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SSC Newspaper : July 2010
Why our boWls club has had to close after 50 glorious years Camera, bugs found at homes of councillors Sophisticated devices revealed a er break in Strath eld mums and dads are being forced to take their children to childcare centres in other suburbs such as Burwood and Haber eld in a bid to save money on rising fees. e parental exodus is leaving Strath eld with an oversupply of vacancies, with a new centre opening soon. Pictured above Dean and Brayden McPherson. Read the Strath eld Scene investigation on pages 8 and 9. KIDS COMMUTE TO PLAY FUN RUN Ben Roberts urges: sign up for the Cooks River Fun Run PAGE 11 PROPERTY Makeover or move house? We tell you which is best PAGE 14 WIN TICKETS Answer a simple question and see Disney on Ice for free BACK PAGE see page 3 exclusive By Natalie O'Brien Police have launched an investigation into the discovery of a hidden camera and listening devices which had been secretly installed in the homes of two Strath eld councillors. e highly-specialised bugging equipment was reportedly found in the South Strath eld home of Councillor Paul Barron and another councillor, who has asked not to be identi ed. e allegations that someone has been spying on the two councillors have raised concerns about just what information was being sought -- and by whom. One source told the Strath eld Scene the devices were "fairly sophisticated", but they were not similar to those used by police or other government organisations. e discovery of the covert devices follows a previous incident in which Cr Barron had also found a "bug" which was tracking his activities on his home computer. It is believed this incident happened earlier this year. e fresh claims of sur veillance, this time at two homes, are believed to follow a break and enter at Cr Barron's home. In February this year, Cr Barron told police that his home was broken into and an intruder had ri ed through his council papers. Cr Barron had reportedly assumed that it was possibly a politically motivated break-in because valuable items such as his mobile, laptop and coins were in full view of the intruder but had not been touched. At the time Cr Barron told the media he had come home and found the front door to his home smashed open. Inside, he found that some of the drawers in his bedroom had been opened and gone through -- but only the ones containing council related documentation. He said it was very strange that only his council documentation had been tampered with, leading him to the conclusion that it was politically motivated. He said that investigating police told him whoever was responsible had worn gloves and le no ngerprints. Continued on page 9 www.ourstrathfield.com.au • JULY 2010 FREE Where your voice matters Cr Barron: Bugging target.