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he growth of AFL in the inner west was soundly demonstrated when the Concord Giants club launched their 2013 season at Outback Steakhouse in North Strathfield last week with over 380 people attending turning up to meet AFL’s legendary coach, Kevin Sheedy. “The club has experienced unprecedented registration numbers, on target to reach 200 which is double the 2012 registrations of young boys and girls signing up to play AFL,” said spokesperson David Bradley. “Kevin Sheedy presented the full kits to the kids on the night, which was outstanding.” Outback Steakhouse, the major sponsor of the Concord Giants in 2013 and 2014, hosted the launch on March 18 by providing meals to all who attended. Their sponsorship will assist the club in purchasing brand new jumpers, shorts and socks for all children. The growth in AFL through the inner west does present some problems for local clubs as parks and playing grounds are stretched to the limit with a growing population. “We have seen an enormous rise in our club numbers as AFL becomes more popular. Club officials have been speaking with local councils to lock-in more playing fields,” Mr Bradley advised.

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AFL alive and kicking

Above: Players, parents and officials at the Concord Giants launch on March 18. Inset: A wide-eyed youngster looks amazed to meet AFL’s legendary coach, Kevin Sheedy.

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aking sense of the hysterics surrounding council amalgamation rumours is like untangling the ‘untanglable’ and it’s a pity that untanglable isn’t a word, other than now being invented in my head, as it pretty much sums up the situation for ordinary folk prior to the release of draft proposals by the Independent Local Government Review in April. Prior to the last state election, which heralded the Labor negative slide, I heard enough “off the

desk By Belinda Noonan

‘Untanglable’ is not a word

BURWOOD record” remarks from various Labor people that council amalgamation should be considered. Now that the O’Farrell Government is in and a Local Government Review is in full swing, NSW Labor are against amalgamation but happy for councils to share

services. On the flip side there’s the Liberal Strathfield mayor openly opposing council amalgamation, and approving a $50,000 fighting fund, whilst the Liberal State Members are reaffirming O’Farrell’s ‘No fored amalgamations’.

In Canada Bay, $30,000 has been spent on a residents’ poll. The results, Canada Bay Council have announced, are against any forced amalgamation. The council is led by a Labor mayor. Then there’s Ashfield – also well located, but which, according to one of its councillors, can’t afford to fix a rotunda. Its independent mayor is against amalgamation. I recently attended an Ashfield Council meeting about heritage and conservation issues. What a show it was, and all for free. Meeting rules don’t appear to apply and hours later no real deci-

sion was made – other than to go away and get more information so that a decision could be made. Burwood Council’s Labor mayor is opposing amalgamation and will put up a mayoral minute to conduct a poll. As the business hub of the inner west, cashed up from land sales and with services and offices on top of the railway line, Burwood is primed to be an amalgamation leader, but that’s not what neighbouring councils would like to hear. Geography is Burwood’s strong suit. Common sense says that the location of Strathfield and

Canada Bay’s council offices are difficult, with very little parking and suburban in nature. That’s exactly what many residents want. Quiet, suburban, little councils. The reality is that all inner west councils have thousands of new home owners pouring in to high-rise unit blocks. Services, open space, sports fields and amenity will need to be provided and managed. Safety will become a larger issue than it is now and there will need to be more local government jobs in this area, because there will be more people to service.


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Sydney city will be transformed invited young people from by young people as part of this across Sydney to join in the City year’s annual National Youth Week celebrations. from April 5 to 14, ‘Be active. Be “This exciting annual festival is KEEPING IN TOUCH WITH THE COMMUNITY happy. Be you. an opportunity for young people to The annual Betty Makin Youth express their ideas and views and have their voices heard,” she said. Awards will honour talented young Sydneysiders who are excelling “Young people are the ones Dirty trains facebook who will shape this city in the in the areas of community, campaign environment, creativity and future. Throughout the year, they Pages 5 entrepreneurship. are developing projects, making 2013 Local Business things happen and having a positive All nominees will be recognised Awards on the night, while individuals involvement in the community, Page 6 and this week is our chance to say from each category will be awarded @school 6 October 2011 a $500 scholarship to help them ‘thank you’.” Page 11 achieve their goals. The City of Sydney’s Youth Week Travel runs from 5-14 April and celebrates Lord Mayor Clover Moore 2 NEWS Page 13

young people’s contribution to the community. Highlights include: Betty Makin Youth Awards Tuesday 9 April 2013 University of Sydney, The Refectory, Holme Building, Science Road, Camperdown Free Centre Stage under-18s dance party Saturday 6 April 2013 6pm-10pm The Lair, Metro Theatre, 624 George Street, Sydney NEWS 3 Pre-sale tickets $10 For full event listings, see 6 October 2011

