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SSC Newspaper : July 2012
NAMES OF CANDIDATES AND ORDER ON TICKET HAS THE PARTY REACHED PREFERENCE DEALS? WHY IS YOUR GROUP STANDING FOR COUNCIL? WHERE DO YOU OR THE PARTY STAND ON THE TOWN CENTRE REDEVELOPMENT PLAN? WHERE DO YOU OR THE PARTY STAND ON THE LOCAL ENVIRONMENTAL PLAN (LEP)? JULY 2012 8 Strathfield Scene POLITICS Helen McLucas Marlene Doran Paul Baron Sarah Romanous Julia Pensabene Order not decided Raj Datta Daniel Bott Quang Lam John Townsend Susan Smythe Vasantha Puvanendiranathan No No The State Government's push for amalgamation plus their planned removal of planning approvals from Council means residents will lose their democratic right to a voice on matters that affect their homes and their suburb. Strathfield First is about increasing residents' voice on Council. We promise to offer a clean, efficient and effective local government to the residents of Strathfield; we promise to deliver a local government, that is connected with the whole community. We stand on values not on changing colours. Our values and beliefs include inclusivity, integrity, provision of honest community service, social equity and equality. With the best interests of the community in mind, among other things we promise to provide improved public and community spaces, better local services and facilities, improved focus on public safety, openness and accountability, improved communication between the council and the residents and improved consultation with the community. This redevelopment is critical to revitalising the town centre, improving traffic and parking and creating more community areas for residents. This plan was developed from the input of local residents. Strathfield First is 100 per cent supportive. We believe Strathfield needs a vibrant town centre, but we would like to see and study details of the current plans and consult with the community. The community deserves to know further details about what the council has produced with the $2 million that it has already spent. The LEP, with community feedback, now represents fair development guidelines that will manage future growth appropriately. Strathfield First supports quality developments -- the right development, in the right place with the right supporting infrastructure. As a part of its draft LEP, the council had put on public exhibition a proposal to reclassify Strathfield Square from community land to operational land. Some thought that this reclassification of Strathfield Square to operational land could have paved the way for eventual sale of the land to developers. We shared this concern and expressed our views. The council has now reversed the decision. STRATHFIELD FIRST ACTION GROUP LABOR PARTY Gulian Vaccari Sang Ok Stephanie Kokkolis Pierre Tannous There is nothing definite in place yet, though we are in preliminary discussions. Each of us is passionate about grassroots community. We want to ensure that the basic things which council does are done to a very high standard. Things like roads, rates and rubbish. Also sensible initiatives for our town centre and our other shopping districts. Reinvigorate community events such as the Spring Fair. Ensure all stakeholders are engaged and their concerns/ issues addressed. Ensure all stakeholders are engaged and their concerns/issues addressed. LIBERAL PARTY By Peter Lynch The three main contestants ba ling for seats on Strath eld Council in the upcoming September elections have now announced the majority of their candidates -- and the Strath eld Scene asked them to spell out their stance on the major issues. One new group, Strath eld First Action Group, is leading the charge for the independents' ticket with a team including the Mayor, Cr Paul Barron and his deputy, Cr Helen McLucas. A second group -- protestors ba ling the expansion of the Australian Catholic University and led by Jane Pistolese -- has decided not to stand. Another person not standing -- though many electors could be forgiven for thinking the opposite -- is Bur wood Mayor John Faker. His name featured prominently as campaigning began. Strath eld First's launch rally put Cr Faker front and centre, with suggestions he was in uencing the Liberal ticket. e claims came a er documents were circulated by the group claiming the brother of one of the Liberal candidates worked for a lobbying rm which employed John Faker's company two years ago. Liberals' number one ticket holder Gulian Vaccari was forced to address the rally and declare: ELECTION Strath eld First members Paul Baron, Helen McLucas, Sarah Romanous and Marlene Doran reenacting residents' 2008 ringing of Strath eld in ribbon to protest amalgamation.