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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : April 8th 2009
22 INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, April 9, 2009 MB We don't think councillor is mad MARK Sharma (Opinion, April 2) doesn't seem to realise that many of us do not, for a minute, think that Cr Danny Lim is mad. What we do wonder about is his motivation and his associates. As a councillor of Strathfield Council he has a duty to report to ICAC if he has any evidence of corrupt behaviour, even, in fact, if he has any suspicion of corruption. But he does not do this. Instead he parades the streets carrying billboards with off- colour, snidey innuendos. I am sure that if someone else copied Cr Lim's behaviour but substituted ''Mark Sharma'' for ''Virginia'', Mr Sharma would be asking for proof of the allegations. The right to free speech is not a licence to defame. One might also wonder why Cr Lim wants the taxpayers of NSW, through the State Government, to pay for the costs of road upgrades in Homebush West, costs that are properly charges on developers who will benefit from high-density development in areas adjacent to Parramatta Rd. The more that we learn about Danny Lim, the better off we will all be. E. Werkhoven Concord West Public transport is still labouring JULIA Osbourne (Opinion, March 26) is spot-on in her description of the deterioration of bus services around Five Dock and, one suspects, throughout the whole system. Not only are timetables just a vague indication as to when one may expect a bus to arrive, passengers still have to put up with un-airconditioned rattlers that are more than 40-years-old and that leak if there is a shower of rain and have half their internal lighting inoperable. Meanwhile, in denial of global warming, the focus of the government is to adopt ill- conceived schemes put forward by the RTA, such as the Iron Cove Bridge expansion, which, at best, may have a very marginal benefit to a few car commuters, thereby encouraging more private car usage. Over more than a decade this government has failed to make any improvement to public transport and has shown it has no ability or vision to address the transport and traffic issues that have plagued the community for years. Ross A. Butler Rodd Pt Paying for years of power neglect REGARDING the recent power failures around Sydney, perhaps someone from the NSW Labor Government needs to be told that we recently had Earth Hour, and it's not Earth Week. We are continuing to suffer the effects of neglect of our electricity infrastructure by the Carr/ Iemma/Rees Labor governments. Recent events and the long list of blackouts over the years suggests we cannot trust Labor to keep the lights on in NSW and we would be wise to stock up on candles. Joe Alvaro Croydon When is graffiti worth removing? IN response to Gilbert Grace (Opinion, April 2) that ''removing graffiti is not the best option'', I ask whether the recent scrawling of multiple tags saying ''semen'' and ''rsol'' on public and private property in Five Dock is ''witty and creative'', and why they should not be removed. I also ask whether someone who draws numerous penises over equipment in children's playgrounds should be described as an ''artist''. Most graffiti removal efforts are directed at removing tags that are offensive, puerile and utterly without artistic merit or a spark of creativity or wit. Most graffiti artists in this area are so talentless, they couldn't get a job demonstrating colour-by- numbers booklets to infants. Nigel Withers Five Dock WRITE TO US MAIL: The Editor Inner-West Weekly, 181 First Ave, Five Dock, 2046. FAX: 9018 3531 EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org Letters should be kept brief. Name, address and phone num- ber must be supplied. Letters are submitted on condition that Cumberland Newspapers, as publisher of the Inner-West Weekly, may edit and has the right to reproduce in electronic form and communicate these letters. CONDITIONS Simple remedies at a small cost An artist's impression of the proposed addition to the Iron Cove Bridge. THE State Government's pro- posal to add another bridge over Iron Cove is, to put it mildly, silly. If the premier would only visit Victoria Rd during peak hours, he would see that the stationary traffic lines on the bridge start at the Darling St intersection and that the bridge traffic flows only at the speed that this intersection will allow. All of Victoria Rd is inadequate. If you have 10 lanes on the bridge the traffic jam will be the same -- just more stationary lines, with the subsequent prangs when two lines merge. There are some simple rem- edies at a small cost, but initially high profit. The transit lane is full of single-passenger vehicles. Stop this by empowering parking offi- cers to issue fines, freeing the police for more important duties. This will speed the buses up. Build an underpass on Dar- ling St intersection and also at Lyons Rd. Improve the intersection radius at White Bay, making it easier for buses to turn and an extra permanent lane to turn left towards the city. One new transit and bus lane could be added to Iron Cove Bridge on the north side and the existing pedestrian lane moved above or beside the new lane. Best of course would be a tunnel from Gladesville Bridge to Anzac Bridge. I feel that the government is determined to lose the next elec- tion, otherwise why provide the opposition with a daily stick with which to beat them, be it the many changes in metro, heavy rail and light rail, Barangaroo, tennis on Glebe Island, favours to developers, V8 races, roads, the Opera House's $billion-plus re- make, hospitals, waiting lists, schools, etc. Paul Podgornik Drummoyne OPINION www.innerwestweekly.com.au PUBLIC EXHIBITION FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE Council at its meeting of 3 February 2009 proposed to provide financial assistance to Ms Marie Therese Thomson on the grounds of personal hardship. The financial assistance does not relate to a commercial activity. HOW TO MAKE COMMENT: You are invited to make a submission in writing to Council by Tuesday 5 May 2009. All submissions will be available for viewing on request to anyone and may be referred to in a report to Council. Written submissions should be addressed to The General Manager, PO Box 120 Strathfield NSW 2135 or may be faxed to 97489914 or emailed to council@ Strathfield.nsw.gov.au. For further information please contact Council's Governance Manager Mira Sandré on 9748 9999. 2160592i iww wk41 council chambers: 65 Homebush Rd, Strathfield NSW 2135 p) 9748 9999 f) 9764 1034 business hours: 8.30am - 4.30pm Monday to Friday postal address: PO Box 120, Strathfield NSW 2135 e) email@example.com w) www.strathfield.nsw.gov.au STRATHFIELD COUNCIL Community newspapers offer targeted reach of your local area -- where most of your customers come from -- giving your advertising dollars much greater return on investment. The Inner West Weekly offers competitive packages customised to suit your business needs. Contact your local advertising consultant for information or call 9018 3592. Source: Engaging Communities, The Leading Edge (June 2008) Close to home matters
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