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‘Abbott mania’ hits Homebush

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In his first public walkabout after the failed spill against Julia Gillard, Opposition Leader Tony Abbott was hailed as a winner along Rochester Street in Homebush last Saturday in ‘Abbott Mania’ scenes by locals who had got wind of his visit. The mood was festive and upbeat as the planned thirty-minute meet and greet turned into 90 minutes as Mr Abbott, accompanied by his daughter Frances and flanked by Reid candidate Craig Laundy, took the time for anyone who wanted to speak with him or to have their photo taken. “I never expected him to come to a place like this. It’s very surprising. I like it,” said Peraveenam Jeyarasa, a Homebush student. “He’s a top bloke,” said another student Shashanka Ghimirie. As Mr Abbott moved in and out of many businesses along the village strip, the crowd and number of smart phones grew as residents realised that the Opposition Leader was happy to stop whenever asked.

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Left: Tony Abbott surrounded by residents in Homebush last Saturday. Above: Butchers David and Jhi Cornall with Tony Abbott, his daughter Frances and Craig Laundy.

For business owners, it was an opportunity too good to pass up. “Customers are not spending as much as they did before or they have changed what they buy,” said butcher Jhi Cornall. “Before the GFC we sold more steak. Yes, people will still buy steak but

they are buying more sausages because they are trying to save money.” Mr Abbott pointed to the lack of confidence in the Gillard Government. “People aren’t confident like they were in 2007,” Mr Abbott told Jhi and his father David. “Savings used to represent

Burwood’s turn to have an amalgamation poll Council amalgamation fears are whipping inner west councillors into a frenzy with calls for more resident polling and fighting funds. Canada Bay Council recently conducted a poll of 800 residents from its 75,000 plus population that came out against forced amalgamation. Burwood Mayor, Cr John Faker is following suit after saying he was concerned that the State Government would combine Burwood, Strathfield, Ashfield, Auburn, Canada Bay and Ryde into one of eight super councils in Sydney and will table a Mayoral Minute for a poll on amalgamations at the next Council Meeting on 26 March. “How can a council of that size cater for the different intricacies of each suburb in the Inner West?” asks Mayor Faker. “There is a significant difference between

Burwood and Auburn or Ryde.” The State Member for Drummoyne John Sidoti has reaffirmed the government’s policy of no forced amalgamations. “I am reiterating the Liberals and Nationals’ policy in the wake of numerous erroneous claims and unwarranted concerns the Government was planning forced amalgamations,” Mr Sidoti said. The Independent Local Government Reform Panel chaired by Professor Graham Sansom was set up last year following a request by the Local Government and Shires Associations and will make its Future Directions report public in April. “This paper, the panel’s third, will contain recommendations and options for further public consultations,” Mr

Sidoti explained. “Part of the Terms of Reference of the Panel is to take into account our 2011 policy of no forced amalgamations.’’ “A number of mayors are unnecessarily alarming councillors, workers and ratepayers with claims the government is secretly plotting forced council amalgamations,’’ Mr Sidoti said. “We are sticking to our policy of no forced amalgamations. However if councils want to amalgamate voluntarily they should talk to the Independent Panel,” he said. “I note that some councils are spending large sums of ratepayer’s funds, with some mayors also holding protest meetings, to battle forced amalgamations that are not going to happen”.

2 percent and that’s now grown to 10 percent of weekly disposable income. People are not spending because they don’t like the economic environment or the way they are being governed.” “We’ll get the WestConnex built because this area is choking and we will get the

budget back into the black,” he promised. One local shopper appreciated the visit saying, “This is good for small business.” The visit to Homebush was Abbott’s 20th to the Reid electorate since the 2010 Federal Election.

