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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : April 15th 2009
MB INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, April 16, 2009 7 NEWS www.innerwestweekly.com.au Suburb's days are numbered SHIREEN KHALIL THE popular suburb of Homebush Bay is about to be wiped from the map. Sydney Olympic Park Authority, supported by Auburn Council, has put forward a proposal that will see Homebush Bay divided into three suburbs -- Wentworth Point, Sydney Olympic Park and Lidcombe. NSW Minister for Lands Tony Kelly said the proposal would be put out for public comment. ''The proposal is to rename the majority of the suburb Homebush Bay to Sydney Olympic Park, the site of the 2000 Olympic Games,'' Mr Kelly said. ''Under this proposal, the remaining part of Homebush Bay, near the M4 motorway, would be incorporated into the suburb of Lidcombe. ''A further precinct at Homebush Bay West would become a suburb named Wentworth Point. ''The name Homebush Bay would be retained for the bay.'' Homebush Bay resident John Spooner, one of many residents who signed a petition to have the name changed last year, said the name Wentworth Point has historical value and distinguishes it from the other side of Olympic Park. A map of the changes will be on display at Auburn Council and at the office of the Sydney Olympic Park Authority. Submissions can be made at www.gnb.nsw.gov.au before the closing date on May 8. Goodwill stops to flow SHIREEN KHALIL It is a danger to children and people use it as a toilet' ' -- Cr Danny Lim Strathfield businesspeople are protesting against the proposed removal of The Goodwill Fountain. Picture: PHIL BLATCH ~PP265314 WHILE business groups believe Strathfield Square's Goodwill Fountain brings a positive ambi- ence to the area, Strathfield Coun- cil sees it as a health and safety hazard and has passed a motion to have it removed. Strathfield Chamber of Com- merce treasurer Sue McDonald is a fan of the fountain. ''The ambience encourages people to sit in local coffee shops and drink and eat, which brings business in,'' Ms McDonald said. But independent Councillor Danny Lim, who moved a motion earlier this year to have a report prepared on the costs of removing the fountain, is adamant the foun- tain is a safety hazard and should be removed. ''It is a danger to children, it is a safety issue, it costs a lot to maintain and people use it as a toilet,'' Cr Lim said. Six months after the fountain was installed, Strathfield man Gin Kim was taken to Concord Hos- pital for emergency surgery after his arm was sucked into the filter. Liberal Councillor Bill Carney said the fountain was still a safety concern and the council has relied heavily on community donations to maintain it. According to a council report, the community donated $30,000 to the fountain's construction, on the condition the council would maintain it. ''The most disturbing aspect is council couldn't repair it and relied on donations from the com- munity, and if you can't afford to maintain it, why should we keep it?'' Cr Carney said. At last Tuesday night's council meeting, independent Councillor Paul Barron put in an amended motion to remove and sell the fountain, giving the money to charity. His amendment was supported by all councillors except Labor's Keith Kwon and Hope Brett- Bowen. Disappointed by the council's decision, the Strathfield Chamber of Commerce and the Strathfield Korean Business Association have started a petition to keep the fountain. But Cr Lim has questioned the credibility of the organisations running the petition. ''How many of them live or have a business in Strathfield?'' he said. your community news from burwood council rday 18 April -- 11am - 2pm odstock Community Centre -- 22 Church Street, Burwood ve recounts of the past delivered by Burwood's longest anding residents PLUS special guest speaker: Heritage and nvironmental campaigner Jack Mundey AO eautiful photographic images of Burwood past and present FREE entertainment including: Kiddies' carousel Traditional dancers Vintage vehicle display Fun cut outs of period characters to b photographed in! FREE sausage sizzle Heritage Week 2009 includes ascinating tours around some of Burwood's oldest landmarks: Twilight Graveyard tour of St Thomas Church, Enfield Thursday 16 April 5 -- 6pm tour of the historical Sabina College, Strathfield day 16 & Friday 17 April 11am - Midday 2029732i iww wk42 Enjoy a day of family fun whilst delving into Burwood's rich history.
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