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SSC Newspaper : September 2010
cene S STRATHFIELD THE BEST IN ENTERTAINMENT INSIDE 10 FOOD Beer and pub grub 14 BUSINESS Small business workshops 18 WHAT'S ON IN SEPTEMBER Music, theatre, arts, sport ... Confessions of a (failed) Ben Hur Extra By Steve Singleton There will be joyous crowds, brighly- dressed volunteers and big screens broadcasting highlights as Sydney marks the 10th anniversary of "the greatest Olympics ever". e celebrations will culminate with Cathy Freeman re-igniting the famous cauldron on September 15. For those lucky people who chose to buy into the athletes' village in 2000, however, there is another cause for self-congratulation. House prices at Newington have more than doubled over the last decade -- and the future looks equally promising. Chuck Ow Lee, from Newington Village Real Estate, says even with three-bedroom houses now selling for an average of $860,000 demand is easily outstripping supply within the village. "We just don't have enough stock at the moment," he says. e renewed interest in Sydney Olympic Park is best illustrated by the success of Australia Towers, the precinct's newest and most ambitious residential development: of the 216 apartments available in stage one, 80 per cent are already sold -- most of them within a week of release. e stylish apartment block, now under construction, is stage one of a proposed three- tower development on Australia Avenue and the very rst residential development within the park itself. "I suspect that the success of the Australia Towers project has taken a lot of people by surprise," says Nick Hubble, Sydney Olympic Park Authority's commercial and corporate general manager. According to Hubble the precinct has nally shaken o its stigma of being a white elephant and is now steaming ahead with new residential, retail and commercial development. Under its 2030 Master Plan, Sydney Olympic Park is destined to become a fully-functioning satellite city over the next few years, providing more than 31,500 jobs, facilities for 5000 students and accommodation for up to 14,000 residents. Local real estate agents say that the growing popularity of the Olympics precinct as a recreational and business hub is now beginning to have a tangible impact on surrounding suburbs such as Strath eld, Lidcombe, Silverwater, and Homebush. Cheng Ma, from LJ Hooker Strath eld, is convinced that the park's sporting and recreational facilities and its wide open spaces are major drawcards for investors and home owners alike. Ma has just sold a three-bedroom apartment (with water views) in Wentworth Point for $810,000 and says Sydney Olympic Park is proving to be very a ractive to cashed-up buyers who want well-planned, modern housing close to good amenities and transport. "It o ers a very cosmopolitan lifestyle," he says. Like many Newington residents, Singapore- born Chuck Ow Lee says he enjoys living in a modern, well-planned city precinct -- and one that incorporates forward looking environmental programs, such as recycled water, solar power and non-toxic pest control. "When I have friends visiting from overseas they can go the shops, have a co ee, enjoy a pizza," he says. " e structure here is very organised -- just like Singapore." By Bernadette Chua Iwas ner vous. I had no idea what to expect. And I was late -- by at least 20 minutes. I had been running around the ANZ Stadium trying to get in. I could hear loud roars coming from inside and people yelling instructions. A er nding the door, I was led out to the stadium eld where hundreds of people were lined up in rows yelling "Hail Tiberius". At the signal from one of the instructors, the wannabe Ben Hurs came running towards us at full speed screaming as they advanced. I just stood behind the goalposts, hoping not be trodden underfoot. e sheer enthusiasm and determination on the faces of the 400-strong crowd made me realise that I perhaps didn't have what it takes to become an extra in Ben Hur -- e Stadium Spectacular, narrated by Russell Crowe. If the gladiatorial sprints were not enough, members of the group then re-enacted scenes from the spectacular arena show and were hoisted and thrown around by some of the Ben Hur stunt professionals. Fair eld local Julio Pezzu i, 75, one of the three lucky people chosen as cast members on the day -- and an extra in the original 1959 movie -- was ecstatic about being chosen to relive the experience of those days. "I entered my father into the casting as a joke," says Federica, Julio's daughter. "We had to write a brief description when we made our submission for the casting and I wrote that Dad was in the original Ben Hur [movie]." Daryl Kerry, the manager of the ANZ Stadium which is hosting the blockbuster, says the scale of the show is something that has never been seen before in Australia. " is is something absolutely unique and is ground breaking," he says. " e show is already making people extremely excited and the producers are having lots of fun with the show." Andrew Guild, the show's executive producer, says there was an overwhelming response to the public auditions and the process has generated a lot of interest in the show. "We had meetings with StadeFrance [the production house] and collectively, we both were keen to reserve several cast roles for members of the general public," he says. " e show has now become an unstoppable force and now it's become an event for all the people." Ben Hur -- e Stadium Spectacular, ANZ Stadium, Sydney Olympic Park October 22 and 23 Book Online: www.ticketek.com.au Diamond: $299; Platinum: $249; Gold: $159; Silver: $99; Bronze: $69 Ten years on, Olympic Park strikes gold WIN A TICKET TO BEN HUR Strathfield Scene Readers have a chance to win a double pass to Ben Hur --The Stadium Spectacular, a Biblical epic. To enter just answer one simple question before 5pm on Friday, September 17: Who is the narrator in Ben Hur -- The Stadium Spectacular? To enter the draw all you have to do is log onto our website www.ourstrath eld.com.au Sydney Olympic Park