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SSC Newspaper : July 2012
6 Strathfield Scene N By Bernadette Chua Mobile phone applications, guided food tours and community gardens for residents are just some of the things Strath eld Council has planned for the next 12 months. In council's 2012/13 Operational Plan, projects for roads, transport, crime, parks, council activities and other major issues were addressed. Under the plan, Council will improve the tra c congestion around Strath eld by lobbying for improvements to the M4, improve tra c ow at Centenary Drive and Arthur Street intersection and minimise the impact of freight transport on local roads from the En eld Intermodal Logistics Centre and Sydney Markets. Council also plan to lobby for increased policing in Strath eld -- one of the biggest issues residents are concerned with. rough this, council o cers will a end meetings with police to discuss crime activity and trends in the area. Council will also aim to reduce the number of tra c and parking infringements and will implement resident parking schemes. Other cultural strategies Council plans to implement include coordinated food tours through Strath eld and using social media sites such as Facebook and Twi er to promote local events. Council will also develop mobile device applications such as iPhone apps to provide council information to the community. Council plans for big year COUNCILLOR HOPE BRETT-BOWEN T 0423 777 734 F 9764 1034 email@example.com JULY 2012 COUNCIL NEWS In brief COUNCIL AND COMMITTEE MEETINGS First Tuesday of the month Ordinary Council at 7pm, Council Chambers, 65 Homebush Road, Strathfeld Second Tuesday of the month Planning Committee at 6pm Iron Bark meeting room, Strathfeld Library and Information Centre 65-67 Rochester St, Homebush Third Tuesday of the month (as required) • Environmental Committee • Social Committee • Economic Committee COUNCILLOR TONY MAROUN T 0411 372 111 F 9764 1034 firstname.lastname@example.org COUNCILLOR PAUL BARRON Mayor of Strathfield T 9748 9924 F 9748 9902 email@example.com COUNCILLOR BILL CARNEY T 9267 7546 F 9264 6667 firstname.lastname@example.org COUNCILLOR HELEN McLUCAS Deputy Mayor of Strathfield T 0406 703 044 email@example.com COUNCILLOR KEITH KWON T 9715 2500 F 9715 2400 firstname.lastname@example.org TRAGEDY REMEMBERED Council funds Remembrance Ser vice Strath eld Council will once again help fund Bur wood Council's annual Sandakan Remembrance Ser vice and Wreath Laying Ceremony on August 5. is is the 19th anniversary of the memorial opening and the 66th anniversary of the Sandakan tragedy. e money will go towards the hiring of equipment and providing refreshments. COMPLAINTS DOWN Only one complaint Strath eld Council received only one complaint against them this past nancial year. According to the Division of Local Government, ve complaints were received in 2010/11 nancial year compared to 57 in 2009/10. e division declined four of the complaints. "It's a great thing that there has been such a signi cant decrease in the number of complaints that we have received," said Mayor, Councillor Paul Barron. FUTURE-PROOFING GM to a end NZ conference Strath eld's General Manager David Backhouse will a end the 2012 Australia and New Zealand School of Government's annual conference to speak with other General Managers about this year's theme, "Future Proo ng the State -- Risk Responses and Resilience". e conference is aimed at dealing with the implications of demographic, economic, technological, social and environmental change. PLEASE CALL 9748 9924 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION. Business papers for Council and committee meetings are available from Council's Customer Service Centre, public libraries and at www.strathfield.nsw.gov.au -- from the Saturday prior to each meeting. Angry residents at last week's council meeting held up pictures of giant cranes hovering over their properties, which they claimed were threatening their homes in Kanoona Avenue. Council will recommend the development application be passed at the next Planning Meeting but residents of the cul-de-sac will continue to oppose the proposed plan. Grace El-Hakim, a long-time resident of the area who has three small children, says the cranes at the end of the street have upset what was once a peaceful street. " e company has completely disrupted what was once a quaint and quiet street," she says. "Many of the families have young children and it's a safety hazard with these giant cranes looming over our properties. " e residents have wri en hundreds of le ers to Council and we want something done. It isn't just a storage space for the cranes, they are maintaining them into the early hours of the morning." El-Hakim alleges Sydney Cranes are operating illegally and will ask Council to stop any future DAs by the company. At the time the Scene went to press, Sydney Cranes owner Enrico De Grande did not return calls. HELP FOR STRUGGLING RESIDENTS NEEDED Strathfield residents are suffering this winter due to rising costs of electricity and food, and Councillor Helen McLucas has made a plea for Council to work with community groups in identifying these struggling families. Cr McLucas says she heard of families living in their cars and in Strathfield Park. "We need to work with community groups in finding these people and making sure they come forward if they are in need of help," she says. "Many people might be ashamed but we need to do something. If Council works with community groups, we will be able to assist them." Cr McLucas made the motion at this month's council meeting to work with community groups to find these families. The councillors agreed to commission a report into poverty around Strathfield. Cranes cause commotion