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SSC Newspaper : September 2010
THANKS FOR A GREAT YEAR OF UNITY AND ACHIEVEMENT It is hard to believe that it is already 12 months since I was elected mayor of this great area. With a year now having passed, this is an opportune time to re ect on my rst term as mayor. My biggest highlight was serving as mayor during this signi cant year for Council -- its 125-year anniversary. Council held a number of events and activities to commemorate the anniversary, such as a historic exhibition at Strath eld Library, a Family Fun Day, the unveiling of a commemorative plaque at Dean Reser ve and the production of a special DVD looking back on our history. But the most enjoyable event was the celebratory evening that council held in June, which recognised all those who have made a signi cant contribution to making Strath eld what it is today. What made the event so special was the opportunity to see so many familiar faces celebrating Strath eld, as well as providing many people with an opportunity to see each other for the rst time in years a er losing contact. Other highlights were the increased opportunities I had to engage with the community. From visiting playgroups and talking to parents to hi ing the streets and speaking with shop owners at our town centres, it was great to nd out not only what people like about our area, but also hear their concerns. Of course, I cannot overlook the more turbulent times of my mayoralty, especially early on. When I rst became mayor, it was not all smooth sailing, with some councillors not seeing eye-to-eye. However, we have now moved past that, and I would like to think that my biggest achievement in the last 12 months was bringing unity to council, where we now all work together and are focussed primarily on the interests of the community. e last 12 months have own by, but I have enjoyed it immensely. It has been an honour and privilege to serve as the Mayor of Strath eld and whether it is another councillor or me who is mayor a er the mayoral election this month, I can assure you that I will continue to serve this great community with continued passion and enthusiasm. Please call 9748 9924 for further information. Business papers for Council and committee meetings are available from Council’s Customer Service Centre, public libraries and at www.strathfield.nsw.gov.au – from the Saturday prior to each meeting. Council and Committee Meetings. Meet Your Councillor sessions have recommenced. First Tuesday of the month Ordinary Council at 7pm Council Chambers 65 Homebush Road, Strathfeld Second Tuesday of the month Planning Committee at 6pm. Iron Bark meeting room Strathfeld Library and Information Centre. 65-67 Rochester St, Homebush Third Tuesday of the month (as required) Environmental Committee Social Committee Economic Committee Mayor Tony Maroun (Left) and Deputy Mayor Keith Kwon. By the Mayor of Strathfield, Tony Maroun. How councillors choose one of their number to lead them Strathfield Scene 7 "When I first became Mayor it was not all smooth sailing, with some councillors not seeing eye-to-eye. However we have now moved past that.” -- Tony Maroun, current Mayor. COUNCIL NEWS www.ourstrathfield.com.au Which one will be our Mayor? HOPE BRETT-BOWEN, LABOR First elected to Council: September 2008 Will you stand for mayor? No comment SUNDAR ESWARAN, LABOR First elected to Council: September 2008 Will you stand for mayor? Maybe KEITH KWON, DEPUTY MAYOR, LABOR First elected to Council: March 2004 Mayor from 2008-2009 Will you stand for mayor? Yes BILL CARNEY, LIBERAL First elected to Council: March 2004 Mayor from 2005-2007 Will you stand for mayor? No TONY MAROUN, CURRENT MAYOR, LIBERAL First elected to Council: September 2008 Will you run again? No Comment PAUL BARRON, INDEPENDENT First elected to Council: March 2004 Mayor 2008 Will you stand for mayor? Unknown e most recent o cial portrait of Strath eld Council, which includes General Manager David Backhouse ( ont row, right) MAYOR TONY Maroun has nominated a date to step down as mayor. ere will be an election for a new mayor on September 21. Under local government regulations, the date has to be within 12 months of the election of the last mayor, however the vote does not have to coincide with an ordinary council meeting. e councillors can be called at any time to an extraordinary meeting for the election. Any one of the councillors can nominate for the position of mayor, but they need a supporter and must put their nomination in writing. If they fail to secure a backer their nomination lapses. e director of corporate services is the returning o cer and the vote can be taken by a show of hands or by a ballot. e winning candidate must gain a majority of the votes. If the vote is tied, then a name is drawn out of the proverbial hat. On election, the mayor receives the use of ceremonial clothing, an appropriately furnished o ce at Strath eld Council, stationery including mayoral le erheads, business cards and secretarial and administrative assistance. Refreshments essential for running the mayoral o ce will be also made available by the council. e mayor is entitled to a fee of $34,860 as well as the use of a car for o cial business. e mayor is entitled to use the car to drive to his or her home and place of work. A dedicated parking space for the mayor's car will be available at the council chambers. e council will pay for the vehicle's operating costs (including registration, tyres and fuel) up to $10,000 a year. However, at the end of their term, outgoing mayors cannot buy mayoral cars. If the new mayor does not want or require it, the car is sold through an auction house.