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SSC Newspaper : April 2011
Strathfield Scene 7 www.ourstrathfield.com.au council news “The liberals promised they’d get it and that’s what they’ve done, but we have yet to see what will replace it.”– Cr Bill Carney. Strathfield Council is encouraged by the announcement by new Premier Barry O’Farrell that he intends returning key planning powers to local authorities in NSW. Last week, O’Farrell said he’d scrap the controversial Part 3A provisions of the Planning Act – but has yet to decide what will replace them or how existing applications will be handled. “From today, no new Part 3A applications for private residential, commercial, retail or coastal development will be accepted,” he said. TheuseofPart3Ahasbeena thorny issue for Strathfield Council. The previous Labor government used these powers to push through four developments, including the highly unpopular Enfield Intermodal Logistics Centre, against the wishes of the council. Under the Part 3A provisions the planning minister, rather than councils, could approve major projects deemed to be of state significance. Councillor Bill Carney, a former mayor with an interest in planning, said that while he welcomed the announcement, he remained wary. “Part 3A has been a very emotional issue,” he said. “The Liberals promised they would get rid of it and that’s what they ’ve done, but we have yet to see what will replace it.” However, Cr Carney conceded the abolition of Part 3A provisions was good news for local authorities which would now have a greater say in major developments, including Port Enfield. He said: “ We’ll have a lot more input.” A report prepared by Patrick Wong, the council’s director technical services, found that the Premier’s announcement would mean that Part 3A of NSW planning laws would cease and local planning powers would be returned to councils. Wong said no new Part 3A applications for private, residential, commercial, retail or coastal development would be accepted and that the government intends to permanently repeal Part 3A. “ There are curre four applications under Part 3A within the Strathfield Local Government area,” according to the report. No furtherinformation is available at this time as to the implications for council assessments. According to the NSW Government, there are more than 500 separate proposals before the planning department, many from the final months of the Kenneally era. The Premier said “transitional arrangements” would be put in place. O’Farrell said half will be decided by the Planning Assessment Commission; others by local government. Older applications will lapse. Planning Minister Brad Hazzard will prepare a submission to cabinet on how the Planning Assessment Commission could be modified. Council buoyed by return of key planning powers Proudly supported by Proudly organised by Date Sunday 17 April 2011 Time 10am – 10.30am approximately Place Davey Square Memorial at Davey Square Reserve Coventry Road (off Rochester Street), Strathfield Note: Area bounded by Beresford Rd, Coventry Rd & Rochester St will be closed from 9.30am for the duration of the service. For more information please call Council on 9748 9999 or Homebush RSL Sub-Branch on 0421 770 063. Anzac Memorial Service Homebush – Strathfield RSL Sub-Branch Photo courtesy of Strathfield District Historical Society. The Homebush War Memorial was dedicated to commemorate service by citizens of Homebush. The photograph is from the opening of the Memorial, which was originally dedicated after World War I by the Homebush Patriotic Association. STRATHFIELD COUNCIL’S MOVIES IN THE PARK For more information, contact Council on 9748 9999 or visit www.strathfield.nsw.gov.au. FREEEVENT SCHOOL HOLIDAY SPECIAL SCREENING: TOY STORY 3 Saturday 9 April, 6.30pm Strathfield Park, Homebush Road no More BuTTS Strathfield drivers will be targeted in a new ant-littering campaign aimed at smokers who throw their cigarette butts on the road. Butt Free Australia’s Not A Good Look campaign is targeting heavy traffic areas such as Strathfield and the environmental impact of littered cigarette butts. PIPe In PlaCe As part of Sydney Water’s $560 million SewerFix Program, a new wastewater pipe will be installed under Mason Park and along Underwood Road and Pomeroy Street in Homebush. Construction is set to start at the end of April and will take six months to complete. CraSh DaTa Strathfield Traffic Committee research reveals that fatigue is the highest contributing factor in motor accidents in the area. Speed is the second biggest cause, although this is falling as a result of speed education programs. Alcohol-related accidents are consistent with the rest of Sydney but lower than the state average. The data will be used in the preparation of Strathfield Council’s 2011-2012 Road Safety Action Plan. Thirsty runners, walkers and cyclists in Strathfield park will soon be able to use a free water bottle-refilling station. Strathfield Council will be following in the footsteps of councils in Manly, rockdale and Dubbo and trial these new-look water bottle-refilling stations. There is concern at the council at the amount of empty water bottles discarded in the park and their effects on the environment. The refilling stations will let people reuse water containers, so people save money and the environment by not buying plastic bottles. The council’s proposed installing the refilling station near a bubbler close to the amenities building. geT your fill aT waTer sTaTion In Brief whAT IT wILL meAN State Government hands back planning powers to local authorities; new planning body in the works; and State Government to undertake a wider review of the existing planning procedures.