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November 14, 2014

As the election battle heats up, we speak to the candidates running for the seat of Strathfield. 

Charles Casuscelli

Age: 56

Family: wife, two daughters

Lives in: Five Dock

Qualifications: Incumbent MP; formerproject director of the NSW Transport Management Centre, Chair of the Legislative Assembly Committee on Transport and Infrastructure, co-chair of three Ministerial Consultative Committees representing the Korean, Chinese and Russian communities.


September 5, 2014

The 'Ice Bucket Challenge' has swept the world and now it has come to Strathfield. 

Mayor Councillor Daniel Bott joined the craze to raise awareness for motor-neuron disease.

Right before he was dumped with a bucket of icy water, Cr Bott nominated his brother, sister and wife Adria for the challenge. 

August 8, 2014

While we celebrate our leafy suburb, vandals tear at our threatened trees to improve their views and property prices. Now residents are being urged to report them. Bernadette Chua reports.

Hundreds of Strathfield residents donned gardening gloves and wellies last month to take part in National Tree Day. It is a tradition that families from all corners of Australia turn out to plant saplings around their local communities.

It is a reminder to all that in Sydney’s growing urban sprawl, Mother Nature still plays a part in our survival.

Trees are usually unremarkable, yet amazing, contributors to our everyday lives.

July 28, 2014

As Strathfield Station is ranked among the worst, a seasoned commuter laments the hours spent parked at the platform in Homebush.


Sydney trains and the people that run them really make my blood boil.

In fact, they irritate me so frequently that if you were to scroll through my Facebook and Twitter timelines you’d find more disgruntled posts about public transport than you would about my ‘awesome nights out’.

November 24, 2013

Craig Laundy makes moving maiden speech in praise of his family  - and lays out the issues -  from migrant language teaching to the environment -  on which he will be working


Mr LAUNDY (Reid) (17:50): Madam Speaker, it is with a mixture of pride and humility that I rise to my feet as the newly elected member for Reid. I am the ninth person entrusted with this responsibility. Previous members include Labor stalwarts like Jack Lang and Tom Uren. Unfortunately for the Labor Party, I am a proud member of the Liberal Party—indeed, the first Liberal to hold this seat since it was formed in 1922.

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.

November 17, 2014

Clearance rate still remains strong. 

A Strathfield home has topped the list of the most expensive homes sold around Sydney over the weekend. 

It surpassed the sale of a five-bedroom home in Maroubra which sold for $3.25 million. 

The seven-bedroom home at 20 Agnes Street in Strathfield sold for $3.45 million and according to Domain Group, was the most expensive sale. 

With a 19.8-metre frontage, the north-facing home also has an upstairs terrace, double garage and a swimming pool. 

It was sold through agent Matthew Everingham and Richard Baini. 

November 7, 2014

White substance found in Boundary Creek in Sydney Olympic Park.

Reckless waste dumpers sparked a major health scare which could leave ratepayers footing part of a $25,000 clean-up bill.

Officers from the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) wearing Hazmat chemical protection suits were called in after Sydney Olympic Park Authority workers found
an unidentified white powder dumped in a creek.

The trails that run along Boundary Creek are popular among runners and cyclists. Many families use the area for picnics and walks.

November 7, 2014

Labor candidate challenges Liberal MP over whether he was briefed and why he isn't telling the community

Minister for Planning Pru Goward and UrbanGrowth NSW will be forced to produce all documents prepared for public exhibition of the Parramatta Road Urban Renewal Project, which involves huge new housing projects in special precincts like Homebush.

The Scene revealed last week that UrbanGrowth NSW had cancelled a series of public consultation barbecues, including one at Homebush where thousands of new apartments are scheduled to be built.