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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : September 10 2008
26 INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, September 11, 2008 MB Make your choice a worthy one MANY residents may be feeling apathetic about the prospect of trotting off to the polling booth on Saturday. Some may argue that ''it's just a local government election''. However no other level of government more closely affects us than our local council. Should a council be remiss in collecting the garbage or fail to fill in potholes in local streets, we are quick to shoot home the blame. This is all the more reason that residents need to choose their councillors with some thought and care. We need people on our local councils who will make the right decisions for the community. This campaign has been one of claim and counter-claim from among several candidates. Some candidates have been quite candid in showing their animosity towards others. We can only hope that after Saturday, our councils are populated by councillors who can work together for the good of the people. Most candidates have also made plenty of election promises. Our promise to readers is to ensure that they honour them. Wareemba enhanced Wareemba has been upgraded. In response to Cr Michael Cantali's comments last week re- garding work recently completed at Wareemba, the Wareemba Vil- lage upgrade was a very important project and one that the council spent a considerable amount of time planning. The project was a chance to beautify the village and increase pedestrian safety, both of which have been achieved. The works at Wareemba also included many environmentally- friendly elements and it was a great way for the council to ac- tively begin to develop a sustainable community for our city. Similarly, new footpaths in Five Dock were planned with aesthet- ics and pedestrian access and safety in mind. The council re- cently completed an upgrade of Great North Rd at Five Dock and invested $5 million in the area. Work carried out included underground power lines, traffic calming measures, and new footpaths and lighting along the strip to provide residents with an enhanced shopping experience. In addition to this, the council in- stalled street banners, night-time illuminations and improved signage. To support and facilitate busi- ness in the area, the council works closely with local businesses, as- sisting them with ways to make the precinct a more attractive and fun place to shop. Promotional programs are run regularly including FerraVibe and FerraFabulous (these were run in conjunction with Ferragosto this year) and the upcoming Eat Out Week. The council supports the Five Dock precinct in many ways, from Ferragosto, the council's biggest event of the year, to projects such as the giant chess sets recently installed at Fred Kelly Place. With one of the clear messages coming from the council's FuturesPlan20 being the community's desire to see improvements in village centres, the council will continue to work on improving shopping precincts. Gary Sawyer General Manager City of Canada Bay Council $2m on track Last month I had the pleasure of joining local volunteers to spread hope for a cancer-free future by selling daffodils and other goodies as part of Daffodil Day. Our supporters across Sydney helped raise funds for Cancer Council. We are currently at over $1 million across Sydney and with counting continuing we are well on the way to reaching our $2 million target. It is fantastic to see the people of Sydney continuing to support Daf- fodil Day enthusiastically. All money raised will help the Cancer Council deliver research, prevention, information and sup- port services to the people of NSW. Tristen Jones Cancer Council NSW WRITE TO US MAIL: The Editor Inner-West Weekly, 181 First Ave, Five Dock, 2046. FAX: 9018 3531 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 Go to council staff not media I was surprised to see such a prominent photo of a particular Canada Bay councillor on Page 4 of your paper (Beauty turns into beast, Sept 4). If the issue was so important, why has he not raised it with council staff or the traffic com- mittee during the last four years? After all, the changes to Five Dock have only been in place some five years. Or does he just think showing up when the election is on is all he needs to do? Ian Keller Chiswick No word on graffiti funds Why is there a deafening silence regarding graffiti control in the lead up to Ashfield Council elec- tions? The Council News published in June 2008 made no mention of the subject and all we can glean from various candidates promotional material is a weak-kneed pledge to ''keep up the fight against graffiti''. The last amount budgeted for this matter was around $166,000 in 2006-2007. May we have details of further spending in this area before we are called upon to vote? The results of graffiti need not be stressed to concerned local prop- erty owners. Warwick Genner Ashfield OPINION www.innerwestweekly.com.au *Specials valid until 14/9/08 or while stocks last. Retail quantities only. No trade supplied. Cash and Carry only. Prices include GST where applicable. Tobacco & Alcohol not sold to under 18's. Prices may vary outside Sydney metropolitan areas. 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