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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : July 30th 2009
MB INNER WEST COURIER, Thursday, July 30, 2009 3 Up to 2.7m ceiling high MULTI 2108397iL WK39 ED: MB PUB: IWW DATE: 30/7/09 PAGE: 3 COLOUR: C MY K ➚ www.innerwestcourier.com.au Mayor cops a monster fine ‘’ It was my mistake and I’m the first to admit it BURWOOD Mayor Lesley Furneaux-Cook’s car parked illegally outside the council chambers. LanaLam BURWOOD Mayor Lesley Furneaux-Cook has been slapped with a $422 fine after illegally parking in a disabled spot just outside the council chambers. ‘‘It was a lesson that I’ve learnt with pain, $422 later,’’ she said. The mayor said it was a moment of ignorance that led to the embarrassing incident on Saturday, July 4, with council parking rangers issuing the fine by post. Photos of the mayor’s white Toyota hybrid car were sent anonymously to the Courier this week, confirming the incident. ‘‘It was my mistake and I’m the first to admit it,’’ the mayor said. Cr Furneaux-Cook said she was attending a street meeting at 11am when she decided to park in the disabled spot on Conder St. She assumed that because the council offices were closed, the parking restriction was no longer applicable. ‘‘It’s kind of strange logic when the facility it’s related to is closed, but I just suck it up,’’ she said. PUBLIC NOTICE REQUEST FOR TENDER REDEVELOPMENT AND MANAGEMENT OF HUDSON PARK GOLF COURSE AND DRIVING RANGE, HOMEBUSH Tender No. 04/09 Strathfield Council is inviting tenders for redevelopment and management of Hudson Park Golf Course and Driving Range located at Arthur St, Homebush. Tender documents and an information package are available from Council’s Customer Service Centre at 65 Homebush Road, Strathfield from 8.30am4.30pm Monday to Friday for a non-refundable fee of $95.60 (inc GST). For further information please contact Rob Bourke of Strathfield Council on 9748 9999. Tenders close at 4pm on Monday 17 August 2009 council chambers: 65 Homebush Rd, Strathfield NSW 2135 p) 9748 9999 f) 9764 1034 business hours: postal address: 8.30am - 4.30pm Monday to Friday PO Box 120, Strathfield NSW 2135 e) firstname.lastname@example.org w) www.strathfield.nsw.gov.au ‘‘I would recommend to all resi- dents that (disabled spots) are 24 hours whether or not the place of access is opened or closed.’’ Asked if she was embarrassed by the incident, the mayor said: ‘‘My cheque book is embarrassed’’. ‘‘It wasn’t through thoughtless- ness, it was ignorance and it means that I will never assume. ‘‘It wasn’t with any intent to use someone’s disabled spot.’’ Burwood Liberal councillor John Sidoti said it was common sense to not park in a disabled spot. ‘‘(The mayor’s) made a mistake – as long as she’s not a serial offender and I don’t think she is,’’ he said. ‘‘You’re constantly under scru- tiny (as a councillor) so you can’t drop your guard. It’s important to set an example.’’ Have you made a silly mistake? Share it with our readers at www.innerwestcourier.com.au MASSIVE SAVINGS!!! • Built In Wardrobes, hinged or sliding doors • Showers Screens, frameless, semi frameless or fully framed • Two sliding safety mirrored doors • Four Drawers in metal runners with safety stop • Double hanging space and 1 single hanging space • Coloured or timber look doors available if preferred (additional cost) 12 year warranty Up to 2.4m wide Free measure & quote Fully installed at factory Prices SHOWROOM OPEN 7 DAYS Unit 14, 39-41 Marigold St, REVESBY Monday - Friday 8am-4.30pm Saturday 8am-1pm Sunday 10am-1pm Wardrobes Pty Ltd $599 special offer for a limited time only Prices Start From including GST 9792 2233 All major credit cards available wall to wall ■NEWS Canada Bay pushes for higher rates Shireen Khalil CANADA Bay councillors have finally loosened their lips and say they are going to fight for their proposed rate rise. After receiving a letter from the State Government rejecting the council’s 6 per cent rate rise application, Mayor Angelo Tsirekas confirmed the council had submitted another application asking for the request to be re-evaluated, but hasn’t received a reply. A spokeswoman said the coun- cil also applied for changes to its rating structure to address a historical imbalance between residential home and strata rates. Both applications were rejected by the State Government based on representations made by Drummoyne State Labor MP Angela D’Amore, the spokeswoman said. ‘‘In late June, after the council had undergone a month of extensive community consultation, the StateMemberwrote to large numbers of residents incorrectly stating that the council wanted to raise rates by 20 per cent,’’ she said. Cr Tsirekas said Ms D’Amore’s case against the rate rise was part of the reason for the rejection. Ms D’Amore said her role as an MP was to convey the community’s concerns to the Local Government Minister and the Local Government Department, ‘‘which I have done and I make no apologies for putting the interests of ratepayers first’’. ‘‘It is a matter for council to balance their budget so they can continue to deliver key projects to their ratepayers,’’ Ms D’Amore said. The rate increase had been pro- posed to fund $1.5 million of maintenance and renewal works. One of the affected projects is upgrades to pedestrian ramps. ‘‘Council had put $25,000 towards upgrading ramps around schools and parks and we were hoping to get a further $50,000 from the rate rise,’’ Cr Tsirekas said. The Mayor said the rate rise knock back had made the council’s work difficult ‘‘because we can’t domanyprojects aswedon’t have the funding for it’’. ‘‘We now need to readjust our capital works program and deal with the major projects,’’ he said. The council spokeswoman said the rejection was ‘‘likely to involve a far greater cost to the community and in all likelihood expose the council to significant public liability risk’’. Wardrobes & Kitchens “Won’t be Beaten on Quality, Price & Services” WE NOW DO KITCHENS!
July 23rd 2009