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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : July 30th 2009
ED: MB PUB: IWW DATE: 30/7/09 PAGE: 22 COLOUR: C MY K 22 INNER WEST COURIER, Thursday, July 30, 2009 MB 2147320i iww wk5 2030692k wk05 ‘ ‘‘. . .womenshould not fear a short walk from the train station to their apartment when returning home from work’’ Belinda Williams 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 ’ Smoking unwelcome AS an asthmatic, I am badly affected by cigarette smoke. Each time I go to a local cafe I end up with severe coughing bouts and need to use medication. This is because smoke does not conveniently stay close to the smoker but blows into the non-smoking areas inside the restaurants. Smoker groups who sit at the best sidewalk cafe tables also drive me away from my local shops. Walking through clouds of smoke causes health problems for me and undoubtedly for others too. Marianne Rodwell Leichhardt Tigers sponsorship I THINK that a good sponsor for the Tigers would be Apple (Courier, July 23). It would look good on the jersey, they would probably would be a good sponsor that could support the team. Bradley Lawson Croydon Join the conversation I WRITE in response to ‘‘The ugly side of Ashfield’’ and the comments raised by Ms Kathryn Collins in the Opinion page (Courier, July 21). As Ms Collins noted, Ashfield Council is currently in the midst of a CONDITIONS community consultation process to listen to community feedback and develop priorities for its new strategic plan. The appearance and amenity of the Ashfield town centre has indeed been a recurring theme during the consultation process, and will certainly be addressed as council moves forward with its planning process. In recognition of this, I recently put forward a motion calling for a community forum dedicated to the Ashfield town centre, with a date to be announced soon. While acknowledging that more needs to be done, I am pleased to outline a number of recent initiatives focused on improving the town centre. In 2007, the council launched the Ashfield Clean Team, a specialised task force dedicated to graffiti removal, street cleaning, poster and rubbish removal in the Ashfield town centre, at an annual cost of $300,000. We also launched the Welcome Shop Awards as part of our ongoing community harmony initiatives, to promote and recognise good shop front presentation in the town centre. As mentioned by Ms Collins, Ashfield Council will spend an additional $50,000 from a new infrastructure levy on paving and footpath improvements, on top of its annual program of works in the town centre. The council is also stepping up its campaign to rid Ashfield of abandoned shopping trolleys. The council has employed an econ- omic development officer in 2007 to work with local businesses to generate growth in the local economy and to improve businesses’ presentation. Not to mention our $15 million redevelopment of the Ashfield Coun- LETTER OF THE WEEK Stanmore streets don’t feel safe I HAVE lived in Stanmore for three years with my flatmate residing here for six years. Until now, we have felt very safe in the area. However, in a recent week, myself and my flatmate have been the innocent victims of four crimes. Last Thursday, July 16, both our cars were vandalised. On Saturday, July 18, my car was broken into, with a window smashed and the GPS stolen while it was parked on Stanmore Rd. Worst of all, on July 23, at 7.35pm, I was attacked by a man who tried to stealmy handbag, again on Stanmore Rd. I feel that crime is on the increase in the area and this is a grave concern. People should feel safe parking their car in front of their apartment and women should not fear a short walk from the train station to their apartment when returning home from work. Our safety is paramount and I feel that an increased police presence and more regular patrols in the Stanmore area is required to help make our community safe. We also urgently need improved lighting at Stanmore station and surrounding streets to prevent crime and give the public, in particular women, a sense of safety in their own community. Belinda Williams Stanmore cil Centre, a major component of our revitalisation strategy. Our second public conversation as part of Ashfield’s Biggest Conversation is happening on Wednesday, August 5, from 6.30pm-8.30pm at the Ashfield Boys High School Hall. I encourage residents to attend this event, or visit our website for other opportunities to have their say. Cr Ted Cassidy Ashfield Mayor Glebe Point Rd ruination IS there any end in sight to the Glebe Point Rd upgrade which started in 2007, and when will life be allowed to get back to normal on the road? Despite newsletters from Clover Moore boasting that the upgrade has been finished before schedule, major work at the Bridge Rd intersection is still being carried out over the last few months on weekdays, weekends and at night, severely disrupting traffic and causing an ongoing noise nuisance to nearby residents . The upgrade is just a massive porkbarrelling exercise to massage the Lord Mayor’s ego. It has cost over $16 million and has severely affected businesses on the road. And when can Glebe residents get Foley Park back, soon or maybe not? Joseph Palmer Glebe 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. 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July 23rd 2009