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SSC Newspaper : Strathfield Scene December
www.ourstrathfield.com.au Strathfield Scene 5 “I love the vision. It is right to talk about funding. But you also need to get an understanding that the state government will work with the council” – Mike Baird MP news DAVID’S resh F FRESH FRUIT AND VEGETABLES DELI CAFE WITH OUTDOOR SEATING CONTINENTAL GROCERIES Sirena Tuna for 185g OPENING HOURS: MONDAY TO SATURDAY 8AM–6:30PM / SUNDAY 10AM—4PM 27 BURLINGTON ROAD, HOMEBUSH NSW 2140 HAVE YOUR PHOTO WITH SANTA 11am - 2pm Wed 22nd, Thurs, 23rd, Fri 24th Dec Nectarines Kg Prices valid from December 13 to December 19. Pictures are for illustrative purposes only Sliced Bread loaf ltr Milk bottle Shallots for $2 2 2 3 $4. 99 99c $1. 99 $1.99 Order your Christmas Ham NOW! By Peter Lynch and Natalie O’Brien The $150 million redevelopment of Stathfield’s the town centre has won the backing of senior State Liberals - but received another attack from Labor MP Virginia Judge. It is yet another signal that the plan is likely to be a major issue in next March’s State election. In what is claimed as a coup to kick off his campaign, new Strathfield Liberal candidate Charles Casuscelli last week persuaded 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 fast tracked if the Liberals win power at next March’ state election. Such a move would accelerate the process of drawing up plans, raising finance and beginning the transformational project. At present, the concept plans are part of the local area plan awaiting state government comment. “I love the vision,” Baird told the Scene. “It is right to talk about funding. But you also need to get an understanding that the State government will work with the council and say ‘I hear what you are saying’ The shadow treasurer said that community concerns over safety, particularly about school buses, still needed to be met. Asked if she supported the plan, Judge replied with a series of questions she maintains the community needed answers to. “ Will it cause a increase in rates? Where is the money coming from? Does council plan to borrow money only then to pass along higher rates to pay the money back?” She also asked if the council was introducing more high density housing to generate rates and fees, and questioned whether there was evidence that an underground bus interchange would reduce traffic congestion. The municipality has been ordered by the State Government to find 8,300 new homes. The town centre concept plan is designed to create a new environment for community events, more retail and office space and send cars and buses underground. The plan has already had one of the biggest consultation exercises in the municipality ’s history, with 450 people giving their views over 20 sessions. More consultation will follow once it returns from State government with any amendments. Last month, Judge put out a letter to residents headed “Protecting Our Community ”, claiming local residents and the Strathfield Chamber of Commerce had expressed concern about the issues. Her move prompted Council Mayor Tony Maroun to make a statement at the start of the council meeting last week. “It should also be remembered that we are only at a concept plan stage due to the extensive public exhibition we have undertaken, so criticism relating to ‘motherhood statements’ and lack of costings are tenuous at best.” Casuscelli said a new government would have a mandate to increase collaboration across agencies to promote infrastructure projects – the Strathfield Town Centre could be used as a test case. Casuscelli is the former general manager of the RTA’s transport management centre. station. Strathfield Greens candidate Christine Donayre believes any development should not contain too much high rise. State contenders battle over our town square Shadow Treasurer Mike Baird (right) with local candidate Charles Casuscelli