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SSC Newspaper : October 2010
4 Strathfield Scene october 2010 NEWS Chef raises $4,600 for charity By Bernadette Chua Regular diners at the Ta Fong restaurant on e Crescent, Flemington, have become used to the sight of a small cardboard charity box -- over the last nine months the Vietnamese eatery has collected some $4,600 in donations. Restaurant owner Peter Quach has been painstakingly collecting money for the Red Kite Foundation which provides nancial and emotional support to families a ected by adolescent cancer. "Australia is such a great country. We have good schools and a great healthcare system. So my heart just wants to give something back to the community," he says. "I want to thank the country." Over the past nine months, Quach has been cooking some of his signature dishes -- such as the Vietnamese beef broth noodle dish, Pho, and his barbeque chilli chicken -- and has now raised over $4,600. "I've had over 1000 customers giving me money so I can give it to the Red Kite Foundation," he says. "None of this would be possible without my customers." e Vietnamese-born chef has owned Ta Fong for the past eight years. Quach fought in the Vietnam War before migrating to Australia via Hong Kong and says he owes a great deal to his adopted land. "I work very hard and I look a er my customers," he says. "But I also want to look a er other people in the community." Camden lodge safe for now By Bernadette Chua A er months of speculation over its future, Camden Lodge, an historic mansion in Burlington Road, Homebush, has been saved from demolition by Strath eld Council -- at least for now. Much to the relief of concerned residents in both Strath eld and Homebush, an application to demolish the heritage listed building has been rejected by the council's planning commi ee. Council received 24 le ers against the proposed demolition. Among those campaigning for the preser vation of Camden Lodge was the property's former owner Ethel Valda Lillyman who lived there until 1942 when it was sold to the AJ Bush family. "I wish to object most strongly to the demolition of this signi cant heritage listed house," she wrote. "I think that it is a tragedy that this house could be demolished. I ask the council to consider the heritage of this house and not to allow the house to be demolished." A petition containing 306 signatures was also presented to council. Signatures came from both local residents but also people outside the district concerned about Sydney's heritage homes. In a le er addressed to the council, the owners of Camden Lodge, Ronney and Faten Oueik, said that if their plans for the demolition were refused, they would lodge an appeal with the Land and Environment Court. " e reports submi ed with the application clearly show that the building is structurally unsound," according to the Oueiks. "Robert Staas, heritage architect, states that essential repairs would remove 'much of the intrinsic heritage value' and that 'the degree of damage and the extent of reconstruction required would not be warranted.' In the event that the application is refused, I intend to lodge an appeal with the Court." e Oueiks lodged their appeal with the Land and Environment Court on September 14 with the rst hearing to commence on October 13. Repeated a empts by the Scene to contact the owners were unsuccessful. Peter Quach accepts a certi cate from Mayor Tony Maroun.