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SSC Newspaper : March 2011
nsw election special VALID UNTIL 31 MARCH 2011. *CONDITIONS APPLY VALID UNTIL 31 MARCH 2011. *CONDITIONS APPLY Court to rule on temple site www.ourstrathfield.com.au • March 2011 FREEwhere your voice Matters By Mark chipperfield Abitter struggle is underway for the control of a prime development site at 420 Liverpool Street – thought to be worth as much as $10 million. The huge block currently houses a private Islamic school and the Hindu Sai Mandir Temple, both of which have taken owner Dr Nirma Taluja to the NSW Supreme Court. The Australian International Academy, which occupies two heritage-listed 19th century buildings, is seeking to carry out improvement work approved by the Land and Environment Court in 2007. But trustees of the Sai Mandir Temple want to enforce a 2003 agreement to buy part of the land, including the temple, as a permanent place of worship. Dr Taluja, who bought the property in 1985 with the idea of building a retirement village and medical centre, told the Scene the row was causing her acute distress. “I’m an outcast,” she said. “My life’s been wasted. I’ve worked so hard, but now everybody is against me.” But temple authorities deny that Dr Taluja is not welcome to attend their prayer sessions and festival days – or is being shunned by the Indian community. Trustee Kichen Tolani said: “ The doors of the temple are open to everyone.” The impasse is also upsetting the neighbours, who say the extra traffic generated by both the school and the temple is causing major parking and road safety problems – as many as 2000 people throng to the temple on festival days. Strathfield councillor Helen McLucas has taken up the issue, inspecting the site and talking to neighbours. What happens now depends on two separate hearings currently before the NSW Supreme Court. Turn to page 5 for the full story. Why you should vote for us candidates state their case page 9 Kids show it’s easy being clean and green Meet the new wave of eco warriors. These “eco- leaders” from Santa Maria del Monte primary school are leading the way in Strathfield’s Clean Up Australia Day efforts. The eager environmentalists from Years 4 and 5 – Kristine Jimenez, Nikita Macui and Eloise Trainer – will lead a sweep of their school’s grounds and are also heavily involved in improving its environmental sustainability plan and devising creative green initiatives. These students are thinking global but acting local. Full story on page 7.
SS9 February 2011