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SSC Newspaper : JUNE 2012
By Joanne Tran Strathfield’s first ever Youth Film Festival is set to light up Strathfield Square on June 16. Budding local filmmakers aged 12 to 24 have submitted short films on the theme “Keep It Safe.” Strathfield Council hopes this exercise of creativity and community will “increase community awareness about young people and issues that are important to them” while preventing and reducing crime on our streets. Award winning Australian film director, screenwriter and editor and new Strathfield resident Adrian Powers is a guest judge of the film festival. He hopes to inspire young filmmakers to pursue their Hollywood dreams. “It’s important to show kids you can take that leap from watching film to creating film,” he says. He reflects on the impact that other filmmakers have made on him and hopes to send the same message to the entrants. “It wasn’t until my early twenties when I met a few Australian filmmakers,” Powers says. “They encouraged me and told me that, as long as you have a story to tell, you can make films. “That’s why I think this festival is so great, because it passes on the same message.” Powers believes that it’s very important to encourage filmmakers, especially in a country like Australia, where the film industry is small. Strathfield Scene 3 news www.ourstrathfield.com.au By Joanne Tran L ocal archer Elisa Barnard’s bid for a position on the Australian Olympic Team has been overshadowed by a legal scandal involving her father and a rival competitor. Jonathan Barnard had an interim apprehended violence order taken against him by archer Odette Snazelle back in March – the night before the national championships. Snazelle accused Barnard of intimidation and attempting to put her off her game. In a court case last month which created major headlines, Snazelle alleged that Mr Barnard blocked her from the entrance to a toilet, stared at her and yelled out when she was in full draw with her bow. The very next day, Elisa and Odette were battling it out to make it through to the top three – and the chance to represent Australia at the London Olympics. Elisa came third and is still in the race. Odette came fourth, and is now a reserve member of the squad. There is likely to be only one guaranteed spot on the Aussie squad for an archer. Talking to the Scene after these events, Elisa says her “Olympic dream is still alive”. Elisa hopes her dad will “clear his name and the truth will reveal itself ” in a court case this week ( June 8). And, after eight years of heavy involvement in the sport, Elisa refuses to let this stumbling block affect her game. “I’m just putting my head down and focusing on my Olympic dream. This doesn’t concern my selection. “If you strive to be perfect, there’s no limit to where you can go.” Elisa will find out whether she has been selected for the London Olympics squad in J uly, following the Archery World Cup Stage 3 in the United States. young filmmakers play iT safe Arch(ery) rivals bull’s eye Elisa is aiming for the London Olympics. By Bernadette Chua STraThfIELd COUnCIL IS currently assessing a proposed development in homebush and will pass on their recommendations to the Joint Regional Planning Panel ( JRPP) . The proposed development on 55-67 Parramatta Road includes two 32-storey towers as well as a 20-storey tower of residential and commercial space. The development also includes an underground car park for 780 cars. “The development application had to be notified, as the trigger for developments that are determined by the JRPP is $20 million. Obviously, this project is worth more than $20 million,” a council spokesperson says. The development sits on the border of the drummoyne and Strathfield electorates and drummoyne MP John Sidoti says there is a reason why Local Environmental Plans (LEPs) are in place. “The idea of LEPs is that we have a coordinated planning approach and we shouldn’t go outside of it when it’s being approved,” he says. “In my electorate, there is a 25-storey building and it looks completely out of context.” Labor candidate Raj datta says the density of the development will add extra pressure on roads. “This development, if it goes ahead, will have a very significant impact not only on homebush and the residents of homebush but also on all people using Parramatta Road,” he says. “I fail to envisage how the infrastructure, the way it is now, can cope with the demand. These days, even on a Saturday, traffic almost comes to a standstill on Bridge Road.” Resident Marlene doran says something needs to be done with the empty block , but a 32-storey development on Parramatta Road will add extra congestion. See our full story on page 19-21. Council assess high-rise