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SSC Newspaper : March 2014
Strathfield Scene 5 NEWS www.ourstrathfield.com.au “We are excited to celebrate 30 years of acknowledging businesses of the Inner West and we welcome Strathfield Scene as our media partner.” – Steve Loe, founder of the Inner West Local Business Awards WIN TOP HONOURS WITH THE SCENE By Teresa Ooi The Strathfield Scene has taken over as the new sponsor of the Inner West Local Business Awards, an event that celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. The awards will be launched in April with the theme “We’re Here for You” to recognise the positive impact local businesses and communities have on one another. “ We are excited to celebrate 30 years of acknowledging businesses of the Inner West and we welcome Strathfield Scene as our media partner,” says Steve Loe, founder of the awards. “2014 offers local businesses in the Inner West the chance to reach new levels of success. Competing in the local business awards is the best way to put customers on notice and to become the standard for all other businesses in the area to reach.’’ Strathfield Mayor Cr Daniel Bott said: “The Inner West Business Awards will once again call for the best local businesses to be nominated by customers in the Inner West next month and will be proudly supported by the Strathfield Scene. “Strathfield Council is proud of the strength of the local business community, and the support and services which small businesses provide to the local community and residents. “The Inner West Local Business Awards is an important annual event to recognise local businesses whose everyday products and ser vices are worthy of mention. The awards go only some way to reflect the great amount of work which goes into running a successful small business. “Given the quantity of small businesses operating in Strathfield and the quality of these businesses, I look forward to seeing many Strathfield businesses amongst the nominated entries. “I encourage all local businesses to get involved and all locals who support local businesses to continue to do so by nominating a great local business for the Inner West Local Business Awards when entries open in April.’’ Peter Lynch, editor and publisher of the Strathfield Scene, said: ” We are proud to be sponsoring the Inner West Local Business Awards in their 30th year. “This is a terrific opportunity to remind Sydney that Strathfield is a major centre for business, a powerhouse of ideas and expertise and has enormous investment potential. We unashamedly intend to help Strathfield businesses take out as many awards as possible. We’ll include nomination forms in the newspaper so businesses can encourage their customers to nominate.” All nominating customers will have a chance to win a Sony PlayStation 4. With the theme “We’re Here for You”, nominations should focus on businesses that have improved the lives of customers and offer high quality products and excellent service. The Strathfield Scene will run regular success stories and updates on the progress of the awards in the lead-up to the presentations on June 25. When Marlene Doran and her family decided to get the National Broadband Network installed at their family home, they thought they were signing up for faster internet and clearer phone lines. But just two weeks after the wireless NBN boxes were installed in their Strathfield home, the lines went dead, Mrs Doran said. The Doran family was left in the dark about the situation during the 10 weeks it took for the problem to be fixed. Telstra identified the problem last month and said the wireless boxes that NBN installed were faulty. “NBN installed the boxes and then left it up to Telstra, our ser vice provider, to maintain and take care of our ser vice,” Mrs Doran said. “The Telstra technician told us that there was something faulty about the boxes. They were working and then suddenly stopped.” And Mrs Doran said she was told by the technician that hers was not the only house in Strathfield to be experiencing the same problem. “NBN came to install the wireless boxes and everything was working fine for about HOW THE AWARDS CHANGED OUR BUSINESS SEE PAGE 17 How Malcolm Turnbull reconnected Marlene’s high-speed internet and phone two weeks,” she said. “But then the lines went dead.” A Telstra spokesperson said that once the wireless boxes were installed it was an issue for NBN. The Scene has not received a response from NBN. “It is absolutely ridiculous that we had 10 weeks without a phone line and without internet,” said Mrs Doran. “ We thought we would sign up early for the program because we were promised faster internet and a better phone connection. But then on December 31st, it suddenly turned off. My daughter called up Telstra, who was the ser vice provider, to get the problem fixed. “They assured us that they would fix the problem but nothing was done. We also tried calling NBN, who then referred us back to our telco. So we were given the runaround for close to 10 weeks.” Mrs Doran said it wasn’t until she alerted Reid MP Craig Laundy to the issue that something was done. Mr Laundy referred her case straight to the federal Minister for Communications, Malcolm Turnbull. She said she finally received a call back from Telstra, which fixed the problem after her 10 weeks of waiting. “For me, as a director of a bank, it has been a major hindrance,” she said. “But also, as a prominent member of the community, people can’t get into contact with me. It has been incredibly annoying. And what is worse is that a politician had to get involved so I could get my problem fixed. “Craig was a great help and there have been several homes in the neighbourhood who have been experiencing the same problems.” Dr Pradnya Dugal (left), Business Person of the Year for 2013, with colleagues. The NBN switched on in Strathfield last July. FROM PAGE 1 projected to be 432,400 by 2031. The panel’s alternative to mergers is establishing joint organisations, a type of regional grouping, that the analysis is expected to maintain will effectively operate as a “fourth tier of government”, adding more costs and more layers of government. Strathfield Council is strongly opposing the panel finding and, if the analysis is endorsed by councillors, it will form part of a major submission to the state government calling on it to halt any merger plans. The council is one of the state’s strongest voices against amalgamations, and has been supported by almost all Inner West local government areas. By Nahrain John Meriden School for Girls is hoping to consolidate its sports and teaching facilities through major renovations and the demolition of a heritage-listed building. In a development application to Council, the school outlined plans to demolish the heritage-listed cottage at 3 Margaret Street and the tennis courts as well as partially demolish the eastern side of the Turner/ Hope/Science Building. In their place, Meriden will build a three story sports facility compromising of four sports courts, fitness room, change rooms, amenities, staff facilities and teaching spaces above one level of basement parking for 60 vehicles. The application also proposes partial demolishment to the western elevation of the Wallis Building and alterations to the rest of the building to increase seating capacity of the auditorium and provide performance spaces, amenities and teaching facilities. Principal Julie Greenhalgh said changes would update the school’s sports facilities, which she says are currently out of date. “The little heritage-listed cottage we want to remove is falling down anyway,” she said. “It’s been a long time since we attended to that side of the school and there’s good research now that shows the importance of physical activity on the lives and well being of girls.” She said building upgrades would also accommodate for current technology. “ We have a very old lecture theatre which currently doesn’t accommodate to current technology,” she added. The proposal also includes the demolition of a further existing tennis court, administration building, drama building and landscaping works. Ms Greenhalgh is hoping to commence construction as soon as plans are approved. “ We have a great design and a great plan. We’re just waiting for the golden stamp.” The application and plans can be viewed at Council’s Customer Service Centre between 8.30am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday or on Council’s website until 12 March 2014. Submissions can be made in writing before 4.30pm on 12 March.2014. MERIDEN PLANS MAJOR RENOVATIONS