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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : May 6th 2009
6 INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, May 7, 2009 MB NEWS www.innerwestweekly.com.au Backflip has the backing of business Businessman Gulian Vaccari is happy there will be no parking meters in Haberfield. Picture: PHIL BLATCH FIONA BRADY www.innerwestweekly.com.au TRANSLATION: This story is translated in Chinese at www.innerwestweekly.com.au ASHFIELD Council has aban- doned its flirtation with parking meters after pressure from the business community. The backflip came only a week after councillors requested de- tailed reports on paid parking at a heated meeting of the budget and operations review committee which was attended by many local business-owners. But at Tuesday night's council meeting, that decision was over- turned and councillors stated unanimously that they had ''no plans to introduce paid parking on existing facilities and streets''. Greens councillor Lyall Kennedy said he put forward the motion because he did not believe paid parking should be debated as part of the council's budget delib- erations. ''I felt the primary concern is parking availability, not using parking as a means of propping up council finances'' he said. The council has now resolved to conduct an LGA-wide parking study to address parking prob- lems. ''Each area is unique and we need to understand what the issues are in each of the villages,'' Cr Kennedy said. Local pharmacy owner Gulian Vaccari was delighted by the council's change of heart, saying it would lead to a ''mending of the ways'' between the council and the business community. ''The business community would like this to go away for a long holiday,'' he said. Another opponent of parking meters, deputy mayor Morris Mansour, said ''people power'' had won the day. Cr Mansour, along with mayor Ted Cassidy, had voted against the report on paid parking. ''The lesson here is, we have to be eternally vigilant, as I fear this issue might come back again some time in the future under another guise,'' Cr Mansour said. Good Luck gets some bad news GOOD Luck Butchery in Burwood Rd, Burwood, received four fines totalling $2640 for hygiene-related offences and for selling pork mince laced with sulphur dioxide, a banned preservative that dis- guises the appearance of meat and could cause allergic reactions. The fine was among 23 new penalties on the state govern- ment's ''name and shame'' website this week. ''The website now allows people to search by trading name, sub- urb, postcode, date and even type of violation,'' Primary Industries Minister Ian Macdonald said. To view the full list visit www.foodauthority.nsw.gov.au Concrete ideas on going green FORGET the ''yellow brick road'', Burwood Greens councillor Christine Donayre wants the council to follow the ''green con- crete road''. She is putting her foot down to combat climate change by encouraging the council to take a stronger environmental stance. At its last meeting, Cr Donayre called for the council to investigate the environmental and economic ben- efits of having ''green concrete'' and ''semi-permeable paving'' footpaths in the area. According to the council business paper, these concretes are an alternative to cement with environmental and technical benefits, including an 80 to 90 per cent reduction in CO2 emissions and improved resist- ance to fire and chemicals.
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