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SSC Newspaper : December 2015
Strathfield Scene 3 www.ourstrathfield.com.au NEWS “The CCTV cameras are important for the security of residents, for the police to help solve crime and to monitor any anti-social behaviour, such as graffiti.” – Reid MP Craig Laundy In brief CLOSING TIME Police shopfront open just 86 days a year The Strathfield Police shopfront has been manned for just 86 days over the past year, according to a letter from the Parliamentary Secretary for the Deputy Premier, Andrew Gee, to Strathfield MP Jodi McKay. Ms McKay is pushing to close the shopfront, move resources to Burwood and create a dedicated Strathfield patrol unit. PARRAMATTA LINK Light-rail option for Sydney Olympic Park NSW Roads Minister Duncan Gay has suggested the state government may build a light-rail line from Parramatta Road to Sydney Olympic Park. After announcing construction of a westbound off-ramp for the M4 at Hill Road, the minister told the Sydney Morning Herald: “Increasingly, this is going to be a residential area. We will be having light rail that will be coming through this sector.” He said there were two options: Parramatta to Macquarie Park via Carlingford or Parramatta to Strathfield via Sydney Olympic Park. STATION ASSAULT Police officers injured Two police officers were injured last month following an incident at Strathfield railway station. Officers were called to the station following reports of anti-social behaviour. While speaking to a group of people, one officer was allegedly punched in the head. The offender fled and was pursued on foot by other officers, one of whom was injured in the chase. A 26-year-old was arrested a short distance away and taken to Burwood Police Station. The officers were treated at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. COMMUNITY HELP NEEDED Armed robbery Police are calling on the public to help with an investigation into an armed robbery at a North Strathfield convenience store. The police say a man entered the convenience store on George Street in the Bakehouse Quarter at about 6:30pm on Sunday November 8. Video footage shows the man threatening a store attendant with a knife, forcing him to hand over cash. The suspect is described as in his mid 20s, 168cm tall with a thin build, dark complexion and long black dreadlocks, wearing a dark jumper and pants. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. LOCAL STUDENTS AWARDED Junior sports stars Four Catholic primary students from the Strathfield electorate have been awarded medals for sporting excellence at the Sydney Archdiocesan Primary Sports Awards. Zara Tullipan, Anna Lee, Donna Choi and Alana Goodchild were presented medals by rugby league star and former Sydney Roosters captain Anthony Minichiello. The Strathfield Town Centre will be getting a facelift, which could include a performance stage, as well as new planter boxes, paving and seating. Mayor Sang Ok tabled a mayoral minute earlier this year to improve the look and feel for the Town Centre to attract more visitors to the area. There are two options, one costing between $381,170 and $438,340, and a more extensive upgrade, estimated to cost between $644,450 and $741,100. The basic upgrade would include new black granite paving, circular brick paving around the fountain with black granite seats, refurbishment of the fountain, repainting planters, litter bins, light poles, bubblers and seating refurbishment. The full upgrade option includes the replacement of existing planters, litter bins, seating, bollards, bubblers and notice board, repainting signage and the creation of a new performance space. A decision will be made next year. By Garima Sharma S trathfield railway station may at last have CCTV cameras installed as part of a $50 million federal government funding program. Reid MP Craig Laundy is urging Strathfield to partner with Burwood and use its CCTV control room to prevent crime around the station and Town Centre. And Mayor Sang Ok has agreed he will press for the council to apply for the grants from the federal Safer Streets program so cameras can be installed. As part of the program, Mr Laundy recently visited the Inner West with Minister for Justice Michael Keenan. Mr Laundy first proposed the CCTV installation two years ago to boost community safety and prevent anti-social behaviour. Strathfield Council is yet to file an application for funding, but Mr Laundy said he would be supporting the council application when it is lodged. Mayor Ok told the Scene he would support the application being made and agreed it made sense to share Burwood’s monitoring station. “Businesses in the Town Centre and around the car park want better security,” he said. Mr Laundy told the Scene: “The CCTV cameras are important for the security of residents, for the police to help solve crime and to monitor any anti-social behaviour, such as graffiti. “I am familiar with CCTVs as I worked in the family hotel business for 15 years before joining politics. I am aware how valuable CCTVs are for the Local Area Command.” Mr Laundy has suggested Strathfield Council share the back-end capabilities with Burwood. “I want Strathfield Council and Bur wood Council to work together,” he said. “Strathfield doesn’t have a control-room system like Burwood and sharing the facilities will only speed things up. “I am in discussion with the Mayor of Strathfield for this.” Mayor to push for CCTV funding to make our Town Centre safer THE STAGE IS SET FOR NEW TOWN CENTRE CCTV cameras are used to fight crime