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SSC Newspaper : October 2011
Property soars Strathfield property has risen more than 7% in a month, according to the latest research, sending the median house price to an astonishing $1.7 million. full story Page 3 Chef 's debate Kumar Mahadevan of Abhi's restaurant has won a coveted hat award. He weighs into the debate over Asian fusion before this month's Strathfield Food Festival. see page Page 11 Green fest Strathfield is to host the Cooks River Eco Festival designed to help families lead environmentally friendly lives ... and have fun! see page Page 5 By Peter Lynch T he new mayor of Strathfield has joined the campaign to win the municipality a full-service police station, as council figures reveal the danger to young students around the town square. Paul Barron, a mountain bike-riding independent councillor, was elected to replace Tony Maroun last week. Spelling out his plans for an important year in the life of the council, Barron listed putting the case for a 24-hour-a-day police station as one of his priorities. “I will be talking to our state MP about how things are going with that police station. We certainly need more than a part-time shopfront. I’d like to see policemen and women on mountain bikes around our area,” he said. “A police presence alone reduces crime.” Barron, who works as a civilian at the navy’s mine warfare and clearance base HMAS Waterhen in Waverton, promises a more relaxed mayoralty. He won’t be seen in the red robes and chain of office, except at special events such as citizenship ceremonies. And he plans to champion cycle tracks to improve the health of fellow residents. “It’s only an idea at this point in time, and something I have to discuss [with council officers], but I want to see bike lanes on our roads – not like the City of Sydney, where they have closed off roads, but markings as an indicator, so people know where they can ride around the area. “There are more pushbikes sold in the country than there are cars. It’s a health issue – it’s a good way of getting out there and leaving the car at home. It’s great for families.” A proud Strathfield resident and father of three sons who all went to St Patrick’s College, Barron believes those who don’t live in the municipality should not be councillors. Mayor: Give us a police station www.ourstrathfield.com.au • octoBer 2011 FREE highLy commended newsPaPer of the year 2011 Inside continued on page 7 out next Issue your free 56-page guIde to good eatIng the day a pc met our new mayor - exclusive Photo:JoeLarrarte g df dGuide Strathfield +7% Strathfield Council has published a bold plan to tackle street crime after new figures showed rising rates, with young people the main victims. Walking groups and barbecues to populate deserted areas, a film festival and competition for students, signage and multi-lingual advertising to reach the young and foreign students are proposed. Small businesses may get personal safety classes and more street lighting are also on the agenda. You can have your say at www.ourstrathfield.com.au. see page 5 have Your SaY on beating Crime PC Daniel Warner shows the mayor the controversial shopfront station at Strathfield Plaza