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oes the day revolve around when the family dog takes me for a walk? You betcha. Winter is more problematic because the day-light hours are shorter but there will be a troop of like-minded dog owners rushing to the dog parks before 5pm – having organised their working day to find the time for “pooch hour”. It’s an unofficial club at the top of Henley Park, where mostly the only names you know are those of the dogs

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BURWOOD and everyone is happy to be there. Up bounds Molly, Ringo, Lucy, Dora, Max, Robbie, Charlie – to name a few, as they say hello, chase balls and each other. The days of Rex and Rufus as dog names are well gone.

The bonhomie between the owners as we gather to discuss the latest cute and clever canine behaviour begins and thirty minutes of sanity prevails for local people from all walks of life. The dog park is a great

leveller. The most heated topic discussed would be the weather –as it would be, because having decent weather to get to the park is a necessity. The unstated understanding is to pick up the ‘you know what’ and aggressive dogs go elsewhere into fenced offleash areas, so that’s not a problem. You can arrive at a frantic pace, tense from a hard day’s work and 45 minutes later, leave with a smile and a sense of calm. Certainly all the pooches are happy little vegemites. There’s a sense of

community, a shared interest and genuine care, such as when we heard that Luna, a young Weimaraner, had been killed on Georges River Road at Belfield. Our pets are part of the family, their company and unreserved delight to be in your company has been proven to be beneficial to our mental health and their absence or pain cuts deeply. Inner West Neighbour Aid provides and excellent service for elderly people, or those confined to their homes who have a dog and find it difficult to provide

all the exercise it needs. Neighbour Aid has developed a volunteer based program to provide basic assistance, like dog-walking and grooming, to owners of existing pets who have difficulty providing care themselves. Another program, Senior Pets for Senior People, is designed to match older people with mature pets from the animal shelter for companionship, which eligible participants can apply for under the HACCS program. Inner West Neighbour Aid can be contacted by calling 9799 5099.


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Job seekers and those looking for a new career can find all that they need at the Australian Government Jobs and Skills Expo KEEPING IN TOUCH WITH THE in Lidcombe on Friday 15 June. The Expo will be held at the Anne Clarke Centre (NSW Netball Association Stadium next to Lidcombe Oval) from 10am to 3pm. Homebush Minister for Employment Page 7 Participation, Kate Ellis @school encouraged job seekers, Page 8 + 9 employers and training and Off6 October the Shelf 2011 educational organisations in Page 15 the region to get involved in MRI for pets the expo. 2 NEWS Page 6

“ This is an excellent opportunity for local job seekers and people interested in undertaking further skills COMMUNITY training to meet a range of employers and training providers in a single location,” Ms Ellis said. “Australian Government Jobs and Skills Expos held in the Greater Sydney region since 2010 have connected more than 3900 people with real jobs and many more to skills training opportunities.” “The expos are designed to create a jobs and skills marketplace, connecting job seekers with jobs and skills training opportunities. There

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The Five Dock mother of two young sons, Natalie Haddad is back to where she began five years ago, fighting for safe, upgraded playground equipment in Canada Bay’s parks and reserves.


report on the Let’s Play Capital Works Program tabled at the June 5 Canada Bay City council meeting has stated that Russell Park, Drummoyne Park and Majors Bay Reserve, which were identified as a high priority to be upgraded between 2008 and 2011, have now been determined by council to be in “good condition” and do not “need to be replaced”, despite the scheduled upgrades not going ahead as planned. In December 2007, the Let’s Play Strategy had identified 23 parks as high priority to be fixed by 2011. Only 12 have been completed. Pictures taken last week at Russell Park (right) reveal a damaged seat, holes in a climbing gym and broken swing chain coverings. The Majors Bay Reserve equipment is rusty and has chipped paint, whilst Drummoyne Park shows timber cracks in the support for the flying fox, poles rusted at the base, broken seats and more. Canada Bay Council says that inspections are carried out by a contractor. “Regular inspections are undertaken by an independent contractor to verify the safety and condition of all playground equipment in the City of Canada Bay,” a council spokesperson said. Mayor Angelo Tsirekas says the Let’s Play Strategy is a good news story. “Canada Bay has over 120 parks, with 16% of our land being open space. There is a great deal of work we are doing for our community to provide quality playgrounds. We have a regime of quarterly inspections that has been adopted over the last 12 months,” Mayor Tsirekas said. Asked if he had confidence in the inspections the contractors carry out the mayor said,” I don’t have a reason not to be.”

