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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.

September 5, 2014

This year, the Strathfield Rotary Club Police Officer of the Year awards honour two of the state’s finest. 

Detective Senior Constable Ian Kay was first at the scene after Strathfield father Joe Antoun was murdered at the front door of his home at the end of 2013.

Det Snr Const Kay has been named the Burwood local area command winner of this year’s Strathfield Rotary Club Police Officer of the Year awards, in part for his role in that case.

In the aftermath of the murder, the chilling images of Mr Antoun’s six-year-old twin daughters standing outside their Jersey Road home appeared on the front pages of newspapers and websites across the state.

August 15, 2014

Strathfield MP Charles Casuscelli accused Burwood Mayor John Faker of using ratepayers’ money to bolster his pre-selection campaign.

Strathfield MP Charles Casuscelli has accused Burwood Mayor John Faker of using ratepayers’ money to bolster his pre-selection campaign.

Though Mr Faker has not yet declared whether he will be running as a candidate for the State seat of Strathfield, Mr Casuscelli  maintained his recent ‘campaigning’ is an indication the long-standing Labor mayor will contest for the seat.

Strathfield Mayor Daniel Bott has already said he will contest for the seat.

August 8, 2014

Strathfield First, has accused the State Government of “payback” after the council was slapped with a performance improvement order.

The leader of Strathfield’s anti-amalgamation movement, Strathfield First, has accused the State Government of “payback” after the council was slapped with a performance improvement order.

The order is the first of its kind under new legislation from the Coalition Government and forces the council to review internal record‑keeping and procurement.

July 24, 2014

A nursing home employee allegedly slapped an elderly man.

An elderly man was allegedly slapped by an employee at a nursing home in Strathfield. 

Police allege the 90-year-old man was attacked at about 6:30pm while he was lying down in his bed at the home on Meredith Street last Thursday. 

The 59-year-old woman was arrested on Monday morning and the police are investigating the matter.

The woman, from Yenora was taken to Auburn Police Station where she was charged with assault.

She was granted conditional bail and will appear in Burwood Local Court on Tuesday 12 August 2014.

July 11, 2014

Kate McLucas and her family have taken the unusual step of discussing her disability in a remarkable new book. 

 

Kate McLucas is like almost every other busy 22-year-old girl – she is studying at TAFE two days a week and holds down a part-time job.

Kate also loves “cosplaying” – the performance art where participants wear costumes and accessories to represent a specific character. Her favourites are inspired by Japanese manga and anime characters.

June 24, 2014

Drivers and shop owners watch in horror as road accident turned into a brutal attack

A 33-year-old Strathfield man is appearing in court today charged with grevious bodily harm following the bashing of a 73-year-old after a minor road traffic accident.

The elderly man is in intensive care at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital with a fractured neck and head injuries following the incident earlier this week. His wife is beleived to be by his side.

June 22, 2014

Dee Why runner wins both male major events at the 5th Cooks River Fun Run.

The weather may have been chilly, but the pace was hot when over 400 runners and walkers hit the ground for the annual Cooks River Fun Run. 

This year's star winner, Dee Why resident Jake Stollery took out both the 5km and 10km run.

"It was a pretty great achievement but for now, all I can think about is heading to the pub," he told the crowd. "I will definitely be back to compete next year. It is a great community event."

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.

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.