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SSC Newspaper : June 2010
June 2010 4 Strathfeld Scene 1 Rider Boulevard Rhodes (off Homebush Bay Drive) Ph. 8754 1111 3hrs free parking www.rhodesshoppingcentre.com.au At Rhodes Shopping Centre The Gruffalo is making a very special appearance at Rhodes! There will be story time, face painting and arts and crafts with The Gruffalo, as well as a colouring in competition and the chance to win tickets to see The Gruffalo live in concert. When: Thursday 24 and Friday 25 June Time: 11.00am - 4.00pm Where: Near Angus & Robertson The Gruffalo show is Christine Dunstan’s and Tall Stories’ magical musical adaptation of the award-winning picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffer, published by Macmillan Children’s Books. Meet RHO 20730 NEWS Robberies turn spotlight on street crime wave TELL STRATHFIELD ABOUT YOUR EVENTS Post them free at www.ourstrathfield.com.au By Ma Khoury By Ma Khoury Strath eld streets are to get extra lighting in a bid to stem a growing number of random street robberies. e lighting is to be installed by Strath eld Council at hotspots identi ed by police as high-risk areas. Police are so concerned about the spate of incidents that last month they lea eted Raw Square warning local residents to leave branded goods and valuables at home to avoid becoming obvious targets. e moves come as police investigate a vicious a ack on a man walking alone down the dimly lit Churchill Avenue on a Friday night. He was approached by a gang of ve men of mixed backgrounds and when he resisted their demands and tried to ght them o , he was violently assaulted. A short time later he was in hospital having serious facial injuries treated. Only days later a gang of ve bashed a woman driving a car in Lidcombe in the face and stole from her. Both crimes remain unsolved. e a acks are typical in a district where aggravated robberies are the primary concern of police at Flemington Local Area Command. ere have been ve robberies in Strath eld in May, usually during the peak hours of Friday and Saturday nights. is is spelled out in NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research data for 2009, where there are 60 recorded robberies without a weapon in the Strath eld municipality annually, 3.2 times the state average. ere were 31 robberies with a weapon, which is 3.7 times above the NSW average. ere are four times more robberies with a rearm in Strath eld than in other local government areas. "We're concentrating on robberies [in Strath eld]. People just walking down the street are being targeted," said Superintendent Bre Henderson of Flemington. " ere were a couple of other robberies on the weekend where knives were produced," he said. "We don't believe they're professional jobs ere are just a lot of grab and runs." Descriptions of thieves have varied. Supt Henderson had this advice for Strath eld residents: "People have to minimise themselves as targets. Don't aunt your valuables. People shouldn't stand around ATMs carrying their iPhones then walk down dimly lit streets." Police are currently co-ordinating crime reports with Strath eld Council. Supt Henderson said that victims were o en reporting incidents hours, or days, a erwards. "We need an immediate report so we can allocate resources to the investigation. If victims report days later we can't really investigate." Strath eld Council is to write to NSW Government ministers calling for a policy review a er receiving notice of an average 49 per cent rise in energy and maintenance prices for street lighting next month. n Beresford Road -- 11 floodlights n Elva Street -- 3 floodlights and 3 street lights n Raw Square -- 5 floodlights n Strathfield Town Centre -- 14 floodlights n Homebush West car park -- 2 floodlights n Albert Road -- 3 street lights n Churchill Avenue -- 3 street lights n Corner Prentice Lane/Verona Street -- 1 floodlight LET THERE BE LIGHT Ribbit: it's so easy being green They say it's not easy being green, but it's ge ing be er if you're also yellow, have a cream belly and say "ribbit". e green and gold bell frog, which once lived in vast numbers along the state's coast, was thought extinct until they were discovered during the construction of Sydney Olympic Park. e frog that wears Australia's national colours had a habitat built for them near the stadium. It is now home to thousands of frogs. Strath eld Council is so proud that the municipality is home to such an exclusive breed it is now using the green and gold bell frog as a logo on its emails. Council gave consent to Hanna Concrete's development on Juno Parade on condition that a frog habitat exist there. When Ports NSW and the Department of Planning pushed for ward with plans to build a train and truck station at En eld Marshalling Yards to link to Port Botany, again the frogs became important. " ey like old, abandoned industrial sites," said environment consultant Arthur White, who has overseen the plans. "Construction will begin this year and a major consideration in their plan was the development of long-term habitats to guarantee the sur vival of the frogs." e plan is based on two permanent ponds and a third pond as a reservoir. " is is because of the nature of the frogs, as they like uctuating water levels," White says. A frog corridor made of timber, will facilitate their migration between the existing two-pond home at Hanna Concrete and the newer one at En eld Marshalling Yards.