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SSC Newspaper : SS9 February 2011
At this week’s council meeting, strathfield Council officials promised to re-examine claims that there might a flood risk to the underground bus interchange, which forms part of the town centre master plan. The claims were contained in a statement to council last week from Nick soulos, a local resident. soulos handed in diagrams of the outline design for the underground interchange, which, he said, showed a risk that the interchange could become inundated if the “100-year flood potential” criterion was applied. Council, he said, had modelled the outline plans on the “probable maximum flood levels”, but needed to take all flood risks into account. The possibility of flooding to the northern entrance “could be disastrous,” soulos maintained. Replying for the council, Patrick Wong, director of technical services, said officials would look again at the assertion, which had been circulating for some four years. “ The plans are conceptual and we have been liaising with Mr soulos,” he said. The plans, Wong added, had gone through some 40 to 50 consultation processes. Council has engaged expert opinion to look at all the issues, and continues to rely on expert advice. The master plan development for the town centre has been the subject of heated debate, with Mayor tony Maroun forced to hit back last year at claims from strathfield MP Virginia Judge that it was uncosted and “full of motherhood statements”. The master plan has received strong support from Liberal state seat contender Charles Casuscelli, who persuaded shadow treasurer Mike Baird to visit the site and who pledged he would fast-track consideration of the plan. By Bernadette Chua Agroup which looks after children while parents are at work made a desperate last - ditch plea to councillors this week to be allowed to take over the south strathfield Bowling Club. A submissions assessment of the eight groups who applied to use the council-owned site recommended strathfield Council’s Meals on Wheels plus two other groups who care for the elderly. The groups maintained they would be able to pool resources and information to create a hub of facilities for the elderly, and Meals on Wheels said the new site would allow them to extend their service into breakfast. homebush Out of school Care inc (hOOsh), however, asked the council to reconsider. hOOsh’s tina Keene said strathfield has a severe lack of after- school-care facilities. “i already have 176 kids on the waiting list to get into hOOsh, and today, another seven joined the waiting list,” she told the councillors. “ There are no spaces for children in other after-school centres and we are the only service in the area. When they leave us, where do they go? What happens? We simply can’t take anymore children with the facilities we have now.” Keene also suggested there are numerous unlicensed childcare centres operating in apartments. Cheryl Brown, coordinator of strathfield Meals on Wheels, says the service, which supplies meals to the elderly and housebound, has expanded beyond its current premises in homebush. “ We’ve outgrown our office in homebush and we’ve run out of space to store the meals,” she said. After hearing the arguments from both sides Cr Bill Carney summed up the feelings of his colleagues: “if only there were two...” Councillors deferred a final decision so the submission wording could be amended and returned to the next council meeting. it is expected that Meals on Wheels will be allowed to take up a licence agreement. The south strathfield Bowling Club closed in July 2010 after its membership dwindled. 6 Strathfield Scene “There are no spaces for children in other after-school centres and we are the only service in the area,” – Tina Keene, Homebush Out of School Care february 2011 council news Council to look again at flood risk Councillors hear bowls club appeal Council and Committee Meetings. First Tuesday of the month Ordinary Council at 7pm Council Chambers 65 Homebush road, Strathfield Second Tuesday of the month Planning Committee at 6pm. Iron bark meeting room Strathfield Library and Information Centre. 65-67 rochester St, Homebush Third Tuesday of the month (as required) environmental Committee Social Committee economic Committee Please call 9748 9924 for further information. Business papers for Council and committee meetings are available from Council’s Customer Service Centre, public libraries and at www.strathfield.nsw.gov.au – from the Saturday prior to each meeting. CounCillor Tony Maroun, Mayor of Strathfield T 9748 9924 F 9748 9902 E email@example.com CounCillor HopE BrETT-BowEn, Deputy Mayor of Strathfield T 0423 777 734 F 9764 1034 E firstname.lastname@example.org CounCillor Bill CarnEy T 9267 7546 F 9264 6667 E email@example.com CounCillor KEiTH Kwon T 9715 2500 F 9715 2400 E firstname.lastname@example.org CounCillor paul Barron T&F87216051 E email@example.com CounCillor SunDar ESwaran T 0411 651 025 F 9763 7360 CounCillor HElEn MCluCaS T 0406 703 044 E firstname.lastname@example.org SiSTerhood wiTh Korean CounTy strathfield Council is proposing a newl sisterhood relationship agreement with Gapyeong County, south Korea. Under the relationship agreement, strathfield and Gapyeong County would undertake tourism and education exchanges as well as sales of agricultural and manufactured products. MarCh Fair in aPril The strathfield Chamber of Commerce’s ‘Ye Olde March Fair’ has been pushed back to April. The strathfield Chamber of Commerce had proposed the date of March 19 to avoid clashing with other events scheduled on that busy period of the calendar. More SPorTS FieldS Due to an increase in sports field usage in strathfield, residents are asking strathfield Council to increase the number of sporting facilities available. Last winter, applications for the hiring of sports fields increased by 17.3 per cent. Council is investigating available space for more facilities. Clean uP auSTralia day Clean Up Australia Day is just around the corner and strathfield Council is working with Clean Up Australia to hold successful clean ups. Business Clean Up Day will be on tuesday March 1, schools Clean Up Day on Friday 4 March and Clean Up Australia Day on sunday March 6. In Brief The Meaning oF auSTralia day On Australia Day, i had the wonderful privileges of sharing strathfield Council’s Australia Day celebra- tions with the community and of welcoming the many new Austral- ians receiving citizenship. i was delighted to honour two very important locals who have made great contributions to our community. Niall King OAM, a tireless vol- unteer, is now the strathfield 2011 Citizen of the Year for his work with strathfield Rotary Club and raising funds for the trish Mul- tiple sclerosis Research Founda- tion. Niall was also acknowledged on the Australia Day honours List, receiving a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM). strathfield gymnast Prashanth sellathurai was chosen as the 2011 Young Citizen of the Year. A dual gold medallist at the 2010 Com- monwealth Games, Prashanth went on to win a bronze medal in the World Gymnastics Champi- onships to finish off a successful 2010. Prashanth is a great role- model for young people and aspir- ing sports stars in the area and we look forward to his performances on the world stage in the future. i would like to congratulate both these community members who embody the spirit of both strathfield and what it means to be Mayor’s Message, by Cr Tony Maroun