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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : February 18th 2009
MB INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, February 19, 2009 23 The least we can do is help WHILE queuing at the bank the other day to part with some money for the cause, it was heartwarming to see the elderly gent in front cash a cheque, then say to the cashier: ''Take a hundred out of that and give it to the bushfires. It's the least I can do''. It's obvious that thousands of other Australians are thinking the same thing as the relief effort tops the $20 million mark. While Sydney residents are enjoying the respite from the heatwaves of recent weeks, we are still thinking about our southern counterparts who are going through hell. Countless, spontaneous fundraisers have been organised by schools and community groups, and appeals for the little things, such as the Men's Shed movement, are now emerging. Thought must also be given to the people in Queensland and northern NSW who are enduring the opposite end of the spectrum with the floods. It's difficult to love Dorothea Mackellar's country with its ''drought and flooding rains'' at times like this. Yet now is not the time to forget those near to us who still need our help. The Exodus Foundation springs to mind. And with Neighbour Day and Clean Up Australia Day around the corner, there are still things to be done closer to home too. Get on with job at hand Strathfield Council during wartime last century. The Strathfield Council antics are becoming a joke! (IWW, Feb 12). Surely there are more basic and important matters to deal with? Many roads, drainage need ur- gent attention. Some areas of Homebush and Strathfield are looking Third World. There's nothing to keep locals in Strathfield, so they flock to other suburbs to shop and spend money. Neighbouring councils have vi- brant cafe strips and areas for the community . . . not Strathfield. The big issues are apparently countless silly motions and party games! Surely the residents of Strathfield deserve more than the current state of bizarre antics? It's time to stop this and get on with real work. I'm sick of this rubbish every week being re- ported on. It's beyond belief! Sergio da Luz Strathfield Online comment Not one taker Councillor Mark Drury says in his contradictory reply to Julie Passas (Opinion, Feb 12) that the 2006/2007 rate rise was for footpath repairs etc, yet a council spokesman says there is no money. Which is it? Are they operating from the same council? He accuses Mrs Passas of being ''at it yet again'' and in the same breath says she was not involved in the public consultations re: the Civic Centre. As someone who attended the Civic Centre meeting, I recall Mrs Passas being there and in- volved. Why won't he take up the challenge she has issued? It would be an opportunity for residents to make up their own minds who knows what they are talking about. Having fol- lowed council closely for sev- eral years and ifIwasabet- ting man, my money would be on Mrs Passas. Maybe this explains why not one of the 12 councillors has taken up her challenge. I have been told by numerous long-term residents how Ashfield lost out when the deal was made with the Mall for the present Civic Centre and it seems nothing has changed. Thomas Carrie Ashfield Broken promise TO THE POINT I read with interest, as I did in your February 7 publication, of the new pontoon to be built at Rhodes Blaxland Rd boat ramp. What happened to the $400,000 funding from the State Government promised in 2008 for the upgrade to Bayview Park, Concord, and Blaxland Rd boat ramps? I use the Bayview boat ramp every Saturday in summer (except when it's taken over by private schools' rowing regattas) and the promised upgrade has not occurred. Why not? Karen Fisher, Summer Hill Appeal thanks Many thanks to all your readers who responded to the recent International Nepal Fellowship (INF) used stamps appeal. The response has been overwhelming and proceeds received will contribute towards INF work and ministry in Nepal. The chairman of INF Australia in his recent newsletter mentioned Kantari, a community health volunteer in the remote Soru belt of Mugu, who wrote ''in my village there were so many children who died of malnutrition and disease''. ''These days my village is healthy because of the great support of INF. Now I am really happy and enjoying working with community people with the help of INF staff.'' Thank you for your kind contribution towards this very worthy cause. Meryl May, Burwood WRITE TO US MAIL: The Editor Inner-West Weekly, 181 First Ave, Five Dock, 2046. FAX: 9018 3531 EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org 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 OPINION www.innerwestweekly.com.au
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