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SSC Newspaper : April 2012
allyouneed ALL YOU NEED THIS EASTER You can find all you need to make this Easter special at... Bakers Delight, Chicken George, Freshworld, Mega Fresh Deli, Burwood Health Food, Plaza Seafood, Roger’s Meats, The Italian Bakery@23, Tong Li Asian Grocer, Woolworth, Woolworths Liquor. Over 50 Speciality Stores, FREE 3 hour shopper carparking 42-50 Railway Parade, Burwood. Phone: 9744 0251 news Strathfield Scene 5 www.ourstrathfield.com.au In brief home invasion Police hunt attackers Four people were threatened with a knife during a home invasion in their Hunter Street house in Strathfield on March 25. Three men walked in through an open door about 10.35am and demanded the four people at home hand over their belongings. One man was armed with a metal pole, which he used to bash a 20-year-old householder several times, police allege. Officers are seeking three men in their early 20s to help with their inquiries. Anyone with information should call CrimeStoppers on 1800 333 000. liberal selected Laundy to stand Strathfield businessman Craig Laundy plans to fight on local issues like transport and infrastructure when he stands as the official Liberal candidate for Reid. The general manager of his father’s multi-million-dollar pub chain lives in Strathfield with his wife Susie and has three children. “If there’s one thing a successful business career has taught me, it’s the importance of leadership to get things done,” he said. “The people of Reid are not getting the representation and services they deserve under Labor.” Frog find spawns fresh hope T wo rare sightings of the endangered green and golden bell frog have been recorded in the Strathfield area. Strathfield Council’s natural areas team also found a population of young frogs in the Cooks River corridor, heralding fresh hope for the threatened species, which has not been spotted in the area since 2005. “It’s a really exciting find,” said Deb Bower of Newcastle University’s Amphibian Research Group. “It’s a very beautiful frog with lovely green and gold markings, and a big loud croak. “A council officer reported that they had seen one and when we went to monitor the site, we found three during the day. That’s pretty rare because they’re usually only active at night,” she explained. “Then we went back at night and found an adult and six juveniles who had obviously bred nearby. Once they were the most common frog in Sydney but they’ve been declining in numbers since the 1970s.” The find is good news for Strathfield Council’s efforts to restore and protect the frog’s habitat. The frogs grow to between 8cm and 10cm and are generally pea-green with brassy or golden splotches. Iridescent blue-green stripes feature on their inside thighs and groin. They love sunny ponds and the grass and rocks around them, favouring water that is unshaded and free of predatory fish. But they face enemies – including introduced fish species and the chytrid virus, which has ravaged many frogs worldwide, according to Bower. When the frogs were found in the old brickpit at Sydney Olympic Park, tennis courts for the 2000 Olympic Games were moved elsewhere to protect the rare species. The little frog is now an unofficial mascot of the Homebush Bay area. “They’re still doing really well in Homebush but it’s great to find them in other areas,” said Bower. “If anyone thinks they have seen one, they should tell the council immediately, and make sure that dogs and other pets are kept well away from them.” Traditionally, Aborigines used the frogs as food, but their skin may hold important clues to fighting drug-resistant bacteria. When handled, their skin secretes a slimy mucus that contains aurein peptides. These show signs of having broad antibiotic and anti- cancer properties. Researchers from Melbourne University have been studying these peptides to see how they bind to bacteria, giving hope of developing new drugs to treat multi-drug-resistant golden staph, or MRSA. Newcastle University’s Amphibian Research Group has been monitoring Strathfield’s frog population for the past few years. And the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage is helping the council source funding to restore and protect the frog’s habitat. Anyone who spots the frogs should call Strathfield Council on 9748 9999. “If anyone thinks they have seen one, they should tell the council immediately and make sure that dogs are kept well away from them.” — Frog researcher Deb Bower