Anyone who has walked past the old Liverpool courthouse in Bigge Street would have just assumed that such a grand old building would already be on the NSW Heritage Register. So it came as a bit of a shock to hear Liverpool Mayor Ned Mannoun announce last week that the council had kick-started the process. Better late than never, I guess, and a pat on the back on Mayor Mannoun, who alluded to difficulties in past efforts to do the same over many years.
On a sad note, at the same meeting, Mayor Mannoun tabled a condolence motion for well known Liverpool Council officer Graham Larcombe who had died at the age of 62 on January 25 after a lengthy battle with cancer. Mr Larcombe worked for Liverpool Council during the 1990s and 2000s. Our sympathies to his family.
NSW deputy premier, Troy Grant, in Minto last week to announce, what else, a grant towards the local indoor sports centre, was handed a basketball as a prop for the photos and he kept juggling it from hand to the other. But then he lined a shot at the basket, and turned to the rest of the entourage and said, OK, if I get it in we’ll double the grant from $500,000. But if I don’t, well, it’s double or nothing. He missed the shot, but he was only joking and the grant stands. It was good to meet a politician who wasn’t afraid to be human, though.
The Liverpool recycling centre has been highly commended in this year’s NSW environment awards. And no wonder. Since opening last year it has received and processed 125 tons of material that could have been landfill. That’s a lot of rubbish by anybody’s measure.
A Penrith councillor has refused to apologise for rubbishing Liverpool last year, but his mayor, Ross Fowler, has written to Liverpool Council to say that his council does not share the insulting views of this dunderhead (that’s our word for him, not the mayor’s), and it stands in solidarity with Liverpool as a western suburbs council.