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SSC Newspaper : June 2010
www.ourstrathfeld.com.au Strathfeld Scene 5 "Strathfield Catholics have contributed to the life, faith, culture and vibrancy of this colourful area of Sydney. I congratulate Strathfeld Council on their 125th Anniversary” — Cardinal George Pell NEWS COSGROVE NEW ACU CHANCELLOR Former Defence Force chief General Peter Cosgrove has been appointed Chancellor of Strath eld's Australian Catholic University (ACU). Succeeding Brother Julian McDonald, General Cosgrove will be the university's third chancellor. ACU Vice-Chancellor Professor Greg Craven said it was a huge achievement for the university to have such a prominent Australian on board. " roughout a long and distinguished military career he demonstrated outstanding leadership and a cultural awareness of the lives of others," he said. General Cosgrove, who was named Australian of the Year in 2001, will start his ve-year term in November. SEARCH FOR BEST NEW BUILDING Strath eld Council is calling for residents to enter the 2010 Strath eld Building Design Awards. e awards, now in their third year, acknowledge outstanding new buildings and developments. Entries close on August 2. To nominate a building for the awards, ll out an entry form at Council's website at www.strath eld.nsw.gov.au. In Brief 231 Roberts Road GREENACRE NSW 2190 Ph: (02) 9759 7445 Greenacre is the place to be www.greenacrebowls.com.au New Games Area (Pool, Video Games and Darts) Best food in town Midweek lunchtime specials from $7 Thursday steak night - juicy T-bone steak cooked to your liking with a choice of sides for $11 Kids menu $5 Wednesday & Friday night raffes Function room available at reasonable rates Lawn Bowls for all - barefoot, fundays, competition, jackpot and corporate bowls days Family friendly atmosphere GREENACRE BOWLING and RECREATION CLUB PRESENT THIS ADVERT AND RECEIVE DOUBLE THE RAFFLE TICKETS THAT YOU PURCHASE By Ma Khoury MEET the superstar sisters of Strath eld. Bojana Novakovic, 29, le -- NIDA graduate, AFI Best Actress and Hollywood starlet -- con rmed her rising star status this year by co-starring with fellow Aussie Mel Gibson in the movie Edge of Darkness. Now younger sister Valentina, 19, is following suit, recently cast as the latest Neighbours recruit, the path to fame for a plethora of young Aussie actors. e talented siblings grew up in South Strath eld and their family still lives in the area. ey a ended e McDonald College in North Strath eld. "We're very proud of both Bojana and Valentina," says Maxine Kohler, principal of the college. " e two girls were excellent students during their years at the college." Sisters doing it for themselves Safety fears over former RSL R esidents and local businesses are concerned about the state of the former sub-branch of Homebush RSL, which has become a dump and temporary car park. Mothers fear children could get hurt playing in the building, which can be accessed and contains broken oorboards, glass and rubble. A Strath eld Council o cial described the site as "a shambles". e land, which runs between Burlington Road and e Crescent, has been the subject of community debate since a residential- commercial development application in 2006 proposed a Coles Supermarket. Development consent was conditional on approval from Sydney Water as the site lies on an underground water course. An application has been lodged to build units on the site. Olga Gurchenko, holding her son, Anton, told the Scene: "It's not very good -- some of the kids go there to play. It's falling apart. Until they decide what to do with it, it should be made safer by demolishing it, or at least cleaning it up." Olga Gurchenko (inset) outside the site with her son, Anton. David Torbey, owner of nearby David's Fresh Supermarket, is so concerned about the state of the part used as a car park that he has spent more than $1,000 to make the area safe. "I'm worried about my customers. e rubbish was up to the top of the front gate, and the last thing I want is someone falling over it," he said. "It looks bad for Homebush. When people visit the businesses here, the rst thing they see is a rubbish tip. Our town isn't a rubbish tip." He said he would like to see the site continue as a safer, temporary car park. Silvio Falato, Group Manager of Planning and Environment at Strath eld Council, said they were negotiating with the new owners of the building. e property is in limbo as it has been conditionally sold by a development company to another rm. At the time of going to press, the Scene had been unable to contact either company for comment. " e site is a shambles," said Falato. " e problem is that it involves private property and has become a site for illegal dumping." PICTURE: BOB KING