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December 7, 2013

Hundreds of families turn out for the night that kicks off the spirit of Christmas in Strathfield

They came with chairs, rugs and hampers - many wearing Santa hats and T-shirts.

Hundreds of families watched  music, a movie and fireworks at Strathfield's annual carols concert this weekend, turning the park into a huge community picnic.

November 8, 2013

How one 14-year-old-boy turned an acknowledgement of country into a passionate statement of pride.

The opening of a new primary school in Strathfield attracted an unusual throng of high-profile dignitaries. The NSW governor, Her Excellency Marie Bashir, Premier Barry O’Farrell and the director of the State Education Department were there.

When the crowd stood for the acknowledgement of the country, one voice rang out strong and clear.

September 25, 2013

Enjoy a fun day of soccer and support Beyond Blue.

Put on your running shoes and best costumes. Soccer, sizzle and smile is hosting a round robin soccer tournament with a fun twist.

16 teams, all dressed in different costumes, will compete in a knockout mini-soccer competition.

But it’s not just a soccer tournament. Come down to Mason Park at Homebush from 10am to 3pm to enjoy a family fun day with jumping castles, face painting, food, drinks and a BBQ.

Proceeds from the day will go to Beyond Blue, the national depression and anxiety initiative.

September 18, 2013

Drew Street, Greenacre children's play area opens with a celebration


Strathfield Council is to hold a free BBQ this weekend to celebrate the opening of a new playground in Drew Street, Greenacre.

The BBQ, this Saturday September 21 at 11.30am to 1.30pm, will also include a community art project with artist Mazin Ahmed. 

“The community barbecue and new playground is part of a number of Council initiatives to support the community of this small pocket of residential houses in the southern most part of the Strathfield LGA,” said Strathfield mayor Cr Bott.

December 7, 2012

Inaugural winner announced and on show until December 10


Najee Roude, a Homebush Boys student, has won top prize at the municipality’s inaugural Strathfield HSC Art Exhibition.

The exhibition showcases the work of local Year 11 and Year 12 students. The diverse artworks from the municipality’s most talented budding artists will be up on display at Strathfield Town Hall until Monday Dec 10.

Roude’s work, titled Desolate of mind, is very much grounded in his Australian upbringing.

October 22, 2012

11-year-olds write harrowing tale of migrants

Youngsters, Alexander Maloof and Rhys Halkidis have shined at the 2012 Dorothy Mackellar Poetry awards.

Alexander and Rhys wrote the poem Silentio ad Mare (meaning Silence at Sea) exploring the deep interactions and fearful experiences of boat people.

On Monday October 22 at a private prestigious ceremony within their school chapel, the eleven year olds of Trinity Preparatory Strathfield were awarded with the Community Relations Commission Award by Minister Victor Dominello.

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.

October 19, 2011


Be one of the first to see Sarah Jessica Parker's new film, 'I Don't Know How She Does It'.

Event Cinemas in Burwood will be hosting another special night of Chicks at the Flicks.

An advanced screening of Sarah Jessica Parker's new hit, 'I Don't Know How She Does It' will be screened on Wednesday 26 October at 7pm. 

Based on the critically acclaimed bestseller by Allison Pearson, I Don't Know How She Does it is about Kate Reddy, a working mother who tries to juggle her career with her adoring children and husband. But things start getting complicated when her husband lands his dream job and she lands a big account. 

September 4, 2014

This year's Strathfield Spring Festival has a bumper lineup of musical acts and sports for everyone

The 2014 Spring Festival will feature the biggest Sports Quarter ever, with the Flair Action Sports Motocross show, Big Air School’s skate and scooter demos and martial arts.

Flair Action’s show is a dynamic performance in which Trials motorcycle and bicycle riders are pushed to their limits.

August 18, 2014

Strathfield venue heralds acceptance that the seat of Reid is vital for campaign to win hearts and minds of Migrant community

Prime Minister Tony Abbott visited Strathfield today to address Sydney’s multicultural media organisations in a bid to promote better communication between the government and Australia’s ethnic groups.

His simple message to their readers was:  "You don't migrate to this country unless you want to join our team."

Team Australia has become a catchcry for the Liberal Government in recent days.

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.

August 8, 2014

Bernadette Chua, former first violinist in the MLC Orchestra reports on a musical tribute to an Inner-West teaching legend.

It was the tribute concert to a musical icon of the Inner West. And while a certain documentary has given Mrs Karen Carey a stellar reputation on the music education scene, her appearance at Sydney’s Town Hall this month was intensely personal for her – and her former pupils.

I know, because I was a first violinist in the MLC Burwood orchestra.

Walking through the grand double doors of the Town Hall brought back many memories of days spent rehearsing and performing.

July 24, 2014

Community consultation period opens to residents for new plan for Enfield ILC.

