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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : May 27th 2009
18 INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, May 28, 2009 MB Just let the trams roll along THE acceleration of the light rail cause is welcome news indeed. It's such an obvious solution to our transport woes. The closure of the Allied Mills site at Summer Hill which used the existing goods line, and encouragement from the site's new owners for light rail, has been a shot in the arm for the movement to extend the trams to Dulwich Hill. Now State Transport Minister David Campbell has taken the issue to Cabinet. But, like most welcome announcements by the State Government, there's a hitch. It emerged this week that the government wants the four councils covered by the railway line to cough up some cash for a feasibility study, which is unfair. Metro Transport Sydney, which operates the existing network between Lilyfield and Central, has long been convinced that an extension will work, and will be cost effective. It also says it can have the extension running within a year as it only needs to build new stations and perhaps a train or two. Now the government says it needs a report, which will probably lead to more consultation, more reports . . . and more indecision. Square solution TO THE POINT If the council wants to beautify Summer Hill they should get rid of the really ugly and old- fashioned mural next to the square. The hearts gave a joyful, feel- good sentiment in a dull land- scape. Maybe they could find out who the artist is and give them a wall so that their work can be author- ised and not count as graffiti -- maybe even replace the old mu- ral. And while they're at it, maybe they could plant more shade trees to make the area more user- friendly in summer. Kim Davies Dulwich Hill Online comment Truly local Local Government should have nothing to do with the two major parties, and candidates who make themselves available for either of these parties are mostly using it as stepping stones to further their political ambitions. And if an issue comes up that benefits the community but is not in their self-serving interest, they desert the electorate. It is therefore so refreshing that I have found a group in the Burwood electorate that has Burwood foremost at heart and have Burwood in their logo. DoasIdidandgoto www.burwoodcommunityvoice. org.au Tony Beekman Strathfield Closed pool a disgrace The 33m pool at Ashfield Aquatic Centre is closed for good. The Ashfield water polo pool has been a feature of summer sport for school, club, and national and international water polo teams for over 40 years. The decision by the council to not fix the pool has not happened in the past six months. This has been a continual de- cision to not undertake any re- pairs over many years. The pool is closed every winter and the council has not chosen to repair the pool at any time, which has exploded their repair costs to the current figure. Every council is responsible for the development and maintenance of community areas and facilities, including pools and parks. The decision for Ashfield Coun- cil to close the pool for safety reasons and then undertake no repairs for six months while the local team was the reigning National League Champions for the first time, shows how little Ashfield Council care about health and fitness. At a time when they should be parading these champions they were undermining them through the whole season. This issue is about all age participants, from eight years to school children to Olympians! I hope the mayor and each councillor hangs their head in shame over this complete lack of interest towards sporting teams and facilities. Daniel Bartels Cammeray Online comment Blind to brothels The increased number of illegal brothels in Ashfield has been ig- nored by Ashfield councillors. They seem to believe ''go no- where talk-fests'' and raising rev- enue is what council is all about. Book launches for political mates and harbour cruises are also important issues in their minds -- not to forget borrowing millions to build a white elephant. One can only imagine what the new Civic Centre will look like surrounded by adult bookshops and brothels. I can only hope that after the mall development is com- pleted that the ambulances are able to gain access to the CBD as residents continue to sustain injuries when they fall on the loose, slippery footpath. I would ask the council when was the last time the ''legal'' brothels were inspected? On my information they are not. When the council approved legal brothels, their approval was based on numerous health conditions. If councils are too lax in policing these conditions why have they not pursued the problem with the State Member for Strathfield who, by the way, assured residents it was one of her top priorities before the last election? Julie Passas Ashfield WRITE TO US MAIL: The Editor Inner-West Weekly, 181 First Ave, Five Dock, 2046. FAX: 9018 3531 EMAIL: email@example.com Letters should be kept brief. Name, address and phone num- ber must be supplied. Letters are submitted on condition that Cumberland Newspapers, as publisher of the Inner-West Weekly, may edit and has the right to reproduce in electronic form and communicate these letters. CONDITIONS OPINION www.innerwestweekly.com.au *Offer available for a limited time and only at the following stores. 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