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SSC Newspaper : November 2010
By Mark Chipperfield AT the tender age of 12 Strath eld school girl Ti any Ho is already well on the way to ful lling her ambition of representing Australia in the racquet sport of badminton. Ho, who a ends Strath eld Girls High School, has just been chosen to represent New South Wales at the Australasian Under-17 Championships in New Zealand in 2011 -- later in the year she will compete at the national championships in Victoria. "I've actually been selected to represent New South Wales in three age groups -- under-13, under-15 and under-17," says Ho, who trains three nights a week. "I'm quite ner vous about playing some of the older girls because they are so much stronger than I am, but it's all great experience for me." Strath eld Council has already recognised her talent. In February, council granted Ho $500 towards the cost a trip to Victoria, where she competed in the Under-13 state championships. Ho, a keen sportswoman, was introduced to badminton by her parents, both enthusiastic players; her three brother also play the sport. "I rst picked up a racquet at the age of eight, but I didn't start training seriously until I was nine," she says. "It's a very fast game and also very graceful. You need to move quickly and think on your feet." By Peter Lynch Acouncillor abruptly packed his briefcase and le a monthly meeting of the Strath eld Council this week a er a heated debate over the use of the High Street Community Library. Cr Keith Kwon had earlier made an impassioned plea to halt an a empt to allow community groups to hire the library's facilities during opening hours. Cr Kwon then le the council chamber before the vote was taken, causing Cr Paul Barron to claim it was wrong that he had le so quickly. It was "ridiculous" since ratepayers were paying him to a end, he said. During a sometimes heated debate, Cr Kwon suggested the motion was on the agenda a er last month's by- election to avoid it becoming an issue. e future of the High Street library had been an election issue in 2008. e council then guaranteed no bookings before 6pm. But Cr Carney this week produced gures which showed that the High Street library had just 28 visitors a day, compared to approximately 1,000 at the main library in Rochester Road, Homebush. Insisting that allowing groups to hire space at the library did not herald a move to close or curtail the library, Cr Barron maintained: " is is a community facility". Deputy Mayor Hope Bre -Bowen, who supported Cr Kwon's call to oppose the motion, suggested fellow councillors should instead support a campaign to promote library facilities. Cr Helen McLucas, in her rst address to council a er her election win last month, agreed the gures for book borrowings from the High Street branch were not good, but pointed out that modern libraries were about more than the printed word. "It's about computers for disadvantaged kids doing homework," she said. e motion was passed four to one. Cr Kwon did not return calls to explain his departure from the meeting. 6 Strathfield Scene "It's about computers for disadvantaged kids doing homework” -- Cr Helen McLucas november 2010 COUNCIL NEWS Row as councillors vote to allow groups to hire out library Council needs more women Support for gi ed badminton player Ti any 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 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. COUNCILLOR TONY MAROUN, Mayor of Strathfield T 9748 9924 F 9748 9902 E firstname.lastname@example.org COUNCILLOR HOPE BRETT-BOWEN, Deputy Mayor of Strathfield T 0423 777 734 F 9764 1034 E email@example.com COUNCILLOR BILL CARNEY T 9267 7546 F 9264 6667 E firstname.lastname@example.org COUNCILLOR KEITH KWON T 9715 2500 F 9715 2400 E email@example.com COUNCILLOR PAUL BARRON T&F87216051 E firstname.lastname@example.org COUNCILLOR SUNDAR ESWARAN T 0411 651 025 F 9763 7360 COUNCILLOR HELEN MCLUCAS T 0406 703 044 E email@example.com WATER HARVESTING Strath eld Council has opened its $320,000 stormwater harvesting system in Mason Park. e State Government's Climate Change Fund contributed some $80,000 to the project. e new system collects storm water from hard surfaces. e treated water is then used to irrigate the playing elds. ASBESTOS DRAFT POLICY Strath eld Council is planning to crack down on illegal dumping and storing of asbestos. With the increase of home renovations on older homes in Strath eld, the cancerous bres are a big problem for the community. Council also plans to raise awareness about the safe removal, transport and disposal of asbestos and also provide free removal kits to the community. ENVIRONMENTAL EXCELLENCE Strath eld Council has been named a a nalist in the Local Government Excellence in Environment Awards 2010. Awards recognise outstanding achievements by NSW Local Governments in managing and protecting the environment. In Brief AS Strath eld Council welcomed its second female councillor, Helen McLucas, councillors backed applying for a grant to celebrate women's achievements next March. Cr Paul Barron, who presented Cr McLucas and Cr Hope Bre -Bowen (above) with owers at the meeting, said that only 27 per cent of Australia's councillors are female. "It is time to break the glass ceiling," he said. e impromptu oral presentation came a er council agreed with a mayoral motion to apply for $1000 grants from the State Government to promote International Women's Day.
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