Five Dock’s Natalie Haddad spearheaded a push to retain and maintain safe play park equipment in March 2007 when she discovered that her neighbourhood park, Croker Reserve, was to have equipment removed. “In March 2007, all the equipment in Croker Reserve was broken, which I brought to council’s attention. That’s when I found out that Canada Bay Council had intended to remove the equipment from our local park and 21 others,” Natalie said. “By December 2007 after many petitions, letters and community group meetings the decision to remove the equipment was overturned by council and the Let’s Play Strategy was adopted.” Croker Park was subsequently upgraded with all new equipment. At a council meeting last

“No amount of maintenance can bring these playgrounds up to a level of safety consistent with the current Australian standards” week, Natalie requested that the councillors reject the Let’s Play report from Council staff to not upgrade these playgrounds as promised. “They [the playgrounds], have missed the 2008-2011 timeframe. They should be upgraded within the next 12 months. Two of the parks are 26 years old and six are 17 years old,” she told the meeting.”Since the time that these playgrounds were installed, the Australian standards relating to

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playgrounds have changed t o i mp r o v e safety.” “No amount of maintenance can bring these playgrounds up to a level of safety consistent with the current Australian Standards or with the community’s expectations of today.” “I have shown great interest in playgrounds within the City of Canada Bay for the last 5 years. Safety of our children who use all of the playgrounds throughout the City of Canada Bay will always be paramount to me,” Natalie said. “For me, now with two young sons, it is extremely important to see the project fulfilled,” she said later. Drummoyne MP, John Sidoti also attended the meeting in support of Mrs Haddad. “All Natalie is fighting for is that the playgrounds be maintained and safe for our children,” Mr Sidoti told Burwood Scene. Of the 11 playgrounds still to be upgraded Mayor Tsirekas says that Rothwell Park, Rhodes Park and Tom Murphy park have been deferred due to Masterplan activities and/or imminent development of adjoining sites.

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aSt SuNDay, I was proud to see so many Burwood locals turn out to honour australia’s National Servicemen despite the inclement weather. a strong contingent of exNational Servicemen – or Nashos as they are known – children, residents and visitors braved the wet and wild weather, gathering in Burwood Park to pay homage to the heroic australians who risked their lives and endured great hardships. as Mayor of Burwood and Chairman of the Burwood and District Sub-Branch of the National Servicemen’s association Memorial Committee, I felt the ceremony demonstrated the deep gratitude for service rendered to australia by our

Nashos. Men who fought and died and altered the course of their lives for the betterment of the nation. I would like to thank the National Servicemen’s Committee for their tireless efforts in ensuring that future generations appreciate the valiant heroics displayed by our National Servicemen. CroyDon Station as many in our community know, Croydon Station lacks adequate access for people who find it difficult or impossible to climb stairs. after reviewing the site with Council staff, as Mayor of Burwood, I can assure the community and users of Croydon Station that I will be pressuring the State Government for assistance to install a lift at the station to

Mayor Faker and Council staff inspecting Croydon Station provide easier access. Further, after receiving feedback from local residents on the matter, I will be writing to the management of Croydon Station to request longer opening hours of the public toilets there. as a high-traffic station, public transport users should be

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Pet MRI launched at Sydney’s Animal Referral Hospital “Why do we love dogs so much? Is it because they are loyal and loving? Is it because they love us for what we are, without judgement? How can it be that in a world of so much human tragedy, so many momentous and terrible changes, we shed tears over the death of a little white dog? Is it because, as Byron said, our dogs have all the virtues of man, without his vices?” Malcolm Turnbull MP wrote this heartfelt message on his website when his beloved old

dog, Mellie, died in December. These words now mark the hallway of Sydney’s Animal Referral Hospital in Homebush as a dedication to the centre’s new high field Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) machine to a little white dog Mr Turnbull will never forget. Mr Turnbull and his wife Lucy autographed the wall during the May 25 launch of the MRI at the hospital saying, “Congratulations to the ARH for the great work. It’s a measure of our humanity


