‘People’s summit’ into harbour-front development to go ahead

“Community representatives are clearly an important part of the discussion”: Pru Goward. Photo: Rob Homer “Community representatives are clearly an important part of the discussion”: Pru Goward. Photo: Rob Homer
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“Community representatives are clearly an important part of the discussion”: Pru Goward. Photo: Rob Homer

“Community representatives are clearly an important part of the discussion”: Pru Goward. Photo: Rob Homer

A “people’s summit” into the state government’s plans to throw open prime harbour-front land to development will still go ahead, its organisers say, even though some community groups have made the guest list for the official Bays Precinct “international summit” in November.

About 300 people from industry, government, academia, the community and the arts – such as the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) in Hobart – are being invited to attend the government’s two-day “exchange of ideas” into the future of the Bays Precinct.

David Pitchford from UrbanGrowth NSW, the government’s property development arm, said the event would be used to help prepare an “overarching blueprint” for the 80 hectares of public land encompassing Glebe Island, White Bay, Rozelle Bay and Blackwattle Bay.

The invitations to groups such as the Better Planning Network and Glebe Society are being sent out two months after a community meeting criticised the level of public involvement set out in the government’s plans as “patronising, undemocratic and unacceptable”.

This anger prompted plans for a people’s summit, an idea that won the backing of the City of Sydney.

Planning Minister Pru Goward said that, along with “an impressive line-up of speakers” yet to be announced, “community representatives are clearly an important part of the discussion” on November 19 and 20.

“I am delighted that they are keen to participate in this forum, to contribute to the discussion as well as to hear from experts from around Australia and the world,” Ms Goward said.

Lesley Lynch, an organiser of the Sydney Harbour Bays Precinct: People’s Campaign, welcomed the government’s “constructive change of position” and said the people’s summit would now be convened after, rather than before, the government event.

“The people’s campaign is determined to see the public interest appropriately protected in the redevelopment of this bit of Sydney Harbour,” Dr Lynch said.

“Given recent history of such developments, we have every reason to expect the public good will come a very poor second to developer interests and short-term political interests of the government of the day.”

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Long walk for Womens cancers

Krista Wakefield, Kelly Logan and Kylie Roach are taking on a 60km walking course, participating in the 2014 Weekend to End Women’s Cancer on November 8-9. The women have already raised more than $5500 of their goal of $6000. Photo: Barbara Reeves Three local women will look to raise funds and awareness of breast and gynaecologic cancer when they participate in the 2014 Weekend to End Women’s Cancer.
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Kylie Roach, Krista Wakefield and Kelly Logan have already raised over $5500 with a goal of raising $6000 for the benefit of the Chris O’Brien Lifehouse.

Anything over that amount would be a “fantastic effort,” they said.

The trio’s efforts will culminate on November 8-9, when they will be joined by thousands of women and men in walking a 60km course in Sydney.

With just over a month to go, the group have been busy training with regular walks out to Cookamidgera and around the community.

Their fundraising efforts so far have included regular Saturday morning BBQs at Big W, a charity pool competition at the Parkes Hotel, and a community raffle.

There will be a charity family bowls day and auction on Saturday, October 11, at the Railway Bowling Club, which will include a triples competition and a BBQ lunch, as well as a jumping castle, face painting and craft activities for children.

In addition to this, the trio’s friend and work colleague Darelle Hodge will shave her hair off at the bowls day if the original goal of $6000 is surpassed by $1000.

The group said they had been overwhelmed by the support of the community and would like to thank the businesses in town who have donated prizes for their fundraising events, as well as Colin Ford for his help organising the bowling day and Shannon Birmingham from Parkes Central Butchery.

Donations can be made at the counters at Big W or online at the Weekend to End Women’s Cancer website under the team name Walking for a Cure.

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Two-year suspension would have ended my career: Ahmed Saad

Suspended footballer Ahmed Saad believes his AFL career would have been over if he had been given a two-year ban for taking a stimulant banned on a match day last season.
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The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority had pushed hard for the former Saint to receive the maximum 24-month suspension, but Saad was ultimately suspended for 18 months and the 24-year-old was very grateful for that.

“[If the suspension was] 24 months, I think it’s my career over,” Saad told AFL Trade Radio on Thursday. “A coach might take into [account] 18 months might be a bit too long [out of the game], but just imagine 24 months, which is really two seasons of football.

“So I guess it would be pretty hard from there to try and get back in and have that hope, but I’m pretty thankful it didn’t go down that path and it’s 18 months, which is a season and hopefully [I’ll] get back in.”

