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August 31, 2012

Strathfield First say they are calling in police over posters and poison pen letters

 

August 31 – Strathfield First today said they had called in police to investigate poison pen letters and abusive posters, claiming dirty tricks were now appearing in the Strathfield Council election campaign.

With just over a week to go before polling day for seats on the Council, candidates are setting a cracking pace of leafleting, door knocking and public appearances.

But the Strathfield First allegations have cast a shadow over campaigning. 

July 24, 2012

15 submissions heard in two hours

After 15 personal submissions and in front of a crowd of around 70 residents, Strathfield Councillors passed the Local Environmental Plan last night - the blueprint for development in the next decade and beyond.

The plan involves rezoning large tracts of the local governemnt area, pushing major developments onto the Parramatta Road corridor and preserving the residential character of Strathfield.

The council has been ordered to find room for 8,300 new residents an create 1,500 news jobs under the plan, which will operate until 2031.

March 9, 2012

This year's council elections are an opportunity to get a better demographic mix in the council chamber. Bernadette Chua reports.

Strathfield is one of Sydney’s youngest municipalities, home to more families with children where parents are under 35 than almost any other, say demographers.

Which may explain why young women are the targets of a determined campaign to get them to contest the next council elections.

It’s not just a politically correct, gender-equality issue – though there are only two women among seven councillors at present. It’s also a matter of plain common sense. 

September 30, 2015

Fight heats up in the leadup to IPART handing its report to the State Government.

Just few days away from the anti-amalgamation public rally on October 10, Save Our Strathfield Chair Nella Gaughan was joined by Strathfield Councillors Daniel Bott, Helen McLucas and MP Jodi McKay at Homebush station to inform the residents about the upcoming rally.

Copies of Strathfield Scene’s special edition on amalgamation were distributed while many residents stopped by to speak with Ms Gaughan and Ms McKay.

September 4, 2015

For just $5,000, Council could paint a pedestrian crossing outside St Martha’s Primary School on Churchill Avenue.

Strathfield Council may take a radical step while waiting for the state government cash promised to build a crossing for the students of St Martha’s Primary School.

For just $5,000, Council could paint a pedestrian crossing outside St Martha’s Primary School on Churchill Avenue.

The school is located on the corner of Homebush Road and Churchill Avenue, one of the busiest intersections in the municipality.

September 4, 2015

Who will be the face of the oasis of the West? That will be decided by seven councillors.

The hotly contested battle for the mayoral robes is on the minds of most of Strathfield’s seven councillors.

This year’s election, which must take place before the end of the month, has an added piquancy: the threat of amalgamation means that after 130 years, this year’s leading citizen could be our last.

Who will be the face of the oasis of the West? That will be decided by seven councillors. And that means a delicate game of negotiation and alliances, with the two independents, Andrew Soulos and Helen McLucas, playing a prominent part.

August 9, 2013

Homebush West residents are risking death or serious injury by running across busy Marlborough Road to avoid a 1.5 kilometre walk to Sydney Markets.

Homebush West residents are risking death or serious injury by running across busy Marlborough Road to avoid a 1.5 kilometre walk to Sydney Markets.

Even more frightening, primary school students are playing “chicken” by running across the same main road to reach an underpass that takes them to school.

Strathfield Council is petitioning the Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) to build a footbridge before someone is killed.

Councillors told of the deadly risk being taken in the area and called for action.

April 10, 2013

Hour long debate over "vacation" claims ends three city trip

 

Strathfield councillors may ground themselves from all foreign trips except where there are special circumstances after a sometimes angry hour-long debate over a European study tour.

The seven-day European trip, which four councillors approved at an extraordinary meeting last month, was axed after a rare “rescission” motion was passed unanimously by the full council.

The motion was proposed by independent councillor Helen McLucas and backed by Labor’s Raj Datta and Daniel Bott.

April 10, 2013

Hour long debate over "vacation" claims ends three city trip

 

Strathfield councillors may ground themselves from all foreign trips except where there are special circumstances after a sometimes angry hour-long debate over a European study tour.

The seven-day European trip, which four councillors approved at an extraordinary meeting last month, was axed after a rare “recession” motion was passed unanimously by the full council.

The motion was proposed by independent councillor Helen McLucas and backed by Labor’s Raj Datta and Daniel Bott.

April 10, 2013

Hour long debate over "vacation" claims ends three city trip

 

Strathfield councillors may ground themselves from all foreign trips except where there are special circumstances after a sometimes angry hour-long debate over a European study tour.

The seven-day European trip, which four councillors approved at an extraordinary meeting last month, was axed after a rare “recession” motion was passed unanimously by the full council.

The motion was proposed by independent councillor Helen McLucas and backed by Labor’s Raj Datta and Daniel Bott.

April 6, 2013

Councillor to raise rare "recession" motion in bid to stop seven-day study trip

A European study tour which four councillors approved at an extraordinary meeting will be contested this week by independent councillor Helen McLucas and Labor councillors Raj Datta and Daniel Bott.

Cr McLucas described the European leg, estimated to cost $5,200 a head in air fares and hotels, as “a vacation”

She is planning an unusual “recession motion” at this week’s council meeting, effectively calling for the earlier decision to be expunged.

January 7, 2013

Sign up at website to send the state government a message

Strathfield councillors have fired the opening shots in their campaign to halt any plans to amalgamate the municipality with neighbouring Burwood and Ashfield.

