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SSC Newspaper : July 2012
Afuneral has been held for tiny baby Bridget, who was found in a shoebox in Strathfield in 2010. The police, who are still investigating the death, are hoping the funeral will prompt her mother to come forward. Named after Saint Bridget of Kildare, the patron saint of babies, baby Bridget was found at around 8am on Thursday, August 19, 2010, at the rear of a unit block on Beresford Road. A gardener who was working at the apartment at the time discovered a shoebox partially covered with dirt and mulch. Bridget was inside, wrapped in a towel. Detective Sergeant Dennis Knezevic from Flemington Local Area Command says detectives are renewing their appeal for anyone with information about baby Bridget and for her mother to come for ward. “ We believe baby Bridget was of South-East Asian background and was only a day or two old at the time of her death,” he says. “Baby Bridget was found in quite a distinctive box which had a black base and white lid with polka dots on it. We are hoping someone may recognise the box and where it is from.” july 2012 news 4 Strathfield Scene Baby Bridget laid to rest In brief price of democracy Election to cost $145K The cost of this year’s council elections in September will amount to around $145,000. The NSW Electoral Commission has advised Council the election will take place on September 8, 2012. forklift fatality Driver killed A forklift driver was killed after he was trapped under his vehicle at Sydney Markets on June 26. Personnel from NSW Police, Fire and Rescue and NSW Ambulance Paramedics rushed to the scene at about 5:20am to try to save the man, but he died at the scene. NSW Police and WorkCover NSW are on site investigating the cause of the accident. StuDENtS AND StAFF members of Strathfield’s Sydney Adventist College (SAC) will have to look for new schools and jobs at the end of the year after the Seventh-day Adventist Church decided to close the school. After weeks of deliberation between the board of directors and staff members, it has been decided to close the school. The college will close due to scarce financial resources, which will now be allocated to other Adventist schools. SAC has suffered a severe decline in student enrollments in recent years. Secondary enrolments have fallen from 550 students to 146 students over 23 years. Students and parents are being counselled about the different higher education alternatives available to students. President of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, Michael Worker, says the church had thought long and hard about the decision, especially for students, families and staff as well as the historic significance of the school site. “The company which operates our schools has faced some very difficult financial challenges over the last 10 years,” he says. “ While profit is not our primary objective, we cannot continue to sustain significant deficits. This situation and the uncertain economic climate have forced us to make some very difficult decisions.” The church has proposed to sell the property and use the money to fund future school projects at other Adventist schools in Sydney. “ We must direct significant resources to those schools which are growing and are in urgent need of additional facilities,” he says. Schools which need the money include Macarthur Adventist College, Hills Adventist College in Kellyville and the relocation of Wahroonga Adventist School. Adventist school to close its doors A tiny coffin houses Bridget’s remains www.sac.nsw.edu.au Auburn | Strathfield Engage Inspiring... students with a vibrant and challenging learning environment Supporting... students emotional well- being Fostering... confident, articulate citizens of the community Achieving... high academic standards and individual performance Welcoming... students from all faith and cultural backgrounds Resourcing... student learning with advanced technology and facilities Engage Inspire please visit... ...o r c all 02 9764 3200 formore information Enthuse SYDNEY ADVENTIST COLLEGE Prep-Ye ar 4 Year 5-Year 12 Limited Places Available for 2011 Christian Co-Education - Prep to Year 12 Inspire Enthuse Continued from page 1 would have to start again.” Casuscelli says Homebush towers was between a motorway and a main road, and between three railway stations. He describes it as a typical example of “transit-orientated development”, and has told the developer to come back with a list of benefits he can “sell to the community”. “What I have said is: don’t go away and just cut the top half off the buildings. Reconfigure them so the visual impact isn’t as bad; show me space and increased connectivity with the transport areas. “My view, and I know it’s going to rankle some people, is that I am not against tall developments, as long as they clearly articulate a multiple community benefit.” Homebush towers is in the seat of Drummoyne, represented by John Sidotti.