Saad insisted he was better placed to have an impact than a player recovering from a long-term injury.

“Being out of the game for 18 months, realistically it’s just a season,” he said. “Players do their knee and have to go through rehab for the next 18 months.

“I’m fit, I’m ready to go right now. I haven’t been injured, I’ve been training since I’ve been banned so in that case they don’t really have to worry about that and of course I’m hungrier probably more than ever.

“I want it more than I wanted it at the beginning because I’ve had a taste of AFL footy, I’ve had a taste of being in that environment and that lifestyle and playing in front of a big crowd and there’s nothing like it.”

While he wasn’t sure about which of the three drafts he would be selected from, or if he will be thrown a lifeline at all, the 29-gamer said it would “mean a lot” to get another crack at senior footy.

“It was a dream of mine to get drafted in the first place and for it to be taken away from me in the way that it was, it was pretty tough to deal with at the start knowing that my career could have been over,” Saad said.

“There’s nothing that I want more than to get back into playing AFL footy and I’m doing everything I can to give myself that best chance.”

Saad said he would like to go back to St Kilda but he was prepared to play anywhere next season.

“There’s been no commitment from any club, which is why I can’t really close any doors, I’m not in a position to do that,” he said.

“My main aim is to get back playing AFL footy. Of course it would be good to go back to the Saints.

“My manager has spoken to a couple of clubs, we’ve had a fair bit of interest, which is good, and that’s something that keeps me motivated to push myself even harder.”

Saad could start training with an AFL club on January 1 and said he would make sure he was fit enough to hit the ground running by then.

But he won’t be doing it at Richmond after the club’s football manager Dan Richardson ruled the Tigers out on AFL Trade Radio on Thursday.

Richardson also said Richmond wasn’t pursuing  Mitch Robinson or Jeff Garlett from Carlton.

He did admit the Tigers were interested in recruiting Levi Greenwood, but didn’t expect him to leave North Melbourne.

Richardson insisted that Ty Vickery was not up for trade.

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‘That field goal was important’: Ron Coote on the Rabbitohs’ 1971 grand final win

One of the greats: Ron Coote. Photo: John O’Gready
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One of the greats: Ron Coote. Photo: John O’Gready

One of the greats: Ron Coote. Photo: John O’Gready

We know grand finals are usually tight, but kicking a field goal to lead 1-0 at half-time in the 1971 win over St George?

It was like we were playing soccer. It was a really tough afternoon and we knew points would be hard to come by against a Jack Gibson team. Late into the second half it was 11-10 our way, so that field goal was important. Ray Branighan scored a great try in the Members Stand corner. People down the other end didn’t see much footy because we only scored down that end.

That might be one for David Middleton’s annals if we can find another 1-0 scoreline at half-time.

The other great thing of the day from a strategic point of view was George Piggins kept raking the ball back, because every play the ball was a two-man scrum. George had this knack of lifting his foot and raking the ball from the other side he was playing. We got so much ball we eventually got over the top of them. People were streaming onto the ground [at full-time] and there were 62,000 people there.

How many teammate of the week awards did you get for driving a beer truck for a bit of extra coin at the time?

I was a panelbeater as a kid and used to get crook knees kneeling on the concrete. I used to get 12 quid a week as an apprentice panelbeater and I was playing first grade with Souths getting 20 quid a win. The economics didn’t add up. I brushed the panelbeating and took a job as a road rep or sales rep. Johnny Sattler worked for me too. I captained Australia in the 1970 World Cup, and when I came back in 1971 I gave that job away and the brewery told me I could have a beer truck.

Surely the Souths boys thought all their Christmases must have come at once?

You used to get a few beers! But I tell you what, it was a good fitness thing because you were climbing up and down off the truck and you used to get all the bruises out of your legs. You were bending over all the time and working your body. I thought it was a really good thing to do.

Funniest teammate at the time?

Big Lurch [John O’Neill] was a funny big bloke and he used to rev himself up in the dressing room banging tables. I’m sure there was steam coming out of his nose sometimes. That was how he used to rev himself up … kicking doors. Satts [John Sattler] was a bit that way too.

Sounds like Des Hasler has learnt a thing or two from your old friends in the Rabbitohs’ engine room. Today’s Souths side?

They’re terrific. Sam Burgess is a sensational player and what he’s done for Souths is nothing short of amazing. The game is going to be the loser when he leaves the country. I’ve got to admire that James Graham too. He’s a great player and has had a great year. They’re both outstanding players.

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