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SSC Newspaper : March 2013
online at www.ourstrathfield.com.au • march 2013 FREE veggie patch school holiday program The Thai invasion Page 19 Page 17 REad thE latEst nEws at ouRstRathFiEld.com.au continued on pg 5 SEAFOOD EASTER SEE BACK COVER FOR EASTER TRADING TIMES EASTER_2013_STRATHFIELD_261x50.indd 2 7/03/13 2:37 PM Grow your own greens Page 3 By Peter lynch Australian Catholic University (ACU) students were accused of being a magnet for drug dealers, and of embarrassing parents by leaving used condoms in gardens, a Planning Assessment Commission (PAC) hearing has been told. In a shocking piece of evidence, the mother of an 11-year-old begged the PAC panel to help her explain to her son what the soiled condoms were. Cathy Wen, who lives near the ACU, appeared almost five hours into a marathon meeting at a packed Strathfield Golf Club where a three-person panel met to hear residents before finally deciding the fate of the ACU’s controversial $55 million expansion plans. The plans involve constructing six buildings, an underground car park, seven-day operations and a big increase in student numbers. Mrs Wen, speaking in Cantonese, told the panel through an interpreter: “I represent my family, my husband, my daughter and my sons. We all object to the ACU plan.” Her most damning evidence came when she mentioned her youngest son, Sonny, who accompanied her to the hearing. Mrs Wen claimed students left used syringes, condoms, drinks bottles and other rubbish on her lawn. “I am concerned for my youngest son, Sonny, who plays soccer on our front lawn and driveway. I am concerned he will get hurt.” mum’s fears over addicts’ syringes Every Sunday night that is a drug dealers’ point camden lodge site meeting Angry residents will get chance to address court full story page 9 inside full story page 12 cafe smoko gets reprieve No move to ban restaurant smoking until 2015 meet jeremy, strathfield’s psy see page 13 ACU protesters tell of drUgs And Condoms food