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SSC Newspaper : November 2010
Strathfield Scene 3 “There are usually around six to eight cars a month that are abandoned then burnt,”– Brady Clarke, Council’s senior ranger. news By Bernadette Chua Shattered glass on the road, abandoned vehicles and the burnt-out shells of unwanted cars. This is not a scene from a war zone, but a fairly typical sight on the streets of Strathfield. Council rangers say the problem of abandoned and burnt-out vehicles has been escalating over recent weeks, with as many as eight torched car bodies turning up in Strathfield each month. Rangers are also struggling to cope with a significant increase in the illegal dumping of garden waste, mulch and asbestos. Brady Clarke, council’s senior ranger, says that burnt-out car bodies are now turning up on residential streets and on nature reserves across the municipality – these wrecks are a nuisance for the council and pose a potential health danger for the community at large. “There are usually around six to eight cars a month that are abandoned then burnt,” says Clarke. “Greenacre and Belfield are the big problem areas. This is an industrial area so the lighting is bad and there isn’t much traffic flow at night – so it’s a prime spot for people to dump waste such as asbestos, mulch and these cars.” Clarke identified Madeline Street, Wentworth Street, Pilcher Street and Cosgrove Road, all in Belfield and Greenacre, as the dumping hot spots. “ We don’t know who’s doing it but it has to stop,” he says. Authorities blame the situation on car owners who are moving interstate or overseas and simply abandon their vehicles rather than dispose of them correctly. Other motorist cannot afford to repair their cars and apparently torch them for insurance purposes. Clarke says that people are continuing to torch abandoned cars despite the best efforts of council staff who are patrolling the area and issuing warning notices to owners for the proper removal of these vehicles. “Our rangers do patrols every day,” he says. “ When we notice abandoned cars, we issue a seven day warning for owners to remove them, but [in many cases] hoodlums torch the cars before we have time to impound them.” Summer readaThon Strathfield Library ’s summer holiday reading program is open to children aged from three to 16 who have a library card. There is no limit to what entrants may read. Each five books read gains a stamp in the reading log, lucky dip prize, a ticket in the reading program final draw and one lucky dip per five-day period. The readathon will commence on December 1. new Burwood BuS rouTeS The Metrobus Network has added two new routes in Burwood. The M90 Bur wood to Liverpool ser vice is a more frequent version of the current Route 900 service and connects with the Liverpool, Bankstown, Strathfield and Burwood railway stations, with links to the UWS Bankstown Campus and Bankstown TAFE. Buses now run every 10 minutes during peak times. In Brief www.ourstrathfield.com.au Gangs torch cars on our streets By mark Chipperfield Early morning golfers are being told to watch out for vicious foxes roaming across the pristine fairways at the Strathfield Golf Club. Groundsmen at the club say that the feral foxes, now in plague numbers across the inner-west, are becoming increasingly brazen – in one incident, a fox chased and terrorised a female golfer. David McGlynn, course supervisor at the club, says the distraught golfer was found pinned against a fence after being pursued across the fairways by the vicious, snarling animal. “ Whether it was random attack or not I’m not sure,” he said. “But this poor woman was in a bad way. We found her cornered by the fox and pushed up into a fence. It was only when we got onto our machines and arrived on the scene that the fox ran off.” Fox sightings are becoming increasingly common at the golf club. The European red foxes, classified as pests in NSW, enjoy digging in the sand bunkers and hunting for prey at night on the freeways. “I’ve worked here for 22 years and have never seen as many foxes before,” says McGlynn. “The worst time is during the night, but a lot of our non-championship players are here at 5am and that’s when the foxes are still about. We have warned people to keep a look out for them. Foxes are not dumb, and they are not docile.” Neil Hardy, general manager of the club, says that foxes are causing significant damage to the greens – the feral animals particularly enjoy digging up the bunkers, but don’t appear to be building permanent burrows on the golf course. “You basically put up with them. Like the Ibis,” he says. “They do seem to like digging up the bunkers but that damage is easily repaired. But they also chase and kill the ducklings.” Rangers at Strathfield Council confirm that foxes are now a major problem across the municipality. They are currently looking at the possibility of setting up a baiting program together with Canada Bay Council, which also has a problem with feral foxes. Sightings of European red foxes in Sydney have been growing over the last few years, as more and more foxes chase diminishing sources of food. As a result they are now raiding domestic gardens, city parks and garbage bins. Experts say that unlike residents in rural districts who can resort to trapping, shooting and fencing, urban dwellers have little protection against the fox plague – the bushy-tailed creatures have been spotted right across the city, including in Centennial Park and around Sydney Harbour. Foxes are infamous for raiding chicken coops, but are also known to eat food from dog bowls, shellfish from the foreshore and bait and guts left behind by fishermen. Golfers face terror on the Links Virginia’s Strathfield house 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. 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