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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : September 17 2008
28 INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, September 18, 2008 MB The people want vote for mayor THE people of Burwood have spoken. They want to have their say over who gets to wear the mayoral robes. While they'll have to wait another four years for the opportunity, it is a step in the right direction. Too often at numerous, other councils, deals are done between councillors and parties to decide who gets to be mayor and for how long. If a popularly-elected mayor was in place at Strathfield, we wouldn't have had the ridiculous scenario whereby we were lumbered with three mayors from three political parties (think Cr Barron's switch from Labor to independent) in one year. The same thing goes for Leichhardt Council. While we wait for final figures on who's in and who's out, one thing is for sure. Many of the old faces are set to return to their respective councils. While there will be fresh blood as well around many of the chambers, it should make for an interesting four-year term. See Yasmar plan now The heritage-listed part of Yasmar. Help wanted: Ac- cording to the Yasmar draft Plan of Management (PoM) the State Government is looking for a ten- ant for Yasmar house and gardens. The tenant's use will have to be low impact and pro- vide the highest level of protection to the site. They will also have to put up with a building in need of $3 million worth of repairs while the government has promised a funding drip-feed of $1 million spread over seven years (nothing legally binding mind you). Did I mention the not-so-low impact two-storey school building next door (banned in Haberfield you may ask, but only for some apparently!); the inadequate ac- cess and the total lack of parking? I suppose no one needs to park their car when visiting a cultural centre, museum or art gallery. Oh that's right, the PoM lists these possible uses and then has to reject them. They have no viable suggestion to offer because of the site's limitations as a result of the lease handed out by the govern- ment to a private school! This madness has to stop. None of us would build a renovation without thinking about what im- pact that would have on the rest of the house. We need to plan for this site as a whole and not in bits and pieces. The impact of this inappropriate two-storey school will damage the chances of Yasmar's restoration irretrievably and set a very dangerous precedent for our sub- urb. Residents, please look at the draft PoM at our local libraries or on www.lands.nsw.gov.au and send comments to the minister as a matter of urgency -- deadline is September 19. We need a well- considered win-win result for our community and the school. Not some hasty deal that doesn't de- liver effectively for anyone Michelle Calvert President Friends of Yasmar No assistance After producing many valid reasons why she couldn't vote -- either in person or by mail -- neither council, nor the Electoral Commission could offer assistance to a fragile, unsteady, barely mo- bile Parkinson's and pain- suffering near-deaf widowed pen- sioner. If the barest of necessities can't be provided by candidates or serving governments, what can be ex- pected in lavish office? Electors might have to rise from the dead to support their unchari- table hosts, as could be anyone's unfortunate fate. R Piech Enfield WRITE TO US MAIL: The Editor Inner-West Weekly, 181 First Ave, Five Dock, 2046. FAX: 9018 3531 EMAIL: email@example.com 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 SEShasabitof fun sometimes The weather was ideal for this year's Burwood Festival and Classic Cars display. There was some concern with the day before being wet and cold. Again the Burwood SES Unit members were up early to set up our display in the park and also to look after the entry and placement of the cars on display. The Classic Cars have been held every year for the last 15 years -- this being the second year com- bined with the Burwood Festival. Burwood SES members have an opportunity to see all of the cars as they enter the display area and this year presented an inaugural perpetual trophy for the most favoured vehicle as voted by the members. This was won by Mr Jonny Ng for his 1927 Morris Cowley flatnose roadster. With all the planning that goes into the events each year Burwood Council and the organis- ing committee have done a good job and should be congratulated. This event is just one of the community events that the Burwood SES Unit takes part in, along with the SES's main role of providing emergency assistance to residents that have suffered damage as a direct result of severe storms. If you want to help your com- munity then the SES can help you do that. You will be trained in the skills needed to undertake the SES's core role of storm and flood damage assistance to the com- munity. To learn more ring 9745 1386. Ray Johnston Local Controller Burwood SES OPINION www.innerwestweekly.com.au you'll love our opening special... TAKE 10% OFF EVERYTHING!* Welcome to Skin Renu... Caring, experienced professionals who actually 'listen' and develop a tailor-made programme for your individual needs. Call us and take 10% OFF EVERYTHING including your age! 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