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SSC Newspaper : March 2012
www.ourstrathfield.com.au Strathfield Scene 7 council news “I’ve said we’d like some funding to take this to the next level.” – MP for Strathfield, Charles Casuscelli In Brief mentor scheme Help to grow your business Business owners looking to grow can apply for the Strathfield Business Mentoring Program, which will help up to 10 local entrepreneurs build their capabilities over a 10-week course from May 1. The sessions run at Strathfield Library, 64 High Street, and registration for the course costs $225. Topics covered include strategic planning, marketing, communications, online business tools and effective sales techniques. To book a place on the course, call Strathfield Council on 9748 9999. sponsorship May Fair wins backing Dancers, singers, a fun fair and carnival are set to return to Strathfield Square this autumn after Strathfield Council decided to go ahead with sponsorship of the Olde Fashioned May Fun Fair. Councillors voted to support the May 12 event after calling for a report last month that broke down the costs and benefits. The event, run by the Chamber of Commerce, has attracted $8,341 in sponsorship from 39 local businesses. But the chamber asked the council to close roads and waive hiring fees and bonds for the fair. That will cost about $3,435 to provide staff for road closures and street cleaning, according to council officials. Council fees and charges for the event would amount to $13,522. By Bernadette Chua and Peter Lynch Inwhat Strathfield Liberal MP Charles Casuscelli sees as a major move forward, the municipality’s town centre bus/rail interchange has been chosen as one of the most important state infrastructure projects for investigation. The proposed development was picked from a small group of significant bus/rail interchange sites for closer examination and testing by a special committee reporting directly to Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian. A team of consultants will look over the site and determine a master plan which will be then be sent to Berejiklian for consideration. Casuscelli says if the consultants rank the plan high on the list of important bus/rail interchanges, a bigger master plan will be drawn up and it will be earmarked for state preference. Strathfield Council is seeking $600,000 of state funding to complete a detailed plan for the town centre that would involve the interchange, office development and additional shops. The plan is seen as a major plank in revitalising the town centre, and works in tandem with the Local Environmental Plan now on public exhibition. The LEP outlines development over the next decade. “In my letter (to the Transport Ministry), I’ve said we’d like some funding to take this to the next level, so while it’s happening, we’ve given a copy (of the scoping) to the consultants,” Casuscelli said. “And the minister has said, ‘is this one of the top projects we should look at? Yes it is.’ And so it is now included as part of our scoping studies for major bus/rail interchanges.” After the panel deliberates all plans, they will choose the projects most significant to the state. “As part of the scoping process for funding, they’ll go back to the minister and say we’ve identified the top projects. Strathfield happens to be whatever number on the list,” the MP said. “If it’s one of the top on the list, they will need to include it as part of their forward estimate and in their budgetary planning process and take it from there. And if there is money available, then they will go to the next stage of detailed planning.” Casuscelli has been a strong advocate of the town centre development. Advertising trAilers are in the sights of strathfield Mayor Cr Paul Barron – who says the parked vehicles block drivers’ vision and occupy on-street parking spaces. two trailers with large signs have been parked on Water street in strathfield south for several months. they advertise two companies – Oz education and Mattress Warehouse – at the corner of Water and James streets. “if you look at the traffic on Water street, it’s an absolute nightmare during peak hour, and for cars to turn, it’s virtually impossible with these signs blocking the way,” said the mayor. “they completely block the drivers’ vision. they are a hazard and an eyesore for residents and they take up on-street parking which residents need and are entitled to.” Barron, a concerned strathfield south resident, raised the problem of businesses parking trailers with large advertising slogans during last month’s council meeting. strathfield Council decided to support an appeal by Woollahra Council to the state government which will slap time limits on how long registered trailers can park. the law does not prevent firms from advertising on trailers, though many local councils despair of the practice. Barron says the trailers are detrimental to the environment because some are chained to trees, damaging the bark. “What these trailers are doing to not just our roads but the environment is an absolute outrage. ” Mattress Warehouse and Oz education both failed to return calls when contacted by the scene. Our transport hub wins chance to be fast-tracked Trailer Trash angers mayor The ACU says it may ask the council to fast-track its carpark extension in a bid to alleviate anger on the streets around its campus, and has provided four shuttle buses so students can use public transport. Strathfield’s Liberal MP Charles Casuscelli was expecting to escort the minister to the ACU campus and around Strathfield’s other education- al premises in a bid to persuade him that the problem of school and uni- versity parking needs an urgent in- quiry. According to the MP, who is a former RTA traffic expert, the fact that parents collect students at the same time each day across Strathfield exacerbates the student parking crisis that has ignited resident protests in the past month. The university plan involves addi- tional car parking on the Strathfield campus – plus a 30-percent increase in student numbers, taking the capac- ity to 4,800. Student numbers are at the centre of a dispute with Strathfield Council. Council officers have taken legal advice on whether to subpoena doc- uments to prove permission was not granted for present student numbers – a claim that ACU Vice-Chancellor Professor Greg Craven denies. A subpoena would be a serious es- calation of the row between the two bodies. The Australian Catholic Uni- versity is Australia’s premier producer of teachers and nurses. Council claims it has never sanc- tioned the ACU’s present 900 stu- dents at any one time on campus, and has suggested numbers this year are projected to exceed the ACU’s re- quest for 4,800. University Vice-Chancellor Greg Craven maintains he has written proof that it did. “We are permitted to have 900 units per hour Monday to Friday. That has been repeatedly con- firmed by Strathfield Council.” continued from page 1 road rage how strathfield streets became a battlefield Strathfield Scene 21 www.ourstrathfield.com.au can parramatta rd really be trendy? young at art Strathfield's parking ranger DamienKoytziskeptbusy bookingillegallyparked cars near ACU'scampus. 15