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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : March 25th 2009
26 INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, March 26, 2009 MB Please just show some courtesy IT'S a fact that many motorists are downright rude -- and that's just to each other. But when it comes to the disabled, the elderly or pedestrians, their behaviour can be beneath contempt. And that's not to mention the way some drivers treat cyclists on our roads. All too often there are wanton examples of misbehaviour on our streets. It's not uncommon to see cars parked in driveways so that they are jutting across the footpath, forcing pedestrians, parents with prams and people in wheelchairs onto the road -- if they can safely reach it. Parking across driveways and access ramps that allow pram pushers and wheelchair users to safely navigate our streets is also all too common. To see a wheelchair-bound person forced to use the roadway instead of the path is heartbreaking, not to say downright dangerous. In the case of Mathew Kennedy and baby Sarai, two lives are in jeopardy. All road users need to be aware of one another's needs -- it's just common courtesy. Local girls cheer us up Wests Tigers cheerleader Carissa Walford I am disturbed that both of the Wests Tigers cheerleaders (IWW, March 19) live in Cronulla. Whilst I am very grateful your paper covers issues in regards to my beloved Tigers, could you please find out if any of the Tigers cheerleaders live locally as I think their stories should be given priority. Call me old-fashioned, but whilst our players come from all over Sydney I think our cheerleaders should be made to live locally. I'm looking out the window of an internet cafe in Ashfield at the moment and there are potential cheerleaders everywhere. Justin Gartlan Summer Hill Costly decisions In recent council debates, Liberal and Labor (party) councillors on Ashfield Council claimed our legal costs were far too high. How- ever when one looks at the figures over the years, we find that in 2000 our legal costs were $419,000; 2001 costs were $415,00; and 2004 costs were $476,000. This is long before the three Greens council- lors were even elected. The Greens got on to Ashfield Council on a no-overdevelopment promise to all residents, and we intend to keep it. It is ironic how Labor and the Liberals allowed Ashfield Mall to consolidate a massive site in the middle of our municipality in the early 1980s. It was the Labor and Liberals who deleted the height limit to the Ashfield Mall site in 1997. It was Labor and the Liberals who gave the mall the option of taking back 64 parking spaces on the site simply by giving notice at any time (in a 1986 agreement). It is very ironic these same people now say we should not fight it. Cr Marc Rerceretnam Ashfield Greens councillor Get buses back I live in Five Dock. When I moved here six years ago I thought the bus system was good. It was gen- erally reliable and buses went everywhere. I no longer hold this opinion. There are many times that buses simply do not show up according to the timetable. Past Liverpool Rd, the only bus is the 461, and Summer Hill has no bus at all now that the 409 route has been discontinued. If a city like Tokyo can have buses arriving every 10 minutes, why can we not expect the same kind of service? There could be fleets of smaller, more frequent buses. Think of how many buses could be pro- vided for the cost of the proposed and unpopular new Iron Cove Bridge. And where there are no bus shelters. I would like to see the bus seats moved away from the kerb. It is far too hot to sit in the open in summer, impossible in wet weather, and they are too close to exhaust fumes. Julia Osborne Five Dock Fun for seniors TO THE POINT Thanks, Strathfield Council, for organising the Seniors Week events. There was a free chamber music concert of Mostly Mozart at the Town Hall on Sunday. On Wednesday there was a free lunch at the Town Hall with a Roaring Twenties theme. Live music of this jazz era was most enjoyable. On Friday it was a bus trip to Gledswood Winery. Lunch and a visit through the old homestead dating back to the early 1800s. We watched sheep shearing too. A fun week for me. Gladys Lim Strathfield Slow to move Regarding the article ''Pedalling cycle paths case'' (IWW, Mar 19), $295 million to empower city commuters to increase their use of bikes from 1 per cent to 8 per cent and thus reduce city traffic congestion is a bargain. Such an amount could not even buy the taxpayer 1km of motorway or cross city tunnel. What is a real shame about the project is that it's been left up to the councils to promote and find the money for this important missing link in our transport infrastructure. What's wrong with Sydney? Melbourne did it years ago. Rolf Muller General Secretary Canada Bay Bicycle Users Group. 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