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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : August 20 2008
INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, August 21, 2008 7 NEWS www.innerwestweekly.com.au Fresh faces at the poll SHIREEN KHALIL Liberal councillors Scott Farlow (left) and David Doust are not standing, while Cr Bill Carney will run again. IT'S time to say goodbye to four of seven Strathfield councillors who are stepping down at this year's local government elections. While some councillors couldn't wait to leave, others were very disappointed their hard work was no longer required. Cr David Doust told the Inner- West Weekly that he wasn't preselected by the Liberal Party to stand. ''I am very disappointed but I can't comment on why they didn't select me,'' he said. ''I really enjoyed working for the people of Strathfield for the last four years and being a resi- dent for the last 30 years my main concern is what happens in the area now. ''I've spent most of my adult life in this area and I think it's sad that a Strathfield resident can't run for their local council.'' Fellow Liberal and former mayor Scott Farlow said it was time he moved on from Strathfield Council. ''Effectively I've had a great time on council over the past 41/2 years,'' Cr Farlow said. ''It has been a rewarding time representing the people of Strathfield and I hope I've done a good job, especially during my six months as mayor.'' Cr Farlow said he would con- tinue working as an adviser for shadow attorney-general Greg Smith, complete his law degree at Sydney University and devote more time to being president of the NSW Young Liberals. Cr Elizabeth Gewandt has been on the council for 17 years and has other reasons for stepping down. ''Basically my concerns are that local government has become party politicised,'' she said this week. ''We have lost our sense of community representation and unless you can hold the numbers you cannot be an effective rep- resentative. I have experienced significant frustration over the last couple of years. ''You come to the stage of realis- ing that the considerable invest- ment of time and energy put in is not really being returned to the community and Liberal-Labor he- gemony has not served the people of Strathfield well. ''People have got to vote for the person and not the party,'' she said. Cr Brenda Gillard has more personal reasons for leaving. ''It is very difficult when I work full-time to be flexible enough to meet the demands of council and I also have family commitments,'' she said. Cr Gillard has been with Strathfield Council for four years and will continue to work full-time and complete her masters in health management at the Univer- sity of NSW. Sitting Mayor Paul Barron (In- dependent), Cr Bill Carney (Lib- eral) and Cr Keith Kwon (ALP) will run again. Two bow out of civic life COUNCILLORS Glen Sanders and Bob Nanva from Burwood Council will not be standing for re-election next month. Cr Sanders said: ''The last 41/2 years have been a terrific oppor- tunity to make a contribution to the Burwood community and I have definitely enjoyed my time on Burwood Council, but I have other challenges in my day job and other commitments to attend.'' He said he might make a come- back as local government gave a good opportunity for real people with real lives to make a contri- bution to the area. Bob Nanva, a councillor for four years, was not available for com- ment. Current Burwood councillors standing at the poll are Mayor John Faker (ALP), deputy mayor Ernest Wong (ALP), Cr Chris Christogeorge (Ind), Cr David Weiley (Ind) and Cr Teresa West from Burwood Community Voice. 2247357K wk08
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