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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : July 1st 2009
MB INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, July 2, 2009 7 NEWS www.innerwestweekly.com.au Marina plan under fire SHIREEN KHALIL Breakfast Point residents Greg McGrath, Peter Ashcroft and Don McKenzie don't want a public marina. Picture: PHIL BLATCH ~PP292365 BREAKFAST Point residents say they have been kept in the dark over the proposed 177-berth Kendall Bay Marina. Greg McGrath, a spokesman for the Breakfast Point Residents Group, said they had tried engag- ing with the marina developer, Rose Group, for over a year and have not been successful. ''The only consultation that has taken place was by their sales staff who told residents that it would be a small private marina, never mentioning it would be a large public marina,'' he said. Rose Group spokesman Chris Ford said more than 10,000 invi- tations were sent to households in the initial round of consultation. ''People have also been invited to go onto the website to have their say,'' Mr Ford said. But Mr McGrath believes the website fails to explain the im- pacts of the marina on the area. ''It is designed to convince people that the marina is not going to have a great effect on the community and does not address significant issues,'' he said. Mr Ford responded: ''The point of the website is for a very specific reason -- to seek views from the community as to what subjects and issues they want considered in the environmental assess- ment.'' Mr McGrath, a long-term cam- paigner against the marina, said most residents were against the marina due to the loss of views, noise, security issues, pollution and the effect it would have on the foreshore walkway. ''It (walkway) belongs to the council and we have to maintain it (by paying levies) -- it was decided to be used only for walking and cycleways and now it is going to be used by cars and trucks to service the marina and the kiosk at the end of the marina,'' he said. Drummoyne State Labor MP Angela D'Amore said if the ma- rina was passed she would push for the council or State Govern- ment to pay for those fees. ''That is something that can be negotiated. I don't think it's cor- rect that residents pay for that public infrastructure,'' she said. But Mr McGrath said that was ridiculous ''because we have already signed a 299-year agree- ment with Canada Bay Council to pay for those levies''. ''She's (Ms D'Amore's) not pre- pared to stand up and support the community against the marina.'' Ms D'Amore said: ''The appli- cant has to jump through a num- ber of hoops before any proposal is approved . .. once we see a final DA, that's when we put forward our views.'' Have your say The on-line consultation began on Wednesday, June 1,7 and will con- tinue until Friday, July 10. For further information or to make a submisson go to www.innerwestmarina.com.au How to raise better kids BURWOOD Council is running sessions for parents to help their children reach their potential. The free sessions are in Chinese, Korean and English and will examine topics such as balancing study and school, communication skills and healthy relationships. Parents can ask questions to ex- pert guest speakers Jason Zou and Myong De Conceicao, who both work for the Transcultural Mental Health Centre, which promotes access to mental health services for people of a culturally and linguistically-diverse back- ground. A Chinese session will be held on Tuesday, July 7, from 7pm to 8pm. Korean sessions will be held on Tuesdays, August 4 and 11 from 7pm to 8pm. English sessions will be held on Tuesdays August 18 and 25 from 7pm to 8pm. For bookings call Burwood Council on 9911 9911. Harry Potter to help the needy WATCH the premiere of Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince and help needy families. Communities for Communities is screening the latest Potter flick on Wednesday, July 15, at Reading Cinema Rhodes. Tickets cost $20 adults and $15 concessions, with proceeds going to build Rainbow Village in South Vietnam. To book, go to www.communitiesforcommunities. com.au or phone Anne Farrell on 0413 677 591. GOVERNMENT PAYS INSTALLERS DIRECT Call US NOW for assistance & a quote or book online 1300 697 117 INSULATION FREE $1600 Home Insulation AA Insulation Pty Ltd --- Government registered installers www.aainsulation.com.au
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