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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : March 18th 2009
24 INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, March 19, 2009 Projects to brighten our lives CHILDREN can teach adults a thing or two when it comes to stating the obvious. Ma'ata Langi, Gabriela Pangilinan, Patrick Shutlar and Maria Murillo from St Vincent's Primary School in Ashfield were absolutely right when they described the Brown St railway underpass as ''scary''. As a school project, they wrote a letter to Ashfield Council. Now, two years later, the council and RailCorp have unveiled a nicer, brighter tunnel, complete with colourful artworks created by 400 people from playgroups, schools and community groups that hang alongside historical photographs of Ashfield. The council and rail authority (and the children) hope that the tunnel's transformation will deter graffiti vandals who have haunted the area for too many years. Down the road at Croydon, Ashfield Council is about to embark on another project to revitalise the Edwin St North, Elizabeth and Hennessy streets precinct. Armed with $251,000 in funding from the Federal Government's Community Infrastructure Program, the council intends to modernise and beautify the area -- which is very much overdue. Lollipop man lookalike Strathfield Councillor Danny Lim ON Thursday morning (March 12) at about 9am I was alarmed, as I turned in my car from Morwick St into Wentworth Rd, Burwood at being confronted by what looked like a traffic warden or ''Lollipop Man'', standing by the street lights trying to attract the attention of motorists. Hehadapolewithadisclikea stop sign that he waved at me and others and was wearing a sand- wich board with a joking message about erection problems. This was at a corner where, and time when, many small school children are crossing to go to Burwood Primary School. Apart from the danger to motorists and the unsavoury message, children could easily have mistaken him for someone waving them on to cross into oncoming cars. I hope that, in future, traffic police patrol this corner to see that this man is moved-on and not allowed to re- peat this ridiculous, dangerous, anti-social behaviour. If I see him there again I shall certainly stop and call the police on my mobile phone. If he is being paid to carry out some advertising campaign I hope that those pulling his strings yank him out of circu- lation quickly. E Werkhoven Concord West Gump's analogy RE : ''Get On With It'' (Opinion, Mar 12). Well said Matthew. My experience with the political system is that people love to back the independent who appeal to people on a one-to-one basis, par- ticularly those disenchanted with the State and Federal incumbents. The problem with this is, in the words of Forrest Gump, ". . . you never know what you're gonna' get". Organised political parties, like the Libs, Labor and (to a lesser extent) The Greens, are very well structured in their decision mak- ing. The caucus system is present at every level of representation and makes for a ''collective brain'' which effectively weeds out loonies and time-wasters and, while the incumbent official may not be popular and may have personal clashes with colleagues from time to time, you can be assured that the end product will be focused on the issues at hand and not engaged in deliberate disruption and stoking personal vendetta's as appears to be the case in Strathfield. Danny Lim does appear to be particularly interested in causing distress to Virginia Judge. Per- haps he's one of those people who just can't stand organised politics and is hell-bent on doing every- thing in his power to let her know that regardless of how much coun- cil time is wasted that could be spent on far more constructive issues. Forrest hit the nail right on the head with his ''Box of Chocolates'' analogy which appears to relate equally well to life and local council. Paul (surname supplied) Ashfield Roll up, roll up TO THE POINT My mates and I would like to shout all the Strathfield councillors (Keith, Paul, Danny, his dog Smarty and all) a paintballing weekend in case this helps them get everything out of their system. If, perchance, only Smarty returns, who knows, we may be better served. Alternatively we could double the number of council meetings. Every second one can be permitted to be a circus, like the current ones. But between each circus would be a proper council meeting where they leave their funny hats and political hats at the cloakroom and do all the practical things we elected them for. Michael Dillon Strathfield There to help The message for Neighbour Day on Sunday, March 29, is celebrate your community. It's the day to say thanks for collecting the mail, feeding the cat, taking the kids to school and for being there when I needed you most. 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