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SSC Newspaper : July 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 School scoops sustainability awards ASENSORY Garden, an organic vegetable patch, a rain water tank and water wise taps are among the achievements recognised by the Strath eld Council's rst Sustainable Living Awards. e competition was open to all local schools, with the aim of fostering ideas for living a more sustainable life among our young people. Local schools were asked to enter the awards by demonstrating how they are actively reducing their environmental footprint with sustainable ideas for everyday life. Meriden School and South Strath eld Public School were presented with awards by Strath eld Mayor Tony Maroun. Meridan won a high commendation award for its e cient use of water through the use of rainwater tanks and water wise taps, while South Strath eld Public School was praised for installing 30 solar panels for electricity generation and the use of water tanks for irrigation. Both schools were rewarded with a $250 voucher. "Entries were of a very high standard and ranged [widely] in terms of sustainability capability and level of di culty," says Bernade e Murray, sustainability programs o cer at Strath eld Council. "It was di cult to choose a winner as every school has its own budgets and limits in resources and capacity. e competition was very successful and it was great for council to learn what projects and programs the community and organisations are implementing with regard to sustainability." Chalmers Road School for students with intellectual disabilities was also a nalist on the night, recognised for fostering awareness through a sensory garden and an organic vegetable patch. Other nalists were Santa Sabina and Strath eld Girls High. e girls of Strath eld Girls High were commended for the creation of an Eco Action team that patrols the school playgrounds. Santa Sabina students were recognised for the development of a sustainable future action plan, along with intalling drip irrigation and water tanks for their sports elds. By the Mayor of Strathfield, Tony Maroun. how we will deliver great new services As we commence the new nancial year, I am pleased to announce Council remains nancially sustainable which is a great result in light of the current economic climate. Along with this, Council also unanimously passed the 2010-2013 Management Plan at its meeting on June 29. is new management plan identi es how Council will move for ward with its key strategies, initiatives and activities over the next three years. As Mayor of Strath eld I am commi ed to ensuring Council continues to deliver quality services and activities within the municipality, and to improve the quality of life in Strath eld now and into the future. is new Management Plan is designed to map out a clear course of action across Council's core business areas, which includes providing strategic direction for the long-term viability of our town centres, improving community facilities, management of our parks and recreational open spaces, e ectively engaging the community whilst ensuring good sustainable practice across all activities. Some of the key programs and initiatives in 2010-2011 include the development of the Strath eld Local Environmental Plan (LEP) as a key priority. Additionally, Council is also continuing its campaign to combat illegal dumping in the municipality by providing a free on-call clean up collection ser vice up to six times a year for residents, along with developing crime and safety strategies including hosting regular community forums. As our community grows, we are sure to face challenges -- thus the need for a workable and detailed framework is necessary so that Council can not only plan for this future growth but sustain our community and its local economy. We're already taking an active role by improving infrastructure, maintaining footpaths and roads, waste management services, community facilities while ensuring that current Strath eld residents, along with those of the future, have access to quality facilities and services provided by your Council. I encourage community members to view a copy of the 2010-2013 Management Plan by visiting Council's website at www.strath eld.nsw.gov.au or for more information about the plan contact Council in person. Mason Park lights up 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 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 By Bernadette chua ST THFIELD Council will receive $30,000 to install new and upgraded lighting at its sport and recreational facilities at Mason Park, Homebush. Angela D'Amore, Member of Parliament for Drummoyne, says the new oodlights will allow junior and senior teams to train for longer hours. "It's great for our wider sporting communities and it means our junior and senior clubs will be allowed to train at night," she says. "It's fantastic since obviously the park is highly utilised over the weekends. Extra oodlights means the park can be utilised for longer hours." e grant that Strath eld Council and D'Amore have procured is just one of several new local projects funded by the state government. In total, $158,709 has been awarded for local sporting and recreational facilities. "Especially with obesity and diabetes rampant in our society, extending hours for people to exercise is a good way to keep not only children, but adults t and healthy," says D'Amore. "Providing modern and functional sport and recreation facilities will encourage more local residents to get active." Under the program, the state government has awarded a total of 411 grants to local governments and non-pro t sport and community groups around New South Wales. 6 Strathfeld Scene "As our community grows, we are sure to face challenges – a workable and detailed framework is necessary so that council can plan for future growth” – Tony Maroun, the Mayor of Strathfeld JULY 2010 COUNCIL NEWS Organics only: students plant their own.