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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : July 23 2008
INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, July 24, 2008 25 Not so super for residents RE: V8 Supercars could score Olympic gold (IWW, July 10), I suspect the favourable spin given to this topic in the article was deliberate to provoke a reaction, so here it comes. We live in Newington, which has no connection with the apart- ments in Homebush Bay. Newington was built for the Olympic Games and shares the same clean and green standards as Olympic Park, e.g. solar elec- tricity, solar hot water and recycled water. Like most Newington residents, we are very alarmed about the destruction of trees and the permanent damage the V8 Supercars event will do to the park. Also, the glorification of petrol- guzzling V8 Supercars is the last thing we need when we are facing peak oil and climate change. Sydney Olympic Park should not be about making money. How can the amenity of the parklands be valued ? Bicentennial Park, Wentworth Common, the wetlands, the cycleways and the continuing development of the Armory and Blaxland Riverside Park are priceless. Consider how they are patronised and enjoyed by thou- sands of Sydneysiders every hol- iday and every weekend. Olympic Park is not the place to hold V8 Supercar racing. If Bathurst or Eastern Creek are not acceptable venues then NSW should not have V8 Supercar racing. James Corrie Newington Popularity test on the calendar MARK Saturday, September 13 on your calendars. That's the day we all go to the polls again to elect the people who will represent our most basic needs -- those close to home. The local government elections this year will be special for the people of Burwood, who will get the chance to decide whether or not they want to choose their own mayor come 2012. Mayor John Faker has outlined some of the benefits of a popularly elected mayor, such as the mayor having a mandate to get things done in the long term. He also says it will spare the councillors the annual squabbles over who gets to be mayor (and at some councils, for how long -- think Strathfield). He also says it will stave off any deals being done between factions and parties to enable government in the first place. A popularly elected mayor will also give independents more accessibility to the top job. Think Clover Moore in the City of Sydney, or Peter Macdonald in Manly. But the position could just as easily be won by someone from within a party. Think Angelo Tsirekas in Canada Bay. It will all depend on the pulling power of the candidates on the day. 'Labour' claims false Strathfield councillors Scott Farlow and Paul Barron. HOW Embarrassing. Hope Brett- Bowen and Robert Brett (Opinion, July 17). Unfortunately these people have not told the public the truth. Why else would the Labour (sic) Party attack an independent who is also the mayor of Strathfield with ludicrous claims which I have already denied and will prove to be false. Hope Brett- Bowen is No 4 on the Labour Party ticket, member of the Strathfield branch. Robert Brett is a member of the Burwood branch. Robert Brett and Hope Brett-Bowen are father and daughter. Bill Thompson who did the theatrical walkout at the council meeting is secretary of the Strathfield branch. He is No 5 on the Labour party ticket. Cr Keith Kwon is the president of the Strathfield Labour Party branch. He is No 2 on the Labour party ticket. Labour party pam- phlet stated Cr Kwon hard work- ing current councillor. As Cr Kwon is the only councillor on the Labour Party ticket, why is he onlyno2andnotno1.Whatisthis saying about Cr Kwon? The pamphlets Cr Kwon put out to the residents about the new community and library centre, resident survey and press release made no mention he was part of the Labour Party. Why is he so ashamed of his own Labour Party? This meeting was stacked with Cr Keith Kwon's Labour mates. Paul Barron Independent Strathfield Mayor Party-liners You can smell an election in the air. Labor's letter writers have been dusted off and are out in force again, even one of their local government candidates (Hope Brett-Bowen) has been rolled out to push the party line. At the council meeting on July 1 Mayor Barron moved a mayoral minute calling on the State Gov- ernment to re-establish a police station in Strathfield. I have been fighting on this issue for many years as Labor ripped out both Enfield and Flemington police stations and have left our area without a police presence and the second highest robbery rate of any local government area in the state. I'm very passionate about it, hav- ing been held up at knife-point in Strathfield, and staying till 5am at Westmead Hospital after being held up at gun-point across the road from the 9-5 cop shop. To have Cr Kwon accuse me of doing nothing on this issue, after I have called on and petitioned the Government to open a Police Station in Strathfield is disgrace- ful. Cr Kwon has sat idly by while Labor have ripped Police services out of our community. In 1999 Paul Whelan promised us a police station, we got an officer at a desk from 9-5. It's obvious that Labor doesn't care about proper policing after selling off Drummoyne, oper- ating Five Dock as a telephone divert centre, and cutting 92 police across the Ashfield, Burwood and Flemington LACs in the last five years. Cr Scott Farlow Homebush West 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. 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