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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : June 17th 2009
22 INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, June 18, 2009 MB Safe as houses Walking round the bay I noticed a new alarming sign, warning me that in a few years' time I would be walking knee deep in the murky Iron Cove. And surround- ing low-level properties would be under water. It has been erected by Ashfield Council, presumably to warn pro- spective homebuyers to go else- where, and local businesses to get out quickly, or at least renegotiate their insurance. Further around and in Leichhardt's turf, I remembered that its Greens-dominated coun- cil has also been telling us incess- antly about just such a catas- trophe. It seems no other issue exists. Back home, I moved fast. I checked my policies (damn!) and then rang a local real estate agent to inquire about putting my house on the market. He was happy to take my call. But then I remembered I lived in Canada Bay, where no such prob- lem exists. Russell Edwards Drummoyne Four more years too far away A premier ago the Inner-West Weekly revealed the substandard conditions the cops at Burwood have to endure. Thirteen months ago then premier Morris Iemma made great fanfare about rebuilding the police station. ''We committed ourselves to building a new police station for Burwood and we're delivering it for local residents,'' he said. Last July Mr Iemma said the government would be ''seeking private-sector partners to assist with the design and construction of the building''. Mr Iemma said the project would ''deliver a multi-storey building in the heart of Burwood which could also provide new office and retail space'', while maintain the existing building's heritage facade. Next year, there is still no money in the Budget -- only a promise of the project being included in a $106 million program over the next four years. The next election is in 2011, a little more than two years away, so a four-year promise is hardly worth the paper it's written on. Misguided criticism The Port Enfield site. To my knowledge I am at this stage, the only member of the nine-member Enfield Community Liaison Committee for the Intermodal Logistics Centre (Port Enfield), who is a member of the Labor Party (IWW, June 11). I was not selected for that reason, but as a local resident of 38 years who has an interest in the development of the site in a way that minimises any adverse im- pact on the local community. My role also includes the identi- fication of issues in the com- munity regarding construction and operational matters to bring them to the table for resolution with Sydney Ports and assisting in the dissemination of information about the progress of the project. The role is not a political one and I certainly have not discussed it with Minister Judge, nor have I ''scripted'' Cr Kwon. IamsureMrHowho,asheis reported, was a former councillor, would be aware that it is some five years or more since Minister Judge was a member of Strathfield Council. As a minister in the NSW Government I am sure her time does not allow for ''scripting'' Cr Kwon or any other of the Labor councillors in the three councils in her electorate. It's time to move on, Mr Ho. You are living in the past. Which prompts me to ask why Mr Ho, as a visitor in the gallery, expected Cr Kwon to inter- rupt his speech to respond to him. Is Mr Ho deluded to the point that he still thinks of himself as a councillor? Or perhaps as he spends so much time writing the material for Cr Lim he forgets he is not a councillor himself. Bill Thompson Strathfield Liberal choice Tony Beekman in his letter (Truly Local, Opinion, May 28) states that ''Local government should have nothing to do with the two major parties . . .'' and presents us with an alternative, Burwood Com- munity Voice, and its website. However on the website it said that ''in 1998 . . . the name was changed to Burwood Community Voice and became a political party'' and that since then the party has been politically active through local government. The reality is that Burwood Community Voice has an agenda, philosophies, a group of registered members and campaign activities like any other political party. Mr Beekman also claims that candidates from the major parties who serve the community through local government are ''. . . using it as stepping stones to further their political ambitions''. Not all Liberal councillors have gone on to state or federal politics and a significant number have only been interested in serving their local communities. It is ridiculous to imply that most councillors who do have ambitions to further their political careers through state or federal politics are not genuinely working hard for their local council area. I encourage residents to look at www.burwoodliberals.com.au Joe Alvaro Croydon 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 No town hall I don't need a new town hall centre (IWW, June 11). Ashfield Council has to ask for more money from us and the National Australia Bank has to give it a loan. If you like to spend some money, look after the taxi rank at the station. The taxi has to turn around in a very dangerous way. I go to work, sleep and eat in Ashfield but don't need any new council buildings. Christoph Krause Ashfield Own the moment Buy pictures from this newspaper www.newsphotos.com.au Local builders, tradespeople, contractors, suppliers, service providers and other interested parties are invited to attend a public forum where Abigroup will outline opportunities to participate in the "Building the Education Revolution" (BER) program for schools in the Sydney Region. The identical forums will outline further details of the Program, invite participation and respond to any questions to the works to be undertaken. 4pm Mon 22/06/09 4pm Mon 29/06/09 Gymea TAFE, Leichhardt Town Hall Kingsway, Sutherland 107 Norton St, Leichhardt Each public forum is expected to run for one hour. While it is not mandatory to make a booking, potential attendees are encouraged to register, to assist in preparations for the forum. 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