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SSC Newspaper : November 2015
Strathfield Scene 3 www.ourstrathfield.com.au NEWS “This is such an important part of Homebush’s history and we need to do as much as we can to preserve it from being forgotten. ” – Marlene Doran In brief GOOD FOOD GUIDE The latest on the local food scene This edition of the Strathfield Scene includes a free copy of the 2015/16 Strathfield Good Food Guide. The guide is full of delicious recipes and interviews with the area’s star chefs, as well as a list of the best restaurants in Strathfield, Strathfield South, Homebush, Homebush West and North Strathfield. The Strathfield Good Food Guide was launched at last month’s Strathfield Food Festival. COMMUNITY CONSULTATION School expansion may mean road closure Strathfield Council’s traffic staff are looking for community feedback on a proposed partial closure of Exeter Road in Homebush West. The Department of Education wants to expand Homebush West Public School and the plan may mean that Council would have to close a section of the street. Should you have queries please contact Council’s Traffic Engineer Ken Kanagarajan on 9748 9999 or email ken.kanagarajan@strathfield. nsw.gov.au GREEN TEAM Council nursery sells local indigenous plants Strathfield Council is selling plants at its nursery. Residents can buy an array of local provenance plants or local indigenous plants such as fanflowers and mauve flax lily. You can buy 50mm squat pots for $1.30 each and 75mm round pots for $4 each. For more information or to make an appointment with Strathfield’s horticultural team, please call 9748 9999. MARLBOROUGH ROAD EVENT Free safety expo Residents of the Marlborough Road precinct in Homebush West are invited to a Community Safety Expo at Austin Park from 10am on Saturday November 14. The event is being organised by Strathfield Council, in partnership with NSW Police and Sydney Markets. There will be a free barbecue and coffee, plus children’s activities. Residents can also collect break and enter prevention kits. For more information, contact Council on 9748 9999. COMMITTEE APPOINTMENT Laundy takes the chair Reid MP Craig Laundy has been appointed as the Chair of the Australian Parliament’s Standing Committee on Economics. “This role will allow me to use my previous experience in business and economics to further contribute to important policy areas for our country,” Mr Laundy said. The committee’s current inquiries are focussed on home ownership, the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority, and the Reser ve Bank of Australia. By Garima Sharma Robyn Butler’s latest actor-writer venture Now Add Honey is generating a buzz on the movie circuit. Far from the glitzy lights of showbiz, Santa Sabina College (SSC) staff and students are also celebrating the success of their alumni. Ms Butler spent her formative years at the school. Having founded Gristmill, a production house with her husband Wayne Hope, Ms Butler has written, produced and acted in many popular television shows including Upper Middle Bogan and The Librarians. She returned to her old stomping grounds this month to screen Now Add Honey for students. The Australian comedy starring Portia de Rossi and Robyn Butler is a quirky spin on the issues women face in the age of social media and pop culture. “As a mother, and as a woman, I feel strongly that all girls are entitled to grow up in their own time, not to be forced into some unrealistic maturity timetable that’s imposed by pop stars, TV stars or Instagram stars,” said Ms Butler, who was recently featured in The Australian Financial Review and Westpac’s 100 Women of Influence list. “I wanted to write a film that expressed that sentiment, as well as helped girls and women to believe that the most important thing is who they are, how they think, what they contribute...not what dress size they are or how big their nose is. “It’s completely special for me to be showing my film to the girls attending the school where, from time to time, I struggled with my own body image and self esteem. “My entire life at school, from Kindergarten to Year 12 was at SSC, so pretty well every experience in the first chapter of my life was shaped in those buildings next to The Boulevarde. “I first became enraptured with drama at school and was actively encouraged by certain teachers. It was definitely shaped by my immersion in school life. “I did every kind of debating, oratory, sport, at which I was pretty terrible, but that didn’t stop me. I was a school leader and, particularly in the last couple of years at Santa, I found a confidence and a voice that was nurtured by the community, which stood me in excellent stead when I stepped out into the big wide world.” Returning to Burwood cinema brought back plenty of memories. “Westfield Burwood was my old stomping ground and Burwood cinema was my local movie theatre while growing up,” said Ms Butler. “I spent many, many hours there, with many of them etched into my mind. Like the time I got my ears pierced one day after school without permission, and was feeling very pleased with myself when I looked up to see my father, who had happened to drop into Westfield, watching me.” HOW SANTA SABINA INSPIRED STARS’ MOVIE Now Add Honey, from left: Robyn Butler, Lucy Fry and Portia de Rossi WIN! DOUBLE PASSES TO NOW ADD HONEY Tell us in 25 words of less why would you like to see the film with a friend. Email your answer to: email@example.com with the subject line: Strathfield Scene Competition. Include your name and postal address. Entries close midnight November 22. Only winners will be notified. For full terms and conditions, see ourstrathfield.com.au A fter a decade with no home, 350 plaques bearing the names of Strathfield’s war heroes have a new home. Strathfield Council will unveil a new memorial wall at Davey Square with a rededication ceremony of plaques that were once housed at the Homebush Strathfield RSL Sub Branch. The council launched a search for surviving relatives and at least one family member is flying in from South Australia for the rededication ceremony. When the RSL was closed, local historian Marlene Doran became the caretaker of the memorial plaques, storing them at her home. Now, thanks to funding from the federal government, there is once again a place for family members to pay their respects. Heather Mead, her brother David Bonhote-Mead and their cousin, Henry Brown from South Australia, will be attending the ceremony to remember their uncle, Max Brown, who served during World War II. Mr Brown, who once lived on Loftus Crescent, was 19 when he joined the army. He lied about his age so he could enlist. He was taken as a prisoner of war by the Japanese and was transferred to the Japanese ship Montevideo Maru. He died when the ship was sunk by the American submarine Sturgeon in July, 1942. “Our uncle, Max Brown, originally had a plaque at the Homebush RSL premises. We’re looking for ward to being there to remember our uncle who we never met, but heard so much about from our mother,” said Mr Bonhote-Mead. Mrs Doran has been working on the project for more than a year with the help of Reid MP Craig Laundy. “Graham, my late husband, and I catalogued the names of all the soldiers when they were still in the memorial garden,” said Mrs Doran. “Since they closed the branch and then the site was sold a few years ago, we’ve had to remove the plaques to keep them safe and intact.” Mrs Doran said she had received many calls over the years from relatives asking where they could see the plaques. She has had to turn them away, until now. “This is such an important part of Homebush ’s history and we needtodoasmuchaswecanto preserve it from being forgotten,” said Mrs Doran. She and other members of the community have been knitting poppies over the past year to place on the new memorial. Peace for Strathfield’s heroes HOW YOU CAN REMEMBER • 10:30am November 8. Memorial unveiled, Davey Square. • 2:30pm November 10. Coo-ee Memorial Service, Strathfield War Memorial. Marlene Doran