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SSC Newspaper : January 2011
www.ourstrathfield.com.au Strathfield Scene 5 Strathfield has ranked number one for robbery offences in Sydney’s Inner West for the last five years, according to the Bureau of Crime Statistics & Research. news www.ourstrathfield.com.au By Mark Chipperfield and Bernadette Chua StrathfieldCounCil has lodged an application with the federal Government for $150,000 to install a network of CCtV surveillance cameras in crime hotspots across Strathfield, homebush and homebush West. The town Square precinct has seen a steep increase in petty crime, break-ins and violent assaults since the relocation of the flemington Police Station in 2000. 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 – up from 44 to 84 reported incidents. in one of the most dramatic incidents, armed robbers attacked the orient express tour & travel Service in november, making off with an undisclosed amount of cash. But Cr Bill Carney says that it is precisely these types of crimes that have persuaded the Council to pursue the idea of installing a CCtV network throughout the municipality. “of course, they [the State Government] should never have moved the police station from flemington,” he says. “ideally, we’d get our police station back. But that isn’t going to happen, so this is the next best thing.” Cr Carney says it is hoped that the new CCtV cameras will act as a deterrent against “crimes of opportunity ” such as theft from parked cars – and provide a greater sense of security for shopkeepers. “i know these incidents are a great concern to small-business people,” he says. “They speak to me about it all the time.” under the proposal, eight new CCtV cameras would be installed across the municipality – three in Beresford Road, two on Burlington Road and three in homebush West. A spokesman for Strathfield Council says that the proximity of Strathfield train station and the volume of commuters made the town Square a particular target. “Strathfield Station is a major interchange for lines coming in from the western suburbs,” he said. The spokesman said that the CCtV cameras, if approved, would be just another tool to complement exisitng crime prevention measures. “ We realise that installing CCtV isn’t a silver bullet solution,” he said. other measures include improved lighting, education campaigns and the employment of dedicated crime safety officers. Burwood Council installed a similar CCtV system in 2008. Strathfield to get CCTV safety net “Theft from retail stores in Strathfield almost doubled between September 2009 and 2010.” Officer to face ICAC inquiry COntinued frOm page 1 Cr Maroun said the subsequent public iCAC inquiry proved that corruption was not tolerated at any level of Strathfield Council. At the time, Cr Maroun commended the honesty and integrity of Council’s staff. “Council staff do not tolerate corrupt behaviour of any sort, and we’ve seen this from the very top, with the General Manager demonstrating Council’s values of integrity and professionalism by immediately notifying the iCAC as soon as he received the alleged benefit,” he said after the hearing. Persons claiming to be substantially and directly interested in this matter may seek leave to be represented at the inquiry, and are invited to contact Patrick Broad on 8281-5999 to advise of their interest. Members of the public with information relevant to the investigation are encouraged to provide it in writing to GPo Box 500, Sydney, nSW 2001, or by facsimile to 9264-5364. • Classic pub meals from the bistro’s new seasonal menu • Kids play area • Areas to hire for functions • Air hockey, skill testers and arcade machines CoMe and enjoy our: We have a hUGe Beer Garden! www.thewentworth.com.au *Promotions run at staggered times throughout the days. Phone (02) 9746 6400 for further details. MondayS • Pick of the menu, ANY MEAL $13.90 after 5pm tueSdayS • 7:30pm Pool Competition. $175 IN PRIZES! • 2 for 1 homemade chicken schnitzels! YUM tHurSdayS • $8 T-Bone Steaks / Trivia Over $150 in Prizes! / Poker Tournament • $1000 Guaranteed! WedneSdayS • Kids eat FREE, with any meal purchased over $14 • Uni Night, $3House Beers and Bacardi Breezers 5pm till close. • 12345 Wednesday with DJ/VJ, Giveaways and minute-to-win-it games. Drnks specials all night long. fridayS • 1/2 price lunch 2:30-4:30pm/Live Music / Saloon Waitress / Happy Hour / $3 house Beers/ Meat Raffles and Bonus Draw/Pokie Promos and more! SaturdayS • Play Poker for FREE with $500 minimum Guaranteed / DJs and Drink Specials into the night! SundayS • FAMILY FUN DAY! 1-4pm Face painting, Balloon Twisting Fairies / Pick of the menu, ANY MEAL $13.90 after 5pm 191-195 Parramatta Road, Homebush West NSW (02) 9746 6400
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