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November 24, 2013

Craig Laundy makes moving maiden speech in praise of his family  - and lays out the issues -  from migrant language teaching to the environment -  on which he will be working


Mr LAUNDY (Reid) (17:50): Madam Speaker, it is with a mixture of pride and humility that I rise to my feet as the newly elected member for Reid. I am the ninth person entrusted with this responsibility. Previous members include Labor stalwarts like Jack Lang and Tom Uren. Unfortunately for the Labor Party, I am a proud member of the Liberal Party—indeed, the first Liberal to hold this seat since it was formed in 1922.

October 11, 2013

Council studies legal action against the state over green space

Jenny Maddocks peppers her conversation with the acronyms of a planning professional. The Enfield resident moves deftly between a fat and well-thumbed file of photographs, health reports and traffic surveys, pointing out a hazard here, a broken promise there.

After battling the Enfield Intermodal Logistics Centre for over a decade, she probably knows the facility better than any employee.

September 19, 2013

Construction will impact house prices and traffic but bring thousands of jobs

A new video posted on the WestConnex website claims it will almost half the time buses take to commute from Burwood to the City.

The video says the project will divert traffic away from Parramatta Road and create new bus lanes.

Strathfield will be in the center of construction when work commences on the 33km WestConnex motorway early in 2015.

Premier Barry O’Farrell recently approved the $11.5 billion project to connect Western Sydney’s M4 to the M5.

July 17, 2013

Local car dealers in Homebush today, told Shadow Treasurer Joe Hockey and Liberal candidate for Reid, Craig Laundy about the impact of that the proposed tax hike will have on their businesses. 

Local car dealers in Homebush today told Shadow Treasurer Joe Hockey and Liberal candidate for Reid Craig Laundy that Labor's FBT reforms will damage their businesses.

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd recently announced the $1.8 billion tax reform, but Mr Hockey said the increase will severely affect businesses. 

Mr Hockey claimed "the tax grab" will cost an average of $1,400 a year for around 320,000 Australians. 

March 14, 2013

Councillor Rad Datta outlines his fears if Strathfield were to amalgamate

I have met thousands of Strathfield residents in recent months. I have heard very few voices in support of amalgamation. My fellow Strathfield councillors have had similar experiences.

I regularly hear how people don’t want their council rates to rise, as they almost certainly would if Strathfield was amalgamated with surrounding LGAs with more challenging financial situations.

November 9, 2012


I am like you. I love my baby so much I found it one of the hardest things to do – place her in daycare. But it’s inevitable if you have a job to return to and just a necessity these days. We all need to go back to our jobs at some stage.

Now you can see why I wrote the daycare story in the current issue of the scene. I have to take every Friday off because no daycare centre will offer a place to my daughter.

June 8, 2012

Strathfield could become the “little Korea” of Sydney, reaping benefits in tourism, employment and investment.

Two academics have uncovered a major opportunity to put Strathfield on the tourist map and present Australia with a bold new international image of the municipality. According to Professor Jock Collins and Dr Joon Shin of the University of Technology Sydney’s Business School, Strathfield could become the “little Korea” of Sydney, reaping benefits in tourism, employment and investment.

August 5, 2011


The continuing furore about the Strathfield police shopfront obscures a more serious debate that pits highly mobile police units against “bobbies on the beat”.

 Superintendant Philip Rogerson is one of NSW’s most experienced police officers. He has served the state as a detective and in uniform for 32 years. He has worked some of the meanest streets in Australia, including Kings Cross, inspiration for the hit TV series Underbelly. 

Today, he is commander of Flemington LAC. From his headquarters in Auburn, he runs an operation that includes 220 men and women, the highway patrol, the commuter crime unit and a beat that comprises more than 124 cultural groups.

July 12, 2011

Wanted: Community leader willing to head up high-powered meetings, be the keynote speaker at public events, help oversee a staff of 171 and a budget $29 million. Must be available all day and into the evening, an be prepared to work at weekends. Pay

Wanted: Community leader willing to head up high-powered meetings, be the keynote speaker at public events, help oversee a staff of 171 and a budget $29 million. Must be available all day and into the evening, an be prepared to work at weekends. Pay: $1018.46 a week.

November 9, 2015

Police are investigating an armed robbery at a convenience store in North Strathfield.

The police allege a man entered the convenience store on George Street in the Bakehouse Quarter at around 6:30pm on Sunday 8 November.

Video footage has emerged showing the man threatening the 25-year-old attendant with a large knife.

The employee takes the money out of the till and hands the cash to the man, who then flees from the premises.

August 18, 2015

It has been 24 years since the Strathfield Massacre where Wade Frankum killed six people.

Twenty-four years ago on a sunny Saturday afternoon six people were killed and seven injured when North Strathfield resident Wade Frankum went on a shooting spree at Strathfield Plaza and later shot himself.

This week, Strathfield Council held a service to mark the 24th Anniversary of the Strathfield Massacre.

Dignitaries like Deputy Mayor Andrew Soulos, officers from Flemington LAC as well as Strathfield Massacre survivors Gregory Read as well as Geoff and Helen Boyce.

February 13, 2015

Big turn out at Arnott's birthday celebrations at Homebush where the biscuit maker was once based.

It was a day to celebrate Australia’s most delectable and iconic biscuits. 

Commemorating its 150th anniversary, Arnott’s officially kick-started the party on Friday by opening the doors to the community and paying tribute to the lifelong loyalty of its diligent staff at the Bakehouse quarter in North Strathfield.

