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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : March 25th 2009
MB INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, March 26, 2009 7 NEWS www.innerwestweekly.com.au Where it all began FIONA BRADY See more pictures More photographs available at www.innerwestweekly.com.au The Rev Graeme Tutt (right) at St David's Church, Haberfield, which is celebrating its 140th birthday this weekend. Picture: PHIL BLATCH ~PP258309 ONE of the Inner West's most beautiful churches will celebrate its 140th birthday this weekend. St David's Uniting Church on Dalhousie St, Haberfield, will hold a special service to mark the landmark anniversary at 9.30am this Sunday. It will led by the Moderator of the Uniting Church in NSW, the Rev Niall Reid. The celebrations will include a morning tea and informal tours of the historic graveyard and build- ings. St David's was built in 1869 when Haberfield's founding fam- ily, Sarah and David Ramsay, donated 1.6ha of land and raised subscriptions for a church, school, manse and graveyard on the site. They wanted to create a centre for the community, according to St David's minister, the Rev Graeme Tutt. ''That was before Haberfield as a suburb really existed,'' he said. ''It was called St David's Ashfield in those days and was originally a Presbyterian Church. ''Eventually around the 1900s, Haberfield as a suburb started to exist.'' The church was designed by Thomas Rowe, who also designed the Sydney Hospital and the Great Synagogue, and it combines the gothic revival style with a square Norman-style tower. The whole St David's property is classified by the National Trust of Australia (NSW). Mr Tutt said the Ramsays' vision for St David's to be a centre for the community was still being realised today. ''It has become a bit of a com- munity space which is what we would want it to be,'' he said. ''It's a beautiful old building but it's not a museum. It's got to be a living place.'' Mr Tutt has invited local people to attend this weekend's cel- ebrations. 'Station not geared for the future' SHIREEN KHALIL BURWOOD Mayor Lesley Furneaux-Cook is concerned that the upgraded Burwood station will not cope with the rising numbers of commuters. Last week, CityRail began work at Burwood train station to im- prove access and amenities. ''As we all know Burwood has been identified by the State Gov- ernment's Metropolitan Strategy as a major centre with a predicted growth target of 7700 extra dwell- ings, so while the easy access works are more than welcome, they do not allow for the predicted increase in capacity," Cr Furneaux-Cook said. The Mayor is also urging Strathfield State Labor MP Virginia Judge to review the ac- cess at Croydon station. Cr Furneaux-Cook said Croydon station needed lifts and she had raised the issue with Ms Judge at a recent meeting. ''Croydon station has three sets of steep stairs and there is no other way to get down to the platform, there is no alternative access for elderly or disabled people and mothers with prams,'' Cr Furneaux-Cook said. ''I raised this issue with Virginia -- that the focus is on Burwood station as it should be, but we can't forget the resources we need at Croydon station.'' If Ms Judge fails to deliver, the mayor will urge residents to write to the Planning Minister. consider... minnamurra -- an abundant life If you or your loved ones are no longer able to live independently, and require 24 hour care services and support then consider... minnamurra, Presbyterian Aged Care's newly designed and built aged care facility at Drummoyne. This beautifully appointed home will ensure you enjoy all aspects of an abundant life with the dignity and compassion you deserve. minnamurra comprises 65 individual bedrooms, each with private facilities, including a secure dementia unit and respite care services. The extensive communal facilities, gardens, courtyards and balconies (many with views) are designed to enliven shared activities or for quiet re ection. minnamurra's dedicated sta bring experience and understanding to a wide range of quality care and services, as they support your health and wellbeing, promote companionship and o er pastoral support. It is all about giving you choices. Phone us today on 02 9690 9341 www.presac.o 14 Clem ENQUIRIES NOW OPEN OPENING MAY 2009 PRESBYTERIAN AGED CAR E NSW AND ACT IWW PACMIN0309
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