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SSC Newspaper : August 2013
In brief RETAIL Shops to stay closed on Boxing Day Small business owners will have a well- deser ved day off on December 26, thanks to a ruling by Strathfield councillors that shops should stay closed the day after Christmas. Councillors voted to maintain the retailing rules after an impassioned plea from mayor Gulian Vaccari, himself a shop owner, who said pressure for Boxing Day openings was for the benefit of Westfield, Woolworths, Coles and Bunnings and to the detriment of small businesses. “This is really to service shopping centre owners who want more and more trade,” he said, adding that if the ruling was passed, small business would be forced to open or lose their leasehold premises in big malls. Strathfield Scene 9 COUNCIL NEWS “There have been too many near misses and it’s only a matter of time before there is an accident if we don’t do something.” – Councillor Helen McLucas By Bernadette Chua I t is one of the most dangerous grocery runs in Sydney. Homebush West residents are risking death or serious injury by running across busy Marlborough Road to avoid a 1.5 kilometre walk to Sydney Markets. Even more frightening, primary school students are playing “chicken” by running across the same main road to reach an underpass that takes them to school. Strathfield Council is petitioning the Roads and Maritime Ser vices (RMS) to build a footbridge before someone is killed. Councillors told of the deadly risk being taken in the area and called for action. Councillor Helen McLucas said something needed to be done after reports of many near accidents. “The cars exceed the speed limit and there are lots of children who run across the road. There have been many near accidents with people dashing across the road. “Lots of children use the underpass on the other side,” she said. “As councillors, we have a duty of care to our residents. There have been too many near misses and it’s only a matter of time before there is an accident if we don’t do something.” Cr McLucas said that in the past council had asked RMS to build a crossing , but their request had been rejected. “RMS said it was too costly. But this issue of the residents safety has been an ongoing concern, not just for the councillors but also residents,” she said. “RMS have told us that it is too expensive but have not provided an alternative.” Mayor Gulian Vaccari said the local member for Strathfield, Charles Casuscelli, was passionate about this issue. “Charles has been on this issue for quite some time and because of his roads experience he is a good person to have behind this campaign,” he said. “WeneedtowritetoRMSsowecantryto get a dedicated crossing for the pedestrians.” Council is now resorting to pedestrian DICING WITH DEATH TO CROSS ROAD Follow us on Sunday 1 September 10am to 5pm - Strathfield Park, Homebush Road, Strathfield www.strathfieldspringfestival.com.au Launching Australia’s newest talents: • SIMON MELI and the Widowbirds • Telstra Road to Discovery heat • Drumming sensation - 10 year old Jagger • Guitar rockstar - 9 year old Jeremy Yong Family Fun • Strathfield Plaza Kidz World of fun • Model train exhibition • Interactive nudie blender challenge • Huge carnival, food and market stalls Sports Quarter • BMX and scooter workshops • Martial Arts demos Free shuttle bus from Strathfield Station FREEENTRY FATHER’S DAY FAMILY FUN PROUDLY SPONSORED BY It will get worse with the development along Parramatta Road, so I would be pushing for a crossing when that work is being done. Charles Casuscelli, MP education but the councillors say this won’t be enough. Mr Casuscelli told the Scene he believed the problem would be resolved by 2015, when the state government has pledged up to $8 million to deal with the intersection of Centenary Drive and Arthur Street. “It will get worse with the development along Parramatta Road, so I would be pushing for a crossing when that work is being done.” EVENTS Strathfield says no to charity ball Strathfield Council has voted down a bid to revive a traditional mayor’s ball for charity, saying the $150 ticket price was not inclusve enough. The idea was mooted by Mayor Gulian Vaccari, who maintained it would raise money for local charities like the Chalmers Road Public School. But Cr Helen McLucas felt the price tag meant the event would have been affordable only for a select few. She suggested a revival of the Homebush Street Festival instead, which would be of benefit to more people. Her views were echoed by Cr Raj Datta, who said the agenda of the extraordinary meeting was the first he had heard of it.
SS July 2013