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SSC Newspaper : March 2014
8 Strathfield Scene NEWS Marlborough Road in Homebush West is one of the most dangerous pedestrian runs in Sydney. Residents risk their lives every day to cross the heavy traffic to get to an underpass that crosses under Centenary Drive to the Sydney Markets. Strathfield Council will be writing to Drummoyne MP John Sidoti requesting an urgent review of pedestrian road safety - one of numerous attempts the manicipality has made to get the problem fixed. Councillor Gulian Vaccari said there needed to be a solution before someone MARCH 2014 COUNCIL NEWS ‘THIS IS AN ACCIDENT WAITING TO HAPPEN’ Message to State: affordable housing must be ‘fit for all residents’ We need to fight this, otherwise we will be stuck with goddamn awful developments. — Cr Daniel Bott In brief CLEAN-UP Call-up for Mr and Mrs Mops Residents are being asked to take part in the Community Cleaning Campaign. Volunteers from the Korean Society of Sydney and the Strathfield Korean Business Association will be cleaning up the area around Strathfield Square. The event, which was raised by Councillor Sang Ok, will focus on other areas in the municipality over the coming months. Volunteers can sign up on the day. Council will be holding a barbecue after the clean-up. Starts at 10am. Saturday April 12. Strathfield Square. COMMUNITY Work together, aid groups urged Strathfield Mayor, Cr Daniel Bott, and Cr Helen McLucas have met with 21 community groups, urging them to work together to better use available resources. The meeting last month, which included an amazingly diverse number of organisations from the Tamil Senior Citizens Association to the Horn of Africa Relief and Development Agency, was told “community wellbeing” was one of the council’s major concerns in its 2025 strategic plan. ENVIRONMENT How to have no smoke with fire Strathfield Council aims to better educate home owners who heat their homes using wood fires after receiving $40,000 under the NSW Government Wood Smoke Reduction Program to combat air pollution. The grant is aimed at educating the community about the effects of wood smoke. The Mayor, Cr Daniel Bott, said the grant allowed the council to investigate air pollution from wood smoke. COUNCILLOR DANIEL BOTT Mayor of Strathfield Tel 9748 9924 Fax 9748 9902 email@example.com MEET YOUR COUNCILLORS COUNCILLOR HELEN MCLUCAS Tel 0406 703 044 Fax 9764 1034 helen.mclucas@strathfield. nsw.gov.au 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 gulian.vaccari@strathfield. nsw.gov.au COUNCILLOR ANDREW SOULOS Tel 0427 507 837 Fax 9764 1034 andrew.soulos@strathfield. nsw.gov.au COUNCILLOR STEPHANIE KOKKOLIS Tel 0427 521 467 Fax 9764 1034 stephanie.kokkolis@strathfield. nsw.gov.au COUNCIL AND COMMITTEE MEETINGS 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 Ironbark meeting room, Strathfield Library, 65-67 Rochester Street, Homebush Meet Your Councillors Every Saturday, 10am-11am, Council Chambers, Strathfield March 8: Cr McLucas March 15: Cr Soulos March 22: Cr Vaccari March 29 Cr Bott 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. An intrepid pedestrian attempts the Marlborough Street crossing. Strathfield Council has thrown out a plan for what was described as an “affordable housing” development, and strongly attacked State Government changes to the planning laws which mean units with shared facilities could be placed in areas designed by Macquarie Street. An angry Mayor, Cr Daniel Bott, told the meeting: “ We need to fight this, otherwise we will be stuck with goddamn awful developments in our area. “This is not acceptable for our residents to be stuck with goddamn awful buildings. We need to fight the State Government to ensure that Strathfield’s affordable housing development is fit for all residents.” He was joined in his attack by Liberal councillor Gulian Vaccari who suggested those forced to live in affordable housing were being treated as “second-class citizens”. The council had previously deferred the was seriously injured. “This is an accident waiting to happen,” he said. “It is important that we fix this problem. There should either be a bridge or an underpass because this crossing is incredibly dangerous.” He also suggested contacting developers to see if they would help fund the project. “There are a lot of new developments around this precinct so perhaps we can approach them to see if they can aid council,” he said. “There could be a VPA [voluntary planning agreement].” matter. The recent March council meeting saw the council reject the plan for nine studio apartments, a one-bedroom unit and a basement car park, on a land plot of only 458 square metres, was rejected. Councillors heard that the proposed boarding house would have only 22.4 sqm of community area. Angry residents from Hillcrest Avenue turned up to show their opposition to the development and, they said, to protect their residential neighbourhood. Cr Vaccari believed the development did not comply with the State Government’s Affordable Housing State Environmental Planning Policy (SEPP). The policy looks at a development’s floor space bonuses, open space requirements and parking provisions. Cr Vaccari said the council should be putting pressure on the government to ensure that affordable housing in Strathfield was high quality development. “I don’t blame the developer at all,” he said. “He is working within the parameters he was given. My issue is that he was given a limited number of sites where the State has allocated for affordable housing. “This council needs to send a message to the State Government that our council wants to nominate where our affordable housing should be built. They shouldn’t be built next to homes, where individuals, families, children, are living. They shouldn’t have to be towered by these developments.” The council believes that under the current SEPP guidelines, developers can push through applications that don’t comply with council’s Local Environmental Plan. A number of affordable housing developments have been approved around Strathfield. But councillors are not happy that the new laws mean they can be building