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SSC Newspaper : July 2011
6 Strathfield Scene news JUly 2011 CounCillor Keith Kwon t 9715 2500 F 9715 2400 e email@example.com CounCillor helen McluCas t 0406 703 044 e firstname.lastname@example.org “It’s so great to see that community spirit in Strathfield does not hibernate in the cooler months.” – Cr Tony Maroun council news 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 paul Barron t&F87216051 e firstname.lastname@example.org CounCillor sunDar eswaran t 0411 651 025 F 9763 7360 By Mark Chipperfield Strathfield rangers and parking inspectors have been given wider powers under an updated and more transparent enforcement policy the council adopted at its July meeting. The new policy was adopted unanimously by council, following a detailed report by council officers. The council said the new policy provided “clear guidelines for council officials and the public” about a wide range of health, environment, parking, planning and other issues. The policy, effective immediately, ensures that all enforcement actions will be applied with “consistency” and “transparency ” and that they will be “fair, ethical and efficient”. Options for dealing with unlawful activities have been streamlined. Council employees will now be able to take a number of actions against offenders, including referring the complaint to an external agency, counselling the subject of the investigation, referring parties in the dispute for mediation or taking the matter to court. Under the terms of the new policy, all council officials (including employees, councillors and contractors) are now obliged to comply with the council’s code of conduct, legislation and policies and agreements relating to the performance of their official duties. The new policy also provides greater transparency for anyone making a complaint against a council employee or contractor. Section 2.2 of the Enforcement Policy ensures the “principles of procedural fairness and natural justice are adhered to prior to any decision being made”. The responsibilities of council officials are also spelt out in detail, warning that any offers of bribes will be dealt with swiftly. Section 2.3 warns that any attempt by members of the public to bribe, coerce or offer gifts or bribes “in order to influence or alter a decision or action of Council” will be reported to the relevant agencies, including the ICAC. The policy lays out clear guidelines for handling complaints from the public – they may be submitted via letter, fax or on the customer e-request form on the council’s website. Section 3.2 states that the council “will take all reasonable measures to protect the privacy of the person submitting the complaint”, but does not guarantee to investigate anonymous, frivolous, vexatious or trivial complaints. In all circumstances, the new policy aims to balance public interest and the cost to council. Rangers handed power boost In Brief qld conference Sister Cities A Strathfield councillor will represent Strathfield at the Sister Cities Australia (SCA) Conference in Toowoomba from August 14-17. SCA is a body of cities, towns, shires, ports and states, providing a forum for cultural, economic and educational exchanges between communities. The focus of the conference is to share information about Sister Cities programs among the local government community. seniors association Tamils celebrate two decades Strathfield Council has agreed to provide financial support for the 20th-year anniversary celebrations of the Tamil Senior Citizen’s Association on July 31. The association carries out cultural, educational, benevolent, social and recreational activities in support of senior members of its community. At its July meeting, the council voted unanimously to waive the $675 cost of hiring the Strathfield Town Hall for the event. The association has been based in Strathfield since 1991. sandakan service Remembrance The annual Sandakan remembrance service and wreathlaying ceremony for allied servicemen who died at Sandakan-Ranau will be held at the Sydney Sandakan Memorial in Burwood Park on August 7. Strathfield Council will contribute $250 to the event, which marks the 66th anniversary of the atrocities. Winter’s in full cry and you might think that with it comes a lesser interest in community events and the environment. I’m pleased to say this is not the case in Strathfield. Just two weeks ago, council held the second Cooks River Fun Run along the Bay to Bay Cycleway from Ford Park in Strathfield South. The run attracted 273 people to the Strathfield area who braved the cool conditions to enjoy a Sunday morning run or walk along the Cooks River foreshores. Many said the course was quite serene and, overall, it was a perfect sunny day for the early morning exercise. Council received a number of positive comments from participants, many discovering the Bay to Bay Cycleway for the first time and enjoying the opportunity to keep active in winter. Later this month, Strathfield Council will host a National Tree Day planting at Dean Reserve in Strathfield South and incorporate plenty of activities for families to come along and enjoy a day at one of Strathfield’s popular open spaces. Come along to Dean Reserve on July 31 and plant a tree for National Tree Day to help the regeneration of the local environment. While you’re there, enjoy a barbecue hosted by Strathfield SES or pack a picnic and let the kids enjoy the reptile show, animal farm, jumping castle and craft activities on offer. It’s so great to see that community spirit in Strathfield does not hibernate in the cooler months. BASKING IN THE JOY OF THE AREA’S ATTRACTIONS MAYOR’S MESSAGE by Cr Tony Maroun Winning grins: Mayor Cr Tony Maroun with Fun Run stars David Riches and Dani Andre