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SSC Newspaper : May 2012
police pledge crackdown full story p4 We’ll be city slickers By Peter Lynch IN A BOLD new bid to transform the way Strathfield is perceived, councillors have or- dered a report on seeking city status. The move is designed to shrug off the old fashioned “municipality” tag and reinforce Strathfield’s position in the inner west as the leading economic powerhouse and transport hub. It is also aimed at reassuring potential inves- tors in multi-million dollar schemes such as the town centre redevelopment and new industrial complexes that Strathfield is forward focused. If the move is approved, the area’s new name would be City of Strathfield. Council General Manager David Backhouse has been commissioned to produce a report on the benefits and downsides of the change, and will indicate if a referendum or residents’ poll is needed. A question on the matter could be issued during council elections in September. The Mayor, Cr Paul Barron, who proposed the change, said: “Strathfield is the envy of many areas to our numerous strengths, such as our location, accessibility to transport, diverse range of schools, thriving commercial areas and wide selection of parks and open spaces”. cool local pub Pages 13-15 onLine at www.ourstrathfield.com.au • may 2012 Full story Page 7 have your say at www.ourstrathfield.com.au latest news and events at ourstrathfield.com.au free Meet the team... (clockwise from top left) officers Ryan Pham, Vince Pezzullo, Rabih Sfarjalan, Rafael Valle and Phil Smith. By Bernadette Chua Strathfield Mayor Cr Paul Barron has hit out at “mischievous rumours” over the town centre rezoning, after reassuring residents there would be no sale of land in the area to developers. Businesses claimed that rezoning the town square would leave the way open for development in the future. Cr Barron told a council meeting:” This is disappointing as the draft LEP clearly states that nothing can be built on the town square as it has a zero height limit.” Council placed the reclassification option, which would rezone community land to ‘operational,’ on public exhibition to gauge public opinion. It has now pledged that the town square will remain open space and classified as ‘community ’ land’ Cr Barron said the council never had any other intention for the square except for the land to remain open space. “Council has no intention of selling the town square, which is consistent with the town centre concept and master plan.” Anger at rumours over square Meet the new property Renovate or sell? – Steve Devine Page 19 I ❤ CIty of StrathfIeld time to stand up for strathfield Page 9 Photo By Nikki To