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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : July 23 2008
INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, July 24, 2008 7 LOCAL GOVERNMENT ELECTIONS www.innerwestweekly.com.au Gearing up for expense of elections KIM SHAW state parliament RISING COST TO STAGE POLLS ASHFIELD: Cost to help stage last election $85,600, quote for this year $204,400 AUBURN: Last election $66,000, quote for this year $255,000 BURWOOD: Last election $75,079, quote for this year $166,900 CANADA BAY: Last election $160,000, quote $339,700 STRATHFIELD: Last election $80,000, quote $159,100 COUNCILS are being hit for the full cost of the September local government elections and the Lo- cal Government Association has called on independent prices watchdog IPART to investigate. At previous council elections, costs were shared between coun- cils and the state, with some councils providing staff and prem- ises to keep costs down. This time, the process will be exclusively handled by the NSW Electoral Commission. Commissioner Colin Barry said it was crucial elections be conduc- ted ''at arms length'' from coun- cils. However, the full cost of running the poll is hitting home, with many councils expecting to pay several times more than the 2004 elections. Local Government Association president and North Sydney Mayor Genia McCaffery said the Electoral Commission had no in- centive to keep costs to a mini- mum because it was now passing the full cost on to councils. Cr McCaffery said the com- mission had visited councils around the state and had in some cases chosen to rent oversized premises to conduct polling and ballot counts where a council building would have sufficed. ''It's an extravagant, grandiose and expensive show,'' she said. A spokesman for the Electoral Commission said it had had the power to charge councils for the full cost of elections since Bob Carr was premier. Shattered by level of violence FIONA BRADY Bill Thompson surveys damage at ALP campaign office in Strathfield. Picture: BRENT McGILVARY ~PP169578 A CONCRETE block was thrown at the window of the ALP's new campaign office in Strathfield last week, in what appears to be a dirty start to the local govern- ment election campaign. The attack is believed to have happened in the early hours of Thursday, only a day after the Liverpool Rd office was officially opened by Lowe State Labor MP John Murphy. Bill Thompson, one of the Labor candidates standing in the September 13 election, said the smashed window ''seemed fairly obviously targeted'' and was be- ing investigated by the police. ''Aside from the expense of it, it is the violence of it that is offens- ive,'' he said. ''It is alarming that there is that sort of violence in our com- munity. ''I guess in some sense it has made us all the more determined to go on.'' Mr Thompson, a retired social worker and secretary of the Strathfield branch of the ALP, said the attack on his party's campaign office was a dirty begin- ning to the Strathfield elections. ''You wonder where it will go from here,'' he said. Just two months out from the election, relations at Strathfield Council have become increasingly fraught. Mr Thompson is running on a Labor ticket that does not include Strathfield Mayor Paul Barron, who has declared he will run as an independent, despite being a member of the Labor Party. accent >> on Safety in Burwood Council 2 Conder St. Burwood Phone: 9911 9911 www.burwood.nsw.gov.au Your Community News from Burwood Council Councillor John Faker BURWOOD MAYOR 2247357i iww wk04 It is a priority of mine to address concerns surrounding school zones. After organising regular site inspections with school representatives, I support any recommendations made that will reduce the risk of accidents. will improve residents' lifestyles and the amenity and attractiveness of our municipality. As a father of three children under five, I'd like to encourage everyone to pay extra attention on the roads as our kids return to school after the term holidays. I believe that the safety of our children is essential and the community plays an important part in ensuring streets are safe for the students by respecting safety speed limit and parking regulations around our school zones. It is important to educate our children on road safety. Through the information and feedback Council provides to the schools and the parents, I am sure the safety of our kids will be enhanced. In order to stop safely when needed, I encourage motorists to respect the 40 Km/h speed limit around school zones, and approach children's crossing at low speed.
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