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SSC Newspaper : Strathfield Scene December
Strathfield Scene 3 “CouncilisdevelopingtheStrathfieldSES strategic action plan and has already developed concept plans to upgrade their current facilities.” – MayorTonyMaroun news www.ourstrathfield.com.au Revealed: new headquarters for SES By Bernadette Chua Council rangers have asked Strathfield schools to send letters to parents warning them that they face fines if they did not adhere to the road rules that apply around school premises. The move comes after complaints that the rangers are coming down too hard on mums dropping children or picking them up after school. “ The parents have been warned and now we are beginning to apply the fine,” a councilspokesman told the Scene. “Enough is enough.” He added the problem is now widespread and that parents are endangering the lives By Leanne Elahmad ROCKING reindeers are suretobeahotitemasthe Strathfield Men’s Shed holds its first Christmas sale this year. A catalogue includes rocking horses and elephants, doll houses and toy trucks, and this year’s hot item – the rocking reindeer. The funds raised will go towards acq uiring and maintaining equipment for the shed at 28 Pomeroy Street, Homebush. “I can’t guarantee that any of the members will be dressed up as Father Christmas or his elves, but some of us have white beards if that counts,” Shed treasurer Rodger Wishart said. “ We have possum boxes for $60, rocking ‘Kiss and Ride Mums’ cry foul These reindeers will rock Brays Bay Reserve 443 Concord Rd, (cross St - Mary St) RhodeS Ph. 8765 0006 www.oliveto.com.au Lunch12–3pmMon–Fri&Sun dinner 6 – 10.30pm Tues – Sat Book now for Fathers Day Open for lunch hosting a set menu Open for dinner - a la carte 12119231217642 Brays Bay Reserve 443 Concord Rd, (cross St - Mary St) RhodeS Ph. 8765 0006 www.oliveto.com.au Lunch12–3pmMon–Fri&Sun dinner6–10.30pmTues–Sat Book now for your Christmas Events Call 8765 0006 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Don’t forget to book your Christmas event now! Brays Bay Reserve 443 Concord Rd, Rhodes NSW www.oliveto.com.au Ph: 8765 0006 By Mark Chipperfield After more than two years in limbo Strathfield SES has signed a memorandum of understanding with Strathfield Council and will work towards the construction of a brand-new headquarters. While the exact cost and design of the new SES complex has yet to be finalised, both parties welcomed the agreement which was signed last Thursday. The SES has been using temporary council premises since its old headquarters burned down in 2008. Mayor Tony Maroun says the council has been working closely with the SES to develop a number of design proposals for the new building – which will become part of the council complex on Weeroona Road. “Council is developing the Strathfield SES’ strategic action plan and has already developed concept plans to upgrade their current facilities,” he said. “Both these ensure the long term sustainability of the Strathfield SES, meaning they can continue to deliver high level services to our community.” Darrin Parkin, the local controller at Strathfield SES, also welcomed the latest announcement, which he said put an end to speculation that the local SES would be forced into a merger with neighbouring Burwood SES. “A Strathfield SES that isn’t in the Strathfield Municipality just doesn’t make sense,” he said. “I can assure you that the members and I are committed to one community, the Strathfield one, and we will work with Strathfield Council to ensure that continues for the years to come.” Parkin said that despite a number of recent delays, the signing of the memorandum of EXCLUSIVE understanding between the SES and council was a step in the right direction. “ We have always worked constructively with Strathfield Council and I see no reason why that can’t continue,” he said. “At present, we’re working on a strategic action plan with Council which will scope out our future – and that’s our sole focus.” Burwood Council last week proposed a joint HQ for Strathfield and Burwood SES branches so they could occupy a single building on Georges River Road. “The location is perfect, right on the boundary between the two councils, backing a reserve which could easily be utilised for training purposes,” said Burwood Mayor John Sidoti. Following the fire which destroyed its previous headquarters in 2008, Strathfield SES has relied on council support to keep going – council helped out with new equipment and a replacement vehicle. Mayor Maroun said he strongly resisted moves by Burwood Council – led by its mayor John Sidoti – to colonise one of Strathfield’s key community services. “Strathfield Council and the Strathfield SES have always worked solely together – now based on a few media reports, Burwood Council are trying to involve themselves,” he said. “Any such move would be lunacy, as the last thing the people of Strathfield want is a further reduction in their services. We already lost our police station, which has been to the detriment of our community and now there’s a play for our SES. What’s next?” of their kids by illegally parking during the drop-offs. The penalty is a $258 fine and two demerit points for offences such as double parking and for stopping in designated no-stop zones. Resident Caroline Lerts told The Sun- Herald council rangers are being too harsh. “Strathfield Council rangers sometimes stealthily hide in the shadow of bushes or trees and take photos of cars attempting to enter or exit school kiss and ride zones,” she said. “There is often a queue at peak times as parents try to use these drop-off zones. The reason the council rangers cite for issuing such fines and demerit points is that the cars are in No Stopping zones while queuing to enter the kiss and ride zones.” horses and elephants for $80 and dolls houses for $120 but we reckon the big seller will be our Rocking Reindeer for $100.” It will be open for business on Wednesdays and Saturdays 10am- 4pm with the final sale day on Wednesday December 22. Sales are cash only. The Men’s Shed currently has one apprentice who is learning to make fine wood furniture. President of the Strathfield Men’s Shed Jim Windschuttle said he encourages young people to join The Men’s Shed because “they will grow old one day too”. For details about the toy sale call Rodger on 0424228564.