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SSC Newspaper : September 2012
September 2012 14 Strathfield Scene election special Why you should vote for me the issues In the battle for Strathfield Town Hall, candidates share their final message to the electors of Strathfield 1. TransporT and Traffic The most intractable and yet the most per vasive, traffic and public transport dominate almost every voter’s agenda. The Liberals say they have pressed for the M4 East; Labor will increase attention on infrastructure before development approvals; United Strathfield advocates a residents’ parking scheme, community buses, bicycle racks at stations and more parking at new developments. These are among The mosT Talked-abouT Topics in sTraThfield’s elecTion campaign: 2. ausTralian caTholic universiTy expansion The issue no candidate can or does support, thanks to an incredibly successful residents’ campaign. 3. planning law changes A surprisingly strong showing in our poll (see page 8), and mostly championed by the independent groups like Strathfield First rather than the main parties, though Labor says infrastructure is key; Liberals say they will protect from overdevelopment by intense community involvement. 4. amalgamaTion of councils Strathfield First makes it their number one issue. This sleeper now shows signs of flickering into life among electors – Labor and most ever yone else has pledged to fight amalgamation. The Liberals insist this is a non-issue. 5. police and crime The Liberals plan a Council Safety Committee with police, business and residents represented; Labor promises a focus on public safety, Strathfield First says it will fight for a 24-hour police station, while United Strathfield promises more police guidance and engagement with police. 6. inequaliTy Labor claims Strathfield is a divided municipality, with some streets given more attention than others, and promises equality and social justice; the Unity Party also cites social justice and cultural goodwill as aims. 7. local candidaTes Strathfield First has driven the issue of making it a new regulation that only those who live in Strathfield can serve on Council; Labor and United Strathfield have made their local credentials part of their campaigning; the Liberals have two candidates who don’t live in the municipality. 8. The carbon Tax The Liberals have highlighted the cost to business and ratepayers, maintaining it will cost Strathfield ratepayers over $56,317 next year and 31,000 jobs in NSW. Labor claims the cost would be negligible when divided by Strathfield’s ratepayers.
September Election 2012