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it’s Rotary to the rescue



he estimated cost of removing graffiti to NSW councils and residents each year is estimated to top $100 million and the race to stay one step ahead of the vandals is often lost as unsightly graffiti appears overnight. After nearly two years of planning, Strathfield Rotary Club has followed Turrumurra Rotary’s initiative in establishing a

by Belinda Noonan

graffiti removal program in the Strathfield municipality, which could be extended to parts of Burwood. The program, supported by $10,000 funding from Strathfield Council and sponsorship from Homebush Bendigo Bank and the Strathfield Chamber of Commerce, is a

matter of pride says current President, Ray Wilson OAM. “We wanted to establish this community service as a matter of pride in the area,” said Ray. “The aim is to eliminate existing graffiti in the local community and keep it graffiti free.” Launched recently, the Rotary team go out fortnightly and provide the service at no charge in the Strathfield area. “Anyone can request the


service. It’s mainly residential, business and schools. We can go just about anywhere, except State Rail,” Rotary member Peter Smith explained. “There is no cost but hopefully some grateful shopkeepers will donate towards the project.” “Community education and initiatives to deter graffiti artists with rapid removal and then monitoring recently cleaned sites is key to prevent

Strathfield Rotarians (L to R) Chris Virgona, President Ray Wilson OAM, Peter Smith, Dave Martin, Keith Stockall and Joseph Saad.

reoccurring graffiti,” he added. Turrumurra Rotary Club has provided on-the-job training for its Strathfield counterparts to professionally remove graffiti on porous surfaces, such as brickwork, and non-porous painted surfaces. Policies and procedures are in place for safety, including heavy-duty overalls, eye goggles, gloves, hats and also for the disposal of all left over

paint and pollution residue as well as a Sydney Water permit for commercial cleaning. Graffiti can only be removed with the property owner’s permission and would also require the insurer to be advised and then confirm the graffiti removal prior to any commencement. Dulux are providing free paint and products for the next two years.

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id-morning last Friday a man described as being of Caucasian appearance in his late 40s or early 50s entered Haberfield Public School and sexually assaulted one girl, indecently assaulted two other girls and physically assaulted a fourth girl. He was wearing a blue and white checked long sleeved shirt, blue denim jeans, black runners, a blue cap and dark sun glasses. At the time of writing, this obscene man is still at large and

desk By Belinda Noonan

Devastating loss of innocence

BURWOOD police are following “lines of inquiry”. Writing the above paragraph is heart-wrenching. For the sake of the children involved and their parents, I hope that their names are never circulated to the media. Those in the closer

school community will know these innocent children, who through no fault of their own were subject to unimaginable fear in their school, which is traumatic enough but shielding their identity now, is paramount. Parents fear the walk or

travel to and from school – I know I did, but never the school environment and this is the devastating and scary consequence of last Friday’s awful news. Once-upon-a-time, open school grounds provided an after-school and weekend playground, particularly in overcrowded, urban areas, where open space is minimal. Nowadays, school grounds are fenced because of vandalism and predatory attacks. What a sad indictment on our society. The Stranger Danger message

has been out there for many decades but it feels like the incidence of sexual and violent assaults on children is increasing. What can we do? Leaving your children to play alone in the front yard of your home is a no-go. Being at the local park without a trusted adult is a no-go. Playing footy or cricket in the local street is a forever-ago memory from the mid-20th century. I walked through the bush at Cheltenham to primary school with a group and we were taught about ‘bad men’ – but my

children were driven to and from school every day in their primary years. My life was governed around school times for 18 years (with the help of grandparents, or reciprocating parents and friends). Getting to and from high school on public transport was a worry but it was time to let go a bit. Then mobile phones provided some reassurance. Here’s hoping police catch the vile low-life who got into Haberfield Public School last week and that the courts put him away – forever.

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Cello player keeps Columbia in tune


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Nazli Sendurgut (second from right) with her fellow cellists.

Homebush West cellist Nazli staged in a favella (slum). Sendurgut brought music to Nazli first became the ears of Columbians when interested in playing a she went on tour in South musical instrument when she America. attended Homebush West Nazli recently toured with Public School, which had an active music program. She the Sydney North Chamber Ensemble. Besides giving a started with piano in Year 1, then several years later when number of concerts in Bogota, the Ensemble also played in a cellist came to play for the the small village of Nocaima to music class, became interested in cello. present a concert in support of a program there that has been She took private lessons in both instruments, as well set up purposely as part of a community effort to encourage as attending Government 3 School. NEWS the locals to stay home, rather Saturday Turkish She applied to attend the than leave for the big cities. 6 October 2011 High One of the concerts was even Conservatorium

School for Year 7 , but wasn’t successful on that occasion. She attended Strathfield Girls’ High School for four years, then successfully gained entrance to Newtown High School of the Performing Arts, graduating to the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Now in her third year of a degree in Music Studies, Nazli is considering extending and expanding her current private teaching of both cello and piano. Nazli plays in the Australian Turkish Music Ensemble as well as the Chamber Ensemble.

