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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.

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.

March 12, 2013

Huge police sweep comes close to Strathfield

A huge police operation aimed at bikie gangs, drugs and guns included a raid on a Belfield home, it has been revealed.

Police have yet to reveal details of the raid in the area - which straddles Strathfield and Canterbury.

December 4, 2012

Strathfield, Ashfield and Burwood on the block

The State Government is reportedly considering giving its backing to a report which calls for amalgamations of councils in the Inner West, with speculation that Strathfield, Ashfield and Burwood could be on the block.

According to The Daily Telegraph’s state political editor Andrew Clennell, Local Government Minister Don Page considers the current 152 councils unsustainable.

As reported on Ourstrathfield last week, an independent panel on restructuring councils is expected to report in March, and could outline which councils should merge.

November 15, 2012

Horrible death of a young Australian native


RSPCA NSW has called for restraint after a horrific act of cruelty against a young flying fox, spray painted by attackers in Strathfield.

The young fox suffocated due to paint inhalation and died.

According to reports made to the animal welfare body, there have been a number of incidents involving young flying foxes in the inner west, with many people considering them pests.

Infact, maintains Chief Inspector David O'Shannessy, some species are listed as 'vulnerable" and are Australian natives.

October 5, 2012

Our new mayor on keeping council together

It may have been an agonising week-long wait, but many Strathfield electors appear happy with the tight result they handed their new councillors after the September 8 poll.

The three Liberals – who came so close to a majority on the seven-seat council – now have to spend the next four years ensuring the support of at least one independent. And the two Labor councillors will always feel there is a tantalising chance of a shift in power. 

August 31, 2012

Strathfield First say they are calling in police over posters and poison pen letters


August 31 – Strathfield First today said they had called in police to investigate poison pen letters and abusive posters, claiming dirty tricks were now appearing in the Strathfield Council election campaign.

With just over a week to go before polling day for seats on the Council, candidates are setting a cracking pace of leafleting, door knocking and public appearances.

But the Strathfield First allegations have cast a shadow over campaigning. 

July 6, 2012


Labor, Liberal and new grass roots group, Strathfield First go head-to-head at the September council elections but Burwood Mayor, Councillor John Faker seems to be one of the hottest topics during the campaign period. 

The three main contestants battling for seats on Strathfield Council in the upcoming September elections have now announced the majority of their candidates – and the Strathfield Scene asked them to spell out their stance on the major issues.

One new group, Strathfield First Action Group, is leading the charge for the independents’ ticket with a team including the Mayor, Cr Paul Barron and his deputy, Cr Helen McLucas.

February 19, 2012

Hard lessons from two hours of meeting with the neighbours

You could almost feel sorry for Professor Marea Nicholson, Associate vice chancellor of the Australian Catholic University’s Sydney Campuses.

If she or her colleages were hoping no-one would pay much attention to the ACU's campus development plans at Strathfield, they may as well go to the bottom of the class and put on a dunce's hat.

September 13, 2011

An exciting range of new events, initiatives and infrastructure projects to reposition Strathfield as the business and cultural hub of Sydney's inner-west. 


This weekend marks an important milestone for Strathfield.

It will see the first in a series of big events designed to transform Sydney’s view of the municipality – and hopefully position it as one of the movers and shakers of the inner-west.

It is, in effect, the launch of Brand Strathfield. Expect to hear much more of this in the coming weeks.

April 17, 2014

A 23-year-old man was shot in the leg in Homebush West

A man was shot in Homebush West last night after residents reported the sound of a gun going off.

Police officers from Flemington LAC arrived at the scene at around 7:30pm and found a large amount of blood, but no one was at the scene.

At around 9:50pm, a 23-year-old man of Pacific Islander/Maori appearance arrived at a hospital with a single gunshot wound to his left leg.

He has spoken to police but is not assisting with their inquiries.

April 4, 2014

The decision to erect a statue in honour of the comfort women, has caused a world-wide uproar.

The final decision on erecting a statue in the Town Square in remembrance of the 200,000 women forced to work as sex slaves during World War II will be left to Strathfield residents and businesses.

The role of residents was spelled out after councillors listened in silence to an emotional, hour-long debate from a 140-strong group of Koreans, Chinese and Japanese about the plans.

Councillors agreed to consult with residents and business owners after asking the State and Federal governments if there were any policies in place to deal with such issues.

