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November 14, 2014

As the election battle heats up, we speak to the candidates running for the seat of Strathfield. 

Charles Casuscelli

Age: 56

Family: wife, two daughters

Lives in: Five Dock

Qualifications: Incumbent MP; formerproject director of the NSW Transport Management Centre, Chair of the Legislative Assembly Committee on Transport and Infrastructure, co-chair of three Ministerial Consultative Committees representing the Korean, Chinese and Russian communities.

Amalgamation

December 4, 2012

Strathfield, Ashfield and Burwood on the block

The State Government is reportedly considering giving its backing to a report which calls for amalgamations of councils in the Inner West, with speculation that Strathfield, Ashfield and Burwood could be on the block.

According to The Daily Telegraph’s state political editor Andrew Clennell, Local Government Minister Don Page considers the current 152 councils unsustainable.

As reported on Ourstrathfield last week, an independent panel on restructuring councils is expected to report in March, and could outline which councils should merge.

September 2, 2012

Some say council elections are a waste of time and money. We don't agree

A Sydney Sunday newspaper recently claimed in a leading article about Saturday’s poll for councillors that it was “ A complete waste of time and money”.

The Sunday Telegraph called for reform, and suggested the O’Farrell government “re-draw the boundaries and set up a system that actually works for the people and the state”.

The paper cited the Sydney Business Chamber’s push to cut the state’s 152 councils.  In particular, it suggests 10 “super” councils to run Sydney.

October 20, 2015

Council now has 30 days to respond to the IPART report 

Strathfield Council has been branded as not fit for the future by the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal’s (IPART) report to the state government on possible council amalgamations.

A merger between close neighbours Auburn, Burwood and Canada Bay was given the nod by the Tribunal, raising concerns that Strathfield might be forced to join the group.

July 24, 2015

Resident urged to protest outside Parliament House against amalgamation.

Save Our Strathfield are urging residents to continue their fight against the threat of amalgamation.

In a combined effort with the Save Our Councils movement, which includes councillors and residents from across Sydney, there will be a protest outside parliament house on Monday 27 July.

Save Our Strathfield's co-chair Nella Gaughan said the group will continue to rally until a decision by the State Government is made.

March 26, 2015

The exhibition which has been in the works for several months, is a tribute to the Anzacs and is now open in Strathfield Library.

Strathfield Council today officially opened a special  Lemnos Exhibition to honour the memory of Corporal Francis Reynolds Cowdery, a Strathfield WWI soldier buried in Greece.

The exhibition, which is the culmination of months of work, is a tribute to the Anzacs and is now open in Strathfield Library.

Mayor Gulian Vaccari, Councillors Stephanie Kokkolis and Sang Ok, Strathfield MP Charles Casusclli, Consulate General of Greece Stavros Kyrimis and Corporal Cowdery’s great grandnephew, Stephen Cowdery attended the opening.

December 14, 2014

New strategic plan maps out Sydney's future - but is yet to explain how local amenities like roads, schools and hospitals will cope in areas of high-density development like Homebush 

The State Government has unveiled a new strategy for economic and population growth in Sydney – and expansion in Strathfield and Homebush are key planks in the plan.

Strathfield will become part of a “central” sub region and work with a new Greater Sydney Commission, with powers to ensure delivery targets are met.

The municipality will join Ashfield, Botany Bay, Burwood, Canada Bay, Leichardt, Marrickville, Randwick, the City of Sydney, Waverly and Wollahra – a massive landmass with a diverse range of community interests.

September 10, 2014

The State Government has announced Sydney councils will receive $153 million to merge.

Sydney’s metropolitan councils will be given a financial incentive to amalgamate under Premier Mike Baird and Local Government Minister Paul Toole’s ‘Fit For Future’ package, announced today.

But the plight of those councils who refuse to merge remained unclear, and the Premier and his minister could give no promises that the State Government would not force councils to amalgamate.

September 8, 2014

State government promises reponse on mergers report "very shortly"

Strathfield has again been singled out in a report on the State Government's intentions towards amalgmations, with an official response to the Independent Review Panel's recent report on mergers expected "very shortly".

