Content about Social Issues

November 7, 2014

The fate of two 17-year-old Muslim boys demonstrates two sides of the radicalisation debate.

Before noon every Friday at Strathfield South High School, 17-year-old Shaukat Liaqat Ali and some of his classmates hold prayers. When the bell signals the end of another day, he laces on his soccer boots and heads to the local park.

Shaukat is a multicultural Australian success story. He has managed to assimilate while retaining his cultural and religious identity.

September 5, 2014

The Enfield refuge where women sought help after becoming the victims of domestic violence has changed hands, sparking fears it will no longer specialise in supporting this vulnerable group. 

The young mother’s problems were extreme, even by the standards of the Enfield caseworkers who run a secret women’s refuge for those fleeing domestic violence.

Her partner was physically abusive.  He attacked her in front of her children. His rage was so great, he even smashed holes in the walls of their rented unit.

She needed money to change the locks – and to repair the damage. And food for her children.

March 7, 2014

Alone, confused and in an alien environment

It is the sorry backstory of Australia’s ageing community of migrants, and something to ponder as Strathfield celebrates NSW Seniors Week this month. 

Of those elderly people in NSW who do not live in their own homes, 67 per cent live in nursing homes. A high proportion are elderly people of Chinese, Korean or Indian background – the men and women who helped build our country.

Yet a lack of multicultural care means they will find themselves in an increasingly alien culture – alone and confused.

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.

November 8, 2013

How one 14-year-old-boy turned an acknowledgement of country into a passionate statement of pride.

The opening of a new primary school in Strathfield attracted an unusual throng of high-profile dignitaries. The NSW governor, Her Excellency Marie Bashir, Premier Barry O’Farrell and the director of the State Education Department were there.

When the crowd stood for the acknowledgement of the country, one voice rang out strong and clear.

March 12, 2013

Huge police sweep comes close to Strathfield

A huge police operation aimed at bikie gangs, drugs and guns included a raid on a Belfield home, it has been revealed.

Police have yet to reveal details of the raid in the area - which straddles Strathfield and Canterbury.

December 4, 2012

Strathfield, Ashfield and Burwood on the block

The State Government is reportedly considering giving its backing to a report which calls for amalgamations of councils in the Inner West, with speculation that Strathfield, Ashfield and Burwood could be on the block.

According to The Daily Telegraph’s state political editor Andrew Clennell, Local Government Minister Don Page considers the current 152 councils unsustainable.

As reported on Ourstrathfield last week, an independent panel on restructuring councils is expected to report in March, and could outline which councils should merge.

November 15, 2012

Horrible death of a young Australian native


RSPCA NSW has called for restraint after a horrific act of cruelty against a young flying fox, spray painted by attackers in Strathfield.

The young fox suffocated due to paint inhalation and died.

According to reports made to the animal welfare body, there have been a number of incidents involving young flying foxes in the inner west, with many people considering them pests.

Infact, maintains Chief Inspector David O'Shannessy, some species are listed as 'vulnerable" and are Australian natives.

October 5, 2012

Our new mayor on keeping council together

It may have been an agonising week-long wait, but many Strathfield electors appear happy with the tight result they handed their new councillors after the September 8 poll.

The three Liberals – who came so close to a majority on the seven-seat council – now have to spend the next four years ensuring the support of at least one independent. And the two Labor councillors will always feel there is a tantalising chance of a shift in power. 

August 31, 2012

Strathfield First say they are calling in police over posters and poison pen letters


August 31 – Strathfield First today said they had called in police to investigate poison pen letters and abusive posters, claiming dirty tricks were now appearing in the Strathfield Council election campaign.

With just over a week to go before polling day for seats on the Council, candidates are setting a cracking pace of leafleting, door knocking and public appearances.

But the Strathfield First allegations have cast a shadow over campaigning. 

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.

February 19, 2012

Hard lessons from two hours of meeting with the neighbours

You could almost feel sorry for Professor Marea Nicholson, Associate vice chancellor of the Australian Catholic University’s Sydney Campuses.

If she or her colleages were hoping no-one would pay much attention to the ACU's campus development plans at Strathfield, they may as well go to the bottom of the class and put on a dunce's hat.

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.

November 6, 2015

Strathfield Council's special amalgamation report.

