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October 15, 2013

Three of Australia's top celebrity chefs will prepare a special pop-up breakfast for OzHarvest. 

To celebrate the Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Month, the Sydney Markets at Flemington will be hosting a pop-up breakfast where three of Australia’s top celebrity chef will be serving diners a gastronomic menu.

On Friday October 18, Jared Ingersoll, Matt Kemp and Justin North will colaborate their culinary expertise and using produce from the Sydney Markets to create a sumptuous three-course breakfast on a long communal table.

October 11, 2013

Council studies legal action against the state over green space

Jenny Maddocks peppers her conversation with the acronyms of a planning professional. The Enfield resident moves deftly between a fat and well-thumbed file of photographs, health reports and traffic surveys, pointing out a hazard here, a broken promise there.

After battling the Enfield Intermodal Logistics Centre for over a decade, she probably knows the facility better than any employee.

September 7, 2013

How old fashioned face-to-face  appeared to win the day

It was supposed to be a watershed election for social media, a Twitter-led bid for the hearts and minds of electors, with Facebook fanning the flames of debate and Instagram showing us the imagery.

In the end, the 2013 campaign will perhaps be remembered – in Reid and Watson, at least  as the return to the traditional hug, handshake and baby-kiss. 

July 17, 2013

Local car dealers in Homebush today, told Shadow Treasurer Joe Hockey and Liberal candidate for Reid, Craig Laundy about the impact of that the proposed tax hike will have on their businesses. 

Local car dealers in Homebush today told Shadow Treasurer Joe Hockey and Liberal candidate for Reid Craig Laundy that Labor's FBT reforms will damage their businesses.

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd recently announced the $1.8 billion tax reform, but Mr Hockey said the increase will severely affect businesses. 

Mr Hockey claimed "the tax grab" will cost an average of $1,400 a year for around 320,000 Australians. 

March 14, 2013

Councillor Rad Datta outlines his fears if Strathfield were to amalgamate

I have met thousands of Strathfield residents in recent months. I have heard very few voices in support of amalgamation. My fellow Strathfield councillors have had similar experiences.

I regularly hear how people don’t want their council rates to rise, as they almost certainly would if Strathfield was amalgamated with surrounding LGAs with more challenging financial situations.

February 22, 2013

Former Strathfield councillor Danny Lim was denied an interim apprehended violence order against prominent real estate agent Joseph Georges.

Former Strathfield councillor Danny Lim was denied an interim apprehended violence order against prominent real estate agent Joseph Georges when he appeared before Burwood Court on Friday.

Presiding Magistrate William Brydon was told that Mr Lim filed an application for the order after he alleged that Mr Georges harassed him on January 18.

“I fear for my life and my dog Smarty. They threatened to shoot me with guns they had in their home,” he claimed during the hearing.

February 17, 2013

Real estate agent predicts $128 million property loss as residents talk of drugs, condoms and living in fear.

Residents fighting the Australian Catholic University expansion plans are considering an appeal to halt the verdict of the Planning Assessment Commission (PAC) until a court ruling on student numbers.

The council-backed court case claiming the ACU has been in breach of its student numbers cap was put back until May last month to await a PAC decision.

December 9, 2012

Show us the homes with Christmas cheer!

With Strathfield spending more this year than ever on lights and decorations, some home in the municipality are showing Sydney that the area knows how to celebrate.

The picture shows one house in Chalmers Road that has really gone the distance - with almost every area of garden covered in something with a Christmas or Santa flavour.

Neighbours next door and across the road have also joined in the lights extravaganza - proving that spreading Christmas cheer is all about example!

November 26, 2012

See Spongebob Squarepants and raise money for Westmead Children's Hospital

Dooleys are putting together a Christmas extravaganza at Wyatt Park in Lidcombe with entertainment, amusement rides, stalls, food, sports activities and prize giveaways in hope of raising over $20,000 for the hospital.

Spongebob Squarepants will feature in two shows throughout the day for the kids. There is also a chance to win an Apple iPhone 5 if you enter the Fair’s draw.

The event will run from 10am to 4pm with regular shuttle buses every 15 minutes from Dooleys Lidcombe to the park.

November 9, 2012


I am like you. I love my baby so much I found it one of the hardest things to do – place her in daycare. But it’s inevitable if you have a job to return to and just a necessity these days. We all need to go back to our jobs at some stage.

Now you can see why I wrote the daycare story in the current issue of the scene. I have to take every Friday off because no daycare centre will offer a place to my daughter.

October 16, 2012

Seven take oath of office


Strathfield’s seven new councillors were being officially sworn in at an Oath of Office ceremony on Tuesday night.

With their families watching, the two women and five men pledged service to the community at a specially convened cocktail function at the Strathfield Library.

The welcome address came from former Mayor of Strathfield, Laurel O’Toole. O’Toole served on Strathfield Council for two terms from 1991 to 2000 was elected Mayor in 1999 and 2000 and as Deputy Mayor in 1998.  

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.

March 9, 2012

Australian Catholic University's plan to expand hits opposition from residents, ministers and council step into the fray. 

 March 13 - Strathfield Council resolved tonight to send the Australian Catholic University an ultimatum demanding that it "cease and desist" from breaching consents on its student numbers.
It voted to give the ACU 14 days to comply or it would resolve to seek injunctions in the Land and Environment Court and recover costs.

