Content about Municipality of Strathfield

May 14, 2015

The new Strathfield MP Jodi McKay made her inaugural parlimentary speech on Wednesday night.

Mr Deputy Speaker


I am pleased you are in the Chair for my address. You’ve been a friend and wise counsel since my early days in this house.


I rise today with a unique privilege – of someone who has been given a second chance to make a difference in this great State.


Not since the earliest days of this Parliament has someone generally had the opportunity of representing more than one geographically separate electorate.


December 10, 2013

It's been a busy year for our local, state and federal politicans but they take the time out this festive season to wish Strathfield all the best for the new year.


With Christmas and New Year fast approaching, this is an opportune time to reflect on the past year at Strathfield Council.

2013 has seen the completion of some great projects. New playgrounds have been installed in Austin Park and Drew Street Reserve, and a new amenities block built at Begnell Oval. The Laker Reserve Community Garden was recently opened, and council has begun the process of developing the Australian and Korean Memorial Gardens at Bressington Park.

September 19, 2013

Strathfield MP Charles Casuscelli argues the WestConnex is essential for the Inner West

In the late 1940's the Cumberland County Council revolutionised how planning was being done for a big chunk of metropolitan Sydney. They included long term planning for major roads and set aside strategic corridors for future motorways, the need for a road corridor for what we know as the M4 today was foreseen by visionary people in 1951.

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.

April 28, 2013

Cr Helen McLucas examines what the Local Government Review Panel's merger proposals means for the relationship between professional staff and elected councillors


The Future Directions for Local Government Report and its predecessor  introduced the disturbing proposal of an instant expert to run Councils – a highly paid Executive Mayor with power over Council’s General Manager.

The Report’s panel has determined “enhancing the role of mayors" to make a major contribution to:

·       focusing councils on strategic issues,

·       improving governance and

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 28, 2013

The Strathfield Residents Action Group speak to Ten News about the increasing parking and road problems around the Australian Catholic University. 

The Strathfield Residents Action Group speak to Ten News about the increasing parking and road problems around the Australian Catholic University. 

March 22, 2013

Councillor Raj Datta makes an appeal for residents to get behind the anti-amalgamation campaign, Save our Strathfield.

As you may be aware, the NSW Government is currently considering forcing Strathfield Council to amalgamate into a larger mega-council area. 

I am strongly opposed to this because I believe is against the wishes of the overwhelming majority of Strathfield residents. 

My fellow councillors and I were loud and clear about our opposition to amalgamation in the recent local government elections and we were elected by the community on that basis. 

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.

December 20, 2012

Schools move up table for exam performance

Strathfield schools have scored significant success in this year's HSC results, and are punching well above their weight.

Of the Sydney Morning Herald’sTop 100 schools, four are from the Strathfield Local Government Area. Meriden School, Santa Sabina College, St Patrick’s College and Strathfield Girls High School all made it to the prestigious list.

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.

September 2, 2012

Some say council elections are a waste of time and money. We don't agree

A Sydney Sunday newspaper recently claimed in a leading article about Saturday’s poll for councillors that it was “ A complete waste of time and money”.

The Sunday Telegraph called for reform, and suggested the O’Farrell government “re-draw the boundaries and set up a system that actually works for the people and the state”.

The paper cited the Sydney Business Chamber’s push to cut the state’s 152 councils.  In particular, it suggests 10 “super” councils to run Sydney.

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.

July 6, 2012


Labor, Liberal and new grass roots group, Strathfield First go head-to-head at the September council elections but Burwood Mayor, Councillor John Faker seems to be one of the hottest topics during the campaign period. 

The three main contestants battling for seats on Strathfield Council in the upcoming September elections have now announced the majority of their candidates – and the Strathfield Scene asked them to spell out their stance on the major issues.

One new group, Strathfield First Action Group, is leading the charge for the independents’ ticket with a team including the Mayor, Cr Paul Barron and his deputy, Cr Helen McLucas.

May 4, 2012

Strathfield is an area on the move with a bold new vision

Strathfield has just completed one of the biggest consultation exercises in its history. Residents, workers, students and business owners were asked what they want their neighbourhood to be in the run-up to 2025.

May 4, 2012


In a bold new bid to transform the way Strathfield is perceived, councillors have ordered a report on seeking city status.

Strathfield’s leading position in the inner west as a commercial and transport hub has prompted a council move to seek city status  – a significant step in ensuring the area’s assets are fully recognised.

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

Residents speak up about what they want for Strathfield's future

The residents of Strathfield are going to be hard put to complain that they have not been consulted this year.

First, they have already turned out to give their views on the Strathfield 2025 Community Strategic Plan, designed to give them a voice on the future of the municipality and its services and facilities. The final consultations will conclude this month after more than three months of community engagement.

This exercise aims to get residents thinking about the big picture.

September 13, 2011

An exciting range of new events, initiatives and infrastructure projects to reposition Strathfield as the business and cultural hub of Sydney's inner-west. 


This weekend marks an important milestone for Strathfield.

It will see the first in a series of big events designed to transform Sydney’s view of the municipality – and hopefully position it as one of the movers and shakers of the inner-west.

It is, in effect, the launch of Brand Strathfield. Expect to hear much more of this in the coming weeks.

August 8, 2011

Scene wins through to finals in record turnout


The Newspaper Publishers Association of Australia has "highly commended" the Strathfield Scene at its 2011 awards ceremony in Sydney.

The Scene, just one year old in June, received its accolade despite a record entry of more than 1,000 publications from across Australia, Asia and the Pacific.

It is a great result for Strathfield – this year, there was a record turnout of newspapers, the top gong went to The Age. To be recognised in company like that after just one year is very special.

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.