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The Weekly Times - 14th February, 2018


4 THE WEEKLY TIMES Wednesday 14 February, 2018 S top del ay on new c arpark Dear Sir, I’m appalled at the current delay on the Eastwood car park. Three and a half months ago the Mayor was publicly granted $25 million to construct Eastwood’s Commuter Carpark. The Mayor claims that he needs another traffic study before finalising a decision. A traffic study that will cost ratepayer funds when the Mayor’s best form of research would be to drive in Eastwood during peak hour. Much of Eastwood is congested with parked cars dangerously clogging our streets and the inability for commuters to transport themselves through Eastwood safely. If the carpark is built, then Eastwood’s range of restaurants and businesses will be far more accessible, enabling smaller businesses to flourish and freeing up Eastwood’s streets. Events such as the Granny Smith Festival and the Korean Festival can efficiently operate and be enjoyed by the wider community when they have access to car parking spaces without the frustration of being unable to find a park. It is detestable that the Mayor has yet to start the car park. If the Mayor spent as much time doing his job as he does campaigning for the next State MP position he’d have no trouble pleasing the people of Ryde. The very people who he’d need to get elected by to attain his beloved Parliament seat. TIMOTHY PINZONE Eastwood RC C inv estm ents in renewab l es Dear Sir, As an historian I am pleased to see that our Liberal Councillors in Ryde have such respect for the nineteenth century, and it technology. It is however unfortunate that they have not kept up with technological advances L ETTERS to th e Editor in the twenty-first century. This leaves them at odds with the corporate world, that they claim to represent, which is increasingly moving from support for fossil fuels such as coal, a nineteenth century technology, to support for the rapid advances being made with renewables in this century. Those Liberal councillors who claim to be only interested in the economics of this issue have failed to tell the public that the original motion passed by Council requires that funds will only be divested from fossil fuels when the return from renewables is the same or better than that from coal. As a Ryde ratepayer I am happy to have my money invested in renewables rather than facing the much greater risk of it being left in a stranded asset as coal investments will increasingly become. TED NETTLE website A ny day b u t J anu ary 2 6 Dear Sir, Change the date. I write that as an Anglo-Celt Aussie. January 26 was the beginning of a story of a quite brutal dispossession for Aboriginal people. Firstly through the many massacres and forced removal, and then through the stolen generations and discrimination, not even regarded as human beings until 1967. We are the only Commonwealth nation who has never had a single Treaty with the original peoples. The trauma legacy is huge until today, what one banner desbribed as 60,000 years of dreaming, more than two hundred years of nightmares for Aboriginal people. How would we feel if we were the dispossessed? We seem unable to comprehend or appreciate living in a nation with the oldest continuing culture on earth by tens of thousands of years. Changing the date would be a small recognition. Having Australia Day anyway on the 26th is recent. Not until 1935 did all the LETTERS Welcome TWT welcomes letters from our readers. Full name, address and telephone number MUST be supplied, even if not for publication. Send to: TWT PO Box 123, Ryde 1680 or email: contactus@weekly Australian states and territories use that name to mark that date. Not until 1994 was Australia Day consistently celebrated as a public holiday on that date. Any day but that one. GRAEME CORDINER Gladesville Tree of H aids anim ope al s Dear Sir, On behalf of The Petbarn Foundation, Greencross Vets, City Farmers, Petbarn Gladesville and Petbarn West Ryde, I would like to express my sincere thanks to the local North Western Districts community for their generosity in supporting The Petbarn Foundation’s annual Tree of Hope Appeal, which raised much needed funds to help animals in need. $8,902 was raised for pets in need thanks to the efforts and generosity of North Western Districts residents throughout the Appeal and collectively the Tree of Hope Appeal raised an enormous $878,000 nationwide which will go directly towards saving the lives of animals across the country. MARTIN NICHOLAS Petbarn Foundation M ore or l ess tax inc om e Dear Sir, Tax, Tax, Tax. No one wants to pay more tax, including me. Like most other people, I