Content about Human Interest

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.

January 18, 2014

Why Barry O'Farell and the WestConnex Delivery Authority need to go and rent a very old film and learn about community management and communications

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.

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. 

December 20, 2012

Schools move up table for exam performance

Strathfield schools have scored significant success in this year's HSC results, and are punching well above their weight.

Of the Sydney Morning Herald’sTop 100 schools, four are from the Strathfield Local Government Area. Meriden School, Santa Sabina College, St Patrick’s College and Strathfield Girls High School all made it to the prestigious list.

December 20, 2012

Schools move up table for exam performance


Strathfield schools have scored significant success in this year's HSC results, and are punching well above their weight.

Of the Sydney Morning Herald’sTop 100 schools, four are from the Strathfield Local Government Area. Meriden School, Santa Sabina College, St Patrick’s College and Strathfield Girls High School all made it to the prestigious list.

October 31, 2012

Cherry pickers up early to raise funds 


A father's charity set up to find a cure for his son was the big winner at the annual auction of the first cherries at Sydney Market today.

Lui and Ross Cicco from Pony express won the prestigious box of cherries for $30,000 at auction.

Save our Sons Founder and father Elie Eid said, ”We are thrilled to be chosen as the charity for The Sydney Markets Cherry Auction. I will never stop trying to find a cure for my son and this money will go a long way toward funding the research we need to help him and all boys like him.”

October 26, 2015

Thousands flock to the Strathfield Town Centre for the fifth annual food festival.

This year's Strathfield Food Festival saw thousands of foodies flock to the Town Centre to see some amazing celebrity chefs, demos as well as eat some fabulous food.

Masterchef contestants Adam Liaw and Reynold Poernomo were part of the star line up of the day's festivities and showed hundreds of foodies some of their favourite recipes.

And their adoring fans also lined up after their cooking demonstrations for a meet and greet session, where no doubt, hundreds of selfies were taken.

August 7, 2015

Santa Sabina College students aims for Commonwealth and Olympic Games.

At just 15 years of age, Strathfield student Sabah Chamoun is already breaking world records. And she’s doing it in an unusual sport for her age – weightlifting.

The Santa Sabina College student most recently won a gold medal at the Oceania Weightlifting Championships in Papua New Guinea.

Not only lifting a personal best snatch of 64kg and 80kg, she also broke the Australian records in the under-15 and under-17 categories.

Sabah is following in the footsteps of her father and older brother.

June 10, 2015

Big name chefs being sought for major food tourism attraction on our borders

Sydney Markets will build a landmark cooking school in Flemington with a line up of celebrity chefs to inspire more people to cook using Australian fresh fruit and vegetables.

“Sydney Markets cooking school will tap into the burgeoning culinary tourism market by providing visitors a single destination where they can experience produce sourced from 20,0000 Australian growers,” chief executive Brad Latham said.

May 20, 2015

A school-aged teen saw a man committing a lewd act in a Strathfield alley.

Police are on the hunt for a man who allegedly committed a lewd act in front of a 17-year-old girl in Strathfield.

On Tuesday morning at around 8:15am, the girl was walking along a laneway near Albert Road.

The girl told the police she saw the man committing a lewd act while she was walking.

She immediately went to school and told the principal of what she saw.

The man was described as being of Caucasian appearance aged between 40-50 years of solid build, 175cm tall and with receding grey hair.

April 13, 2015

Residents urged to turn up and run - or watch - Strathfield's premier sporting event in aid of bowel cancer charity


They are under starter's orders.  And this Sunday's Cooks River Fun Run is set to be more fun than ever.

Competition looks set to be strong, with many of those who have taken part before back on the track to win glory.

Third time competitor, 32-year-old Erika Rimes, for instance.

“I have been training five to six days a week, and my training sessions involve speed running and long distance,” says Ms Rimes.

In 2013, Ms Rimes was placed in the top 40 and in 2014, in the top 30.

March 30, 2015

Labor declares Strathfield a victory and Strathfield Mayor Gulian Vaccari looks forward to  a "constructive working relationship."

The cliff-hanging Strathfield seat state election is over, with Labor's shadow planning minister Jodi McKay elected to the seat just before 3pm when the Liberals' Charles Casuscelli  conceded he couldn't win.

In the end, along with Green preferences, an astonishingly high iVote turnout of almost 4,000 was allocated today, putting Ms McKay in an unbeatable position.

March 6, 2015

“Our frog is lonely and needs a mate,” says Strathfield Council.

It was certainly not the sort of request Strathfield Council’s customer service helpline usually receives: “Our frog is lonely and needs a mate.”

Always ready to serve even its amphibious residents, council workers have been scouring the municipality for a suitable suitor ever since.

For this is no ordinary frog. Tinker Bell, as she has been christened, is a green and golden bell frog, one of the most endangered in the state.

February 6, 2015

A nest of bees have made Strathfield their new home. 

Strathfield will soon be abuzz with thousands of new residents who are set to move in to Laker Reserve.

But we won’t be needing town planners to accommodate these tiny new neighbours – 5,000 Sugarbag bees, to be precise – who will be put to work in the new community garden. The buzzing beauties were bought in October by Strathfield Council to help pollinate the flowers at Laker Reserve.

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

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

Councillor Daniel Bott raised a motion to get Strathfield it's very first museum.

Deep in a secret air-raid bunker in the Strathfield Council building lies a treasure trove of books, records and photographs that document the area’s rich history.

In a bid to revive these artefacts, by making them accessible to a new audience, Councillor Daniel Bott has raised the idea of creating a museum dedicated to Strathfield.

At the Ordinary Council meeting, Cr Bott made a passionate plea to his fellow councillors, pointing
out that Strathfield has one of the richest histories of all the metropolitan councils.

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.

September 5, 2014

Councillor Helen McLucas says minister’s remarks were “totally unacceptable to Strathfield Council and residents”.

Claims that the NSW Government might be planning to amalgamate Strathfield Council with other Inner West local authorities led to an angry exchange between Mayor Daniel Bott and Cr Gulian Vaccari at this month’s council meeting.

Cr Helen McLucas called on colleagues to write to Local Government Minister Paul Toole after she maintained he made comments in a number of local papers about amalgamation.

She said the  minister’s remarks were “totally unacceptable to Strathfield Council and residents”.

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.

July 4, 2014

Dozens of businesses shine at this year's Inner West Local Business Award

Strathfield entrepreneurs scored well at the Inner West Local Business Awards 2014 – a major landmark celebrating 30 years of rewarding small businesses.

Precedent Productions hosted a sparkling dinner for almost 600 guests, including those representing small businesses in Strathfield, Burwood and Croydon.

Proud Strathfield resident and managing director of Precedent Productions Steve Loe said this year’s event was a great success that saw several innovations.

One was an award for each local government area.

June 27, 2014

Michael Gleeson was refused bail after magistrate said he would "endanger the community" if released

The man who is accused of bashing a 73-year-old driver on a Strathfield street has told a court it was all an "unfortunate" accident”.

A lawyer for Michael Gleeson, a 33-year-old Strathfield man on bail for larceny at the time of the alleged offence, said his client would claim he first offered the elderly victim money to stop taking pictures of his partner's car after a minor traffic accident.

June 6, 2014

Geoffrey Watson, SC tells the Scene about growing up in Strathfield

Pitting in his sun-drenched city office, Geoffrey Watson SC seems a far cry from the tough inquisitor who is credited with helping bring down a premier and several ministers. Instead, the scourge of the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) hearings, where he is counsel assisting, is reminiscing about his childhood in Strathfield and life at St Pat’s, his Alma Mater.