February 10, 2012

Strathfield's draft LEP is now on public exhibition

Higher-density residential development along Parra-matta Road, increased building heights at the Town Centre, a food hub next to Sydney Markets and new business parks to attract jobs are among the highlights of Strathfield’s plans for the next decade, which went on show this month.

The town square is to be reclassified to allow for events like weekend markets, while a mixed business and residential area is proposed in Homebush, north of the railway station.

February 10, 2012

Angry residents fight against the Australian Catholic University's new development plans

March 4:  Strathfield Council has appointed a panel of experts to help in its bid to halt the Australian Catholic University's $55 million expansion plans.

It plans to challenge claims from the university that it has not exceeded its permitted student numbers - the ACU insists council sanctioned an increase in 2010, despite strenuous denials by Strathfield Council managers.

July 12, 2011

Wanted: Community leader willing to head up high-powered meetings, be the keynote speaker at public events, help oversee a staff of 171 and a budget $29 million. Must be available all day and into the evening, an be prepared to work at weekends. Pay

Wanted: Community leader willing to head up high-powered meetings, be the keynote speaker at public events, help oversee a staff of 171 and a budget $29 million. Must be available all day and into the evening, an be prepared to work at weekends. Pay: $1018.46 a week.

April 9, 2014

Treasurer refruses foreign investor's purchase of a $1.8 million home in Nicholason Street

Treasurer Joe Hockey has rejected the sale of a $1.8 million, Strathfield home to a Chinese investor because it would have been "contrary to the national interest". 

Zhixiong Hua wanted to purchase the  established, four-bedroom house at 86 Nicholson Street which sits  on a 902 square metre block in Strathfield. But the sale by agent LJ Hooker was rejected under the Foreign Acquisitions and Takeovers Act.

April 4, 2014

Strathfield's strong property market continues to grow.

Strathfield’s property market continues to run hot with a six-bedroom, five-bathroom house on Wallis Avenue setting a street record sale price of $4,525,000.

The three-level house, which has a swimming pool and basement parking for five cars, was sold before auction to a young family from the Inner West.

Selling agent Joseph Georges of Georges Ellis & Co said Wallis Avenue was a much sought-after street of prestigious houses. The property sits on a 1330sq m block.

March 21, 2014

Chinese buyers may be pushing up house prices

It is expected to be another big weekend for property in Strathfield as agents clear their books before the Easter break.

All eyes will be on the clearance rate in the light of some conjecture that the holiday period will test recent rises.

A new report maintains house prices in Strathfield have soared more than 20 per cent since last year. 

Strathfield has been named as one of 30 suburbs that recorded a double-digit growth over the last 12 months.

Prices in North Strathfield also grew by more than 20 per cent.

March 14, 2014

To celebrate all of Strathfield's cultural groups, Harmony Day will be an unforgettable day of fun and understanding.

Harmony Day is a celebration of multiculturalism in Australia and for an area like Strathfield, diversity of ethnicities is the core of the suburb.

Strathfield Council has organised a fun-filled day of activities for the entire family.

There will be performances from the Chinese, Vietnamese, Nepalese and Indigenous Australian groups as well as lots of different cuisines to sample.

And for the kids, there will be a jumping castle, animal farm, fun family races.

March 10, 2014

Prime Minister Tony Abbott and MP Craig Lundy announced initiative to help unemployed youth starts on July 1.

Strathfield’s Federal MP Craig Laundy was been appointed as a panel member to combat youth unemployment.

His appointment comes as Prime Minister Tony Abbott joined Mr Laundy in Western Sydney to announce a new $4,000 incentive for multicultural young people to stay in work.

Mr Laudy has been appointed as the NSW MP on Red Tape & Deregulation.

Dozens of young migrants from Vietnam, China, Korea, Lebanon and Sudan turned up at the Auburn Lidcombe Youth Centre in Auburn to shake the PM’s hand and grab some selfies with Mr Abbott.

March 7, 2014

Dozens of units are being sold in Columbia Lane despite the developer not having a development application. 

A Chinese-backed company has sold more than half of the 250 apartments in a multi-level residential project in Parramatta Road, Homebush – even though development approval has not been given by Strathfield Council.

Last month, JQZ Development and Construction launched off-the-plan sales of stage one at Grand Central, Homebush, a 10,000 sqm development site with 430 apartments scheduled for completion in 2016.

March 7, 2014

Wondering what to do with the kids over the Easter school holidays? Check out the list compiled together by the Scene.




This activity includes getting teams through a web of obstacles while blindfolded, keeping moon balls in the air, creating a protective shell for your pet egg and working as a team to walk down the plan. Starts at 10am. Cost: $3. Airey Park, Homebush.



March 7, 2014

The Strathfield Scene has taken over as the newest sponsor of the Inner West Business Awards

The Strathfield Scenehas taken over as the new sponsor of the Inner West Local Business Awards, an event that celebrates its 30th anniversary this year.

The awards will be launched in April with the theme “We’re Here for You” to recognise the positive impact local businesses and communities have on one another.

“We are excited to celebrate 30 years of acknowledging businesses of the Inner West and we welcome Strathfield Sceneas our media partner,” says Steve Loe, founder of the awards.