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SSC Newspaper : June 2010
STRATHFIELD BUILDING DESIGN AWARDS 2010 Strathfeld Council is calling for nominations for the Strathfeld Building Design Awards 2010. The awards recognise outstanding examples of construction that demonstrate innovation in architectural design and sustainability. The awards are open to all owners, individuals or organisations that have completed building or construction works in Strathfeld since January 2008. The nomination categories for the awards are: Nominations for the awards are open until Monday 2 August 2010. Guidelines and nomination forms are available from Council’s Customer Service Centre, libraries or online at www.strathfeld.nsw.gov.au. For more information contact Council on 9748 9999 or visit www.strathfeld.nsw.gov.au • Residential dwelling house • Residential dwellings (alterations and additions) • Multi-unit residential building • Commercial/Retail/ Industrial development • Public/Institutional development • Sustainable development 6 Strathfeld Scene "I would like to extend warmest congratulations to the municipality of Strathfeld on 125 years of continuous government. It is an important landmark for Sydney” – Marie Bashir, NSW Governor COUNCIL NEWS By Ma Khoury Project means tra c but too li le funding AStrath eld councillor has labelled a State Government project "a disgrace" because it allocates 70 per cent of road funding to Bankstown, leaving Strath eld with most of the tra c. A community idea for an underpass at the Centennial-Arthur intersection to ease tra c from the En eld inter-modal logistics centre is unlikely to succeed because of a lack of funds. Council will receive $300,000 from the State Government, managed by Planning NSW, and has prioritised roundabouts along Cosgrove Road. An extra $46,000 from its own Developer Contribution purse would go to this. Councillor Paul Barron said although the municipality received 30 per cent of funds, it would receive 70 per cent of the tra c. e General Manager, David Backhouse, said: " e 70-30 split's already been determined. We've contested it to no avail." Council has submi ed le ers to the Minister for Roads and Minister for Planning, but hasn't received a reply. e freight station exists wholly within Strath eld Council's boundaries, but Bankstown has received more funding as Roberts Road is projected to experience a high increase in tra c. A spokesman for NSW Ports, Peter Zangari, said the remedial works at the marshalling yards were largely completed, and a decision on the tender process would come soon. "Construction will begin in the second half of 2010, and be completed by 2012," he said. e port, linked by rail to Botany Bay, will bring 1,250 extra trucks to the area. It will realise Strath eld residents' fears held by nine out of 10 people -- that tra c will get worse. " e whole of Strath eld will be a ected," said resident Teresa Le Strange, addressing a council meeting this month. She submi ed that council continue to lobby for an underpass at the Centennial- Arthur intersection to mirror the existing Centennial-Liverpool intersection. e inter-modal centre would increase peak-hour delays by trucks accessing Parrama a Road at the intersection, Le Strange said. is peak hour starts at 3pm due to schools nishing, she said. e RTA said it is not currently investigating the project. By the Mayor of Strath eld, Tony Maroun. HELP BUSINESS GROW STRONG Iwas delighted to hear Inner West councils have joined together to present the 2010 Inner West Business Expo. e expo has been organised by ve Inner West councils including Ash eld, Canada Bay, Leichhardt, Marrickville and Strath eld alongside the Business Advisory Ser vices and Business Enterprise Centre. I encourage the Inner West business community to register to a end, as it's a great local opportunity not to be missed to learn strategies about growing your business and hear the latest economic outlook from industry experts. is year's expo will be held on Friday, July 2, at West's Ash eld Leagues Club. It is themed "Strength to Strength" and focuses on strengthening local business with practical advice and providing networking opportunities. e event will feature respected business and community gures, including the Nine Network's business and nance editor, Ross Greenwood, and Nudie Juice founder Tim Pethick. ere will also be free one-on-one interactive clinics between 10am and 4pm conducted by business experts covering a number of topics, including how to improve the pro tability of your business. Registrations for these clinics are taken on the day. If you would like to nd out more about the upcoming Inner West Business Expo, visit www. innerwestbusinessexpo. com or contact Council for further information. Finally, I'd also like to encourage community members to view Council's Dra Management Plan 2010-2013 during the exhibition period until June 23. is is your opportunity to review the plan and provide Council with your feedback, as the plan highlights how Council will deliver services and activities within the Municipality over the coming three years. e plan is now available for viewing at Council's Customer Ser vice Centre, Strath eld libraries and on the Council's website. Homebush property move Please call 9748 9924 for further information. Business papers for Council and committee meetings are available from Council’s Customer Service Centre, public libraries and at www.strathfeld.nsw.gov.au – from the Saturday prior to each meeting. Council and Committee Meetings Meet Your Councillor sessions have recommenced. First Tuesday of the month Ordinary Council at 7pm Council Chambers 65 Homebush Road, Strathfeld ST THFIELD Council is to investigate new plans for the property in Pomeroy Street, Homebush, which featured in an ICAC investigation. e Independent Commission Against Corruption recommended new ways to deal with claims of impropriety a er a businessman sent council an envelope containing $2,000 in cash. e commission made six recommendations a er the ma er was reported by Council's General Manager, David Backhouse. In a public report, ICAC found that David Pyo's kum il bong on December 2 last year was more than a cultural Christmas gi . It said: "Mr Pyo intended, or expected, that Mr Backhouse would achieve a favourable outcome to the licensing agreement negotiations." Independent Councillor Paul Barron said: "It's good to know we have such an honest general manager. Honesty creates a respect in the community. Second Tuesday of the month Planning Committee at 6pm Iron Bark meeting room Strathfeld Library and Information Centre 65-67 Rochester Street, Homebush Third Tuesday of the month (as required) Environmental Committee Social Committee Economic Committee "I'm sure David Backhouse is looking into the ICAC recommendations and he'll take it from there." ICAC recommended a council campaign stating "that corrupt acts such as bribery or other inducements are not acceptable and will be reported to the Commission". e investigative body suggested Council conduct a "compliance audit of its record management systems against the requirements of the State Records Act 1998 and the training of all council sta involved in the EOI process". e ICAC was also concerned about the lack of an independent evaluation of the property concerned before the Expression of Interest process, and that Pyo's submission was 47 days late. It requested "clear guidance on the circumstances surrounding late submissions". e report recommends that council should "specify the types of EOI that must be advertised in metropolitan and local newspapers and on its website". JunE 2010