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ast Saturday I had the privilege of attending Council’s Easter in the Park celebrations in Burwood Park.

It was great to see the community come together to celebrate Easter with a march down Burwood Road, live music, stalls and a petting zoo. Congratulations to the local churches involved in the event, it was an enjoyable day and a great reminder of the true meaning of Easter. Easter is a time for family and friends to come together and reflect on the importance of humility and sacrifice.

Last week, Council held special events for Harmony Day and Senior’s Week. The events echoed the message of Easter, promoting peace, tolerance and equity amongst the diverse members of our community. I hope you enjoy a well-deserved break with family and friends and have a happy Easter. Please be safe when traveling on the roads over the long weekend, especially those of you who will be traveling long distances.

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ast month Burwood Library held Library Lovers Day, a day to celebrate all things love and literature, with a special author talk and writing competition.

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Congratulations to Peter Canavan, who wrote the winning entry for the Library Lovers Day competition.

ongratulations to Mr Russell Kenny, who was awarded the NSW Senior’s Week Achievement Award for Community Service.

Mr Kenny, a former police investigator who has served with the armed forces, has volunteered his time with numerous organisations including the Red Cross, Veteran’s Association and various youth programs. He has been a member of Burwood Lion’s Club for 52 years and is currently serving as the First Vice President at 90 years of age. In 1984 he established Neighbourhood Watch in the local area.

Mayor Faker presents the prize to Mr Canavan.

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Train trip to hell and back Western suburbs mother Patricia Hooker experienced every parent’s worst nightmare in February when her two sons were brutally assaulted on a train. Brothers Steven and Kris boarded the train at St Marys at 9.18 pm with the intention of reaching Mount Druitt station, a mere nine-minute journey that took a turn for the worse when they were approached by a group of people who asked for a cigarette. When the boys said no, the group of thugs became so violent that Steven suffered a smashed nose and lost several of his teeth, while Kris still has 13 stitches in his face. Their mother, Patricia, was so shaken by the gutless attack on her sons that, through Facebook, she has launched an Erin Brockovich-style campaign by creating a ‘Bring back security on our city trains’ page which, at the time of writing, had 1,236 members. “I’m asking for people to please send me their stories,” said Patricia. Patricia said that she had not yet heard of any passengers who were assaulted in the Burwood-Strathfield area, but encouraged anyone who had encountered some kind of danger to contact her. “People have told me that my sons aren’t the only ones – others are affected, too,” she told Burwood Scene. “But even if it’s three people a day who are getting assaulted then that’s still three too many.” Patricia criticised the O’Farrell government’s decision last year to cut 450 transit officer jobs, replacing the officers with police. “If there were transit officers

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on our system does this mean my sons may have had less damage done to them?” asked Patricia. “Why try to stretch an already thin police force … we are entitled to transit officers or some sort of security.” Shadow Minister for Transport, Penny Sharpe congratulated Patricia on her campaign. She claims that there are 250 fewer people patrolling CityRail trains and stations today. “Fewer officers patrolling trains is bad news for passengers – and could see commuters forced to wait too long for help in the case of an emergency,” said Ms Sharpe. In an interview with Burwood Scene, Minister for Transport, Gladys Berejiklian said that the NSW government is introducing a police transport command. “Nothing beats a police presence,” she said. “The new command will see 610 dedicated police officers allocated to patrol trains, buses and ferries.” According to Ms Berejiklian, since 1 May 2012, the Police Transport Command has made 1,810 arrests for a total of 3,258 offences, and issued 31,059 infringements. “We understand that feeling safe and secure is important to our customers, and that it is crucial to attracting more people to use public transport,” she added. Burwood Scene’s question asking whether Ms Berejiklian intended to meet with Patricia Hooker and her sons went unanswered. “She has not spoken to us at all,” said Patricia.



Speak out To contact Patricia Hooker and share your story of danger on trains, email safercitytrains@ or visit the ‘Bring back security on our city trains’ page on Facebook.

Steven and Kris Hooker’s injuries after they were attacked on a train.

