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February 14, 2015

Federal deputy opposition leader Tanya Plibersek headed up a star studded list of Labor personalities who turned up to launch candidate Jodi McKay's campaign for the state seat of Strathfield

By Peter Lynch and Anastasia Prikhodko

On Friday, it was Federal Labor leader Bill Shorten and NSW opposition leader Luke Foley.

July 28, 2014

As Strathfield Station is ranked among the worst, a seasoned commuter laments the hours spent parked at the platform in Homebush.


Sydney trains and the people that run them really make my blood boil.

In fact, they irritate me so frequently that if you were to scroll through my Facebook and Twitter timelines you’d find more disgruntled posts about public transport than you would about my ‘awesome nights out’.

July 22, 2014

State MP clashes with John Faker over station security

Strathfield MP Charles Casuscelli claims Burwood Mayor John Faker has finally revealed he is a state election candidate.

But in a continuation of the guessing game The Labor Party is playing over a candidate for the seat, the man himself continued his stance of " no comment" when asked if he was going to make a tilt at State Parliament.

March 21, 2014

Fascinating work carried out by Strathfield Men's Shed, from boats to musical instruments

A free barbecue and heaps of interesting tools and work will feature at the inaugural Strathfield Men's Shed open day on Saturday March 22 from 10am to 4pm.

Location: 28, Pomeroy Street, Homebush

Gold coin donation on the day

January 18, 2014

Why Barry O'Farell and the WestConnex Delivery Authority need to go and rent a very old film and learn about community management and communications

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”.

December 7, 2013

Hundreds of families turn out for the night that kicks off the spirit of Christmas in Strathfield

They came with chairs, rugs and hampers - many wearing Santa hats and T-shirts.

Hundreds of families watched  music, a movie and fireworks at Strathfield's annual carols concert this weekend, turning the park into a huge community picnic.

November 30, 2013

Big demand from residents who want to grow their own veggies and flowers may lead to more community gardens

There were lemon and avocado trees. Veggies and flowers.  Strathfield’s first community garden was officially opened this weekend, allowing green-fingered residents to plant their own small areas of earth.

The gardens, at Lakers Reserve on Elva Street, will serve as a first communal location for all things agricultural.  There will be events and training as well as growing, so even those who missed out on a plot will be able to share and take part.

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.

October 18, 2013

Big name chefs turn morning markets into a food feast


Would you eat them in a box? Would you eat them with a fox?- From Green Eggs and Ham by Dr Seuss

Foodie or not, my food safety training makes me highly suspicious of eggs in unnatural hues.

But, just like the subtle but complete change so effectively demonstrated by punctuation pedant Lynne Truss in the book Eats, Shoots and Leaves, when a celebrated chef calls his dish “Greens, Eggs and Ham”, you'll find me chowing down appreciatively.

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.

September 14, 2013

Prime Time offers fellowship on the third Wednesday of each month


The Anglican Parish of Enfield and Strathfield is forming a new ministry to be known as “Prime Time”. This ministry is bible-based and open to all men and women of any age. Features of the meetings are a friendly welcome, excellent speakers and a light luncheon with time for fellowship. Meetings will be in the upper hall at St Thomas’ Church Coronation Parade Enfield from 11am – 1pm on the 3rd Wednesday of each month. Your RSVP would be appreciated.

For details please contact 9706 7517  or  0410 642 270.

May 13, 2013

Federal Government pledges $1.8 million to new road but puts a price on the aid

The much-needed WestConnex roadway, designed to ease the traffic clogged roads of the Inner West, sparked a fresh political row following the Budget.

The government pledged $1.8 billion for the project. But the devil is in the detail – and NSW State Treasurer Mike Baird maintained they were playing politics.

The Infrastructure Minister Anthony Albanese's offer to help fund the $10 billion project and ease the traffic gridlock came with one important stipulation:  no tolls on existing roads.

December 9, 2012

Show us the homes with Christmas cheer!

With Strathfield spending more this year than ever on lights and decorations, some home in the municipality are showing Sydney that the area knows how to celebrate.

The picture shows one house in Chalmers Road that has really gone the distance - with almost every area of garden covered in something with a Christmas or Santa flavour.

Neighbours next door and across the road have also joined in the lights extravaganza - proving that spreading Christmas cheer is all about example!

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.

July 16, 2012

Full details expected in the next few days

The Australian Catholic University is set to unveil its revised concept plan for the controversial redevelopment of its Strathfield campus shortly.

The university has sent the plans to the State planning department, which is expected to put them on its website shortly.

According to full-page newspaper advertisements, the ACU claims: “We’re confident that the amendments will address the concerns raised over the past few months and provide a good outcome for the site and local area.”

July 16, 2012

Mayor and political candidates get tour of the home of traditional craft skills

Strathfield Men's Shed played host to Mayor cr Paul Barron, and political candidates Helen McLucas of Strathfield First and the Liberal's Reid candidate Craig laundy at the weekend.

Laying on a traditional sausage sizzle, it was the perfect time to tell the area's leaders what the men's shed team are up to.

Ken Burrows, the shed's president, proudly showed the traditional workmanship going into his 16 ft clinker sailing boat, while vice president Jim Windshuttle extolled te virtues of his classic wood planes.

September 5, 2011

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July 4, 2011

A 25 piece Coral Sea photo exhibition titled ‘The Coral Sea: Our Ocean Paradise’  will bring the Coral Sea to life in Sydney.  The exhibition is showing at Strathfield Plaza, 11 The Boulevarde, Strathfield  from 11 July till 17 July.  Opening hours - Monday to Wednesday 9-5.30, Thursday 9am-9pm, Friday 9am-5.30pm, Sat 9am-4pm, Sun 10am-4pm.

January 30, 2016

Daniel Bott speaks and Gulian Vaccari watches.

Save Our Strathfield and Strathfield Council both gave strong performances at today's special public inquiry into council amalgamations.

The group, which has been in the vanguard of the fight against amalgamation, urgws residents to attend the public inquiry held at The Canada Bay Club, in William Street, Five Dock from 1pm until 5pm, and from 7pm until 10pm.

But the group was concerned about how much time Strathfield people will be allocated.

January 28, 2016

Mayor claims he didn't know who was in charge while general manager was on holiday and bereavement leave 

Viv May, former General Manger of Mozman Council, has been appointed to act in the role in Strathfield during the absence of David Backhouse.



Mr Backhouse, who has been with the council for 27 years, will return on February 15 after breavement leave over the deaths of his mother and brother-in-law.

Mayor Sang Ok won the right to appointed an acting GM following a bitter and emotional debate over the absence of Mr Backhouse during the Christmas break.

January 6, 2016

SES flooded with calls as bad weather raises havoc with trees - but weather expected to ease

Fallen trees, flash flooding and damaged roofs have meant Strathfield’s valiant SES volunteers were “swamped with calls” this week.

But despite the state receiving a month’s rain in 48 hours, our local SES heroes rose to the task.

“Our teams have been hard at work on Tuesday and Wednesday assisting households”, Strathfield SES Local Controller Darrin Parkin said.

They received eight calls for help at 7:00pm on Wednesday alone, according to a statement.

December 17, 2015

David Backhouse still at his desk despite mayoral minute on leave request