The  Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) nod to the proposed merger of Auburn, Burwood and Canada Bay councils has occurred with almost no scrutiny or community consultation of the proposal, which would be required if assessed by the NSW Boundaries Commission.

In the speed to approve any merger proposal, neither IPART nor the NSW Government has investigated how this proposal lines up with state and regional plans or questioned the use of cost estimates which are not audited or quantified.

October 15, 2015

Office of Local Government provides paper, Strathfield suggest alternative to amalgamation.

Strathfield Council is considering forming a new Joint Organisation with Ashfield, Burwood, Canada Bay, Leichhardt and Marrickville in a bid to stave off council amalgamations.

At an extraordinary meeting, council discussed the Office of Local Government’s Joint Organisations Emerging Directions Paper which recommended that Strathfield join its Inner West neighbours in a Joint Organisation.

It comes on the eve of the release of the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) report to the state government on council amalgamations.

September 23, 2015

Police are looking for four males who are believed to be involved in two armed robberies.

Two people were robbed at knifepoint last night in North Strathfield and Concord.

At around 6pm, a 25-year-old man was sitting in his Suzuki in Clermone Lane in North Strathfield, using his mobile phone.

He was approached by four males - one opened the passenger door and threatened him with a knife and took his phone and cash.

Another opened the driver's door and the other two stood in front of the car.

Around 10 minutes later, a 15-year-old boy was walking on Wellbank Street in Concord carrying a skateboard and helmet.

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.

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.

July 27, 2015

Residents warned that Bankstown Council has made a grab for Strathfield

Strathfield Council has released a new pamphlet informing residents that Bankstown Council has made a grab for a portion of the municipality.

The leaflet, titled ‘Back Off Bankstown – Have Your Say’ was handed out to residents over the weekend.

The leaflet says representatives from Bankstown Council claim Strathfield residents use their amenities, which they have used as the rationale behind asking the State Government for a boundary change.

May 20, 2015

A school-aged teen saw a man committing a lewd act in a Strathfield alley.

Police are on the hunt for a man who allegedly committed a lewd act in front of a 17-year-old girl in Strathfield.

On Tuesday morning at around 8:15am, the girl was walking along a laneway near Albert Road.

The girl told the police she saw the man committing a lewd act while she was walking.

She immediately went to school and told the principal of what she saw.

The man was described as being of Caucasian appearance aged between 40-50 years of solid build, 175cm tall and with receding grey hair.

April 2, 2015

A 68-year old teacher was arrested at Ashfield home and charged on 11 counts

A 68-year-old former teacher from Trinity Grammar School has been charged with sexual assault of four male students between 1974 and 1978.

The ABC named him as Neil Futcher, though NSW police refused to confirm his identity.

The man taught at the Strathfield based campus, and was aged between 27 and 31 years of age when he engaged in sexual acts with each of the boys.

The assaults took place at various camps in the Georges River, Lake Macquarie, Colo River and Kangaroo Valley areas.

January 16, 2015

Former Homebush Boys High School students face death penalty, principal says school community mourns.  

Principal of Homebush Boys High School Tim Jurd has condemned the death penalty faced by former students Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran.

The Bali Nine members may face execution by firing squad if Chan's clemency to the President of Indonesia Joko Widodo is denied.

Sukumaran has already been denied a pardon after exhausting all other avenues of appeal. 

Mr Jurd said teachers who taught Chan and Sukumaran, remember the two men as "quiet and reserved".

December 5, 2014

Strathfield councillors are to hold a strategic workshop over how to handle a proposed Memorandum of Understanding with neighbouring authorities slated for amalgamation.

Strathfield councillors are to hold a strategic workshop over how to handle a proposed Memorandum of Understanding with neighbouring authorities slated for amalgamation.

The MOU has been drawn up by Leichhardt, but Strathfield councillors are divided over whether or not to work with authorities that have agreed to submit a ‘Fit for the Future’ plan to the State Government.

All NSW councils have been told they must submit plans for merging their services
by June next year. Strathfield has decided it won’t co-operate.

October 19, 2014

Police are concerned there may be more incidents and are appealing for help

Flemington detectives are stepping up their hunt for a man who approaches teenaged girls and committed acts of indecency in the Strathfield.

He has committed offences five times this month in front of seven girls.

Officers are concerned that the man, who approaches the girls and commits a “lewd act”, may commit more serious offences unless he is caught.

In one incident, he grabbed one of the girls.