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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : May 6th 2009
24 INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, May 7, 2009 MB Give mum your love on Sunday THIS Sunday is probably the most special day of the year for many of us. It's the day when we can say thank you to our mums. Mums are often the unsung heroes of the household, doing all the little things for the family which often go without reward. They'll likely be the ones to make the lunches and do all of the washing and the bulk of the housework. They'll be there when we're sick, and will support us in our endeavours. They'll nurture and comfort us when we need it most. That's not to mention the countless other things they do to help us out. Even mums who are no longer with us can be cherished on Sunday. Rookwood Cemetery is holding a special service for those who have lost their mums and grandmothers. Collectively, children who are grieving can share their feelings. And the Trees for Mum movement enables people to plant a tree to commemorate their mums -- to effectively create a living memorial. For those whose mums are alive and well, at least buy her a bunch of chrysanthemums. Wrong message for kids The busy entrance to Westfield Burwood. I READ the article entitled Kids not welcome (IWW, Apr 30). My first reaction after reading this article was, ''Are you kidding me?''. I am not writing this as a councillor of Burwood, but as a parent of a teenager in the age group that Westfield is targeting. Were the ''kids'' mentioned in this article consulted by the man- agement of Westfield and Burwood Community Safety Pre- cinct Committee about why they choose to congregate on the footpath outside Westfield? Does it occur to Westfield that some kids need to be in that area in order to catch their buses home? Not only would a ban discrimi- nate against school kids, and es- pecially those school kids who do not participate in a ''perception of fear'', but it would also theoretically discriminate against those kids that either work within Westfield and those that spend their money in Westfield after school. Even the Senior-Constable of Burwood John Tikisci said that, ''Youth crime IS NOT (my empha- sis) a major issue (in Burwood) as most kids are well behaved . . .". How can we, as leaders in our community, think about making these kind of decisions unilaterally and without consul- tation with the kids affected? Is this the kind of governance and democracy in action that we want to teach the kids of Burwood? Councillor Christine Donayre Croydon Park Parking notions AS A long-term Ashfield resident, I write using Haberfield as an example of why parking meters SHOULD be installed. 1. Shops in which people have a lot to carry (like Haberfield IGA) provide their own parking. Why should Ashfield maintain more free spaces for them? 2. Local people tend to walk to Haberfield (I go there a lot and have never driven). It's a 15-20 minute walk. The exception to this is No.1. 3. People who go to Haberfield for a meal (which may cost up to $100 per head) don't begrudge spending a couple of dollars to park close to the restaurant. 4. Ashfield is broke. 5. Parking meters do not stop people from coming to your suburb (just try to park on the street in Leichhardt or Rozelle) and would not affect business. 6. We live in an increasingly ''user pays'' society -- this is no exception. 7. Perhaps a ''15 minute free'' button (like in Rozelle) would be in order? Conclusion: Street parking is predominantly for non-Ashfield residents who want to park close to the restaurants and cafes. Why shouldn't they pay? Paul Bismark Ashfield WRITE TO US MAIL: The Editor Inner-West Weekly, 181 First Ave, Five Dock, 2046. FAX: 9018 3531 EMAIL: email@example.com Letters should be kept brief. Name, address and phone num- ber must be supplied. Letters are submitted on condition that Cumberland Newspapers, as publisher of the Inner-West Weekly, may edit and has the right to reproduce in electronic form and communicate these letters. CONDITIONS We just want to fix problem ASHFIELD Labor recognises that we need solutions for the parking problems in our council area. Ashfield Labor does not want paid parking or parking meters on existing parking facilities or our streets. We want council to formally recognise there is a parking problem and to get new ideas about how to fix it. That is why we want a parking study. That is what we resolved to do on April 21. This was deliberately misrepresented by those who have no ideas about how to improve parking, those who just play petty politics. So we resolved to get a parking study again on April 28. Don't take our word for it, see www.ashfield.nsw.gov.au/page/ agendas and minutes.html Ashfield Labor thanks all the residents and businesses who have sent us their views. We will get them looked at by the study. All Ashfield Labor has ever said is that it is not good enough to just say no paid parking. Just chanting no paid parking does not fix the problems. We need real solutions, we need to do better. Thankfully now, after a bit of huff and bluff, fuss and bother, we will get a study and to start looking at a future with less parking problems. Councillors Lucille McKenna, Jeanette Wang, Mark Drury and Alex Lofts Ashfield Council OPINION www.innerwestweekly.com.au Australia's Biggest Conversation Ashfield Council is inviting members of the community to participate in conversations about the future of the Ashfield Council area. The community's ideas and opinions will be used to inform the development of a new Strategic Plan for Ashfield Council as we head towards 2020. These public conversations are part of a broader strategy of engaging the Ashfield community and creating a shared vision for the future of our community. Come along to share your ideas with members of the local community, Councillors and Council staff and for your chance to win a lucky door prize! Public Conversation #1 -- Discussion of key issues for our community Wednesday 20 May 2009, 6.30pm -- 8.30pm Public Conversation #2 -- Developing options and priorities for the future Wednesday 5 August 2009, 6.30pm -- 8.30pm Venue for both events: Ashfield Boys High School Hall -- 117 Liverpool Road, Ashfield RSVP Please register your interest for each event by contacting Lauren McIver at Ashfield Council on 9716 1906 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Light refreshments will be provided. Visit www.ashfield.nsw.gov.au and click on the link for "Ashfield's Biggest Conversation" to view and download a range of background information and resources. Essay and Poster Competition In 10 years time I want to live in a place that... Share your ideas for the future of the Ashfield Council area for a chance to win your share of a $750 prize pool! If you are aged 18 or under and either live or go to school in Ashfield, Summer Hill, Haberfield, Ashbury or Croydon then we want to hear from you! So pick up a pen, paintbrush, crayon or laptop and write an essay or create a poster that describes the kind of place you want our area to be in the future. Prizes of $50 and $25 gift vouchers will be awarded to winning entries in the following age groups: 1-6 yrs, 7-10yrs, 11-13yrs, 14-16yrs and 17-18yrs. For more information or and competition rules pick up an entry form from Council's Customer Service Centre, Ashfield or Haberfield Library or download it from www.ashfield.nsw.gov.au. 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