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SSC Newspaper : September 2011
4 Strathfield Scene news In Brief PM TALKs TO ResIDenTs Gillard in Strathfield Prime Minister Julia Gillard attended a forum hosted by the Inner West Courier at the Australian Catholic University’s Strathfield campus. Gillard addressed local concerns about the government’s impending carbon tax. About 200 residents were invited to join the forum, with 11 asking the prime minister questions. Gillard spoke of the need to create a sustainable future for young Australians. sMH fOOD guIDe AwARD Kumar wins chef’s hat North Strathfield chef Kumar Mahadevan’s restaurant Aki’s in Woolloomooloo has been awarded a chef ’s hat in the 2012 Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide Awards. The achievement makes Aki’s the only Indian restaurant in Australia to have a chef ’s hat. Kumar’s much-loved flagship restaurant, Abhi’s, in North Strathfield, received the award in 1995, 1996 and 1997. But this is the first time Aki’s has been named. Mahadevan, who arrived in Australia in 1985, is also well known as a guest chef on Channel 10’s MasterChef series. By Bernadette Chua STRATHFIELD FESTIVAL 2011 A S I A N F U S I O N n n n n n Council inspectors are cracking down on trucks and semi-trailers driving illegally through the suburban streets of Strathfield, often with uncovered and unsecured loads. Senior ranger Brady Clarke says these heavy vehicles are often overweight and pose a danger to residents, pedestrians and other motorists. They also damage roads they are not intended for. “In the last 12 months, we have been cracking down on trucks which have unsecured loads and trucks that are above the weight limit,” Clarke said. Rather than using the main arterial roads, these large trucks and semis are apparently using Strathfield as a shortcut between Flemington Markets and various destinations in Sydney’s east and south, such as Port Botany. In one recent incident, a truck dumped a heap of raw meat on to Cosgrove Road, Enfield. It took seven hours to clean up the mess. The driver was caught and prosecuted. Clarke says he and the team often encounter trucks that are several tonnes over the weight limit allowed on suburban streets. “A couple of weeks ago, we caught a truck driv- er who was six tonnes over,” he said. “We give the drivers a hefty fine and then suspend the vehicles on the spot if they are very overweight or if their loads are unsecured.” Rangers patrol the streets looking for illegally loaded vehicles, often starting at 2am. “We set up the stations at the Sydney Market entrances,” Clarke said. “There are many truck drivers that come out of the markets that might not have secured their loads properly or at all, or trucks which are extremely over the weight limit.” Clarke says he has seen many trucks carrying crates only secured by string. Others are carting uncovered mulch or garbage. Blades of Glory for Hudson Park Strathfield golfers will be the first in Sydney to play on greens planted with a revolutionary strain of American grass that requires up to 50 per cent less water and fertiliser to keep it in peak playing condition. Next week Strathfield Council will begin re- 음식 surfacng the Hudson Park Golf Course greens with SeaDwarf paspalum, an “eco-friendly” grass already used at some of the world’s best golf courses, such as Hammock Bay Golf and Country Club in Florida and Hoakalei Country Club in Hawaii. The work is part of a $200,000 course upgrade being undertaken by the council, which owns the golf course. Dr Jim Hull, an independent turf grass consultant, says SeaDwarf paspalum is a warm-climate grass that will thrive in the Sydney summer. “The paspalum grass takes bore water and also very salty water. It’s a very hardy grass and in extremely hot and dry weather, it will turn brown rather than die, unlike the cold-climate grasses.” Environmental Turf, the US company behind the brand, says the fine texture, low mowing height and tight knit of SeaDwarf make it suitable for use on many types of sports fields, including soccer, baseball and rugby. Replanting is scheduled to begin on September 12, but golfers have been promised there will be little disruption to their game, with nine holes being closed and replanted at a time. the trucks that ate strathfield rangers crack down on unsecured, overloaded, rat-running vehicles september 2011 “In the last 12 months, we have been cracking down on trucks which have unsecured loads .” – Brady Clarke, senior ranger LIVE COOKING DEMONSTRATIONS 食べもの