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SSC Newspaper : April 2013
online at www.ourstrathfield.com.au • april 2013 FREE Page 23 latEst onlinE nEws at ouRstRathFiEld.com.au SAVE! FAMILY PASS 2Adults+2Kids or 1Adult+3Kids $47 * 3D PASS $59 Vmax surcharges apply. *Surcharges apply for 3D, $1 extra 3D Glasses (ea) if required. $1.10 online booking fee per pass. Valid for G & PG films only. Excludes Gold Class & special events. Valid for 2 Adults & 2 Children OR 1 Adult & 3 Children. Children aged 3-15 years. Maximum 1 adult or 1 child can be added for $10 for 2D or $13 for 3D Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. Not valid at Event Glendale or Greater Union Manuka. Page 3 By peter lynch, Joanne tran and Bernadette Chua Developers are targeting Strathfield with new multimillion dollar projects now that the Local Environmental Plan (LEP) has been passed. The plan, which provides a blueprint for construction up to 2031, maps out corridors as key zones for building the 6,301 homes needed to meet the council’s state-imposed population targets. Planning officials have told the Scene they are attending twice as many “pre-lodgement” meetings with construction companies – a service to explain the regulations that help win council approval. They report developers, buoyed by a burgeoning Sydney market, are accepting restrictions to height and demands for amenity and quality designs. “ We are easily attending twice as many meetings as we did last year”, says David Hazeldine, Manager of Strategic Planning at Strathfield Council. “And yes, it is looking good in respect to the fact that we are seeing an increase in quality development, though of course they haven’t been lodged yet.” Mr Hazeldine said the draft plans seen so far were for mid-range apartments. “ There is a balance between increased density and quality development and improved amenities,” he told the Scene. A strong market, the WestConnex promising to ease traffic congestion, proximity to other transport and good schools are adding to Strathfield’s appeal. The State Government’s Draft Metropolitan Strategy for Sydney has recognised the Parramatta Road corridor as one of nine City Shapers. New developments are also planned at Homebush and close to the town centre. But despite the confidence produced by the LEP, a product of the largest consultation exercise in Strathfield’s history, the State Government has ignored some residents’ requests, the debate over Strathfield’s future face is not yet over. Local MP Charles Casuscelli is a strong supporter of what he calls “tall, skinny, elegant towers”, while many in Strathfield want to maintain the area’s heritage. The Columbia Precinct Plan is a proposed complex of 18 buildings and two 21-storey towers on the Parramatta Road in Homebush with 650 apartments. PLAN SPARKS buiLdiNg boom TIME OFF Two pages of great local events fuLL StoRy PAgeS 18, 21 INSIDE CRIME A shooting victim drove for help with a bullet in his back. fuLL StoRy PAge 4 wIN a TRIp TO paRIS Page 12 With your ‘selfie’ pROpERTy our $13M super saturday why I’M STIll a hOMEbuSh bOy tom Keneally returns to his roots full story Page 13 yOuR lEp Full REpORT pagE 8-9 CONTINuED ON pagE 8 A Rabbi fights to preserve a Holocaust memorial fuLL StoRy PAge 3