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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : October 1 2008
MB INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, October 2, 2008 33 A done deal for politics IF the referendum for the populace to directly elect the mayor of Burwood was held four years, not three weeks ago, John Faker would most likely be the man in the hot seat today. After all, he managed to secure more votes than any other candidate, and gave a seat on council to two others -- sitting councillor Ernest Wong and newbie Sally Deans. Incoming Liberal councillor John Sidoti earned the second highest number of votes, giving Henson Liang a spot in the council chambers also. A Greens candidate -- Christine Donayre -- was elected to Burwood for the first time, and Burwood Community Voice's Lesley Furneaux-Cook returned after a term's absence. Yet her vote was not enough to return fellow BCV candidate and councillor in the last term, Teresa West. When contacted about not being re-elected, Ms West said she was happy none-the-less that Cr Furneaux-Cook could work with the Greens and Liberals to ''pass resolution''. And that's exactly what they'll do. They've just ''worked together'' to hand themselves a stint each at the mayoralty -- and offered Cr Faker his own one-year term a few years down the track. Democracy at work or just playing politics? V8 superpolluters V8s are set to go around Sydney Olympic Park. Jeff Angel of the Total Environ- ment Centre (Opinion, Sept 25) offers valid criticism of the pro- posal to share the green creden- tialed Sydney Olympic Park with V8 Supercar racing. Ironically or bloody-mindedly, this will discourage green invest- ment, opening the public till to wealthy corporate sponsors with much less regard for the environ- ment or health. Sponsors who back superpolluting Supercar events, spruiking them to a loyal, deluded and naive niche market of excitable, impressionable and indiscriminate V8 petrolheads. In return, the equally deluded financially distressed State Gov- ernment, playing into the hands of self-indulgent climate change alarmists, is offered noise and air pollution, mayhem, urban disrup- tion and alcohol-fuelled team base- ball cap and T-shirt clad car hoons as payback on public investment along parallel formulas of mis- spent public investments at East- ern Creek, Oran Park and Bathurst. If prime ministers, premiers and the elite resided at Homebush instead of eastern and northern Sydney foreshores, adrenaline, testosterone and petrol vapour- fuelled ideas might decisively evaporate. R Piech Enfield MP gets serve Recently it was reported that Member for Lowe John Murphy used precious time in Parliament to complain about the allegedly inadequate serving size of his wife's lunch in the Parliament's cafeteria. I think the people of Lowe would prefer their federal representative to take more seriously the auth- ority to govern that has been granted to him and raise issues which are affecting families and pensioners in Lowe like rising grocery and petrol prices (which Mr Murphy, as part of the Rudd Labor Government, promised to lower during the last election), rising house prices and rising interest rates. Rather than spending time com- plaining about the size of his wife's stroganoff, Mr Murphy and his wife (who in the Winter 2008 edition of her husband's newslet- ter, Lowe News, takes up nearly a page with ''Adriana Murphy's Bacon, Pea and Corn Risotto'' recipe!), would do well to instead join the St Vincent de Paul So- ciety's Night-Patrol Food Van and help feed the homeless people around Sydney, who would con- sider the above type of meals a luxury, whatever the portion size. Joe Alvaro Croydon Editor's note: Joe Alvaro ran as a Liberal candidate in the Burwood Council election. 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 Green gets the vote then heads abroad I would like to congratulate the councillors recently elected to Ashfield Council. I was unsuccessful in my bid, but I would like to thank the residents who supported me and my team members Tom Anderson and Gerard Carter. Even though I was not elected I will continue to monitor council's decisons and operations. Speaking to many residents, the consensus was they have no faith in council and do not want the borrowed millions for the Civic Centre to proceed. It was also clear that rising rates are hurting many, es- pecially pensioners. The new councillors have a difficult job ahead of them and, if sound decisions are not made, our municipality will be amalga- mated and the residents will be the losers. As with the residents of Northeast ward who voted for the Greens, two days prior to the elections the Green candidate flew out for a holiday. He was not only absent on polling day from the Northeast ward, he was out of the country and I am led to believe he will not return when councillors must vote for a new mayor (last Tuesday night). I wonder if this is a first: a candidate being elected while out of the country. His commitment to Ashfield is questionable. Julie Passas Ashfield OPINION www.innerwestweekly.com.au 2 PAIRS DESIGNER GLASSES FROM $299. PRICE INCLUDES FRAMES AND PENTAX SINGLE VISION LENSES WITH SCRATCH RESISTANT COATING. Model wears SKU 24833998 & SKU 24016588 HBT/S456_DH_BRW Second pair must be from the same price range of frames and lens range or below. Must be same prescription. Extra options not included - see Clear Price leaflet in your local Specsavers store for details. Specsavers Burwood: (Formerly known as Vision Centre) Westfield Burwood Shopping Centre, 100 Burwood Road 02 9744 2900 www.specsavers.com.au/burwood IF YOU PAID MORE FOR YOUR LAST PAIR OF GLASSES, YOU SHOULD'VE GONE TO SPECSAVERS. 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