“Millions of Australians have grown up with Arnott’s during the past 150 years. For them, Arnott’s is more than a food company – it’s a piece of Australia’s history and a national icon. 

January 9, 2015

Eight families face eviction after developer sells their previously State Government owned home.

With the state election campaign for the seat of Strathfield hotting up, Labor candidate Jodi McKay has championed her first issue as new Shadow Minister for Planning.

She is demanding the State Government investigates why tenants living in Homebush face eviction after wealthy property developers took over their previously state-government owned homes.

The 12 workers’ cottages, which were built by the Homebush Abattoir on the same land title, was sold by the Sydney Olympic Park Authority (SOPA) to developer Centennial Property Group (CPG) for $5.8 million.

November 7, 2014

White substance found in Boundary Creek in Sydney Olympic Park.

Reckless waste dumpers sparked a major health scare which could leave ratepayers footing part of a $25,000 clean-up bill.

Officers from the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) wearing Hazmat chemical protection suits were called in after Sydney Olympic Park Authority workers found
an unidentified white powder dumped in a creek.

The trails that run along Boundary Creek are popular among runners and cyclists. Many families use the area for picnics and walks.

October 19, 2014

Police are concerned there may be more incidents and are appealing for help

Flemington detectives are stepping up their hunt for a man who approaches teenaged girls and committed acts of indecency in the Strathfield.

He has committed offences five times this month in front of seven girls.

Officers are concerned that the man, who approaches the girls and commits a “lewd act”, may commit more serious offences unless he is caught.

In one incident, he grabbed one of the girls.

October 17, 2014

Labor mayor comes out fighting in battle for Strathfield state seat. 

Burwood mayor John Faker told Labor Party officials he wants to stand for pre-selection for the state seat of Strathfield, maintaining he should not be made to stand aside for former minister and Newcastle MP Jodi McKay.

“It’s going to be a dirty campaign,” he told the Scene.  “They are going to try to throw everything at me.”

October 10, 2014

How many of these people's jobs would survive amalgamation?

It’s 6:00 and Strathfield’s early risers are enjoying their morning coffees around the Town Square. Cars pull up in adjacent streets as workersand customers begin their day.

The municipality appears to be coming to life effortlessly – and that’s just the way the 150 people who work at Strathfield Council like it. 

What looks effortless actually takes a lot of painstaking planning and hard work, much of it out of sight and unsung.

September 5, 2014

This year, the Strathfield Rotary Club Police Officer of the Year awards honour two of the state’s finest. 

Detective Senior Constable Ian Kay was first at the scene after Strathfield father Joe Antoun was murdered at the front door of his home at the end of 2013.

Det Snr Const Kay has been named the Burwood local area command winner of this year’s Strathfield Rotary Club Police Officer of the Year awards, in part for his role in that case.

In the aftermath of the murder, the chilling images of Mr Antoun’s six-year-old twin daughters standing outside their Jersey Road home appeared on the front pages of newspapers and websites across the state.

August 8, 2014

Strathfield First, has accused the State Government of “payback” after the council was slapped with a performance improvement order.

The leader of Strathfield’s anti-amalgamation movement, Strathfield First, has accused the State Government of “payback” after the council was slapped with a performance improvement order.

The order is the first of its kind under new legislation from the Coalition Government and forces the council to review internal record‑keeping and procurement.

July 24, 2014

A nursing home employee allegedly slapped an elderly man.

An elderly man was allegedly slapped by an employee at a nursing home in Strathfield. 

Police allege the 90-year-old man was attacked at about 6:30pm while he was lying down in his bed at the home on Meredith Street last Thursday. 

The 59-year-old woman was arrested on Monday morning and the police are investigating the matter.

The woman, from Yenora was taken to Auburn Police Station where she was charged with assault.

She was granted conditional bail and will appear in Burwood Local Court on Tuesday 12 August 2014.

June 24, 2014

Drivers and shop owners watch in horror as road accident turned into a brutal attack

A 33-year-old Strathfield man is appearing in court today charged with grevious bodily harm following the bashing of a 73-year-old after a minor road traffic accident.

The elderly man is in intensive care at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital with a fractured neck and head injuries following the incident earlier this week. His wife is beleived to be by his side.

June 22, 2014

Dee Why runner wins both male major events at the 5th Cooks River Fun Run.

The weather may have been chilly, but the pace was hot when over 400 runners and walkers hit the ground for the annual Cooks River Fun Run. 

This year's star winner, Dee Why resident Jake Stollery took out both the 5km and 10km run.

"It was a pretty great achievement but for now, all I can think about is heading to the pub," he told the crowd. "I will definitely be back to compete next year. It is a great community event."

May 22, 2014

Australia hopes North and South can be reunited to end violations

Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop made a surprise visit to Strathfield today - and heard for herself of the hardships of two North Korean defectors.

Strathfield was chosen as the venue for the meeting, held during Human rights in North Korea Week,  because it is a centre for Korean Australians.

After hearing harrowing stories of human rights violations, the Minister sent a clear message to the Pyongyang regime that Australia will keep trying to reunite South and North Korea.

March 16, 2014

Four cars damaged in "suspicious" blazes, say police as they appeal for witnesses.

Police are investigating a series of car fires in Strathfield in the early hours of Sunday which left two BMWs burned and two other cars damaged.

Emergency services were called to the intersection of Liverpool Road and Rickard Road about 1.50am and found two BMWs “well alight”.

Fire crews put out the blaze, but not before two further cars  - a Hyundai 4WD and a Holden station wagon  - were damaged.

A crime scene has been established and specialist officers are examining the cars.