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Petersham Town Hall was transformed into an Indian extravaganza at a recent fundraiser organised by the Rotary Club of Burwood. The night, which included Sri Lankan food, Bollywood dancing and silent auctions was organised by President elect Sana Karmalesan and drew a crowd of 250 people. Approximately $16,000.00 was raised, which through partnership with Help Orphans Now and an overseas local Rotary Club, will be used to help build a study centre for



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Creating an Easter feast Easter Preparing your Easter festivities is easier with Paddy’s Markets at Flemington open Good Friday, Easter Saturday and Easter Sunday. Fresh produce and seafood at the best prices is available from

9am-4.30pm on Good Friday, 6am-2pm on Easter Saturday and 9am-4.30pm on Easter Sunday. The Easter bunny will also visit on Friday 29 March and Sunday 31 March from 12pm to 3pm.

Brush up your paint projects As Autumn is upon us, this is your last chance to renovate before the cold months, with one added bonus – the Easter long-weekend. Colour Selection

Although you may like a particular colour scheme, it’s important to remember many factors including, lighting, aspect and the architectural style of your home can impact the overall effect. You can hire a colour consultant or visit Inspirations at Burwood to help develop the perfect colour scheme just for you. How much paint do I need? Most interior broadwall paints cover at a rate of 16m² per litre, which is 8m² for two coats. To work out how much paint you’ll need, simply measure the height and width of each wall then use on online paint calculator to determine the quantity of paint required. Painting Prep

After the hard work of choosing the right colour scheme is over, it’s time to

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The Easter Bunny is on the lookout Part of the fun at Easter is the traditional Easter egg hunt and watching out for the Easter Bunny. You can join in at Ashfield Mall on Thursday March 28 from 3.30pm and again on Easter Saturday from 10am as the Easter Bunny and his

helper give away chocolates. For the grown-ups, Ashfield Mall has a free booklet full of recipes plus tips and hints on the preparing the best Easter egg hunt. For the chickadees there is a colour in and word find game. Ashfield Mall has a new

food court coming, with new menus and a great new space to enjoy cuisine from all over the world. Look out for future Burwood Scene editions to see the artists impressions and updated information.

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Showbags and star-studded entertainment The Sydney Royal Easter Show is in full swing and you have until April 3 to see over 14,000 animals, ride the rides, get your showbags and more. The weather forecast for Easter this year is for almost no rain and there’s a star-studded line up of kids’ entertainment performances and new ‘meet and greet’ sessions with everyone’s favourite characters. Children can dance and laugh with all their favourite characters from Moshi Monsters™, Madagascar 3, The Lorax™, Banana’s in Pyjamas, and meet and greet Shaun the Sheep™, dirtgirlworld ™, Alvin the Chipmunk™ and Puss

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Green thumbs up to Easter fun Stressed-out parents in need of an activity or something to keep the kids entertained over Easter and the school holidays should look outdoors, according to garden guru and landscape designer Matt Leacy from Landart Landscapes. Matt suggests that parents start their own seasonal veggie garden, not only for entertainment, but to get the kids involved in the fresh food process. At this time of year Matt suggests starting with some simple lettuce, cabbage and – just to be different – purple carrots. Try the ‘Purple Dragon’ variety. The flavour of purple carrots doesn’t differ much from their


orange cousins but may be more delicate. And, if grown in time for Easter these will all be great treats to leave out for the Easter bunny. “These three types of vegetables will grow in most types of soil as long as they receive plenty of water and sunshine. And all will thrive at this time of year,” Matt explained. To start your garden, find a patch of land with quality soil, or you can buy relatively cheap above ground veggie boxes from your local garden store. Plant your seeds in a row, about 25-30cm apart and grouping the same vegetable together. Matt suggested visiting a

nursery, especially for those who want results quickly. “If you would like to speed up the process and gives kids something they can see instantly some vegetables and herbs can be bought as seedlings from nurseries and garden stores, where you then transfer to your veggie patch,” he said. “And remember to keep things simple, carrots, lettuce and cabbage can all be grown in pots but make sure there is enough depth in the pot to avoid the carrots curling. If you have more space to play with though involve older children in the design process.”