Residents have labelled a consultation exercise by NSW Ports as “ridiculous”, saying they are being offered a viewing platform instead of the park they have been asking for.

They learned of the consultation exercise when a small advertisement on the lost and found pages of the Inner West Courier was brought to their attention.

It said Sydney Ports had launched the consultation period to get feedback about a new plan for the Southern Ecological Area at the Enfield Intermodal Logistics Centre.

July 4, 2014

Strathfield Council is encouraging the community to join the protest to win 'Enfield Park' back from the State Government.

Residents and local politicians are being urged to join a mass rally to help those living in Enfield win back recreational land they believe is their compensation for living next to a major transport hub.

The protest is aimed at putting pressure on the State Government and NSW Ports to deliver “Enfield Park”, a 5ha site next to the Enfield Intermodal Centre.

The centre, scheduled to open officially this year, can handle as many as 600 trucks a week as well as rail movements. It is designed to be a transit centre for the city and Parramatta.

June 23, 2014

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June 23, 2014

5km walk results



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June 20, 2014

Fifth annual Cooks River Fun Run takes place today at Freshwater Park with a big turnout predicted

The fifth annual Cooks River Fun Run kicks off this morning and organisers are hoping for a record turn out. 

The event starts at the picturesque Freshwater Park, with weather forecasts predicting sun and light winds.

Runners have a choice of a 5km and 10km run or a 5km walk. Kids can take part in a 2km event.

Participants will run along the Cooks River which is one of Sydney’s best cycle and walking tracks.

May 22, 2014

Emotion as mayor hands his own wife her citizenship papers 

Strathfield Mayor Daniel Bott made history tonight when he presided over a citizenship ceremony where his own wife became an Australian.

It is believed to be the first time an Australian mayor has conducted such a ceremony at which his partner made the pledge of commitment.

It was an emotional occasion and politics were put to one side.   Adria Bott was given an Australian flag by a clearly delighted Liberal MP for Reid, Craig Laundy, and literature by Liberal State MP Charles Casuscelli.

May 22, 2014

Astonishing and inspiring stories were the highlight of the Youth Achivement awards

Federal Reid MP Craig Laundy called them “unbelievably inspiring”.  Mayor Daniel Bott said if the future is in their hands “it looks very bright”.

Six young people took out the 11th Strathfield Council Rotary Youth Achievement Awards last night with stories of extraordinary achievement in community services, science, arts and sport.

Sunil Jassal, aged 12, so impressed Strathfield MP Charles Casuscelli with his ability to raise funds for the Cancer Council that he offered him a job in his own office on the spot.

May 9, 2014

Steve Devine from Devine Real Estate tells us his property advice.

Media reports and reality TV shows like The Block often portray an inflated sense of what’s really happening in the property market. The excitement of couples achieving more than $600,000 above “reserve” prices on the finale of The Block made for compelling television, but the media hype unfortunately helps to create false expectations among sellers.

April 11, 2014

Sally Hollis will be sharing her research about the hospital that once stood on Hydebrae Street.

The Strathfield Historical Soceity will be hosting a talk about the history of Hydebrae, the hospital in Strathfield. 

Sally Hollis is the daughter of a Matron who worked at the hospital that once stood on Hydebrae Street.

She grew up on the estate and was a local Santa Sabina girl. Now, she has written a book about the running of the hospital. 

Though the book has not been published yet, Sally will be speaking to the group about the history of the property. 

The talk is to encourage more people to join the society. 

March 7, 2014

Strathfield Council in conjunction with Treading Lightly will be holding a free mineral make up session. 

The craze for mineral make-up – environmentally friendly beauty products loved by stars such as Steven Tyler, Kate Ceberano, Joan Rivers, Brooke Shields and Megan Gale – is about to hit Strathfield.

As part of Treading Lightly, a joint venture between Strathfield, Burwood, Ashfield, Leichhardt and Canada Bay councils, this workshop will be showing women how to use mineral make-up and the benefits for their skin.

Make-up artist Miriam Van Cooten has made up some of Hollywood’s biggest celebrities, including the stars listed above.

March 7, 2014

The Symphonia Jubilate is Strathfield's newest orchestra. 

A new Inner West orchestra, made up of 140 talented students, is taking the classical music circuit by storm – and even making it extra cool for kids to play a musical instrument.

Symphonia Jubilate was founded in February 2013 by Homebush Boys High music teacher and composer Tracy Burjan and another music teacher, Luke Wallace.

February 1, 2014

Flemington fires up Chinese New Year, celebrating with a bang

When Mayor Daniel Bott walks along Flemington’s shopping district, he usually picks up complaints about pot holes and parking.

Today, accompanied by two lions and a sack load of hongbao (red packets), the Mayor and fellow councillor Raj Datta were greeted with nothing but warm praise and welcoming handshakes.