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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : July 9 2008
INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, July 10, 2008 29 Green efforts were in vain WELL, so much for incentives. For years now, I've been conserv- ing and recycling just about everything that one can from a household -- from food scraps into the compost bin, re-using grey water for the garden, turning off all powerpoints, buying less, etc etc. In fact, we got it down to a fine art, taking about three weeks to fill up our rubbish bin. And there has been many a hot day, when I didn't turn the airconditioner on -- to do ''my bit''. But with Iemma's new water charges to be passed down to all of us -- to pay for a desalination plant -- I've got to say, you've lost me, Iemma. (By the way, haven't we already paid for it via our taxes and budget allocation?) There is simply no reason left now for me to save and recycle. Why should I, if despite all my concerted efforts, I still get slugged? I was not against the desalination plant, but I believe the new water fee is going too far. I refuse to pay the extra $150 to $200 per year on my water bill. I hope everyone else who is affected by this will join me in not paying it either. Let's send a message to Iemma. Where's the incentive to be environmentally and socially re- sponsible gone? Down the desalination drain, obviously. Silvana Franze´ Croydon Park V8s may put vroom into SOP SO long as the V8 Supercars people can assure residents and the Sydney Olympic Park Authority that environmental and safety concerns will be completely addressed, there should be no reason why headline-making races can't be held at Homebush Bay. After all, the precinct is designed with major sporting and cultural events in mind. It copes with the huge crowds and noise of the Royal Easter Show, the State of Origin, international football matches and long weekend rock concerts. Melbourne happily bears the brunt of Formula 1 street racing at Albert Park each year, not to mention the world leading race on the suburban roads of Monaco. And residents of the Gold Coast don't seem to mind giving up their streets to the Indie car races. Motor racing is not everyone's preferred pastime but it can be a money-spinner, which is what Sydney Olympic Park needs to become viable. While the precinct was never designed to be an income-earner, money does pay for upkeep. And those who pay to stay on Olympic Blvd might just like to sip champagne, watching the race from up on high. Cost fuelling change Pedal power versus bus and car traffic on Iron Cove Bridge. READING the July 3 cover story confirms what we in the Inner West already know. As a legacy of living in a part of Sydney that evolved before the widespread dominance of the motor car, we are fortunate in that travel distances are small and public transport infrastructure is already in place (although some of it has been concreted over). The Harbour Bridge originally came with two railways and two tram tracks. The compact road networks that make the Inner West a such pain in the neck to drive on and to find parking, happen to make it ideal for walking and cycling. We live in exciting times right now because the signals sent by rapidly rising petrol prices are beginning to achieve what years of campaigning on economic, en- vironmental and health grounds have failed to do. That achievement is to make people begin to think of ways of avoiding those unnecessary and now increasingly expensive trips by car. Government prioritising of planning for and funding of walk- ing, cycling and public transport infrastructure is essential to help people make that mental leap. People won't leave their cars at home if the other options are perceived as dirty, dangerous or unreliable. P.S. You don't have to wear lycra to ride a bike. There is plenty of comfortable and fashionable clothing available from good bike shops these days. Rolf Muller General Secretary BayBUG - Canada Bay Bicycle User Group How pathetic I WATCHED my first Strathfield Council meeting last week with increasing horror and fascination. As a long-term teacher at local and overseas high schools, I saw a standard of verbally and physically abusive bullying and arrogance that would have had any student of mine out of the room and into the principal's office with a parent meeting arranged for 8am the next morning and follow-ups by school counsellors. I have considered, in the past, exposing my students to real live debate on real issues. I must reconsider this in the light of what I saw last week. I would be embarrassed to expose my students to such a low standard of personal professional behaviour, and would be embarrassed at even being called an adult in the light of the meeting. Looks like we'll have to go back to the drawing board for real live debate! 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