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September 19, 2013

Strathfield MP Charles Casuscelli argues the WestConnex is essential for the Inner West

In the late 1940's the Cumberland County Council revolutionised how planning was being done for a big chunk of metropolitan Sydney. They included long term planning for major roads and set aside strategic corridors for future motorways, the need for a road corridor for what we know as the M4 today was foreseen by visionary people in 1951.

September 19, 2013

Construction will impact house prices and traffic but bring thousands of jobs

A new video posted on the WestConnex website claims it will almost half the time buses take to commute from Burwood to the City.

The video says the project will divert traffic away from Parramatta Road and create new bus lanes.

Strathfield will be in the center of construction when work commences on the 33km WestConnex motorway early in 2015.

Premier Barry O’Farrell recently approved the $11.5 billion project to connect Western Sydney’s M4 to the M5.

December 20, 2012

Schools move up table for exam performance

Strathfield schools have scored significant success in this year's HSC results, and are punching well above their weight.

Of the Sydney Morning Herald’sTop 100 schools, four are from the Strathfield Local Government Area. Meriden School, Santa Sabina College, St Patrick’s College and Strathfield Girls High School all made it to the prestigious list.

December 20, 2012

Schools move up table for exam performance


Strathfield schools have scored significant success in this year's HSC results, and are punching well above their weight.

Of the Sydney Morning Herald’sTop 100 schools, four are from the Strathfield Local Government Area. Meriden School, Santa Sabina College, St Patrick’s College and Strathfield Girls High School all made it to the prestigious list.

June 19, 2012

Board of directors decide to close Strathfield's Sydney Adventist College

Students and staffmembers of Strathfield’s Sydney Adventist College (SAC) will have to look for new schools and jobs at the end of the year after the Seventh-day Adventist Church decided to close the school.

After weeks of deliberation between the board of directors and staff members, it has been decided to close the school.

The college will close due to scarce financial resources, which will now be allocated to other Adventist schools.

May 4, 2012


In a bold new bid to transform the way Strathfield is perceived, councillors have ordered a report on seeking city status.

Strathfield’s leading position in the inner west as a commercial and transport hub has prompted a council move to seek city status  – a significant step in ensuring the area’s assets are fully recognised.

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.

November 20, 2014

An extra $650,000 in government funding to help with their curriculum over six years

Strathfield schools will be receiving close to $650,000 in government funding to help with their curriculum, it was announced today.

Schools like Homebush West Public School, Strathfield Girls High School and the Marie Bashir Public School are just some of the recipients of the funding.

Premier Mike Baird turned up in Homebush with a posse of metropolitan media and broadcast journalists to make the annoucement - a sure sign of how concerned the Liberals are about the seat of Strathfield.

Local media were not invited.

November 7, 2014

Artwork has been sent over from Strathfield's sister city, Gapyeong in Korea.

This year’s HSC Art Exhibition will not only feature works by students from local schools but also, for the first time, it will include artworks by students from Strathfield’s sister city, Gapyeong.

The pieces will be on display in the Strathfield Town Hall. The official opening night takes place on Wednesday 3 December from 6pm, when the prize-winners will be announced.

October 29, 2014

Hundreds attend a moving service to say goodbye to Eve Dutton

Hundreds of mourners gathered at St Dominic's Church in Flemington to farewell Strathfield's first female mayor, Eve Dutton. 

Ms Dutton passed away on October 14 in a Brisbane nursing home and since the news of her death, members of Strathfield’s community have commemorated her life.

Friend and colleague Marlene Doran said Ms Dutton’s passing will felt far and wide.

October 27, 2014

Transport Minister and Premier announce new light rail stops in Western Sydney

Strathfield may become one of the four Western destinations along the Parramatta light rail route.

According to The Daily Telegraph, Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian and Premier Mike Baird will announce for proposed routes from a list of 10.

The route from Parramatta to Sydney Olympic Park and Strathfield/Burwood is one of these four preferred lines.

Ms Berejiklian told The Daily Telegraph that the determination would be made on “which route is going to get most people on it and takes people to the most instututions.”

October 24, 2014

Marie Bashir Public School will be running a Baby and Kids market in their large, indoor school auditorium on Sunday the 16th November. 9am to 1pm.

Stalls will be selling new, hand made and pre-loved goods. Local businesses will also be showcasing their products. Facepainting and kids activities will also be available on the day. Please come and get some of your christmas shopping done with us. There will lots to buy and bargains to be had! Food and drink will also be available. A fun day out for all.

October 15, 2014

Community members express their sadness at the passing of former mayor Eve Dutton. 

Strathfield’s first female mayor, Margaret Eve Dutton, passed away on October 14.

Ms Dutton was a revered member of the local community – not only as a councillor, but also as the Head of the Design Department at Randwick TAFE.

September 25, 2014

New moves to fight traffic could be appartments close to station without parking spots .  What's your view?

Apartment buildings close to Strathfield Station and other transport hubs could be built without any parking under the state government’s proposed changes to apartment design guidelines.

