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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : July 1st 2009
10 INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, July 2, 2009 It's official, we're full of pride and fun THE question was asked and Australia has answered. What makes Australia great? What makes us unique? And what are the things that separate us of from other nations? Allofaus.com.au, a social networking site created by Qantas and supported by News Limited has this month searched the land for the opinions of ordinary Australians. In the past few weeks themes of freedom, community and teamwork have emerged. And this week the final pieces of the puzzle have fallen into place. Social researcher Mark McRindle, who has been monitoring the site for its mess- age, has revealed pride and fun complete the Australian character. Australians have a deep pride in our country and culture which is more often felt than spoken, McRindle said. Our understated Aussie spirit stands in contrast to the overt nationalism of other countries. He nominated quotes like Forrest from Sydney who said: We don't seem inhibited by the fact were at the end of the world. He added ''In the hearts of most Aust- ralians the love of this land, her people and achievements just is.'' As Susan from Clifton, NSW writes, ''Our eternal optimism, she'll be right mate attitude in a world of negativity!'' On fun, McRindle says the typical Aust- ralian has a joke at heart. ''From our colourful language to our unique humour, the Aussie spirit is one of fun. Only in Australia is a redhead called ''Bluey'', and a stranger is called ''mate''. Join in at www.allofaus.com.au NEWS JOIN THE HISTORIC DEBATE Tell us what you think at www.allofaus.com.au or text your thoughts to 1999 8889* *maximum SMS cost 55c (including GST) Cost of driving just got dearer REBECCA WOOLLEY state parliament Drivers who smoke in cars with children under 16 on board can be fined $250. IT may not exactly be a new world order, but from yes- terday several pieces of new legislation have come into force across NSW. The daily commute has become more pricey for drivers in Sydney's north- west as tolls on the M2 motorway are set to soar by 55c to $4.95 for a single journey. Even parking your car in Sydney's CBD -- including Martin Place -- will be more expensive with motorists expected to fork out up to $70 a day to park in pre- mium spots. Now, experienced drivers caught speeding up to 10km over the limit will only receive one demerit point on their licence rather than the current three and an $84 fine. Predictably changes to the demerit system will hit younger drivers harder with those on P2 licences found speeding between one and 30km/h receiving an extra point. This means they could lose their licence after two offences. Under the new system, which will see a host of penalty changes for speed- ing offences, motorists on unrestricted licences who drive between 11km/h and 20km/h over the limit will receive three demerit points and a $197 fine. Smokers will also be tar- geted under tough new laws and could be slapped with a $250 on-the-spot fine for lighting up in their cars in the presence of children under the age of 16. Even buying nicotine products will become an under the counter act as shop keepers are forbidden from openly displaying packets of cigarettes and must store them out of sight. The cost of a cab journey will increase by four per cent from July 5 with an extra 10c rise in the flag fall to $3.20, adding an extra 87c to the average city journey. A huge shake-up of the State Government's public sector has also come into force from July 1 with 13 ''super agencies'' being formed to replace 160 indi- vidual departments. Meanwhile, couples in same-sex relationships will be able to gain Centrelink payments or concessions in the same way as heterosex- ual couples. In a nod to the environ- ment, property owners and business operators will also be held more responsible for contamination on land they own or operate and will be more liable for clean up costs. council chambers: 65 Homebush Rd, Strathfield NSW 2135 P: 9748 9999 F: 9764 1034 postal address: PO Box 120, Strathfield NSW 2135 business hours: 8.30am - 4.30pm Monday to Friday STRATHFIELD COUNCIL WHAT'S ON Storytime at the Library Pre-School 2-5years Second Wed of the month 10.30am-11.30am Strathfield Main Library 65-67 Rochester St, Homebush E: firstname.lastname@example.org W: www.strathfield.nsw.gov.au 2099073i iww wk1 First Tuesday of the Month - Ordinary Council at 7pm, Council Chambers 65 Homebush Road Strathfield Second Tuesday of the Month - Planning Committee at 6pm Iron Bark meeting room Strathfield Library and Information Centre 65-67 Rochester Street Homebush Third Tuesday of the Month - As required • Environmental Committee • Social Committee • Economic Committee Business papers for Council and Committee meetings are available from Council's Customer Service Centre, libraries and website www.strathfield.nsw.gov.au from the Saturday prior to each meeting. Mayor's Message This month Council is supporting NSW Police in the launch 'Speeding. No one thinks big of you' campaign in the Strathfield Municipality. During July courtesy speed checks will take place on local roads in our community using two on road radar/ VMS trailers. These trailers will remind drivers of the 50kmh legal speed limit and indicate the speed at which they are travelling. Speed is the number one contributing factor to accidents in the Strathfield Local Government Area. Speed increases both the risk of being involved in a crash and also the severity of the crash. It is a priority of Council to ensure that drivers obey posted speed limits, respect the safety of the local traffic environment and be on the look out for pedestrians and cyclists. For further information about Council's road safety programs contact Council on 9748 9999. Cr Keith Kwon Mayor of Strathfield STRATHFIELD Council our Community news Fridge Buyback Continues Council is encouraging residents in the Municipality to hand in their old, inefficient working second fridge and have it collected for free as part of the "Fridge Buyback" scheme. To qualify for the Fridge Buyback offer, second fridges must be at least 10 years old, 250 litres or larger and in working order. Collection can be arranged online at www.fridgebuyback.com.au or by calling the Fridge Buyback toll free hotline on 1800 708 401. Online Databases At The Library Strathfield Library has access to a range of electronic databases that can be used to locate useful information including research information for school, TAFE or university assignments or special interest areas. The databases cover topics such as health, current affairs and literature and are accessible via the Council's website www.strathfield.nsw.gov.au, simply click on the library link. To access, library patrons just need to enter their library card number. Bookings Now Open Council's school holiday program returns from 16-23 July with a range of activities for children and young people aged 5-17 years. The program will include a number of workshops and day trip excursions. For more information please call 9748 9999 or visit www.strathfield.nsw.gov.au Volunteer's Dinner Council last week celebrated the tireless volunteers in our community who give their time to many valuable services and organisations within the Municipality.
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