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SSC Newspaper : JUNE 2012
the nanny? I think it’s ridiculous. It’s open space. We’re becoming a nanny state. Why don’t they just ban cigarettes? But they won’t because of the taxes they get for it. I think alcohol is a far bigger danger. Steve Smith, 60 rIghts on I think it’s an individual’s right to smoke or not smoke. I live in an apartment and smoke inside but I shouldn’t be stopped from smoking on my balcony. It’s my own balcony. Brad Hanna, 57 aIr to share It infringes on other people’s air space. I use to live in an apartment and it wasn’t just the smoke that was the problem, I was on ground floor and people would throw cigarettes onto my apartment. Amy Booth, 30 Ban It all I’m all for banning smoking on balconies of apartments. I’m all for banning smoking everywhere. other people shouldn’t have to deal with their filthy habit. Joseph Green, 89 trash talk I think that’s garbage. Banning smoking on your own balcony is ridiculous. If it’s your own place then you should be able to smoke. People know the risks. Mick Shey, 53 shut uP If people have complaints they should close their windows. Paul Haddad, 26 consIder thIs I love the idea. I’ve had bad experiences where my apartment neighbour’s smoke used to come through my window. If you live in your own house then fair enough, but when you’re living in an apartment so close to other people you need to be more considerate. Kyeong Jin Yeom, 24 thInk of the chIldren I think it would be good to ban smoking on apartment balconies. so many people smoke on balconies and they are indirectly affecting other people in apartments. especially kids living nearby who might pick up the habit. Geeta Singh, 30 PayIng for It I don’t agree with banning it. you’re paying rent, you should be allowed to smoke there. Dimitri Hancock, 41 good neIghBours It should be banned. I had a next-door neighbour who used to smoke on the balcony while my kids were playing outside. even when we were inside smoke would come in. smokers should show more respect for their neighbours. Wafaa Mursi, 33 a moral Issue I am sympathetic to those who get smoke coming into their apartment from balcony smokers but it should be more of a moral thing where people are considerate to each other rather than the government imposing a ban. Kim Cowper, 47 From left: Brad Hanna, Kim Cowper and Mick Shey JUNE 2012 10 Strathfield Scene OpiniOn “There will be no forced amalgamations in the near future and I support this position” — Burwood Mayor John Faker Weasked Burwood Mayor John Faker for an interview on council amalgamation – State Premier Barry O’Farrell has a committee investigating the issue. Here are his responses: You have spoken in support of amalgamating local councils. Why? As Mayor of Burwood, I have advocated for resource-sharing between councils to help deliver better, more efficient ser vices to residents. The current state government has made it clear that there will be no forced amalgamations in the near future and I support this position. In terms of the inner west, which councils do you see as most naturally being aligned? While councils such as Bur wood continue to deliver strong surpluses, lasting infrastructure and capital works, and work towards a vision like Burwood2030, I don’t anticipate that amalgamation will be on any councillors’ minds unless theirs is a council in a weaker position. Do you think the Bur wood communitiy would work well with other areas? Burwood Council has always adopted collaboration and cooperation between local government authorities as the best way to serve our citizens and this has seen us cement our position as the hub of the inner west, a major centre as identified by consecutive state governments. This was highlighted in December 2011, when Burwood Council voted to pursue city status as a symbol of the local region’s continued development. Would you like to share ser vices with other councils whether or not you amalgamate? We are part of the Southern Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils and participate in all their resource-sharing and joint procurement activities. One current example of resource sharing is our employment of an internal auditor who we share with Waverley Council. You were once quoted as saying that Bur wood is the “centre of the universe” – does this mean you see Bur wood as being the natural leader in any amalgamated body? Burwood Council will continue to play a prominent and leading role in issues affecting the wider region, with this coming year’s $12 million worth of investment in new infrastructure and capital works, including Wangal Park and the Enfield Aquatic Centre’s Water Play Park, as well as the acquisition of Burwood Council’s office space. The new draft Burwood Local Environmental Plan will compliment the 2012- 13 budget, encouraging business growth activity. contact us What do you think about the call to ban smoking on balconies of apartment blocks? Your saY Email your letters and comments to email@example.com Stratty Soapbox The amalgamation situation Wheeeee! one very happy baby enjoys the ride with his dad at the strathfield may fair, held in the town centre on saturday, may 12. Where there’s smoke...