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INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, July 3, 2008 3 NEWS www.innerwestweekly.com.au Move to curb slurs FIONA BRADY A DEBATE on how to stamp out personal abuse during council meetings had the opposite effect on Ashfield councillors last week. For the third time in four meet- ings, Mayor Ted Cassidy ad- journed the meeting on the grounds of disorder. The fracas began during a de- bate on changes to Ashfield Coun- cil's Code of Conduct which is being reviewed after the Local Government Department released a revised Model Code of Conduct. Greens councillor Marc Rerceretnam successfully moved to have a councillor's comments recorded in the minutes if a mayor deemed them out of order. Cr Rerceretnam said he had been insulted many times, includ- ing once when he was told to go to Singapore. ''I don't intend to go to Singapore. I'm from bloody Ashfield,'' he said. After the meeting he told the Inner-West Weekly that if offensive comments were on record it would make the offender ''accountable''. Labor councillor Lucille McKenna also successfully pro- posed changes to the Code of Conduct including recommen- dations that complaints be dealt within strict time-frames. A motion to release most reports and legal advice about such mat- ters to councillors and the public once they concluded was also passed. Several members of the 12-strong council have previously lodged code of conduct complaints against each other but as they were dealt with in closed session, rarely became public. However, Cr McKenna's motion to force councillors whose com- plaints were dismissed as ''frivol- ous, vexatious or petty'' to pay for the council's expenses was lost. Debate descended into a shout- ing match, with catcalls from the gallery, and the mayor accusing some councillors of ''pure nasty politics''. He adjourned the meet- ing for 15 minutes. Cr Cassidy later told the Inner West-Weekly such behaviour was expected in the run-up to the council elections. However, he accused Labor coun- cillors of leading a campaign to intimidate him into not standing for election. But Cr McKenna said the mayor had yelled at her in the meeting and she felt intimidated. Not Beijing but rowers have world at their feat Miranda Bennett, Alic McNamara, Brownwen Watson and Ingrid Fenger train on Iron Cove. Picture: DAMIAN SHAW ~PP161418 FIONA BRADY THE Olympians may be getting all the headlines but two teams of hard-working rowers are churn- ing up Iron Cove waterways in preparation for the World Rowing Championships in Austria later this month. The women's lightweight quad team are defending world cham- pions while the men's coxed pair are a new combination hoping to earn their first world champion- ship title. Sadly neither crew who train with UTS-Haberfield will be going to Beijing. ''There are two seats in the Olympics for lightweight women,'' quad member Bronwen Watson, of Rozelle, said. ''So despite the fact that Aust- ralia can boast six current world champion lightweight women, only two can go to the Olympics. ''The men's coxed pair, Nick Baxter and Fergus Pragnell, nar- rowly missed out on positions in the Olympic eight and four.'' The teams train together but Watson said they were ''very com- petitive'' even though one of the women, Miranda Bennett, of Petersham, is engaged to Baxter. ''The racing speed of a light- weight women's quad is actually very similar to that of a heavy- weight men's pair so we are always out to beat each other,'' Watson said. Each of the rowers has had to raise $7000 to fund the trip to Austria. ''Understandably the focus of Rowing Australia is on producing Olympic medals so even though our crew is currently the world best we have been primarily self funded,'' Watson said. She said the rowers were very grateful to all the local businesses who helped with donations. ''We have had a big raffle, a movie night and even auctioned off a training row with us on eBay,'' she said. ''Thanks to the generous sup- port of friends, family and our rowing clubs we have raised a good portion of our tour expenses but are still a little way off being 100 per cent covered. ''We have been training up to 30 hours a week in preparation and we're now counting down the days until we get to show the rest of the rowing world just how fast we can go.''New faces at council THERE will be some new faces at Ashfield Council after the September elections with four of the 12 councillors confirmed as stepping down. Last month Greens councillor Lance Dale said he would not be seeking re-election due to per- sonal reasons. This week it emerged that Labor's Mark Bonanno, Rae Jones and Scott Gartrell will also not be standing in September. 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