April 1, 2014

Protests and petitions over plan to put up statue in memory of comfort women at Strathfield town centre

It was one of the biggest protests seen in Strathfield in years.  And it was all conducted under the watchful eye of the international press.

When councillors were asked to consider a petition against the idea of a statue commemorating Korean, Chinese and Australian "comfort women" used by the Japanese army during the second world war, some 140 Koreans, Chinese, Australian and Japanese protestors turned up to try and influence their decision.

March 19, 2014

A 17-year-old girl has been charged after she accused a man of raping her in a toilet block at Strathfield Station. 

The teenage girl who allegedly made a false report about being raped in a toilet block at Strathfield station earlier this year, has been charged. 

The 17-year-old girl claimed that a 34-year-old man forced her off a train and into the toilet block before she was sexually assaulted on January 22. 

The man was arrested and charged with sexual assault before being refused bail and remanded in custory. 

But detectives from Flemington Local Area commanded continued their investigation and discovered further evidence. 

January 20, 2014

A woman was threatened with a gun before the robber stole her car and drove off. 

A woman was robbed at gunpoint in an underground car park on Parramatta Road, Strathfield. 

The robber took the 28-year-old woman's mobile phone, keys, cash as well as her Honda CRV and drove away at around 2:40am on Saturday 18 January.  

The man is described as being of Caucasian appearance, aged in his 30s, about 165cm tall with a slim build. 

He was last dark denim jeans. 

Police are urging anyone with any information to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. 

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.

October 23, 2013

Strathfield schools with Indigenous students to receive additional state funding

Under new state government guidelines, Strathfield schools will be receiving more than $320,000 in additional funding depending on the schools' Indigenous community and the socio-economic background of the students 

A total of 14 public school in the Strathfield electorate will be receiving the funding.

Of those school, Strathfield South High will receive $94,000 and Homebush Boys High School will receive $41,000 under the NSW Government’s Resource Allocation Model.

September 5, 2013

Strathfield mother warns residents of crime gang

A Strathfield mother has told of the night she returned from a family birthday party to discover her house had been ransacked by a highly professional robbery syndicate which disarmed the alarms and stole her most precious jewels.

On the same July night, five other homes were raided by the gang.

The mother of two, who asked the Scenenot to reveal her identity, is speaking out to warn other householders in Newton Road that there is a professional gang targeting their homes.

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 Strathfield pre-school may have to close its doors after the announcement of a new funding model for early childhood education that excludes three-year-olds.


A Strathfield pre-school may have to close its doors after the announcement of a new funding model for early childhood education that excludes three-year-olds.

The model, to be implemented next year, will redirect subsidies to four- and five-year-olds. A resulting fee increase will mean parents may be forced to pull their three-year-olds out of community pre-schools.

August 1, 2013

A solicitor was arrested in a Strathfield office and charged over the alleged genital mutilation of two young sisters.

A solicitor was arrested in a Strathfield office and charged over the alleged genital mutilation of two young sisters.

The 46-year-old man is the ninth person to be charged in an investigation by the Sex Crimes Squad into the circumcisions of the girls, then aged six and seven.

He has been charged with two counts of perverting the course of justice.

The other eight people include the parents of the girls, an Islamic sheik and a retired nurse.

They were charged last year with being present during the procedures and other offences.

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.

July 4, 2013

Santa Sabina College has launched a highly unusual election lobbying campaign to bring a funding crisis into the public domain.

Santa Sabina College, one of Strathfield’s most venerable educational institutions, has launched a highly unusual election lobbying campaign to bring a funding crisis into the public domain.

A significant drop in student enrolments and the struggle to  maintain the 120-year-old school’s heritage campus have forced staff and parents to start what one described as a “militant” bid to win the backing of local federal MPs.

June 12, 2013

Government's review panel concedes Strathfield is now in a small group of councils who have made it plain they will fight amalgamation tooth-and-nail

It was a meeting designed to assess the Inner West’s reaction to the local government amalgamation debate. 

And whatever else the message sent back to State Government, there is no doubting where Strathfield stands – foursquare against it.

Of the 23 people who turned out at the Ashfield Civic Centre on a chilly Thursday night, 33 per cent were from Strathfield (and almost all from Save Our Strathfield, the residents’ protest group).