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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : April 1st 2009
4 INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, April 2, 2009 MB NEWS www.innerwestweekly.com.au A step closer to triumph SHIREEN KHALIL Track Rorke's progress innerwestweekly.com.au B.J. Rorke performs a foxtrot with Kat Riteska. THE pressure is on for Lidcombe's B.J. Rorke, who has only five contestants to beat to become the winner of So You Think You Can Dance. The top eight contestants were all stressed and anxious last week. Not only did they have to perform three routines, they had to farewell cheerleader Penny Higgs, whose fractured rib has forced her out of the show. Rorke's former partner Gianne Abott was called back on the show, but received the fewest votes and had to say goodbye for the second week running. However, Rorke is still a hot favourite in the competition, especially among the judges who have again commended him on his great performances, this time with new partner Kat Riteska. In Rorke's first performance, a foxtrot to The Godfather theme, judge Bonnie Lythgoe agreed with Jason Coleman, who said Rorke was passionate and on fire. ''You never seem to put a foot wrong, you just seem to work with your partner the whole time,'' Lythgoe said. The positive feedback continued for his jazz routine, but unfortunately it wasn't enough for Australia. Rorke once again found himself in the bottom two. But hip-hop dancer Timomatic was the one to go. ''I guess I was in the bottom two because I probably didn't connect with the public as much,'' Rorke said. He said if he was voted off, he wants to be remembered as a dancer that adapted the best to all the dance styles. So You Think You Can Dance's top six will take the stage next Sunday at 7.30pm on Channel 10. Extra hour's sleep for everyone DAYLIGHT saving ends next Sunday at 3am, when clocks are put back one hour. This brings to an end an extra month of daylight saving in NSW, bringing the total to six months. Under the new scheme, daylight saving will start again on Sunday, October 4, at 2am, when clocks are put forward one hour. Plan to link ' burbs LANA LAM A Dulwich Hill bridge overlooking the proposed Greenway corridor. Picture: DANNY AARONS ~PP261117 THE vision to turn a disused freight line into an integrated pedestrian and cycleway linking Iron Cove with the Cooks River is now on public exhibition. The Greenway project, con- ceived 10 years ago, aims to create a 5km nature corridor along the freight line from Rozelle to Dulwich Hill. Starting at Hawthorne Canal in Haberfield, the path already exists in parts but is not linked. The proposal requires new sec- tions to be built to allow ped- estrians and cyclists to use the trail without crossing major roads. It could also be integrated with the extension of the light rail from Lilyfield to Dulwich Hill. The Environment Works direc- tor Bruce Ashley was part of the working group that created the Greenway strategy. ''The whole community will ben- efit,'' he said. ''It opens up safe and accessible transport options be- cause you've got more synergies. ''The overall vision is for a co- ordinated environment strategy for the corridor and the catch- ment. ''This is the first time in Aust- ralia that this has been done.'' The proposal includes a cycle/ pedestrian link under Parramatta Rd at Battle Bridge and a link between the Anzac Bridge cycleway and Balmain. The masterplan, funded by the Planning Department and Marrickville, Ashfield and Leichhardt councils, will be on exhibition for two months from this week. There will be two community forums (April 6 and May 4) and a walking tour of the corridor (April 18). ''The community and all the different stakeholders can start to have a clearer picture and prog- ress what is a fairly innovative and forward-thinking vision,'' Mr Ashley said. There are 25 schools within 400m of the proposed trail. ''This could provide a very safe and easy way for walking and cycling to schools and provide safe crossings at 10 roads,'' he said. Mr Ashley said south of Lewisham the priority would be the bike trail, with the focus shifting to light rail for the north- ern part. ''Technically, there is the ability to share the tracks from Summer Hill to Dulwich Hill so one would complement the other,'' he said. The trail would also ensure a habitat for native fauna and ani- mals such as the long-nosed bandicoot, which have been seen at Lewisham. Since 1998 the corridor has re- ceived about $2.5 million in grants for various projects such as bush regeneration. To fi nd out more call 1300 361 967 or visit www.environment.nsw.gov.au/sustainbus SMALLER POWER BILLS FOR SMALL BUSINESS Energy Efficiency for Small Business Program Are your electricity bills around $20,000 a year or less? Do you employ about ten people or less? If so, then why not benefit from this NSW Government program? 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