Expert Calls for Changes to White Bay Cruise Terminal
An independent noise expert has expressed concern that the introduction of real time noise monitoring for ships berthed at White Bay Cruise Terminal is essential to improving the situation for nearby residents in light of recent noise complaints. “Noise data would back up complaints from residents,” said the expert, Rodney Stevens. “It would have solved the problem two or three years ago.”
Stevens was contracted by the Inner West Council to carry out an acoustic review of the terminal in light of the recent public exhibition of a proposed noise mitigation strategy by Sydney Ports which closed on January 31. The findings were presented at a public meeting at Balmain Town Hall, where Stevens further stated that the immediate priority was to mitigate the noise and pollution impacts through shore to ship power. “That would immediately cut noise significantly, and the 25 per cent of ships that already have the capacity to use shore based power should have priority access to White Bay over ships that do not,” he said.
Nikki Webster Hosts Charity Dance-A-Thon
Dance at Nikki Webster has taken over Westfield Burwood for a community dance-a-thon raising money for the Infants Home charity, which provides early childhood education and support for young Inner West children and their families. The event, which lasted for six hours, featured classes in a range of styles and catered to a wide range of ages and abilities, with a hip-hop class led by ZBOYZ crew member Anjello a crowd highlight.
“It is so important to promote an active and healthy lifestyle, especially amongst younger members of the community,” said Webster. “This Dance-A-Thon was an opportunity to encourage community members to participate in high energy dance and fitness classes while having a tonne of fun at the same time.” During the event local children were given the chance to audition for an upcoming music video by popular children’s entertainer, DJ Jazzy.
Nominations open for Built Environment Awards
Nominations are now open for this year’s Inner West Built Environment Awards, which explicitly seek to celebrate the rich cultural and architectural heritage of the Inner West. The Urban Photography Competition encourages photographers to engage with the local landscape and submit their work for consideration. The winners will be selected by a panel of eco-experts.
Entries close Sunday 5 March. For further information visit: www.innerwest.smartygrants.com.au.