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SSC Newspaper : August 2010
Strathfield Scene 3 "A lot of people in Homebush are upset. The council really needs to address this important heritage issue." – Marlene Doran, Public Officer for the Homebush Mainstreet Committee NEWS Heritage house under threat of demolition By Bernadette Chua Anxious residents have urged Strath eld Council to prevent the demolition of Camden Lodge, a grand historic home dating from the early 20th century. Although the Homebush property on Burlington Road is heritage listed by the council, two leadlight windows have already been removed from the 1917 house -- along with 19 trees and some shrubs from the garden. "People came in and started hacking the garden even though the property is heritage listed," says a local resident. "A couple of days later, the tree man came through and spent three days clearing the trees." Plans for the demolition of Camden Lodge, owned for many years by the AJ Bush family, are currently on public display at the council o ces, where members of the public can lodge their opposition to the proposal. But local residents are concerned that two lead light windows have been removed from the home in order to speed up the building's decay; the council has already promised to have the windows replaced. Ronney Oueik, who owns the property, claims the lead light windows went missing a er he opened up the property to air it out. " e house had a bad smell," says Oueik. "So we opened up the windows and [when] we came back one day and the windows were missing." Oueik claims that Camden Lodge is now uninhabitable -- and has two engineering reports to back up his claim. " We can't renovate," he says. " e roof has to go. e facade has to go. So it's not worth it." Given its current state, Queik says he plans to demolish the ve- bedroom residence and replace it with a brand new, single-storey house complete with a swimming pool, cabana and tennis court. Marlene Doran, public o cer for Homebush Mainstreet Commi ee, a local conservation group, is urging the council to inter vene to save Camden Lodge from possible demolition. " e owner has lodged a complaint saying the property is run-down, but in the 55 years the Bush family have owned it, it was kept in immaculate condition," she says. " e house has been neglected since the new owner took over and the residents don't understand why these plans have been lodged." Doran has taken up a petition opposing the demolition of Camden Lodge and has so far collected 70 signatures in support. "A lot of people in Homebush are upset," she says. " e council really needs to address this important heritage issue." WARRIOR CLASS Ben-Hur e Stadium Spectacular is coming and 15 lucky members of the public have the opportunity to be cast in the show. e roles include gladiators, slaves, soldiers and townspeople. No acting experience is required and men and women over the age of 18 are encouraged to audition. Narrated by Russell Crowe, the Biblical epic is expected to be the biggest live event of the year. Auditions will be held on Saturday, August 28 at ANZ Stadium. Visit www.benhur.com.au/casting. CRICKET REGISTRATIONS Strath eld Cricket Club (SCC) is gearing up for summer with player registrations under way at Airey Park, Homebush. Secretary Michael Myne says the club is looking for a signi cant increase in players this year. Registration days for the juniors are on August 8 and 15, 9am-11am at Airey Park Pavilion. Registrations for in2Cricket will be held at Airey Park on October 18 and 25. Older players have training in the nets on August 8, from 10am. Contact the SCC Secretary on 0404 089 276 or at www. strath eldcricketclub.com.au @#&% WHAT A FINE Abusing a parking inspector might make you feel be er, but it could cost you a $300 ne, if Strath eld Council has its way. e council has proposed a motion at the Local Government Association Annual Conference in October to address the issue of parking inspectors being sworn at. e motion asks the Minister of Police to give council rangers the powers to charge people with an on- the-spot ne for the "use of insulting or o ensive language". In Brief www.ourstrathfield.com.au How the lodge looked at the time of sale a year ago Enid Sung (far right) pictured with two fellow gymnasts 3 MONTHS FREE Membership includes; Use of ALL Facilities & Classes, 2 Weights Rooms, Over 60 Classes a week, Cardio Theatre with Plasma TVs, FREE Personalised Fitness Program & Updates, Fully Air-conditioned FREE Childminding & Parking. 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A former dancer, Sung says she took up rhythmic gymnastics so that she would be able to spend more time with her friends; rhythmic gymnastics combines routines of involving clubs, ribbon, hoops, balls and a number of freehand routines. "I started dancing when I was about ve or six, but because my best friend was doing gymnastics I thought it would be a good way to spend more time with her." is will not be Sung's rst trip overseas. e talented youngster, who trains with the Meriden Rhythmic Gymnastics Centre, has already competed in New Zealand, Malaysia and Spain. "Meriden has been very supportive and they are quite lenient when it comes to deadlines for my school work," says Sung. " ey give me the best of both worlds." Local gymnast to compete in Moscow