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SSC Newspaper : November 2013
Strathfield Scene 9 www.ourstrathfield.com.au COUNCIL NEWS AREA COMMUNITY UPDATE HOMEBUSH WEST AND HOMEBUSH Dear resident, Strathfield Council is committed to ensuring all residents have a say in the way Council delivers services and develop programs. Come along to the 2013 Area Community Update session to discuss your community issues and hear about Council’s latest projects and initiatives in the Homebush and Homebush West area. I look forward to seeing you there. Mayor of Strathfield Councillor Daniel Bott Wednesday 20 November 2013, 6.30 -8 .30pm Girl Guides Hall, 53 Ismay Avenue, Homebush • Meet Strathfield Councillors, talk to the Mayor and and Council Officers about Council programs and works in your area • Light refreshments served For more information contact Council on 9748 9999 or visit www.strathfield.nsw.gov.au 65 Homebush Road, Strathfield NSW 2135 The council will begin a feasibility study for a Lebanese multicultural centre at Elliott Reserve. The World Lebanese Cultural Union has expressed an interest in working with the council to create a multipurpose centre where there would be a function hall, exhibition rooms, a library, a coffee shop and a meeting space. Joe Bahni, resident and former president of the World Lebanese Cultural Union, said Strathfield was in need of such a multicultural centre. “This facility is a way to be a representation of the Lebanese community. But this centre will also be for Strathfield’s multicultural community.” After a study is done, the council will develop a master plan for the site, between Elliott Street and Punchbowl Road in Belfield. By Peter Lynch Twoof Strathfield’s most iconic areas are to be given special taskforce status so that new ideas can be developed to bring them to life. Homebush and Homebush West might become a centre for al fresco dining to bring in more people and help local businesses. Strathfield Council has formed a taskforce and is seeking members to work on plans to breathe new life into the area. The taskforce is headed by Mayor Daniel Bott, with councillor Helen McLucas working with him. Cr Bott described Homebush as “one of the Strathfield LGA’s most iconic and important suburbs”. He said: “There are already many positive aspects to Homebush. For instance, the Homebush Village on Rochester Street is a thriving town centre with a wide range of boutiques and specialist shops and restaurants,” he said. “In addition, Homebush is home to the Mason Park Wetland, a bird habitat that see birds fly from as far as China, Japan and Siberia during spring and summer. “However, we need to ensure that Homebush not only remains a great place to work, live and play, but that we’re also catering to the needs of the diverse community that resides within the suburb.” Cr McLucas said the plans would work alongside initiatives for Parramatta Road to create new living and working environments. She said the council had studied research about making cities more sociable, but there would also be a strong emphasis on helping businesses. It is believed a survey of businesses carried out recently found many felt the area needed promotion and revitalisation. Cr McLucas told the Scene: “Cafes and food culture draws people in, and supports other businesses. “So along with the revitalisation for Parramatta Road, we will have people that will need to shop and come together at cafes and restaurants. The idea is to create outdoor areas where they can have al fresco dining and really make it a lively community hub.” Homebush gets a new lease of life Rescue for breakfast club Council has come to the rescue of Homebush Boys High School breakfast club by giving the school $900 for cereal, milk, eggs, juice and bread. The program was launched in May by 16-year-old Vidhushan Paheerathan to promote healthy eating at school. Earlier this year, 2UE’s Dicko and Sarah visited the school to encourage students to eat breakfast. Homebush Boys principal Tim Jurd said: “The breakfast club is a commitment to making a positive difference. It teaches students that breakfast fuels the body and ensure they can learn to the best of their ability in class.” Some of the other organisations that received grants from council include Life Education NSW, P&C Homebush West Public School, Australian Korean Welfare Association and Metro Assist Community Hub. Council had allocated $10,000 for community grants. Garden grows a big response By Nahrain John Strathfield Council has been inundated with requests from locals keen to grow their own veggies. The new Laker Reserve Community Garden is oversubscribed but residents can still attend events there. Construction of the site, located at Laker Reserve, Elva Street, Strathfield, began in July. It is designed to allow community members, particularly those without gardening space, to grow their own vegetables, fruit and herbs. The council says it has received 91 expressions of interest, a strong indication of how many people in Strathfield want to grow their own. Project Officer Sue Stevens said in March that the project was ideal for people with limited growing space. “Because Strathfield has so many different people from different ethnicities, ideally it would be fantastic to have an Asian herb garden, something from the Mediterranean community or just something people aren’t able to find in shops,” Ms Stevens said. “ What I’ve found from my own experiences is that community gardens bring people together. “In my own co-op, I got to know my neighbours and I learned different growing tips and recipes from people of different cultures.” The garden will officially open on Saturday, 30 November, at 11am. Residents are invited to take a mini tour of the garden and assist in planting the first plants. Sue Stevens On the hunt for multicultural centre FACT FILE • Homebush is 15km from the Sydney CBD • It was established in the 1800s by assistant surgeon D’Arcy Wentworth • About 6200 people live in the suburb • Most residents are born overseas (India 11%, China 9.4%, Korea 8.1%)