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MB INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, September 25, 2008 3 NEWS www.innerwestweekly.com.au Civic jockeying in full swing to decide who gets top job FIONA BRADY BEHIND-the-scenes negotiations and backroom bartering are in full swing before the mayoral elec- tions in the Inner West. Ashfield, Strathfield and Burwood councils will all be meet- ing over the next week to decide their new figurehead. Ashfield will hold its extraord- inary council meeting at 6.30pm on Tuesday to vote in the new mayor, deputy and committee members. Incumbent mayor Ted Cassidy said he had not made up his mind about running again. ''I'm still undecided quite frankly,'' he said. ''When you think of my result as an independent, it is the most outstanding result any indepen- dent councillor has had in North East ward, if not Ashfield Council. ''I got 42 per cent of the vote as an independent and the nearest opponents of mine just scraped in by a few votes and one of them of them may well be the mayor. ''Who knows,'' Cr Cassidy said. Labor's Lucille McKenna hopes to become Ashfield's first female mayor. ''I think I have the ability to unite the council, to be inclusive,'' she said. Strathfield Council will meet tonight (Thursday) at 6pm to elect its mayor and deputy. And on Tuesday, Burwood Council will hold its meeting to vote on its new mayor at 6pm. Canada Bay Council is cur- rently the only Inner West LGA to have a popularly-elected mayor. Labor's Cr Angelo Tsirekas was re-elected. Workshop wins fight to get camera moved SHIREEN KHALIL Murat Karaman outside his Croydon workshop near the CCTV camera. Picture: Phil Blatch ~PP195432 The camera in Malvern Ave, Croydon. BURWOOD Council has apolo- gised to the owners of a mech- anic's shop in Croydon for having placed a CCTV camera directly filming their business. Soner Duran and Murat Karaman, co-owners of Marrano Mechanics, have been complain- ing to the council for weeks re- garding two CCTV cameras which were erected on a telegraph pole in Malvern Ave in early September. ''My partner, Sonia Tokyurek, has been calling council since the first day the camera was put up and explained to them it was pointing to our business but they told her they would get back to her and never did,'' Mr Duran said. The owners said it was an invasion of their privacy. Mr Karaman said: ''It's located across the road and one camera faces straight into our workshop and they can see everything we are doing; it's just harassment.'' In a statement to the Inner-West Weekly on September 15 the coun- cil said the cameras were installed in Malvern Ave because of major problems with illegal parking on footpaths in the past few months. However a spokesman said the council could not book people using CCTV footage. When the Inner-West Weekly contacted the council again on September 19, a spokeman said: ''The cameras, as I mentioned before, are not pointing at one specific house or business, but at the footpath and the road. ''The other camera is facing the roundabout, again to monitor traffic flows, increase pedestrian safety and prevent accidents.'' However, a sign just below the camera proclaims ''this business is under 24-hour surveillance'' and the business owners say this sign led customers to question their integrity. Yesterday, the council spokes- man told the Inner-West Weekly: ''Council is admitting a couple of mistakes made by the contractors engaged in the installation. ''Following a recent inspection by council staff (on September 22), it is clear the pole they were installed on was not one identified by council and the cause of the misplacement has probably to be identified in the large amount of preparatory work and installations carried out by the contractors engaged for the CitySafe program implemen- tation. ''Council wishes to apologise for any grievance caused by this mis- placement. ''The sign will be replaced and the cameras moved a few metres down the road, but they will be monitoring exactly the same area/ street.'' In the statement, the spokesman said the council's traffic depart- ment officers had been working closely with the owners to identify the best solutions to guarantee pedestrian safety and tackle il- legal parking. Mr Karaman said the only way they had been working with them was by booking their customers. ''I'll tell you how they have been working closely with us, by hav- ing parking officers sitting out the front of our shop and booking our customers as soon as they pull up,'' Mr Karaman said. Ms Tokyurek said the mech- anics had been trying to organise a meeting with the traffic com- mittee and the mayor to differen- tiate between the driveway and footpath but had not received a response. ''We tried working with the council but they made it very difficult for us,'' Ms Tokyurek said. Seven yellow bollards, 1m apart, were erected immediately before the cameras were installed but the mechanics and neighbouring Auto Electricals owner Elias Elia say they were not notified. The council spokesman said a decision to install bollards was made by the traffic committee and everyone on that street had been notified. www.thebestfurniture.com.au RE-COVER YOUR FAVOURITE Lounge Suites, Recliners, Sofas & Dining Chairs MOBILE SERVICE 1800 660 632 A Name You Can Trust! 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