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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : April 1st 2009
MB INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, April 2, 2009 3 NEWS www.innerwestweekly.com.au RTA bridge plan doesn't wash with protesters MARIE SANSOM Politicians, residents and dogs crossed the Iron Cove Bridge on Sunday to protest against a second bridge. Picture: PHIL BLATCH ~P0635119 SYDNEY rowers are close to asking the Supreme Court for an injunction to stop a second Iron Cove Bridge being built. UNSW vice-president Murray Clarke said rowers and sailors felt this was their only option if the RTA ignored their submissions to change the bridge's design. They should know within weeks if the case will go to court. ''It's virtually all but certain that's where we're going to end up,'' Mr Clarke said. ''It's going to take a major about-turn from the RTA and the politicians.'' Under Common Law, which is established by legal precedence, people are entitled to be able to navigate water. Rowers argue the new bridge and its multiple piers will make the only 2000m racing course in Sydney too dangerous to use. This will lock out about 40 rowing clubs, including schools, from the stretch of water. Mr Clarke said wind, tide and wash made it impossible for rowers to hold their position. ''Crews have to manoeuvre to get through the existing bridge to not hit each other,'' he said. ''(If they're racing) they're going fast and they're often coxless. ''The likelihood of the crews colliding with the pylons or each other is really high, so much so that we can't safely run regattas through the bridge any more.'' The rowers' preferred design is to add two lanes to the existing bridge or make the new bridge cantilevered, so the piers are outside the course. A rally against the $150 million, four-lane bridge attracted about 2500 protesters on Sunday. Victoria Rd Community Committee's Alex Elliott said even if the bridge went ahead, the campaign would switch to making Inner-West politicians Verity Firth and Angela D'Amore pay for supporting the project. Brothel versus brothel SHIREEN KHALIL Council rejects new application Illegal -- 8 Railway Pde. Legal -- 10 Elizabeth St. A BURWOOD brothel that has been operating illegally for 20 years has been denied permission to become legal, but Burwood Council aren't the only ones against it -- so is another brothel. At last Tuesday night's council meeting, councillors unanimously voted to reject an application for a brothel that has been operating illegally for 20 years at 8 Railway Pde, Burwood. ''It's simply located in a residen- tial building and the entry is shared with other people, which is a 'no way' option whatsoever. Who would support a brothel where people live?'' Cr John Faker said. ''They have been operating il- legally, which is more of a reason to refuse this application, and it's also located in close proximity to doctor's surgeries and a church.'' Cr John Sidoti, who also op- posed the application, said: ''Burwood Council says 'no' to brothels. ''The application didn't comply with any of the codes and I still wouldn't have approved it if they did,'' Cr Sidoti said. In the past four years the coun- cil has closed down 32 illegal brothels in the Burwood area, including the brothel on Belmore St that was fined $90,000 for using the premises without development consent. The owner of one of the two brothels operating legally, which was granted approval by the Land and Environment Court, said the area did not need any more adult services. ''It's not good to have brothels so close to each other or it will become the city of brothels, like King Cross,'' the brothel owner of 10 Elizabeth St said. She also agreed with the coun- cil's decision and said the position at 8 Railway Pde was not a suitable area. ''It is in a residential area with kids around and their position is very bad because they don't have parking and without parking you can't bring in a crowd,'' the brothel owner said. However, the consultants for the applicant, Smyth Planning, said the brothel's location was more than suitable. ''It's a lot better place than some others I have seen that have been approved,'' the consultant said. ''It's been in the area and operat- ing since 1989 and had no com- plaints -- there must be something good about it.'' While this was the second time their application had been re- fused, the consultant said it was likely the brothel owners would take their case to the Land and Environment Court. 2132213i iww wk40 Delivering for our Community council chambers: 65 Homebush Rd, Strathfield NSW 2135 e) firstname.lastname@example.org p) 9748 9999 f) 9764 1034 w) www.strathfield.nsw.gov.au business hours: 8.30am - 4.30pm Monday to Friday postal address: PO Box 120, Strathfield NSW 2135 STRATHFIELD COUNCIL The new Mason Park car park has not only been designed to increase parking capacity at one of Strathfield Council's most popular parks, but to also benefit the environment. The new car park will hold 137 cars, meaning it will keep up with the increasing demand at one of Council's busiest parks. The car park has been designed using water sensitive urban design (WSUD) principles and features a vegetated swale and rain garden which will remove pollutants and discharge cleaner storm water into the adjoining creek. Work on the new Mason Park car park has commenced, and is expected to be fully operational by mid May.
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