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Volume 08 No.13

GOOD AS GOLD 6 October 2011




6 October 2011

Heat is on as inner-west’s Danielle O’Brien, Greg Merriman and Lucy Glanville head to Sochi. by Mitchell Jordan

STRATHFIELD ice dancer Danielle O’Brien first entered a skating rink because it was too hot to go rollerblading outside. Now, 23-year-old Danielle is preparing for a different kind of heat as her and ice dancing partner, 25-year-old Greg Merriman of Canterbury compete in their first Olympic Games in Russia from 7 to 23 February. The pair aren’t the only athletes from the inner-west to make the journey to cooler climes. Just over a week before the games begin, 19– year-old former PLC student, Lucy Glanville received a more-than-welcome surprise after a reallocation of quota spaces saw her chosen for the biathlon. The selection gives Lucy the honour of being the third female Australian biathlete to compete at the Olympics. It will also be a chance to put her university degree in Russian to good use. “I actually wasn’t expecting Olympic selection because

Australia’s ranking was not that high,” Lucy admitted. “In the end, Australia was granted a female spot and as I had the qualification results, the AOC kindly selected me. I’m really excited to be competing at the games, but also very nervous.” Lucy’s mother, Toni Hulme, described her daughter’s selection as “the result of hard work, dedication and many sacrifices.” “It is nice to see her achieve this selection,” Ms Hulme added. Danielle and Greg’s journey has been a long road filled with determination and drive. The dynamic duo qualified for the Sochi 2014 Games by finishing sixth at the Nebelhorn Trophy, in Oberstdorf, Germany. They will compete in front of 12,000 onlookers at the Iceberg Skating Palace. If there are any nerves then Danielle is focussing on the knowledge that she’s about to do something most in their twenties could only dream of. “I can’t wait to be immersed in the Olympic experience and I’m – Continued on page 11

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IBRARIES HAVE ALWAYS held a special place in my life. As a child, the library introduced me to stories that proved more character forming than anything taught in the classroom. As a teenager growing up in rural New South Wales in the late-nineties, libraries were not just a place to borrow books but also a way of interacting with the outside world through that strange creature known as the internet. In fact, I spent so much of high school there

Desk By Mitchell Jordan

Libraries light up our lives

BURWOOD that the librarian, Ms Page (I couldn’t think of a better name if I tried) gave me a certificate proclaiming that I was an honorary life member.

collection of journals and out-of-print titles that gave me plenty of food for thought as I idled back home through the verdant Botanic Gardens.

As an adult I’ve whiled away more than a few Sundays in the State Library, pouring over its exotic

Now, I always make a point of visiting libraries when I’m travelling. More than just a place to score a free wifi

connection, the buildings and books inside tell a lot about the country and its people. In Oslo I was temporarily struck by the sight of a small handful of titles clustered together under the category AUSTRALIA. If that sounds strange then it’s worth considering how many books on Norway you’d find in an Australian library. The discovery made me realise, perhaps for the first time during my European odyssey, just how far from home I really was. As someone who writes for a living, I live with the fear that our world is becoming

less and less literate. We certainly don’t write letters, or much beyond facile Facebook updates detailing how great dinner was, but I’ve gradually come to realise that Australians have an almostavaricious appetite for the written word. Go to any beach or swimming pool and you’ll see that most sunbathers don’t have a need for sunglasses because their faces are buried so deep in a book they probably wouldn’t know whether a tsunami was approaching. Sure, bookstores may have shrunk, (Angus and who?) though they don’t seem to

have suffered the same fate as video – whoops, DVD – stores or photo shops; and those that still exist are frequently cluttered with customers who are more than just window shopping. When I had the opportunity to visit the new Burwood library I jumped at the chance. I won’t spoil the experience too much; you should go see it for yourself if you haven’t already. I’m sure you’ll agree with me that it’s a very welcome addition to our community.

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Local Liberal members, Charles Casuscelli and John Sidoti were on site at Strathfiel station with Transport Minister, Gladys Berejiklian and NSW Premier, Barry O’Farrell for the Strathfield was one of the announcement. 55 stations to join the Opal “This is a great addition network. for customers using public The Opal is already accepted transport within both the on all Sydney Ferries services, Strathfield electorate and the on two bus routes including the Drummoyne electorate who 333 Bondi bus, and at 17 train will find the Opal convenient stations from the CBD north and easy to use,” said Mr Sidoti. to Chatswood, in addition to ByNEWS using an3 Opal card to the City Circle and stations to travel from Strathfield to the Bondi Junction. COMMUTERS can now use their Opal card to travel to Strathfield station as the pay-as-you-go system extends its reach throughout Sydney.

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Mortlake residents make major waves over “toxic tip” threat

A DAVID AND GOLIATH battle is shaping up as residents from Mortlake and Majors Bay fight back against the threat of “a toxic tip” entering their neighbourhood. The news comes after heritage-listed Cabarita Park was last year considered a possible site for infrastructure company Jemena’s controversial Kendall Bay sediment remediation project, which drew the ire of City of Canada Bay Mayor, Angelo Tsirekas and ultimately proved unsuccessful in moving ahead. A site in Tennyson Road, Mortlake is now being considered and has caused an equal amount of furore from members of the community. Graham Stevens, convenor of the Mortlake and Majors Bay Resident Action (MMBRAG) said members are “totally opposed to Jemena’s plans” which they fear will result in up to 10,000 additional truck movements through the area. “This will significantly increase the risk of traffic accidents, congest local roads and disrupt local businesses,” he said. “We believe that based on the truck movements alone there is a risk of 80 serious traffic accidents during the Jemena remediation process.” A spokesperson from Jemena