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Hungry in Homebush It’s a Friday morning and Rochester Street is buzzing. This will be no surprise to anyone who lives in Homebush, but to a city dweller like myself, this suburb seems like the last place that diners would flock for breakfast. There are many reasons, however, why this is not the case and – to my mind – the most obvious is that nowhere else in Australia have I ever seen milkshakes for only two dollars. In fact, I was walking down Burwood Road only days before and felt my jaw drop as I glanced at one menu where milkshakes were a staggering $7.50. If that isn’t enough, there are at least two takeaway stores where a mere two bucks will fill your tummy with milky goodness. The thought of such modestly priced goods led me to eat out on Rochester Street over the course of a month and compare the food and drink on offer. At Classic Kebabs and the unnamed takeaway store on the corner, I enjoyed vanilla milkshakes that were cool and refreshing. Purists may want to know, though, that neither contain ice-cream. One relative insisted to me that a milkshake just isn’t a milkshake without ice-cream, but considering that relative developed diabetes as a result of obesity, I was quite happy

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Kids Club, for children aged 5-12, will be held at Homebush Uniting Church, corner of Meredith Street and Burlington Road on Wednesdays July 4 and 11 from 10am to 2:30pm. Cost is $5. Activities include outdoor games, craft, indoor games, singing, Kids Church and puppets. Call Katy Gerner on 0419 449 590 to book.

War memorials and the Australian identity will be the topic of next month’s talk from the Strathfield District Historical Society. Held at 1pm on 7 July at the Strathfield Library, Ironbark Room, Rochester Street, Homebush, the talk

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Eleven championships wins for dance school Elite soloists from the Croydon and Drummoyne Dorothy Cowie School of Dancing have won 11 titles from the 15 on offer at the Australian Teachers of Dancing Scholarship Competition in early June, proving once again, that dedication pays off. 35 dancers from the school competed in classical ballet, jazz and tap. “Our dancers showed they are a force to be reckoned with. Their excellent results demonstrate their talent and dedication. We are all very proud of their achievements,” said principal, Dorothy Cowie. The next stop for the growing dance school are the national titles to be held in Melbourne during August.


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It was hands-on learning for primary students at North Strathfield when the lucky group were able witness the Transit of Venus live on 6 June thanks to a hobby astronomer and school parent Michael Richardson. Captain Cook travelled halfway round the world to witness the rare event, sighting the eastern coastline of Terra Australis in the process. Astrophysicists and onlookers had been eagerly awaiting the once in a century event, which occurred between 8.16 am to 2.44 pm (AEST). Mr Richardson’s personal telescope was specially fitted with a custom designed solar filter to block out 99.99% of the light, making it safe to focus directly at the sun. “Can you see the small black dot? That is Venus against the backdrop of the sun”, Mr Richardson patiently explained to students as each took their turn to view Venus. “I was thrilled to be looking through such a powerful telescope because we wouldn’t normally get this chance”, said Stage 2 student, Dominic. “It was amazing how you can see Venus so clearly,” added Dion.

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Bethlehem College Religious Education Coordinator Liz Moodey is the proud recipient of the Br Marcellin Flynn Award for her Master of Religious Education studies at the Australian Catholic University, as the most outstanding postgraduate student. Liz, who has been teaching for 12 years, was speechless upon hearing the good news. “I stood speechless momentarily until I received a massive hug of congratulations

from my mother. A hug that was filled with so much emotion recognising the sacrifices and hardships I experienced in completing this degree,” she said. Liz’s post-graduate degree began in 2008, a year after her father’s death from a brain tumour. In 2009 her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. “I experienced the support, strength and love of family, friends and colleagues. This award not only affirms what I achieved but also all the

postgraduate students who believed in what they could achieve,” she said. “I am very grateful for Br Marcellin Flynn’s family and the Marist Brothers for establishing this award in 2004. I began my vocation as a teacher in 2001 at Marist College Kogarah and was immersed in the charisma of Marcellin Champagnat. Brother Marcellin Flynn was an amazing man who I believe was a visionary for Catholic Education.”

