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April 4, 2014

Strathfield is debating where its heart lies: in Sydney’s CBD, or in the fastest-growing economic area of the state, Western Sydney.

Which city do you think Strathfield has more in common with: Sydney or Parramatta? It’s an important question as the municipality considers its economic future – the more so as the development of Parramatta Road as a major corridor between East and West gains pace.

Up to now, most have maintained we are closer to Sydney’s CBD.  But as Parramatta – the geographic centre of Sydney’s burgeoning population – powers ahead, moves are afoot to shift our business thinking.

April 4, 2014

Strathfield is debating where its heart lies: in Sydney’s CBD, or in the fastest-growing economic area of the state, Western Sydney.

Which city do you think Strathfield has more in common with: Sydney or Parramatta? It’s an important question as the municipality considers its economic future – the more so as the development of Parramatta Road as a major corridor between East and West gains pace.

Up to now, most have maintained we are closer to Sydney’s CBD.  But as Parramatta – the geographic centre of Sydney’s burgeoning population – powers ahead, moves are afoot to shift our business thinking.

October 18, 2013

Big name chefs turn morning markets into a food feast

 

Would you eat them in a box? Would you eat them with a fox?- From Green Eggs and Ham by Dr Seuss

Foodie or not, my food safety training makes me highly suspicious of eggs in unnatural hues.

But, just like the subtle but complete change so effectively demonstrated by punctuation pedant Lynne Truss in the book Eats, Shoots and Leaves, when a celebrated chef calls his dish “Greens, Eggs and Ham”, you'll find me chowing down appreciatively.

October 15, 2013

Three of Australia's top celebrity chefs will prepare a special pop-up breakfast for OzHarvest. 

To celebrate the Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Month, the Sydney Markets at Flemington will be hosting a pop-up breakfast where three of Australia’s top celebrity chef will be serving diners a gastronomic menu.

On Friday October 18, Jared Ingersoll, Matt Kemp and Justin North will colaborate their culinary expertise and using produce from the Sydney Markets to create a sumptuous three-course breakfast on a long communal table.

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

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.

April 28, 2013

Cr Helen McLucas examines what the Local Government Review Panel's merger proposals means for the relationship between professional staff and elected councillors

 

The Future Directions for Local Government Report and its predecessor  introduced the disturbing proposal of an instant expert to run Councils – a highly paid Executive Mayor with power over Council’s General Manager.

The Report’s panel has determined “enhancing the role of mayors" to make a major contribution to:

·       focusing councils on strategic issues,

·       improving governance and

April 12, 2013

Strathfield's LEP is finally approved by the NSW government

Strathfield’s Local Environmental Plan (LEP) – the blueprint for the municipality’s growth over the next decade – has finally been approved by the NSW State Government.

The result of one of the largest consultation exercises in Strathfield’s history, the plan paints a fascinating picture of the changing face of one of Sydney’s oldest suburbs.

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.

December 9, 2012

Show us the homes with Christmas cheer!

With Strathfield spending more this year than ever on lights and decorations, some home in the municipality are showing Sydney that the area knows how to celebrate.

The picture shows one house in Chalmers Road that has really gone the distance - with almost every area of garden covered in something with a Christmas or Santa flavour.

Neighbours next door and across the road have also joined in the lights extravaganza - proving that spreading Christmas cheer is all about example!

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 9, 2012

 

I am like you. I love my baby so much I found it one of the hardest things to do – place her in daycare. But it’s inevitable if you have a job to return to and just a necessity these days. We all need to go back to our jobs at some stage.

Now you can see why I wrote the daycare story in the current issue of the scene. I have to take every Friday off because no daycare centre will offer a place to my daughter.

September 14, 2012

Join the fun of the fair!

 

After Saturday's angry protests in Sydney, an Inner West crowd estimated at 104,300 heard messages of tolerance and peace this weekend.

"Today has been a shining example of how communities in Sydney can come together from all walks of life to enjoy themselves and appreciate one another’s culture, quirks and entertainment," said Mayor John Faker, a Lebanese Christian, in opening the Burwood Festival.

September 4, 2012

State government plan to offer more trains and M4 East  - reports

Tuesday, Sept 4 - Fourteen more trains to the city and the possibility of an M4 East extension will be among the highlights of the State Government's long-awaited transport blueprint, to be announced today.

The announcement will highlight the number one issue in the local government elections on Saturday. A poll of Strathfield voters by The Scene  puts transport and traffic at Number One on a voters' list of concerns.

September 4, 2012

State government plan to offer more trains and M4 East  - reports

Tuesday, Sept 4 - Fourteen more trains to the city and the possibility of an M4 East extension will be among the highlights of the State Government's long-awaited transport blueprint, to be announced today.

The announcement will highlight the number one issue in the local government elections on Saturday. A poll of Strathfield voters by The Scene  puts transport and traffic at Number One on a voters' list of concerns.

September 2, 2012

Some say council elections are a waste of time and money. We don't agree

A Sydney Sunday newspaper recently claimed in a leading article about Saturday’s poll for councillors that it was “ A complete waste of time and money”.

The Sunday Telegraph called for reform, and suggested the O’Farrell government “re-draw the boundaries and set up a system that actually works for the people and the state”.

The paper cited the Sydney Business Chamber’s push to cut the state’s 152 councils.  In particular, it suggests 10 “super” councils to run Sydney.

September 2, 2012

Some say council elections are a waste of time and money. We don't agree

A Sydney Sunday newspaper recently claimed in a leading article about Saturday’s poll for councillors that it was “ A complete waste of time and money”.

The Sunday Telegraph called for reform, and suggested the O’Farrell government “re-draw the boundaries and set up a system that actually works for the people and the state”.

The paper cited the Sydney Business Chamber’s push to cut the state’s 152 councils.  In particular, it suggests 10 “super” councils to run Sydney.

August 14, 2012

New group goes for Strathfield residents

August 14 - Strathfield's council elections are heating up with the formation of a new political group, bringing the total number of parties or independent bodies contesting the seven seats to five.

United Strathfield joins Strathfield First in the battle to win the hearts and minds of residents with a strong local appeal on issues.

Also in the line up for seats are the Liberals, Labor and the Unity Party.

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.

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.

June 8, 2012

Strathfield could become the “little Korea” of Sydney, reaping benefits in tourism, employment and investment.

Two academics have uncovered a major opportunity to put Strathfield on the tourist map and present Australia with a bold new international image of the municipality. According to Professor Jock Collins and Dr Joon Shin of the University of Technology Sydney’s Business School, Strathfield could become the “little Korea” of Sydney, reaping benefits in tourism, employment and investment.

June 8, 2012

Strathfield could become the “little Korea” of Sydney, reaping benefits in tourism, employment and investment.

Two academics have uncovered a major opportunity to put Strathfield on the tourist map and present Australia with a bold new international image of the municipality. According to Professor Jock Collins and Dr Joon Shin of the University of Technology Sydney’s Business School, Strathfield could become the “little Korea” of Sydney, reaping benefits in tourism, employment and investment.