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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : May 13th 2009
MB INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, May 14, 2009 7 NEWS www.innerwestweekly.com.au Claim that danger's at the station SHIREEN KHALIL STRATHFIELD railway station is the fourth most dangerous station in Sydney, according to Opposition transport spokes- woman Gladys Berejiklian. Ms Berejiklian said the latest police figures proved the need for a full time co-ordinated approach to reduce crime at the station. She said the figures listed 69 criminal incidents and 26 assaults at Strathfield station between December, 2007, and November, 2008. ''These figures prove a police presence is necessary at Strathfield station to ensure com- muter safety 365 days of the year, not just when the incompetent State Labor Government has one- off crackdowns,'' she said. However a RailCorp spokes- woman said Strathfield, which is the sixth busiest station in terms of passenger numbers, was regu- larly patrolled by transit officers working closely with NSW Police. She said recorded offences against people on rail premises were down by 32 per cent between 2002 and 2008 according to the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics. ''CityRail's security control centre, which operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, has the capacity to monitor CCTV, com- municate with train crew and station staff, and initiate a re- sponse by either police or transit officers to security incidents,'' she said. ''Travellers have access to more than 700 emergency help points covering all stations.'' All set to join golden girls Zoe Johnson at PLC Croydon will tour the US with an elite Australian swim team, including Stephanie Rice and Liesel Jones. Picture: PHIL BLATCH ~PP276092 FIONA BRADY Stephanie Rice Liesel Jones Video Online Watch it now at www.innerwestweekly.com.au SHE may not be a household name just yet, but Zoe Johnson is set to join Australian swimming's golden girls. The PLC Sydney boarder's in- credible butterfly stroke has won her selection on an American tour with Olympians Stephanie Rice and Liesel Jones. The delighted Year 11 student said the trip to the US west coast would be educational. ''Most of it is about gaining experience in international com- petition and learning to deal with difficult situations,'' Johnson, who has also earned a scholarship from the NSW Institute of Sport, said. ''It's pretty exciting because I haven't been overseas before.'' Johnson was selected for the tour after she achieved personal bests at the Telstra Swimming Championships in March. She's now ranked fourth in Australia in the 50m butterfly and sixth in the 100m and 200m butter- fly. ''It feels like I'm going some- where,'' she said. Country girl Johnson is orig- inally from Young and joined PLC at Croydon as a boarder in year 9. The school's talented individual program helps her monitor her training and schedule, and bal- ance her academic workload. Since winning the scholarship, her training has increased to a gruelling 25 hours a week -- a combination of pool, dry land and fitness testing. After she returns home from the tour, she hopes to have the oppor- tunity to join the Australian swim- ming team and train for the London Olympics in 2012. Her swimming coach Pancha Thambo says this is a possibility. ''Zoe's dedication to training is extraordinary and her focus on the London Olympics is a real driver for her at this crucial stage of her swimming career,'' he said. your community news from burwood council 2127682i iww wk46
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