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SSC Newspaper : March 2014
ONLINE AT www.ourstrathfield.com.au • MARCH 2014 FREE READ THE LATEST NEWS AT OURSTRATHFIELD.COM.AU Strathfield residents will be hit by a financial double whammy of rate rises and grant cuts if the Local Government Review Panel reforms are accepted by the State Government. An analysis of the panel’s latest report, expected to be published later this month at an extraordinary council meeting, reveals for the first time the full financial impact of merger proposals. The analysis details the panel’s proposals that rates be substantially increased in areas like Strathfield because panel members believe local ratepayers are not contributing enough. The Panel report states that in the members’ view: “Ratepayers in the areas concerned often pay substantially less in rates as a proportion of the value of their properties than their less affluent counterparts in western and south- western Sydney, or in rural and regional NSW.” The panel proposes that in the LIKE US ON FACEBOOK SCHOOL HOLIDAYS PLANNER MEET THE QUEEN OF TARTS interests of “equity ”, areas like Strathfield should either not receive or receive fewer grants from state and federal governments, the analysis is expected to reveal. The specially commissioned Strathfield Council report is believed to conclude: “Ratepayers in the Inner West would be targeted with very high rate increases to fund functions and infrastructure which are State, not local, Government owned.” It adds that the panel is also arguing that Inner West councils could then fund and manage infrastructure such as light rail, buses, cycleways and road and drainage projects currently funded by the state government. The panel has proposed the merger of Strathfield Council with Ashfield, Canada Bay, Burwood, Leichhardt and Marrickville, creating a population RATES WILL SOAR UNDER MERGER PLAN EXCLUSIVE PROUD NEW SPONSOR OF THE INNER WEST BUSINESS AWARDS SEE PAGE 17 FOR DETAILS BOOK AHEAD FOR A FUN-FILLED TIME SEE PAGE 18 SEE FOOD PAGE 21 SELLING FAST: UNITS WITH NO DA COOKING UP HARMONY HOW A SUDANESE MOTHER IS BRIDGING THE CULTURAL GAP SEE PAGE 13 By Teresa Ooi AChinese-backed company has sold more than half of the 250 apartments in a multi-level residential project in Parramatta Road, Homebush – even though development approval has not been given by Strathfield Council. Last month, JQZ Development and Construction launched off-the-plan sales of stage one at Grand Central, Homebush, a 10,000 sqm development site with 430 apartments scheduled for completion in 2016. JQZ project manager Jeremy Hung said JQZ has been talking to the council for more than a year and will submit a development application “very soon’’. EXCLUSIVE CONTINUED ON PAGE 4 CONTINUED ON PAGE 5 By Peter Lynch