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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : May 27th 2009
MB INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, May 28, 2009 13 NEWS Angela D'Amore with Julian and artist Constance Farquharson. MP and son win the hearts SHANNON ANDREUCCI THE touching portrait of Drummoyne State Labor MP Angela D'Amore and her newborn son pulled on the heartstrings of the public, when it was voted the painting for the People's Choice Award in the Portrait Artists Australia exhibition. Talented artist Constance Farquharson is delighted to know her portrait for the Parliament Objects exhibition was the public's favourite. ''I'm very thrilled to have won the People's Choice Award, especially since my own children didn't even vote for me,'' she said. ''It's the first big prize I've ever won.'' The portrait features Ms D'Amore with her then eight-week-old son Julian, oil painted on a 98cm x 81cm canvas. ''I chose to paint Angela and her newborn son because I just think it's a great success for the female parliamentarians to be able to bring in their babies,'' said Mrs Farquharson. ''They are no longer 'strangers' in the House.'' She devoted the whole of March to the portrait, holding four sittings in total. ''I only paint for an hour and a half at a time because otherwise they get tired and fidgety and you lose the fresh expression,'' she said. ''The baby was beautifully behaved though. He slept through most of the sittings and when he opened his eyes I painted them.'' Farquharson began her art studies in the 1950s, sparking a chain of achievements such as being selected as a finalist in the Portia Geach Memorial Portrait Award and exhibiting at Custom Fine Art in Los Angeles. She will be adding to that collection of accomplishments when she paints a portrait for the Unsung Heroes exhibition at Parliament House, Canberra, in September. Concerns raised for five towers FIONA BRADY and LANA LAM A HUGE development proposed for Lewisham could have disasterous conse- quences for Summer Hill, an Ashfield councillor has warned. Independent councillor Caroline Stott described the five residential towers planned for the corner of Old Canterbury Rd and Longport St, Lewisham, as a ''massive overdevelopment''. The $150 million project includes about 500 apartments, 16 townhouses and a shop- ping centre. Two of the towers would be 14 storeys. At Tuesday night's Ashfield Council meeting, Cr Stott was set to move a notice of motion calling on her fellow councillors to campaign against the project. ''This development will have more impact on Summer Hill village than it will have on any other area, yet many local residents are still unaware of the proposal as it forms part of Marrickville Council,'' she said in her notice of motion. In a statement, she said: ''Combined with the likely re-development of the Summer Hill mill site, the residents of Summer Hill, Lewisham and Dulwich Hill will be con- demned to a living traffic hell.'' Labor councillor Alex Lofts was also due to move a motion on the assessment process. Last week, about 100 residents met at Summer Hill Community Centre to discuss the project and express their fears. Under Marrickville Council's local en- vironment plan, the proposal is not allowed but Planning Minister Kristina Keneally will have the final say because it has been declared a state significant application. NSW Greens MP Sylvia Hale said com- munity participation was weakened under the process and the 30-day exhibition and comments period was a ''token''. Ms Keneally said she would not decide whether to refer the matter back to the council until the plans had been publicly exhibited and assessed by her department. She denied having had any talks about the plans with former Labor minister Carl Scully, who works as a consultant for the developer, Demian Constructions, which in the past donated about $20,000 to the ALP. Home invader armed with knife WHEN a 45-year-old woman heard a noise at the door of her Strathfield unit and went to investigate, she was confronted by a man armed with a knife. He forced his way into her Albert Rd home about 4pm last Thursday and pushed her to the ground. He then assaulted her and when she attempted to escape he threatened her with a knife. When her flatmate ar- rived home, the man ran towards them holding the knife, and the witness ran away to call for help. When more people ar- rived, the man escaped with a laptop computer, mobile phone and personal items. The man, in his 20s, of Indian appearance, was wearing blue jeans, a black zip-up jacket and a black baseball cap. The woman was treated at Concord Hospital for a cut to her left hand. Witnesses should contact Flemington police on 9646 8699 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
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