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SSC Newspaper : December 2013
6 Strathfield Scene NEWS By Nahrain John Green-fingered Strathfield residents have a chance to plant their own fruit and vegetables in the area’s first community garden opened this month at Laker Reserve. If the Elva Street garden is deemed successful, it could be the first of many in the area. Strathfield Mayor Cr Daniel Bott, who opened the garden with a ribbon cutting, said the project is one he’d like to see develop across the municipality. “ We have a lot of people living in apartments and they can’t really grow their own food,” he said. “Growing your own fruit and vegetables gives you a sense of ownership, because you grow it, you cook it, and you’re there from start to finish. “ We’d love to do another project, but at the moment we’re just looking to see how this pilot goes.” According to Community Garden Project Officer Sue Stevens, up to 100 locals had already registered their interest and she, too, expects there will be demand for more such gardens. “There is a growing trend to eat local, fresh and chemical-free food,” she said. The garden at Laker Reserve is divided into communal planting and individual plots. Council kicked off the project with trees in communal sections, including avocado, lemon and pomegranate. It is also equipped with a shed, water tank and compositing system. And although the main focus is agriculture, many residents are recognising the garden’s value from a social perspective. Resident and future basil grower, Kim Ho says she hopes to be able to use the site as a means to grow organic foods and get to know the neighbours. “It’s beneficial from a health perspective and it’s helping the community come together,” she said. “I live in an apartment down the road and I’ll be able to walk to the site, get some fresh air and really get to know people in the community.” Cr Helen McLucas said she’d like to see the site used to educate younger residents on food production. “It’s important for kids to see how food is produced,” she said. “I’d love to get local primary schools involved. It will be great for them.” That sense of community will also be the key ingredient in keeping the garden trouble-free, said Cr Bott. “ We’ve enclosed the garden with fences and it’s locked so it will be difficult to get in unless you have a key. “I think a number of people living in apartments around the site will become members and will probably end up overlooking the walls.” People interested in becoming members of the garden can register their interest on the council’s website. COUNCILLOR DANIEL BOTT Mayor of Strathfield Tel 0427 069 201 Fax 9764 1034 email@example.com. gov.au DECEMBER 2013 COUNCIL NEWS COUNCIL AND COMMITTEE MEETINGS MEET YOUR COUNCILLORS First Tuesday of the month Ordinary Council at 7pm, Council Chambers, 65 Homebush Road, Strathfield Third Tuesday of the month Planning Committee at 6pm Iron Bark meeting room, Strathfield Library and Information Centre, 65-67 Rochester St, Homebush Fourth Tuesday of the month (as required) • Environmental Committee • Social Committee • Economic Committee There will be no ordinary council meeting in January 2014 COUNCILLOR HELEN MCLUCAS Tel 0406 703 044 Fax 9764 1034 firstname.lastname@example.org COUNCILLOR SANG OK Deputy Mayor of Strathfield Tel 0427 090 895 Fax 9764 1034 email@example.com COUNCILLOR RAJ DATTA Tel 0432 457 129 Fax 9764 1034 firstname.lastname@example.org. gov.au COUNCILLOR GULIAN VACCARI Tel 9748 9924 Fax 9748 9902 email@example.com COUNCILLOR ANDREW SOULOS Tel 0427 507 837 Fax 9764 1034 firstname.lastname@example.org COUNCILLOR STEPHANIE KOKKOLIS Tel 0427 521 467 Fax 9764 1034 email@example.com PLEASE CALL 9748 9924 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION. Business papers for Council and committee meetings are available from Council’s Customer Service Centre, public libraries and at www.strathfield.nsw.gov.au – from the Saturday prior to each meeting. AUSTRALIA DAY 2014 Sunday 26 January 9am-1pm Strathfield Park Homebush Road Strathfield Citizenship ceremony and barbeque breakfast followed by free children’s games and activities. www.strathfield.nsw.gov.au STRATHFIELD LOVES TO GROW ITS OWN YOUR SAY This helps people like me, who live in an apartment and would like the opportunity to plant organic food. I like herbs like basil, rosemary, so I’m excited to see some of those grow. Kim Ho, 30, works in administration I think the community garden is a great idea. People in some parts of Sydney live in apartments so they don’t have the opportunity to grow their own fruits. I am hoping to grow anything really, but particularly cauliflower, lettuce, tomatoes and peas. Philip Hung ,32, apprentice electrician We don’t have a backyard so we’ve been interested in coming here and growing our own oranges, herbs and cucumber. We’d like to come as a family and also be involved with the community. Linda Chen, 49, translator Growing your own fruit and vegetables gives you a sense of ownership, because you grow it, you cook it, and you’re there from start to finish Kim Ho MY NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION 2014: I want to be less stressed with work and spend more time with my kids. Hopefully in the new year, I can delegate more and be less of a stress head. — Jim Fatouris, 45