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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : July 9th 2009
MB INNER WEST COURIER, Thursday, July 9, 2009 3 www.innerwestcourier.com.au NEWS Bunfight erupts over bid for 24-hour food Fiona Brady Hurlstone Park residents Belinda Salan and her daughter Meg, Adrian Tourle and his son Owen are against 24-hour operations at McDonald's. Picture: CRAIG WILSON ~PP293804 ANGRY Hurlstone Park residents claim their suburb will become a late-night hoon magnet if Ashfield Council allows the local Maccas to open round the clock. The Canterbury Rd restaurant has lodged a development appli- cation to extend its trading hours to 24 hours a day, seven day a week. It currently opens until mid- night on weekdays and until 2am on weekends. But residents living near the fast food outlet fear it will lead to screeching cars, drunken violence and litter. Resident Adrian Tourle said the outlet was in a mainly residential area, with houses on three sides. ''The type of clientele it will attract is, to me, the major con- cern,'' he said. ''Who drives around from 2am to 4am? The hoons. ''Our concerns range from the undesirable -- possibly criminal -- elements that congregate in these carparks, the litter that is dropped every hour, and the lack of secur- ity, to noise pollution, violence and unruly behaviour.'' But franchisee Nick Leontios said the extended opening hours were to cater for people such as shift workers. ''We live in a 24-hour society and my aim is to provide people in the area who are not currently being catered for, such as shift workers, with a safe, comfortable environ- ment in which to enjoy or pick up quality-controlled food at times that suit,'' he said. Mr Leontios said tactics such as security lighting, CCTV, speed humps, regular litter patrols and increasing staff numbers at pub closing times could be used to minimise problems. Referring to the highly publi- cised stabbing of two teenagers on Canterbury Rd in April, Mr Leontios said the fight ''happened to be near the restaurant'' and occurred at 6pm on a Tuesday. ''I don't believe there was any mention of the people involved having been McDonald's cus- tomers,'' he said. ''In my eight years as owner operator, we have never had a complaint from our neighbours regarding how we operate or man- age our customers on or around the premises.'' But resident Catherine Busia fears the worst. ''It will decrease the value of our properties, with- out a doubt,'' she said. The proposal will be discussed at an August council meeting. Your paper promises even more WELCOME to your new Inner West Courier. Your newsprint Inner West Courier covers all the stories that happen in your neighbourhood from hard-hitting issues to com- munity campaigns, local events and happenings. The Inner West Courier also gives voice to your views through our popular letters pages. ''From this week, our news- paper brand might be changing but we will continue our commit- ment to giving residents of the Inner West the best local news, sport and entertainment,'' editor John Bilic said. ''Readers will also be able to keep their finger on the local pulse wherever they are via our new online digital edition, which you can find on our website www.innerwestcourier.com.au'' Our website provides local news, photo galleries and video of local events and the oppor- tunity for you to contribute through comments and news tip- offs. Email editor John Bilic to share your thoughts about the new look Inner West Courier at firstname.lastname@example.org J Rockers' good times CROYDON Park Public School students are among thousands across NSW who will show off their dance moves in this year's J Rock concert. J Rock is the junior division of Rock Eisteddfod Challenge, de- signed specifically for primary school students. More than 50 students from Croydon Park will be dancing in the rain for their performance this Friday. Croydon Park Public's J Rock co-ordinator David Beeby said the theme was based on a metaphor about good and bad times. ''It's about how times can be tough but everything will eventu- ally be okay,'' Mr Beeby said. Mr Beeby and Year 2 teacher Rebecca Vassel have been work- ing hard with the students for more than four months to put the dance show together. The students will dance to Rain by Madonna, Rihanna's hit song Umbrella and of course Gene Kelly's Singing in the Rain. The school will take to the stage on July 10 at the Hills Centre. - Diving Clinic - Vacation Care - Swim Intensive/ Private Swim Lessons - Specialist Strokes Clinic - Archery Kids on Target For more information call 02 9752 3666 or visit www.aquaticcentre.com.au School Holiday Fun A variety of clinics and activities to keep the kids entertained throughout the school holidays! Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre Olympic Boulevard Sydney Olympic Park Sydney Olympic Park Archery Centre Bennelong Parkway Sydney Olympic Park
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