said that the group was “very conscious of the concerns” of residents, but added that the site was still subject to approval. “Jemena has purchased 140 Tennyson Road, Mortlake, based on the view that its use in the remediation of Kendall Bay is technically feasible. However, a further detailed environmental assessment is required by means of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) before the property would be allowed to be used as part of the remediation of Kendall Bay,” said the spokesperson. Mr Stevens estimated that, if granted the go-ahead, up to 8000 households could be affected. “We are concerned that Jemena’s plan will involve tearing out mature mangroves in Kendall Bay, dredging the Bay and transporting the contaminated waste along a seabed pipeline, all of which will pose significant environmental risks,” he said. “The processing option will also subject residents to noise, dust and odours.” Addressing environmental concerns, Jemena’s spokesperson explained that the use of 140 Tennyson Rd for the remediation of Kendall Bay would only be temporary and that following the completion of the project the site will be sold

HARSHER PENALTIES FOR HOOLIGANS IT ISN’T only Kings Cross and the city that is suffering from alcohol and drug-related violence. Throwing his support behind Barry O’Farrell’s new laws where new customers will not be allowed into pubs and clubs after 1.30 am and bottle shops must close by 10 pm, Member for Drummoyne, John Sidoti warned that the problem is also in Sydney’s inner-west. “It is not confined to the streets of Kings Cross or the CBD, people in the streets of Five Dock and Drummoyne are equally susceptible to this violence,” Mr Sidoti said. The tough new rules include

an eight-year mandatory minimum sentence for those accused under one-punch laws where the offender is intoxicated, state-wide 10.00pm closing time for all bottle shops and liquor stores and increased on-the-spot fines to $1,100 for continued intoxicated and disorderly behaviour disobeying a police move-on order. “The new measures are tough and a direct response to community concerns and the demand for action by the government,” Mr Sidoti said. “The idea that it is okay to go out, get intoxicated, start a fight or throw a coward’s punch is completely unacceptable.”

Anger runs deep amongst members of the Mortlake and Majors Bay Resident Action group.

via the open market for suitable development. “No long-term storage of any contaminated sediments will occur,” the spokesperson added. Canada Bay’s Mayor, Angelo Tsirekas did not reply to a request for comment. However, Member for Drummoyne, John Sidoti MP said that the main issue is which method would be less disruptive for people.

He is not convinced that 140 Tennyson Road is the best option. “It’s a prime piece of open space used by a lot of people,” he said. “ There would be too much disr upt ion in a densely-populated area where the local streets are already chaotic now.” Mr Sidoti suggested an

industrial site around Rydalmere or Silverwater as a better option. “This (Tennyson Road) looks to me like a convenient solution, not a practical one,” he added. STAY IN THE LOOP: The next C ommunity Information and Feedback Session, open to all members of the public, will be held on Tuesday 25 February at Briar’s Greenlees Sporting Club between 5.30-8.30pm.  

Additionally, information regarding the proposed remediation works, including information about previous community meetings and the progress to date is available through: www. Action group MMBRAG also has a website www.mmbrag. org where residents can sign a petition opposing the plans and be added to the mailing list.


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Council Meeting – Monday, 17 February 2014 at 6.00pm in Council Chambers

Margaret McQueen, Local Citizen of the Year

CELEBRATING OUR LOCAL HEROES Last week Council held Australia Day celebrations at the new Library and Community Hub, where we welcomed our nation’s newest citizens and recognised some of our local heroes.

was awarded for her active involvement as a tutor, secretary and vice president at the Burwood Seniors Computer Club for more than eight years.

The new state of the art facility was the perfect place to celebrate the qualities which make our area, and nation, a great place to live.

I would also like to congratulate Johnny Egurrola who received the Young Citizen of the Year Award for his positive representation of youth within the Burwood community.

In addition to welcoming our newest community members to Burwood, I would like to congratulate the recipients of this year’s Local Citizen of the Year Awards.

Mr Egurrola was an active member of Burwood Youth Advisory Group for the last four years. He was seen as a mentor by his peers and assisted in numerous community projects during his time with the group.

Firstly, our Citizen of the Year, Margaret McQueen who




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Library-lovers are in for a treat BURWOOD’S latest Australian citizens were the first to see the town’s new library and community hub which opened to the public last month. Among them were 14-year-old Burwood resident, Thomas Jeon, who officially became a citizen and his 19-year-old sister, Rachel, who both remarked on how impressive the new building was. “It’s massive and amazing in both quality and size – especially compared to the old Burwood library,” Thomas said. These thoughts were echoed by Rachel, a university student who frequently needs the library. “I use the library a lot to study and I think this is much bigger

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and has much more useful resources,” she said. The two-storey building, once the old Council chambers at 2 Conder Street, is the result of years of planning and consultation which arose from the Burwood 2030 plan where residents said they wanted a new library. Bur wood Mayor, John Faker said that the library and community hub was “refurbished to meet today’s needs”. “It’s a lot brighter and family-friendly,” he said. “I’m sure there will be a lot more activity. It was difficult to

A right royal fundraiser YOUTH willing to help raise funds for Anzac Research Institute Medical Appeal will be crowned for their efforts in this year’s Rotary Club of Burwood Charity Quest. Bur wood Rotar y Club president, Sana Karmelesan, said that the charity quest is open not only to primary and high school students, but also to adults. The Charity Quest has three categories: Duke and Duchess for primary students up to Year 6; prince and princess for high School students Year 7 – 12 and King and Queen for those 18 years or over. “The Charity Quest has three divisions to cater for entrants of all ages. Rotary is urging young

people to be involved through their schools. Time is now fast running out for entrants to come forward,” President Sana said. “I am very excited about this new concept for Rotary based upon a tried and tested process used over many years with great success. However, we need students and young adults to come forward now and start fundraising.” All funds raised by the entrants in the Charity Quest will go to the ANZAC Research Institute Medical Appeal. The gala evening event will be on Friday 4 April at Burwood RSL. Visit www.


