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News READ ONLINE ■ CAMDEN SNAPSHOTS Festivals vital Minto Hindu Society president Prem Misra believes there will be international backlash if Camp- belltown Council refuses to allow three cultural festivals each year to be held on a sacred site in Minto. Advertiser photographer Anna Warr snapped these pictures of the autumn colours along Camden Valley Way at Elderslie. If you’ve taken pictures of people or places you love while out in Camden, email them to mburrell@fairfaxmedia.com.au. To see more Camden Snapshots and other pictures, go to Camden Library’s flickr.com/groups/969898@N23 for the Changing Faces and Places of Camden NSW Flickr group. 60-year union Parental leave policy shortsighted OH what a difference three short months make. In February the Abbott govern- ment was pledging to pay new mothers a full six months of pay to take time off with their babies. Now in May the same government is calling the same mothers ‘‘ror- ters’’, ‘‘double dippers’’ and ‘‘frauds’’ for using the paid parental leave system as it was designed to be used. For the sake of $1 billion the gov- ernment decided to launch an extra- ordinary attack on new mothers, thus jeopardising the future of every baby unfortunate enough to be born after July 1, 2016, should the Coali- tion’s policy pass federal parliament. The government’s own public information advises women to breastfeed for as long as possible and to take time off from work to bond with their babies. How the government expects women to do this in the 18 or so weeks’ leave they will now have access to is difficult to understand. Studies over the past three years found the existing policy had helped more women get back to work after having their babies than any other scheme. It boggles the mind to think that the Abbott government thinks for- cing mothers back to work earlier by taking away precious paid parental leave time will improve the situation. Not only will it see families trying to find already limited childcare places for four- and five-month-old babies, but it removes the incentive for businesses to provide their own schemes to employees. Where once an employer scheme might have been a selling point, it now becomes a stick the govern- ment can use to punish new moth- ers. This policy will likely have one of two outcomes: women will think twice about giving birth to the gov- ernment’s future tax base; or it will put them at such a financial disad- vantage they pull out of the work- force altogether. Your move, Mr Abbott. CALL TOLL FREE 1800TOOTHSAVERS (1800866847) COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS ALCOHOL FREE ZONES In accordance with Section 644 of the Local Government Act, Camden Council at its meeting on 28 April 2015 resolved to approve the re-establishment of all existing Alcohol Free Zones (AFZ’s) in the Camden Local Government Area. Suburbs include Camden, Currans Hill, Harrington Park, Mount Annan, Narellan and Narellan Vale. The Alcohol Free Zones will be effective 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. These Alcohol Free Zones will be effective for a period of four years from July 2015 to June 2019. Maps of the affected areas are on display in the Customer Service area of the Camden and Narellan offices. ELDERSLIE - YOUR PARKS YOUR VOICE! Camden Council wants to hear from Elderslie locals about their views and ideas for local parks and reserves in their neighbourhood. Have your say during May by completing a quick online survey available from Council’s website. Take part in Pop Up activities at Camden Play Day, Kirkham Park, Hilder Street, Elderslie Sunday 24 May, 11am - 2pm DAN CLEARY DRIVE, ORAN PARK ROAD CLOSURE TRN Group continue to undertake pavement rehabilitation on Dan Cleary Drive, between The Northern Road and Oran Park Drive. Dan Cleary Drive will remain closed until approximately Friday 3 July 2015. The extension of the construction program is due to inclement weather and relocation of a gas main. CAMDEN FESTIVAL SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES Camden Festival will be held from 13 – 27 September 2015 and there are a variety of sponsorship opportunities available for local businesses and organisations. To find out more about how you can support the local community and Camden’s celebration of Spring please contact Council on 4654 5034 or email events@camden.nsw.gov.au. For more information phone Dana Spence on 4645 5186 or visit www.camden.nsw.gov.au P. 02 4654 7777 | F. 02 4654 7829 | www.camden.nsw.gov.au | mail@camden.nsw.gov.au 6 - Camden-Narellan CDA 0006 Advertiser, Wednesday, May 20, 2015 ALL MAJOR HEALTH FUNDS ACCEPT ED Strict infection control procedures followed for sterilisation (fully compliant with Australian standards) Every General dental includes Comprehensive Check up, Scale clean, Flouride, X-rays, Opg. 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