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SSC Newspaper : February 2014
Strathfield Scene 9 COUNCIL NEWS New life for Homebush West DREW STREET GETS THE PEOPLE’S CHOICE IN ART www.ourstrathfield.com.au Residents have been invited to see their artistic contributions transformed into public artwork when the mural at Drew Street Playground, Greenacre, is unveiled this month. A Strathfield Council initiative, the mural was designed to rejuvenate lesser-known corners of the municipality. Residents were invited to provide input on the final design, unlike the process with most public works. Artist Mazin Ahmed was charged with incorporating those ideas into the community mural. He said the entire mural was a reflection of the community from the activities they liked to play to the strong family values. “ People in the area, they like to play football, so they asked to have the game incorporated into the image,” he explained. “There’s also a lot of butterflies on the mural, that was what a lot of younger children said they wanted, so we added that. ” Ahmed said the older woman on the top right also came up during community consultation, and symbolises the area’s history and how the older generation has united the present and future. “People said they wanted it to be really light and colourful to brighten up the area. ” The mural is unveiled on Friday, February 21, 3.30pm to 4.30pm. Strathfield councillors have agreed to look into creating a masterplan to revitalise Homebush West. The move is being led by the Mayor, Councillor Daniel Bott, who has already spent time talking to business leaders like Chamber of Commerce head Dr David Tang, shopkeepers and tradesmen. The area, which includes a shopping village and small business centre, is close to Sydney Markets so ideas on how to attract and keep new and loyal shoppers will be workshopped. Among ideas being canvassed are events and improvements to the public amenities. The area’s vibrant multicultural community was on display this month, when hundreds took part in Chinese New Year festivities. But issues such as parking, safety and street lighting persist, say many. Transport for NSW has already upgraded the station, but some residents believe there is more work to do. Councillors have voted on initiatives to improve the business and residential areas, and this month agreed to examine the feasibility of a masterplan for the area. They have already held several community barbecues, improved street lighting, upgraded pedestrian footpaths and had graffiti removed with the help of the Strathfield Rotarians. Work has started on improved lighting and signage near the taxi shelter at the station, and nine solar powered street lights will be placed along The Crescent between Centenary Drive and Flemington Station to improve pedestrian safety. But Mayor Daniel Bott said there was still a lot of work to be done. “I have spent a lot of time in this area – m o st recently, I attended Flemington’s Chinese New Year celebrations as well as the Community Safety barbecues where lots of people turned up,” he said. “Though council has done some fantastic work, there is still a lot that needs to be done to improve the lives of the residents and business owners.” Cr Helen McLucas said council rangers have been running extra patrols around the area, which has also improved the safety around Homebush West. Dr David Tang, this year’s Citizen of the Year and the chair of the Flemington Chamber of Commerce, said local businesses would be keen on any plans that would help revitalise the area. Cr R aj Datta also raised several motions to help Homebush West shoppers. “Flemington is a very busy shopping precinct and because of the limited parking, people have to park far away and carry their shopping bags a long distance,” he said. “I’m proposing that council looks into a drop-off and pick-up area for shoppers so their families or friends can pick them up without parking far away.” He also suggested the council approach the Flemington Chamber of Commerce to look into installing the area’s first ATM. “By installing an ATM, it would mean accessing money would be easier on shoppers. And I know businesses have expressed an interest in getting an ATM in the area.” HSC ART SHOW COULD GO INTERNATIONAL The success of the 2013 Strathfield HSC Art Exhibition will extend out to students from our Korean sister city, Gapyeong. Councillors said at their February meeting last year’s exhibition had a high standard of entries and in 2014, they hope students from Gapyeong will either send entries to Strathfield or use social media to ‘beam’ their artwork to be part of the exhibition. Last year, the exhibition was held at the Town Hall but organisers said they may have find a bigger location this year. Strathfield Council award prizes to the best pieces. The winner of last year’s competition was ex-Santa Sabina student, Lauren Ha (left). MOVIES PARK IN THE FREEEVENT Follow us on WATCH FOR THE SIGNS Silver Linings Playbook Saturday 8 February, approx . 8pm Strathfield Park, Homebush Road Pack a picnic, bring a blanket or chair and enjoy a great evening of free entertainment for all the family under the stars. For more information and wet weather cancellations visit www.strathfieldmovies.com.au