find parking at the old library; there weren’t enough computers or desks, either.” Simon Fox, senior manager, community and library services described the centre as more than a typical library. “We hope people don’t just see it as an old-style library where they can borrow books – it’s a social place,” he said. Mr Fox praised the efforts of his staff who made it possible to move all the books in three days by completing a plan of how the new and old libraries were laid out which aided the removalists greatly. Next month a coffee cart will be added and people can bring along hot drinks when they visit to encourage communication and interaction. “It’s a very different concept now,” said Robert Teo, senior manager of assets, property and building at Burwood Council, who undertook many responsibilities in the project. Mr Fox described the children’s space downstairs, which features a giant tree sculpture, as the standout feature. “For me it’s a highlight,” he said. “I think people will love this space.” School teacher, Katina Comino, believes that the space will definitely leave a lasting impression on children. “They’re pre-literate and picking up visual queues – they’ll be reading this room,” she said, adding that it was “like walking through a picture book.”

Brother and sister, Thomas and Rachel Jeon in the children’s space.


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Love’s a beach POLISH couple Karolina Zygadlo and Michel Moczynski are preparing for a Valentine’s Day they will never forget. The pair came to Australia two months ago and plan to spend the most romantic day of the year doing the exact opposite of what they’ve done every other year in Poland: going to the beach. “We’ll probably have a picnic at either Coogee or Manly,” said 28-year-old Karolina. It’s a far cry from their standard routine of walking through Warsaw’s old town before having dinner together. Karolina said that Valentine’s Day

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has grown in popularity throughout Poland. “We see hearts and decorations everywhere,” she said. The move to Australia has been a positive experience for the pair, who have spent seven years together and enjoy the change of pace. “Sydney is absolutely different to Warsaw,” Karolina said. “It looks like it’s on vacation the whole time. Our friends are all so jealous of us.”

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In love with Sydney, and each other: Karolina and Michel prepare for a Valentine’s Day with a difference.

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Theodore’s operating system knows which buttons to push. (Image from Her website).

ONLY time will tell whether life in Spike Jonze‘s futuristic love story Her will one day become the norm for lonely hearts around the world, but either way his latest film is compelling viewing. Theodore (Joaquin Phoenix) is a gauche, socially inept writer whose marriage has recently collapsed. When his attempt at dating goes wrong, he buys the world’s first artificially intelligent operating system and begins a relationship with Samantha, (Scarlett Johansson) the voice-operated system that sorts and sends his emails and much, much more.

On some levels, this film about the boundaries between what’s socially acceptable and downright loony is a little like Craig Gillespie’s Lars and the Real Girl and it’s equally hard to tell who plays the nerdy loner better: Phoenix or Ryan Gosling. At over two hours long, Her never outstays its welcome and instead makes viewers see the world in all kinds of new ways. It’s a must-see for all romantics and singles alike. Her is screening at cinemas now.

Singles get in the swing

DATING coach Liz Dore is holding two dances for singles with disabilities to get in the Valentines swing. Ms Dore said that the dance parties were a chance for “people that Sydney mainstream dating services don’t cater for … to attend a safe and fun singles event and feel welcome.” The first dance takes place on Sunday 9 February, 7pm at Jewish Care, 3 Saber St, Woollahra, followed by Friday 14 February, 6.30pm  at The Hub, 9 Ayres Grove, Mt Druitt.

Ms Dore’s tip for singles and couples alike is to discuss their expectations of Valentine’s Day before 14th February.   “A card including your own feelings in handwriting is far more romantic than an internet post,” she said.   “If you want to add an element of surprise you can always do more than is expected but if you are interested in continuing the relationship it is best to make an effort.”

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 Lifts to take Homebush boys higher

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EXTENSIVE building has begun at Homebush Boys High to make the school more accessible for students, staff and visitors with impaired mobility. The work involves the installation of five lifts, four ramps and the realignment of some doors to enable wheelchairs to enter the buildings. One of the lifts is dedicated for library access. The Homebush site is extensive with many discrete buildings and the engineering problems faced by the DEC contractors were considerable. Principal Tim Jurd said that the building will cause some inconvenience to staff and students, but added that all efforts will be made by the builders not to disrupt the learning traditions of the 78-year-old school. “The integration project will enable many of the local students with mobility impairments to come to the school and enjoy learning with their mates,� Mr Jurd said. “The infrastructure is an investment for the future of quality learning on this heritage site.�

  Building for the future: Deputy Principal Caitlin Dwyer explaining to Principal Tim Jurd technicalities of how the lift works.

The hills are alive with possibility for Rosebank student, Tahlia Villar (middle) with her host father (left) and sister (right). Pictured below: her new school in Germany.

