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April 28, 2013

Cr Helen McLucas examines what the Local Government Review Panel's merger proposals means for the relationship between professional staff and elected councillors

 

The Future Directions for Local Government Report and its predecessor  introduced the disturbing proposal of an instant expert to run Councils – a highly paid Executive Mayor with power over Council’s General Manager.

The Report’s panel has determined “enhancing the role of mayors" to make a major contribution to:

·       focusing councils on strategic issues,

·       improving governance and

April 19, 2013

Craig Laundy shows Homebush pupils how war can bring people together

 

Strathfield will this weekend pay its respects to our Anzac heroes at a special service at Davey Square Reserve at 10 am on Sunday. The event will be hosted by the Homebush-Strathfield RSL sub-branch and Strathfield Council.

Roads will be closed between the intersections of Dickson Street, Coventry Road and Rochester Street from 9.30 to 10.45 am.

Pupils at Homebush Public School got a very personal lesson in the meaning of the memorials during a visit by Liberal candidate for Reid Craig Laundy.

April 19, 2013

Mayor leaders sombre ceremony to remember the fallen of every culture and nation

Strathfield paid its respects to the Anzac heroes at a special service at Davey Square Reserve this weekend - and heard from a famous cricketer about his debt to the fallen.

Dozens turned out to commemorate the Anzacs under picture perfect skies. The solemn service centred on prayers and hymns,  and was attended by the Member for Reid, John Murphy, Mayor Gulian Vaccari and Liberal candidate for Reid Craig Laundy.

June 8, 2012

Strathfield could become the “little Korea” of Sydney, reaping benefits in tourism, employment and investment.

Two academics have uncovered a major opportunity to put Strathfield on the tourist map and present Australia with a bold new international image of the municipality. According to Professor Jock Collins and Dr Joon Shin of the University of Technology Sydney’s Business School, Strathfield could become the “little Korea” of Sydney, reaping benefits in tourism, employment and investment.

August 15, 2014

Strathfield, once the hub of Russian migrants retains its culture through clubs and churches.

Every Wednesday night, in the halls of Strathfield’s Russian Club, 10 dancers in traditional garb practice their repertoire of high kicks and spinning moves. Dancing is a time-honoured tradition in the Russian community and something Angelina Katz, nee Kuznetsov, hopes will help the younger folk keep their cultural identity.

On Saturdays dance organiser Ms Katz tries to ensure that young Australian-Russian children retain at least a little of the heritage of their homeland.

April 25, 2014

Despite the rain, veterans, their families and community leaders made a special effort to remember our fallen service men and women

Veterans and political figures were out in force for the ANZAC day commemorations today.

Reid Federal MP Craig Laundy MP was at a well-attended dawn service at Concord RSL Club.  He also visited memorial services organised by the sub-branches at Five Dock RSL and Burwood RSL.

 “ANZAC Day is a hallowed day for all Australians,” Mr Laundy said.  “It has been an honour to attend these events to reflect and recognise the men and women who served our nation in wars, conflicts and on peacekeeping operations.

March 7, 2014

Homebush resident Marlene was left in the dark when her newly installed phone and Internet lines went dead.

When Marlene Doran and her family decided to get the National Broadband Network installed at their family home, they thought they were signing up for faster internet and clearer phone lines.

But just two weeks after the wireless NBN boxes were installed in their Strathfield home, the lines went dead, Mrs Doran said.

The Doran family was left in the dark about the situation during the 10 weeks it took for the problem to be fixed.

Telstra identified the problem last month and said the wireless boxes that NBN installed were faulty.

January 26, 2014

Dr David Tang and May Wong announced as Strathfield Citizen and Young Citizen of the Year

Australia Day celebrations kicked off this morning with dozens of new citizens sworn in and the announcement of Strathfield's own Citizen and Young Citizen of the Year. 

Dr David Tang, a long-time Homebush West resident, is the Strathfield Citizen of the Year. Dr Tang has been the president of the Homebush West Chamber of Commerce and is a leading figure in the area's Chinese community. 

He was also instrumental in setting up the first Vietnamese-speaking nursing home and is a strong advocate for elderly care. 

November 11, 2013

The Strathfield SES are asking the local community to done orange this Wednesday to support the work they have done. 

This week, the Strathfield SES will be celebrating Wear Orange Wednesdays – a day which recognises the thousands of volunteers which help communities in times of storms, floods and other emergencies.

And our SES with the NRMA are asking Strathfield to wear orange on November 13.

Schools, businesses, buildings and landmark will turn a shade of orange to show their support.

Strathfield SES Local Controller Darrin Parkin said the day is the perfect time for the community to show their support for the 40,000 volunteers.

October 18, 2013

NSW Governor and Premier open new establishment

Premier Barry O’Farrell  named the old Sydney Adventist College the Marie Bashir Public School on Monday.

Among a line up of dignitaries was the NSW Governor herself,  local MP Charles Casuscelli and a host of Education Department officials.

A new primary school will open to meet the educational needs of the growing municipality next year, and the first three pupils were on site to welcome the Governor.

August 16, 2013

This Saturday will mark the 12th anniversary of the Strathfield Massacre where he killed eight people and injured six. 

It has been 22 years since a lone gunman rampaged through Strathfield Plaza, killing seven people and injuring six.

But the memory of the Strathfield Massacre still lives in the minds of those who remember that tragic day.  

Mayor Gulian Vaccari, Councillor Andrew Soulos, Reid MP John Murphy and survivor Greg Read, today laid wreaths in rememberance. 

On August 17 1991, Wade Frankum tore through the shopping mall where he stabbed two teenage girls and shot seven people dead.

