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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : September 3 2008
MB INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, September 4, 2008 37 Games on for other athletes ANYONE who had the great fortune of witnessing first-hand our Paralympians in action at Sydney Olympic Park in 2000 will already be convinced. Those who didn't should pay more attention to the new spectacle about to unfold in Beijing on Saturday. Among the 170 athletes and 121 staff now preparing in China are several outstanding Inner West people. Two are featured on our front page today -- Angie Ballard, of Liberty Grove, and Ben Weekes, of Strathfield -- and they are strong hopes for medals. Also in China are wheelchair basketball head coach Gerry Hewson, of Rhodes; sport and administration manager Michael Hartung, who lives in Homebush Bay; and psychologist Richard Bennett, from Sydney Markets. They all deserve our utmost support, not least on the financial front. While much has been made of so-called under-funding for our Olympians this campaign, spare a thought for the Paralympians who get a pittance from the government in comparison. The Australian Paralympic Committee relies heavily on generous sponsorship from ordinary citizens -- who also deserve a pat on the back. Mill concern justified The Summer Hill mill. DOESN'T Chris Thompson realise that our mill forum was packed because the community is justifiably concerned about the future of the this site? We booked the biggest available room in Summer Hill and did our best to cater for any spillovers by handing out questionnaires and information sheets. My aim was to get the ball rolling on community consul- tation and to demonstrate that I will act with high levels of probity on any issue. The response to our question- naire has been positive about the forum but cautious about the future of the mill site. We also received a large number of signa- tures on our petition, to which I will reply. On August 19, Ashfield Council received and discussed a similar presentation -- because of our forum. I attended. Now wider community consultation will oc- cur. The appropriate way forward is for this to be organised by council. If community scepticism has been ''raised by at least three notches'' then we have achieved our aim. Until we know how many units are planned, residents should to be wary. Our anonymous questioner re- fused to identify himself and later gave a false name. He is closely associated with a prominent inde- pendent who, ironically, promoted the forum. I will continue to set a positive agenda and welcome others to join me. Alex Lofts ALP Candidate East Ward Summer Hill R.I.P. 409 SO now Sydney Buses has con- fessed why it has killed off the part of the 409 bus service that went to Summer Hill. The decision was based on ''re- gional research and analysis of data'' and ''a number of passenger loading checks''. I wonder if they bothered to ask the passengers what they would do without the service. Now you have to get what's left of the 409 to Ashfield then catch a train back into Summer Hill (prob- ably after waiting 20 minutes). Or you can get the 413 which passes just less than a kilometre from Summer Hill shops -- a long hike for seniors. Sydney Buses says: ''There are currently no plans to reinstate the discontinued section of the 409 service'' but ''all services are regularly monitored and should there be a significant change in demand for this service to again travel to Summer Hill then appro- priate adjustments will be made''. How disingenuous is this? We're going to monitor a non-existent service to see if anyone wants to use it? The people of Ashfield and Sum- mer Hill, particularly seniors and others who do not drive, have again been treated with contempt. Caroline Stott Deputy Mayor Ashfield 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. Letters are submitted on condition that Cumberland Newspapers, as publisher of the Inner-West Weekly, may edit and has the right to reproduce in electronic form and communicate these letters. CONDITIONS 'Dirty tricks' A LITTLE over a week ago, I walked through Haberfield shops with my 10 year-old daughter and we counted the council election coreflute posters attached to elec- tricity poles. On the whole, there were an equal number of Labor, Green and Liberal coreflutes. Yesterday, I noted that all (bar one) of the Labor posters (Lucille McKenna) had been ripped down but curiously the others re- mained. Obviously this is politi- cal, not just vandals who would have ripped them all down and I can't help feeling sorry for Lucille (who I know well) who has paid for these out of her own pocket at around $20 each. I'm not blaming anyone in particular but at least one of her competitors should be ashamed of themselves for stoop- ing to such dirty tricks. Paul Adderley Haberfield Logo gone ONE night this week posters ap- peared on almost every telegraph pole around Ashfield Park and Haberfield shops in North East Ward (Ashfield Council). The visual polution is bad enough, but can someone please explain which party they belong to. I can make out the word Labor (just) but there is no ALP logo to be found anywhere. Has the ALP changed its logo, is this a new party altogether or have the local ALP members decided to distance themselves from their ALP mas- ters just for the coming elections? Don't be fooled, whatever the name, headoffice masters will still be pulling the strings. 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