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SEVEN Rosebank College students have swapped a Sydney summer to spend time studying abroad in a new international exchange program. Leaving before the end of last year, the students have been sent off to schools which Rosebank has partnerships with, including Delbarton School in New Jersey, USA; Ampleforth College in Yorkshire, UK and two Benedictine schools in Germany. Year 11 student, Tahlia Villar, who has spent the last few weeks living with her German host family in Ettal and adjusting to a school day which runs from 7.50am 1.30pm, said she was motivated to apply for the program because she was excited by the prospect of learning about an unknown culture. “It is a great opportunity to experience another country, its people and its customs. It is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to meet new friends and to learn a new language. Every day I am confronted

with new challenges that I have never experienced before and that was my goal. The difficulties have made my trip all the more worthwhile,� Tahlia said. Fellow Year 11 student, Herrick Feng, was placed at Delbarton, an all-boys independent college which has a strong focus on liberal arts education. Forget the accent or currency, he found the main difference between Rosebank and its American counterpart is the absence of girls in the classroom. “School life without girls means that at times it is easier to communicate the point you are trying to make. Although it is also a disadvantage because sometimes a girl in the classroom is a welcome distraction,� Herrick explained. As the exchange program is a reciprocal one, the College will welcome the host brothers and sisters of its Rosebank students to the school’s Five Dock campus later in the year.

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Good sport grabs Oz Day award

L to R: Local Citizen of the Year Joint Winner – Mr Malcolm Little OAM; 2014 Australia Day Ambassador – Mr Don Spencer OAM; Isabelle Bucher – Young Sportsperson of the Year; Yatha Jain – Citizen of the Year; Mayor McKenna; Local Citizen of the Year Joint Winner – Mr Peter Kaye.

BETHLEHEM College sports captain Isabelle Bucher’s hard work in the community was recognised when she received 2014 Young Sportsperson of the Year from Ashfield Council. Isabelle is a talented footballer who has represented the school at numerous events and tournaments. She has been commended for her outstanding contributions for community assistance, nursing home visits and was selected in the Women’s Premier League Soccer Squad. Isabelle is also a recipient of the Olympic Federation – Pierre De Courbetin Award.

HANDY HELP ONLINE ADVICE for parents and students on a range of back-to-school areas is available on the Department of Education and Communities website. Deputy Director-General, Schools, Greg Prior advised making use of the resources available at www.schoolatoz. These include videos for students who are starting high school, with helpful tips from teachers on how to make your child’s move to high school less daunting,” Mr Prior said. “I recommend the website to

all parents who have questions but especially if they are anxious about sending their children to school for the first time.” Assistance is also available to parents and caregivers via the Back-to-School Hotline (1300 738 338). The hotline will be available between 8:30am and 4:30pm weekdays until Friday 14 February. Experienced staff will be answering the phones and for the cost of a local landline call will be providing advice on preparing children for school.


Discover the benefits of bilingual education at the Festival of Italian Language FROM fresh, authentic food including gelato and pizza through to masks of Venice, the inaugural Festival of Italian Language is a chance for the community to learn all about Italy and the benefits of having a bilingual education. On Saturday 22 February the Italian Bilingual School at 30/32 See Street, Meadowbank will open its doors to the public to showcase the work and efforts of its students from all 20 regions of Italy. Parents looking at education options for their children can attend mini-lectures from bilingual experts and watch performances from school students. A number of family-friendly activities have been planned, including a jumping castle, in-class tours, free gelato and the chance to ask questions about bilingualism and life at the school. There will also be an authentic “mercato Italiano” with a number of food stalls providing regional delights.

Kicking off at 10 am, the festival runs through until the afternoon. A free bus service will operate between Leichhardt and Meadowbank, offering families a cost effective way to attend. For further information, or to book the transport service on the day, call 9564 0744 or email library@

Slow down for Marie Bashir students A NEW school zone has been installed on Albert Road at Strathfield to coincide with the opening of the new Marie Bashir Public School. Roads and Maritime Services installed a school zone for about 200 metres on Albert Road to cover the entrance to Marie Bashir Public School. The 40km/h speed limit will operate from 8am to 9.30am and 2.30pm to 4pm on gazetted school days. Member for Strathfield, Charles Casuscelli, describe the new zone as a step up for safety. “It has ensured that parents will be able to drop off and collect their children from the

school in a safe manner,” Mr Casuscelli said. Motorists are reminded to slow down and obey the 40km/h school zone speed limit. Members of the community

can sign up at the Safer Roads NSW website www. to receive updates about changes to permanent speed limits in their nominated area.

New principal for Ashfield DAMIEN Moran is the new face of Ashfield Public School. Mr Moran has taken over as principal after time as assistant principal at Marrickville West Public School. N S W D e p ar t me nt of Education and Communities deputy director general, Greg Prior, said that nearly 50 new staff across the state had been

appointed for the first time as principals, while another 50 would be taking up principal duties in a different school. “These principals have been chosen for their capacity and skills to lead public education in NSW,” he said. “They will play a central role in ensuring their students have access to the best education possible.”


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True-blue citizens Order of Australia for opera lover by Mitchell Jordan

Strathfield’s Dr David Tang and May Wong were named Citizens of the Year.

CONGRATULATIONS to all the inner-west Citizens of the Year. In Burwood, Johnny Egurrola and Margaret McQueen were named Young Citizen of the Year and Local Citizen of the Year respectively. Dr David Tang and May Wong, 24, were announced as the recipients of the Citizen and Young Citizen of the Year for Strathfield.

Peter Kaye and Malcolm Little OAM tied for joint winners of Ashfield Citizen of the Year, with Young Citizen of the Year going to Yatha Jain. In Canada Bay, Citizen of the Year went to Professor Robert Lusby, while Rosie O’Halloran took out Young Citizen of the Year.

