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SSC Newspaper : September 2010
By Natalie O'Brien Rubbish dumping and removal, tra c and parking issues and the future of the town centre, were among the topics raised by residents at the Strath eld Council Area Community Forum last week. More than 50 residents turned up to the meeting at the town hall to listen to updates on issues a ecting planning, environmental health, gra ti and the library. David Hazeldine, the manager strategic planning, gave a presentation on plans for the town square, Sabra Azimullah, the environmental health o cer, talked about how to ght Legionella in cooling systems and Robyn Druce, the manager civic space, talked about the gra ti problems and how the council was responding to the issue. Barbara Moss, the acting manager library and information systems, spoke about the library ser vices in particular how many di erent groups have been using its services. She told the forum there had been 30,522 borrowers, 248,975 loans and 292,622 visits to the library in the past year. Residents were then invited to have "conversations" with councillors and senior council o cers during which they could talk about any issues and concerns they had about their areas. However, there were two residents who voiced their concerns about the way the forum was run, and suggested there should be an open forum when everyone could ask questions publicly and have a public discussion. During the conversation time, residents also spoke to council o cers about their concerns about possible ooding in the town square should there be any underground excavations, the need for more tra c signs, the upgrading of footpaths and be er signage for cycle paths. ere were also complaints about the lack of services for elderly and disabled in the area, li er in the gu ers on Burlington Road (between Meredith and Rochester Streets) not being cleaned up and the changing of the route for bus 407. e train signal box at the corner of Homebush and Beresford roads was in need of a lick of green paint. A local couple have o ered to assist with a can of paint. Town Square raised at forum 4 Strathfield Scene SEPTEMBER 2010 NEWS e Homebush Hungarian Scout Group has held a fundraising fair to help 17 scouts and leaders travel to the United States to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Eastern European Scout Association. e group joined almost 1000 members of Hungarian scout groups from around the world who are celebrating the survival of the movement despite being banned in Hungary during the Cold War. Teri Barany, a female scout master with the Homebush club, says that maintaining their cul- tural heritage has been an unending struggle. e club, which is at Melville Reserve on Hamstead Road, is one of only two Hungarian scout groups in Australia -- the other is in Melbourne. e Homebush club has a current membership of 75 scouts, but recently recruited 15 new induct- ees aged between four and eight years old. e headquarters were built in the 1960s with le over material from a former bowling alley. A foundation stone was laid on March 2, 1968. "We've had to do a lot of work since to bring the building up to council standards," says scout master Sandor Cserhalmi. e history of the scouts in Hungary has been one of sur vival against all odds. e movement was threatened by the Communist regime, which banned scouting from 1948 to 1989. e tradition was kept alive by Hungarians exiles living in coun- tries like Britain, America and Australia. Last month, 17 scouts and leaders from Homebush le Sydney for New Jersey, the world headquarters of the Hungarian scout association. One of those in the party was Irene Posa, 15, who travelled to the United States with her mother. "I love coming to scouts here and I can't wait to go to America," she said. "I've never been before. It's a great chance to meet people." Ma Khoury SCOUTS SCORE A CENTURY OF BEING PREPARED