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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : June 3rd 2009
22 INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, June 4, 2009 MB Inequity amid the bonanza OUR cash strapped councils are doing it tough. Ashfield is in deep water over its failure to fund the refurbishment of its water polo pool. But at least it can take some comfort in getting a $2.3 million handout from the Federal Government for its civic centre project, and a further $251,000 for the Croydon North business district. Burwood and Canada Bay councils were branded ''unsustainable'' last week in a study by Review Today, based on data from 100 of NSW's largest councils. But at least Canada Bay can also take comfort in getting $5.3 million from the Federal Government for Drummoyne Oval's upgrade and $293,000 for five park and oval upgrades in Drummoyne, Concord and Five Dock. Burwood Council didn't get a zack from the Rudd Government for its civic centre, and its councillors are understandably upset. Whether or not it is a Labor conspiracy is yet to be proven. But a report that emerged earlier this week that at state level the looming budget is to be allocated along electorate lines signals cause for concern. Shame, council TO THE POINT Not all of my memories of Ashfield Pool are happy. I remem- ber cramping up in my calf muscles in CHS selection trials in the late 1970s, and the ants while sitting on the grass while watch- ing my children play recently. But I do know this is an important facility for a sport that is chronically under-resourced. Council should be ashamed that it is not doing all it can to support community involvement in sport. R Fagen Online comment Swimmers hit The closure of the 33m pool adversely affects swimmers, too. Without access to the deep pool, daytime lap swimming is all but impossible during the (lengthy) school swimming carnival season. Two indoor lanes are inadequate to meet daytime swimming needs, not to mention the fact that many of us actively prefer to swim outdoors. Kelly Stephens Online comment Kids lose club My two children joined Wests Water Polo Club a couple of years ago and sadly will be forced into leaving a club that they really enjoy if the Ashfield pool does not reopen. Wests without their home pool will no longer be a viable club. What a shame. Georgina Wallace Online comment Trolley etiquette lesson Shoppers in Ashfield take a trolley away from the store. Finally! A valid solution to the shopping trolley problem in our neighbourhoods. Ignorance by these people will no longer be an excuse, once you start hitting them in the hip pocket, where most of them can least afford it! I have tried in vain to educate any new tenants of my apartment complex not to leave trolleys in- side the complex as it is a hazard for cars and can cause a lot of damage if abandoned. I don't think there should be a six-week grace period. I say start fining them straight away and watch how quickly they will learn the lesson! Cindy Alston Summer Hill Online comment Lolly hazard We spent our usually relaxing morning coffee with my daughter begging for lollies yesterday. I am appalled that Westfield has a ''candy factory'' of at least 15-20 lolly machines congregated at the Shaftsbury Rd entrance to the shopping centre, right near the kids play area. Surely, no one who has children or has heard that lollies are bad for your health, agreed to allow these machines to be placed there. Bring back the crafting corner or at least the comfy seats! Sophie Carmona Burwood A local disaster I just want to express my concern at the proposed housing develop- ment plans for Lewisham. This gross over-development would be totally out of keeping with the local area and cause (more) traffic chaos in an area which is already congested (i.e. Old Canterbury Rd and Railway Terrace). It may be in keeping with the government's policy to build housing near pub- lic transport, but if they're not prepared to improve roads, rail and infrastruc- ture, the development will be a disaster for the local community. Jennifer O'Callaghan Lewisham Bulky bridge Local Greens are appalled at the State Government's de- cision to go ahead with the duplicate Iron Cove Bridge. We were always unhappy about a project that will attract more heavy trucks and cars to Drummoyne and probably link to a polluting M4 East extension tunnel. Even if we ''had to have'' a wider bridge, why couldn't they come up with a better design? The government ignored cheaper options to speed bus and traffic flow. And the courses for local rowers and sailors have been ruined. In their desire to bring more trucks and cars through Victoria Rd, Labor has abandoned Drummoyne residents. Greens Cr Pauline Tyrrell Canada Bay Council WRITE TO US MAIL: The Editor Inner-West Weekly, 181 First Ave, Five Dock, 2046. 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