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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 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.

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.

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.

September 17, 2012

First meeting sees Liberals take control

Strathfield Council officials have been holding briefing sessions for the new councillors so they can hit the road running when they attend their first meetings early next month.

The move follows the mayoral elections which saw Liberal leader Gulian Vaccari win the top job in a vote by the new seven-strong council at their first extraordinary meeting last Monday night.

Vaccari beat Labor leader Raj Data and Strathfield First’s Helen McLucas with the support of new deputy mayor, Andrew Soulos.

August 10, 2012

This weekend, at Mancini’s Ristorante Italiano in Belfield, Liberal supporters will gather to raise funds for the Strathfield team at the local government elections.

The invitations to the party faithful come complete with pictures of Strathfield MP Charles Casuscelli and Craig Laundy, the new Liberal candidate for Reid.

Tickets are $99 a head. And even if you can’t attend Mancini’s – which is renowned for its pizzas –  you can still send a cheque to the Liberal Party of Australia.

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.

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.

March 10, 2014

Prime Minister Tony Abbott and MP Craig Lundy announced initiative to help unemployed youth starts on July 1.

Strathfield’s Federal MP Craig Laundy was been appointed as a panel member to combat youth unemployment.

His appointment comes as Prime Minister Tony Abbott joined Mr Laundy in Western Sydney to announce a new $4,000 incentive for multicultural young people to stay in work.

Mr Laudy has been appointed as the NSW MP on Red Tape & Deregulation.

Dozens of young migrants from Vietnam, China, Korea, Lebanon and Sudan turned up at the Auburn Lidcombe Youth Centre in Auburn to shake the PM’s hand and grab some selfies with Mr Abbott.

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.

February 17, 2014

A South Strathfield waste management company has appealed to the Land and Environment Court to extend their operation license, but businesses are not happy.

Business owners and residents claim they have been suffering health and safety issues from the dust and pollution coming from a waste management company in South Strathfield.

February 7, 2014

Strathfield businesses have the opportunity to maximise their productivity by using the NBN

Strathfield Council is consulting with businesses and the community to develop a Digital Economy Strategy for the local area. The aim of the strategy is to facilitate local businesses to effectively leverage the high speed broadband that is currently being rolled out in the Strathfield area. 

January 8, 2014

A 21-year-old was attacked by a 42-year-old woman during an attemped robbery.

A woman will face court after she was accused of biting another woman during an attempted robbery on a train from Strathfield to Redfern.

Police allege the 42-year-old woman bit the 21-year-old at around 11:30pm.

The victim told police her attacker approached her asking to use her mobile phone.

But when she did not hand over her phone, the older woman bit the victim on the wrist before she dragged her to the ground by the hair and punched her.

January 7, 2014

The Australian Taxation Office will be releasing an online service to help small businesses with employee superannuation enquiries. 

Small businesses in Strathfield and Homebush will receive a free government online service reduces red-tape and compliance costs for employers who need to pay their staff superannuation.

Reid MP Craig Laundy said the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) will take over the program called the Small Business Superannuation Clearing House.

The initiative is for businesses of 19 employees or less and Mr Laundy said this will cut costs.

January 7, 2014

The Australian Tax Office will be offering an online service to help small business with any employee superannuation queries. 

 

Small businesses in Strathfield and Homebush will receive a free government online service reduces red-tape and compliance costs for employers who need to pay their staff superannuation.

Reid MP Craig Laundy said the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) will take over the program called the Small Business Superannuation Clearing House.

The initiative is for businesses of 19 employees or less and Mr Laundy said this will cut costs.

January 7, 2014

The Australian Tax Office will be offering an online service to help small business with any employee superannuation queries. 

 

Small businesses in Strathfield and Homebush will receive a free government online service reduces red-tape and compliance costs for employers who need to pay their staff superannuation.

Reid MP Craig Laundy said the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) will take over the program called the Small Business Superannuation Clearing House.

The initiative is for businesses of 19 employees or less and Mr Laundy said this will cut costs.

December 15, 2013

Attack in Strathfield South and Homebush West. 

Two businesses in Strathfield were robbed at gunpoint in two days - one in Homebush West and the other in Strathfield South.

On Thursday 12 December, the owner of a smash repairs business in Strathfield South was robbed at gunpoint. 

Police are now appealing to the public for assistance after the business owner parked his vehicle outside his shop on Gould Street and a man in a grey-coloured hatchback pulled up next to him. 

November 14, 2013

Local butcher Ron Chilcott was awarded the honourary Ray Sherry Award.

The Strathfield Rotary celebrated employees from the area at their annual Pride of Workmanship Awards.

This year’s winner is Ron Chilcott who owns and runs his butchery on Majors Bay Road in Concord.

Mr Chilcott, who was unable to attend the glittering affair after calling in sick, has owned his shop for the past 52 years.

The business has been passed down from father to son after Mr Chilcott’s grandfather started the butchery 80 years ago.

His son David is also now a butcher and owns a shop in Hunters Hill.

August 18, 2013

Polls and betting indicate a change in Reid, but not in Watson

The Liberals were claiming victory over Labor at the weekend with their paid parental leave scheme - designed to appeal to young couples with children.

The marginal seat of Reid, held by Labor's John Murphy with a lead of just 2.7%, is particularly vulnerable to incentives for young families.

Strathfield has a growing population of families with children, thanks to its predominance of good schools.

August 9, 2013

A good chocolatier is hard to find, just ask Jennifer Dibb, the owner of Cheeky Chocolates in North Strathfield.

A good chocolatier is hard to find, just ask Jennifer Dib, the owner of Cheeky Chocolates in North Strathfield.

In need of some help in her café, Ms Dib searched high and low for an assistant chocolatier but could not  find an Australian-born worker who was interested in the trade.

“It’s not a very common job and it’s tedious and difficult,” Ms Dib said. “I couldn’t find any Australian-born workers who wanted to become chocolatiers.”

July 23, 2013

Homes and businesses in Strathfield able to receive the National Broadband Network from today, while council receives $373,000 to upgrade services

Strathfield's plans to take advantage of the high speed broadband network have won the council a big government grant to bring services up to speed with the era of new technology.

The municipality is one of only a handful of Australian councils to be awarded the grant, $373,000.

Some 2,300 homes and businesses in Strathfield are able to receive high speed fibre optic services from the National Broadband Network, after a ceremony at the Town Hall attended by Deputy Prime Minister Anthony Albanese.

June 26, 2013

Immigration key position in new Labor Government

 

Tony Burke,  MP for Watson, has been appointed Immigration Minister as well as keeping his arts portfolio.

The former Environment minister in the Gillard government is now a frontline Cabinet minister holding one of the key issues-driven areas of responsibility in the re-shaped Rudd administration.

The highly popular and able Minister's resignation was refused by the Prime Minister hours after he was sworn in. Instead, Mr Burke now finds himself in the hot seat in the run up to the election.

June 14, 2013

Council breaks entrant record with 512 runners 

Despite the wet weather which hit Sydney over the weekend, over 500 runners turned up to compete at Strathfield Council's fourth annual Cooks River Fun Run. 

Council have broken their record with 512 entrants at yesterday's event. 

Muddy conditions and heavy rain didn't deter runners achieving their personal best.

With over 450 runners registered fro the event, council anticipate the number of this year's event to be close to 500.