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SSC Newspaper : September 2010
Strathfield Scene 3 The Council says the cost of enforcing each complaint about illegal hanging of washing would be about $433. NEWS Hunting down Strath eld's poison pen writer Strath eld council o cials and authorities are poised to unmask a poison pen writer who has threatened senior council o cials in a series of anonymous le ers. e cowardly correspondent has made serious but unfounded allegations, and threatened two senior managers with exposure or the sack in le ers sent to the council over the past eight weeks. e le ers were signed as if they came from a variety of community action groups, such as e Community Guild, People Against Bad Government, We Stand For Us and e Inner West Rite. One was signed "Your Guardian". So far, a empts by the Scene to contact these apparently bogus community groups have failed. Council managers were so concerned when the le ers arrived on their desks, they immediately handed them to senior council o cers for further investigation. e le ers have now been referred to police. It was unclear whether handwriting experts will be called in to compare the addresses penned on the envelopes with previous complaints and other correspondence received by council. O cials are uncertain if the sudden appearance of the le ers at the council's Homebush Road headquarters is connected to a campaign of intimidation, dirty tricks and espionage being waged against some Strath eld councillors. It has been revealed in the Scene that police have been called in to investigate the trashing of vehicles belonging to councillors, and as well as break-ins at their homes and the installation of listening devices and computer bugging equipment. "We are treating the arrival of the le ers very seriously as they are obviously intended to injure the reputations of our o cers," said a council spokesperson. e spokesperson said they will compare the hand- writing on the envelopes that were sent to the council with copies of other correspondence the council has received from residents. " ere is no substance to the allegations contained in the le ers, so clearly they have been wri en by someone with a grudge who is out to cause damage and trouble." e spokesman went on to say that the le ers were tailored to each o cial, and a acked them professionally. ere was also a suggestion that these baseless claims would be sent to other councils, preventing targeted o cials from working elsewhere. While it is not unusual for councils to receive le ers from disgruntled residents, the vehemence and personal nature of the le ers sent to two senior o cials has concerned council sta , who believe it is important that such serious inaccurate claims do not go unchallenged. e Strath eld Scene was also the subject of a poison pen le er this month. e le er made baseless claims about the newspaper's journalists in barely literate type. Do you know who the poison pen writer is? If so email us at editorial@ourstrath eld.com.au. SES STORM TIPS With the recent windy weather gusting in, the State Emergency Service (SES) have provided tips to protect your home and business from storms. Tips such as cleaning out gu ers, keeping emergency kits handy, securing or storing and trimming overhanging branches is what the SES recommend to protect your property. e SES will also be running StormSafe Week from Saturday 18 to Sunday 26 September and Strath eld SES will be in Strath eld Plaza on ursday 23 and on Saturday 25 to raise awareness about their work in disasters. Severe storms cost Australia around $217 million dollars worth of damage a year and there are preventative measures residents can take. e Strath eld SES are always looking for more volunteers to be trained to help the community in times of need. If you want to volunteer call 9763 2144. DEDICATED RECYCLING Imagine nine Olympic swimming pools lled to the brim with drink containers. at is how much material West eld shopping centres hopes to recycle with the introduction of dedicated recycling bins in their shopping centres. Last month West eld Burwood launched its part. e centre has introduced dedicated bins in the food court to recycle your cans, plastic and glass bo les. In Brief www.ourstrathfield.com.au Washing: an eco-friendly eyesore? Join the Monster Academy and bring your BMX at Cooke Park Skate Ramp The session is designed for riders of all ability levels. From first time riders to ultimate BMX devotees. ALL participants will be challenged with tuition, hints, tips and tricks from riders from the Monster Academy. The FREE session will include the latest in safety techniques and safe riding practices and promote bike skills, tricks, gear, helmets and protection. When: Sunday 25th September 2010 Time: 9am -- 1pm Where: Cooke Park Skate Ramp, Madeline St Belfield The Cooke Park Skate ramp is unique. Designed for riders of all levels, it was built by Convic and includes an open bowl with hips, a pyramid with a block and flat bank with a tranny in the middle which leads up to a block -- come along, bring your BMX and reach new heights. NSW Bike Week provides an opportunity for the local community to participate in organised bicycle events in a safe and supported environment. Participation is aimed at all members of the community. Sunday 25th September 2010 By Natalie O'Brien Should there be more washing apping in the breeze to save the environment? Or will abandoning household dryers produce more visual pollution and a future cause of con ict between neighbours? is is the dilemma faced by the State Government a er a submission by the Strath eld Council over the recent changes it has made to the by-laws governing the hanging of washing in units and townhouses. e Department of Fair Trading has reviewed bylaw 10 which relaxes slightly the laws about how and where washing in units and strata buildings can be displayed. e new bylaw allows residents to hang their washing out to dry anywhere on their residential lot, including balconies, if it cannot be seen from street level outside the complex. e new legislation is aimed at giving people living in units more choice, a chance to save money on electricity bills and cut back on greenhouse gas emissions at the same time. Electric clothes dryers in Sydney units are estimated to produce 80,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide each year -- which is the equivalent of the emissions produced by 18,600 cars. In many European countries, particularly Italy and Greece, freshly washed laundry is a ubiquitious sight, adding charm to a streetscape. But Patrick Wong, Strath eld Council's director of technical services, has wri en to the Department of Fair Trading on behalf of residents, who have for years identi ed unsightly washing as a signi cant problem. " e by-law is ambiguous and extremely open ended," he wrote. "It does li le to address streetscape, visual amenity and the 'slumming down' of the local government area." e new bylaw allows washing to be visible to the street, if the resident has wri en permission from the owners' corporation. But council argues this could lead to "disputes between neighbours".