Cnr Helen McLucas, chairing a council task force, has already launched a Save Our Strathfield website appealing for residents to sign up to stop State Government moves on amalgamation – with 386 already expressing support.

If she can get 10,000 to sign up, she can send the state a "people's petition", giving Strathfield a forum to defend its position.

November 9, 2012

State's Green Paper leads to division among councillors

 

A debate over the State Government’s green paper on planning law reform saw a confrontation in the council chamber and accusations of a breach of the council’s Code of Conduct.

Labor’s Cr Raj Datta sparked the debate, issuing a notice of motion against the green paper, A New Planning System for NSW.

His motion read: “That Strathfield Council does not support an attempt by the State Government to strip residents of their democratic rights”.

November 9, 2012

State's Green Paper leads to division among councillors

 

A debate over the State Government’s green paper on planning law reform saw a confrontation in the council chamber and accusations of a breach of the council’s Code of Conduct.

Labor’s Cr Raj Datta sparked the debate, issuing a notice of motion against the green paper, A New Planning System for NSW.

His motion read: “That Strathfield Council does not support an attempt by the State Government to strip residents of their democratic rights”.

September 14, 2012

 

“I’ve got some missed calls.... I think it might be other councillors”

As the results of Strathfield Council’s election were finally being loaded onto the NSW Electoral Commission website at lunchtime on Thursday, Andrew Soulos of United Strathfield had a missed call.

It was the first of many.

He polled only around eight per cent of the vote - a respectable showing for a group formed just six weeks ago, though still a small number. But thanks to the way things have fallen, his position is pivotal.

September 12, 2012

All eyes on Monday's mayoral vote

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After a nail-biting five day count, Strathfield at last knows its new councillors.  But who controls the council and the identity of the mayor remains a mystery.

The NSW Electoral Commission announced the results at lunchtime Thursday  – with a tally that meant three Liberals, two Labor and two independents had got over the line.

Gulian Vaccari, Sang Ok and Stephanie Kokkolis will form the Liberal team, with Raj Datta and Daniel Bott for Labor. 

September 7, 2012

Big swing to Liberals as small groups gain ground

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Count officials have delayed the Strathfield election results by another agonising day,  blaming a late surge in polling day registration for the problem.

Originally scheduled for 4pm Tuesday, the count will continue until Wednesday afternoon, meaning Liberals won't know if they have secured outright control until then.

September 6, 2012

Leaders from the different parties speak to Strathfield Rotary members on why they should receive their votes for the local government elections

In the last hurrah before Saturday’s local government elections, candidates running for Strathfield Council last night made a last ditch plea for the hearts and minds of some of the municipality’s most influential residents and business figures.

 

Those at the lectern were Liberal Leader Gulian Vaccari, Labor leader Raj Datta, Strathfield First’s Helen McLucas and United Strathfield’s Andrew Soulos.

 

September 5, 2012

With the council elections right around the corner, the competition between the candidates is heating up

The leaders of the Liberals and Strathfield First parties have traded verbal blows over candidates who run for election but live outside the local government area.

Strathfield First leader Helen McLucas claims at least two on the Liberal ticket shouldn’t be standing because they don’t have homes in the area. McLucas challenged the Liberals to say why they were running candidates who weren’t local.

August 28, 2012

Candidate Helen McLucas vows to help residents with illegal dumping at the old Homebush RSL

It is an eyesore in the Homebush shopping village and residents and business owners have had enough. Illegal dumpers have been stealthily offloading their rubbish at the site of the old Homebush RSL.

As the campaign trail heats up, Strathfield First candidate, Helen McLucas says the site has been transformed into a makeshift tip and residents want something done.

The site, which is in the centre of Homebush's shopping district has been uninhabited for several years. 

August 22, 2012

Council are encouraging residents to sign a petition against the government's proposed changes in planning laws

 

Strathfield Council are fighting against the NSW Government’s changes in planning laws by setting up an online petition.

The government’s Green Paper proposes changes in the planning process which reduces the level of decision making councils and the community have when it comes to local developments.

The petition was organised for resident signatures to support local planning powers remain local.

July 24, 2012

Deputy Mayor says councillors are "only human"

 

An extraordinary meeting of Strathfield Council called to pass crucial planning changes failed to get a quorum last night – leading one angry resident to storm from the Town Hall calling the event “a disgrace”.

Dozens turned out to discuss the Local Environmental Plan, including State MP Charles Casuscelli. But the meeting had to be adjourned to the same time next week because only three councillors were present. Passing the plan requires four.

July 2, 2012

McLucas writes in to The Sun-Herald's Loaded Dog opposing the government's intent to take back planning laws. 

 

Deputy Mayor, Councillor Helen McLucas has slammed the NSW Minister for Planning and Infrastructure in The Sun-Herald’s Loaded Dog opinion page.

McLucas who is an advocator for grassroots politics is strongly opposed to handing planning laws back to the government to prevent residents changing or blocking developments.

Her concern is developers will have the power to build high-density residential areas and disturb the quietness of the suburbs. 

April 10, 2012

Two senior councillors squared up in the council chamber as tempers rose over the appointment of a new deputy mayor. 

It was supposed to be a simple job swap when councillor Bill Carney decided to relinquish the position of deputy mayor in favour of fellow Liberal colleague Helen McLucas.

Instead, it led to a dramatic confrontation between two of Strathfield’s most senior members, who squared up to each other in the Council Chamber.

Councillors had already accepted the sole nomination of Cr McLucas when Cr Keith Kwon rose to his feet, suggesting the change was “a kind of musical chairs.”