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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : July 2 2008
Library plan is misguided I HAVE been working with Coun- cillors Kwon (ALP) and Gewandt (Independent) to retain the Edwards Park branch library as one that actually contains a col- lection of books (IWW, June 19). To ensure we are accurately presenting the views of residents we have visited their homes. I have lived in the vicinity for 37 years. My four sons attended South Strathfield Primary School and enjoyed the use of the library. For the Liberal councillors and their allies to state that my concerns and those of almost every resident in this neighbour- hood who petitioned against council's plans is ''purely a politi- cal stunt ahead of the forth- coming elections'' is not only the height of arrogance, but demon- strates how much they are out of touch with community senti- ment. We are not opposed to a multi- purpose community centre. How- ever it is clear from conceptual floor plan that provision for li- brary services is token and affords only computer access to the central library and a collec- tion of books small enough to be stored in a room smaller in size than either toilet. Strathfield councillors (other than Kwon and Gewandt) are determined to pull the wool over our eyes! We are left to wonder what is the real reason they are so determined. It would be easy enough to redraft the plans to satisfy the wishes of the community in a way that would add no construction cost. Bill Thompson Strathfield 22 INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, July 3, 2008 Cars lose out in the great race QUESTIONS about the future of Inner West travel and transport still hang in the air like the stench of aircraft and vehicle pollution. Do we need a second Iron Cove bridge to push more traffic into existing bottlenecks on Victoria Rd? Do we need more buses to speed commuters along their way to work? Do we need to get cars off the road? Do we need a metro line to divert all of our troubles underground? Do we need more bicycle lanes? And what about the M4 East extension, and the resultant traffic from Port Enfield? Apart from the State Budget commitment for the second Iron Cove crossing, we may as well use the rules of rock, scissors and paper to determine such dilemmas before we get answers. In the meantime, the Inner- West Weekly decided to put various transport modes to the test on Victoria Rd this week. Over a 4km stretch, we found pedal power to be the winner. Bus travel fared almost as well if waiting time is deducted. The most comfortable option -- the car -- wasted the most time. It's a minor victory for those who advocate leaving the car at home -- or better still, getting rid of the car altogether. Stop the temptations Nam Le from Village Bakery, Drummoyne, which has received complaints about a pie smell. MMM, give me the aroma of a good pie shop or bakery, but not the calories (IWW, June 19). Some people have all the luck of a bakery on their doorstep. The not-insignificant problem is the temptation and provocation to constantly stuff one's face. Half a century ago freshly baked bread was delivered hot and smelly at Enfield to my parents' doorstep by horse-drawn cart. The indelible memories can drive one drooling to the nearest bakery. And almost as long since fresh bread from the country bak- ery on a Sunday morning along with the fresh newsprint to go with the fried eggs, bacon and snags -- more maddening smells. What is bread, eggs and bacon without aromatic addictive coffee? The waistline says whoa but the nose says go for it. Now I can't stop. Where will it end? Barbecues and vindaloo banned? Stop. Enough of your provoca- tive bakery articles. This addict can't take any more. If that isn't enough, wafting kilometres downwind of the Darrell Lea factory is a pungent addictive liquorice smell, and chocolate. Is there no law to stop these businesses from indiscriminately playing with taste buds, minds and emotions? Ban food. Is there no sensitivity in this world? R Piech Enfield Noisy few AT least Rae Jones and myself agree on one thing: We don't want to get stuck in lifts (Opinion, June 12). I see that he has totally ignored the fact that the airport was here first. I too have deep roots in this area. My family moved from Wagga Wagga to Burwood in 1956. Then to Concord West and I have lived in Concord since 1975. What is the population of the Inner West? Let's say for the argument that it is 1,000,000. You have 28 ''stalwarts'' who, moving into the area, now com- plain about the noise. What a great representation. Somehow these people have elected themselves to look after all of us, gee I'm grateful. ''Aircraft noise is an unhealthy and dangerous part of city living.'' What a great quote. They have deliberately moved into a danger- ous, unhealthy area and now want to change it. All 28 of them. Both sides of NSW Government dismally failed to do what the Vics did and moved the aerodrome out of the city to Tullamarine. Tullamarine is now part of Mel- bourne's suburban sprawl, and guess what, there are whingers there now as well. Take all your ''stalwarts'' to Newcastle, Rae, you might just beat the expansion of their air- port. David Morris Concord WRITE TO US MAIL: The Editor Inner-West Weekly, 142 Macquarie St, Parramatta 2150. FAX: 9689 5529 EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org Letters should be kept brief. Name, address and phone num- ber must be supplied. Letters are submitted on condition that Cumberland Newspapers, as publisher of the Inner-West Weekly, may edit and has the right to reproduce in electronic form and communicate these letters. 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