Content about Social Issues

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.

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.

May 9, 2014

The Strathfield community, councillors and politicians expressed their outrage over the federal government's Racial Discrimination Act. 

The Federal Government’s controversial plan to scrap parts of the Racial Discrimination Act has sparked a passionate debate among Strathfield’s community groups and councillors.

Community groups attended Strathfield Council’s meeting to voice anger at the proposed changes. Mayor Daniel Bott submitted a mayoral minute and Councillor Raj Datta proposed a motion. Many people pointed out that Strathfield’s multicultural mix meant most residents would strongly oppose the move.

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.