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February 4, 2016

Premier Mike Baird and Paul Toole presented the case for amalgamation just before Christmas.  

After two years of fighting in the vanguard of the anti-amalgamation campaign, Strathfield residents could hardly have been surprised by the news that the NSW Government wants to merge their council with Burwood and Canada Bay.

Indeed, to some it was a relief. Auburn had been mentioned as a merger partner – a suggestion that had many deeply concerned.

November 27, 2015

The Local Government Minister has still to decide his response to an investigation intro Strathfield Council’s procurement procedures, it has been revealed.

Despite a council submission and claims five other authorities or consultants have endorsed the way Strathfield has dealt with the issue, the minister’s office told the Strathfield Scene the case has not been closed.

“The Minister is considering Strathfield Council’s submission in response to the final 430 investigation report,” a spokesperson told the Scene.

October 9, 2015

Councillor Raj Datta says he has been at the forefront of the campaign against council mergers

There is a rumour doing the rounds at the moment. That the NSW Government has been out to take revenge on Strathfield for its strident opposition to council amalgamation.
Last year, our well-run and debt-free council was served with a “performance order” claiming various procedures were
not being followed.
It has cost the council a lot of money and resources to fight this. The state government forced us to pay consultants more than $50,000 of ratepayers’ money to help.

June 3, 2014

Step inside the new Town Centre and experience the bus interchange, shops, theatre and cool new bar...

May 23, 2014

Strathfield's newest citizens were welcomed with a very special letter from the Mayor

At this month’s citizenship ceremony, Mayor Daniel Bott not created scores of new Australian citizens, but he also saw his wife Adria become an Aussie. He marked the occasion by writing a letter to the crowd:

Tonight you will sit alongside people from almost every race and culture on earth.

People who may never ever meet again, for a brief moment in time, in a small corner of the globe, will share the same Australia experience.

And all new citizens will have one thing in common; they all took a leap of faith to be here.

December 18, 2013

Arnott's site to be turned into a fabulous green lung for families 

September 18, 2013

Drew Street, Greenacre children's play area opens with a celebration


Strathfield Council is to hold a free BBQ this weekend to celebrate the opening of a new playground in Drew Street, Greenacre.

The BBQ, this Saturday September 21 at 11.30am to 1.30pm, will also include a community art project with artist Mazin Ahmed. 

“The community barbecue and new playground is part of a number of Council initiatives to support the community of this small pocket of residential houses in the southern most part of the Strathfield LGA,” said Strathfield mayor Cr Bott.

November 9, 2012

Deck the halls as council catches Christmas spirit

The Grinch would be very upset.

There will be a bigger than ever jingle in the bells of Strathfield – and the spirit of the season will be spread even wider.

Council workers began putting up lights this week heralding the start of a bumper Christmas season.

Permission has been sought  from Ausgrid to use its poles across all town centres in the local government area.

A many as 25 displays will be set up, provided Ausgrid agrees, at a cost of $67,100.

October 26, 2012

New advisory committees seek members from the community

A radical overhaul of Strathfield’s committee system has been unveiled – with new names and strong participation sought from the community.

The move is in line with pledges made during the election campaign to tap into the rich resources of Strathfield’s professional, academic and skilled residents.

June 17, 2012

Watch out for the rescheduled event

The first Strathfield Youth Film Festival, due to be held on June 16, has been postponed due to bad weather. Pouring rain meant the outside event could not be held.

January 26, 2016

Emotional ceremony sees Mayor Sang Ok tell his own story, as new citizens take the oath with pride

Justin Herald, Strathfield’s ambassador, offered this example of what it means to be Australian at Strathfield Council’s Australia Day celebrations this morning:

“Being an Australian is about driving a German car to an Irish pub for a Belgian beer; and then driving home with an Indian curry or Turkish kebab, enjoying dinner sitting on Swedish furniture and watching American television.”

January 25, 2016

Fun for all the family as new citizens are sworn in at Strathfield Park from 8.30 am

The sausages sizzle and the park is filled with pride –Strathfield Council’s annual Australia Day gathering kicks off at 8.30am today, when our newest citizens swear the oath under the watchful gaze of local dignitaries.

Strathfield’s Citizen of the Year and Young Citizen of the Year are also announced at the ceremony.

December 18, 2015

Examination process will begin next month and could take six months. Rates will be frozen and local government elections likely delayed 

The State Government has recommended Strathfield, Burwood and Canada Bay should be merged - but only after another consultation exercise.

Premier Mike Baird and Local Government Minister Paul Toole announced their position after months of speculation.

Mr Toole said he will refer the merger proposals to the Chief Executive of the Office of Local Government for examination and he report back under the current Local Government Act.

December 17, 2015

Councillors and Mayor to attend online briefing with the Premier and Local Government minister

The Mayor of Strathfield and councillors have been summoned to a webinar address by Premier Mike Baird and Local Government Minister Paul Toole, when the pair are expected to reveal the next steps in the reform of local government.

