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SSC Newspaper : September 2012
spring clean make your count By Peter Lynch Strathfield goes to the polls this weekend in one of the most important elections in years, with residents asked to choose a new council and decide city status. Candidates from all sides are urging electors to be sure to use their vote as crucial issues like transport, planning and amalgamation may be decided in the next four years. According to a poll of 100 electors conducted by the Scene, voters are most worried about traffic, the expansion of the Australian Catholic University, planning laws, crime and amalgamation. Turnout will be a critical indicator of how much cut through the candidates have made. Officials hope for an improvement over the 2008 figure of 80 per cent. The Liberals have pledged a new Crime Safety Committee, while Labor is promising resident groups to represent what they claim are “forgotten areas” of the municipality. Strathfield First are running an anti-amalgamation ticket and questioning why candidates would stand when they live outside the area. They challenged the Liberals on the issue yesterday, sparking the onLine at www.ourstrathfield.com.au • sePtemBer 2012 finaList in the 2012 newsPaPer of the year awards FREE By Bernadette Chua STraThFieLd MP Charles Casuscelli believes the M4 east extension will be infrastructure NSW ’s “number one priority project”. his prediction comes after a Transport NSW Master Plan failed to put a date on the start of the project, widely believed to be the only way to tackle gridlock in the inner west. The Strathfield Liberal’s number one council candidate Gulian Vaccari maintains the process of making the M4 a reality will be faster if the Liberals are elected at this Saturday’s poll. “having a Liberal council would take politics out of this issue and ensure we move to design the implementation phase more quickly,” he says. “The Federal Liberals have already committed $1.5 billion to the project.” But Strathfield Labor’s number one candidate Raj datta said there needs to be an exact timeline and cost of the master plan before residents can make a fair judgment. “Like the Town Centre, it looks good as a picture, but we need to see what’s underneath the surface,” he says. See more on page 6 ‘m4 east numBer 1 Priority’ reece mastin Page 31 modern miss Santa Sabina’s forward-thinking new principal Page 21 REad thE latEst nEws at ouRstRathFiEld.com.au breakS recordS Selling Smart inside 8 Pages of election news and info starts on Page 13 election campaign’s biggest verbal joust yet (see page 6). United Strathfield and Strathfield First both claim they want to keep politics out of the council chamber. United maintains it will maximise the community benefits of any Town Centre development. The Unity Party and the Liberals are the only parties to have a preference deal. ed Crematy is financing his own campaign on anti-amalgamation, crime and the ACU. There are 33 candidates, including representatives from the Chinese, indian and Korean communities. Vote Page 4 Page 30 fun of the festival: gulian vaccari, labor’s raj datta and strathfield first’s helen Mclucas at strathfield Park
September Election 2012