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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : April 22nd 2009
6 INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, April 23, 2009 MB NEWS www.innerwestweekly.com.au BRIEFLY Insolvency experts AN information expo will be held at Burwood, providing builders and tradespeople with access to expert advice on a range of issues. This will include dispute resolution, compliance, insolvency issues and business management and licensing. WorkCover, the Planning Department, the Building Professionals Board, Long Service Payments, Security of Payments (Commerce) and the Office of Industrial Relations will be invited to participate. Insolvency experts and Fair Trading officers will be also available to provide one-on- one advice. The free Building Business Information Expo takes place at Burwood RSL, 96 Shaftesbury Rd, on April 27 between 5pm and 8pm. One-off grants ABORIGINAL community groups are able to access one-off grants of up to $25,000 to protect and teach indigenous languages. The funding will support projects aimed at preserving the remaining 20 distinct Aboriginal languages and prevent them from disappearing like 50 others did after European settlement. Expressions of interest are being sought by the State Government to protect and teach Aboriginal languages. To obtain an application form or for more information about the Community Language Assistance Program Grants visit www.alrrc.nsw.gov.au or contact 9219 0700. Applications close on May 22. Hot Tigers hit the pool Wests Tigers' Chris Lawrence was all smiles at Enfield Pool on Tuesday despite four stitches in his eyebrow. Picture: PHIL BLATCH ~PP268419 THE West Tigers made a splash at Enfield pool on Tuesday, dropping in for a recovery session after their gripping win at Leichhardt Oval on Monday against the favoured Melbourne Storm. Two-try hero Chris Lawrence put the win down to improved defence. ''Everybody knows we can score points but I was very happy to get a grinding game. We completed our sets and defended well,'' he said. ''(Previously) we were just dropping too much ball in attack and making too many tackles.'' On Tuesday the winger was rewarded by being included in a 40-man NSW State of Origin induction squad. Metro cost tipped to rise THE Sydney Metro linking Rozelle to Central could blow out by $1.3 million, but construction is well on track to start next year. A Sydney Metro spokesman con- firmed the cost of the planned 7km route could rise to $5.3 billion, taking into consideration ''contin- gency, risk and changes to the scope of the project''. When it was first announced by Premier Nathan Rees in October last year, the Metro was expected to cost $4 billion, but by January this year Transport Minister David Campbell confirmed it could blow out to $4.8 billion. ''A range of cost estimates for the capital assets of the CBD Metro project was determined, from $4.6 billion through to $5.3 billion,'' the Sydney Metro spokesman said. ''With major projects of this kind it is important to have a range of estimates, produced by a computer model calculating a number of different scenarios.'' Sydney Metro had to be prepared for uncertainties that could occur with major projects over long periods, such as environmental factors, ground conditions and the cost of materials, equipment, labour and energy, he added. ''Metros are the future of public transport in Sydney and work on the CBD Metro is well underway,'' the spokesman said. ''Geotechnical testing is taking place, a corridor has been pre- served, public consultation is underway and construction begins next year.'' But opposition transport spokeswoman Gladys Berejiklian said: ''It's extremely concerning that a project of this scale has not been properly costed.'' She said building rail links to Sydney's western suburbs was the only way to avoid complete traffic gridlock across the city. Work on the Sydney Metro is due to start in 2010 with the first trains to start running by 2015.
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