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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : August 13 2008
INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, August 14, 2008 7 NEWS www.innerwestweekly.com.au Men's eight rowers make the final Sydney Olympic Park workers gather at the live site at lunchtime to watch all the action. Picture: PHIL BLATCH ~P0609139 UTS-HABERFIELD Rowing Club member Stephen Stewart and the rest of the men's eight Olympic rowing squad are through to the final after a successful result in Tuesday's repechage at the Shunyi Olympic Rowing- Canoeing Park. The team, including UTS- Haberfield teammate James Chapman, came second in the race to qualify for the final on Sunday. The squad had a dramatic start to the competition when their Sunday heat was delayed a day because of a storm and then technical problems severely af- fected their performance at the rescheduled heat. The Australians were drawing level with the world champion Canadian squad in the heat when coxswain Marty Rabjohns had trouble steering the boat. Veering into the Canadian's lane, the squad stopped rowing to avoid collision and rowed slowly to the end of the course. Stephen Stewart's dad Richard, who is in Beijing, said this en- sured they qualified for the repechage. ''Later inspection found our rudder had shattered and jammed to one side,'' Richard Stewart said. ''I saw Stephen later and the crew are keen to race today (in the repechage) and they are in good spirits.'' Strathfield's Liz Kell and the women's eight were due to com- pete in the repechage on Wednesday, after the Weekly went to press, to try to qualify for the final. GM denies cash crisis at Ashfield FIONA BRADY ASHFIELD Council has denied it faces a cash crisis despite being labelled ''financially unsustainable'' in an independent report. Council general manager Ken Gainger said Ashfield Council was in a ''sound financial position'' and he questioned the method- ology of the Fiscal Star report, which analysed the monetary health of NSW's 100 largest coun- cils. According to the report, Ashfield is one of 35 councils that may have to raise their rates and charges by 80 to 200 per cent over the next 10 years to keep afloat. But Mr Gainger said the Fiscal Star report was based only on five lines in a two-year-old council financial report, and was not in- tended to represent a detailed analysis of the council's financial position. ''Rather, it is a commentary on how the local government sector is suffering under oppressive State Government constraints and the long-term implications of these,'' he said. Mr Gainger said the State Gov- ernment's rate pegging and cost shifting were impeding councils' ability to effectively manage and fund their infrastructure. ''Federal funding to councils has also steadily reduced in real terms over the past decade,'' he said. The general manager said a recent review conducted by Local Government Department auditors had concluded that Ashfield Coun- cil was in a sound financial pos- ition. ''While Ashfield Council is no exception to the challenges faced by all local councils in NSW, we are in a sound financial position and we are working very hard to ensure we are a viable, dynamic council well into the future,'' Mr Gainger said. He said the council had adopted a policy of running surplus budgets and tried to reduce costs and share resources with other councils as much as possible. 2188957K wk07
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