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SSC Newspaper : November 2015
READ THE LATEST NEWS AT OURSTRATHFIELD.COM.AU ONLINE AT www.ourstrathfield.com.au • NOVEMBER 2015 FREE US ON FACEBOOK COUNCILLORS RULE OUT MERGER TALKS FULL STORY PAGE 12 By Bernadette Chua Strathfield Councillors have reaffirmed their implacable opposition to amalgamation, refusing a bid by the mayor to begin negotiations with Burwood and Canada Bay. At a sometimes emotional and heated monthly meeting, a mayoral minute repeating the council’s stance against mergers, but suggesting talks with neighbouring authorities, was turned down by four votes to three. Save our Strathfield co-chairs Karen Pensabene and Nella Gaughan made impassioned pleas for the council to stand its ground, despite an Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal report suggesting a merger between the three Inner West authorities and even throwing in Auburn. The two anti-amalgamation campaigners, who have taken the Strathfield message to NSW Parliament, the media and many other councils, said they had begun to see other authorities crack under pressure. But they reiterated Strathfield’s stance to continue the fight. “ We have been at many council meetings and we have recently seen councils buckle under pressure from the state government. Strathfield needs to stay strong and focused. We will be a standalone council,” said Mrs Pensabene. “ We are seeing the state government pressuring Liberal councillors, and we have advice from an independent barrister. It is not fair that the state government bullies councils into buckling.” Their position received strong backing from councillors Helen McLucas, Daniel Bott, Raj Datta and Andrew Soulos. The voice of residents, who were polling at more than 80 per cent against amalgamation, should be heeded, Cr McLucas maintained. But Mayor Sang Ok’s mayoral minute reasoned that, while continuing to fight forced mergers, it would be wise to start talks on a back-up plan. YOUR EXCLUSIVE 48-PAGE FOOD GUIDE Some of the stars of Homebush Boys High School’s inspiring video FREE INSIDE 1 OF 5 DOUBLE PASSES TO SEE NOW ADD HONEY WIN MORE REPORTS: PAGES 8-11 SEE PAGE 3 “THE MESSAGE HERE IS THAT YOUR CULTURE AND BACKGROUND IS VERY IMPORTANT AND IT’S NOT A BARRIER TO ACHIEVING WHAT YOU WANT. YOUR CULTURE SHOULDN’T BE A DISADVANTAGE.” Homebush Boys High School has produced a video that is being hailed as a strong example of multiculturalism in education. The 76-year-old institution has welcomed students from multi-lingual backgrounds and war-inflicted countries for many years. The video, What is Multiculturalism, was the idea of a teenaged pupil and has since received hundreds of hits online. A MESSAGE OF HOPE FROM HOMEBUSH