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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : September 24 2008
18 INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, September 25, 2008 MB Shades of Big Brother EVER get the feeling that you are being watched? It's not your imagination, you are. CCTV cameras are everywhere these days -- on most busy street corners, outside pubs, high crime areas and in many workplaces. And then there's Google Earth, Google Maps Street View, and E-View used by many councils. But when the cameras are foisted upon you, watching your every move, things are going a bit too far. That's why the mechanics at Marrano Mechanics at Croydon jacked up -- literally -- and said enough is enough. For weeks they had been pestering Burwood Council to have a camera, on a telegraph pole across the road, moved. The council was adamant that the camera was not spying on their particular business, but was monitoring pedestrian and traffic safety. Given that a workplace such as a mechanics shop is open to the street all day, the people at Marrano have every right to be galled. Now the council has owned up to its mistake and apologised -- which is the right thing to do. Park no place for V8s Sydney Olympic Park. The proposal to destroy the legacy of Sydney's clean, green Olympic Games by holding V8 Supercar races at Sydney Olympic Park will provide an early litmus test of the new Rees Government's environ- mental and economic credentials. The Rees Government will soon be making a decision on whether to allow noisy, polluting V8 Supercar races at Sydney Olympic Park. This will reveal whether the new government is really offering a new broom for NSW or a return to donation driven business as usual. It was revealed that V8 Supercars Australia has donated $15,000 to the NSW ALP. In June the Iemma Government gave in-principle support to the event, which would cost taxpayers around $90 million over five years, despite unanimous opposition from the Sydney Olympic Park Authority (SOPA) Board. A similar event in the Canberra made a net loss for the ACT. I'm sure the new Premier could use the $90 million better elsewhere. The proposed event also re- quires the loss of 700 native trees, will create massive noise and air pollution impacts and cause weeks of disruption through traffic and construction impacts. By any objective analysis this proposal should be rejected out of hand. Premier Rees has a chance to show that his government will place public interest ahead of the private profits of political donors. Total Environment Centre has told the government that its en- vironmental credibility is on the line. Olympic Park is simply the wrong place for this type of event. Allowing this appalling waste of taxpayers money and environ- mental destruction to proceed would represent a very poor start for the Rees Government. Jeff Angel Director Total Environment Centre Give it back In Summer Hill the old flour mills are no longer in use, the goods line is no longer needed, the old mills in Dulwich Hill have been con- verted into residential. The goods line that serviced them is there. Let's use some vision and think of what we can do with it. Don't sell it off to the residents as extensions of their backyards, don't give it to an investment bank (like Macquarie Bank) to build a light rail network from which they grab fees. Give it to the residents, the people of Sydney -- it's their land. The government a hundred years ago (at least) had the vision to know they needed the land to support the people so they didn't sell it, they kept the corridor. So why now do each successive government try to make short term gains at the expense of future generations? Lorraine Roberts Summer Hill 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 Yes, Virginia the support is with you Virginia Judge, the member from Strathfield, is a passionate sup- porter of protecting children from abuse. Virginia is a volunteer, unpaid foundation member of the NSW Board of Bravehearts, Aust- ralia's largest child protection group. The NSW ambassador is Ray Hadley. The board also includes Anthony Roberts, Liberal Mem- ber for Lane Cove. While political opponents in the bearpit of NSW Parliament, they work like brother and sister at meetings to come up with ideas to make our state a safer place to raise children, along with ideas to raise urgently needed funds. They are both wonderful people. My family are financial sup- porters of this worthy organis- ation, Bravehearts. On most occasions in my life I have been a Liberal party sup- porter, but I have to state that if I lived in the Strathfield area, I would vote for Virginia Judge. I ask your readers to visit the Bravehearts website and think of what they can do to make Aust- ralia a safer place for children to live. Robert Wilson Abbotsford OPINION www.innerwestweekly.com.au
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