Father shares his experience as a carer
BRIAN Attard doesn't have to look far to be inspired.
The Guildford resident needs only to walk into his loungeroom and look up at the "Wall of Fame" which profiles his son Gary's artworks, certificates and photographs.
"This is the place I look to for motivation in my work as both a carer and a father and I am proud of everything that Gary has achieved in his life," Mr Attard said.
Over the last 43 years Mr Attard has cared for Gary and acted as a driver for participants in Holroyd Council's Peer Support and Respite Day Care programs.
He received a minister's award from the Department of Ageing and Disability in recognition for his support of people with disabilities.
In 1988 Mr Attard retired to look after Gary full-time after his wife died suddenly.
"As a sole carer I know how difficult the role can be and I have only ever wanted to share my own experiences in hopes I can enrich others," he said.
About five per cent of Holroyd residents need assistance because of a disability.
Holroyd Council mayor Nasr Kafrouni said being a carer can be emotionally and physically draining.
‘‘It is achievements like Brian’s that drives council to build on its support services,’’ Cr Kafrouni said.
‘‘Brian has provided an essential level of support and care through council’s ongoing disability programs, not only for his son but inclusive of other Holroyd residents, and we pay homage to a quality gentleman in our community.’’
Disability access plan
HOLROYD Council will draw up a new plan to help people living with a disability as well as their carers.
The new Accessibility Action Plan will help build infrastructure and services to generate opportunities for people living with a disability.
Presentations on the draft plan were made to the access committee and aged and disability services advisory committee.
The plan will be launched at the council’s International Day of People with a Disability in December.
Free seminar for pool owners
A FREE seminar for residents on resuscitation, swimming pool safety measures and how to act in an emergency will be held on October 29.
The presentation will cover pool safety and regulations ahead of the state government’s mandatory swimming pool inspection program.
A compliance officer will discuss new pool fencing and registration requirements and the council’s role in administering inspections while a member of the Royal Life Saving Society will teach participants basic resuscitation techniques.
To book: 98409674.
Vet will be honoured with plaque
A PLAQUE at Central Gardens will commemorate the community contribution of veterinarian Alan J. Warner.
Dr Warner established the Holroyd Veterinary Clinic in Merrylands in 1975.
He attended initial meetings of Holroyd Council’s companion animal advisory committee and helped develop the council’s responsible pet ownership programs.In his time as principal vet, Dr. Warner attended the initial meetings of the council’s Companion Animal Advisory Committee.
The Warner family dedicated time and expertise to early PetFest events and was often spotted at Council functions offering free veterinary advice to Holroyd residents.
He assisted the community by treating stray and injured animals, and worked with Council to find their owners or have them held at the Blacktown Animal Holding Facility.
Dr. Warner was on hand to offer assistance in developing Council’s responsible pet ownership programs and initiatives which still exist today.
Holroyd councillor Peter Monaghan said Dr Warner and his wife were the driving force behind the council’s inaugural PetFest event.
‘‘I was impressed by his expertise, and you should’ve seen the way he worked with the marsupials at Central Gardens,’’ Cr Monaghan said.
‘‘A great man and a strong supporter of animal rights, Dr Warner has given the community the tools they need to be responsible pet owners.’’
App helps reduce leftovers
THE message on reducing food waste is spreading with the ‘‘Love Your Leftovers’’ app registering more than 14,000 active users.
More than 5000 new users installed the app after it featured in the ‘‘best new apps’’ section of the Apple Store in September.
The Holroyd City Council initiative has gone beyond Australian shores to reach places in Europe, England, Portugal and America.
Residents can contribute to the app content with their own leftover recipes.
Details: loveyourleftovers.nsw.gov.au or 98409715.
Black spot gets attention
A GUILDFORD intersection where 21 crashes were recorded in five years will be upgraded in a new black spot program.
About $190,500 will be spent at the Hawksview Street and Chetwynd Road intersection to increase the number of right-hand traffic signals in the north and south quadrants of the intersection.
A right turning lane will be constructed for drivers using Hawksview Street to turn onto Chetwynd Road.
Edward Harmouche, (right) who owns the nearby business Hair Square, said high risk road improvements needed to be prioritised.
‘‘More traffic signals means more protection for my business, the customers and our
community,’’ Mr Harmouche said.
The site, which recorded 21 crashes over a period of July 2006 to June 2011, has a safety Benefit Cost Ration (BCR) of 9.33, nearly five times more than then 2.0 BCR minimum deemed to be a ’Blackspot’.
The funding is part of the Roads and Maritime Services Black Spot Program, co-funded by Holroyd Council, which will see $358,000 spent on traffic improvements in the area.
Holroyd Council mayor Nasr Kafrouni said the council focuses on sustainable strategies with infrastructure.
‘‘Council is working hard to ensure the transport needs of residents, whether they drive or walk to work and home, are met,’’ Cr Kafrouni said.
‘‘Drivers and pedestrians need to be aware of their responsibilities on the road, and it is council’s duty to give assistance to users and provide another layer of safety in our