A LIFETIME love and dedication to opera in Australia came full circle for Doug Cremer who received an OAM the day after his seventieth birthday. After decades behind the scenes, the Canterbury resident stepped into the spotlight on Australia Day, surprising his family who had flown from Queensland to help him celebrate seven decades. “I decided not to tell any of them before we had dessert the night before – I’ve got a bit of a cruel streak in me I suppose,” he said jokingly. Those who know Mr Cremer will tell you he’s anything but cruel. Passionate and perky with a self-deprecating sense of humour, the former president of the Joan Sutherland Society has been a driving force behind opera in the inner-west and is widely regarded as a true gentleman by many who would probably say this latest recognition is a long time coming. “When I got the letter from the Governor General I was so surprised that I naively rang up and asked who had nominated me so I could thank them, but they wouldn’t tell me,” Mr Cremer recalled. Mr Cremer’s secret admirer – or admirers – are likely to be found in the opera scene which he has nourished and grown. Opera, he admitted, is the love of his life. “Opera is about telling a story – it’s so emotional and the music is so involving,” he explained.

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Mr Cremer was first introduced to the music after finishing school when he was living in Cairns with a radio host who invited him into the studio and played a song by a woman named Joan Sutherland. Not even Mr Cremer could have foreseen just how life-changing this musical equivalent of love at first sight would be. “I knew nothing of music, I had been in the school choir but this voice really attracted me,” he said. So much so that when Joan returned to Australia in 1965 following years abroad in London, Mr Cremer politely wrote to her secretary and was invited into the dressing room to meet her. Their first meeting, where Mr Cremer was introduced to a “terribly glamorous” red head having her hair transformed into something that resembled the Sydney Opera House by a hairdresser the whole time they spoke left a lasting impression. “I told Joan about where I’d come from and how beautiful Queensland was – I was very young and suggested she have a holiday there,” Mr Cremer reminisced. “She told me it would be lovely but there was no time; she had to be back in London. She was very down-to-earth.” Perhaps in Joan he was able to see the allure of life outside Australia. Not long after, Mr Cremer left Queensland for Sydney where he worked in the reservation department of P & O Cruises and travelled the world. London, in particular, was a highlight.

“London in the 1970s was so exciting, such a different life and part of the world to Australia,” he said. It was also during this time that Mr Cremer began to live a double life, moonlighting as an extra at the Sydney Opera House by night as an extra. “I got to be in two operas Joan was in – to stand on the stage so close to that voice was the most exciting thing,” he said. “I would have done it for nothing, but they paid me $12.50 a night. I heard her sing night after night; her voice was always the same, she always gave it her best. Few people in the world can do that.” Fast for ward to the new millennium, Mr Cremer became president of the Joan Sutherland Society, a role that he served for ten years. With the support of the late Reverend John Kohler, many concerts were held at St Paul’s Church, even drawing the attendance of Joan herself. “She absolutely loved Burwood: the flowering trees and avenues and buildings,” Mr Cremer said. “She’d chat to anyone who wanted to say hello.” Although he never rose to the same fame and prominence as the woman he so admired, Mr Cremer said he has lived a thoroughly enjoyable life. “I was never a singer and was never going to be one, but I take great pleasure in helping those who are,” he said. “I thought I had the best of both worlds because I could travel the world and live a second existence at night being on the stage. I’ve got no regrets.”

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very honoured to be a member of the largest Australian Winter Olympic team,” she said. “I love the buzz that a receptive audience brings to the competitive environment.” Greg described the opportunity as “the pinnacle” of his career. “We have been training really well in the lead up to the Games so I look forward to two solid performances,” he said. Neither are daunted by any threat of terrorism. “I have no fear for safety,” said Danielle, “despite recent terrorist attacks, my family will still travel to Sochi.” This is not the first time Danielle and Greg have competed in Russia. In 2008, they trained in Moscow for three weeks before going on to compete in the 2011 World Figure Skating Championships. “It was not our greatest performance so we return to Russia having improved significantly in the past three years,” Danielle admitted. “The people in Russia were very welcoming so I look forward to going back.” Before leaving for Russia, the pair competed in the Four Continents Figure Skating Championships in Taipei where they placed seventh. “It was great to get a competition under our belt … it gave us a solid base to improve on in Sochi,” Greg said.

Lucy Glanville competing at the 2012 Winter Youth Olympic Games in Innsbruck, Austria.

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LAND VALUE in Burwood, Strathfield and Ashfield has increased, according to a release from the NSW Department of Finance and Services. NSW Valuer General, Philip Western, said that the total land value of the Burwood LGA was approximately $6.16 billion as at 1 July 2013. Landholders in Burwood LGA were previously issued with a Notice of Valuation showing their property’s land value as at 1 July 2010. “This is an overall increase from the total land value of approximately $5.18 billion determined as at 1 July 2010,” Mr Western said. 106 residential and 36 commercial sales in the Burwood LGA were used in the real estate analysis. “In the three-year period since landholders in Burwood LGA were issued with Notices of Valuation the value of residential land showed moderate to strong increases, with most medium density properties showing a strong increase in value,” Mr Western added. St r at h f i e l d prove d a stronger contender, with the

total land value coming in at approximately $7.24 billion, an increase from $6.13 billion determined when last analysed on 1 July 2010. The study also showed that land value of the Ashfield LGA was approximately $6.98 billion, an increase from $5.96 billion reported during the previous study. “Larger mixed use sites across the Ashfield LGA generally showed strong increases,” said Mr Western. “Land values of commercial properties located on Parramatta Road generally experienced slight to moderate decreases for larger sites and were mostly steady for small shop sites.” The value of Canada Bay remains to be seen. A spokesperson from Department of Finance and Services said that the area is not due for a valuation assessment this year. Mr Western added that changes in land values don’t necessarily lead to similar changes in rates. “Each council develops a revenue policy to use in the calculation of rates and charges to fund services for the community,” he said.