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For more than ten years, St Patricks College students and staff have been regular volunteers on the St Vincent de Paul Night Patrol, which is a service that uses a van visiting locations in the inner city to engage with homeless and marginalized people. The van visits the same locations every night of the year to provide tea, coffee, blankets and a variety of food to the community. Strathfield West Senior Citizen club members presented college leaders with 43 scarves, which they have knitted, to be given away to homeless people

during the patrols. “This program gives students a chance to connect with and serve some of the most disadvantaged people in our city and those who have volunteered have found it a valuable practical expression of their faith,” said teacher Andrew Martin. St Patrick’s College s tudents Tim Chapman and Nicholas Cerone with volunteers from Strathfield Seniors, Kate Morgan, Joan Reaby and Francis Apps.

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Medal for Aaron Strathfield resident Aaron Goh has been awarded a medal of excellence by the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) for his academic achievement in the Higher School Certificate. Aaron, who is currently studying a Bachelor of Dentistry at Griffith University, is appreciative of the assistance.

Environment grants for grabs The Carmen Public schools in New South Wales wanting to bring environmental and sustainability projects to life are invited to apply for the first round of the 2012 Teachers Environment Fund grants. Applications are now open, and local schools and TAFE/ CITs have until 29 June to apply for grants of up to $2,500 from the Teachers Environment Fund, an initiative of Teachers Mutual Bank. According to Steve James, CEO of Teachers Mutual Bank, the grants provide an opportunity for teachers to get kids out of the classroom and promote sustainability through hands- on learning experiences. “We know that there are many

20 years since the MABO decision and awareness for Australia’s indigenous people rightly continue to be a major focus in the school syllabus. A performance of ‘Indigenous Infusion’ was held at MLC Burwood on Thursday June 7, led by Aboriginal elder Walangari Karntawarra with the members of Diramu, who are all seasoned, professional Aboriginal performers for over 20 years. Cultural Infusion is a national organisation dedicated to creating intercultural contact for a positive change and is committed to building cultural harmony and wellbeing through a range of sustainable arts and engagement programs for education, youth and communities. Enthralling and engaging, Indigenous Infusion presents traditional Aboriginal didgeridoo and dance performances and workshops with professional Indigenous artists. Their traditional dances, Dreamtime stor y telling, masterful didgeridoo music and song are a vibrant and captivating way of showcasing the rich Indigenous culture.

“The support RIDBC provided me was invaluable. Without my support teachers helping me during high school I would have not been able to make it to where I am now. I have so much gratitude and appreciation for everything they have done for me,” said Aaron. “As a hearing impaired student, this prize means so much both

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schools across NSW that would love to integrate environmental projects into their curriculum but unfortunately don’t have the resources, so these grants enable those projects to come to life,” he said. Teachers Mutual Bank awards grants to schools that submit environmental proposals demonstrating that they are viable in the long-term, linked to a broader environmental education strateg y, are supported by the school and wider community and monitored and measured effectively. To apply for a Teachers Environment Fund grant visit


Strathfield Girls High student, Josephine Deng was among 100 NSW public school students who joined 800 adult singers at this year’s ChorusOz on Sunday June 10, performing highlights from Bizet’s ‘Carmen’. Josephine joined the elite group of choristers to learn the music, before performing at the Sydney Opera House for a massed performance. Musical Director of Sydney Philharmonia Choirs, Brett Weymark, led the two days of rehearsals culminating in an inspiring 90 minutes of dramatic music and song.

