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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : March 18th 2009
www.innerwestweekly.com.au THURSDAY, MARCH 19, 2009 PHONE 9018 3592 80c incl. GST All wrong: expert FIONA BRADY A FORMER RTA executive has spoken out against his previous employer's plans for a second Iron Cove Bridge, saying they make ''little sense''. Drummoyne resident Charles Casuscelli was the general man- ager of the RTA's Transport Man- agement Centre for five years until he left to join the NRMA in 2001. He is now at a private consult- ants firm. Mr Casuscelli said he had spoken out because he did not believe the campaign against the Victoria Rd upgrade was honing in on the right issues. ''Dramatically increasing the traffic capacity across Iron Cove with the inherent limitations of Victoria Rd, both east and west of the waterway makes little sense,'' he said. ''The issue as I see it is not necessarily shaving a few minutes off travel time, but it is increasing the reliability and consistency of travel times through better proto- cols for clearing roads when inci- dents happen.'' And he accused the government of double standards -- highlighting remarks by Roads Minister Michael Daley in which he criti- cised Canada Bay Council for taking away parking spaces from businesses during an economic crisis. But, Mr Casuscelli said that under the government's plan, businesses on Victoria Rd would lose parking facilities during peak hour. ToPage2 Glamour girls share a universal ambition Carissa Walford, at Concord Oval, is one of two Wests Tigers cheerleaders who are in the running to be the 2009 Ms Universe. Picture: BRENT McGILVARY ~PP255792 SHIREEN KHALIL NOT one, but two, Wests Tigers cheerleaders will be strutting their stuff down the catwalk as NSW finalists for this year's Ms Universe Pageant. Back in 2004, Newcastle Knights cheerleader Jennifer Hawkins proved to Australia that girls with pompoms have the brains and beauty to take on the world. Carissa Walford, 21, and Alana Emblen, 21, both of Cronulla, joined the Wests Tigers cheerleaders' squad this year. They hope to shadow the success of their idol. ''I want to try and follow in the footsteps of Jennifer Hawkins. I would love to win, but being in the top five would be great,'' Ms Walford said. Ms Walford, who is also a singer, dancer and model, hopes the competition will enhance her modelling career and create awareness of issues such as childhood obesity. ''We are now the most overweight nation in the world and I want to promote a healthy lifestyle where kids are shown the benefits of sport and healthy eating,'' she said. Ms Emblen described the pageant as being about brains rather than beauty. To Page 4
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