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After the Winter Olympics, Danielle and Greg will return to Detroit to prepare for the 2014 World Figure Skating Championships in Japan. “Our competitive season is not over after the Olympics,” added Greg.

Charity hero leads International Night ROTARY charity worker Walter Bock is the guest speaker at BPW Strathfield’s International Night this month. International Night is an annual event where members reflect on the place that BPW Australia occupies in the world of business and professional women. Awarded an OAM in 2005 for his services to Rotary, his community involvement includes everything from shipping blankets, distributing bras and organising a sew aid mission to help those around the world. Mr B ock, along with BPW’s Strathfield president, Faye Helou, also assisted in


coordinating BPW Australia’s tsunami fundraiser, which raised $12,000 to assist members in Thailand who had lost everything. Ms Helou, who has known Mr Bock for 15 years, described him as an extremely caring person. “He’s a man who, as long as I’ve known him, has spent his spare time helping others,” she said. “He’s always helping people who are less fortunate.” International Night is held on 12 February from 6.30 to 8.30 pm at Club Burwod. Tickets for the evening are $45 for a two-course meal and complimentary drink. To book, call 0433 819 737.

Lucy also sees the Winter Olympics as the chance to build on her achievements. “It will be about learning and experience so I can hopefully go on to more success for Australia in biathlon,” she said. Ms Hulme paid credit to PLC College in Croydon, where Lucy

studied since pre-school, for its support of her daughter. To show your support for the three, leave a message on the Australian Team Fan Wall: or follow Danielle and Greg on


Typical residential land values were: 836 square metres at Chandos Street, Ashfield valued at $1,133,000 721 square metres at Coventry Road, Strathfield valued at $1,000,000 857 square metres at Stanley Street, Croydon Park valued at $555,000 Commercial land values were: 313 square metres at The Crescent, Homebush West valued at $580,000 223 square metres at Burwood Road, Burwood valued at $1,245,000 230 square metres at Liverpool Road, Ashfield valued at $755,000

Seniors step forward Home care helps the elderly DO YOU KNOW a senior with tireless energy and determination? Someone who puts their community and loved ones before themselves and deserves a pat on the back? Minister for Ageing, Minister John Ajaka is encouraging nominations for the 2014 NSW Seniors Week Local Achievement Awards. “Seniors make such an important contribution to their local community,” said Mr Ajaka. “The awards are one way in which each local community can show its appreciation for the talents, skills and generosity of this impressive group.” Nominations for the 2014

NSW Seniors Week Local Achievement Awards are open until Friday 28 February 2014. The awards will be presented to celebrate 2014 NSW Seniors Week, which is held between 15 and 23 March 2014. Member for Strathfield Charles Casuscelli said that the awards showcase the enormous talent there is among seniors in our community. “We are calling on people to nominate seniors who make a difference to their local community,” said Mr Casuscelli. For details and online nominations forms visit www. or call the Seniors Information Service on 131244.

OLDER PEOPLE in Reid will get extra support and care services including cleaning, meals, nursing care and transport to remain living independently at home following a $1,628,938 Aust r a l i an G ove r n me nt investment. The Member for Reid, Mr Craig Laundy, said the funding was part of a $240 million investment under the Commonwealth Home and

Community Care (HACC) program. “This extra funding will help expand existing services or create new ones in identified priority areas of need in Reid,” Mr Laundy said. “These services are essential to older people staying safe and well, and remaining connected to their community and in control of their own lives.”

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Book reviews with Mitchell Jordan


by Margaret Atwood Finishing a trilogy is hard work for anyone – even a writer of Margaret Atwood’s remarkable reputation. MaddAddam, her final volume, brings to a close the lives of those occupying a dystopian world which is at times all too real to laugh at no matter how satirical and humorous Atwood’s observations. Told mostly from the perspectives of Zeb and Toby, we also get a glimpse at Jimmy aka Snowman who first appeared in Oryx and Crake as those who survived the waterless flood attempt to begin life again anew. While a new Atwood novel is always a delight, so much of this is back story that it quickly becomes too convoluted to keep up with.


by Morrissey As beautifully lyrical as his often-poignant songs, Morrissey’s autobiography will only endear him to the public even further. Sometimes more like a ballad or monologue, this sprawling 400-odd page work begins with his rough-and-ready beginnings in Manchester where, an outcast, he found freedom through music and later catapulted to stardom with The Smiths before it all came to bitter ends with an ensuing court case described at length. Following Morrissey’s far-from-ordinary life to the present day where he performs solo, there’s some interesting revelations regarding his private life, along with musings on animal cruelty; though Morrissey still remains largely an enigmatic mystery and like Patti Smith, who won acclaim for her brilliant memoir, Just Kids, proves that he truly is an artist in every sense.

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needed when a property is sold. Such long-term hazards may be different to current hazards and can require different management controls. “The NSW Government took advice from the NSW Chief Scientist and Engineer who examined this issue in April 2012. The Chief Scientist noted that NSW has the expertise to interpret global sea level rise projections and develop precise local models, tailored to various NSW coastal locations,” he added. The draft planning circular is on exhibition until 3 March. Property owners along the NSW coast, as well as local councils, can make a submission at www.