Strathfield has been fighting plans to amalgamate the 130-year-old municipality for two years, leading other councils throughout the state in their battle to stay independent.

December 15, 2015

Residents refused to leave meeting after Mayor called for closed session.

Police were called to a Strathfield Council extraordinary meeting this evening.

When the Scene called officers from Flemington LAC, a spokesperson said, "Police officers were called to the Strathfield Library in Homebush after four people refused to leave the meeting."

It is believed the acting general manager, Neale Redman called the police after Mayor Sang Ok tried to move the meeting into a closed session.

Four residents refused the leave and Cr Ok paused the meeting for 10 minutes to wait for the authorities.

November 25, 2015

Series of extraordinary meetings appears to be over - but Strathfield still faces merger threat

After a marathon 12 hours of debate during six meetings called under the mayor’s powers to hold “extraordinary meetings”, Strathfield Council has resolved on a new way to assess its general manager’s performance.

With the threat of amalgamation and even oblivion hanging over its 130-year history, it may seem an esoteric point.

November 12, 2015

Council splits over no-talks stance and Deputy Mayor Andrew Soulos deides in favour or residents after lengthy and emotional debate 

It was the night the people’s voice was heard.

More than a dozen residents turned up at an extraordinary meeting of Strathfield Council tonight to make sure their representatives maintained their implacable stance against amalgamation.

They clapped.  They cheered.  They jeered.

And they applauded and whooped for joy when a motion suggesting talks with Burwood and Canada Bay went down.

September 29, 2015

Sang Ok is the new mayor and could even be the last to wear Strathfield's mayoral garb

Strathfield has a new mayor – Liberal Councillor Sang Ok was voted by fellow Liberals Stephanie Kokkolis and Gulian Vaccari, backed by independent Andrew Soulos.

He is the second Korean to hold the important post  - and may be the last in the municipality’s 130-year-old municipality.

If Strathfield is amalgamated under the State Government’s local government reform plans, then there will only be one councilor representing our 37,000 residents.

August 30, 2015

Cr Gulian Vaccari beats fund raising target - but is still looking for donations!

Strathfield Mayor Gulian Vaccari and his team have completed the punishing Oxfam Trailwalker 100 km charity fund raiser this weekend, with donations of $6,865 to help the world's poor.

Cr Vaccari was joined by daughter Laura, and friends Rick and Rachel Vosila as part of the V4 turbo team.

And they lived up to their name, exceeding their funding target more almost $2,000 and coming home in 30 hours and 52 minutes, more than two hours ahead of the average.

June 29, 2015

Save Our Strathfield urges residents:  it's your last chance to make your views known

Save our Strathfield has appealed to residents to step up and help the fight to keep Strathfield independent as the State Government issued a warning that councils could face amalgamated by October.

The residents action group has urged all Strathfield residents to send their views on amalgamation to the State Parliamentary Inquiry, to ensure MPs are in no doubt that the municipality wants to remain a separate suburb of Sydney.

April 13, 2015

"Baseline" monitoring starts to ensure that any change in air particles and noise levels can be measured 

The giant transport hub at Enfield began operations this month – amid continuing concerns about who will carry out health and traffic monitoring to safeguard local residents and schools.

Strathfield Council has already carried out “baseline” monitoring at Enfield Intermodal Logistics Centre – which will be critical for comparisons when the logistics centre heads towards hundreds of trucks a day – even though it is actually a State responsibility.

April 13, 2015

Residents urged to turn up and run - or watch - Strathfield's premier sporting event in aid of bowel cancer charity


They are under starter's orders.  And this Sunday's Cooks River Fun Run is set to be more fun than ever.

Competition looks set to be strong, with many of those who have taken part before back on the track to win glory.

Third time competitor, 32-year-old Erika Rimes, for instance.

“I have been training five to six days a week, and my training sessions involve speed running and long distance,” says Ms Rimes.

In 2013, Ms Rimes was placed in the top 40 and in 2014, in the top 30.

December 21, 2014

Religious and community leaders come together to remember the tragic events of recent times at municipality's Town Centre

In a strong display of Strathfield’s sympathetic heart  - and its multi-racial roots - residents from across communities and religions gathered next to the Town Centre Christmas tree this weekend to remember a series of sad events.

A vigil organised by Cr Raj Data saw Mayor Gulian Vaccari and religious leaders pay their respects.

November 3, 2014

Veteran MP and former minister shows Labor means business in seat it once held with Virginia Judge

“Humbled to be confirmed this evening as Labor's candidate for Strathfield. Campaigning starts tomorrow. Bring on March!”

Former minister and Newcastle MP Jodi Mckay tweeted a triumphant win over Labor’s Inner West establishment last night after seizing the nomination for the key seat of Strathfield.

The move finally dashed any hopes of Burwood Mayor John Faker and his supporters, who had sought the nomination, and set the agenda for a strong fight for the seat once held by Labor's Virginia Judge.