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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : May 6th 2009
www.innerwestweekly.com.au THURSDAY, MAY 7, 2009 PHONE 9018 3592 80c incl. GST Strathfield's Goodwill Fountain is causing ill-will among residents and councillors. Picture: PHIL BLATCH ~PP273566 SHIREEN KHALIL Should the fountain stay or go? Tell us what you think at www.innerwestweekly.com.au STRATHFIELD'S Goodwill Foun- tain continues to flow -- for now. About 30 people turned up to the council's extraordinary meeting last week to find out whether the fountain will remain in the CBD. In recent weeks, all but Labor Mayor Keith Kwon and his deputy Cr Hope Brett-Bowen have been calling for the fountain's removal. A rescission motion to keep the fountain was knocked back last week, but Liberal councillor Bill Carney put in an amended motion to defer the decision. At Tuesday night's meeting, he was expected to call for a full report on the fountain before its fate is determined. Cr Carney said he wanted to gather more information on the fountain, such as its history and all associated costs. ''It would be handy to know what promises were made to people when they donated their money because I can't find any council resolution which talks about it,'' he said. ''If it's going to cost $100,000 for demolition, we have to rethink the decision.'' In open forum, Matthew Blackmore, from Strathfield Chamber of Commerce, said more than 800 signatures had been col- lected from people wanting to keep the fountain. However Cr Carney later said the petition wasn't reliable. ''A vast majority don't come from Strathfield . . . you really have to question the value of those petitions,'' he said. But Mr Blackmore responded that only the second lot of pet- itions were tabled at the meeting and most signatures were from the area. ''By removing the fountain they are not working in the best interest of local businesses,'' Mr Blackmore said. Former councillor Andrew Ho, who spoke against the fountain in the forum, said it was never approved by the council. He said in December 2000 it voted to defer consideration of the fountain, but it was installed anyway. Fountain-gate Fountain-gate Fountain-gate Fountain-gate Fountain-gate Fountain-gate Fountain-gate Fountain-gate Fountain-gate WHY KEEP IT The pigeons love it The drunks love it The children love it It costs too much to remove it WHY GET RID OF IT The pigeons love it The drunks love it It has caused harm in the past It costs too much to maintain it
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