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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : July 30th 2009
ED: MB PUB: IWW DATE: 30/7/09 PAGE: 4 COLOUR: C MY K 4 INNER WEST COURIER, Thursday, July 30, 2009 MB NEWS ■ The ultimate Aussie outfit? Rashell Habib STRATHFIELD independent councillor Danny Lim’s signature outfit of thongs, shorts and a colourful Hawaiian shirt could be a thing of the past if Mayor Keith Kwon has anything to do with it. Cr Kwon put forward a motion to create a ‘‘dress code which specifies appropriate attire for councillors when attending official council events’’. In the report put to council this month, Cr Kwon said as the intermediaries between the council and the community, councillors play an important role and must present themselves in a professional manner. ‘‘I believe it is vital that we present ourselves professionally, both in the way in which we interact with the community and in the way we dress. After all, a person’s attire speaks volumes of not just the person themselves, but also the organisation they represent,’’ he wrote in the report to council. Cr Lim said it was obvious the motion was directed at him and his casual attire, which he described and the ultimate Aussie outfit. ‘‘You know the whole thing is, why now? Why didn’t he do it nine months ago when council started? Why become personal?’’ he said. ‘‘We are voted in here to do things for the community no matter what we wear.’’ Cr Lim said he dressed the same ➚ www.innerwestcourier.com.au Quicknews MENTAL HEALTH MEETING Living with mental illness and want to have your say on the mental health system? The NSW Consumer Advisory Group – Mental Health Inc is holding a consultation in Croydon on Tuesday, August 4, from 10am to 12.30pm. Discuss what needs to be improved in the system and what is working well. The consultation will be held in Croydon Living Skills, 2 Brighton St, Croydon. Phone Magi Rai on 9332 0243 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Strathfield councillor Danny Lim in his signature outfit. Picture: PHIL BLATCH way during his election campaign and was voted in. Cr Kwon said he was was not trying to come up with dress code requiring councillors wear suits to the council meetings. ‘‘All I was trying to do was bring back some respectability to the council chambers and the meetings being held at the chambers,’’ he said. ‘‘I want all councillors to show some respect towards the community.’’ CrKwonsaid councillors should wear at least smart casual clothing and should have their feet covered with decent shoes. The last time a Strathfield coun- cillor tried to introduce a dress code was in the 1991-1995 term, when then councillor Malcolm Buck wanted the council to buy ‘‘councillors robes’’ similar in nature to academic gowns. Cr Lim said if a dress code was put in place at council meetings the next step would be to create a dress code for members of the Do you think councillors should have a dress code? Tell us at www.innerwestcourier.com.au public attending meetings. He said the whole idea was absurd. Cr Kwon’s motion was lost with a four to three vote against it. Councillors asked for a more detailed report on the nature of the dress code and at what times it would be enforced, including whether it be at all council meetings or just formal events. LOCAL GOVERNMENT WEEK Celebrate Local Government Week at Ashfield. Next Friday, August 7, outside Coles in the Ashfield Mall, you can learn how to compost and worm farm or bring the kids for some art and craft. There will also be free balloon and book giveaways at Ashfield library from 9am to 4pm. Discuss local issues with Ashfield councillors in the mall from 10am to noon on Saturday, August 8, and pick up a voucher for a free coffee. ART OF GIVING $20,000 PRIMARY school students can win up to $20,000 for their schools by creating an image that represents the art of giving. The national competition is run by Kmart. The student with the best artwork will win a Wii console with runners-up to win an iPod or a Nintendo DS Lite. Entries close Monday August 31. Visit www.kmart.com.au/wishingtree DRESS DESIGN PRIZE ARE you a budding fashion designer? Enter the Chambord Shine Awards and be in the running to win $1000 to make a dress that reflects the liqueur. Entries close August 14. Visit www.chambordshineawards.com.au
July 23rd 2009