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THE NSW Government is proposing new measures which will help ensure property owners and buyers are given clear, accurate and up to date information on coastal hazards, said Member for Drummoyne John Sidoti. “There has been inconsistency and uncertainty in how local councils along the coast have been advising property buyers about the impacts of coastal hazards – such as erosion and flooding on property owners’ Section 149 certificates,’’ Mr Sidoti said. Mr Sidoti said some councils have been including potential long-term hazards – based on sea level rise forecasts up to 100 years from now – on the planning certificates, which are

KEEPING IN TOUCH WITH T Ramona puts the writing on the wall

by Shaun Tan Australian author and illustrator Shaun Tan has managed to do what most in his field could only ever dream of: capture the hearts of both the young and old. It isn’t hard to see why. Tan’s pictures, both surreal and playful, take anyone back to the places and times when anything could have been possible. His latest work about two boys is a quirky meditation on childhood and friendship, containing all the qualities we’ve come to know and love from Shaun Tan.

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THE WORDS of Sydney poet Ramona Nizar will be read by women right across Sri Lanka when her poem is displayed at a newly opened clinic. The JAT Training and Simulation C entre at K i r i m a n d a l a Maw at h a , Colombo, will be opened later this year in association with the Sri Lankan College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and aims to both train mid-wives and other medical workers to achieve high standards of work and to educate pregnant women on how best to manage their pregnancies. Mrs Nizar, who left Sri Lanka to begin a new life in Saudi Arabia before eventually settling in Australia in 2009, is the sister of the philanthropist, Aelian Gunawardena, CEO of JAT Holdings, who is the principle sponsor of the venture. Mrs Nizar felt so strongly on this issue the she decided to write the poem, ‘Would That I Had Been More Loved’, which is envisioned to be placed on a plaque at the centre. When her poem is displayed for the public, Mrs Nizar hopes that women who read it will gain the confidence to believe that they have “the power to

A poet for our times, Ramona Nizar hopes to inspire women in her motherland.

take control of life on their own terms.” “Unwanted pregnancies do not have to spell an end to one’s future,” she said. Reports claim that up to 1000 abortions take place throughout the country daily. Already a published poet, Mrs Nizar discovered a newfound passion for writing when she undertook a 30-day poetry challenge two years ago. She is currently writing an autobiography about her journey from Sri Lanka to Australia and intends to self-publish a volume of her poems in the near future.


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Young blood cut their teeth at Concord


SCORE A NURSING SCHOLARSHIP School leavers, those looking to change careers or people with an interest in caring for others are being encouraged by Sydney Local Health District to apply for 300 scholarships for the Diploma of Enrolled Nursing program now on offer through NSW Health. Students who successfully complete the course will be guaranteed a job offer at a NSW public hospital. Scholarship applications close on 12 February. Visit

Just what the doctor ordered: Member for Strathfield Charles Casuscelli and Member for Drummoyne John Sidoti with the new interns at Concord Hospital.

BRAND MOO HOME FOR FRO-YO Mooberry Dessert and Breakfast Bar is the latest store to open up at 7 Rider Boulevard, Rhodes. 100 customers received free frozen yoghurt for a year at the grand opening last month. Mooberry first opened in Newtown in 2012. ANOTHER HAIR-RAISING YEAR Australians are once again preparing to face the clippers to raise money for cancer in the World’s Greatest Shave. The annual fundraiser is a chance for anyone willing to forget their vanity to shave or colour their hair between 13-16 March and collect donations to help raise vital funds for the Leukaemia Foundation. See T H I R T Y- T W O new medical graduates have joined Concord Hospital to complete their internships this year. Joining the graduates on their first day, Member for Strathfield, Charles Casuscelli said Concord was among the greatest beneficiaries relative to its size from the record 959

MUSEUM’S GAME PLAN From Twister to Yahtzee, the City of Canada Bay’s Museum has a wide range of classic games that are available for the public to use when they visit each Wednesday or Saturday up until 1 March. The Museum also has a collection of chess sets on display and a larger outdoor set on the floor for some hands-on fun. EASY ENGLISH CLASSES Practise English with others for free every Tuesday evening during the school term from 11th February at St John’s Anglican Church, 93 Newton Rd, Strathfield West. Classes run from 7.30 pm to 9pm and include a light supper. Call Shirley on 97631932 or Jenny on 97468777.

interns who will commence their medical internships in the state’s public hospitals this year “Concord received more than a third of the interns allocated to hospitals in the Sydney Local Health District, second only to Royal Prince Alfred,” said Mr Casuscelli. Member for Drummoyne,

John Sidoti, who was also on site, said that the intern intake at Concord Hospital was significant. “This is an outstanding result for the hospital and a strong endorsement of its popularity among medical students,” Mr Sidoti said. During their one-year internship, the graduates will

Weigh in on childhood obesity

DINNER WITH VIEW CLUB Five Dock Evening View club will hold its next dinner meeting on Wednesday 11 February, 7 pm at Club Five Dock, Great North Road. Ladies can come along, enjoy a good meal, pleasant company, listen to a guest speaker and help support The Smith Family. For details, call 97983339.

PARENTS are being encouraged to check the prescribed healthy weights THE FRIENDLY PLACE TO SHOP AND DINE of their children as health BOOK TALK AT ASHFIELD experts note common Ashfield Library will host a number of author talks this month. These misconceptions of healthy include: Rosie Scott and Debra Adelaide, 17 February at 1pm, Michael weight ranges. Mobbs in conversation with SBS TV food presenter, Maeve O’Meara, 19 A recent study of parents February, 6pm for 6.30pm Ashfield Town Hall, Stephanie Dowrick, 21 with obese children in February at 1pm and Walter Mason, who will speak on the late Sumner Kindergarten, Years 2 and Locke Elliott on 26 February at 1pm. 4 found that about a quarter believed their child was PUBLIC FORUMS FOR CANCER PATIENTS ‘about the right weight’. The newly opened Sydney Survivorship Clinic in Concord Hospital is running monthly public forums for cancer patients and their families. The 2010 NSW Schools On 17 February from 2 – 3pm, Andrew McLachlan will speak on Physical Activity and ‘Understanding interactions with complementary medicines’, while Nutrition Survey also found Michael Dash discusses ‘Mindfulness for cancer patients.’ Following this the majority (between 56 is ‘Prevention and management of lymphoedema’ on 4 March from and 62 per cent) of these 9–10am. parents believed their

complete compulsory terms in the specialties of medicine, surgery and emergency. The interns will rotate through metropolitan, regional or rural hospitals, as well as GP practices and, for one network, a private hospital, the Sydney Adventist Hospital (SAN) at Wahroonga.