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classical music debut performance sounds a bit stuffy and a tad posh. A great jazz night or rocking along with a top band sounds much more fun. The posh perception is about to be challenged by two young, talented and – as it happens – sexy and drop-dead gorgeous - Croydon young women who are determined to prove that classical music is fun. After years of conser vatorium study in Europe, Susannah Bishop and Emily-­‐Rose Sarkova have returned to form a different and exciting soprano and piano act and will make their debut performance, ‘A Tale from Five Lands’, at The Independent Theatre in North Sydney on June 23. “All that ‘hush hush’ and not knowing if you are allowed to clap whenever you like during classical music performances is not for us,” Emily-Rose explains. Susannah, a Soprano who is also trained in musical theatre, agrees. “We sort of hate the formalism of it all. You go to a classical concert and feel you have to sit there,” she says before Emily-Rose chips in with, “very quietly – no rustling…. And don’t clap between movements.” “We will be fine with anyone clapping. No dirty looks from us,” Emily says. “We may even finish with a piece from Monty Python,” Susannah says with a wink. Their love of lush harmonies,

lyrical writing and both the serious and humorous poetics of song come together in a concert featuring works by Rachmaninoff, Britten, Brahms, Warlock and Debussy and a world premiere of a piece written specifically for the duo by young Australian composer Owen Salome. Susannah Bishop has recently completed a Masters at the prestigious Royal Northern College of Music in the UK and Emily-­‐Rose is a graduate of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in performance, completing a year in Germany on Scholarship. They regularly perform in a folk group, Chaika and a Tango Quintet, Tangalo. Performing at The Independent Theatre is of special significance for pianist Emily-­‐Rose as it was a common stomping ground for her parents in the 1970s – actor Ron Blanchard and actress Eliska Sarka. “It is very special to literally walk in your parent’s footsteps”. Ron Blanchard will join Susannah and his daughter on stage to recreate some of his theatrical magic with poetry readings. TICKET BOOKINGS: Online whats-­on Phone 1300 302 604 Ticket Prices Adults: $35.00 Concession: $32.00 Student: $25.00 For a sneak preview and to hear the girls thoughts go to

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It is the second most-common cancer, but bowel cancer is also one of the easiest to cure, according to Concord Hospital’s Professor Marc Gladman. According to Professor Marc Gladman, if detected early can be easy to cure. However, he has noticed a reluctance amongst people to talk about it. “Despite being one of the most preventable cancers, bowel cancer is something people don’t like to talk about; it’s a conversation-killer,” Professor Gladman said. “Discussing your most intimate bodily functions with a stranger is not easy but thousands die every year because they would rather suffer in silence than to have changes in the colour, consistency or frequency

of their stools or rectal bleeding checked out by a doctor.” He also listed unexplained weight loss or excessive tiredness as other signs to pay attention to. “These symptoms can be clear indications of colorectal cancer which, if left untreated, can kill within months,” Professor Gladman added. “I would strongly encourage people to get over their reluctance to discuss their concerns with a health professional and get their bowel symptoms thoroughly assessed to rule out bowel cancer.” As part of this year’s Bowel Cancer Awareness Week, Professor Gladman was joined by Drummoyne MP John Sidoti at Concord Hospital, handing out red apples to visitors, patients and staff.

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Families prepare for financial year end Families who receive Family Tax Benefit payments are being encouraged to lodge any outstanding tax returns and provide an estimate of their income for the new financial year. Minister for Human Services Senator Kim Carr said letters were recently sent to more than 1.5 million families who normally receive fortnightly Family Tax Benefit payments. “The Australian Government’s Department of Human Services asks families to provide a reasonable estimate of their income for the coming financial year so they can be paid the correct rate of Family Tax Benefit for their circumstances,” Senator Carr said. “Providing a realistic estimate

means eligible families can receive annual Family Tax Benefit supplement payments and reduce the risk of receiving an overpayment.” According to Carr, the Department automatically recalculates and raises income estimates from year to year and families may choose to accept this estimate instead of providing their own.“This new family income estimate for the next financial year is based on the family’s current estimate and is raised in line with changes in the Australian Average Weekly Earnings. It’s a good option for families whose income doesn’t tend to fluctuate much throughout the year,” he added.