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Mayor’s Message



by Cr John Faker

Cr John Faker (Mayor) 9911 9916 Cr Ernest Wong 0425 691 838 Cr Sally Deans 0424 022 627 Cr Lesley Furneaux-Cook 0408 227 826 Cr George Mannah 0448 133 396 Cr Justin Taunton 0488 083 108 Cr Tony Doueihi 0437 970 499

Council Meeting – 28 May 2013 at 6.00pm in Council Chambers


have always taken pride in our community, ever since I was a child growing up in the area.

Instead of dumping unwanted materials, items can be put out for collection at Council cleanups or taken to the nearest waste centre.

As Mayor, I remain passionate about ensuring our area is clean and presentable for those who live and work in the area and for the many visitors to our town centres.

Another concern residents have raised with me is abandoned shopping trolleys left on public verges and footpaths. Dumped trolleys pose a serious danger to pedestrians and vehicles.

In order to maintain clean public spaces, Burwood Council is taking firm action against illegal dumping with the use of mobile cameras in hotspots across the local area.

Both illegal dumping and abandoning trolleys are punishable offenses and those responsible could face significant fines.

The initiative has been a success, with a mobile camera in Russell Street significantly reducing litter in the area and deterring potential dumping.

Mayor Faker listening to residents’ feedback


he following draft plans are now on public exhibition:

Community Strategic Plan

Delivery Program 2013-2017

Operational Plan 2013-2014

These documents can be viewed at the following locations: Council Chambers, Burwood Library and online at www.

Statement of Revenue Policy incorporating the Schedule of Fees and Charges including the Stormwater Management Service Charge

Wangal Park Master Plan and Plan of Management

We would like to hear your views on the draft Plans, for information on how to lodge a submission or to see when the exhibition period closes, please visit Council’s website.

I would like to urge people to report any sightings of dumped rubbish or trolleys. Please call Council on 9911 9911 if you have any information on illegal dumping.

Mayor Faker with members of the Burwood District Sub-Branch



lease join me at the National Servicemen’s Commemorative Service as we honour the 287,000 Australians who have made an immense sacrifice for this nation, serving alongside our military between 1951 and 1972. This ceremony is a chance to show our deep gratitude for the service rendered to our country by the National Servicemen

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22 May 2013


Turnbull outlines NBN strategy

Shadow Minister Malcolm Turnbull hears from barber, Bill Alessi on Majors Bay Road as Craig Laundy talks with another customer. PHOTO: Gabbie Smith

High-profile shadow communications minister, Malcolm Turnbull has said The Liberal policy to tackle the National Broadband Network (NBN) will have to be ready to “hit the ground running” after the September 14 federal elections. Speaking during a meet and

by Belinda Noonan

greet along Majors Bay Road in Concord with Reid candidate Craig Laundy earlier this month, Mr Turnbull criticised the Labor approach to the NBN. “The economics of running a government are the same as

business. The first thing any business owner would do, confronted with the NBN, would have said is – What are the options, what will it cost and how much time will it take?” “Labor went for the most expensive model. They have an unbusinesslike approach to government and have done it

again and again. It’s nutty,” Mr Turnbull said. “Under Labor’s plan, each home would require the installation of a power supply unit, network termination device and fibre wall outlet on their property.” At the CommsDay Summit on April 10, Mr Turnbull stuck by his belief in utilising existing infrastructure to deliver faster broadband. “By using a cost-effective mix of technologies so that where you can leverage the existing legacy copper network and thereby reduce dramatically the time you take to affect your broadband upgrade and the capital cost of it you should do so, so long as you do not compromise your broadband objective,” he said in his speech. On Craig Laundy’s potential, should he be elected, Malcolm Turnbull had this to say. “The Liberals are all about collective decision making. It’s very consensual business. What he [Craig Laundy] will be immediately, is an influential voice in the party room. Anyone can be, but Craig has a wide experience and he is a phenomenal communicator,” he said. The mood on Majors Bay Road among shoppers and business owners for Laundy and Turnbull was upbeat. “It was very much a feeling of ‘let’s have the election’,” Laundy said. “I heard a lot about honesty, trust and competent government. People were excited to meet Malcolm.”

Southern Cross students and members from Strathfield Men’s Shed take a break – on their own benches outside the Burwood Community Centre.

