Content about Politics

March 22, 2015

Close fight means our seat will go down to the wire on polling day on Saturday

A new poll as put the Labor Party just ahead in the state seat of Strathfield, with less than a week to go before polling day.

All voter sampling suggests a nail-biting finish in Strathfield, after both sides mounted tough campaigns.

According to a ReachTel telephone poll taken on Thursday, and reported in today’s Fairfax Media, the two-party preferred vote stands at 50.8 per cent to Labor’s Jodi McKay and 49.2 per cent to incumbent Liberal Charles Casuscelli.

February 6, 2015

Consultation exercises are just a box to be ticked – and the Parramatta Road redevelopment is a classic example.

By the time you read this, you’ll have just a few days left to get your submission to the State Government on what you think of its plans to redevelop the Parramatta Road.

It’s a multibillion-dollar, 20-year project that affects 60,000 people. So you’d better get it right.

Where, for instance, should population density be greatest? In which suburbs should housing blocks tower over the community? Where should the schools go? The childcare centres? The transport hubs and hospitals?

January 31, 2015

Documents reveal Planning Minister intervened to cancel meetings and events, claims State Labor

Planning Minister Pru Goward has been accused of halting a community consultation program to inform residents of the massive redevelopment of the Parramatta Road.

Strathfield’s Labor candidate in the upcoming State Government election, Jodi McKay,  says documents released to Parliament reveal community events were slashed from 170 to just two.

She maintains this was done against the advice of Urban Growth, the agency handling Parramatta road’s redevelopment.

December 5, 2014

Resident Jane Pistolese sacrificed two years of her life to save her home. 

Most people would have given up. After all, who would take on State Government planners, a mighty educational institution and the Catholic Church? Certainly not a mother-of-four from Strathfield.

Yet Jane Pistolese ran a remarkable campaign, blocking a $55 million expansion of the Australian Catholic University’s Strathfield campus for three years, and winning backing from Council, the Planning Assessment Commission and the NSW Heritage Council.

May 9, 2014

Our new State Premier is a keen supporter of Strathfield Council's major plan to rebuild the Town Centre.

The extraordinary toll on Liberal State ministers wrought by the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption hearings may just have a sliver of a silver lining for Strathfield. At least, in the case of one long-running major issue.

New Premier Mike Baird was one of the party big guns wheeled out by Charles Casuscelli during his successful campaign to unseat Virginia Judge from the Strathfield constituency two years ago. The normally cautious Mr Baird, who was then shadow treasurer, proclaimed himself a big supporter of the proposed development of Strathfield Town Centre.

March 7, 2014

Alone, confused and in an alien environment

It is the sorry backstory of Australia’s ageing community of migrants, and something to ponder as Strathfield celebrates NSW Seniors Week this month. 

Of those elderly people in NSW who do not live in their own homes, 67 per cent live in nursing homes. A high proportion are elderly people of Chinese, Korean or Indian background – the men and women who helped build our country.

Yet a lack of multicultural care means they will find themselves in an increasingly alien culture – alone and confused.

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.

April 25, 2013

Cr Helen McLucas predicts Strathfield could face huge rate rises under the local government review panel's reform suggestions

 

The Sansom report is out and is recommending Strathfield Council merge with Burwood, Ashfield and Canada Bay and possibly Leichhardt and Marrickville as well.

The cost of amalgamations, mergers or boundary changes - all used interchangeably in the report - will be born by the rate payers with a strong emphasis on increasing rate revenue above CPI, with comments like "rate increases must meet underlying costs" and the need for "ongoing adjustments to rates and charges".

April 12, 2013

Strathfield's LEP is finally approved by the NSW government

Strathfield’s Local Environmental Plan (LEP) – the blueprint for the municipality’s growth over the next decade – has finally been approved by the NSW State Government.

The result of one of the largest consultation exercises in Strathfield’s history, the plan paints a fascinating picture of the changing face of one of Sydney’s oldest suburbs.

March 7, 2013

In part two of our series on the upcoming Federal Election, we asked Labor’s Environment Minister Tony Burke and new Liberal contender Ron Delezio, 59, where they stand on the major issues.

In part two of our series on the upcoming Federal Election, we asked Labor’s Environment Minister Tony Burke and new Liberal contender Ron Delezio, 59, where they stand on the major issues.

 

What makes you the better candidate?

March 7, 2013

In part two of our series on the upcoming Federal Election, we asked Labor’s Environment Minister Tony Burke and new Liberal contender Ron Delezio, 59, where they stand on the major issues.