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TUNE in to obese child was ‘slightly likely to become overweight the next series adults so childhood is an of So You overweight’. Leah Choi, manager important time to help get Think You Can Dance on 9 of the Go4Fun healthy them on track for life. kids program, said this The Acting Director of February, 6.30 highlighted the importance the South Western Sydney pm to watch of opening a healthy and Sydney Local Health Strathfield’s discussion about weight. District Health Promotion BBoy Blond bust a move. “Being together as a Service, Mandy Williams, The 30-year-old hip-hop family every day, it can be said getting involved in a dancer married his wife four tricky for parents to pick if health program could help years ago in Korea before moving their child is about the right families start 2014 on the to Australia where he leads the foot. weight. It’s important for right THE FRIENDLY PLACE TO SHOPdance AND DINE group, Extreme Crew. families to open a healthy “C h i l d h o o d i s an “I wanted to see what I can do discussion with their doctor important time for setting and show people what I have to or to check in with a free healthy habits so getting offer. I believe that it’s going to service like Go4Fun,” Ms supported by programs can be lots of fun and I’ll learn many Choi said. help get a whole family on different things,” he said of his “Children who are above track for a healthy year,” Ms participation on the show. Full interview next issue. a healthy weight are more Williams said.




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Both Cheryln Ayres and her daughter, Madeline, are enjoying croquet.

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SPORT LOVERS keen to try something different can follow in the footsteps of local Rotarians by trying out a spot of croquet. Strathfield Croquet Club recently hosted an open day for the Rotarians, who turned out in even larger numbers than before.

“The visitors certainly showed they can be competitive whilst having fun,” said publicity officer, Ruth Bridger. “All ages enjoyed themselves.” Now the club is preparing to run a three-week introductory course, which costs $60, and starts Friday 7 February at 1.45pm.

“It is a wonderful opportunity for you to get to know a local sporting club, and to find out what the club, and a new sport can offer you. Membership fees and costs associated with the sport are very modest,” said Mrs Bridger. Mrs Bridger added that 2014 would be an exciting year for

Strathfield Croquet Club, which celebrates 110th birthday. “Our membership continues to grow, and we are increasing our participation with  other groups within the community and beyond,” she said. Numerous events are planned for later in the year, including an anniversary tournament mid-year.

THE STATE’S best bowlers were recognised at the Bowls NSW Player Awards. Member for Drummoyne, John Sidoti attended the event on behalf of the Minister for

Sport and Recreation, Gabrielle Upton and presented the Test Appearance Award. “NSW has long been recognised as the premier state in the game of lawn bowls and

it was a great opportunity to ackowlegdge the cream of the crop,” he said. “The robust club competition and strong professional player base enables our state to field

quality competition in all categories from juniors through to seniors.” Mr Sidoti presented the Test Appearance Award to Wayne Turley in recognition of his representation at State level. The Taren Point resident has played 250 tests and most recently won the 2013 State Pairs Chamionship with John Green. The pair were also named joint winners of the 2013 NSW Bowler of the Year Award. The entire community sport and recreation industry depends on volunteers to function successfully, Mr Sidoti said. “B owls clubs provide an important place for communities to come together and socialise thanks to the dedication of Bowls NSW’s extraordinary volunteer base,” he added.

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“This can be used to identify areas of weakness that could increase the likelihood of injury,” Mr Power added. “Early identification and intervention can be the best way of reducing the severity of an injury.”

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AN INCREASE in the number of female sport players will be a vital part of Canterbury & District Football Association’s new direction. Recently unveiling a new constitution, the member clubs plan to tackle six key objectives and extend the reach of sport to go beyond the field. President, Ian Holmes, said that it was “absolutely critical” to encourage young girls to be physically active and bonding with others. “It’s important that they learn about mateship and support one another instead of getting caught up in some of the influences that TV tends to propagate,” he said. Mr Holmes added that women in sport has been the biggest growth sector over the past decade. “Half the population is female and sport has a responsibility to embrace the whole population,” he said. Lifestyle-related diseases, providing and encouraging a healthy lifestyle for students, increasing participation levels in football for lower socio-economic groups, building community cohesion, growing community inclusive programs

and creating mutual trust between the Association, local government, agencies, and social welfare organisations are all chief priorities under the constitution. Flyers have already gone out to various councils and Mr Holmes was happy to report that he had experienced positive feedback from Ashfield mayor, Lucille McKenna. “She has a background in health and can see the benefits of football becoming a moral leader,” Mr Holmes added. Working with the police is also a priority because, as Mr Holmes explained, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure and he has witnessed the amazing transformation from off-the-rails youth who take up a sport. Mr Holmes also believes that Australian of the Year, Adam Goodes, will continue the god work of sport uniting the country. “I don’t know Adam but he strikes me as a highly intelligent and sensible person,” he said. “The issues he is prepared to speak out about cover all sports – they’re not just limited to AFL.”

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