Minister for Planning Pru Goward claims allowing no car spaces in new apartment buildings within 400 metres of a transport hub could make housing more affordable.

September 5, 2014

But former Newcastle MP and minister says she still hasn't made up her mind

Former Newcastle MP Jodi McKay, who revealed to the Scene she has held talks with Labor Party officials about running in the State seat of Strathfield, is refusing to be "parachuted in" to the constutuency by Labor Party head office.

Ms McKay told the Scene today has made it clear she will contest a community selection process. " I won't be parachuted in - it has to be by a process that is acceptable to the community and to the party."

August 13, 2014

WestConnex has released its Environment Impact Statement (EIS) for the M4 widening - the first stage of the $1.5 billion project.

WestConnex has released its Environment Impact Statement (EIS) for the M4 widening - the first stage of the $1.5 billion project.

The statement is the next step towards the construction of the WestConnex.

But the EIS warns of increased traffic on Parramatta Road and other local roads due to “toll avoiders” using rat runs.

Under the proposal, the stretch of the M4 from Pitt Street, Parramatta to Homebush Bay Drive, Homebush will be widened from six to eight lanes.

July 3, 2014

The Catholic Education Department has purchased a parcel of land for $12 million to build a new primary school.

A new Catholic school is set to open in North Strathfield after the Catholic Education Department (CED) purchased a parcel of land on the McDonald College site.

It is believed the CED purchased the 5,000 square metre site for about $12 million, beating more than 20 offers from developers.

The parcel of land which is currently being used as a girls boarding school, will be turned into a new Catholic primary school.

McDonald College principal Maxine Kohler told the Australian Financial Review (AFR) that the money will go towards upgrades to the school.

June 2, 2014

Scheme will transform Strathfield's centre into a residential, commercial and entertainment hub

Strathfield has unveiled spectacular plans for a new $500 million town centre development – and revealed Chinese and Korean companies are lining up to carry out the work.

At least two companies have already expressed strong interest, undaunted by the half-billion price tag, according to council sources.

The stunning plans include a 6,000 sqm shopping precinct, a 700-seat theatre and two 30-storey residential towers.

A giant screen will show events to those outside on the Town Square.

May 22, 2014

Six hours of music this Saturday at the Australian Catholic University 


The inaugural Horizon Music Festival on Saturday has grown to six hours as more local talent signs up.

Set to be the Coachella of Strathfield, the festival kicks off at 10.30 am and features 12 acts.  

Spanning a number of genres, the festival, to be held at the Australian Catholic University Strathfield campus,  will feature performances from pop singers, K-Pop artists, as well as school choirs and orchestras.

March 14, 2014

Hundreds of new apartments will be built in Sydney Olympic Park by 2030. 

Sydney Olympic Park has been earmarked as a destination for more residential large-scale developments, with a potential sale price of over $50 million.

The Sydney Olympic Park Authority (SOPA) are currently in the process of releasing more than 26,000 square metres along Australia Avenue in Homebush with the capacity for 700 apartments across the two sites.

It has been outlined in the park’s 2030 masterplan that the authority plans to increase residential stock in the area.

February 26, 2014

Dignitaries, teachers, parents and students attend the opening of the state's newest school. 

It was a momentous day for Strathfield's newest educational institution, the Marie Bashir Public School – dignitaries, teachers, parents and students celebrated the official opening.

Declared open by the woman the school is named after, Her Excellence Professor the Honourable Marie Bashir, the school’s 87 students assembled to welcome The Governor of NSW.

Acting Principal Jacqui Attard said though student numbers are low, they are receiving new enrollments every month.

February 11, 2014

Principal of Homebush Boys High School says local government schools provide good eduction

While hundreds of Strathfield students received their Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR), the results highlighted a growing dilemma for some of Strathfield’s best state schools.

Despite standout individual cases, many schools dropped dramatically in the rankings.

Homebush Boys High School, one of the area’s most popular educational institutions, fell from 176 in 2012 to 251 in 2013 – a whopping 75 places.

January 23, 2014

Residents and commuters in Strathfield can now beat the Monday train ticket queues. 

The Opal Card will be available to Strathfield residents from Friday 31 January, which now extends from Redfern to Strathfield and Strathfield to Hornsby.  

Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian, Premier Barry O’Farrell and Strathfield and Drummone MPs Charles Casuscelli and John Sidotti made the announcement today, saying the rollout was ahead of schedule.

“This will be a welcome change for commuters as both the Strathfield and Drummoyne MPs can say that the ticket queues on a Monday are horrendous,” said Ms Berejiklian.

January 22, 2014

Premier and Minister's station visit seen as heralding an expansion of the Opal card

Premier Barry O'Farrell and Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian will be making a major transport announcment tomorrow at Strathfield Station - expected to be an expansion of the Opal Card.

They will be joined by Strathfield and Drummoyne MPs Charles Casuscelli and John Sidotti.

The card is currently is currently in use on Sydney Ferries, City Circle stations, Eastern suburbs and North Shore lines. An extension to the Inner West would be welcomed by commuters.