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SSC Newspaper : SS July 2013
Strathfield Council is joining the campaign for a “yes” vote in the referendum to recognise local government in the constitution, a move that ensures continued federal funding for projects. The vote will be taken at the same time as the next federal election. Councillors agreed to use all options to promote a “yes” vote. Mayor Gulian Vaccari has kicked off the campaign, sending out a message pointing to the consequences of a “no” vote. “ Many important local council projects – including High Street Community Library and upgrades to Cosgrove Road, Cecily Street and Agnes Street through the Roads to Recovery project – have received direct funding by the federal government. “ But two recent High Court decisions mean this funding is under threat and the only way to keep things as they are and to protect these vital local funds is to make a small change in our constitution by voting ‘yes’. ” Councillor Raj Datta said the council should encourage the state government to undertake a state wide civics campaign to inform the public on the referendum and its benefits. CounCil pushing for referendum ‘yes’ vote In brief logistics centre Mayor to meet new land owners Mayor Gulian Vaccari is looking to meet the new owners of the Intermodal Logistics Centre to discuss the southern end of the site that council requested to be zoned as community land for the residents of Belfield. A meeting date has not been finalised. The site was sold earlier this year. parking problem Appeal to ACU and department Strathfield Council will write to the Australian Catholic University and the Department of Planning in an attempt to help residents living around the campus, who have complained about being parked in by students and having rubbish dumped in their properties. Council will also ask for the university bus to include a stop at Homebush station. Strathfield Scene 9 council news “Residents have told me it’s not the first time they have fallen victim to crime, and it won’t be the last.” – Councillor Raj Datta Fun for all the family on Father’s Day Be part of Strathfield’s premier event - stallholder applications now open. The Strathfield Spring Festival returns in 2013 with headline entertainment, carnival rides, sport clinics, a KidzWorld of entertainment and activities and loads of fun for all the family. Food, merchandise and activity stallholder applications now open. STALLHOLDER ENQUIRIES For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.strathfieldspringfestival.com.au. Strathfield Spring Festival Sunday 1 September, Strathfield Park By Joanne Tran Strathfield mother Meena Salgaonkar has taken a stand against crime and thanks to her efforts, Glenarvon Street now has better lighting and the police are under pressure to step up patrols in the area. The mother of two has first-hand experience with rising crime in Strathfield after her house and car were broken in to. “ We don’t feel comfortable in our own home any more,” she said. “Police need to make this a priority and patrol more.” A spate of burglaries and car break-ins in Glenarvon Street prompted Mrs Salgaonkar to start a petition to save Strathfield from crime. After speaking to local residents she noticed a pattern developing and contacted police, asking them to step up patrols. She also called the council about the poorly lit streets, where criminals were free to go about their business under cover of darkness. Council told her it was a matter for AusGrid. Undeterred, she persisted until decent lighting was installed in Glenarvon Street. Now she’s calling for council to lobby AusGrid to upgrade the street lights in the rest of Strathfield. Councillor R aj Datta took up the case. At this month’s council meeting Cr Datta said: “Residents have told me it’s not the first time they have fallen victim to crime, and it won’t be the last.” He said they had reported eggings, scratched cars and burglaries. Councillors agreed to seek a report of Strathfield’s latest crime statistics and those of nearby areas like Burwood and Ashfield. Mrs Salgaonkar urged residents to be more proactive and work together. “People have become too resilient and have let the issue go on. We need to make it the police’s priority.” She is concerned for the safety of her two teenage children after criminals targeted her home in Glenarvon Street. She believes it is a group of robbers with a premeditated plan to scope out houses and strike in the middle of the night. “They have a strategy and they’re becoming successful. They leave no fingerprints and are targeting jewellery and gold,” she said. “Sometimes they strike twice at the same place, which shows how fearless they are,” she said. Mrs Salgaonkar, who has lived in her home for more than five years, said it started a few months ago when someone threw eggs at her house and car. She thought it was just neighbourhood kids playing a prank, but when someone broke into her car a couple of weeks later she grew concerned. Then, last month about 2am one Sunday, a thief broke into the Salgaonkars’ home, ripping out fly screens and bending window frames. Fortunately the family dog Shaona started barking. Mrs Salgoankar’s husband Santosh went downstairs to check and saw nothing out of order. It was only the next day when they found kitchen utensils in their back yard and saw the damage to their windows that they realised they had been victims of a break-in. “If it weren’t for Shaona he would have cleaned out the house,” she said. Meanwhile, the thief had also broken into the house opposite. He was disturbed by one of the occupants and fled with an iPad and a laptop. Police checked Mrs Salgaonkar’s home for fingerprints but none were found. But that wasn’t the end of it. The next Sunday, also at 2am, a man in a black hoodie rang her doorbell and ran away when her husband answered. MuM takes on criMinals People have become too resilient and have let the issue go on. We need to be more proactive and make it the police’s priority. Meena Salgaonkar see soapbox pg 10