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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : June 3rd 2009
MB INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, June 4, 2009 3 NEWS www.innerwestweekly.com.au Pasta, pizza, tombola and Mona Lisa at the festa FIONA BRADY See more pictures More photographs available at www.innerwestweekly.com.au A touch of Venetian mask-making was part of Italian Republic Day at Concord Public School. Picture: PHIL BLATCH ~PP283342 TRANSLATION: This story is translated in Italian at www.inner westweekly.com.au TRADUZIONE: Questo tradotto in italiano al s MAMA Mia! There were plenty of fun and games at Concord Public School on Tuesday as students celebrated Festa della Republica -- Italian Republic Day. Italian teacher Dominic Crisafulli said it was a ''fantastic day'', with students making masks, playing bocce and tombola and showing off their Italian-language skills. They even had inventive pizza and gondola races. Lachlan Ennis, 8, enjoyed the sporting action: ''My favourite part of the day was competing in the pizza race and I came second,'' he said. Concord Public School pupils learn Italian from kindergarten to year 6 and it's a popular class, according to Mr Crisafulli. ''We do have a block of students who have Italian backgrounds and heritage, but we're a very multicultural school,'' he said. ''Regardless of their background, the kids have a real enthusiasm for the language and I'm blown away by what they come up with sometimes.'' Even the school canteen got in on the action, serving up hearty portions of lasagne, ravioli and macaroni cheese, impressing Alyssa Turner, 6. ''I enjoyed playing tombola and eating pasta for lunch,'' she said. Also attracting admiration was a clever replica of the Mona Lisa, made out of 600 ''double 9'' dominos. Students spent about eight hours making the artwork. GreenWay plan link to light rail PLANS to create a bike and ped- estrian path linking Iron Cove with the Cooks River will be integrated into the light rail exten- sion. The GreenWay project, con- ceived 10 years ago, aims to create a 5km nature corridor along the disused freight line from Rozelle to Dulwich Hill. ''The GreenWay project will be looked at as part of the study into light rail,'' Transport Minister David Campbell said this week. Starting at Hawthorne Canal in Haberfield, the path already exists in parts but is not linked. The master plan, funded by the Planning Department and Ashfield, Marrickville and Leichhardt councils, has just fin- ished a two-month public exhi- bition and submissions closed last week. Environment Works director Bruce Ashley was part of the working group that created the GreenWay strategy. ''It's a very positive move to look at an integrated feasibility study to see how it could all work,'' he said. The GreenWay plan ensures a habitat for native fauna such as the long-nosed bandicoot, which have been seen at Lewisham. Costs halved to repair 33m pool FIONA BRADY Unless the pool is in operation for next season, our club will fold' ' Wests Water Polo Club president PHIL DE GAIL Join the pool debate at www.innerwestweekly.com.au ASHFIELD'S water polo pool could be repaired for less than $100,000, the president of Wests Water Polo Club has claimed. As community anger over Ashfield Council's closure of the pool mounts, club president Phil de Gail said his company, Prime Constructions, could repair the pool for $99,220 -- less than half the $250,000 minimum quoted by council staff. Mr de Gail said it was a ''realistic'' quote and could save the 33m pool, and his club, from closure. Mr de Gail has sent letters to all 12 Ashfield councillors, advising them of his proposal. ''As the figure is obviously sub- stantially less than the previously quoted cost of repairs, we trust that the immediate repair of the pool will be less of a problem for council,'' he said in his letter. He said the works would need to start by early July to allow the pool to be in operation by the beginning of next season. ''Unless the pool is in operation for next season, our club will fold,'' he said. ''As president of the Ashfield club, I will do everything I can to see that this long established club . . . does not fold on my watch.'' Australian Water Polo CEO Chris Harrison has thrown his weight behind Wests' campaign, along with many members of the water polo community. Many club members and sup- porters have written to the Inner- West Weekly saying the pool's closure had cost Ashfield a role hosting the World Masters Games later this year. All agreed that not re-opening the pool would spell the end of the club. Mr Harrison said that if Wests folded, it would have a ''devastat- ing effect'' on Australian water polo. ''It would be a crying shame to lose a club of the calibre of Wests,'' he said. Mr Harrison is one of a large number of protesters expected to speak at the Ashfield Aquatic Centre working party meeting on June 18. Ashfield Mayor Ted Cassidy said he was aware of Mr de Gail's quote, but didn't yet know if it would cover all the work required to meet occupational health and safety standards. ''This is a world class water polo club and we don't want to see it close, but we've got to look out for their safety,'' he said. The creation of a swale that treats stormwater at Chain of Ponds Reserve is an example of how aesthetic park upgrades can also deliver sustainable results. The swale collects stormwater from Cave Road and a nearby car park and diverts it through a number of native grasses, rocks and pebbles which filter pollutants from the water. Any excess water enters an overflow pit at the end of the swale, which is diverted to Council's stormwater system before entering the Cooks River. The swale is part of a general upgrade to the reserve, which includes a new native garden bed and additional seating areas for recreation. The swale is an example of how Council is integrating sustainability principles in its every day business, ensuring projects and initiatives have social, economic and environmental benefits for the area. Delivering for our Community 2132213i iww wk49 STRATHFIELD COUNCIL council chambers: 65 Homebush Rd, Strathfield NSW 2135 e) email@example.com 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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