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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.

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.

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.