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The joys of being a grandparent

Surely, two of the most satisfying experiences in life must be those of being a grandchild or a grandparent. The hard work of raising a child is mostly with the parents and as a grandparent, there is the opportunity to be involved yet watch from a short distance away. And as many grandparents will tell you, “hand them back�. Then there are the sleepovers, treats and special outings for those fortunate grandchildren. The role of grandparents in recent decades has also become more of a caring role, where often, both parents work or divorce has fractured family life. Once upon a time, grandparents were not seen at school, except at the gate for the occasional pick-up or drop-off. These days, the part played by grandparents in the school life of their grandchildren is celebrated at public and private schools. The Santa Sabina College’s

junior school campus was abuzz with excitement on Thursday, 14 March as smiling faces and warm embraces descended upon the school for their annula Grandparents and Grandfriends day. Hundreds of special visitors were entertained by their grandchildren in a series of performances held in the del Monte Hall. The choreographed moves, harmonious singing, poetry recitals and a play, were met with great applause by the proud audience members. Grandparents a n d  grandfriends  were welcomed to explore the classrooms and see first-hand learning in action.  Alberta Hammond from Concord, whose granddaughters are in Years 3 and 2 was thrilled to be a part of the day. “I loved that it was a day just for the Grandparents. We don’t normally get to see the children in their school environment.

 Learning has changed so much since I was at school so it’s nice to see how things are done now,� Mrs Hammond said.  Grandparents visited the school Library and many participated in the Adopt-a-Book initiative, buying a book in their

grandchild’s name that was donated to the School Library, before enjoying morning tea with one another. “It’s been so much fun having Grandpa at my school. I’ve loved showing him my classroom,� Year 4 student Alice Tyree said.

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Youth Achievement Awards nominations still open Each year the Strathfield Rotary club, in conjunction with Strathfield Council present Youth Achievement Awards to young people aged 12 to 25 who live, attend school or study, train or work in the Strathfield municipality. Six award categories cover arts, business, community service, science and technology, individual and team sports achievement. Winners will be presented with a prize and plaque at a presentation ceremony at Strathfield Golf Club on May 15. Teachers, coaches and business owners are encouraged to nominate young people or to recommend to young people to submit an application in a relevant category. More than one category can be entered. Finalists and winners are determined by a combined committee from Strathfield Rotary and Strathfield Council. Nominations close on April 12 and must be sent to Strathfield Council. More details are available on their website or call 9748 9999.

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Free golf lesson with membership Strathfield Golf Club is offering a free golf lesson with AAA accredited golf pro Mark Reeve, two complimentary visitor guest vouchers and 15 months for the price of 12 for new members joining in April. The course is considered as an easy walking but demanding one with a slope rating of 139, which means you need to be able to drive the ball straight to play to your handicap. The Cooks River meanders through the course adding to the attraction of the layout and comes into play on several holes. The clubhouse has recently been refurbished and with a new caterer

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Pit y the adult who is unfortunate enough to be stuck on public transport before or after school hours. Anyone who has ever experienced this fate almost worse than death will be quick to tell you that the conversations exchanged between teens are nothing if not an assault on the ears. What passes for banter amongst adolescents these days is, arguably, a stretch to even be considered small talk given the number of times words and phrases such as “like”, “umm”, “errr” and the obligatory gushing THE FRIENDLY PLACE SHOP of “oh my God!”TO are shrieked or stammered. If this sounds like a cynical, know-it-all grown up’s view The Independent Local of the world then it is worth Government Review is now near remembering that comic the end of its second round of geniuses Matt Lucas and David consultations with councils and key stakeholders, and the Review Panel will shortly be finalising its draft proposals for release in April. Over recent weeks Panel members have met with local government representatives in 14 locations across the State, Rock along to Queen classics, as well as holding a series of bop with Abba, croon with roundtable discussions with Sinatra, get out the dancing local government leaders and shoes for the Bee Gees, go other interested parties to help wild for the Beatles, swoon CLASSIFIEDS develop ideas for reform. over Elvis and sing along

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now appointed- the club offers eastern and western style menus and bistro food along with the large function room, which can seat 250 patrons. Recently added cart paths have weatherproofed the course and new larger new tees have been built on many holes. The courses ‘s signature hole is the par 4 – 404 metre 4th with the Cooks River running along the entire left hand side of the fairwaybunkers left and right short of the green requiring a long second shot to carry over the bunkers and onto the green. Visitors are welcome and special twilight green fees apply after 2pm.

