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.”

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.

April 22, 2014

The mother of Joe Antoun's children is now struggling to support her girls. 

Teagan Mullens, the wife of slain Strathfield father, Joe Antoun has spoken out for the first time about the murder of her husband.

Ms Mullens, 29, told The Sunday Telegraph her twin daughters Lily and Layla pine for their father, especially since he used to make it home every night to tuck his girls into bed.

“They keep saying to me ‘these people have ruined our lives’,” said Ms Mullens.

“The fact that they are six and speaking like that breaks my heart. They shouldn’t have to think like that.”

March 8, 2014

Liberal Charles Casuscelli hits the campaig trail as Labor looks for a candidate

AS Strathfield MP Charles Casuscelli drives up to his electorate office on Burwood Road, the skies open and it pours.

He runs into the office, donning a pair of jeans and Asics sneakers – a very different kind of uniform from the grey suits the Liberal MP is regularly seen in.

It is a year this month before voters head to the polls for the next NSW state election – and Mr Casuscelli’s job for today is to hit the campaign trail.  He is determined to get a head start on his competitors – even though, right now, there aren’t any.

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 4, 2014

Mayor Daniel Bott, Councillor Andrew Soulous, parents and children attended the opening of the revamped Drew Street Playground.

For the children of Greenacre, the revamped and renewed Drew Street Playground has brought of fresh air to the area.

What once stood there was a run down swing and slipper dip, but now, the playground is an artwork. Aside from the new slides and swings, the kids now have a new rope obstacle course and a rock-climbing wall.

Last month, the official opening of the Drew Street Playground brought out dozens of kids, slurping on free gelato while playing on their new jungle gym.

February 7, 2014

A local real estate agent has broken his own record for the highest selling house in Strathfield

A local real estate agent has broken his own record for the highest priced house sale in Strathfield - $6.8 million.

His agency, Georges Ellis & Co, achieved the record this month with the same Llandilo Avenue home that won the record seven years ago.

Joseph Georges sold the six-bedroom, seven-garage property with swimming pool and tennis court to a local family.

February 6, 2014

Danielle O'Brien and her partner, Greg Merriman compete in the paired figure skating event at Sochi