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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : July 16th 2009
MB INNER WEST COURIER, Thursday, July 16, 2009 27 ' ' Opinion innerwestcourier.com.au YOUR SAY Send letters to: Letters, Inner West Courier, 181 First Avenue, Five Dock 2046 OR fax 9018 3511 OR email to firstname.lastname@example.org Appropriate development actually considers the needs of the wider community and plans accordingly. Monica Pellizzari Hope it was accidental I HOPE the person reads this who accidentally picked up my hus- band s jacket on Sunday afternoon from the sundeck of the Sydney Rowing Club. I specifically put the word accidentally in inverted commas, to signify my scepticism. Even though the jacket may have been scooped up with other gar- ments lying on the bench seating, once it was realised the jacket was not theirs, wouldn t it have been nice of that person to either return it to the club or at the very least, ring the club and leave a message at the desk. Or maybe it was just all too hard and after all, it was a very nice jacket, wasn t it? Whoever it was, I don t think much of you and I certainly hope you don t frequent the Rowers very often. Anthea Doe Russell Lea Councillors' dress code WHY is it that a Strathfield councillor sits in the council meetings in the council chamber wearing clothes that would have him turned away from entry to an RSL Club for health and safety reasons? Surely your paper could run a vox pop survey to see if the residents of Strathfield consider thongs, bare legs, baggy shorts and unkempt flowing hair are appropriate attire for their representatives in meetings? Does the council carry insurance if floppy thongs cause an elderly coun- cillor to fall down the flight of stairs? E. Werrkhoven Concord West Nature under attack PROPOSED changes to the National Parks and Wildlife Act, making it easier to develop commercial facili- ties and resorts in national parks, puts nature under attack and is bad for local business. New developments in Sydney Har- bour National Park could become a possibility. The controversial Quarantine Station redevelopment as a resort on North Head was approved under existing laws. No doubt, developers could push for new harbourside resorts, if they can get the law changed. Ashfield is overdeveloped, has insuf- ficient open space, ageing, inad- equate infrastructure and is the fourth most densely populated local government area in NSW. Forced urban density increases on unwilling communities means national park protection should be strengthened, not weakened. The cash-strapped ALP Government, that is selling off $300 million of its land and assets, should stop being influenced by developers and corpor- ations and focus on protecting national parks, remnant open spaces, our natural and built heritage and residential amenity. Cr Monica Wangmann Independent Ashfield Council Report was mistaken YOUR front page story (Inner West Courier, July 7), indicates that the South Strathfield Bowling and Com- munity Club (to give it its full name) is no longer operating. I assume the author confused our club with another one in West Strathfield. The error was very disappointing for our hardworking executive and a small band of volunteering members. The efforts of the secretary and treasurer, in particular, who have put in long hours securing, organising and supervising many private func- tions in recent times has been a central reason why we have been able to keep the club operating to the benifit of several community bodies and the bowling members. Attracting suitable functions has not been easy and any misconceptions aroused by this article will only serve to make things more difficult. Perhaps, in the interests of these people, as you advise your readers of the error, you might mention some of the positive aspects of our small but happy club? C.T. O'Brien Online LETTER OF THE WEEK Towers will compound problem Requests to the RTA, local MP Verity Firth, the Roads Minister Michael Daley and even the Premier for an updated vehicle count in Hathern St have been met with silence. What don t they want us to know? What we already know? That this road is bursting at the seams with trucks and semi trailers and is crazily dangerous? In 1971 the State Government told residents that their cul-de-sac was being opened for light traffic . Way back in 1983 when the last vehicle count was conducted, 17,202 vehicles a day used Hathern St. So much for light traffic . The negative impact of this wrong infrastructure decision is continually ignored by successive Govern- ments. Now this government is going to compound this diabolical traffic situation with the proposed Lewisham development a few hundred metres from Hathern St. A huge development that will ultimately bring more vehicles, including semi-trailer deliveries through Tebbutt, tiny Hathern and even tinier Cook St, Lewisham. These streets are already gridlocked to a crawl during peak hour including Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Allowing the Lewisham development will turn this corridor into a suffocating car park. When will the State Government understand the interconnectedness of it all? Instead of compounding a dire traffic situation by allowing an inappropriate development actually consider the needs of the wider community and plan accordingly. Planning that in this instance can be better informed with a long overdue vehicle count in Hathern St. Roll on state election. Maybe then they will under- stand the interconnectedness of it all. Combined Residents of Tebbutt Cook Hathern Monica Pellizzari CONDITIONS Please keep your letters to a maximum 100 words and include yoru address and daytime contact number. Letters are subject to editing and cannot be returned. Celebrating the UN-SMALL IDEAS in your community. This year NRMA Insurance is proudly contributing $230,000 towards local projects throughout NSW & ACT to make our communities safer and greener. Some of the community organisations we are supporting in the Inner West include: Burwood Council Strathfield Council Burwood PCYC Ashfield Council St Peters Community Preschool To find out more about these organisations and their projects visit nrma.com.au/grants NRMA0075/IWW
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