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The next drop-in session for inner west residents to share their views on how Sydney should grow over the next 20 years will be held by the NSW Department of Planning and Infrastructure on Wednesday 20 June at Strathfield Library. Deputy Director-General Ian Reynolds said 15 drop-in sessions are being held across Sydney during May and June to hear from local people about their ideas for a new Metropolitan Strategy. “We want to know what Sydneysiders consider to be the big issues for them in their local areas – this might be about housing, employment, transport, or the environment. “This is the first time we’ve actually undertaken this kind of consultation and we are looking forward to getting direct feedback about what people want in the long-term plan for Sydney,” he said. Department representatives will be available at Strathfield Library on June 20 between 2pm and 5pm. Feedback from the 15 sessions will help inform a new Metropolitan Strategy, which will be prepared alongside the Long-Term Transport Master Plan and State Infrastructure Strategy. A draft Metropolitan Strategy will be released for comment later this year.

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Red light for black spot solution Inner west drivers will be pleased to hear that a dangerous black spot on Cosgrove Road is about to be fixed. Funding has been provided to install curve advisory signage, a double centre line, a high friction surface and wire rope barrier at Cosgrove Road, between Punchbowl Road and Liverpool Road, Strathfield South. Member for Watson, Tony Burke, who announced the funds, spoke of his own frustration and concern when driving on the road. “I’ve been using Cosgrove Road all my life. You have a long stretch without cross roads where plenty

of vehicles find themselves going beyond the speed limit just as they approach the bend,” he said. “We’ve had accident after accident where cars and trucks heading towards Belfield have edged across the centre lines into oncoming traffic”. The project was recommended by a panel of independent road safety experts and will be delivered during the course of the coming financial year. “This funding makes sure that every trip down Cosgrove Road will be safer than it ever was before,” added Mr Burke.

Parks grow with Greenspace An all-abilities playground will be added to Strathfield Park after receiving funding from the Metropolitan Greenspace Program. The NSW Government has awarded $2.5 million in funding to councils in the latest round of the Program, to help councils add to open space and recreational trails across Sydney. State MP for Strathfield Charles Casuscelli said the Stage 1 of Strathfield Park all-abilities playground was among 23 projects receiving funding under the latest round of the Metropolitan Greenspace Program. “Strathfield Council will use the $10,000 funding for a detailed design of an all-abilities playground in Strathfield Park, located 500m from the Cooks River Regional Bay to Bay Cycleway,” he said.

The Metropolitan Greenspace Program has now awarded more than $32 million to councils for 539 projects since the program began in 1990. The Drummoyne electorate will benefit from $211,487 in funding from the program with MP John Sidoti announcing that the Arnott’s Reserve Embellishment was among 23 projects to get the green light under the latest round. “The program allows State and local government to jointly improve regionallysignificant open space for recreational purposes,” Mr Sidoti commented. “The funding will be used to implement the Powells Creek Masterplan, including landscaping and a new shared path along Powells Creek, near the M4, to link Homebush with Sydney Olympic Park.”

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If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you should consider joining Burwood Council’s community consultation panel, Community Network. Burwood Council is currently seeking expressions of interest from members of the community to participate in a new consultation project named Community Network. Community Network will assist Burwood

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Members of the Community Network will be required to live, own a property or a business, work or study in the Burwood Local Government Area and be over the age of 14.

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Keeping up with the times To better cater for its members and guests, Belfield Bowling Club, at Margaret Street in Belfield has installed an ATM and will shortly also have TAB facilities. Activities at the club include weekly promotions, social bowls every Monday, bowling for vision impaired people every Saturday and more. Mancini’s Restaurant has recently taken over the kitchen in the club every Friday night, offering a varied menu at reasonable prices and Sunday roasts for lunch.

