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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.

October 17, 2014

Labor mayor comes out fighting in battle for Strathfield state seat. 

Burwood mayor John Faker told Labor Party officials he wants to stand for pre-selection for the state seat of Strathfield, maintaining he should not be made to stand aside for former minister and Newcastle MP Jodi McKay.

“It’s going to be a dirty campaign,” he told the Scene.  “They are going to try to throw everything at me.”

October 10, 2014

Strathfield Council to raise Performance Improvement Order to NSW Ombudsman.

Strathfield Council is to take the unusual step of making representation to the NSW Ombudsman concerning the Performance Improvement Order issued against it by the Office of Local Government (OLG) earlier this year.

The move follows the appointment of consultants at a cost to ratepayers of $54,000 a year to oversee council procedures, which Local Government Minister Paul Toole maintains have not been followed.

October 10, 2014

How many of these people's jobs would survive amalgamation?

It’s 6:00 and Strathfield’s early risers are enjoying their morning coffees around the Town Square. Cars pull up in adjacent streets as workersand customers begin their day.

The municipality appears to be coming to life effortlessly – and that’s just the way the 150 people who work at Strathfield Council like it. 

What looks effortless actually takes a lot of painstaking planning and hard work, much of it out of sight and unsung.

October 10, 2014

Property guru Steve Devine gives you his top tips for selling your auction.

The real estate market is an unpredictable thing. We never know for sure when prices will rise, when they will fall, or when they will merely flatline. If only we all had a crystal real estate ball!

Strathfield is no stranger to volatile price fluctuations. Just when we think prices can’t go any higher, we see another record-breaking sale.

October 4, 2014

MPs and dignitaries hail major undertaking for all the community

Strathfield’s plans to be home to the biggest ever project by an overseas Korean community got an official welcome at the municipality’s Korean Festival today.

Bressington Park is to be the site of the Australian Korean Memorial Garden and Korean Cultural Centre, a multi-million-dollar project that will put Strathfield on the Korean tourism map, as well as providing an events centre and new gardens for the whole community.