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Walliams of Little Britain fame drew their inspiration for juvenile delinquent Vicky “no-but-yeah-but …” Pollard after making a short film where they asked people in Bristol the simple question: “How are you?” and one teenage boy was unable to give a clear answer. On a recent bus trip, 34-year-old inner west resident Vijaya Veepuri was alarmed at what he heard when he sat in front of high schoolers who were desperate to share their AND garbledDINE thoughts with anyone and everyone on board. “It was both annoying and disrespectful to the other travellers because these girls were loud; they twisted their hair the whole time they spoke

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Seniors in Sydney’s west and southern regions are being urged to take advantage of free local technology workshops to roll out in the area. The free sessions at St George and Sutherland Community College, The Parramatta College, Macquarie Community College and Macarthur Community College will include tailored workshops on how to navigate the internet using the iPad, banking and shopping online and staying safe online. Telstra country-wide area general manager for Sydney South, Dom Galluccio encouraged seniors not to be daunted by technology, and to instead embrace it. “The digital age presents wonderful opportunities – such as staying in touch with family, friends and making new friends through social media. The convenience of smartphones and computers means access to online shopping, paying bills banking, planning holidays THE FRIENDLY PLACE TO SHOP and AND DINE and connecting to the wider community has never been easier,” Mr Galluccio said. To learn more about Tech Savvy Seniors programs in the local area, including course dates, three Flashback performances at Concord RSL on April 19, Following Flashback, the contact St George and Sutherland 20 and 21. Tickets cost $25 for Society is gearing up to present Community College, The adults and $20 for concession. the Wizard of Oz at the Latvian Parramatta College, Macquarie Call 9743 1308 or see www. Theatre in Strathfield in mid Community College or Macarthur Community College. strathfieldmusicalsociety. May. and there was absolutely no substance to their conversation. It was sheer cacophony,” he said. Mr Veepuri said that the nightmare experience led him to understand why there is such a strong chasm between parents and their children. He also believes that such behaviour would be “highly unlikely” in India, his country of origin. However, Lynda Yates, head of linguistics at Macquarie University, holds a more optimistic view of the situation. “I don’t think it is only teenagers who speak in this way – we all use filled pauses like this to some extent, although specific fillers like ‘like’ are often more common among young people,” she told Burwood Scene. “They are often also more common among people who have less power, and since young

people have less power, this may be one reason why they use it a lot.” Still, it’s enough to make one tour guide who deals with high school students on a daily basis despair over what the world is coming to. “When I’m explaining things, most students spend the whole time texting. What’s worse is when I look around to their teachers to back me up and see them doing exactly the same,” said the guide, who did not wish to be named. Just who is responsible for this communication crisis remains about as easy to decipher as what it is teenagers around the world are trying to state. Until then, we might all do well to lead by example and speak only when we really do have something to say.

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A walk on the light side It is 11pm and all of Trondheim is awash with light.

Not the man-made light of electricity that powers up the streets for the safety of motorists, but a sea of honey unleashed from the sky. On what was an otherwise drab summer day with only the most cursory sprinkling of blue amongst clouds and greyness, this scene is like something from a fairytale, created effortlessly by the waving of a wand. Standing atop Kristiansten Fortress, built in 1681 after a fire engulfed Trondheim it is easy to understand why this hilly location was chosen as a suitable place for a sentry against the ever-present fear of Swedish invasion. From here, there’s a spectacular view of Norway’s third-largest town and the coast beyond, which tonight is still as a painting – no doubt owing to the fact that much of Trondheim’s population are university students who are on holiday during the summer. For Norwegians, and indeed, Scandinavians, this scene is nothing out of the ordinary. Scandinavia is, after all, a region of extremes. For much of the year, darkness overshadows the days and night while summer brings with it the promise of a light that much of the world takes for granted. Most people visiting Norway

