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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : July 30th 2009
MB INNER WEST COURIER, Thursday, July 30, 2009 7 ED: MB PUB: IWW DATE: 30/7/09 PAGE: 7 COLOUR: C MY K ➚ www.innerwestcourier.com.au Reformed restaurateur fined $13,500 LanaLam BEST 1 Barbecue in Burwood has cleaned up its act, with new equipment and professional cleaners, after copping a $12,000 court fine for hygiene offences. Two months ago, Burwood Council shut the Chinese restaurant down for breaches of food safety standards. Business dropped 30 per cent as a result of bad publicity, but customers were now coming back, owner Yong Kang Wu said this week. The restaurant, which first opened six years ago, has new tables and chairs in the dining area and the entire site has been professionally cleaned. Mr Wu said he now hired a professional cleaner every fortnight and the kitchen was cleaned by staff every day after service. He said he hoped the restaurant could get back to business now. Over the past four years. the restaurant has been fined more than $10,000 by council for problems including contaminated food, dirty premises, poor food handling, and failing to control pests. Last September, the council issued a prohibition order to stop the restaurant using the back courtyard for food preparation and storage. In February this year, the owner was fined for intimidation after staff threw food at a council inspector. A council spokesman said the restaurant had improved its food handling standards over the years and that no complaints had ever been made about the food. However, a routine inspection in April found the premises had rapidly reverted to unsafe conditions. ‘‘Council felt that issuing fines did not have the necessary deterrent affect and the matter needed to be escalated to court proceedings,’’ the council spokesman said. Mr Wu pleaded guilty to two offences, failing to comply with the prohibition order and for poor food safety standards. He was fined $6000 for each offence and was also ordered to pay $1500 in legal costs. BEST 1 Barbecue in Burwood is now more appealing to customers. ■NEWS Strathfield ramp to cut bottlenecks HEAVY peak-hour congestion in Strathfield town centre will be targeted by the proposed construction of a ramp in Strathfield Plaza. Strathfield Council has adopted a plan that will cost $340,000 and will see a ramp built from Redmyre Rd up to the southwestern corner of the carpark’s first level. It will create additional access to the level and direct traffic from the plaza onto Redmyre Rd, according to a recent council report. Councillor Bill Carney said congestion has always been a problem on Churchill Ave. ‘‘When traffic comes out from the plaza, especially on Saturday nights, it becomes very busy around there,’’ he said. ‘‘During peak periods it can be quite difficult to get into the town centre. The ramp will help get some of the traffic onto Raw Square and Redmyre Rd.’’ Some modifications will need to be made to the car park to allow the ramp to be built. such as the removal of three parking spaces, moving an existing fire exit and narrowing a pedestrian footpath. ‘‘With the new ramp we want to reduce congestion. It’s the start of a process that will take steps toward achieving this,’’ Cr Carney said. The council report said discussions were needed between the council, the RTA and Memo Corporation, the Plaza’s manager, before the project begins. The report said the project could be completed by early 2010.
July 23rd 2009