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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : June 24th 2009
6 INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, June 25, 2009 MB NEWS www.innerwestweekly.com.au Councils put their money on light rail MARIE SANSOM STATE Transport Minister David Campbell is playing light rail poker with Inner West councils, local mayors say. A few weeks ago Mr Campbell challenged local councils to chip in up to $50,000 each to fund a feasibility study into extending light rail from Lilyfield to Dulwich Hill, which would also serve Sum- mer Hill and Haberfield, and for a CBD light rail loop. But Mr Campbell told the coun- cils they could not see the ''full study brief'' until they agreed to fund it. Council general managers and mayors met last Thursday and agreed to pitch in. Ashfield Mayor Ted Cassidy put forward a mayoral minute on Tuesday calling on the council to commit up to $30,000 for the feasibility study. Sydney Council will contribute $50,000 while Leichhardt and Marrickville Councils would put in $30,000. The State Government will put in $50,000. ''We have a $28 million budget. Compare that to the State Govern- ment's budget and yet they are expecting us to put in the same,'' Cr Cassidy said. ''This is an example of our commitment to this project. We consider public transport to be of the highest priority and the State Government should do the same.'' He stressed that councils should be on the steering committee and see the project brief. ''It is the first indication that the minister is taking us seriously,'' he said. Leichhardt mayor Jamie Parker agreed that councils should be represented on the light rail steer- ing committee, since they'd put up the majority of the money. But Cr Parker said things were looking positive. ''We're calling their bluff. We would hate the government to find an excuse not to proceed and quite frankly there's lots to be support- ive of,'' he said. There have been more than 50 reports into the light rail includ- ing a full feasibility study into the CBD loop by Sydney Council. Radio 2RDJ presenters Nikki and Jase will broadcast two race events from the USA. Picture: PHIL BLATCH ~PP289904 Live broadcast a treat for rev heads SHIREEN KHALIL COMMUNITY radio station 2RDJ 88.1 will be bringing all the IndyCar Series and NASCAR action live from the USA for the first time from next week. Each year, host Jase travels to America to bring back recordings of the events for listeners. But since the FM station invested in new technology and equipment, motor junkies can hear Jase broadcasting live from the US. ''I'm excited about it, it's something we have never done before,'' he said. Jase, who has been covering motorspots on the station since 1998, has interviews lined up with IndyCar series drivers including Ryan Briscoe who used to live in the Inner West. The radio presenter of 15 years said it would involve a tough schedule. ''It involves a wake-up call at 2.30am and I'll be on air at 3am and the other challenge is working with co-host Nikki from the other side of the world,'' he said. While Jase makes sure everything goes to plan in the US, Nikki, a year 11 student at Ryde Secondary College, will anchor the program in Sydney. The 16-year-old, who is the first presenter to come out of the After School Detention show on the station, is excited about the challenge, despite not knowing a lot about cars. ''For a small community radio station to do something like this is great and I'm excited to host it back here,'' she said. Nikki said she was privileged when Jase called her back to be a full-time presenter on the show. She said it matched her ''entertaining and talkative'' personality. The Indy Racing League IndyCar Series at Richmond International Raceway will air on 2RDJ on June 29. The NASCAR Nationwide Series and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Daytona International Speedway will both air on July 6.
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