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SSC Newspaper : February 2013
strathfield restaurants named and shamed Strathfield food inspectors have discovered a bumper crop of miscreants, leading to one newspaper naming the area among the worst on the New South Wales Food Authority’s name- and-shame list. The Daily Telegraph reported about 20 per cent of the area’s restaurants have been slapped with fines for breaching hygiene food rules. Korean restaurant Beauty and the Beast – in this case, more beast than beauty, it appears – was shamed for having rats and cockroaches. Other offenders include: Di Yuan Asian groceries, Homebush Takeaway, Indian House, Pho Saigon and Won Jo Korean Restaurant. Strathfield Council said the reason for local restaurants appearing at the top of the list was not because they offended more, but because they were inspected more often. “ It could be said we are the cleanest because we actually inspect more than most councils,” said a spokesperson. There are 178 premises involved in the food industry in Strathfield, and they were subject to 307 inspections with 39 receiving penalty notices. Some were repeat offenders, as there were a total of 83 notices issued. Find links to the full list at ourstrathfield.com.au. 10-week course, Antarky said the family had changed its lifestyle. “After the program, we substituted what the kids would eat. For example, rather than eating sugary cereals, the kids would eat high-fibre cereals,” she said. “Naturally children are going to want chocolate rather than fruit, but now they’ve made a conscious effort to be careful with what they eat.” Antarky heard about Go4Fun through Bankstown City Council. The program split the parents from the children and while the kids tried new sports, the parents learned about reading food labels. “That was the best thing I learnt in the class,” said Antarky. “ When I’d buy the kids chicken nuggets, I never realised there was only about 40 per cent chicken meat in them and the rest was processed.” It has been a year since the family completed the program and both Isabella and Jordan have made Strathfield Scene 3 news www.ourstrathfield.com.au By Bernadette Chua Bridget Antarky became worried about the health of her two children after noticing her youngest, Isabella, was the largest in her group of school friends. To prevent Isabella suffering a lifetime of emotional stress over body image issues, Antarky decide to enrol herself and both her children in the Go4Fun program, an initiative that helps overweight children aged seven to 13. After enrolling Isabella, nine, and Jordan, 11, Antarky struggled to tell them about the get-fit scheme. “It was hard to approach the subject, especially as it is such a sensitive issue for not just a teenager, but a child as well,” she said. “Isabella is at an awkward age where I wasn’t sure how to say to her, ‘I think you need to improve your eating and exercise habits so your health won’t have to suffer later on in life.’” However, she doesn’t regret her decision. After completing the Making weight-loss fun for kids ADVERTISEMENT In Brief PRICes sOAR Local land records state’s biggest rise Strathfield’s property prices have risen more than any other NSW suburb in the past year, according to new data. Residential land values, used by councils to calculate rates, shot up in the Inner West, with Strathfield recording a 12.3 per cent rise in 2011-12, Marrickville up 10 per cent and Burwood up eight. Ashfield also gained 4.8 per cent. Figures for Sydney ’s eastern suburbs all showed substantial losses. Canada Bay was also among the losers with a fall of 3.7 per cent. And Leichardt fell by 1.5 per cent. The weak economy has been blamed for the dips. The report could give the property industry a boost. Last year, a lack of confidence kept a lot of property off the market. These figures may tempt sellers to move. FITness UPGRADe $50,000 for park and pool Begnell Park will be greener and Enfield Pool more fun thanks to a $50,000 NSW Government grant. The grant will be used to help install a field irrigation system at the park in Belfield and to construct a new water play facility at Enfield. Strathfield MP Charles Casuscelli hopes the improvements will promote a fit and active Strathfield. “There are few things more important than keeping fit. I would encourage all residents to try to be a little more active, be it by going for a walk in the local park or a swim in the local pool,” said Casuscelli. “Naturally children are going to want chocolate rather than fruit, but now they’ve made a conscious effort to be careful with what they eat.” — Bridget Antarky major changes in their lives. “I go out and play with my brother and I’ve started taking tennis lessons as well,” said Isabella. “I show Mum what I eat and I think she’s proud of me.” The Go4Fun program will start in Strathfield on February 18. Sessions will be held every Monday and Wednesday afternoon, from 4.30pm to 6.30pm, at the Dutton Centre, 40 August Street, Strathfield. for more information and to register phone mend Central on 18000 780 900, or see mendcentral.org/go4fun. “I show Mum what I eat and I think she’s proud of me.”
December 2012 SS