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The Weekly Times - TWT - April 11th, 2018

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20 THE WEEKLY TIMES Wednesday 11 April, 2018 Let there be light... and there was light! Hunters Hill Mayor Mark Bennett (far right) switches on the lights at Bedlam Bay with (from left) Ravens President Cathy Inglis, Shane Stevens, Deputy Mayor Ross Williams, lr Justine McLaughlin, Margaret Kelly, Clr Ben Collins, Hunters Hill General Manager Barry Smith, Lane Cove MP Anthony Roberts, Clr Zac Miles, Janine Ligato and Rob Barbagello. TWT on-the-spot PHOTO. Mayor lights up Bedlam Bay for the Ravens Walsh Memorial Lecture Honours Henry eorge The 2018 Walsh Memorial Lecture will be delivered by Professor Polly Cleveland today Wednesday April 11 at .0pm in the Lend Lease Room at Macquarie raduate School of Management at Talavera Road North Ryde. Professor Cleveland is an economist focusing on wealth distribution. Since fall 2007, she has been Adjunct Professor of Environmental Economics at the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs. Title of her address is- Turf! How Holding Territory Makes Us Both Wealthy and Unequal, and How Land Taxes Can Enable Us to Share Prosperity in Peace. All welcome, free admission and refreshments served. New oodlights were swtiched on at Bedlam Bay’s sports field on Thursday night. The oodlights were unded through an 80000 grant rom Hunters Hill Council a 21000 grant rom the state government and a 20000 grant rom the ederal government. Hunters Hill Mayor Mark Bennett hit the switch at 6pm in time or hundreds o girls rom the Gladesville Ravens Soccer team to enoy oodlit training or the first time. The most important thing about this is that it etends the oval’s training hours because there Happy Dad walks Daughter to the Aisle ic Tagg was a happy and proud dad as he walked his younger daughter Alison to the open air aisle at Sublime Point last Friday pictured with bridesmaids elder daughter Katie, right, and schoolgirl friend Rebecca Wormsley. Wedding pic net week. has been alot o pressure and competition or the use o our sports fields he said. The problem is that as northern Sydney grows we don’t have enough ovals to match the growing population it is a very big issue. Lane Cove M Anthony Roberts said the state government was delighted to partner the ederal government and the council to und the lights andadded that this shows that Hunters Hill needs to work in partnership with governments to get things done. Gladesville Ravens stalwart and Director o Womens Football Janine Ligato said the new oodlit oval will be used by all grades o Ravens. We will be the envy o every other club to be able to train together with senior players here to inspire our younger players. Hunters Hill Council will erect a plaue at the oval Mayor Bennett said. I would especially like to pay tribute to the work done by Margaret Kelly rom our council to bring this wonderul proect together he said. Ryde’s crime rate and the reasons why Seual Assaults in Ryde have risen by 2.2 per cent, break and enter offences by . per cent and shoplifting by 6. per cent according to the latest annual Bureau of Crime Statistics figures. The increase in these crime rates are proo the state government needs to put more police on the beat in Ryde says NSW pposition olice spokesman Guy angari but in an interview with The Weekly Times Ryde LAC Supt John Duncan sheds light on the local crime scene and the acts behind the figures. Mr angari discussed the crime rate on Thursday during a tour o Eastwood on Thursday with Ryde Mayor Jerome Laale. Cases o seual assault have risen 2.2 per cent indecent assault and other seual offences up 6.6 per cent break and enters have umped 3.7 per cent non-dwelling has umped 8 per cent and shopliting has increased 6.7 per cent in the past two years Mr angari said. ur police orce must be ully resourced in order to prevent shocking crimes like seual and indecent assault and olice Minister Troy Grant needs to come clean and reassure the local community that he will do everything it takes to curb this growing problem. The Weekly Times spoke with Ryde LAC Supt John Duncan who said some seual assaults occured 20 to 30 years ago but were investigated recently based on resh reports. We are still less than the State average in seual assaults and i you look beack over a longer period there has been a reduction in crime here Supt Duncan said. In terms o other offences such as burglary the police have recently made some maor arrests which include young offenders who targeted Eastwood businesses. We have made some outstanding arrests o a couple o people driving up the crime rates and our arrests or shopliting re- ects an increase in crime reporting he said. We continue to strongly encourage people to report suspicious behaviour. The Ryde Command has committed significant resources to help people report crime including the great work by by Senior Constable Deb Chrystal in local schools. Mr angari said they while he praises Ryde olice and encorages people to report crime o- ences like shopliting and domestic violence reect a more entrenched social problem police shouldn’t have to deal with. Families and individuals are at a breaking point with increasing rents soaring power bills and toll ees and what we are seeing is people acting out o desperation it is really a call or help rom people who are angry and can’t cope with the cost o Mayor Laale is also the Labor candidate or Ryde and said the crime rate would be an election issue. We do not want crime to be an election issue about beore the election. living he said. because ictor and should this is an Dominello do something issue could Ryde Mayor and local Labor candidate Jerome Laxale is pictured in Eastwood Plaza on Thursday where he discussed the latest local crime statistics with Opposition Police spokesman Guy Zangari. TWT on-thespot PHOTO

