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SSC Newspaper : August 2012
By Bernadette Chua Inasmall garage at the back of his house, Ricardo Sepulveda, 55, busily stitches and sews dozens of pairs of shoes well into the wee hours of the morning. The Homebush resident is known in the industr y for his craftsmanship and precision, and heisoneofthelastofhiskindin Sydney. Sepulveda is big and burly – he is strong and he has a hearty laugh. But his shoes have the most delicate and intricate detailing of flowers, sequins and beautiful embroidery. For over a decade, Sepulveda has been creating shoes for a production company called Steppin’ Out which provides handmade and unique shoes to film, opera and theatre shows in Australia and around the world. He created the witch’s red shoes in Wicked, the Mary-Janes in Mary Poppins and the points from the Alice in Wonderland ballet. “I’ve always been fascinated with creating shoes and the artistry behind it, “ he says. “My father was a shoemaker in Chile and I would spend hours in his workshop learning the trade from him. I started working properly with my father when I was 15.” Sepulveda works mainly on the upper part of the shoe, decorating it before stitching the top to the sole. He works for hours on different commissions, churning out hundreds of pairs of beautifully-crafted shoes for his clients. “Just last night, we were up ’til around one in the morning making these shoes for the Swan Lake ballet,” he says. “ We’re making around 40 specially-measured shoes for the ballerinas. “It’s not an easy job. There is a lot of decorating and we’re working with mesh so it is very hard to sew.” As one of the few artisans of his craft left in Sydney, Sepulveda also teaches students from TAFE. “Currently I have one girl from the area and one from Blacktown who come once a week to learn how to stitch and to mould the shoes,” he says. “It’s a hard craft but I’m very happy to be teaching a new generation of people who are eager to learn. It’s a passion and, even when I was young, I couldn’t imagine doing anything else.” Strathfield Scene 3 news www.ourstrathfield.com.au A Strathfield man has been accused of using stolen credit cards to buy iPhones, and allegedly recruited children to pick up the goods and sell them on Gumtree, on online trading site. Yi Zhong, 22 has been charged with 58 offences which included sophisticated methods to obtain credit card numbers to buy iPhones from retailers such as Optus, Telstra, Vodaphone and Sale-Point Export Group and sell them on. Zhong appeared at Burwood local court earlier this month where his solicitor Wasim Jabakhangi entered guilty pleas to 21 of the 58 charges against him, including recruiting a child to carry out or assist in criminal activity. Zhong pleaded guilty to recruiting a teenage girl to pick up goods at a Fedex depot in Rydalmere and also to receive stolen property at an Edensor Park address earlier this year. He also recruited another teenage girl to sell the stolen iPhones on Gumtree. Police allege Zhong also purchased around $350 worth of flowers from Urban Flowers Concord, two GHD gold hair stylers, clothes from General Pants, hotel suites in Brisbane and Melbourne, thousands of dollars worth of flights, as well as a rare bottle of Johnnie Walker rare scotch whisky, which cost close to $6000. The court also heard that Zhong recruited an adult, Christie Hui, to pick up the bottle of Johnnie Walker from a Vintage Cellars. Court documents from 2010 showed Zhong used two websites and an email address to fraudulently obtain the details of about 300 credit cards. Most of his victims were Australian as well as around 41 Americans. When police raided Zhong’s home, it is alleged the accused had around $8500 in cash and a 55-inch Sony television suspected of being stolen. He disputed the number of cards he obtained fraudulently and the number of identities he assumed with the intention of using them to commit fraud. Jabakhangi said his client will work with police to reach an agreed set of facts relating to the rest of the charges, to which Zhong has pleaded not guilty. Kids used in iPhone racket Cobbler’s happy feet for the stars “I have always been fascinated with creating shoes and the artistry behind it.” In brief shed fundraiser Vintage tool sale Strathfield Men’s Shed will be holding a vintage tool sale and swap on Sunday, September 9 from 9am to 12:30pm. The shed is located at 28 Pomeroy Street, Homebush. For more info, call 9746 3372 or visit strathfieldmensshed.org.au . fire destroys home Homebush fire Shortly before midnight on Monday, August 6, NSW Fire and Rescue were called to a home in Badgery Avenue where they found the premises well alight. Fire and Rescue Officers worked to extinguish the fire, which caused major damage to the home. A male occupant managed to escape without injury. Police were called and a crime scene was established. The cause of the fire is yet to be determined. tall storeys MP studies high-rise life Strathfield MP Charles Casuscelli is in South Korea studying the benefits of vertical living and the transport facilities around these sites. Earlier this year, Casuscelli showed his support for a 32-storey development in Homebush which was withdrawn from the Joint Regional Planning Panel. Casuscelli will present a report to the state government when he returns from his week-long trip. Some 200 people were locked inside Homebush Library on Wednesday, July 18, after Homebush’s IGA grocery store was the scene of a robbery. A man walked into the store in Rochester Street mid-afternoon, threatened staff and then grabbed cash from the register before fleeing on foot. Police from Flemington and Burwood Local Area Commands, as well as the dog unit, locked down the street and conducted a search. A police helicopter circled the area. School students and their parents were locked inside Homebush Library for a short time during the hunt. One witness estimated that as many as 200 people were inside the library, adding that there was “no panic”. Later in the day, Rochester Street was still cordoned off as officers from the Forensic Armed Robbery Unit combed the premises for evidence. One local businessman told Ourstrathfield.com.au that there were reports last month of three people loitering suspiciously near an ATM. Police were called and the trio disappeared. The business- man, who asked not to be named, described the police presence in the area as “irregular” and said they could be “more visible”. 200 locked In lIbrary as polIce hunt robbers