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SSC Newspaper : SS9 February 2011
2 Strathfield Scene The Strathfield Scene’s website www.ourstrathfield.com.au is your chance to keep up with local events - it’s all about Strathfield. What do you enjoy about lion dancing? it’s really the friendship. there’s a lot of friendship involved and a lot of give and take. the older ones teach us and we teach the younger ones. hoW long does it take to become a lion dancer? you can do it in six months, but to get everything right you really need one to two years. is lion dancing a tran family tradition? my dad is also a lion dance head, but i haven’t seen him lion dance yet. my parents are proud of me. but they worry i might fall. hoW fit do you need to be? Pretty fit. my partner kang [who plays the lion’s body] needs to be fitter because he’s the one lifting me. did you love Watching it as a kid? yes i always loved watching it when i was young but never tried it until four years ago. Where do you and kang Perform? We’ve done an international lion dance competition, performed with 60 lions at the sydney opera house for the centenary of the australia-chinese association and a lot of restaurants and openings. is there any sPecial training involved? yes there is a lot of special training. i have to trust my partner a lot. if i jump up, i expect him to catch me. i only started four years ago, so i’m not as flexible as the younger dancers, but i keep at it. hoW hot is it inside the costume? chinese new year takes place during the sydney summer and with the humidity, yes, it can get pretty hot. We drink a lot of liquid, even when we’re training. Big Splash Media PO Box 263, Potts Point, NSW 1335, Australia +61 2 9299 8699 ConTaCT uS: email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com the strathfield scene is published on behalf of strathfield council by big splash media. copyright big splash media. all rights reserved. reproduction in whole or part without permission is strictly prohibited. opinions expressed are those of writers and advertisers not necessarily those of the publisher or strathfield council. information provided is believed correct at time of going to press. the publisher accepts no responsibility for unsolicited pictures or manuscripts. february 2011 Talk To STraThfield aT our new communiTy webSiTe welcome Publisher: Peter Lynch Editor: Mark Chipperfield art Director: Kerry Alice Sub Editor: Keren Lavelle Reporter: Bernadette Chua Pictures: Joe Larrate Commercial Director: Martin Cur now 02 9299 8697 danny tran, head lion dancer NEWS 3 buSiNESS SpEcial 9 Good news for small businesses ThE big iSSuE 13 Candidates tackle law and order SNaparazzi 14 australia Day celebrations food 15 Delicious summer suggestions WhaT’S oN 18-20 february and March events contents 5 minuTES wiTh... would you like to work from home helping local businesses with marketing? The Scene, your community newspaper, and its website www. ourstrathfield.com.au, are looking for a sales professional to work part time building strong relationships and meeting businesses who want to plan their marketing with us. Experience in media would be highly regarded but is not essential. Local knowledge and a strong service ethic is important. Must be able to create new business, and effectively manage their own time. Send a resume and a letter - it could be the start of a lucrative new career! Send your application to firstname.lastname@example.org marked Strathfield Scene. Sell the Scene and earn good money Child restraint safety check FREE Residents of Strathfield, reserve your free child restraint check on 9748 9999. Places are limited. You can have your child car restraints, harnesses and booster seats checked for safety and correct fit. Children’s car restraints will be inspected by RTA Authorised Restraint Fitters. The inspection and refit is free for residents of Strathfield. Parts and accessories will attract a fee. For more information contact Council on 9748 9999. An initiative of your local council as part of the Local Government Road Safety Program. Local hero: Niall King received double honours on Australia Day – Citizen of the year and OAM see page 14