 

July 31, 2013

Strathfield real estate agent will not be reported to the Director of Public Prosecutions after his appearance the ICAC.

Strathfield real estate agent Joseph Georges will not be reported to the Director of Public Prosecutions after his appearance before The Independent Commission Against Corruption earlier this year.

Mr Georges gave evidence during the commission’s enquiry into business dealings involving former Labor powerbroker, Eddie Obeid, former Resources Minister Ian McDonald and a number of coal mining leases.

Three reports by the ICAC were tabled on Wednesday. The commission found Mr Obeid and Mr McDonald were corrupt.

July 23, 2013

Homes and businesses in Strathfield able to receive the National Broadband Network from today, while council receives $373,000 to upgrade services

Strathfield's plans to take advantage of the high speed broadband network have won the council a big government grant to bring services up to speed with the era of new technology.

The municipality is one of only a handful of Australian councils to be awarded the grant, $373,000.

Some 2,300 homes and businesses in Strathfield are able to receive high speed fibre optic services from the National Broadband Network, after a ceremony at the Town Hall attended by Deputy Prime Minister Anthony Albanese.

April 12, 2013

Local comprehensive high school, Strathfield Girls, was honoured today at their school leadership induction ceremony with a visit from the national recipients of the Australian of the Year award.

January 7, 2013

Anti amalgamation campaigners turn out to explain the message

Snags sizzled and speech makers explained the meaning of being an Australian as 44 new citizens pledged their loyalty to our nation this Australia Day.

In a heart-warming ceremony attended by Federal MP for Watson Tony Burke, State MP for Strathfield Charles Casuscelli, Mayor Gulian Vaccari and Australia Day ambassador Elaine Henry OAM, Burke thanked our new citizens for making the “decision to forevermore be part of building a better Australia.”

November 13, 2012

Firms invited to send in pictures of staff wearing orange

 

Strathfield residents are being urged to wear orange on Wednesday to show support for the SES after a week which saw them answer calls for help from as far afield as Penrith.

Strathfield SES Local Controller Darrin Parkin also warned residents make sure that their properties are storm safe this season.

The Strathfield SES unit was deployed to Penrith last Thursday night on Out of Area Assistance (OOAA) with multiple tree and storm damage jobs. 

January 13, 2012

Lion king - one little cub celebrates the Year of the Dragon before the Australia Day festivities saw 47 new citizens sworn in

Ray Wilson, tireless charity worker and Strathfield golfing pro, was been awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in the 2012 honour roll.

The honour comes as Strathfield welcomed 47 new Australians and announced its citizens of the year for 2012  at an Australia Day ceremony.

Strathfield mayor, Cr Paul Barron, said: “Today we celebrate our rich culture and we celebrate our new citizens. I feel most honoured that we welcome our new citizens into the Strathfield community."

December 2, 2011

Strathfield sparkles during the festive season

The 2011 Christmas season was officially declared open this week when Strathfield's traditional tree was unveiled in the Town Square.

Sporting new LED lights, an amazing amount of tinsel, the metres high "pine" was switched on by The Mayor, Cnr Paul Barron.

Launched at the same time was Strathfield's toy appeal - but this year, it was a little bit different.

October 18, 2011

Construction of the NBN in Strathfield will start in June 2012 

The NBN Co announced today a plan to begin construction work in 28 new locations, with Strathfield included in the areas that will receive the National Broadband Network.

October 7, 2011

Asian fusion may be the poster boy of modern Australian cuisine but it is not universally admired, Mark Chipperfield reports.

Ten years ago Sydney was firmly under the sway of Mod Oz cuisine, a somewhat naïve attempt to forge a national food identity from the cultural melting pot that is Australia.

Asian fusion, its successor, seems an altogether more convincing foodie movement. What could be better than mixing Asian and European cuisines – or more natural than adapting traditional cooking techniques to suit Australian conditions and ingredients?

September 9, 2011

Strathfield’s two-day spring celebration has been declared a roaring success

Strathfield's new-style Spring Festival was hailed a major new landmark on the municipality's social calendar after thousands joined a star-studded entertainment line up at the weekend.

Fireworks, kites and lanterns launched Day One of the two-day event, while the stars came out for a fabulous Spring Sunday of sunshine, including Justice Crew and Natalie Colavito.

August 17, 2011

Residents, councillors, the local MP and police officers from the Flemington LAC pay their respects to the victims of the Strathfield Massacre

The morning of Saturday August 17th 1991, Wade Frankum opened fire in a murderous rampage in Strathfield Plaza, killing seven innocent bystanders, injuring six and finally turning the gun on himself.

On the day of the 20 anniversary and just a few short metres from where it all happened, Strathfield has paid its respects.

May 13, 2011

 

Mayor says verdict shows council systems “passed with flying colours”

 The Independent Commission Against Corruption has recommended Strathfield Council’s Community Services manager Michael Chau be considered for prosecution and dismissal after finding he engaged in corrupt conduct.

Mayor Tony Maroun welcomed the findings, saying the ICAC verdict vindicated the council’s decision to report Chau’s behaviour and showed its procedures had past a test with “flying colours”.

He said it was “telling” that the ICAC had not recommended any changes to council policies.

March 26, 2011

Casuscelli's expertise likely to be in high demand

 

Liberal Charles Casuscelli has emerged victorious as the new member for Strathfield, after promising better transport, policing and planning and running a strong campaign on local issues.

Casuscelli, a transport expert, is expected to be a valuable asset in Barry O'Farrell's new goverment, as his expertise in managing major projects will be in high demand.

He has held a number of senior executive appointments in the public and private sectors, and  has his own business in operations and logistics consulting.