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MB INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, March 5, 2009 3 NEWS www.innerwestweekly.com.au Grant unmasks sensual, classical dance to world stage SHIREEN KHALIL The Lingalayam Dance Company has been awarded a $25,000 grant from the State Government to stage an international new work. Picture: MATTHEW SULLIVAN AN Indian dance group has been given a handy grant of $25,000 from the State Government to stage a new performance. The grant will allow Homebush's Lingalayam Dance Company and Ramli Ibrahim and Malaysia's Sutra Dance Theatre to stage an international perform- ance called Rasa Unmasked. ''The project and the nature of the collaboration are so huge that without the money and the sup- port we have received from Art NSW over the past 10 years, we wouldn't have survived -- they have been our backbone,'' Lingalayam Dance Company di- rector Anandavalli said. The performance, which also involves ethnomusicologist Alex Dea, is a sensuous, contemporary work that involves detailed cos- tumes, precise hand gestures and a classical story-line. The collaboration has also con- vinced Anandavalli, an Indian classical dancer, to return to the stage after retiring five years ago to focus on choreography. ''The integrity and passion that Ramli and Alex bring to their art forms transcend the knowledge and barriers passed on to them by their gurus,'' Anandavalli said. ''It was this that awakened in me the desire to dance again with these soulful artists.'' Anandavalli and Ramli will lead the best of their company dancers on stage in Rasa Un- masked which starts on March 13 in Sydney then heads to Malaysia, Singapore and India during April. Visit www.rasaunmasked. wordpress.com for tour dates. Decision backfires SHIREEN KHALIL BURWOOD Council has a $1.5 million deficit following one of Lesley Furneaux-Cook's first decisions as mayor, according to a council spokesman. When she took on the mayoral robes last September, Cr Furneaux-Cook put forward a mayoral minute to suspend all council land sales and develop- ment works for the proposed li- brary and civic centre. The hold on land sales, intended to pay for the new buildings, forced the council to stop the expressions of interest process. ''Burwood Council now needs to start a new EOI process, but this process requires funds and a cer- tainty it won't be stopped again,'' a council spokesman said. The council expects it will take at least two months before the properties can go on the market again. The councillors voted unani- mously to suspend the land sales but former mayor and Labor coun- cillor John Faker said that at the time he didn't think it would have an impact on the budget. ''This decision had an immedi- ate effect on council's operations and available funds,'' he said. ''The council's budget has been drastically impacted upon with a budget deficit of $1.5 million, a direct result of the mayoral min- ute has now resulted in a lack of income from the promised land sales.'' He said this had forced the council to increase its borrowings by $4 million. However the mayor blames the budget on ''wishful thinking'' on the previous council's part. ''The sale of the lands is not significantly related to the operat- ing budget -- council budgeted $1 million in developer Section 94 contributions based on the town centre LEP being gazetted. This did not happen,'' Cr Furneaux- Cook said. ''Funds that council had in- vested for use in the financial year are not available due to the global financial crisis,'' she said. The mayor said interest rates were lower than what the pre- vious council budgeted for, and there had been a sharp drop in revenue from development appli- cations. Cr Faker said his biggest fear was that the mayor would sell the properties to pay off the debt, ''when it should be going toward the new library''. The mayor hopes the council will get significant money from the Rudd infrastructure package for the library so other money can be released for other projects. She said the council was in a sound position and would have a civic centre it could afford, once it received word of the government grant and money from the land sales. Man survives rocks mishap A STRATHFIELD man has sur- vived an accident at Port Kembla in which his fishing companion drowned. The 46-year-old Strathfield man and his 71-year-old companion were fishing at Red Point when they were swept off the rocks about 10.50pm. A huge search operation was mounted consisting of local police, dog squad, water police, a Port Kembla pilot vessel and an ambulance helicopter. A police officer entered the water with a life ring to rescue the Strathfield man who was then winched to safety by ambulance helicopter. He was taken to Wollongong Hospital where he is in a satisfac- tory condition. The second man's body was recovered soon after. A report will be prepared for the coroner. 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