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SSC Newspaper : February 2014
8 Strathfield Scene NEWS By Bernadette Chua Anew taskforce consisting of five Strathfield councillors is set to tackle the parking and traffic issues surrounding the Town Centre. But the move, which was suggested by Councillor Gulian Vaccari at the council meeting this month, was met with disagreement from Cr Helen McLucas, who is the chair of the Traffic Committee, and Mayor Daniel Bott, chair of the Planning Committee. The council already has a Town Centre taskforce made up of the Mayor and Cr McLucas. Cr Bott said he believed an extra taskforce was a waste of time and any suggestions councillors had regarding the Town Centre should be tabled at council meetings. “This is a waste of time and I already said that I will run anybody over who gets in the way of this project,” he said. “Residents are sick and tired of the traffic problems around the Town Centre and if any of my fellow councillors have a suggestion to improve this, why not bring it to council? Nothing is stopping you. “Adding another taskforce will just slow down the entire process but if my fellow councillors want a taskforce, then I will see to it that I am the chair of this project.” FEBRUARY 2014 COUNCIL NEWS New bid to halt Town Square gridlock We have been fighting this issue, even before our kids were born.— Cr Helen McLucas Date: Sunday March 2 Time: 9:30am to 12.30pm Location: Cooke Park, Chisholm St, Belfield Free lunch for volunteers. Free shuttle bus from Strathfield Station to Cooke Park at 9:15am and returning at 12:30pm. Register now at cleanupaustraliaday.org.au or phone 1800 CUA DAY SPONSORS MAJOR SPONSOR COMMUNITY SPONSOR SUPPLIERS Register now at cleanupaustraliaday.org.au or phone 1800 CUA DAY Put yourself in the picture In brief TRAFFIC Centenary Drive update sought Councillors will write to Strathfield MP Charles Casuscelli about improving traffic flow at the intersection of Arthur Street and Centenary Drive in Homebush West. The Council has long been lobbying for an update from Roads and Maritime Ser vices about the status of the intersection. Councillor Helen McLucas said: “ We need to not just ask our state MP about the long-term solutions, but also what can be done in the short term. This intersection is the cause of many accidents.” SPRING FAIR Stall to promote indigenous issues Strathfield’s indigenous community will have its own stall at this year’s Spring Fair. The Federal Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Senator Nigel Scullion, will also be invited. The stall is to promote indigenous issues and council will extend the invitation to other local indigenous groups. Like Cr Bott, Cr McLucas is sceptical as to whether an extra taskforce will help improve the problems. “I commend Cr Vaccari on thinking that he can solve all the Town Centre’s problems with this taskforce, but we have been fighting this issue, even before our kids were born,” she said. “An extra taskforce is not time efficient at all.” But Cr Vaccari said he had spoken with residents, businesses, the Korean Chamber of Commerce and the Strathfield Chamber of Commerce and everyone wanted something done immediately. “This issue comes up at every meeting and we still haven’t seen any thing done,” he said. “The taskforce is to get everyone involved, not just councillors, everyone. “It’s to help things move along quickly and to address, solely, traffic congestion and the parking around the Town Centre. In fact, the taskforce will help you, Mr Mayor. It is not trying to take anything away from you. But we all want something done soon.” When asked who wanted to be part of the taskforce, five councillors put up their hands. “ Well if this taskforce doesn’t work out, I hope we all look back at this meeting and hang our heads in shame,” said Cr Bott. Last year, Cr Bott put forward a proposal to Strathfield Plaza owners MemoCorp and suggested moving the boom gates from the entrance of the car park to the top of the ramp to help with the traffic congestion. He is still waiting for an answer from MemoCorp. The Strathfield Chamber of Commerce has also collected over 2000 signatures calling for three hours free parking to be retained at the plaza and parking hours to extend to 1am, seven days a week. A spokesperson for MemoCorp told the Scene they were meeting with Strathfield Council about the proposed plans to improve traffic and parking issues. Mayor Daniel Bott visits the Plaza car park, blamed for causing increased traffic chaos Residents are sick and tired of the traffic problems COUNCILLOR DANIEL BOTT Mayor of Strathfield Tel 9748 9924 Fax 9748 9902 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 6.30pm Iron Bark meeting room, Strathfield Library and Information Centre, 65-67 Rochester St, Homebush (as required) • Environmental Committee • Social Committee • Economic Committee COUNCILLOR HELEN MCLUCAS Tel 0406 703 044 Fax 9764 1034 email@example.com COUNCILLOR SANG OK Deputy Mayor of Strathfield Tel 0427 090 895 Fax 9764 1034 firstname.lastname@example.org COUNCILLOR RAJ DATTA Tel 0432 457 129 Fax 9764 1034 email@example.com. gov.au COUNCILLOR GULIAN VACCARI Tel 0498 201 304 Fax 9764 1034 firstname.lastname@example.org COUNCILLOR ANDREW SOULOS Tel 0427 507 837 Fax 9764 1034 email@example.com COUNCILLOR STEPHANIE KOKKOLIS Tel 0427 521 467 Fax 9764 1034 stephanie.kokkolis@strathfield. nsw.gov.au 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.