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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : March 11th 2009
26 INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, March 12, 2009 MB Political foes can be friends WHILE Strathfield councillors continue their war among themselves, it is refreshing to see two councillors from opposite camps on Burwood Council joining forces for the greater good. The elected officials at Strathfield can take a leaf from the book of those at Burwood who, while their political ideals may differ, continue to see each other as genuinely nice people. Crs John Sidoti (Liberal) and John Faker (Labor) sat side-by- side in the barber's chairs in nearby Five Dock to have their heads shaved for the World's Greatest Shave this week. And it was more than just a political stunt. John Sidoti's brother died of leukemia when he was young and John Faker has been supporting the cause for the past four years. Last year Cr Faker was happy to go green but this year he sacrificed his locks to the number two razor blade, while Cr Sidoti braved the number one. The pair have showed the sort of leadership that their neighbours should adopt. That's not our park The real Brett Park, Drummoyne. I hate to be pedantic (not true, of course) but the caption on page 16 (IWW, Mar 5) identifying that forlorn patch of barren turf in front of Balmain Shores is quite clearly NOT Brett Park at Drummoyne. Real parks like our dearly loved one in Drummoyne, threatened by the RTA's daft plans for a car park to service a second Iron Cove Bridge, have trees. If there was anything other than a couple of spindly palms in front of Balmain Shores, they would be poisoned. And if the RTA wanted to put a car park there, no one would care. At least it wouldn't block anyone's views. Russell Edwards Drummoyne Get on with it I was at the Strathfield Council meeting on Tuesday night. All the local residents (protesters) at- tended as they are genuinely em- barrassed by what our council is becoming and fed up with the antics of councillor Danny Lim. Nobody's arm was twisted to come. No one was paid to come. Danny Lim is an absolute embar- rassment and is using our rates to carry on with his own personal vendetta rather then getting on with council business. Matthew Online comment Don't blame us As a card-carrying Green, I am appalled at our inability to stop the chainsaws and bulldozers when there is money to be made by the big corporations. Yet every time there is a bushfire it is because ''the greenies won't let them burn off''. You need to ask yourselves how we can be so powerless in the face of the capitalist juggernaut and so potent when lives and property are at stake. Truth is ''the Greens support hazard reduction when it is undertaken in a strategic, con- trolled and scientific manner'' (from candidates' briefing before the 2007 state election). Reduction burning may not have made a difference in the extreme conditions at the time. CSIRO scientist Michael Doherty (quoted Sydney Morning Herald, Feb 13) said: ''Even in pre- European times severe fires oc- curred despite burning by Abor- igines.'' The remarks of (Ashfield) coun- cillor (Nick) Adams and others are not only ill-informed, they are cynical political opportunism. They should be condemned as a despicable exploitation of human suffering. David Mathers Ashfield Your beef is? Since John Murphy is the federal member for the seat of Lowe, he has done nothing else but com- plain about the aircraft noise. Now we have a Federal Labor government and Mr Murphy com- plains only the size of the beef stroganoff that they served to his wife. How about the aircraft noise Mr Murphy? George Orban Concord It's a challenge TO THE POINT I have more than enough work to do as a councillor, answering sensible questions and addressing the concerns of residents without responding to Ms Passas and Mr Carrie's political challenges (Opinion, March 5), especially since these questions and concerns seldom correspond with their preoccupations. I am happy to be judged on my performance in this and on my working with other councillors and council staff to deliver the improved library and council centre, reduce the amount of graffiti in the town centre and make improvements to Pratten Park. I stand for council because as part of the local Labor party we want to continue to improve our community. Cr Mark Drury Ashfield Council Monitor sites Things like the vandalising of the Mary Poppins statue suggest that we find some way to electronically monitor public sites so that anyone who vandalises could be caught on video camera. 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