want and need the services I get, and probably can see where society would benefit with some more. But it all requires money. A quick look at the federal budget shows a greater and greater percentage of their budget goes on essentials like health, pensions and defence. More could be done with more money but their policy to give 25 billion away to big business doesn’t help. We need more money in the taxation bucket not less. Big money to big business will give society a big zero. With that in mind, it amazes me that the Church of England put $1,000,000 of their tax exempt earnings into the Same Sex, No campaign. I think they are probably not the only religious organisation to do so. The charities have enormous privileges within this society and so I think their taxation privileges should be revaluated. This should not alter the amount of community work they do as all charitable work is tax deductible. PETER FRANK ALWAY Hunters Hill P l anning P anel s are a rort Dear Sir, Hunters Hill Council is absolutely right to be concerned by the Liberal State Government’s law that deprives local government of any significant decision-making power for development applications (TWT page 7 January 31, 2018). These new so-called Planning Panels make the final decisions in what are local matters. That is, after the local Council has borne the costs and bother of reviewing all the submitted material. Often hundreds of pages of gobbledegook in my experience. At a recent meeting of the Sydney North Panel, concerned though inexpert local residents had three minutes to speak while the developer’s team of specialists spoke last and had 15 minutes to refute the residents legitimate arguments. The Panel’s website says that meetings will be held at a place convenient to those affected. Well, mid-morning on a working day in a North Sydney building with poor signage is not my idea of convenient to the residents of Gladesville. A little research revealed that this Panel of four comprised of: H u nters H il l G u est C ol u m n Enc ou raging c reativ ity and innov ation th rou gh th e arts H U N T E R ’ S H I L L C O U N C I L HUNTER’S HILL COUNCIL NOTICE OF EX HIBITION & PUBLIC INFORMATION SESSION G LADESVILLE PLANNING PROPOSAL (1) a smooth-talking for- l l aleader n d F of l a the g s State t a f f Lib- S t r e e t s , T h e p l a n n i n g p r o p o s a l a p p l i e s t o l a n d b o u n d e d b y M a s s e y , C o w emer G l a d e s v i l l e . T h e s u b j e c t l a n d i n c l u d e s t h e G l a d e s v i l l e S h o p p i n eral g V Party i l l a g while e a n in d a opposition. e b s i t e : w w w . h u n t e r s h i l l . m a p s h o w i n g t h e b o u n d a r i e s o f t h e s i t e i s a v a i l a b l e o n t h e C o u n c i l w n s w . g o v . a u / G P P (2) a member of both the Property Council and the T h e o b j e c t i v e o f t h e p l a n n i n g p r o p o s a l i s t o a d d t w o c l a u s -e s t o H Australian u n t e r s Institute H i l l L oof c Company directors with diplo- a l E n v i r o n m e n t a l P l a n 2 0 1 2 : mas in planning from the During February, 1 . The first clause includes parameters regarding the location and type of open UK. Woolwich resident r e c r e a t i o n s p a c e t o b e p r o v i d e d o n t h e s u b j e c t s i t e . (3) a retired architect-planner with many years service inisces about his Phil Haldeman rem- 2 . T h e s e c o n d c l a u s e l i n k s a n y f u t u r e d e v e l o p m e n t a- p p l i c a in t i government. o n s e e k i n g a d d i long career in radio tional height and floor space on the site to design excellence provisions. (4) A representative of Ryde ratepayers in the form as he celebrates his T o l e a r n m o r e a b o u t t h e P l a n n i n g P r o p o s a l y o u a r e i n v i t e d t o a n of I n fa o rCouncillor m a t i o n Sfrom e s sthe i o n : 80th birthday. Central ward. The matter He is the guest in a Da t e : T u e s d a y 2 7 F e b r u a r y 2 0 1 8 being decided was in the series on “Music presenters in Sydney Ra- Ti m e : 6 : 3 0 p m t o 7 : 3 0 p m East ward. Clearly our Councillor Ve n u e : Council Administration Centre (Chamber, 22 Alexandra Street. Hunters Hill dio in the 1940s, 50s could easily be out-voted. and 60s” presented by The planning proposal is being publicly exhibited from Wednesday 21 Fe b r u a r y 2018 Not surprisingly the application C o u nbefore c i l ’ s the w ePanel b s i twas e program “There Goes Brian Crabbe on his t o 20 Ma r c h 2018. A l l a s s o c i a t e d d o c u m e n t a t i o n w i l l b e a v a i l a b l e o n d u r i n g t h i s p e r i o d . waved through with a couple of trifling amendments. That Song Again”, on the Ryde-Hunters Hill During exhibition you are invited to make a submission. Please include the reference I am no rabid leftie yet I community station (Gladesville Planning Proposal) i n a n y s u b m i s s i o n w h i c h w i l l b e a c c e p t e d b value y e m democracy a i l t o very highly. 