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SSC Newspaper : March 2014
2 Strathfield Scene WELCOME MARCH 2014 Big Splash Media Suite 2, Level 8, 50 Margaret St, Sydney 2000 +61 2 9299 8699 Strathfield Scene is published on behalf of Strathfield Council by Big Splash Media. Copyright Big Splash Media. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or part without permission is strictly prohibited. Opinions expressed are those of writers and advertisers, not necessarily those of the publisher or Strathfield Council. Information provided is believed correct at time of going to press. The publisher accepts no responsibility for unsolicited pictures or manuscripts. Publisher and editor Peter Lynch Associate editor Bernadette Chua Art director/production manager Catherine Martin Sub-editor Sheila Browne Photos Joe Larrarte (fotocam.com.au) Advertising Teresa Ooi 9299 8697 CONTACT US: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com NEWS The Scene backs our local Business Awards 5 One year to go, Casuscelli starts his run 6 Affordable housing must be ‘fit for all’ 8 Study examines CCTV cameras in retail areas 9 STRATHFIELD LIFE How Anna’s garden is growing a community – our South Sudanese and the St Bakhita centre 13 EDUCATION Parents taught how to motivate ‘wilderness’ kids 16 CALENDAR 18 SNAPARAZZI Marie Bashir school opening; Clean Up Australia 20 PEOPLE Our first lady of sport, Megan Lavender 24 CONTENTS 11 13 21 5 MINUTES WITH... PREPARING FOR HARMONY DAY CELEBRATIONS IN HOMEBUSH ON MARCH 15, GANGA NEMKUL REVEALS HOW DANCING IS AN IMPORTANT TOOL AND REFLECTION OF MULTICULTURALISM. What is Nepalese dancing? In Nepal there are around 126 different cultures – it is a very multicultural place. So our dancing is a mixture of all those different cultures. There is a lot of Indian influence but you also see some Asian and Middle Eastern moves. Because it’s so diverse, it is a great way to show off the different nationalities and religions of the world. What is your favourite dance? Well, this year I will be performing at Harmony Day celebrations in Homebush, and I will be doing the jhakri. It’s a Nepalese name for shaman, who are the worshippers of nature. It’s over 50,000 years old and it was originally used to cure diseases and dispel bad luck. The dance itself is a mix of Indian and Chinese dancing. Will you be wearing a traditional outfit? Yes, I will have on a white gown but it will be decorated with colourful ornaments and feathers and my sister will be wearing a colourful gown. It is similar to an Indian sari. Do you perform alone? The performance will be 20 minutes long and it will feature four of us dancing for five minutes each. My sister, Santoki KC is one of the other performers and we always dance together. What do you think of multiculturalism in Australia? It’s very rich and I love it. In Nepal there are so many cultures and when I came to Australia in 2008 I was amazed that it’s very similar. I love different cultures and my motto is we are equal – and I love Australia for supporting that. How long have you been a Nepalese dancer? I was raised in Nepal so I learnt most of it there. I started performing 15 years ago and continued to do so when I moved to Australia in 2008. Where have you performed? I’ve performed all over Sydney, but mostly for local community events like Harmony Day in Strathfield this year and last year it was in Auburn. For information on Council’s waste and clean up services please visit www.strathfield.nsw.gov.au . Don’t ignore illegal dumping. Dumping waste materials in public places such as streets, laneways, parks, waterways or even out the front of your house is a crime. Fines apply. Strathfield Council monitors areas for illegal dumping. Help keep Strathfield’s parks and streets clean, report illegal dumping to Council on 9748 9999. GANGA NEMKUL Nepalese Dancer Santoki KC (above) and her brother and fellow dancer Ganga Nemkul