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SSC Newspaper : February 2013
6 Strathfield Scene news As councillors debated the fate of camden lodge, one man standing by the door had a particular reason to listen attentively. ronney ouiek, owner of the property, left with nothing but praise for Mayor Gulian Vaccari, who moved the two- week respite and councillor visit. “i think the people are lucky to have a mayor like that.,” ouiek told the scene. “i have had engineers and surveyors – all professional people look at the building and they have all said it is gone. You cannot bring the dead back to life.” He accused cr Helen Mclucas of “ misrepresenting the facts” and “ misleading the council” . But he said he welcomed the councillors’ visit and said residents should join them to look at the house. By Bernadette Chua Despite the emotional pleas of dozens of residents, councillors have refused to order the owner of Camden Lodge to re-instate the property and opted for a site inspection instead. They did, however, promise a final decision on former Auburn mayor Ronney Oueik’s demolition request within a fortnight. An emotionally charged meeting, packed with residents, heard three beg councillors to return what was described as “Strathfield’s finest heritage house” to its former glory. “Most of our candidates promised the property would be saved at the last election. Were they just empty promises?” asked Dr Trevor Duxbury. “This property is the jewel of Strathfield and any person who knows they have purchased a heritage-listed property should follow the guidelines to look after the property.” They maintained it had been allowed to deteriorate into a vermin-riddled rubbish tip. At one point, things became so heated that Cr Helen McLucas accused her colleagues of coming to the meeting ill-prepared and called for a point of order after Mayor Gulian Vaccari accused her of “playing to the gallery”. McLucas told the meeting, to applause from the crowd: “This is absolutely outrageous and you all should know the history of this site because it has been an ongoing matter. “It was refused by the previous council and the Land and Environment Court. You had plenty of time to inspect the property before the meeting.” Town Planner Norm Fletcher, for Oueik, suggested the site visit. Residents jeered as Vaccari put the proposition of the visit to his colleagues. It was seconded by Raj Datta, and passed three votes to two. Cr Vaccari assured the residents that new councillors simply needed more time to assess the property and a decision will be made soon. Uproar over Camden Lodge CounCillor Daniel Bott t 0427 069 201 F 9764 1034 email@example.com. gov.au february 2013 council news In brief CounCil and Committee meetings meet your new CounCillors First tuesday of the month Ordinary Council at 7pm, Council Chambers, 65 Homebush road, Strathfield second tuesday of the month Liveable Neighbourhoods Committee at 6pm Iron bark meeting room, Strathfield Library and Information Centre, 65-67 rochester St, Homebush third tuesday of the month (as required) • Environmental Committee • Social Committee • Economic Committee CounCillor Helen MCluCas t 0406 703 044 F 9764 1034 helen.mclucas@strathfield. nsw.gov.au CounCillor sang ok t 0427 090 895 F 9764 1034 firstname.lastname@example.org. gov.au CounCillor gulian VaCCari Mayor of strathfield t 9748 9924 F 9748 9902 email@example.com CounCillor raj Datta t 0427 571 469 F 9764 1034 firstname.lastname@example.org. gov.au CounCillor anDrew soulos Deputy Mayor t 0427 507 837 F 9764 1034 andrew.soulos@strathfield. nsw.gov.au CounCillor stepHanie kokkolis t 0427 521 467 F 9764 1034 stephanie.kokkolis@strathfield. nsw.gov.au new Bio Bins Homes in green trial Strathfield Council will commence a three- month trial of the Food and Garden Organics collection program, which aims to reduce waste sent to landfill. Households chosen for the program will receive a seven-litre kitchen bin with biodegradable liners. Organic food waste, such as fruit and vegetables will be accepted into the green waste bins. More than 1,000 bins will be distributed and council will reassess the effectiveness of the program after the trial. cox’s creek haBitat Secret frog hollow Endangered green and golden bell frogs have a new home in a pocket of green surrounded by development. Strathfield Council has used a $15,000 grant from the Sydney Metropolitan Catchment Management Authority to improve natural habitats, including creating and planting frog ponds at Cox’s Creek Reserve in Greenacre. “To have this small pocket of bushland amongst what is now fully developed industrial lands is remarkable,” Mayor Gulian Vaccari said. appeal response Bushfire donation After the devastating bushfires that ravaged much of NSW, Tasmania, Victoria and the Northern Territory, council staff raised $300 from gold coin donations. Now, council will donate and additional $1,000 to the Australian Red Cross Bushfire Appeal. $15,000 art show HSC exhibition The success of Strathfield’s 2012 HSC Art Exhibition has prompted council to allocate $15,000 for it to be staged again this year. The exhibition showcased artworks by students from Homebush Boys High School, Santa Sabina, St Patrick’s College and Strathfield South High School. About 500 people attended the show. Please call 9748 9924 for further information. Business papers for council and committee meetings are available from council’s customer service centre, public libraries and at www.strathfield.nsw.gov.au – from the saturday prior to each meeting. Ronney ouiek’s open house station upgRade plans open foR comment strathfield station is the third busiest rail interchange in new south Wales and the wear and tear of 20,000 commuters passing through every day has taken a toll on the station. Transport for nsW has proposed a $770 million rejuvenation for the station, which will also ease congestion. it includes the relocation of the passenger information displays in the subway concourse, demolition of shops on the concourse, better lighting and improvements to the pavement around the station. The plan is on public display for two weeks at the strathfield council’s main office and Transport for nsW is seeking submissions from the public. if the proposal goes ahead, construction will begin in mid-2013 and is expected to take about four months.
December 2012 SS