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MB INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, May 21, 2009 3 NEWS www.innerwestweekly.com.au Governor-General Quentin Bryce meets MLC Burwood Junior School students. Picture: PHIL BLATCH ~PP278338 Nothing posh about our Gov FIONA BRADY See more pictures More photographs available at www.innerwestweekly.com.au ''SHE had pearl earrings and she was smiling and friendly in a nice way.'' That was the glowing report card MLC Junior School student Zoe Freedman, 5, gave Governor- General Quentin Bryce after she visited the Burwood school on Friday. Ms Bryce was the special guest at the official opening ceremony of the new school building. In her speech she recalled her own school days and the history of girls' education in Australia. ''For young women especially, education is the key to building a life that makes sense, that has possibilities and prospects,'' Ms Bryce, who has enjoyed success in careers as a lawyer, academic and university college principal, said. '''It enables you to do whatever you set your mind to, to be the best that you can be.'' Afterwards, she toured the new school, impressing the young students with her manners -- and fashion sense. ''She stopped at each person, didn't skip anyone and was fair,'' Anastasia Hatzisarantinos, 9, said. ''For someone with such a high position she wasn't being posh.'' Emma Dauparas, 5, said: ''She was dressed all in white and I was feeling excited.'' Pre-kinder student Arya Sharma, 4, offered Ms Byrce some very special hospitality. ''I was making her some pretend jelly and sprinkles,'' she said. ''She ate and then she was gone.'' The school has bright learning spaces, a piazza, wet areas for creative play and science experiments, and a literature and multimedia resource hub. Bridge option in the open REBECCA WOOLLEY state parliament DOCUMENTS believed to show a cheaper alternative to the $175 million Iron Cove Bridge duplication project, which was allegedly rejected by the RTA, will be made public. A motion passed by the Upper House will force the State Govern- ment to release all documentation created since July 2007, and re- lated to the project -- now dubbed the Inner West Busway -- within 14 days. Liberal MLC Don Harwin said with construction work due to start this year, it was ''most certainly urgent'' to allow the recent planning stages to be ''sub- ject to appropriate scrutiny''. He said government's figures showed the costly project -- which had blown out from $100 million -- would only save commuters four minutes and 11 seconds in the whole morning peak. ''In addition to undertaking as- sessments on its own proposal, the RTA has received an alternative design by architect Michael Morrisey,'' Mr Harwin told the Upper House. ''Both the NSW chapter of the Australian Institute of Architects and engineers from the leading consultant firm Arup have en- dorsed the Morrisey design, find- ing it would be cheaper and faster and have less impact on the area in terms of both the environment and its heritage.'' While the RTA claimed Mr Morrisey's plan would cost millions more, take an extra year to build and have a greater en- vironmental and heritage impact, its assessment had not been made public, Mr Harwin said. He said the government's traffic modelling also needed to be tabled allowing residents to know the true impact of the project on side streets and busy intersections of Victoria Rd with Lyons Rd and Darling St. Opposing the motion, Labor MLC Helen Westwood said releas- ing the documents would be a ''monumental amount of work and a colossal waste of time''. In the past two years there had been eight Freedom of Infor- mation applications, about 250 newspaper articles and 48 docu- ments posted on the RTA's website, she said. ''This project is possibly the most transparent in the history of the government,'' Ms Westwood said. ''When I say 'the history of the government', I am talking as far back as the ancient Greeks. ''The bus commuters of the Inner West and as far away as Parramatta are looking forward to faster and more reliable journeys to work each morning -- that is what the people from the west want.'' Heritage-listing on agenda ASHFIELD Council was due to debate whether the suburb of Haberfield should be state heritage-listed on Tuesday night. A large public gallery was ex- pected to attended the meeting of the council's planning and econ- omic development committee. The council officers had recommended that councillors only endorse the heritage-listing process, after receiving further clarification from the NSW Heri- tage Office about how it would affect development applications. As part of its aim to make the Municipality safer, Strathfield Council has installed lighting throughout the Strathfield Town Centre. The installation of lighting in the area's main Town Centre is an action in Council's Community Safety and Crime Prevention Plan. The document was produced to identify what role Council can play in helping to reduce crime in the Strathfield local government area. In feedback received, which was used to produce the plan, the community indicated that a major concern was safety on walkways around train stations due to poor lighting. Council will soon be implementing a number of other actions from the plan. For more information on the Community Safety and Crime Prevention Plan, or to view it, visit Council's website. 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