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SSC Newspaper : July 2010
By Bernadette Chua The author of a new guide to dog- friendly parks in Sydney is urging Strathfield dog-owners to register their pets if they want to ensure better dog facilities in the future. Katie Whiffen wrote Great Sydney Dog Walks after she found it difficult to find places to walk her two dogs, Rocky, and Stella. “ When I took my dogs out for walks, I’d run into ‘No Dogs Allowed’ signs,” she says. Whiffen says that while Strathfield is more dog-friendly than many municipalities in Australia, dog owners should always lobby for better treatment. “Strathfield Council are so open minded to dog lovers,” she says. “The Council will see the need for facilities and anytime there is an issue regarding dogs and their owners, they will jump to the problem.” There are 2717 dogs registered in Strathfield. Given that there are two dog- friendly parks – Elliott Reserve and Matthews Park – in the municipality, that works out to be 1358 dogs per park. “There are a lot of dog friendly places around the Inner-West especially around Canada Bay, Ashfield and Burwood,” says Whiffen. Her comments come as Strathfield Council prepares to open a new off-leash area for pet lovers in Allen Street Reserve in October. But Whiffen believes Strathfield dog lovers need to keep up the pressure on its council – part of that pressure comes simply from registering dogs, so that provision can be made for them. “Councils provide designated areas for dogs and if people aren’t asking council for facilities, then council won’t react,” she says. “It always depends on how many dogs are registered in the area, so it is important for people to register their dogs.” Great Sydney Dog Walks ($32.95) is available from www.greatdogwalks.com.au. Strathfield Municipal Council invites you to celebrate 125 YEARS OF STRATHFIELD COUNCIL Monday 2 August – Friday 13 August During library opening hours Strathfield Library 65-67 Rochester Street, Homebush For further information contact Council on 9748 9999 or vist www.strathfield.nsw.gov.au A fun day out with free family activities like a jumping castle, animal farm, face painting, sausage sizzle and lots of tree planting! Bring along a family photo and place it in Council’s time capsule – a great way to show future generations what life was like in Strathfield in 2010. Sunday 1 August 9am-2pm Dean Reserve, Dean Street, Strathfield South Find out what life was like during the early days of Strathfield Council. This exhibition will feature photos and a DVD highlighting the history of our Municipality. Strathfield Scene 7 “I don’t think Strathfield is terribly dog friendly compared to the States. People are always letting their dogs off leashes and bringing them into cafes” – Ross Hearme, dog owner council news www.ourstrathfield.com.au “I don’t think Strathfield is terribly dog friendly. There are not many places to let my dog off the leash. It’s such a contrast to the States which is so dog-friendly.” R oss Hearme “Strathfield is dog-friendly. I always put my dog on his leash. I’ve been in trouble once but I mainly come to Strathfield Park which is a great place to bring my dog.” Dee Jay Khoury “Strathfield is not particularly [dog-friendly]. We used to live in Glebe which had many places where we could take our dog off her lead. There are not many in Strathfield.” Adam Guastella More dogs, more walkies STraTHfIElD Council has sent a report on the behaviour of Councillor Danny lim back to the council’s Conduct Review Committee after claims that he has not complied with orders to apologise. At its July meeting, which Cr lim did not attend, council unanimously voted to send the original complaint back to the Conduct Review Committee. The move follows an allegation made to council general manager, David Backhouse, that Cr lim had “insulted and verbally abused” a Strathfield resident in public on three occasions in 2009. The resident made a further complaint after Councillor lim allegedly wrote a letter using the purported official Strathfield Council letterhead to the aggrieved resident’s partners at his place of employment. Council claims Cr lim used the purported Strathfield Council letterhead to give the impression that the letter was endorsed by council. The report says legal advice indicates that Cr lim may have also breached several other provisions of the local Government Act, including improper or unethical conduct, abuse of power and other misconduct and action causing, compromising or involving intimidation, harassment or verbal abuse. Cr lim, an Independent, has another two years on council before facing re-election. lim case re-examined weed hit-list Council has recommended that 11 plant species growing around Strathfield should be included on the state’s Noxious Weeds list. Weeds are declared noxious if they pose a risk to human health, the environment or livestock. The plants being put forward are: Coolatai Grass, Balloon Vine, Basket Asparagus, Climbing Asparagus, Bridal Creeper, Morning Glory, Coastal Morning Glory, Madeira Vine, Moth Vine, Ochna, and Turkey Rhubarb. The management of noxious weeds is required under the 1993 Noxious Weeds Act. Under the Act residents are responsible for removing any noxious species on their land. A full list of noxious weeds is at www.dpi.nsw.gov.au. hope for frogs The future of the endangered Green and Golden Bell frog in Greenacre is looking brighter after the Strathfield Council resolved to adopt a management plan for the Cox Creek Reserve. The reserve is the habitat of the endangered frog as well as being the Cooks River Castlereagh- Ironbark forest habitat. last year, council received a $25,000 grant from the Sydney Metropolitan Catchment Authority to prepare a Plan of Management for the reserve. The plan for the Ironbark forest includes weed control, which has destroyed a significant part of natural vegetation, restoration works as well as prevention of further clearing. In Brief