In part two of our series on the upcoming Federal Election, we asked Labor’s Environment Minister Tony Burke and new Liberal contender Ron Delezio, 59, where they stand on the major issues.

 

What makes you the better candidate?

January 18, 2013

Planners recommend  ACU's controversial application to grow despite objections of "99.9% of the local residents"

By Strathfield Residents Action Group

November 9, 2012

Private eyes may be used to find the culprit

 

Strathfield’s mysterious poison pen has made an unwelcome return – and this time, the victims are determined to expose the culprit.

Letters  - some anonymous and some with fictitious names - have been sent to organizations, businesses, electors and even the Scene targeting some of the municipality’s newest councilors with claims of information that could cause a by-election.

The allegations have been checked and found to be completely false.

November 9, 2012

Private eyes may be used to find the culprit

 

Strathfield’s mysterious poison pen has made an unwelcome return – and this time, the victims are determined to expose the culprit.

Letters  - some anonymous and some with fictitious names - have been sent to organizations, businesses, electors and even the Scene targeting some of the municipality’s newest councilors with claims of information that could cause a by-election.

The allegations have been checked and found to be completely false.

September 17, 2012

First meeting sees Liberals take control

Strathfield Council officials have been holding briefing sessions for the new councillors so they can hit the road running when they attend their first meetings early next month.

The move follows the mayoral elections which saw Liberal leader Gulian Vaccari win the top job in a vote by the new seven-strong council at their first extraordinary meeting last Monday night.

Vaccari beat Labor leader Raj Data and Strathfield First’s Helen McLucas with the support of new deputy mayor, Andrew Soulos.

August 17, 2012

August 17 - Strathfield MP Charles Casuscelli has launched an astonishing attack on the mayors of Strathfield and Burwood over the new State planning laws.

Casuscelli has told councillors Paul Barron of Strathfield and John Faker of Burwood to “get real and get honest”.

He maintains in a statement issued on Friday night that the two mayors had responded to an invitation to take part in a review of the planning laws with "hysteria and raising unnecessary fear amongst our community.”

June 30, 2012

Promise puts the spotlight on State Government

Opposition leader Tony Abbott has pledged a Liberal government would put $1.5 billion towards building the M4 East, the infrastructure project many believe is the only way to relieve the traffic clogged roads of the Inner West.

But the move appears to put him at loggerheads with the NSW State Government, which is believed to be close to announcing the roadway won’t be at the top of its infrastructure plans.

March 9, 2012

Australian Catholic University's plan to expand hits opposition from residents, ministers and council step into the fray. 

 March 13 - Strathfield Council resolved tonight to send the Australian Catholic University an ultimatum demanding that it "cease and desist" from breaching consents on its student numbers.
It voted to give the ACU 14 days to comply or it would resolve to seek injunctions in the Land and Environment Court and recover costs.
 

February 10, 2012

Strathfield's draft LEP is now on public exhibition

Higher-density residential development along Parra-matta Road, increased building heights at the Town Centre, a food hub next to Sydney Markets and new business parks to attract jobs are among the highlights of Strathfield’s plans for the next decade, which went on show this month.

The town square is to be reclassified to allow for events like weekend markets, while a mixed business and residential area is proposed in Homebush, north of the railway station.

February 10, 2012

Angry residents fight against the Australian Catholic University's new development plans

March 4:  Strathfield Council has appointed a panel of experts to help in its bid to halt the Australian Catholic University's $55 million expansion plans.

It plans to challenge claims from the university that it has not exceeded its permitted student numbers - the ACU insists council sanctioned an increase in 2010, despite strenuous denials by Strathfield Council managers.

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.

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.

October 16, 2015

Government sources say Strathfield will be merged with Canada Bay and Burwood.

A new merger plan to amalgamate Strathfield, Canada Bay and Burwood was revealed today in The Daily Telegraph.

On the day that the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) handed its report to the state government, the article quoted a government source as confirming that Strathfield is one of the councils expected to merge.

Sydney’s 41 councils will be reduced to about 20 under the Baird Government’s plans to reform the local government sector.

October 15, 2015

Office of Local Government provides paper, Strathfield suggest alternative to amalgamation.

Strathfield Council is considering forming a new Joint Organisation with Ashfield, Burwood, Canada Bay, Leichhardt and Marrickville in a bid to stave off council amalgamations.

At an extraordinary meeting, council discussed the Office of Local Government’s Joint Organisations Emerging Directions Paper which recommended that Strathfield join its Inner West neighbours in a Joint Organisation.

It comes on the eve of the release of the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) report to the state government on council amalgamations.