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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : May 13th 2009
18 INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, May 14, 2009 MB Albanese shows us the money LIKE a knight riding a big, white horse, Federal Infrastructure Minister and Grayndler MP Anthony Albanese rushed from announcement to announcement last Wednesday, handing out millions of dollars to the community. The intricate manoeuvring was seemingly timed to deliver the windfall to our readers before Tuesday night's expected doom-and-gloom Budget. Sadly for the government, we hit the streets on Thursdays so the news is a little late, albeit welcome for the councils on the receiving end. Ashfield's independent mayor Ted Cassidy says the $2.3 million the council has been promised for stage two of its new civic centre is the largest amount it has received from the Federal Government. Understandably, he is delighted. Over in Canada Bay, the council with its Labor mayor Angelo Tsirekas has been given a whopping $5.3 million for work on Drummoyne Oval. Sadly, so far there have been no such bonanzas for Burwood and Strathfield councils, although Croydon Park Public School is to receive $2.5 million in federal funding, which will be gratefully received. Call in the bulldozers The houses in Georges River Rd, Enfield. In response to your article (IWW, May 7), these three cottages, ear- marked for completion of Jackson Park, Enfield, since 1979, have been progressively purchased over the years by Burwood Coun- cil using developer and other contributions specifically for more parkland. Now that they are all in the council's ownership (and derelict to boot) surely it is best to bulldoze them and plant some grass and trees. Parks are valued for their space, the grass, the trees, the children's play areas, the seats for sitting, maybe a playing field for healthy active outdoor living. They are not assets to be allo- cated to the highest bidder so the council can make a dollar. David O'Neal Croydon Distrust in 000 The recent findings by the Coroner that the 000 emergency call centres need to be thoroughly examined and changes made after the tragic death of school student David Iredale from the effects of dehy- dration should make us all ask how can we trust this dysfunctional service in its present form. After all, David Iredale could have been one of us or one of our loved ones. This bright young man was subject to disgusting behaviour on the part of the call-takers who were incompetent, sarcastic and lacked what one would hope all the staff of the service excelled in, empathy (feeling with the caller in their pain and distress). David Iredale's parents deserve many thanks for bravely contribu- ting to the inquest which has found that there are serious deficiencies in the ambulance call centres. It was disgraceful that our Labor State Government did not act sooner and conduct its own review. Joe Alvaro Croydon Dirty tricks Let's get this clear. Cr Danny Lim moved the motion to remove the fountain and Cr Bill Carney seconded it. In open forum (April 28) in Strathfield Council, Danny Lim's constant companion), ex- councillor and political lobbyist, Andrew Ho, spoke for nearly 15 minutes against the fountain. Then while moving an amend- ment to defer the saving of the fountain, Cr Carney said he didn't care either way, was ignorant of the information that was in an existing council report and then put the ratepayers to the expense of having another report prepared. The cost of Lim, Carney, Barron and Marouns wish to remove the foun- tain, council was told, would be $90,000 to $100,000. Now it is very likely that Lim, Ho and Carney will run for Parliament at the next State Election. It is very likely that Danny Lim's long, drawn-out hate campaign against MP Virginia Judge is nothing more nor less than a preparatory dirty tricks strategy to get elected to Parliament. Keep watching! Lucy Online comment 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 TO THE POINT Let us decide The council needs to perform a cost benefit analysis on the Strathfield Goodwill Fountain. How many years does it take for maintenance bills to hit removal costs? As this is a fundamental structure associated with a great deal of money, regardless of the decision, the public needs to be made aware of future proposals, and then they should be the ones making the calls. After all it is their money. The paper is clearly in favour of its removal with the orthodox approach of ''Why keep it'' referring to pigeons who don't really have a say in the matter and drunks. Marcus Online comment Alternative is key Compromise is the key. Leave the fountain as is. Drain the water and replace with native flowers. Reality Online comment Use for rates I think the fountain is nice, gives a focus point for people to sit round and enhances the area. But, yes, council will need to clean it from time to time. Is that too much to ask for? What are rates for? John Ward Online comment OPINION www.innerwestweekly.com.au IN STYLE FURNITURE AUSTRALIA 188 VICTORIA RD DRUMMOYNE 100% AUSTRALIAN MADE WE CUSTOM MAKE FURNITURE SOFAS CHAIRS DINING CHAIRS DINING TABLES BUFFETS TV STANDS UPHOLSTERY REUPHOLSTERY POLISHING We will customise our designs to the materials and size that best suit your needs. Restoring neglected & faded pieces of furniture to their original beauty is our specialty. OPENING SALE 25% OFF ALL STOCK phone 9819 7417 fax 9819 7517 TRADING HOURS Monday to Saturday 10am to 5pm Sunday 10am to 4pm 99999999 Important Information About The NSW Aboriginal Trust Fund Repayment Scheme The NSW Government set up the Aboriginal Trust Fund Repayment Scheme (ATFRS) in 2005 to repay to Aboriginal people (or their descendants) money which was put into Trust Funds by either the NSW Aborigines Protection Board or the Aborigines Welfare Board between 1900 and 1969 and not repaid. Recently the NSW Government decided to make a number of changes to the Scheme to make it more ef cient and to ensure the equal treatment of claimants. The ATFRS will not be accepting any new claim applications after 31 May 2009, although the Scheme will continue to process claims for at least 12 months after that date. Changes to the ATFRS include: • Where money is found to be owing to direct claimants registered with the Scheme an ex gratia repayment of $11,000 will be repaid. • The closing date for applications to the Scheme is 31 May 2009, although it will continue to operate for at least 12 months after that date. No new claimants or applications will be accepted after the 31 May, 2009. • In the case of Descendant claims, if a repayment is assessed as being owed an ex gratia repayment of $11,000 will be made to eligible claimants registered with the Scheme by 31 May 2009. How to make a claim? People eligible to make a claim are Aboriginal people (or their descendants) who came under the jurisdiction of the NSW Aborigines Protection Board (APB) or the Aborigines Welfare Board (AWB); who had money put into Trust Funds operated by either of the Boards between 1900 and 1969, which was never repaid; and who have registered their applications with the ATFRS by the 31 May 2009. For more information about the ATFRS changes, eligibility or registrations visit: www.atfrs.nsw.gov.au or ring 1800 765 889 Department of Premier and Cabinet 676940
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