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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : March 11th 2009
MB INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, March 12, 2009 3 NEWS www.innerwestweekly.com.au Former teammates in good spirits and lucky to be alive SHANNON ANDREUCCI Retired Sri Lankan international Russel Arnold, who now plays for Sydney, reflects on the recent attack on his former Sri Lankan teammates. Picture: DAVID MARSHALL ~P0633058 FORMER Sri Lankan cricketer Russel Arnold is touched by the concern and support his Sydney Cricket Club team and community have shown towards him and the victims of the recent terror attack in Pakistan. The retired international has been in contact with his former teammates in Sri Lanka, eight of whom sustained injuries after up to 12 masked gunmen ambushed their bus last Tuesday. He said they were all in good spirits. ''They are relieved that everyone is safe and back with their families and that they are breathing because they know how dangerous and close the situation was,'' he said. Arnold said he had never felt threatened throughout his cricketing career and was shocked by the event. ''It's the last thing we expected to happen because although we knew there was a risk going over to Pakistan, there is a strong belief over there that when it comes to sports, especially cricket, religious differ- ences will be set aside,'' he said. The media has been pointing the finger at Pakistan authorities for their supposed failure to protect the Sri Lankan team and other innocent victims. However Arnold empathised with the police, saying it would be difficult to defend such an unexpected attack. ''It's hard to comment on the lack of security there without being there, but in my opinion it's very difficult to stop people who take everyone by surprise like that.'' The left-handed batsman believes the terror attack will have a huge impact on world cricket, with teams being reluctant to travel abroad, particularly to Pakistan. ''People will surely think twice before going back to Pakistan, but they have to remember that this can happen anywhere, not just in Pakistan,'' he said. On a lighter note, Russel is loving Sydney life, the variety of sports available to watch and keep him entertained, and is looking forward to his Drummoyne-based team playing in the finals. Courting controversy FIONA BRADY Should Ashfield Council continue the fights? Tell us online at www.innerwestweekly.com.au SOME OF THE COSTS SO FAR $344,345: Ashfield Mall redevelop- ment. Councillors voted against staff recommendation. Appeal heard but not yet determined. $103,099: Unit development -- 65-75 Smith St, Summer Hill. Council- lors voted in line with recommendation. Appeal heard but not determined. $27,384: Prouds Jewellers head- quarters, 12-28 Parramatta Rd, Sum- mer Hill. Councillors voted against recommendation. Appeal allowed. FIGHTING courtroom battles over planning decisions has cost Ashfield Council nearly $600,000 since June, a council report has revealed. The $585,000 bill for legal advice and planning appeals in the Land and Environment Court is almost double the council's legal budget. And with some appeals still outstanding, the council estimates its legal budget could be $300,000 in the red by the end of June. One of the reasons for the blowout is the Ashfield Mall re- development appeal which has cost nearly $345,000 -- and count- ing. Like six of the 13 appeals against council decisions mentioned in the report, it was recommended for approval by council officers but rejected by councillors. Liberal councillor Nick Adams was one of only four councillors on the last Ashfield Council who voted in favour of the mall redevel- opment. He said the legal spending was ''ludicrous'' and his fellow coun- cillors should follow the advice of the council's expert staff when considering development appli- cations. ''Becoming a councillor is a wonderful thing,'' he said. ''Councillors instantly become high court judges, expert archi- tects and renowned town plan- ners.'' But Mayor Ted Cassidy said it was councillors' duty not to allow unsuitable developments that would ''impact on the environ- ment or the living amenity of the area''. A former council officer himself for 30 years, he said council officers ''get it right most of the time, but not all the time''. On Tuesday night the council was to debate deferring three capital works projects in order to absorb the overspending. Level 2, Suite 208, 43 Majors Bay Rd, CONCORD (Cnr Jellicoe Rd) 9736 2825 E: email@example.com www.bongiornolawyers.com.au IN NEED OFA HELPING HAND? 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