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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : May 20th 2009
18 INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, May 21, 2009 MB Well runs dry for water polo ANYONE who knows anything about water polo can tell you that it is a tough, gruelling game -- perhaps the toughest there is. Just ask the Olympic teams. They can attest to the bruises and blood that often go hand-in- hand with their sport. As such, the players need plenty of training to match up to their opponents. A ''home ground'' would be nice too. It gives what is known as ''home-ground advantage''. It's a shame, then, that Wests Water Polo club has been without a home pool for a season. As a result the National League team slipped from competition winners in 2008 to eighth spot last year, which must make the player feel pretty miserable. The economic factors aside, and Ashfield Council has plenty to worry about, common sense should prevail. The club claims it was offered the 50m pool for training. Anyone who knows anything about water polo can tell that you need a deep pool for training and games. Standing up in the pool during water polo training is akin to a jockey riding a rocking horse in preparation for the Melbourne Cup. Graffiti squad's mess The graffiti in Summer Hill before it was removed. Walking past the Summer Hill hearts this morning I noticed the ugly scar on the wall left by Ashfield Council Graffiti Team. A policy for managing graffiti on council structures is one thing, but undertaking works on private property without the owner's con- sent shows the continued attitude of this administration towards its ratepayers. Ratepayers will now have to pay again to repair the wall due to the council's ''policy''. If the council focused their ef- forts maybe they could fix the play equipment in the park at Smith and Henson streets that has been left half-done for more than three months. David Online comment All huff and puff Ashfield Labor, with the support of their lackeys, the Greens, were right behind parking meters. Labor's complete backflip and misleading statements about park- ing meters are a blatant insult to residents' intelligence. Revenue raising to cover their own financial mismanagement was the main reason that councillors called for a report to council -- not lack of parking. Recent letters to local papers signed by the four Labor council- lors were designed to save face. It would be cynical of me to believe that the triple somersault by the Ashfield Labor councillors and their cronies, the Greens, on the parking meters issue had some- thing to do with the 6500 objectors to parking meters whose votes Verity Firth will need at the next state election. Haberfield is in the state seat of Balmain. Stop treating the resi- dents like fools and clean up Ashfield. It is offensive to say that those who were opposed to parking meters deliberately misrepresented the facts. Labor thanks people for sending in their views and yet Cr Drury with complete arro- gance and disdain for local residents ridiculed the pet- ition witnessed by many, in- cluding myself. He also claims the whole issue was huff and puff on the part of the objectors. It must have been a very effective huff and puff because it blew the parking meters issue down. Thomas Carrie Ashfield Tigers' tumble What terrible news that the Tigers are once again looking for washed- up former players to help them out. Skando would be best advised not to board the sinking ship. Also, sack the wrestling coach ASAP. Dan Online comment Blackspot is a danger for pedestrians I READ in the paper (IWW, May 7) about the ''Concerns before fatal crash'' article. I work in the building at the corner of Gower St and Liverpool Rd, and on average there is an accident every six to eight weeks. It seems people just run the red light or want to overtake another vehicle in order to get to where they're going faster. An accident a few weeks ago had one vehicle nearly mount the shops at the bus stop, with an- other vehicle almost hitting the pole on the Gower St side. Someone was injured in that accident, and luckily there wasn't anyone waiting at the bus stop, near the dry cleaners or waiting to cross at the lights! Every time I hear the screech- ing wheels, I wonder if an acci- dent is about to happen and whether or not someone will be injured or worse, die. A road divider would not stop the accidents from happening. A camera at this particular inter- section would slow down drivers who are attempting to go through a red light. It is tragic that a pedestrian died as a result of the recent accident and the RTA should REALLY do something about this particular blackspot. Another fatal accident should not be allowed to happen! Carmen Ginardi Carlton WRITE TO US MAIL: The Editor Inner-West Weekly, 181 First Ave, Five Dock, 2046. 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