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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : June 3rd 2009
www.innerwestweekly.com.au THURSDAY, JUNE 4, 2009 PHONE 9018 3592 80c incl. GST It's not easy being green, says Matey the bleached tree frog Ashfield Councillor Monica Wangmann has another passion besides her civic duties -- rescuing frogs, such as Matey who turned white. Full report: Page 6 Picture: PHIL BLATCH ~PP283287 No Labor of love SHIREEN KHALIL Poor old Burwood got shafted' ' Cr JOHN SIDOTI IT'S back to the drawing board for the $30 million Burwood civic centre and library project after the council missed out on federal stimulus package funds. The council will return to ''plan A'' -- selling surplus land -- to pay for the development. Councillors are furious the Federal Government knocked back the council's application for a $23 million grant, with one Lib- eral councillor putting the blame squarely on Lowe Labor MP John Murphy. Cr John Sidoti said Mr Murphy had failed the people of Burwood and he would not invite the MP to the opening of the library. ''If federal members want to be a part of it, they have to work for the community,'' he said. Cr Sidoti said he thought the council missed out on funding because it did not have a Labor mayor nor was it Labor- dominated. ''Mr Murphy should have been lobbying for better results. Canada Bay, which is a Labor-dominated council, got $5.2 million and Ashfield also got money for their library project. Poor old Burwood got shafted,'' he said. But Mr Murphy said his govern- ment was ''delivering record fund- ing to Burwood Council already'', including $190,000 for the upgrade of Enfield pool and more than $120,000 for roads. He said the projects in Ashfield and Drummoyne would benefit all Inner West residents and $251,000 had been granted to the Croydon North business district. ToPage2
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