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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.

July 4, 2014

CCTV cameras to be trialled in Homebush West.

Two CCTV cameras will be installed around the Homebush West shopping precinct to battle vandalism and crime around the area.

The non-monitored cameras are part of a pilot to test their effectiveness in curbing attacks on property.

Councillor Raj Datta made a passionate plea to trial the cameras in Homebush West first.

He said the business community and Flemington Chamber of Commerce were still concerned at the amount of vandalism.

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.

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.

 

August 23, 2012

Candidate Raj Datta says keep state and federal issues out of local government

Thursday 23 August: As the political campaigns heat up, the Labor Party were seen this morning at Strathfield Station advocating local issues for the community.

Candidate Raj Datta said he had been speaking with residents and businesses about local problems and is sending a clear message to other candidates to keep state and federal issues out of local government.

August 17, 2012

Former Strathfield Mp, Virginia Judge outraged by Labor candidate, Raj Datta

Friday 17 August: Strathfield Labor ticket leader Raj Datta has defended the use of pictures of former MP Virginia Judge on his website, after an anonymous tipster sent journalists claims that Judge was not endorsing him.

A statement, which was sent to the Scene earlier today from something called "The Tipoff" said Judge is ‘very angry and upset’ with the usage of the photos and Datta using them as endorsement material.

August 15, 2012

Labor party believes O'Farrell government will merge councils after elections

August 15 - Labor candidate, Raj Datta believes his party has uncovered a plan for the O’Farrell government to merge councils after the local government elections and is calling for transparency over the issue.

In recent weeks, Datta’s party has developed a strong stance against amalgamation and believes Strathfield is at risk of merging with surrounding councils such as Burwood and Auburn.

April 10, 2012

All change as Labor announced its new line-up for the September election.

Strathfield will see a new team of Labor candidates at this year’s September council elections. Five new faces – John Townsend, Raj Datta, Daniel Bott, Puvanendranathan Vasantha and Kuan Lam – will stand for elections, replacing the party’s current line-up of Councillors Sundar Eswaran, Keith Kwon and Hope Brett-Bowen.