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SSC Newspaper : October 2010
Strathfield Scene 3 The Minister assured the Scene she will continue to live and work in her electorate. news By Natalie O’Brien Strathfield MP Virginia Judge has announced the end of her long-standing marriage to lidcombe GP dr Ofo Niumeitolu. The announcement, made first to the Scene, came after the strange on again, off again sale of the couple’s Strathfield family home and ended weeks of speculation by residents who had contacted reporters from the paper. Judge and her husband issued a joint statement saying “after a long period of separation, they are in the final stages of an amicable divorce.” The statement added: “ We remain friends and would like to ask the media to respect our family’s privacy during this process. Ours has been a long and productive partnership and we wish each other well in the future.” The Minister assured the Scene she will continue to live and work in her electorate. The Scene enquired about the listing of the Strathfield house on the Richardson and Wrench website. it subsequently vanished from the site. earlier, residents told the Scene the house had been quietly put on the market with an asking price believed to be around $1.5 million. it was widely listed, featuring on real estate websites, as a “charming federation home”. Judge, the NSW Arts and fair trading Minister, was understood to have moved out. dr Niumeitolu had told the Scene to call Judge and ask her about the sale, saying it was in the process of being taken off the market. “ We are changing our minds” he said. inspections for the property were by appointment only and the price on application. The house was being marketed only on the internet without its address showing and there was no for Sale sign outside the bungalow. Judge was elected to Strathfield Council in 1995 and became Mayor in 2000, before she was elected to the NSW Parliament. land title documents show that the home is jointly owned by a dianne Virginia Niumeitolu and Ofo Niumeitolu, with a mortgage to the Westpac Banking Corporation. it is understood there was some interest in the property but no formal offers had been made. ENfiEld arMEd rOBBEry Police are appealing for public assistance to find two armed men who stole cash from licenced premises on Coronation Parade, enfield. Both men are described as of Pacific island appearance. The first male, who threatened an employee with a shot gun, is around 175cm. The second male, who was carrying a tyre leaver, is around 182cm. Both men had black t-shirts covering their faces. Call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or Burwood Police on 9745 8499. SOuTh STraThfiEld graffiTi South Strathfield resident leon Booth is urging council do something about graffiti. “There is a lot of graffiti around dan Murphy’s,” he says. “it’s on my property and i can’t get it off.” But Booth did commend council on its fast removal of bill posters. “The posters used to be a problem but council [now] seems to remove them quickly.” MEMOry vaN Worried about your memory or want to know more about dementia? talk to a representative from Alzheimer’s Australia and find out about ways to improve your memory and reduce the risk of dementia. Wednesday November 3, 2010. 10am to 12noon. Strathfield library, 65-67 Rochester St, homebush. Cost: free. In Brief www.ourstrathfield.com.au Smokers may have to butt out under new proposals Smokers and business owners are deeply divided over a proposal to ban smoking from all outdoor dining areas currently being considered by Strathfield Council. if adopted the new policy, outlined at a council meeting earlier this week, would outlaw smoking from all alfresco dining areas on council land. Such a ban would affect a number of popular local cafes, such as Rainbow Cakes, Gloria Jeans, Maldini’s and CC’s Char Grill. John Jung, the owner of local cafe and patisserie Rainbow Cakes, says the amended policy would drive his patrons away. “Personally, i’m not a smoker but there are a lot of people that hang around the town square that do smoke,” he says. “People want to come and sit, have a coffee and smoke. if there are no tables outside and people are not allowed to smoke, i don’t think people would come to the cafe.” But Murat Kocak, a smoker and cafe customer, supports the proposed ban, which he argues would be a good thing for the majority of the public. “i am trying to quit and it’s bad for people who don’t smoke because of second-hand smoke,” he says. “i’m ready to quit so it [the proposed ban] would also be a good way to get me to quit.” The council is concerned about the impact of secondary smoke on non-smoking patrons in Strathfield’s cafes and restaurants – a s well as the health implications for waiters and waitresses. Atotalof76outofthe152 councils in NSW have already restricted smoking in outdoor areas because of these health fears with 74 per cent of these councils in the Sydney Metropolitan area. Under proposed amendments to its current policy, Strathfield Council would ban smoking in all outdoor dining areas and, additionally, will not consider allowing dining on footpaths less than 3.6 metres in width. local businesses will now be consulted over these proposed changes before council reaches a final decision on the matter. ■ Tell us what you think at ourstrathfield.com.au the annual Cherry Auction, one of the most-anticipated charity events of the year, will take place at Sydney Markets on October 20. Proceeds from the Cherry Auction, now in its 31st year, go to Variety, the charity which helps sick and disadvantaged children – the event has raised almost $1m over the past three decades. funds raised this year will assist in the purchase of medical equipment for the intensive Care Unit at Sydney Children’s hospital andalsogotoSaveOurSons–a charity dedicated to fundraising and research on duchenne Muscular dystrophy. Where: Sydney Markets flemington, between Sheds A and B. When: October 20, starting at 6am. banking If your current home loan could do with an overhaul then the good news is Homebush Community Bank®Branch will waive the setup fees on all new and transferred home loans – a saving of $150 – available until 30 November 2010.* That’s our Spring Fair discount for U. And if you do more of your banking with the Bendigo, then our Home Loan Package and Home Loan Package Plus will provide you with even more rewards on the standard variable home loan rates. So for your perfect home loan, call into 27 Rochester Street, Homebush or phone 9764 6616 to speak to our friendly staff today. Homebush Community Bank®Branch Terms, conditions, fees, charges and lending criteria apply. *Offer is only valid on new and transferred hom e loans taken out with Homebush Community Bank® Branch and approved by 30 November 2010. All other additional legal, valuation or government charges will be payable by the customer, including any costs associated with additional securities, documents or valuations. Bendigo and Adelaide Bank Limited, The Bendigo Centre, Bendigo, VIC 3550. ABN 11 068 049 178. AFSL 237879. (S31295) (10/10) Save on home loan set up fees how an online advertisement signalled the end of a long and productive partnership Cherry auction raises money for kids Virginia’s Strathfield house