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SSC Newspaper : September 2010
ST THFIELD COUNCIL, in conjunction with the Belmore Auto Conversion Centre, is o ering residents free child restraint check ups and installations to ensure the safety of children travelling in cars. e safety program will run for the next 12 months, providing free ings, check-ups and gated buckles. Astrid Taylor from Belmore Auto Conversion Centre says parents o en are unaware that their baby seats are not ed properly. "Many parents don't t the harnesses properly," she says. "If the baby seat moves when you shake it, then you have de nitely not ed the seats properly." is initiative is part of the Local Government Road Safety Program, following the introduction of new national child restraint laws in March. Rob Bourke, director of operations at Strath eld Council, says the initiative is a great way to teach parents about car safety: "O en, ings and inspections can be expensive but this is a great way to ensure your child seats are ed properly." Mother of two Kellie Phillips says the initiative increased her awareness of child safety seats in motor vehicles. "I had no idea about how to t my child seats prior to this campaign," she says. Under the new laws, children under six months must be secured in a rear facing restraint, children aged six months to under four years must be secured in either a rear- or forward- facing restraint and children aged four years to under seven years must be secured in a forward-facing child restraint or booster seat. For more information call Strath eld Council on 9748 9999 or visit www.strath eld.nsw.gov.au. Parents told to check seats Strath eld electors go back to the polls next month to vote on a replacement to ll the seat le vacant by controversial council member Danny Lim, despite a empts to avoid the by-election and save ratepayers' money. Lim quit the seven-member council a er being dogged by a series of allegations over his behaviour and a endance. In July, fellow councillors unanimously sent back to the Conduct Review Commi ee a complaint that Lim had "insulted and verbally abused" a Strath eld resident. Arguments over money have followed Lim's resignation, with the council strongly denying this week that it owed the former councillor his monthly allowances. e poll, on Saturday October 23, comes despite a empts by the council to stop it happening. Council's a empts to persuade the Division of Local Government to prevent the by-election were unsuccessful. Mayor Tony Maroun wrote in a recent column: "Being halfway through our term, we think it would be a massive waste of ratepayers' money if a by-election were held. "It is important to note that we are not saying we want to permanently stay at six councillors; rather, we are saying that we should stay at six councillors until the next general, which is due in 2012." e 2008 elections cost $136,400. Next month's by-election is expected to cost up to $90,000. One reason for the high cost is that Strath eld is not made up of wards -- as a result, all 20,465 voters need to go to the polls or face a $55 ne. Candidates need to nominate by noon on Wednesday, September 22. ey should hand in their nomination forms to the Returning O cer at Strath eld Council o ces in Homebush Road. Forms can be downloaded from the NSW Electoral Commission website at www.elections.nsw.gov.au. Candidates also need to pay a $125 nomination deposit. An information seminar for candidates will be held at Strath eld Council Chambers on Monday, September 15, between 5pm and 7pm. e seminar will spell out who can run, the timetable, campaigning procedures, election funding obligations and other topics. Do you think we should be holding a by-election? Tell us at editorial@ourstrath eld.com.au. Voting in Local Government elections is compulsory for all electors included on the residential roll. For more information on state election protocols visit the NSW Electoral Commission website: www.elections.nsw.gov.au. 6 Strathfield Scene "I had no idea about how to ft my child seats prior to this campaign,” -- Kellie Phillips, mother of two. SEPTEMBER 2010 COUNCIL NEWS Voters go to polls for Lim's replacement Former Strathfield Councillor Danny Lim will be asked to apologise to a council officer for allegedly "abusing, harassing, and intimidating" him in a series of telephone calls made last year. Lim has also been asked to rescind his previous decision to waive his councillor's fees, which now total about $26,796, so the back pay can be forwarded to him as he has requested. The issues were raised on the agenda at this month's council meeting three months after Lim resigned suddenly from his position. When Lim resigned from the council there was a complaint outstanding against him that he had breached several clauses of the code of conduct. The matter was referred to the council's independent external Conduct Review Committee, which reported back to the council on August 16. It found that Lim had breached four clauses of the code of conduct. The committee found that Lim breached clauses regarding improper or unethical conduct and recommended that council censure Lim, require him to apologise and also to make public the findings of inappropriate conduct. The report said that when Lim was first elected he returned his fees asking for them to be paid to a charity, but was told that the council could not legally make donations on his behalf. It was also noted the council has resolved to recover monies that it says are owed by Lim to the council for unauthorised use of council resources. FORMER COUNCILLOR TO BE ASKED TO SAY SORRY FOR BREACH Strathfield Employment Council has organised five big events as part of Strathfield Employment & Training Week 2010. All events are free and held in Strathfield Main Library -- 65 Rochester St, Homebush. & Training Week 2010 1 HR Best Practice Seminar: Hiring, firing & everything in-between! Need advice on managing staff? Tue 5 Oct, 10am -- 3pm 2 Certificate IV Small Business Management for Job Seekers -- Info Night Are you a job seeker? Interested in running your own business? Tue5Oct,5pm--6pm 3 Skilled Migrant Work Readiness Seminar Got skills but can't get a job? We can help. Wed 6 Oct, 10am -- 3pm 4 Up-skilling Your Workforce with Government Grants Training your staff? There are grants to pay for it. Thur 7 Oct, 10am -- 12pm 5 Employment & Training Expo Need advice on employment and training services? Fri 8 Oct, 11am -- 1pm For further information call 9748 9999 or visit www.strathfield.nsw.gov.au A Week of Free Events Luke and Jake safe in their RTA approved safety harness.