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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : June 10th 2009
22 INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, June 11, 2009 MB Referee error cause of West Tigers' loss If you're a rugby league official or just one of the thousands of club followers of the game, this season you would have to be frustrated at the continued controversy involv- ing off-field player misbehaviour and on-field referee disputes. Recently during the West Tigers versus the Brisbane Broncos game, Benji Marshall was sent from the field for an infringement and most of the media and commentators focused on this incident as a possible reason why the West Tigers lost the game, but not so. The reason West Tigers lost the game was due to the first ''try'' awarded to the Brisbane Broncos winger Antonio Winterstein who was clearly 3m forward when he received the ball from fullback Karmichael Hunt. If you replay the incident frame by frame and stride by stride, before and after the 10m line, there was an obvious forward pass which the video referee should have seen. One can only wonder why the famous Footy Show recently over- looked this segment of referee incidents. Ron Weidner Haberfield Retired junior rugby league referee Top work deserves rewards GOOD deeds deserve reward and this week the Inner West is celebrating five of its own who have been awarded medals on the Queen's Birthday Honours List. Two doctors, a teacher, a Ukrainian journalist and a Rotary volunteer are among the hundreds of names to make the lists. Their citations are so long that it proves the old adage that busy people get things done. These citizens are not the only people celebrating this week. Two of our registered clubs -- the Canada Bay Club in Five Dock and Sydney Rowing Club in Abbotsford -- won prestigious gongs at the Clubs NSW awards. The Canada Bay Club took out the overall prize, which proves that a little club can take on the big guns and beat them. It also took out awards for outstanding financial management and best club Keno, and was praised for donating 50 per cent more to community groups than was required by law. The food at Sydney Rowing Club was voted best in NSW, with the club earning awards for best club restaurant, best casual dining venue and best club development. A pat on the back is deserved all round. Pool options on agenda Ashfield Aquatic Centre's 33m deep water pool is closed. I refer to numerous letters from members of the Wests Water Polo Club (Opinion, June 4) and would like to clarify issues around the future of the 33m pool. The council has closed the 33m deep water pool due to ongoing public safety concerns associated with the poor structure of this pool. Contrary to some comments the pool has not been closed as a cost-saving measure. Both the 33m deep water pool and the 50m outdoor pool are at the end of their useful life having served the community for well over many years. Quotes for repairs to the 33m pool vary between $200,000 and $250,000 and these works would only marginally extend the life of the pool. In late 2008 the council engaged highly regarded aquatic centre experts SGL Consulting to work with the council and the com- munity to identify long-term re- development options for the Ashfield Aquatic Centre. SGL has, on council's behalf, undertaken a process of extensive consultation with pool users and stakeholders as well as the general community, and this has given the council vital feedback on community ex- pectations for the future of the aquatic centre. Community feedback over- whelmingly indicated a preference for more free water space for general community rec- reational use and less water space tied up for specific interest groups. SGL has presented a range of options for the future of the centre based on community feedback in- cluding construction of a 52mx25m deep water pool with a movable boom. Such a pool would replace the cur- rent 33m and 50m pools and would have the flexibility to accommo- date a variety of com- munity uses including water polo and lap swimmers. The council has res- ponsibility to cater for the whole community and while it is con- cerned for the future of Wests Water Polo Club, it is reluctant to waste large sums of money on maintaining a pool that may well be demolished in the next couple of years. The council's aquatic centre working party is conducting a workshop involving a briefing by SGL Consultants on future re- development options to be held on Thursday, June 18, on Level 3 of the Council Centre in Liverpool Rd from 7pm. Aquatic Centre users and stakeholders are invited to attend the workshop and engage with the council on these options. Ken Gainger General manager Ashfield Council WRITE TO US MAIL: The Editor Inner-West Weekly, 181 First Ave, Five Dock, 2046. FAX: 9018 3531 EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org 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 Are you Parking Safely? Ashfield Council's Community Enforcement and Parking Patrol Officers are targeting vehicles parking illegally on footpaths, grass verges and in driveways. Officers will be patrolling Ashfield, Summer Hill, Haberfield, Croydon, Hurlstone Park and Ashbury and will be issuing on the spot fines. Parking in these areas obstructs access to pedestrians, people with a disability and parents with prams. News from Ashfield Council Tel: (02) 9716 1800 | Fax: (02) 9716 1911 Customer Service Centre 260 Liverpool Road, Ashfield NSW 2131 email@example.com | www.ashfield.nsw.gov.au 2117240i iww wk50 For more information please contact Ashfield Council on 9716 1800. 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