Content about Homebush, New South Wales

December 7, 2013

Family watch as father is punched to the ground by three man gang

A Homebush couple and their three children suffered a horrifying ordeal last night in what police believe may have been a case of mistaken identity.

Three men knocked at the door of their Hornsey Road home and asked for help just after 10pm. They then forced their way into the home of a 42-year-old man and his 34-year-old partner.

Both were assaulted and the three men, according to police, “made a number of demands”.

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.

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.

December 7, 2012

Inaugural winner announced and on show until December 10


Najee Roude, a Homebush Boys student, has won top prize at the municipality’s inaugural Strathfield HSC Art Exhibition.

The exhibition showcases the work of local Year 11 and Year 12 students. The diverse artworks from the municipality’s most talented budding artists will be up on display at Strathfield Town Hall until Monday Dec 10.

Roude’s work, titled Desolate of mind, is very much grounded in his Australian upbringing.

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.

November 9, 2012

Tell us your daycare wait list stories and we will follow up in the Scene


The desperate plight of Inner West mothers forced to work but unable to find daycare has led to a massive increase in Strathfield waiting lists.

Local couples are being forced to wait well over a year, thanks to the area’s amazingly cheap prices and good transport connections, which have attracted babies from all over Sydney.

The plight of Strathfield’s youngest residents and their parents has sparked a debate over whether child care operators can and should give local couples priority.

August 14, 2012

New group goes for Strathfield residents

August 14 - Strathfield's council elections are heating up with the formation of a new political group, bringing the total number of parties or independent bodies contesting the seven seats to five.

United Strathfield joins Strathfield First in the battle to win the hearts and minds of residents with a strong local appeal on issues.

Also in the line up for seats are the Liberals, Labor and the Unity Party.

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.

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 18, 2015

Strathfield MP Jodi McKay says light rail and Strathfield Town Centre should have been included in strategy.

For the seventh time in 17 years, a plan has been unveiled to revamp a tired and congested Parramatta Road.

Earlier this week, Planning Minister Rob Stokes released the draft Parramatta Road strategy which will allow around $28 billion worth of development over the next 30 years.

But while the housing targets have decreased from 50,000 to 40,000 new homes, Homebush will still bear the brunt of the development.

September 9, 2015

WestConnex to build M4 East tunnel interchange on Concord Road.

The WestConnex Delivery Authority today released its Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) report on the M4 East - and immediately came under attack from Labor over the construct pollution that will be created.

The report, which lists out the environmental and health impact on residents living around the area, includes concept designs never seen before.

Construction has already started and is expected to finish by 2019  - which Strathfield MP Jodi McKay says will cause havoc on Parramatta Road and Concord Road for the next four years.

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.

August 7, 2015

Money promised for St Martha's crossing will not be delivered. 

How long after an election promise can it be called “broken” when it is not delivered? This was the question occupying Strathfield councillors this month after they were told $250,000 pledged for a raised pedestrian crossing at St Martha’s Primary School would not be delivered this year, and could arrive any time in the next four years.

The debate began when Mayor Gulian Vaccari issued a Mayoral Minute thanking the State Government for pledging money to build a pedestrian crossing outside St Martha’s.

July 24, 2015

Resident urged to protest outside Parliament House against amalgamation.

Save Our Strathfield are urging residents to continue their fight against the threat of amalgamation.

In a combined effort with the Save Our Councils movement, which includes councillors and residents from across Sydney, there will be a protest outside parliament house on Monday 27 July.

Save Our Strathfield's co-chair Nella Gaughan said the group will continue to rally until a decision by the State Government is made.

June 24, 2015

Arnotts Park, Girl Guides Hall and Bills Boyce Park taken from the community. 

It has been revealed that the State Government has told Strathfield that it will be acquiring three properties in the area as part of the construction of WestConnex.

Bills Boyce Reserve in Homebush will be acquired on a lease arrangement until 2019 and he Girl Guide Hall at 53 Ismay Avenue, which is currently being used by the Strathfield Girl Guides will be taken over permanently by the WestConnex Authority.

The Arnotts Park, which Strathfield Council fought for a decade for, will also be acquired by the WestConnex Delivery Authority until 2019.

