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October 25, 2013

Premier Barry O'Farrelll announced the opening of the new Marie Bashir Primary School

A new primary school at Strathfield is being named in honour of NSW Governor Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir AC CVO who leaves office next year, NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell and Education Minister Adrian Piccoli announced on October 22.

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.

August 18, 2015

It has been 24 years since the Strathfield Massacre where Wade Frankum killed six people.

Twenty-four years ago on a sunny Saturday afternoon six people were killed and seven injured when North Strathfield resident Wade Frankum went on a shooting spree at Strathfield Plaza and later shot himself.

This week, Strathfield Council held a service to mark the 24th Anniversary of the Strathfield Massacre.

Dignitaries like Deputy Mayor Andrew Soulos, officers from Flemington LAC as well as Strathfield Massacre survivors Gregory Read as well as Geoff and Helen Boyce.

June 8, 2015

Strathfield MP Jodi McKay urges State Government to back Strathfield's Town Centre plan as part of the project

Premier Mike Baird was today reported to be ready to sign off on a $1 billion light rail network linking Parramatta to Strathfield.

The move, supported by Strathfield Council and local MP Jodi McKay as well as a group of prominent businessmen, would be good news for the area, promoting jobs and development.

Ms McKay told Ourstrathfield she was urging the State Government to support the Strathfield Town Centre redevelopment as part of the plan.  "Light rail could be the catalyst for this plan, which links transport to development," she said.

May 8, 2015

Students raised concerns that they are under too much pressure from their parents.

Ambitious mums and dads from all cultures are putting too much pressure on their children to achieve top grades in school, Strathfield Council has found.

When Council asked local schools about the main problems their students faced, many responded that ambitious parents were causing additional stress to children already burdened with onerous exam workloads.

April 2, 2015

A 68-year old teacher was arrested at Ashfield home and charged on 11 counts

A 68-year-old former teacher from Trinity Grammar School has been charged with sexual assault of four male students between 1974 and 1978.

The ABC named him as Neil Futcher, though NSW police refused to confirm his identity.

The man taught at the Strathfield based campus, and was aged between 27 and 31 years of age when he engaged in sexual acts with each of the boys.

The assaults took place at various camps in the Georges River, Lake Macquarie, Colo River and Kangaroo Valley areas.

February 20, 2015

State Opposition leader Luke Foley announced transport policy in Strathfield.

State opposition leader Luke Foley yesterday put Strathfield front and centre of Labor’s transport policy, announcing it will build a $1 billion light rail system from Western Sydney to Homebush.

The move came just a day after he was criticised for slashing Liberal NSW Government’s infrastructure spend by $10 billion and axing the WestConnex road tunnel under Strathfield.

The light rail option, he maintained, opens up Olympic Park as a centre for business and jobs.

February 16, 2015

A damning picture of what rail commuting could look like is revealed in Government papers whihc demonstrate the need for major investment 

Strathfield rail commuters won’t get a seat on trains into the city because the route will  be among the State’s most crowded, NSW Government papers have revealed.

And some won’t even be able to board because there will be so many passengers on the route the trains won't stop.

January 6, 2015

Luke Foley lives locally, and has been a strong fighter for information on housing densities along the Parramatta Road. He is set to visit Strathfield today

Labor’s new leader Luke Foley lives at Concord West, and is well versed in the issues facing Inner West areas like Strathfield.

Within hours of taking up the reigns of party leadership, he announced a visit tio Strathfield with Labor contender Jodi McKay -  another indication that the Liberal-held seat is being targetted by the party.

Ironically, Mr Foley was touted as someone who might stand as Labor candidate for the Strathfield state seat once held by Labor minister Virginia Judge. Instead, he will contest neghbouring Auburn.

December 5, 2014

"Tell us what you want or you’ll end up living in a community that doesn’t reflect your interests."

Minister for Planning Pru Goward has a blunt message to residents of Homebush worried by the huge Parramatta Road development: Tell us what you want or you may end up living in a community that doesn’t reflect your interests.

The Minister was talking exclusively to the Strathfield Sceneafter UrbanGrowth NSW confirmed that the suburb will bear the brunt of apartment developments in the Inner West, with 16,200 new units planned.

December 2, 2014

Flemington's upgrade a winner with commuters after long campaign by councillors and local MP

Flemington Station’s multi-million dollar facelift is at last on public exhibition – and residents can now see what the NSW Government has planned for the busy terminal.

Getting public feedback is one of the final steps before work can start on the station. Once the consultation period is over on Friday 19 December, the department will get to work to tweak the proposals according to commuters’ responses and Minister for Transport Gladys Berejiklian hopes to start construction early next year.

November 27, 2014

Tragic death of top test cricketer stuns former students who had strong friendships with the sports star

Homebush Boys High School students were described as "devastated" by the death of top Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes, who passed away after being hit by a ball at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

Headmaster Tim Jurd told the Scene Mr Hughes had been a student at Homebush Boys for a year in 2006, when he was 17.

He took his HSC at the school while trying to break into grade cricket in Sydney. And of course, he played with many of the students of his time.

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.