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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : April 22nd 2009
MB INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, April 23, 2009 9 NEWS www.innerwestweekly.com.au Fountain foes cop a spray SHIREEN KHALIL THE contentious Goodwill Foun- tain has sparked a scalding spray over the council's decision to remove it from Strathfield's CBD. The four councillors who voted at Strathfield Council's last meeting to have the struc- ture removed have now been put on show, with their faces printed on posters around Strathfield Square. Hundreds of residents are dis- appointed that they will be los- ing the fountain, given that they paid to have it built, former Strathfield Mayor Eve Dutton said. ''It's absolutely dreadful. I have never heard of such a scandal,'' she said. Mrs Dutton (pictured) believes the real reason for the removal is because Strathfield State Labor MP and assisting Arts Minister Virginia Judge's name is on the fountain's dedication plaque. ''It should have been Laurel O'Toole's (former Strathfield mayor) name on there as she did most of the planning and re- search.. .itwasamistaketo have Virginia's name on it,'' Mrs Dutton said. Cr Danny Lim denied the pres- ence of Ms Judge's name was the reason why he put forward the motion for the fountain's re- moval. ''It's the main- tenance cost and the insuring cost, and the danger it has to the public,'' Cr Lim said. A council report estimated the maintenance at $10,000 a year. Cr Lim said it would cost less to have it removed than main- taining it, which he believes would be more than $120,000. ''If nobody wants it we will put it in a park somewhere and the cost of doing that will be much less than maintaining it for one year,'' he said. Former Liberal councillor and mayor Laurel O'Toole, who pushed to have the fountain installed in 2002 -- towards which the community contrib- uted $30,000 -- said the current councillors had no right to just give it away. ''The money is not theirs to give away, because it was do- nated by members of the com- munity who haven't been asked what to do with it,'' Mrs O'Toole said. ''They thought their money was going to goodwill for the community.'' The council has been pres- sured to put forward a rescission motion. Pumped up over their success SIMON HOLT Winning pumpkins from the Great Backyard Challenge at the Easter Show included Cinderella's carriage, a Dame Edna look-alike and a plump pig. Pictures PHIL BLATCH THE Great Backyard Pumpkin Challenge winner at the Easter Show Ken Ryan says ''a little bit of water and lots of manure'' are the secrets to growing a monster pumpkin . . . and, perhaps, a little splash of fish oil. Mr Ryan travelled from Goulburn to collect his $2000 prize for growing a pumpkin that weighed in at almost 300kg. He shared his tips with other winners and placegetters who were invited to a presentation ceremony on Saturday at the Flower and Garden pavilion. Elderslie High School was the most successful entrant overall, picking up prizes in each of the four categories they entered -- first in the most unusual shape section, second for the best decorated, and thirds in smallest pumpkin and giant pumpkin categories. William Palmer won the celebrity look-alike category for his version of ''Dame Edna Pumpkin-age''. Ann Cresti's display of a Cinderella carriage was rated by judges as outstanding in the most competitive category, best decorated pumpkin. Almost 2000 seeds were distributed by Cumberland and Courier Newspapers to spark the challenge, generating about 80 entries in the five categories. Editor-in-chief Bob Osburn said the success of the event meant it would be a near-certainty to go ahead again next year. Seeds are expected to be distributed again in September. Now open upstairs in a funky & casual loung Drop in for a cocktail, share daily prepared mezes or chill out on the balcony MEZES $4 - $10 COCKTAILS FROM $10 WINE, BEER & SPIRITS FROM $6 OPEN TUESDAY SUNDAY FROM 6PM 79 Elliott St (cnr Darling St) BALMAIN NSW 2041 p: 9810 5466 www.efendy.com.au
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