State Treasury figures claim NSW local councils' financial positions have deteriorated since a report to the Independent Review by TCorp last year claimed many were unsustainable.

July 4, 2014

Strathfield Council is encouraging the community to join the protest to win 'Enfield Park' back from the State Government.

Residents and local politicians are being urged to join a mass rally to help those living in Enfield win back recreational land they believe is their compensation for living next to a major transport hub.

The protest is aimed at putting pressure on the State Government and NSW Ports to deliver “Enfield Park”, a 5ha site next to the Enfield Intermodal Centre.

The centre, scheduled to open officially this year, can handle as many as 600 trucks a week as well as rail movements. It is designed to be a transit centre for the city and Parramatta.

June 2, 2014

Scheme will transform Strathfield's centre into a residential, commercial and entertainment hub

Strathfield has unveiled spectacular plans for a new $500 million town centre development – and revealed Chinese and Korean companies are lining up to carry out the work.

At least two companies have already expressed strong interest, undaunted by the half-billion price tag, according to council sources.

The stunning plans include a 6,000 sqm shopping precinct, a 700-seat theatre and two 30-storey residential towers.

A giant screen will show events to those outside on the Town Square.

September 28, 2013

Seven homes for sale this weekend

 

Another strong weekend of property sales - over 700 auctions scheduled for Saturday - has analysts working overtime trying to pick a boom from boomlet.

The Scene's Steve Devine of Devine Real Estate believes the market is sustainable.

September 10, 2013

State will use new projections to justify planning law changes 

 

Strathfield will have a population of 56,550 by 2031, according to the NSW Department of Planning and Infrastructure in a new report on Sydney’s growth.

That would mean an increase of 52 per cent, with a 58 per cent rise in children under 15, and a 93 per cent rise in those over 65.

The increased figures, says the report, will mainly come from overseas migration and underscores the need for new planning regulations allowing for growth.

August 29, 2013

Scene features among region's best

Your Strathfield Scene was given pride of place at the regional newspaper awards conference in Sydney this week - at the front of the delegates' entrance.

The Scene was a finalist in the Newspaper of the Year awards at the luxury Four Seasons Hotels on Sydney's George Street - and was featured in the conference area.

This is the second year the Scene has been picked among the nation's newspapers for its quality of content and design.

 

June 12, 2013

Government's review panel concedes Strathfield is now in a small group of councils who have made it plain they will fight amalgamation tooth-and-nail

It was a meeting designed to assess the Inner West’s reaction to the local government amalgamation debate. 

And whatever else the message sent back to State Government, there is no doubting where Strathfield stands – foursquare against it.

Of the 23 people who turned out at the Ashfield Civic Centre on a chilly Thursday night, 33 per cent were from Strathfield (and almost all from Save Our Strathfield, the residents’ protest group).

November 9, 2012

Council considers Town Centre clean up 

 

Strathfield rail station, the state’s third biggest travel hub with 40,000 commuters using it a day, is to get a major facelift.

The changes will see more space on the concourse, safety cameras and improved lighting and hygiene.

Additional funds for cleaning up the town centre entrance to improve the commuter experience are under consideration, although the extent of these changes is unclear.

October 27, 2012

Building works start at year's end

 

Strathfield rail station is to get a major overhaul, with more space on the concourse, safety cameras and better lighting.

The move comes after representations to transport minister Gladys Berejiklian from Charles Casuscelli, MP for Strathfield.

 “Whenever I am out meeting with local residents Strathfield Station is always raised a top priority," Casuscelli said in a press release.

October 2, 2012

The state government has pledged to clean up and repair Strathfield Station

A dilapidated Strathfield Station will receive a make over to improve the state’s second busiest railway station.

Commuters have had to put up with major water leaks during storms, water damage to ceilings and walls, unmaintained ramps, slippery tiles and congestion in the underground passageways.

Member for Strathfield, Charles Casuscelli and representatives from the Transport Minister’s office visited the station to see what improvements could be made.