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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : May 27th 2009
MB INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, May 28, 2009 3 NEWS www.innerwestweekly.com.au Jubilation shunted LANA LAM Should the councils have to pay? www.innerwestweekly.com.au INNER West councils have been asked to stump up thousands of dollars for a feasibility study into extending the light rail from Lilyfield to Dulwich Hill. On Monday, commuters, trans- port activists and councils were preparing to celebrate a major victory in the decade-long cam- paign to use the old goods line for trams after reports that Transport Minister David Campbell had taken the proposal to Cabinet. But by Tuesday jubilation had given way to caution when Mr Campbell said he would ask Ashfield, Marrickville, Leichhardt and Sydney councils to pay for a feasibility study. ''There does appear to be some community support for a light rail extension and should the councils agree to contribute to the funding for a costs study then it will go ahead,'' he said. ''If we received agreement from all four councils on funding ar- rangements we would call for proposals to undertake the study from suitably qualified experts. ''Any study would examine the costs, economic and technical issues, and patronage potential of the light rail extensions.'' Ashfield independent Mayor Ted Cassidy said asking councils to pay for a feasibility study was the minister's way of ''stalling''. ''If he wants us to pay for a feasibility study, how much is it going to cost?'' he said, adding that most councils were in ''dire straits'' financially. Cr Cassidy said the costs of any study would have to be fairly apportioned between the councils. ''It is a function of State Govern- ment to provide proper and re- liable, public transport, not coun- cils,'' he said. Metro Transport Sydney spokeswoman Michelle Silberman said the extension could be com- pleted within a year. ''We've been lobbying for 10 years so we're very excited about the prospect,'' she said. Historic Infants' Home celebrates 135 years of care Children celebrate the birthday at Ashfield Infants' Home (left) and life as it was in the 1900s (above). Main Picture: PHIL BLATCH ~PP275032 FIONA BRADY AN Ashfield landmark where gen- erations of local children learned their first nursery rhymes is celebrating its 135th birthday. The Infants' Home on Henry St started life as an orphanage in 1874, but now operates as a childcare and family centre. The home's chief executive Jennifer Evans said the Infants Home had always been a trail- blazing organisation. ''It has always worked to keep young children and their families together wherever possible,'' she said. When the Infants' Home opened in 1874, the first baby to be left in its care was a three-week-old boy who was baptised Sydney Hope. In later life he became a success- ful businessman and a lifelong supporter of the home. The orphanage closed in 1972 and the Infants' Home became a women's refuge until 1996, when it took on its current role. Ms Evans said the Infants' Home had pioneered many initiat- ives that are now taken for granted, such as long day care for children from single parent famil- ies and parenting programs. ''We introduced preschool edu- cation programs in 1897, which was 20 years before we had an electric light installed on the prop- erty,'' Ms Evans said. To celebrate the anniversary, the home is hosting the first reunion of former residents who lived in the orphanage or the women's refuge. Staff from that period are also invited to attend. The reunion will be at 10am on June 1 at the Mitchell Library foyer at the State Library and will coincide with a launch of a histori- cal display about the home. There will also be a special lunch at noon on Tuesday, June 9, at the Strangers Dining Room at Parliament House. For details about the events, phone the Infants' Home on 9799 4844 or send an email to email@example.com Twins' cherished memories Share your memories of Ashfield Infants' Home online www.innerwestweekly.com.au Twins Marion and Jean, 86, who lived in the home until they were six years of age. THE Infants' Home played a short but happy role in the lives of 86-year-old twins Marion Young and Jean Saxon. They were just babies when they moved into the Infants' Home in 1923 after their mother passed away. Their father, a single parent and newly-arrived migrant, regularly visited them and worked hard to establish a home for them. When he remarried, the twins were able to move back home and enjoy a happy family life. They are very proud to be associated with The Infants' Home and continue to visit and attend its functions. Strathfield Council's Economic Development Plan will map out how it will work with the business community and assist in strengthening the local economy. The Draft Strathfield Economic Development Plan provides the framework for an innovative, sustainable economy and is the culmination of detailed analysis of local economic data and consultation with key stakeholders. The plan is timely as it comes while the economic climate is challenging and there is an increased need for growth and business activity. Council will present the plan to the community at an information session on Monday 1 June at Strathfield Library from 6.30pm. Feedback is also sought during the public exhibition of the plan until 12 June. It is available for viewing at Council's Customer Service Centre, Strathfield Library and on Council's website. Delivering for our Community 2132213i iww wk48 STRATHFIELD COUNCIL council chambers: 65 Homebush Rd, Strathfield NSW 2135 e) firstname.lastname@example.org p) 9748 9999 f) 9764 1034 w) www.strathfield.nsw.gov.au business hours: 8.30am - 4.30pm Monday to Friday postal address: PO Box 120, Strathfield NSW 2135
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