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September 5, 2014

The Enfield refuge where women sought help after becoming the victims of domestic violence has changed hands, sparking fears it will no longer specialise in supporting this vulnerable group. 

The young mother’s problems were extreme, even by the standards of the Enfield caseworkers who run a secret women’s refuge for those fleeing domestic violence.

Her partner was physically abusive.  He attacked her in front of her children. His rage was so great, he even smashed holes in the walls of their rented unit.

She needed money to change the locks – and to repair the damage. And food for her children.

March 7, 2014

Alone, confused and in an alien environment

It is the sorry backstory of Australia’s ageing community of migrants, and something to ponder as Strathfield celebrates NSW Seniors Week this month. 

Of those elderly people in NSW who do not live in their own homes, 67 per cent live in nursing homes. A high proportion are elderly people of Chinese, Korean or Indian background – the men and women who helped build our country.

Yet a lack of multicultural care means they will find themselves in an increasingly alien culture – alone and confused.

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.

January 16, 2015

Former Homebush Boys High School students face death penalty, principal says school community mourns.  

Principal of Homebush Boys High School Tim Jurd has condemned the death penalty faced by former students Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran.

The Bali Nine members may face execution by firing squad if Chan's clemency to the President of Indonesia Joko Widodo is denied.

Sukumaran has already been denied a pardon after exhausting all other avenues of appeal. 

Mr Jurd said teachers who taught Chan and Sukumaran, remember the two men as "quiet and reserved".

December 5, 2014

Strathfield councillors are to hold a strategic workshop over how to handle a proposed Memorandum of Understanding with neighbouring authorities slated for amalgamation.

Strathfield councillors are to hold a strategic workshop over how to handle a proposed Memorandum of Understanding with neighbouring authorities slated for amalgamation.

The MOU has been drawn up by Leichhardt, but Strathfield councillors are divided over whether or not to work with authorities that have agreed to submit a ‘Fit for the Future’ plan to the State Government.

All NSW councils have been told they must submit plans for merging their services
by June next year. Strathfield has decided it won’t co-operate.

October 19, 2014

Police are concerned there may be more incidents and are appealing for help

Flemington detectives are stepping up their hunt for a man who approaches teenaged girls and committed acts of indecency in the Strathfield.

He has committed offences five times this month in front of seven girls.

Officers are concerned that the man, who approaches the girls and commits a “lewd act”, may commit more serious offences unless he is caught.

In one incident, he grabbed one of the girls.

October 15, 2014

Police are on the lookout for a man who indecently assaulted three girls in Homebush.

A man has exposed himself to three teenage girls walking along Homebush Road.

The 15-year-old girls were talking towards the Railway Station on Tuesday afternoon when they saw the man sitting on a brick fence outside units.

Police were told the man’s pants were unbuttoned and he then committed an act of indecency towards them.

The girls reported the incident to a teacher at their school who then reported the matter to the police.

Flemington police have launched an investigation and are looking for a man to assist their inquiries.

September 30, 2014

Commissiner's decision vindicated by judge.  But what happens next?

The Land and Environment Court has dismissed Auburn councillor Ronney Oueik's appeal against Commissioner Linda Pearson's decision to halt the demolition of Camden Lodge.

Judge Rachel Pepper said she believed Commissioner Pearson's decision was reasonable and fair, despite Mr Oueik's legal representation citing problems in her judgement.

September 8, 2014

State government promises reponse on mergers report "very shortly"

Strathfield has again been singled out in a report on the State Government's intentions towards amalgmations, with an official response to the Independent Review Panel's recent report on mergers expected "very shortly".

State Treasury figures claim NSW local councils' financial positions have deteriorated since a report to the Independent Review by TCorp last year claimed many were unsustainable.

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 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 4, 2014

CCTV cameras to be trialled in Homebush West.

Two CCTV cameras will be installed around the Homebush West shopping precinct to battle vandalism and crime around the area.

The non-monitored cameras are part of a pilot to test their effectiveness in curbing attacks on property.

Councillor Raj Datta made a passionate plea to trial the cameras in Homebush West first.

He said the business community and Flemington Chamber of Commerce were still concerned at the amount of vandalism.

July 4, 2014

Eighteen families have signed up to the Go4Fun program to help their kids with portion control, better eating habits and getting fit.

It is a figure that has sounded alarm bells all over the state – and at Strathfield Council: one in four of Sydney’s children are overweight or obese.

Now, in a dramatic demonstration of parental concern, the number of families who have signed up for a nutrition program teaching portion control and exercise has trebled since last year to 18.

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 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.