June 5, 2015

Homebush, once a hot spot for robbery has become safer after police efforts. 

Robbery cases have fallen dramatically in Strathfield and Homebush, suggesting a plague of such crimes last year may be easing.

The statistics, revealed to the Sceneby Flemington police in a quarterly update of NSW Recorded Crime Statistics, shows Strathfield has seen a 25% decrease in robberies in the last two years while Homebush West’s numbers fell by 35% in the last five years.

Overall, the number of robberies reported in 2015 are down compared with 2014.

June 5, 2015

The WestConnex Delivery Authority releases plans for the three-lan twin tunnels.

Pollution stacks will be built near homes in Homebush and Haberfield as part of the State Government’s WestConnex project.

The new designs which were released yesterday show that thousands of people will be affected by the emission outlets under the plan to build the three-lane twin tunnels from the existing M4 at Homebush to Haberfield.

Of those residents, hundreds of Homebush residents will be affected.

June 4, 2015

Route for roads announced, but Strathfield loses its new reserve

The State Government is to take over the land at Arnotts Reserve for a WestConnex Depot, Strathfield MP Jodi McKay has confirmed.

And a team from WestConnex began door-knocking homes to tell families their properties were being acquired.

She revealed exclusively to the Scene that the WestConnex Delivery Authority will be using Arnott’s Park for the construction of the billion dollar infrastructure project.

May 28, 2015

Planning Minsiter Rob Stokes and Strathfield MP Jodi McKay announce consultation period around WestConnex.

The State Government has made a promise to restart the consultation period for the WestConnex for residents and businesses along Parramatta Road in an astonishing about face.

Planning Minister Rob Stokes and Strathfield MP Jodi McKay announced that the State Government will start the consultations in October this year in an interview with the Scene and encouraged residents to take part.

It is a stunning win for Ms McKay, who is the new Labor MP but also the Shadow Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight.

May 22, 2015

Parramatta Road and Homebush Bay road corridors have been identified as roads which are stunting the economy.

Two of the country’s worst roads which have been identified by the first national audit of Australia’s infrastructure, are within the Strathfield Local Government Area.

The Homebush Bay to Mona Vale and Parramad Road Corridors are two of the 10 roads which the report says, are killing our economy.

According to the report, the Federal Government’s top infrastructure adviser has warned that massive investment is needed to avoid a congestion crunch in Australia’s biggest cities.

May 8, 2015

Council are still trying to fight for more funding for the pedestrian blackspot.

It had been named one of the most dangerous pedestrian blackspots. But Strathfield Council is working to make it safe while battling to get funds from the State Government.

Last month saw the opening of a new ramp for parents with prams that can help safely negotiate Marlborough Road, a notorious one-way street that carries heavy traffic to Centenary Drive.

Lighting was installed and footpaths widened around the underpass last year. A community barbecue celebrated the opening on the corner of Richmond Road and The Crescent, Homebush West.

May 8, 2015

State Government leaders considering amalgamating Strathfield with five other councils are to receive a special report outlining why the municipality should remain independent.

The report, being compiled this month by council managers and called a “Council Improvement Proposal” will be the municipality’s only official response to the State Government’s demand for a “Fit for the Future” plan.

Strathfield councillors voted unanimously at their May meeting to ask for the June deadline for such documents to be extended.

March 16, 2015

Transport Minister and Strathfield MP announce new upgrades

Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian and Strathfield MP Charles Casuscelli announced earlier today, that Homebush Train Station will be receiving new lifts.

Homebush is one of four Western Sydney stations that will be upgraded with lifts as part of a multi-million dollar commitment to improve access to train services.

“This is a huge win for the local community and a project the local member Charles Casuscelli has been fighting for,” said Ms Berejiklian.

March 7, 2015

Charles Casuscelli and Jodi McKay go head-to-head on the big issues in the state seat: amalgamation, planning and housing density and traffic

It was billed as Strathfield’s one and only public debate between the candidates for the State seat.

And last night, all sides declared it a big success after two hours of quizzing and grilling at a packed Town Hall meeting.

There were no worms, so working out the real victor is an imprecise art.