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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : July 23rd 2009
10 INNER WEST COURIER, Thursday, July 23, 2009 MB NEWS www.innerwestcourier.com.au Road awareness becomes critical Rebecca Woolley state parliament SPEEDSTERS could have their cars im- pounded or licence plates removed, under a raft of proposals being considered by the State Government. Devices including speed limiters could also be installed into the cars of repeat offenders, while mobile speed cameras could be rolled out as part of a crackdown. Fixed cameras would be located in acci- dent black spots, while GPS systems, elec- tronic stability control and machines capable of reading number plates on speed- ing vehicles could be adapted to slow down motorists. The initiatives were contained in a summary of the first Road Safety Roundtable, which was jointly held by NSW Police and the NSW Centre for Road Safety. ''In 2009 we are witnessing an alarming and tragic increase in the road toll, which has increased by (about) 50 fatalities for the first half of the year,'' the report said. ''There is a need for greater awareness of the road toll across the entire community via avenues including advertising, edu- cation campaigns, media and stakeholder publications.'' More education was needed to warn motorists to slow down in foggy, rainy or icy conditions and about the dangers of in- car distractions such as GPS devices, iPods and mobile phones. Society's perception of speeding needed to be addressed and it should be viewed as ''socially unacceptable'' in a similar way to drink-driving, the report added. ''People in the community need to under- stand the social impact of being injured in a crash such as the loss of wages, injuries, medical fees and the effect on their famil- ies,'' it said. There have been 243 road deaths so far this year - 51 more than last year which recorded the lowest number of fatalities since World War Two. Most of those killed were fathers or men aged in their 40s. Experts from the Injury Risk Manage- ment Research Centre, the Motor Accidents Authority, the Pedestrian Council of Aust- ralia and the NRMA attended the roundtable called by Roads Minister Michael Daley. Perry supports community grants GRANTS of up to $400,000 will be given to councils and community groups, Auburn State Labor MP Barbara Perry said this week. The grants will be part of the $35 million NSW community-building part- nership program. Mrs Perry said the program aimed to create jobs and stimulate the econ- omy at the local level in every electorate. She invited all not-for- profit organisations and councils within her elector- ate to submit an application for funding. Visit www.communitybuilding partnership.nsw.gov.au 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 Local Government Week 3-9 August For a detailed program contact Council E: firstname.lastname@example.org W: www.strathfield.nsw.gov.au 2166382i iww wk04 Mayor's Message To celebrate National Tree Day, Council will host a tree planting and family fun day on Sunday 2 August. I encourage residents and community groups to come along and participate in the tree planting activity for the benefit of our local environment. Ford Park was chosen for National Tree Day to help enhance habitat for local wildlife as recommended in Council's recently completed Vertebrate Fauna Study. Planting will begin at 9am and volunteers should bring gloves, a hat, sunscreen and wear closed toe shoes. Council will provide all tools and refreshments. After the tree planting there will be a great line-up of free children's activities, entertainment and a community BBQ will be provided. For further information contact Council on 9748 9999 or visit Council's website. Cr Keith Kwon Mayor of Strathfield STRATHFIELD Council our Community news Heritage Assistance Grants If you own a property that is heritage listed or within a conservation area within Strathfield and are considering heritage restoration or conservation works, you may be eligible for financial assistance under Council's Heritage Assistance Grants. Applications are available from Council's Customer Service Centre, Strathfield Library, or available at Council's website www.strathfield.nsw.gov.au. Heritage Grant applications close on 24 August. For further information contact Roger Brook of Council on 9748 9999. Have Your Say Council's Consolidated Development Control Plan (DCP) amendments are now on public exhibition until 13 August. The draft DCP amendments include: 1. Amendments to 'Part A -- Dwelling Houses & Ancillary Structures,' and 2. Amendments to 'General Introduction.' The document may be viewed at Council's Customer Service Centre, Strathfield Library and is available on Council's website at www.strathfield.nsw.gov.au. Strathfield Creek Pedestrian Bridge Council has commenced construction of the Strathfield Creek Pedestrian Bridge as part of the Powells Creek Master Plan. The pedestrian bridge will link Ismay Reserve to Allen Street Reserve in Homebush. During this time selected areas of the reserve will not be accessible, with works expected to be completed by September. Recently the Service for Peace Bushcare group helped Council plant a variety of native species at Elliot Reserve in Strathfield South. 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. OPEN 7 DAYS - Convenient free undercover parking THE POWER CENTRE - 92 PARRAMATTA ROAD LIDCOMBE - PH: 9648 4355 ONLY WHILE STOCKS LAST. Pictures are for display purposes only. Accessories not included. 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