Trondheim’s old town Words and photos by Mitchell Jordan

follow the predictable path of taking the train from Oslo to Bergen – and enjoying scenery which is nothing short of jaw-dropping in its beauty; or, if money really is no object, a trip to the Lofoten Islands. To really understand a country and its people, it’s always worth staying in some of the less tourist-orientated towns. While Trondheim has the customary double-decker red bus, the truth is that much of what’s on offer is only walking distance away and – while not as striking as many of Norway’s main drawcards – the city is definitely deserving of a visit. Gamle Bybro (Old Town Bridge) is a good place to start.

The Norwegian city of Trondheim at night

The bright-coloured warehouses – some of which date back to the eighteenth century – are certainly impressive. Even in dull weather, they still throw back their pointed reflections into the murky river. To walk the cobbled pavements of this area is as close to a step back in time to a simpler, more peaceful world as I’ve ever experienced. Of course, there is also Nidaros Cathedral, Scandinavia’s largest medieval building, to admire,

along with an open air museum with one of the few remaining stave churches, not to mention the cute, pocket-sized Monks’ Island accessible by boat. My tip, however, is when in Norway, live like an owl and stay up late to really see the country at its best. No queues, no tickets, almost no tourists. The only barrier is how far your feet can carry you.


Fruit far from pear-shaped Pears are set to become the talk of the table as part of Australian Pear Month. Chefs from 175 restaurants across Australia will be embracing the pear to showcase the versatility of the fruit by putting a pear dish on their menu. According to Jimmy Kalafatis, a second-generation pear grower Managing Director of Kalafatis Fresh Farm in Shepparton, pear lovers can expect a bumper crop this year. “The fruit this year is particularly sweet due to the slightly dryer weather conditions we’ve experienced this summer compared to previous years,” he said. “The pears are also a lot cleaner and look great. Right now we’re harvesting really juicy sweet Williams and Packham’s pears.” The first varieties of pears to hit shelves and fruit bowls are Williams Bon Cherétien, Packham’s Triumph, Beurré Bose and Red Sensation. Williams are known as the golden pear as the turn a glorious yellow when ripe. In contrast, Packhams stay green as they ripen. All four types of pear are all suitable for snacking, baking, poaching and salads. Selection, handling and storage l To check if a pear is ripe, simply check the neck. When ready to eat, the flesh around the neck will give when pressed gently.

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Open Space Rhodes forum Canada Bay Council is asking the Rhodes community to provide feedback about planned open space for the Peninsula at a forum on Saturday, 23 March. Plans for the proposed ‘central park’ are on display. The ‘Parks and Play’ display will be held at Shoreline Drive, North Park located near Walker Street and 87 Shoreline Drive from 10am to 12pm.

Make-up masterclass Napoleon Perdis and his creative team are holding an exclusive masterclass with advice on his latest colour direction, Pretty Preppy and this season’s beauty tips and tricks at David Jones, Burwood Westfield on Thursday April 4 from 5.30 to 7.30pm. To confirm your booking, call 8746 1701. Police Care Register Flemington Local Area

Police Command offers the services of a Community Care Register. If you, or your close relative lives alone and would like to be entered on the register, then contact the Crime Prevention Officer on 96468699. A phone call is made once a week on a Wednesday to check on the welfare of the person concerned. This offers peace of mind to many people that we already ring on a regular basis. A

next of kin record is kept, so that if we are unable to contact you then a check is made on your welfare, this is completely confidential and none of your details are revealed. Canada Bay council opening hours over Easter The City of Canada Bay Civic Centre will be closed from Good Friday, 29 March to Easter Monday, 1 April. The Civic Centre

will re-open on Tuesday, 2 April at 8.30am. Concord and Five Dock Libraries will be closed from 7.30pm on Thursday, 28 March and will re-open on Tuesday, 2 April at 9.30am. Five Dock Leisure Centre will be closed on Good Friday and Easter Sunday, 31 March. The club will operate as usual on Saturday, 30 March from 8am to 7pm and will be open on Monday, 1 April from 8am to 7pm.

