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SSC Newspaper : JUNE 2012
By Bernadette Chua Police have launched a new high- tech system to catch criminals from cyber space and alert residents. And they have hired a 21-year-old student to help them turn Facebook and social media into anti-crime tools. Joel Walker, a 21-year-old student at the Australian Catholic University, will be linking residents and businesses with police through online tools in his new role as Strath eld Precinct O cer. Walker, who was chosen for his ability on social networking sites such as Facebook and Twi er, says the role will involve him managing the police's Project Eyewatch program, an online connection between Flemington Local Area Command and the community. Residents will be able to log on to www.facebook.com/ FlemingtonLAC to nd out about crime activity happening in the area. From nding out about events where the community can meet our police to residents posting up comments about Strath eld, Walker says the page is the future for the community to interact. "I'll be the link between the community and Flemington Police," he tells the Scene. "I'll be monitoring their social network links such as the Project Eyewatch Facebook page, and encouraging the community to alert the police to incidents that might occur around the area. "I'll also be ge ing local groups, businesses and residents to log on to our page and use it regularly so we can create a strong online community." From incidents such as gra ti to stealing, Walker says Project Eyewatch will be a great way for the Strath eld community to nd out about what's occurring in the area. "I'll be encouraging people to report non-urgent crimes such as gra ti, stealing from cars and other issues," Walker says. Project Eyewatch is a new initiative, launched earlier this year and Flemington Superintendent Phil Rogerson says the program will strengthen the links between the community and the police. "Strath eld is a busy area that features an extensive transport hub, so we're working to further engage those residents and businesses that are constantly on the move," he says. "Instead of a ending community meetings some distance away, people can simply log on to the Project Eyewatch page and share information at their own convenience." Chosen for his previous experience with community organisations and for his ability to engage with the online community, Walker says he is excited to be promoting greater safety among the Strath eld community. " is will be di erent from any other community work I've done," he says. "I've never engaged in helping the police with reporting crime activity and I think the role will give me a di erent experience. "And through this, I'll be able to talk to di erent groups and build di erent networks. It'll be a great way to keep the community safe." By Joanne Tran THE CORONER'S COURT has issued a July 6 deadline for detectives at Flemington LAC to produce a full investigation into the mystery re that ravaged Camden Lodge. Strath eld Council are unable to proceed with assessing the development application they have received from the owner while the investigation is still occurring. e re caused extensive structural damage. e majority of the roof has caved in and has been le exposed to the elements. Earlier this year, Council requested site owner, Auburn Mayor Ronney Oueik, to cover the roof with a tarpaulin. But when the Scene visited the site earlier this month, the house was still le uncovered. Neighbours now want the weathered house demolished, saying Camden Lodge is a danger to surrounding homes and is an eyesore. David Bulgeris, who lives just a few doors down from the lodge, would like to see a fresh start for the site. "I'm happy for them to knock it down now... Just knock it down and start again," he says. Bulgeris compares it to the alternative that Oueik has allegedly presented through "veiled threats of selling it to a church". Says Bulgeris: "He's trying to give the impression that if he can't do it [demolish and rebuild on the site], he'll sell it to a Muslim group and it will become a prayer centre. "But the last thing we need is more people milling around, whatever faith they are... on Saturday and Sundays our area is already parked out." Bulgeris acknowledges that there are people who want to preser ve the heritage of the house but comments that they are from other parts of Strath eld. Others in the street wished not to comment for fear of making enemies of neighbours. e ma er will be before the coroner on July 13 to see all work needed to be done is on schedule. Oueik tells the Scene: "Talks to sell Camden Lodge to an Islamic prayer group I have put on hold." Regarding the placement of a tarpaulin to protect the building, he adds: "It's [the building] already completely destroyed." JUNE 2012 NEWS 4 Strathfield Scene Sergeant Facebook on patrol Walker (pictured) is the new Strath eld Precinct O cer. In brief Continued from page 1 FOUR FIRES LIT Arsonist caught Flemington Police were called to four res within the Strath eld area on May 17. Police have charged a suspect with property damage. EPIC JOURNEY Pole to pole Former MP Pat Farmer will be speaking at Strath eld Library at 6pm on June 27 about his 21,000km run from the North to South Pole. CLEAVER ATTACK Man assaulted A 23-year-old man was a acked with a meat cleaver at 1am on Sunday, May 20, in George Street. A 24-year-old man was taken into custody over the incident. See facebook.com/FlemingtonLAC Deadline is set for police inquiry Police at Camden Lodge earlier this year focus could alienate other cultures. "It could be a li le uninviting," she says. " ere are a lot of diverse cultures in Strath eld, so why are we just facilitating one? It could even draw people away from the area." Colin Baskerville also thinks it will be unfairly representing one culture. He says: "As a resident of Strath eld I don't see many Koreans living here. I see Sri Lankans, Indians, Chinese, Malaysian... rarely do I see Koreans except behind the counter of shops." Others think it would be good to celebrate Strath eld's Korean identity. Tony Torri says: "Everything here is already Korean. If it weren't for the Koreans, Strath eld would be dead." Sumin An, the owner of Beauty and the Beast Cafe and Restaurant thinks it would be good to celebrate another culture in Australia. "I think it's great to provide people with a Korean cultural experience," he says. "Most people who come to Strath eld come for Korean food and think of it as a Korean town." Strath eld councillors were split. Cr Helen McLucas maintains there should be consultation with the whole community, not just Koreans. "You need feedback from the whole community, so we don't address the needs of one community group without the others," she says. And Cr Bill Carney says he is concerned that the report only consulted one community. He says of the town centre: " e fact is, it basically is a Li le Korea. I would like to see some other consultations with other Korean groups down there." e report was presented by Korean Cr Keith Kwon, Australia's rst Korean mayor several years ago. See page 11 for more. "I'll be the link between the community and the Flemington police."