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SSC Newspaper : SS9 February 2011
Strathfield Scene 3 “There was a recent British study showing that certain bits of the disposable nappy can take 500 years to break down,”– Lee Lee Gow Wah, biologist and mother news www.ourstrathfield.com.au Strathfield landownerS will face no rate rise in 2011, despite major increases occurring in many other municipalities. Some councils are asking the body which regulates such rises, iPart, to allow them to double rates, with waverley Council seeking over 11 per cent across seven years. But councillors have pledged that Strathfield’s rate will remain at a pegged 2.8 per cent, despite upward pressure on costs. a council spokesman said: “The council voted two years ago to adhere to the peg on rates for the duration of the term of the council.” This stance will save some homeowners hundreds of dollars – but won’t be enough to stop all increases. revaluation notices are being issued for 7453 properties in the Strathfield local Government area, some of which will face rises based on the change in value of their home. in some cases, that could be as high as 10 per cent. “ The council can only set the percentage of the rate,” a Strathfield council spokesman maintained. “ we don’t have powers over the valuation of property.” nSw Valuer General Philip western issued a statement saying the total land value of the Strathfield lGa as at 1 July 2010 was about $6.112 billion. “ The value of residential land in the Strathfield lGa has shown a slight increase, with the more affordable areas of enfield, homebush, Strathfield South and Greenacre increasing up to 10 per cent”, he said. The retail property market remained buoyant, the Valuer General’s report said. Council pledges no rate rise donayre quiTs Strathfield Greens were this week seeking a new candidate to contest the March state election, following the shock withdrawal of Christine donayre due to ill health. donayre has been suffering from pneumonia for several weeks and told the party that she is unable to campaign effectively for the seat. according to the nSw electoral Commission the closing date for registering candidates in the state election is 10 March. club members raise cash directors, staff, members and guests of popular club dooleys have dug deep to raise $53,243.80 for the victims of the Queensland floods. The money has already gone to Premier’s flood appeal. The sum has been raised through donations, proceeds from the friday night raffle and donation tins located throughout the three dooleys clubs in lidcombe, Silverwater and regents Park. new sTreeT lighTs energy australia will be replacing 33,000 unreliable and ineffective twin 20w light fittings across local government areas with energy- efficient compact fluorescent lights. around 485 lights in Strathfield will be replaced. The new lights will double visibility. 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Brays Bay Reserve 443 Concord Rd, Rhodes NSW www.oliveto.com.au Ph: 8765 0006 Book now for Valentine’s Day open lunch (a la carte) and Dinner (set menu) by mark chipperfield aStrathfield early childhood guru has invented a new method of potty train- ing that she claims virtually eliminates the need for mothers to put their babies into disposable nappies. lee lee Gow wah, a trained biologist, mother of two and former childcare centre owner, says that wearing disposable nappies is very unhygienic and traumatises infants. “Using a disposable nappy is very bad for the baby,” she claims. “ would you want to sit in a pool of urine? it’s very bad for the dignity of the baby.” Mrs lee lee says she has created a revolutionary ‘ baby potty’ which even newborns can be taught to use, meaning that children can grow up nappy-free; a traditional system of child rearing used for generations in China. “ with this system the baby is toilet- trained from birth. You’ll only need to use cloth nappies occasionally during the first six months of the baby’s life,” she says. “and that’s just because mothers are often too busy to supervise their babies and accidents will happen – remember, a baby has a very small bladder.” for commercial reasons Mrs lee lee was unwill- ing to reveal her ‘ baby potty ’ prototype to the Scene, but says she is hoping to develop the product for a worldwide release later in the year. “it’s just not the right time,” she says. “ There’s still a lot of work still to do. i don’t have the product ready yet.” Mrs lee lee believes the new infant potty will be a great success because of growing concern about the environmental impact of dispos- able nappies, especially in landfill. “ There was a recent British study showing that certain bits of the disposable nappy can take 500 years to break down,” she says. australian consumers throw away enough dispos- able nappies each year to fill the Melbourne Cricket Ground three times over, but manufacturers dispute claims that their products are bad for the environ- ment or harm babies in any way. ross hearne, general manager, corporate affairs for Kimberley-Clarke (which makes both huggies and Snugglers), says there is no scientific proof to back up any of Mrs lee lee’s claims. “nappies have been used in one form or another for hundreds of years,” he says. “i’ve never heard of nap- pies traumatising babies – i’d reject that completely.” “as for the claims about landfill, we’ve reduced the bulk of our [individual] nappies by about half over the last 10 years. even though more people are using nappies and we have a bigger population, the impact on australia’s landfill has remained the same.” Mum claims babies don’t need nappies by mark chipperfield for the first time in its distinguished 42-year history, the Strathfield Symphony orchestra will launch its new concert series this year without a resident conductor at the helm. Sarah-Grace williams has taken her baton to fresh fields, studying and touring europe at present as a Churchill fellow. rather than replace Sarah-Grace williams, who left the posi- tion in december, the orchestra will host four guest conduc- tors – Cristian Cimei, Geoffrey Gartner, elena Kats-Chernin and Sadaharu Muramatsu – with a view to appointing a full-time conductor again in 2012. “a decision about a full-time conductor will be made later in the year – or we might just continue as we are,” says orchestra president Bruce lane. To see the full program visit www.strath fieldsymphony.org.au. orchestra loses star Sarah-Grace williams Photo: Susie Stavert