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SSC Newspaper : July 2012
mp backs towers By Peter Lynch The massive proposed homebush development, featuring twin 32-storey towers and 660 apartments, has been abruptly withdrawn without explanation by the developers. it is believed the developer realised the $200 million scheme would be turned down. But strathfield mp Charles Casuscelli has revealed he is encouraging the company to come back with the same building heights – and a report that emphasises the community benefits. in a surprising move, considering Local environmental plans (Leps) have only just been agreed, Casuscelli said councils like strathfield should revisit them to accommodate more homes as they are falling behind in meeting state Government housing targets. Council has confirmed that the homebush Towers development proposal – which was greeted with protests because of height, lack of infrastructure and fears of traffic increases –has been withdrawn. a spokesperson said: “ We were notified this week. it means that it doesn’t go to the Joint regional planning panel. if the applicant ever wanted to propose a new development, they onLine at www.ourstrathfield.com.au • juLy 2012 continued on page 4 latest news and events at ourstrathfield.com.au free acourt date for strathfield Council’s legal battle against the australian Catholic University (aCU) over the alleged breach of the university’s student numbers has been set for august 3. The Land and environment Court will hear Council’s case after independent studies claimed the university was in excess of the number of students permitted on their strathfield Campus. residents conducted their own study where they counted the number of people entering the campus during the day and claimed to have found an excess of 1500 students. Under Council’s current consent, the aCU is allowed no more than 510 students during the day and 247 at night. mayor, Councillor paul Barron said the legal action would hopefully resolve once and for all the issue regarding student numbers. “ We can’t let the aCU continue to breach its consent; there is a good reason why it was given to them in the first place,” he says. “The increase in student numbers has had a detrimental impact on our local community. our suburban residential area wasn’t built to support such a high level of student traffic and we’re determined to see justice being served.” a spokesperson from the aCU declined to comment. ACU’s day in court ProPerty election time school holiday guide Page 31 Page 25 Page 8 lessons from the block where the parties stand Put uP our Poster and helP our heroes see Page 15 call us on 9746 0709 I 13 George St, North Strathfield I www.anytimefitness.com.au NORTH STRATHFIELD CONgRATuLATES THE wINNERS OF THE COOkS RIvER FuN RuN 2012 developer withdraws but...