Students set the bench mark at Burwood Park

Southern Cross Catholic Vocational College students have left their mark in Burwood Park, installing new benches and table settings outside the Burwood Park Community Centre. Supported and coordinated by Burwood Council, Year 12 construction students have been working with the Strathfield Men’s Shed, to build fittings for local facilities including the Enfield Aquatic Centre and Burwood Park Community Centre. “Burwood Council is proud

to be involved in this project. The students and Men’s Shed members did a fantastic job,” said Burwood Mayor, Cr John Faker. “This project does more than teach students valuable practical skills, it allows them to make a contribution to our local community and engage with elder residents.” The new installation is one of numerous major upgrades to Burwood Park which include the proposed Multi-purpose stage structure, new playground and footpath upgrades.

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Looking for a JP in Five Dock? If you can never think of, or find a Justice of the Peace (JP) when you want one and live in the Five Dock area, remember John La Mela at Five Dock Realty. John is the only JP who is always available along Great

North Road. There is no fee, but as great supporter of the Salvo’s, he’s always got the Appeal box on the counter for a coin or two. Five Dock Realty is located at 92A Great North Road, Five Dock. Call 9713 2555.

Burwood Scene congratulates all 2013 Inner West Local Business Finalists

From little things big things grow Tucked away on Webb Street in Croydon behind Croydon Public School is a pre-school full of love, nurturing, education and fun. Owned and operated by Connie Koutsoubos, Kiddies Kapers is in its 21st year in the same location and started out in February 1992 with two enrolments, Chloe Moussa and Dean Fernnel, on the opening day. The Croydon location was Connie’s second pre-school having opened in Five Dock in 1985, which was sold in February this year to Stephanie Pugliese who worked with Connie for eight years. “I’m back full time at the Croydon Kiddies Kapers and we are all delighted to be finalists in the Local Business Awards. I’d really like to thank the local community for their love and support over the last 28 years,” said Connie. “We consider ourselves as a family here, building strong relationships within the staff and with the children and parents to maximise the quality of care given to our children.” Kiddies Kapers offers a diverse educational program in a loving, warm, nurturing environment with home cooked meals made by in-house chef Patricia that becomes an extension of home

(L to R) Kiddies Kapers staff; Patricia, Connie, Connie (owner), Sidony and Mele.

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and an introduction to learning. Connie’s earlier years were spent as a primary school teacher, which has given her a strong insight into the transition from pre-school to school. “So much has changed over the years but the basics are still the same. ‘Learning through fun and play’ is our motto and we offer an extensive program that aims

to involve all our lovely families,” she explained. “We take great pride in keeping in touch with past enrolments and many still come to visit us.” With Croydon Public School, PLC Sydney and Holy Innocents Primary School in the surrounding streets, it’s no wonder that Kiddies Kapers has a strong relationship with local schools and continue their support of ex-students by providing opportunities to train or gather work experience.

Other programs offered include the ‘Munch and Move’ program, tennis and ‘Kinda Dance’. Editor’s Note: My daughter Emily attended Kiddies Kapers for almost three glorious years way back when. Connie Koutsoubos was wonderful then and still is. Catching up with her was a delight – and I just had to tell her that 16 years later, we still hang the Christmas decoration that Emily made as a three year-old.

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Anticipation is building as the 2013 Inner West Local Business Awards presentation evening draws closer at Canterbury Hurlstone Park RSL on Wednesday, 29 May. With outstanding businesses representing a multitude of categories, Precedent Productions have said this year’s judging has proved a challenging process. “Many finalists are inseparable for their

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quality. This is a testament to the quality of Inner West local businesses, and shows the esteem which the community holds their local businesses,” said Precedent Productions Managing Director, Steve Loe. “We thank the sponsors for their support for local business. Burwood Council, Ashfield Council, Leichhardt Council, Powerof300, Ashfield Mall, Norton Plaza, MarketPlace Leichhardt, Birkenhead Point Outlet Shopping Centre, Strathfield Plaza, Burwood Plaza, Ashfield Business Chamber and Clearly Business BEC help make these awards possible and are essential in the running of the 2013 program,” Mr Loe added. As official media partner of the

business awards, Burwood Scene will publish all of the winning businesses in the Inner West with a special feature to celebrate the achievements of the local business community. Performing on the night will be Monique Montez, coming off an Australia-wide tour singing alongside Demi Hines. Monique has won ‘Best Female Vocalist’ at the ACE Awards and has also been nominated for the Helpmann Award. Monique’s performance promises to be a highlight of the evening. For further information regarding the Business Awards, or for enquiries into the Business Champions Awards program, contact the team at Precedent Productions on 8577 5060 or log onto the

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Who is behind the fashion retail revolution on the Mortlake strip? A new retail presence is happening on Mortlake Street that is changing the face of

fashion shopping in Concord. Gayle Russell opened Renaissance Boutique in 2007

Renaissance owners, Gayle Russell and Ken Dysart.