2RRR 88.5FM in Sydney. c o u n c i l @ h u n t e r s h i l l . n os r w v . ig a o lv e . ta t ue r t o C o u n c i l ’ s A d m i n i s t r a t -i o n C e n t r e . T h e c l o s The Planning Panel process is a total abandonment Phil reminisces about i n g d a t e f o r s u b m i s s i o n s i s 20 Ma r c h 2018. of democracy at the local F o r f u r t h e r e n q u i r i e s p l e a s e c o n t a c t S e n i o r S t r a t e g i c P l a n n e r M s P h i l i p p a H a y e s o n 9 his 8 7 9 long career, which level by our Liberal State 9 4 4 2 o r c o u n c i l @ h u n t e r s h i. l l . n s w . g o v . a u began in 1954 and extended over 60 years. Government and should be of even greater concern than B a r r y S m i t h council amalgamations. Beginning as Tony G E N E R A L M A N A G E R WARWICK TAYLOR Withers’ panel operator, many listeners Gladesville will remember “funny To The POINT with JENNY NYLUND I HAVE been a creative arts educator in drama and music for over 20 years and can attest to the important role that the arts plays in creating a sense of well-being and connection in schools and local communities. Through my work as a teacher at Boronia Park Public School and a volunteer parent music coordinator at Hunters Hill High School, I have had the opportunity to promote participation in the arts at many levels. These quality public schools, along with other local schools in the Hunters Hill area, have wonderful teachers and parents who work together to create learning environments in which young people can thrive. A key element in creating a rich and inclusive school culture is the provision of in-class and extra-curricular drama, music, visual arts and dance programs. * * * PARTICIPATION IN the arts encourages creativity, innovation, collaboration, critical thinking and communication. Engagement with the arts allows people to appreciate and understand the different cultures and values of our diverse society. As with sport, being part of the school band or the string ensemble or the drama or dance group means that you are part of a team working together to achieve an outcome. Performing at the school concert or Variety Night can boost your self-esteem, create a sense of belonging and empower you to take risks, aim high and give other activities a go. It’s not just young people in schools who benefit from being active participants in the arts. * * * THE MAMAS & The Mamas choir started when a group of Boronia Park parents asked me to get a choir up-and-running as they could see how much fun the kids were having and thought they would too! Ten years later and we’re still going strong, with over 40 choir members of different ages rehearsing Dubh, and always with a sense of joy and connection. Community Services, and look forward to another ten As Hunters Hill Citizen of the Year I am eager to continue to find ways to engage with the local community through the arts, and to advocate for the very valuable role it plays in education and, indeed, in life. JENNY NYLAND is the current Hunters Hill Citizen of the Year and performing sometimes by local parent together, accompanied band Muc We’ve $50,000 raised charities over and local as Giant for organisations Steps and Sydney such years of music-making. Radio 2RRR presenter Brian Crabbe (left) with radio legend Phil Haldeman. Phil Haldeman reminisces about his career in radio Phil’s” high rating breakfast programs in the 1960s as one of the 2SM Good Guys; as one of the Snob Mob on 2CH in the early 1970s and his Weekend World on 2KY in the early 1980s. In more recent years, he was a presenter on 2RRR and on the Chatswood community station 99.3, of the music that was really his first love: jazz. Along the way he had a television program on Channel 7 called Showbiz with interviews with many famous people, including James Bond’s Sean Connery. He was the familiar voice of Cinesound newsreels, Channel the 1980s and 1990s, he had the highest rating weekend radio program with gardening Phil is still as funny as ever, and listeners will hear lots of excerpts from Phil’s programs as well as songs from It’s now running and continues on February 20 from 3pm to 4pm on 2RRR 88.5 FM and on the web at ruary 16 and February 23 from 11am to 12 9 voice-overs and countless cials. And commer- on 2UE in and gurus Don then Burke Shirley Stackhouse. the various eras. au Repeats heard on can Friday be Feb- noon.

