■ CAMDEN SNAPSHOTS
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. To see more Camden Snapshots and other pictures,
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Parental leave policy shortsighted
OH what a difference three short
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-
Your move, Mr Abbott.
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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
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
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
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
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4645 5186 or visit www.camden.nsw.gov.au
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