Wednesday 11 April, 2018 THE WEEKLY TIMES 21 Holiday activities at The Ranch THE RANCH Hotel North Ryde is the perfect venue for a family lunch these Easter School holidays. Craving an easy lunch but need to keep the little ones occupied? The Ranch has staff and entertainers every day these Easter School holidays to ensure they’re kept busy and smiling. All activities are FREE of charge and cater to all ages. On top of the activities featured, don’t forget The Ranch has a jumping castle running all day, plenty of arcade games, table tennis, giant chess, iPads and additional arts & crafts for all personality types. Enjoy the comfortable dining area with clear glass windows so you can keep an eye on the children while also enjoying a little peace. Plus parking is on site and unlimited. Kids Craft will feature Easter egg design, paper mache creations and painting/ drawing while kids Cooking Classes will create a connoisseur in no time with make your own pizzas and decorative desserts. Petting Zoo will have all your furry favourites with trained staff to keep the kids entertained and safe. The magicians will have the kids in awe with an hour long show of interactive games, tricks and illusions. If weekends are more suitable for your family’s schedule, the entertainment doesn’t stop there with a professional face painter present all weekend and staff on designated to kids’ entertainment. If you have a birthday or something to celebrate, they also offer kids party package functions to make your event extra special. All information regarding functions is available on website: www.theranch. or phone 988 2411 for any reservations or enquiries. Hugh Lee recognised for sterling service EASTWOOD community legend Hugh Lee OAM was presented with a City of Ryde award in recognition of his service to the local Asian community, with a special commendation for his ten years of service to Eastwood Asian Lunar New Year Organising Committee. Mr Lee told The Weekly Times it has been an honour to lead and advise the committee and be acknowledged with the unanimous vote of all councillors. “I appreciate this award so much but I’ll still be active in my work with the Chinese Seniors Citizens Club, which I’ve been doing for 25 years as well as my work to support Eastwood Police and Ryde Hospital,” he said. Hugh is pictured with his award alongside Eastwood based Clr Simon Zhou at a recent council meeting, who said it has been an honour to know Mr Lee and work with him to promote Eastwood’s multicultural community. TWT onthe-spot PHOTO Wiggles Activity Zone at Macquarie Macquarie Centre is holding The Wiggles Activities Zone from Monday April 16 to Saturday April 21 on Level 4 (outside JB Hi Fi) from 10am to 2pm. The Wiggles Zone has multiple activities that will keep the little ones entertained for hours. Colour in and create your own bow’s just like Emma. Spend time dancing and learning The Wiggles moves. Macquarie Centre is holding InStyleSHOPS on Wednesday April 11 from 6pm on Level 2. Rhodes Waterside is celebrating all things delicious, with a host of mouth-watering foodie experiences in a twoweek festival of food. WIN! with TWT! The Little Mermaid Musical at Bryan Brown Theatre Two TWT readers can win family passes to a matinee performance of Birdie Productions’ latest musical The Little Mermaid this Saturday April 14 at Bryan Brown Theatre Bankstown at 2pm. Starring local actors Jim Burns of Chatswood as Grimsby and Lucy Pennington of Denistone (ensemble), this fishy fable will capture your heart with its irresistible songs including Under the Sea, Kiss the Girl and Part of Your World. Kids can dress up as a Princess or Prince for the 11am and 2pm matinee performances. Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen’s most beloved stories and the classic animated film, Disney’s The Little Mermaid is a hauntingly beautiful love story for the ages. Ariel, King Triton’s youngest daughter, wishes to pursue the human Prince Eric in the world above, bargaining with the evil sea witch Ursula to trade her tail for legs. But the bargain is not what it seems and Ariel Harmony Day Books needs the help of her colorful friends, Flounder the fish, Scuttle the seagull and Sebastian the crab to restore order under the sea. With music by eighttime Academy Award winner Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater and a compelling book by Doug Wright, this show will recreate the timeless magic of the classic Disney tale and is one that the whole family will enjoy. Musical also stars Jaime Hadwen (Muriel’s Wedding) as Ariel, Tom Ragen as Prince Eric, Michele Lansdowne as Ursula and Julian Kuo as Sebastian. Other performances Friday April 13 @ 8pm; Saturday April 14 @ 8pm; Sunday April 15 @ 11am and 4pm; Friday April 20 @ 8pm; Saturday April 21 @ 2pm and 8pm and Sunday April 22 at 11am and 4pm. Tickets $42.50 adults; $22.50 children under 13yrs or $37.50 concession; groups of 10 or more or $110 family now available from: TO WIN go to our website - weeklytimes. - and click on the WIN with TWT tab and fill out the entry form. Winners will be notified. Five TWT readers have won copies of “Footprints & Voices” launched on Harmony Day. Winners are: Sue Davie, Ryde; Helen Rubin, West Ryde; Alf Pennisi, Five Dock; Kaye Soo, Wentworth Point; Joseph Spagnolo, Five Dock. The Ranch Hotel is the perfect venue for a family lunch these Easter School holidays! Craving an eas

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