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view club meeting Concord West View Club will meet again for lunch at the R.S.L. on June 27th, Have your our guest speaker will be a opinion heard Representative from Mission Community workshops to Australia, view club members discuss a draft Place Plan for raise money for The Smith North Strathfield will be held THE FRIENDLY PLACE TO SHOP AND Family. for enquirers please on Wednesday, 13 June at DINE 6.30pm and Sunday, 17 June at ring 97942829. thanks again Christmas in July for Phyllis. 1pm at Concord Library. Historical Society The Place Plan focuses on The Burwood and District the North Strathfield Shopping More grants from Historical Society, will be Village in the area bounded by Homebush Bank holding its sixth annual The Homebush Community Wellbank Street and Correys Christmas in July dinner and Branch of the Bendigo Bank is Avenue and is designed to keynote address on Friday 27 hosting another Staff Grants identify actions to support the July. Special guest speakers opportunities for businesses in Night on June 18. Recipients of will be Paul and Rita Zammit the grants will be Homebush the area. who are biographical Public school, Homebush The Plan was developed publishers. Paul was the West Public School, Chalmers through an audit and review Member for Burwood/ Street School, Strathfield Men’s of the retail and commercial Strathfield from 1984 to Shed and Columbia Aged Care mix of the area, as well as 1996 and Lowe from 1996 to Services. occupancy, infrastructure and 1998 and he subsequently

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At most Chinese restaurants, the choice is simple: lemon chicken or sweet-and-sour pork. Well, that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but the point is that a lot of menus have a certain degree of predictability about them. Not so at Ashfield’s Taste of Shanghai where each page of the well-thumbed menus reveals dishes you would never have expected. After much deliberation, I finally settled for stir-fried shrimp with mushrooms and vegetables ($18.80), while my dining partner ordered the cumin lamb ($16.80). We arrived just before midday in an attempt to beat Inner-west food identity Adriano Zumbo talks to Burwood Scene about his success in the industry and his upcoming appearance at the Good Food and Wine Show, Sydney on June 22-24.

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the lunch-time rush. Getting a seat was easy enough, though the restaurant was by no means empty. By the time we had eaten and departed, it was almost entirely full of hungry patrons. I have no doubts about managing director Aaron Mi’s claim that at night-time, there’s a queue that stretches out the door. Waiting time for our meal was short, while we were given a deliciously healthy entrée of beans and pickled vegetables which certainly whetted my appetite. When my meal arrived, I was

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Cooks River Fun Run course certified With less than four weeks to go, the 2012 Cooks River Fun Run course on Sunday June 24 has been officially certified by Running Australia. Now in its third year, the Cooks River Fun Run is increasing in popularity on the Sydney running calendar. “Running Australia last week marked out the 5km course for the fun run, which will take place on June 24 from Freshwater Park in Strathfield, to the exact specifications. Course certification allows runners in training for entrance to other events to ensure their race time is valid,” a Strathfield Council spokesperson said. The fun run course takes in the foreshore of the Cooks River along the

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Offices in Sydney will empty on Friday June 15 as workers put down their pens, switch off mobiles, log out of their computers and head to Barangaroo for the city’s most challenging lunch time corporate speed race, the City Mile Dash. The Cancer Council City Mile Dash is a lunchtime corporate speed race around Barangaroo over a 1.6km course to raise funds to go towards testicular and ovarian cancer research and prevention programs The challenge is in for CEOs, bankers, lawyers, journalists,

Bay to Bay cycleway and is a great event for the whole family at just $20 for adults and $15 for children whilst the early bird offer applies. Fun run organisers are hoping to exceed last year’s 273 entrants. Late registrations will be accepted on race day from 7-8.30am with the 5km race getting started at 9am and the 10km and walk shortly afterward. Presentations will follow the race from 10.15am. A shuttle bus will be available to transport participants and spectators from Strathfield Station to and from Freshwater Park from 7am.

secretaries and retailers for men and women who will go head-to-head in a fierce race to take on business rivals for the chance to win the title of the fastest corporate company in Sydney. Strathfield resident and Structural Engineer with Lend Lease, Patrick Boidin is one of those runners. With his Lend Lease co-workers, their team ‘Warriors Fighting Cancer’ is the highest fund-raiser leading into the event. “It’s a great excuse to get out of the office and do some exercise while

also challenging your co-workers, bosses or rival companies to tackle the mile for a good cause,” Patrick said. Around 2,000 Australians are expected to be diagnosed with ovarian (1300) and testicular (700) cancer this year. “If you think you’ve got what it takes to be named fastest in the city, then get your colleagues together, start training and ‘Go For Gonads’,” urged Australian Ironwoman and Cancer Council City Mile Dash ambassador, Candice Falzon.

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13t June 2012 edition of Burwood scene