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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : September 24 2008
MB INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, September 25, 2008 7 NEWS www.innerwestweekly.com.au Eyesore or very green? FIONA BRADY Have your say Comment on this story at www.innerwestweekly.com.au CHANGE IS IN THE AIR THE BYLAW: 'An owner or occu- pier of a lot must not, except with the prior written approval of the owners corporation, hang any washing, towel, bedding, clothing or other article on any part of the parcel in such a way as to be visible from outside the building other than on any lines provided by the owners corporation for the purpose and there only for a reasonable period.' REVIEW: The Office of Fair Trading is writing to owners, tenants, agents and environmental groups seeking input into the review DETAILS: Comments must be submitted by October 17. Visit www.fairtrading.nsw.gov.au Hilary Lloyd, of Chiswick, is not a fan of visible laundry. Picture: PHIL BLATCH ~PP195330 VISUAL pollution or environ- mentally friendly? Inner West residents are being invited to air their views on whether people should be allowed to hang their laundry on apart- ment balconies. Currently an old-fashioned strata bylaw bans laundry from being hung where it is visible from outside. The bylaw operates in most unit complexes in the Inner West although the owners' corporation can override it. But with the emphasis now- adays on saving energy, the Office of Fair Trading is asking people for their views on whether the bylaw should be repealed. Hilary Lloyd, the secretary of the executive committee of the popular Riviera complex in Chiswick, believes the answer is a qualified ''yes''. ''This issue is something we need to be addressing because we can't be having bylaws which encourage people to utilise their driers and expend energy,'' she said. ''This whole bylaw needs to be carefully looked at and there needs to be discussion around it.'' However, Ms Lloyd who is also the secretary of the Owners' Cor- poration Network, is not a fan of visible laundry but said there were options other than the tumble-drier. ''My personal view is that wash- ing should not be visible,'' she said. ''Here in the Riviera complex a lot of the balconies are clear glass and it detracts from the look of the building quite significantly. ''Some residents put out cane fencing which I think is a halfway house. ''We have line facilities at the Riviera where people can hang their sheets and things but they are seriously under-utilised. ''I do think that complexes should provide them.'' DAs approved before election THREE days before the local gov- ernment elections were held, Strathfield Council approved two residential development appli- cations. A council spokesman said while ordinary meetings had been sus- pended in line with departmental advice, the planning committee meeting was held on September 9 to avoid delays in processing the development applications during the election process. ''This was also endorsed by councillors,'' the spokesman said. He said a Local Government Department circular to councils concerning decision making prior to the elections had been for- warded to councillors and tabled at the August 5 council meeting. Residents kept in the shade STRATHFIELD Council recently received a large marquee provided by the Cancer Council to promote SunSmart to be used at com- munity events. The 4.5m by 3m SunSmart mar- quee was generously donated by the Cancer Council in recognition of the council's efforts to raise community awareness about the importance of sun protection. ''This is a great initiative that is sure to benefit many of our local community groups who can bor- row the marquee free of charge for their events,'' Cr Paul Barron said. Strathfield Council was proud to be one of only 61 councils across the state to be awarded the mar- quee, he said.
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