Wednesday 14 February, 2018 THE WEEKLY TIMES 5 NELSON PARADE RADIO ACTIVE DECONTAMINATION SCANDAL MPs Roberts & Dominello BY OUR CIVIC ROUNDSMAN THE RADIO ACTIVE waste at Nelson Parade in Hunters Hill could be removed within weeks if local MPs had the will to do it says former Hunters Hill Mayor Richard Quinn. Mr Quinn told The Weekly Times he has repeatedly – but unsuccessfully - called on Ryde MP and Finance Minister Victor Dominello and Lane Cove MP and Planning Minister Anthony Roberts to stand up for the community and get the site cleaned up as a matter of urgency. “The contaminated site is owned by Property NSW which comes under Victor Dominellos portfolio and signing off on the removal is the responsibility of Anthony Roberts as Planning Minister,” Mr Quinn said. his site as supposed to have been cleaned up many years ago and where it has been held up is in the signing off and that is all that’s holding this up.” Mr Quinn said the waste had been earmarked to go to a licensed and approved site at Kemp’s Creek but the government balked at the option because Kemps Creek residents objected to “residents from Hunters Hill” dumping their waste out west. “The former Minister Andrew Constance pulled the plug on it because Kemps Creek is in a marginal seat,” he said. “The only thing stopping this waste being removed is the political will to do it.” Mr Quinn said there is strong anecdotal evidence to sho that property values in and around Nelson Parade have dropped significantly due to the contamination, on top of residents concerns about health risks and aste oing into the arramatta iver. ve heard that houses on the market are unable to be sold because when potential buyers do research on Google what pops up is Nelson Parade’s radio active contamination,” he said. “And this issue also impacts on everyone living in the yde and ane ove electorates because when you have heavy rain all the contamination from Nelson Parade, not just the radio active contamination, runs down into the arramatta iver.” Research by The Weekly Times confirms the radio active aste can fit into a few small, sealed drums and that it could be stored at any hospital radio active aste vault. “Lidcombe Hospital, for example has a storage facility and all the government needs to do is sift the contamination and store it, it is a normal practice and what we’re Must Act NOW! “The contaminated site is owned by Property NSW which comes under Victor Dominello’s portfolio and signing off on the removal is the responsibility of Anthony Roberts as Planning Minister” – former Mayor Richard Quinn ANTHONY ROBERTS MP saying to our local MPs is get it done.” The history of the radio active aste at Kemps Creek goes back more than 100 years, when an industrial site was located there. “This has gone on too long, ith previous abor governments failing to doing anything about it and I stress, again, all that is stopping this waste being removed is a VICTOR DOMINELLO MP political will to do it, ” Mr Quinn said. Mr Quinn declined to comment on Lane ove and yde being marginal seats and the political damage for Mr Roberts and Mr Dominello. A PUBLIC MEET- ING IS BEING HELD IN HUNTERS HILL TOWN HALL NEXT TUESDAY NIGHT AT 7PM ALL ARE INVIT- ED. H U N T E R ’ S H I L L C O U N C I L HUNTER’S HILL COUNCIL PUBLIC NOTICE AMENDMENT TO CODE OF MEETING PRACTICE I n a c c o r d a n c e w i t h S e c t i o n s 3 6 1 a n d 3 6 2 G o v e r n m e n t A c t 1 9 9 3 , C o u n c i l a t i t s m e e N o v e m b e r 2 0 1 7 , c o n s i d e r e d a n u m b e r o f t h e C o d e o f M e e t i n g P r a c t i c e t o p e r m i t t h w e b c a s t i n g o f C o u n c i l M e e t i n g s a n d r e s o a m e n d e d d o c u m e n t o n p u b l i c e x h i b i t i o n f d a y s . C o m m e n t s a n d s u b m i s s i o n s w i l l b e r e c e i T u e s d a y 2 7 M a r c h 2 0 1 8 . T h e d o c u m e n t m a y b e v i e w e d a t t h e C u s t C e n t r e , 2 2 A l e x a n d r a S t r e e t , H u n t e r s H i l – 4 . 3 0 p m M o n d a y t o F r i d a y , P u b l i c H o l i d a o n t h e C o u n c i l w e b s i t e w w w . h u n t e r s h i l l . B a r r y S m G E N E R A L M A N A G CLOTHING $79 and UNDER (excludes Joseph Ribkoff and Frank Lyman) MASSIVE CLEARANCE SALE Ph 02 9817 7373 Shop 13, Gladesville Shopping Village, 1 Flagstaff St, Gladesville 10% OFF ALL BOOKS 20% OFF GIFTWARE, JEWELLERY AND ACCESSORIES 10% OFF JOSEPH RIBKOFF FULL PRICE STOCK (LIMITED STOCK, LIMITED TIME) ALREADY REDUCED FRANK LYMAN AND JOSEPH RIBKOFF, PURCHASE 2 OR MORE AND RECEIVE AN EXTRA 10% OFF REDUCED PRICE HURRY DONT MISS OUT ALL STOCK MUST GO.

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