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Doctor dissects human condition It was American writer Reviewed by Mitchell Jordan Elizabeth Wurtzel who called her country a Prozac nation when she published her memoir in 1994, and from reading Louise Aronson’s debut book, A History of the Present Illness, it seems as though very little has changed. Unlike Wurtzel, whose candid, confessional portrait of being young and depressed in America was based on her own history of mental illness dating back to the tender age of THE FRIENDLY PLACE TO SHOP ten, fellow US writer Aronson’s insights into the area no doubt come from the other side of the fence considering that she Author Louise Aronson works as associate professor of medicine at the University of promise as a significant new California along with directing literary voice, but also the the Northern California underlying tensions faced by Geriatrics Education Centre. those who work in the medical This engrossing collection industry, and the patients who of fictional short stories rely on people like herself. which moves through the In the opening piece, neighbourhoods, hospitals and ‘Snapshots from an Institution’, nursing homes of San Francisco Aronson proves her cinematic reveal not only Aronson’s eye by narrating the malaise of


an elderly Chinese couple who immigrated in hope of a better life for their children through a series of sharp vignettes. Her observation that “… in America any person, rich or poor, can be kept alive even when they can’t walk or talk, eat or think …” will speak not only to those like Wurtzel, but to the western world as a whole. Some pieces are more conventional than others. ‘Becoming a Doctor’ is a coming-of-age AND DINE memoir documenting exactly what that title says. Yet, on one level it should be a warning to any female medicine graduate. There’s a bittersweet scene where the narrator is informed by boyfriend, Sheppard – who is also a doctor – that he has no plans to marry her because of her vocation. Sheppard’s decision is based on the reasoning that “you can’t do work like that and be a good mom.” Countless books and films

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Ashfield Cycles sponsors women’s cycling team

Tori (left) in action last year for NSW.

Hockeyroo aspirations one step closer Year 11 Santa Sabina student, Tori Scanlon  has more stamps in her passport after recently returning from a tour of New Zealand and Argentina  as a member of the 16’s  School Sport Australia Hockey team. The talented hockey player was selected to represent Australia as part of a two-week tour, which saw the team play the Auckland under 21 Women’s team before heading to Argentina to compete against the under 18

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National Argentinian Women’s team and various club teams. Tori, who is part of the under  18’s  NSW Squad and the  NSWIS  Emerging Talent Squad is aiming for the Hockeyroos.   “I’ve been playing since I was six-years-old and one day I’d love to play for the Hockeyroos,” she said.

Ashfield Cycles, a long-time supporter and sponsor of the Lidcombe-Auburn Cycle Club (LACC) is now also a sponsor of a newly formed women’s cycling team. John Michell from Ashfield Cycles says he is happy to be supporting a women’s team as an increasing number of women take up the sport. “We are getting more and more female customers who come to us for advice so when the team approached us, it seemed like an obvious decision. We’ve been a LACC club sponsor for many years and really believe in encouraging cyclists at all levels to get on a bike,” said John. Donna Meehan, the Directeur Sportif (or team director), says the new sponsorship is a milestone event for the club. “LACC has been around for more than 90 years and this is the first time there’s been a women’s race team formed,” she said. “By establishing a team we can race together and support each other. But we’re also keen to develop other female club riders and younger women both within the club and beyond. Our overall aim is to support, nurture and encourage female cyclists and to promote women’s cycling which often gets missed alongside the men’s.” Many of the eight team members have raced regularly at local, state and national level, with some representing at international level. At the official launch on Friday

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ach year Burwood Council holds a service to honour the thousands of Australians who have served our country. It is a day we remember those who have died in all wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations. On behalf of the Burwood ANZAC Commemorative Service Committee, Burwood Council invites the community to attend this significant event. This year, the Service will take place on Sunday 21 April. A march will commence at 2:40pm from the corner of Burwood Road and Church Street, and will proceed to Burwood Park. The service will be held at the Memorial Arch in Burwood Park, corner Burwood Road and Park Avenue, Burwood, from 3:00pm to 4:00pm. Should you wish to place a tribute wreath or book at the service or for more information, please call Burwood Council’s Event Coordinator on 9911 9911.

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