• WHO needs Trafalgar Square, Mayfair and Piccadilly when you can purchase Canterbury Road, the Bankstown Bunker or the Georges River National Park? Cr Steve Tuntevski wants to see Canterbury Bankstown immortalised on a Monopoly board. He says it would be a great way to celebrate and promote the area. He has asked the council to investigate the proposal.
• RETURNING after a hiatus of 10 years, the Peter Chanel Catholic Primary School in Regents Park, will host a mega fete showcase this Sunday, March 1, 11am-3pm. Enjoy plenty of carnival games, a dunk tank, multicultural food, a chocolate wheel and prizes, as well as a visit from the Thunder AFL truck. A spokesperson said they wanted to have a community celebration. “It’s going to be an awesome day of fun and games,” she said.
• DISTRESSED residents who called last week to report trees being cut down in Hillcrest Avenue and Greenacre Road, Greenacre, can rest easy. A council spokesperson said: “Road and footpath modifications in this area have resulted in the loss of trees. City of Canterbury Bankstown acknowledge the importance and value trees bring to an urban setting, which is why the trees will be replaced.”
• SAYING locals are extremely grateful, Padstow resident Steve reports that Playford Park now has a water station. “The council finally answered our prayers and we are thrilled the park, which is very popular among young and old, finally has a drink stop,” he said. “Of course, another one up the other end of the park near the toilet block, also wouldn’t go astray.”
• NAIDOC community grants supporting events that celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and achievements, are now open. Focusing on the theme ‘Always Was, Always Will Be’, the 2020 National NAIDOC Week runs from July 5-12. Eligible not-for-profit organisations in NSW can apply for grants of $500 to $1,000 until April 24. Details: 1800 019 998, or aboriginalaffairs.nsw.gov.au/grants.
• SMALL businesses can catch up on their outstanding superannuation entitlements without being slugged by penalties under an amnesty. However Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Kate Carnell says employers only have a short window to declare any errors to the Australian Taxation Office, and the amnesty only applies to missed superannuation payments up to March 31, 2018. “Small businesses should speak to their trusted financial advisers now to get all of their affairs in order,” she said.
• RAISING money to help the WIRES and RFS Bushfire Appeals, Snap Fitness 24/7 Yagoona will hold their grand opening in the gym’s carpark this Saturday, February 29, from 10am. The family event will feature tours, demos, free classes, a sausage sizzle, loads of refreshments and plenty of activities for children. SNAP offers a range of exciting classes for just $16.95 a week.
• BACK for the first time this year, the Revesby Craft Market is on in the park on Marco Avenue, next to the Revesby Railway Station, this Saturday, February 29 from 9am to 2.30pm.
• A REVESBY reader says it was lovely to see a family of five out walking along the river on the weekend. “One child was on skates, one was on a bike with training wheels and the oldest, a teen, was walking the family dog. The parents were chatting with each other and no-one was on a mobile phone,” he said. “Every other person I passed who was walking was also texting or had their eyes locked on their screen. Why do people go outdoors to such a lovely spot and then pay no attention to the beauty around them?”.
• MIG wants to thank the lovely young family who helped out after she had a fall and cut her arm and face on the edge of a wheelie bin on Friday, February 21. She and her husband were waiting on the kerb for a taxi when the couple stopped to offer their help, and then drove them both of them to a nearby medical centre.
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• RESEARCH from UNSW says buying alcohol online is just too easy. After examining the sales, marketing and delivery practices of the 65 most popular online alcohol retailers in Australia, UNSW public health researchers say they were shocked by the results which were published this month in Drug and Alcohol Review. They have called for tougher laws to prevent under-18s and people with an alcohol dependency from buying liquor at the touch of a button.
• BANKSTOWN Highway Patrol stopped a man driving at 169km/h in a 100km/h zone on the M5 Motorway, Milperra, last Thursday afternoon. The driver was stopped and produced a P2 drivers licence. When asked by police why he was travelling at this speed, he told them he wanted to show off to the apprentice. Police issued the driver with a infringement notice for exceeding the speed limit over 45km/h ($2,482) and his licence was suspended immediately for six months. The driver was not the owner of the vehicle so the relevant sanctions were not applied.
• A GEORGES Hall resident says speed humps installed along Birdwood Avenue as a ‘traffic calming’ measure seem to be having the opposite effect with some drivers honking their horns if the car in front isn’t going fast enough for them. “It goes on all day,” she said. However she admits it has stopped some drivers speeding down the street, “particularly one bright yellow sports car” which is a serial offender.
• A REGULAR at the Crest says public exercise equipment was broken by vandals last weekend. “It was fine on Friday night,” he said. “But when I went past on Saturday morning the machines were damaged. It’s really disappointing to see that.”
• RUTH from Revesby feels shortchanged by a recent supermarket promotion offering points which could be exchanged for a set of two drinking glasses. As pensioners, by the time she and her husband had enough points, the style they had their eye on had run out. She said for five more points (and a spend of an extra $150) she would have been eligible for a set that she didn’t want: “So my points died. Do any of the big supermarkets ever consider us small families? We pay the same for all our shopping but get short changed on promotions.”
• ONE car was crushed and police dogs were called in to search rubble after a double brick wall collapsed onto a footpath at Hurlstone Park just before noon on Monday. Acting superintendent Steve Brown from Fire and Rescue NSW (FRSNW), said their urban search and rescue (USAR) teams used technical equipment including cameras and acoustic devises, as well bringing in police USAR dogs to scour the site to ensure no-one was trapped beneath the rubble. The cause is being investigated.