Good & Bad


• BELMORE’S Marjorie wants to thank the kind couple who assisted when she got lost: “I stopped to ask directions to a couple walking on the street. They proudly told me they were Lebanese and the husband got into my car and directed me all way to Granville on Saturday, saying he was happy to catch the bus home. He’s a special man and I can’t thank him enough.”

• DID you know that over a third of the world’s crops depend on pollinators to produce? Learn about the diversity of pollinators visiting your garden which can include flies, butterflies and bees at a free talk at Riverwood Library on Saturday, April 13, 10.30-11.30am. Speakers will share tips on how to create a pollinator-friendly garden and all participants will receive free native plants to take home. Bookings essential:

• DAYLIGHT savings should become permanent, a caller is suggesting. “All this back and forth is annoying, just leave it as it is,” she said. “I feel sorry for all the workers who have to get home in the cold and dark in winter. The days are longer in summer anyway; winter is really when we need daylight savings, I’m sure there are plenty of others who would agree.”

• CONGRATS to Padstow optometrist and masterchef Peter Freeman who at the Sydney Royal Easter Show, won first places for his Almond bread and Sienna cake/panforte, second places for his Sultana cake, American fruit cake and Rich plum pudding, and Highly Commended for his Light fruit cake and Simnel cake. “This was my best year ever; now need to look for a new oven,” he said with a laugh.

• NOW in its 32nd year, the St George Branch of the Australian Independent Retirees (AIR) hosts free monthly meetings which are an opportunity to catch-up, socialise and hear from guest speakers, including the upcoming talk on arthritis, on Friday, April 19, 10am-12pm, at Mortdale RSL. Membership includes Canterbury Bankstown residents. Bookings not required. Enquiries: Pat Hinson on 9554 4113 or email

• THE woman with the mysterious charge on her credit card, showing a purchase in Lidcombe, as reported last week, said it took her friend’s 13-year-old five minutes to work out the charge was for a pair of shoes she bought in Roselands with the store’s second shop in Lidcombe generating the charge: “It’s great I wasn’t scammed but why couldn’t my bank tell me what a child was able to?”

• JUST as it’s become mandatory in Alice Springs, a caller believes there should a youth night-time curfew for under 18-year-olds everywhere else in Australia. “Youth crime is getting out of hand and not just in our cities but in regional communities too,” she said. “I think it’s a great idea to give back responsibility to parents for ensuring their teens aren’t roaming the streets at night looking for trouble.”


ENSURING its students are job-ready, TAFE NSW Padstow will receive a funding boost of $900,000 to upgrade campus infrastructure and improve digital connectivity. TAFE NSW Padstow will receive upgrades to campus facilities, air-conditioning and new digital devices for teachers and students. State MP for East Hills, Kylie Wilkinson said TAFE NSW played a key role in supporting the local economy by equipping students with the industry-aligned skills employers needed.


• A RESIDENT visiting a relative at Bankstown Hospital said he was disgusted to see people feeding pigeons directly out the front of the hospital’s main entrance, near the coffee shop, where the majority of people tend to gather. “The hospital has taken measures to deter the pigeons but now they need to do something to stop those feeding them,” he said.

• MARION Street bus traveller Ron witnessed a truck hit the railway bridge last Thursday – the third time in two weeks: “I can’t believe how often this is happening, these are only the times I’ve personally seen and I’m not on the bus every day so there’s probably more incidents, it’s getting beyond a joke. Signage is urgently needed to give trucks enough notice to alternate their route.”

• MICHAEL reports the main intersection in front of Canterbury Hospital on Canterbury Road and Charlotte Street, Campsie, was a mess again on Friday: “I contacted Canterbury MP Sophie Cotsis’ office before the last election and they acknowledged the problem but it’s still a dreadful with potholes and parts of the gutter and footpath lifting. It’s dangerous entering, exiting the hospital including the ambulance ramp area, action’s urgently needed.”

• CALLING for a better solution, a reader says the stretch of road on Marion Street between Manahan Street and Saric Avenue, has deteriorated badly again: “They come and patch it up and it’s ok for a few days but then the edges start to break away and with the recent rain, it’s really gone downhill, damaging cars and very stressful to drive on; all we can do is avoid it.”

• THOSE living in caravans could be slapped with restrictions which a reader says will hit those hard already doing it tough. Under the government changes, people will need council approval and possibly pay fees if their vehicle exceeds 20sqm or is connected to power for over six months. “This will exacerbate the housing crisis,” she said. “Another kick in the guts for those desperate for affordable housing.”

• A READER wants to warn others planning a shopping expedition, to check on the centre’s website in case of power outages after being disappointed on Easter Monday when, with out-of-town family in tow, went to old favourite Roselands to find all shops, except for supermarkets, were closed: “It’s probably something we have to get used to as we enter the era of blackouts we keep getting warned about.”

• UNIT owners are facing legal action and bankruptcy, sometimes after just one missed payment through battling interest rate rises and booming cost-of-living expenses, as strata managers increasingly use litigation as a first resort. Figures collated from the federal court by Financial Counselling Australia (FCA), show there have been 126 filings for forced bankruptcies related to strata debt in 2023-24 as of mid-March.


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  • Hi Torch

    Not sure if this would be of interest for the Good / Bad section. Its simply about two dumped rubbish issues.

    1. The rubbish is in the bush area known as Virginius Reserve, which sits between Virginius Street Padstow and Centaur Street Revesby. It has been there at least since late June this year. About a 2 & 1/2 minute walk along a beaten track deep into the bush there is a clearing which unfortunately has become an area scattered by general rubbish. The rubbish consists mainly of discarded plastic bottles and cans, fast food wrappings and some broken chairs. It apears to have been a regular meering place because someone has set up an old outdoor garden setting with glass top table and chairs, some intact and some broken. One interesting item commonly referred to as a ‘bong’, a filtration smoking device, has been seen on the table. Although the area cant be seen from outside of the bush, it does represent an ugly site inside the otherwise natural reserve. CB Council have been informed via online and telephone.

    2. A discarded large water heater cyclinder currently lies on the nature strip in Hydrae Street, Revesby (outside No.67). Its initial presence would not normally create concern however it has been there at least since 18 July this year. It could be a minor danger to vehicles or pedestrians as it sits on the crest of the grassed area, and could roll in either direction. The CB Council has been informed via online and telephone.

    If the Torch is interested in reporting the items, I could be happy to check that both rubbish sites still existed prior to printing. ASlso, if it helps I have photos.