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SSC Newspaper : September 2011
Intense lobbying has begun within Strathfield Council for the position of mayor, ahead of an election later this month. Three candidates have already put up their hands for the top job: Cr Keith Kwon, Cr Paul Barron and the incumbent, Cr Tony Maroun. The mayor will be elected at an extraordinar y meeting of the council. Although Maroun has been mayor since 2009, he is seeking re-election for the position, arguing that his work is not yet finished. “Let me continue my mission,” he said. Both of his rivals for the job have previously been mayor and are understood to have strong support among their colleagues; the current seven- member council is evenly divided between Labor and Liberal councillors, with one independent. Although most councillors were reluctant to indicate how they will vote in the forthcoming elections, deputy mayor Hope Brett-Bowen has already pledged her supportfor Labor colleague Kwon. Barron, an independent, served one term as mayor in 2008, and is standing on an agenda of pushing through the new Town Centre, building more bicycle lanes and working closely with surrounding councils to achieve results. Kwon, who was mayor in 2008 and 2009, wants to concentrate on nitty-gritty issues such as fixing potholes and addressing residents’ concerns about traffic. “I’m putting my hand up because I would love to continue to serve our local community,” he said. Securing the mayoralty is seen as crucial ahead of next year’s full council elections, when several councillors are expected to retire. Three in race to be mayor www.ourstrathfield.com.au • september 2011 FREE highly commended newspaper of the year 2011 Inside The new literary queen of Homebush, Marlene Doran, is working on a book that will tell the stories of the suburb’s pioneers. see strathfIeld lIfe Page 11 This weekend sees the start of Sydney ’s famed Fringe Festival, which this year features comedians such as Michael Hing (left). see calendar Page 18 Lady of letters Comic Fringe Bigger and better events, more investment and jobs and major infrastructure projects are all putting to rest the idea that Strathfield is a sleepy suburb. Now, a major program will make the municipality a leader in the inner-west. full story Page 9 Sizzling Strathfield why we want the job See page 7 $24* TICKETS * Plus $1.10 online booking fee facebook.com/ eventcinemasburwood Best for arrests: The Scene went on patrol with policeman of the year Karl Leis stars come out for our festIval InsIde: your 4-page guIde to all the fun Meet the Strathfield cop the villainS fear Photo:JoeLarrarte