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SSC Newspaper : August 2013
By Bernadette Chua Srathfield Council’s services are about to go high-tech, thanks to a major federal government grant and the National Broadband Network. About 2,300 homes and businesses were hooked up to the NBN last month after a ceremony at the Town Hall attended by Deputy Prime Minister Anthony Albanese. Mr Albanese announced that Strathfield Council would be one of the few local authorities to receive a $373,000 grant to bring its services into the digital age. It will mean the end of queues, fewer visits to council offices and more video conferencing and digital services. Council offices and local libraries are to be equipped with video conferencing facilities. Deputy Mayor Andrew Soulos said: “This grant funding will transform the way residents of Strathfield connect with Strathfield Council and will reduce the need for people to come to council to make enquiries.” Councillor Raj Datta added: “Council’s long-term Community Strategic Plan lists “connectivity” as a key priority to improve and enhance digital connections for the local community.” He praised the Council staff who had won the grant, saying Strathfield was among only a handful of councils to receive the money. The kinds of facilities on offer will include video conferencing with customer service officers and planning officials. Later, residents may be able to arrange appointments and take calls from home. If Strathfield follows the Auburn system all they will need a broadband internet connection, a headset or speakers and microphone, a windows or Mac PC and a web browser such as Google Chrome, Firefox 10 and above, and Safari 4 and above. The Deputy Prime Minister said: “Because Strathfield has a great education system, this will change the way kids learn. They will be able to have full access to a virtual classroom. It is the way of our future.” NBN will be available in the Town Centre, Redmyre Road, Churchill Avenue, Albert Road and Oxford Street. Strathfield Scene 5 NEWS www.ourstrathfield.com.au In Brief CRIME Teens charged over shooting A man and woman have been arrested and charged for the shooting of a 21-year-old man in Strathfield in February. The victim drove himself to Richmond Road in Lidcombe after being shot in the back in Strathfield Park . He and a friend were in the park on February 8 when they were approached by six people. A fight broke out and the two men were chased towards the car park, where the victim jumped into a car. It is alleged one of the men fired a shot into the car. Police arrested a 17-year-old man and a 19-year-old woman at an apartment in Merrylands. DEEPAVALI Council approves Indian festival The Strathfield Community of Australians from Indian and Sub Continental Heritage are planning a Deepavali Festival and have been granted approval for the event. The festival will be held on the Town Square in October, but requires $4,000 of financial assistance. The festival of lights and is the most famous festival among Indian people and is expected to attract thousands of residents. NBN WILL HELP RESIDENTS AVOID COUNCIL QUEUES PLC SYDNEY (02) 9704 5666 email@example.com www.plc.nsw.edu.au Boundary Street, Croydon IN ASSOCIATION WITH PLC ARMIDALE PLC Sydney is a school for girls from pre-Kindergarten to Year 12, offering boarding from Year 7. The College aims to educate young women from the basis of a Christian world view to make a difference in a rapidly changing global society. More than 50% of students achieved an ATAR over 90 in 2012. Extensive co-curricular programme including overseas exchange and international Service Learning opportunities. Exceptional facilities including an Aquatic Institute; Performing Arts Complex; Research Centre; Art, Design and Technology Studios; and a Centre for Public Speaking. We invite you to come along to an Information Session or visit us for a private tour of the College. Please call or visit our website for further information. WHAT THE CHANGES MEAN • Council will be upgrading facilities, including customer services at the main council office in Homebush Road and Strathfield Library to enable video calls and conferencing. • Multiple locations can be included, allowing for conference calls. • Council’s Customer Services and Development Assessment departments will be first to have the new service. • Members of the public will be able to book video calls and conferences online through the Council’s website • After delivery of the first stage, Council will consider additional projects and uses, including community and learning activities.
SS July 2013