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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : February 18th 2009
MB INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, February 19, 2009 3 NEWS www.innerwestweekly.com.au Rorke flashes groove on dance show SHIREEN KHALIL Track Rorke's progress at www.innerwestweekly.com.au B.J. Rorke makes a move on So You Think You Can Dance. B.J. RORKE is one step closer to being Australia's best dancer. The 19-year-old Lidcombe man scored himself a ticket to the top 20 on So You Think You Can Dance last Wednesday night after im- pressing the judges with his versa- tile dance moves. ''I feel I'm ready for the chal- lenge this year and I hope that my versatility makes me stand out from the other dancers,'' he said. Despite not making it further than the top 40 in season one of the show due to an illness, Rorke said his attitude and versatilty had developed this year. The contemporary, jazz and hip- hop dancer has performed along- side famous names including Fergie from the Black Eyed Peas and Australia's own Jessica Mauboy. He is determined to prove he can do more than just hip-hop tricks. And he did just that on Sunday night's first top 20 show of the high-rating TV program. Rorke and his dance partner Gianne performed one of the best quicksteps the show has seen. ''On Sunday night we got the quickstep, which we have both never done before and the judges said it was the best they have seen on the show and the best perform- ance of the night,'' he said. Rorke believes their versatility will pay off. ''Gianne does Brazilian samba and she is a great partner and we have a good connection on stage,'' he said. The show airs on Channel 10. The party mood gets grouchy FIONA BRADY How much is too much for a council Christmas party? www.innerwestweekly.com.au ASHFIELD Council has been ac- cused of squandering more than $17,000 of ratepayers' money on Christmas parties and presents for its staff. The council spent nearly $10,000 on a harbour cruise for 100 admin- istrative staff and $1454 on a party for the 80 outdoor staff, who also received hampers worth a total of almost $6000. In contrast, Burwood Council staff paid for their own meals at their Christmas function in a local restaurant. But Ashfield Council has de- fended the spending, saying the cruise had cost less than last year's function at the town hall. Former Ashfield councillor Julie Passas, who requested the figures, said such spending was extravagant given the current economic climate and the fact the council was about to borrow $10 million to pay for a new civic centre. ''I don't begrudge anyone hav- ing a get-together at Christmas,'' Mrs Passas said. ''But there are plenty of cheaper places to hold it. ''The hampers for the depot staff were brought from Melbourne. ''Surely they could have made up hampers using products from local shops?'' Mrs Passas said she was prompted to ask the council for the figures after hearing poor reports of the seniors' Christmas party on which the council spent $2700. ''And these are pensioners who have paid rates for 30 and 40 years,'' she said. Ashfield Council's general man- ager Ken Gainger said the ham- pers were bought as a thank-you for the outdoor staff because their work safety record had contrib- uted to a $44,246 rebate on the council's insurance premiums and a reduction in the overall premium of $164,895. ''If the council wish to review budget allocations for council functions, including Christmas functions, until the economy picks up, I am sure the staff would be sympathetic to such a proposal,'' Mr Gainger said. He said the council had saved $9500 on the previous year for the seniors' Christmas party, partly due to a change in venue. Ashfield Mayor Ted Cassidy said that, while he would have approved the spending, he was ''disappointed'' not to receive an invite to the staff function, although he generally doesn't at- tend the event. But the general manager said the limited numbers on the har- bour cruise meant the council didn't have the capacity to invite non-staff members. Scrimp or splurge -- what councils spent ASHFIELD Council spent nearly $10,000 on a harbour cruise for 100 administrative staff and $1454 on a party for the 80 outdoor staff, who also received hampers worth almost $6000 in total. CANADA BAY Council held a Christmas party at a local sports club for its 320 adminis- trative and depot staff costing $12,065. STRATHFIELD Council held a combined administrative and depot Christmas party for its 159 staff costing $1835. Staff also got a Christmas ham or turkey, costing $4473 in total. BURWOOD Council was es- pecially thrifty, with staff pay- ing for their own meals at their Christmas functions. 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