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SSC Newspaper : Strathfield Scene December
8-PAGE HOLIDAY GUIDE EVENTS, MOVIES AND EVERYTHING FOR KIDS Win Wiggles tickets see page 14 Town Centre plan wins over a Liberal heavyweight MP Our Commonwealth Games secret Santa spends most of his time in the gym and loves go-karting. But who is he? Full story on page 7 www.ourstrathfield.com.au • DECEMBER 2010 FREEwhERE youR voiCE MattERs By Peter Lynch The $150 million redevelopment of Stathfield’s the town centre has won the backing of senior State Liberals, who look certain to make the proposal a major issue in next year’s State election. State sitting MP Virginia Judge has criticised the plan, claiming it is uncosted and contains “motherhood statements”. But new Strathfield Liberal candidate Charles Casuscelli last week brought Opposition Shadow treasurer Mike Baird to visit the Town Centre for a site inspection. Baird, in an exclusive interview with the Scene, promised to push for the Council’s concept plan to be placed on a list of community infrastructure projects to be fast tracked if the Liberals win power at next March’ state election. “I love the vision,” he said. The comments of both parties indicates the Town Centre is likely to figure prominently in the debate in the run up to the March state poll. The project, which has been subject to one of the largest WHO IS OUR GOLDEN SANTA? iNsiDE: youR CoMPLEtE CaRoLs By CaNDLELiGht soNG shEEt – sEE PaGEs 12-13 NEW SES CENTRE Strathfield SES has moved a step closer to building a new state-of-the-art headquarters. The organisation has signed a memorandum of understanding with the council and is now looking at designs for the new building. Page 3 CITIZEN OF THE YEAR Do you know someone who has given outstanding service to the community? Nominations are now open for Strathfield Citizen of the Year, so please give us your suggestions now. We profile three possible candidates on Page 7. GREEN WORK HONOURED Strathfield Council has beaten 30 other councils to win this year’s a major state government environmental award. Council was named overal winner in the Local Government Excellence in the Environment Awards for its commitment to sustainability. Page 6. iNsiDE Mayor Tony Maroun has hit back at Strathfield MP Virginian Judge over comments about the Town Centre Project. Judge maintained the council proposals were uncosted and full of “motherhood statements”. In a statement at the start of the December council meeting, Maroun said: “All I have to say in response to the recent scaremongering is that the Federal and State Governments have endorsed this project. We acknowledge there are traffic issues at the town centre and through the Town Centre Project we’re doing something about it.” consultation exercises in the municipality ’s history, is presently with the state government for its comment. See page 5 www.strathfieldsuperbowl.com.au 9642 5500 546 Liverpool Road, South Strathfield, NSW, 2136 school holiday bowl + meal deal 1 Game and your choice of food $14.99 Offer valid from Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm, from 20/12/10 to 28/01/11 (This offer is not available on weekends and on NSW Public Holidays)