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Waverley Memorial Gardens. Source: Waverley Council

By Emily Contador-Kelsall

Babi Yar commemorated at Waverley

Waverley Council has agreed to erect a plaque in Waverley’s memorial gardens to commemorate the Babi Yar Massacre for the first time ever in Sydney. Babi Yar, a ravine in Kiev, was the site of a series of massacres carried out by German forces during their WWII campaign against the Soviet Union. Mayor Sally Betts said Waverley has a very large Ukrainian population and it is fitting that this massacre is remembered. On September 28 2014, there will be a commemoration ceremony for the Babi Yar Massacre in Waverley Gardens.


Waverley parking dispute heightens

Labor Councillor John Wakefield has proposed significant parking reforms for Waverley Council without success. Cr Wakefield said that now council has significantly increased rates and laid off a large number of staff, there was no financial reason why council could not return some of that economic benefit back to the community. “The Liberal party on council is attempting to continue to perpetuate a parking system which takes money from residents.” Cr Wakefield said he has put forward these reforms on various occasions and Mayor Betts and her colleagues have rejected them repeatedly. “If [Mayor Betts] wanted the parking reforms she could have approved them on the spot.” Mayor Betts said she was confused by the suggestion that Cr Wakefield’s proposed reforms had been rejected. “Cr Wakefield was attempting to have his suggestions looked at by the review committee – of which he is part – by resolution of council. This is completely unnecessary as he, and all councillors, have been invited to submit any suggestions to the Director. He still has that option.” Mayor Betts said council had previously unanimously agreed to review the pricing structure of parking and councillors were asked to send suggestions to the Director.

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