional rate rise in 2007/8. It was approved specifically for funding loan repayments for the Civic Centre Redevelopment. We con- sulted with residents about this, the raise was approved for this purpose and we will soon com- mence building a first-rate com- munity facility. Cr Mark Drury Croydon Fix the mess When is Canada Bay Council going to spend some money on the footpaths and roads in poor old forgotten Drummoyne? We have complained about this problem now since my wife broke her ankle in 2001. As I have said be- fore, if you live in Five Dock, Rhodes, Concord or Wareemba, no prob- lem. Untold money has been spent in these areas over a period, but Drummoyne -- nothing. Except the Drummoyne Oval and the boat ramps. All ratepayers don't have boats or use the oval but we do use the footpaths and roads. I think our general manager should have a good look around Drummoyne. Overgrown and rubbish-filled side streets, dead and dying pot plants, overhanging tree branches, etc. And the terminus (Victoria and Lyons roads) is a mess. We are ratepayers and would dearly like some of our rate money used in Drummoyne itself. Rick Kellie Drummoyne WRITE TO US MAIL: The Editor Inner-West Weekly, 181 First Ave, Five Dock, 2046. FAX: 9018 3531 EMAIL: email@example.com Letters should be kept brief. Name, address and phone num- ber must be supplied. Letters are submitted on condition that Cumberland Newspapers, as publisher of the Inner-West Weekly, may edit and has the right to reproduce in electronic form and communicate these letters. CONDITIONS Take the gag off women President Obama has taken the historic pro-choice decision to remove the Global Gag Rule in the USA, a decision that will save women's lives. Australia is now the only country whose foreign aid program prevents women from receiving information and education about abortion, even in countries where it is legal. Known here as the AusAID Family Planning Guidelines, the policy was put in place by the Howard Government in a deal with Senator Brian Harradine to allow the sell-off of Telstra. The need for Australia to repeal its own restrictive guidelines is imperative. Across the world, substandard reproductive health is the leading cause of death for women, particularly in the poorest countries. More than half a million women die from pregnancy or childbirth complications each year. At least 200 million women lack access to family planning and contraceptive information and services, contributing to more than 40 million pregnancies that are terminated every year, half unsafely. Complications from unsafe abortion result in about 67,000 deaths and at least five million serious injuries annually, all preventable. Sexually transmitted infections are increasing dramatically. We ask Kevin Rudd to do the right thing by millions of women and abolish Australia's Family Planning Guidelines. Devora Lieberman, Ann Brassil Family Planning NSW, Ashfield OPINION www.innerwestweekly.com.au Forum Sentencing Program Expressions of Interest (EOI) -- Forum Facilitators Forum Sentencing is a Restorative Justice Program run by the NSW Attorney General's Department. "Forums" are a way of dealing with a person convicted of a criminal offence in the NSW Local Court. The Forum brings together the offender and the victim with a facilitator; support people, the police officer and other people affected by the offence, to discuss what happened, how people were affected and what can be done to make things better. Forum Facilitators are responsible for preparation and conduct of Forums (which involves contact with offenders, victims, police and others affected by the offence) as well as relevant paperwork. This work is undertaken on a casual basis and often out of business hours. Facilitators will be paid an hourly rate of $39.50 per hour for the work associated with each Forum. Frequency of work offered to facilitators is determined by the volume and type of Forum referrals in the area. EOI's are invited from people interested in becoming Forum facilitators at: Campbelltown, Camden, Picton, Moss Vale, Burwood, Newtown, Balmain, and Liverpool. Applicants must be available to attend training on the 14, 28 and 29 of March 2009 and 1 April 2009. Upon successful completion of the training applicants may be appointed as Forum Facilitators, subject to relevant checks. Indigenous people and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. Interested applicants are encouraged to attend an information night on 16 February 2009 at 6.00pm -- further details in the information package. 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