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SSC Newspaper : January 2011
australia day special: where to celebrate – try our great quiz Council officer set to face an ICAC Inquiry www.ourstrathfield.com.au • january 2011 FREEwhere your voice matters by peter lynch The Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) is to hold a public inquiry later this month into allegations that a Strathfield Council officer has acted corruptly. Michael Chau, manager of community services, is on indefinite leave pending the ICAC hearing, which is set for January 31. According to a public notice on the ICAC website, the allegation is “that Michael Chau, in relation to his position as Manager, Community Services at Strathfield Council, solicited a payment of $10,000 from Phillip Armstrong for his own benefit.” Strathfield Mayor Cr Tony Maroun said the inquiry follows a report from the council to ICAC over a claim of corrupt conduct. He pledged the council would co-operate fully with ICAC inquiry and provide whatever assistance was needed. “Council has strict protocols and procedures in place in relation to these matters and is co-operating with the ICAC in this investigation,” he said. “Council has a wide range of systems in place to ensure any possible corrupt conduct is identified and dealt with appropriately,” he said. Cr Maroun said it is not appropriate to comment further while the matter is being investigated. The ICAC probe was first revealed in legal notices placed in major Sydney papers. The public inquiry will be held on 31 January 2011, at L21, 133 Castlereagh St, Sydney. Last year, Strathfield Council’s general manager David Backhouse was praised by ICAC after immediately reporting the delivery to him of a Christmas card containing cash. special australia day Children’s Party Packages $20$20$20 Extra games only $3 per child. Parents party platters also available A minimum of 8 children required for party bookings 9642 5500 Package 2 1 game of bowling Hotdog, fries and drink,invitations, party bags, party hosts and Package 3 1 game of bowling Pizza, fries and drink, invitations, party bags, party hosts and Package 1 1 game of bowling Party pie, sausage roll, nuggets, fries and drink, invitations, party bags, Town Square ForTreSS hiT by raiderS – See page 5 ConTinued on page 5 cameras to cure our crime wave by mark chipperfield It is a formidable-looking structure. Heavy metal bars cover the windows. A strong door protects the dark staircase. And yet armed thieves still managed to penetrate this commercial fortress on The Boulevarde. On November 9 last year thieves attacked the first-floor offices of the Orient Express Tour & Travel Service, terrifying staff and making off with an undisclosed amount of cash. The company refused to comment on the incident when contacted by The Scene earlier this week. It is incidents like this one that have persuaded Strathfield Council to consider the installation of digital CCTV cameras across the municipality – now rated as the worst place for robbery offences in Sydney ’s Inner West. Council has formally lodged an application with the Federal Government for $150,000 for the installation of a network of CCTV surveillance cameras and other crime-prevention measures. Under the proposal, eight cameras will be deployed around the Town Square and the other main shopping precincts which have seen a rise in petty crime, break-ins and assaults over the last few years. Figures released by the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research show that theft from retail stores in Strathfield almost doubled between September 2009 and September 2010. This crime wave, which has escalated since the relocation of the Flemington Police Station 11 years ago, is alarming shop-keepers and other small business-people whose premises are on or near the Town Square. ✸ ✸ ✸ ✸ ✸ ✸ ✸ ✸ ✸ ✸ ✸ ✸ ✸ ✸ ✸ ✸ ✸ ✸ ✸ ✸ ✸
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