“A girl should be

and it is known for its unique women’s fashions and funky labels drawn from Australia, New Zealand, France, Spain and Canada. Brands like Verge, Nueva, Animale, Pause Café, Caroline Sills and Calico are all found under one roof and attracts shoppers from all areas of Sydney, around Australia and overseas. Gayle is a renowned stylist who takes time individually with you to put that perfect outfit together or organise your wardrobe. Gayle likes to quote Coco Channel…”a girl should be fabulous and classy”… Renaissance Boutique has the labels, styles and sizes to make all women feel fabulous and classy, has won the Inner West Fashion Award twice and in 2012 was a proud finalist in the Australian Small Business Champion Awards. Gayle married Ken Dysart on Australia Day this year and noticed that the men of the Concord area were not being catered for. “Renaissance Mens was established and fills a gap in the market with its smart casual menswear stocking labels such as

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English Laundry, John Lennon inspired collection, Jimmy Stuart, Duck and Cover and American AG jeans setting the Concord area alight,” explained Gayle. Shoppers at Renaissance Mens have commented on the quality and variety of stock and the fact that the stock is a “bit different”. As Ken says about menswear from Renaissance Mens, “You will never look average.” What a fabulous year for the Renaissance stores both named s finalists in the Inner West Business Awards, Renaissance Mens in the New Business category and Renaissance Boutique in the Fashion Shop category. “We are both proud to be representing the Canada Bay area,” Ken and Gayle commented. Take a visit to Mortlake Street and spoil yourself in the exciting new Renaissance stores! While on the strip enjoy the delights of Spanish tapas at the new Gijon restaurant, traditional Italian cuisine at Sauce or have a cut and colour at Hairbiz. Gayle and Ken are looking forward to welcoming you to the stores and helping with all your fashion requirements.

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budget provided in 2012/13,� Mr Casuscelli said. “I am proud that we have made savings and as a result we can provide more resources directly to schools to improve the learning environment for students. The funding for Enfield Public School will go towards external paint work.

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A new lick of paint is set to give Enfield Public School a new lease of life. The school will share in $10 million in additional maintenance funding this year. According to Member for Strathfield Charles Casuscelli

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Santa Sabina shakes up gender myths Santa Sabina’s principal, Dr Maree Herrett, will shed some light on the age-old stereotypes relating to education and gender at an information night next month. Dr Herrett will be holding an evening for the public on Thursday 6 June at Santa Sabina’s Del Monte Primary campus. She will challenge educational

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 Rosebank students in rehearsal for Bye Bye Birdie

Birdie set to swoop on Rosebank The curtain is only days away from rising for Rosebank College’s long awaited production of the Broadway musical Bye Bye Birdie. Running from 24 to 26 May, the story is set in 1958 and is inspired by Elvis Presley’s army draft notice and includes a cast of over 80 actors, dancers, singers and musicians from the school. “It is an honour to be producing theatre magic with the students and proving what they are capable of. It has been equally pleasing to discover a wonderful team of staff so willing to help,� said director Miss Therese Bean. Through this experience students

have developed their skills in teamwork, following direction, taking constructive feedback onboard, maintaining commitment, striving for 100 per cent and stepping out of their comfort zones. “Many students don’t even know what they are capable of until they are pushed and placed in a new situation where they can see their own gifts and be proud of them in front of their parents, peers, teachers and other adults,� Miss Bean added. Performances dates and times are: Friday 24 May at 7pm; Saturday 25 May at 7pm and Sunday 26 May at 2pm.


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Big step for small businesses Croydon Park Business Chamber is getting behind the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry ‘Small Business, Too Big to Ignore’ campaign. The campaign is a genuine grass roots movement, driven by social media through posts, images and videos coming from small businesses and can be seen and uploaded at Chamber President, Toni Franze and Vice President, Moira Verheijen took to the street last week, accompanied by local photographer Gabbie Smith, to speak face to face with local business owners to add their community voice to this national campaign.

“We believe in being active in supporting this brilliant initiative by the Australian Chamber of Commerce as this is an opportunity for you, as a small business to Voice Your Opinion. Together we can be strong and send a message that small business really is too big to ignore,” said Ms Franze. CPBC is holding a dinner event on 4 June to give small and home-based business owners the opportunity to share their ideas and meet other like-minded businesses. Registrations at 6pm for a strict 6:30pm start. Bookings are essential. Free to members, $25 non-members. For more details go to: www.

The very good is also bad and wickedly funny

The Producers comes to Concord Ashfield Musical Society will bring tales of Broadway to the stage in their upcoming show, The Producers. The show tells the story of how Max Bialystock, (played by Mark Power) a struggling Broadway producer and Leo Bloom (Rodney James Dean), a stage-struck accountant join forces in order to make mega-bucks by producing the worst musical ever

seen on Broadway. They discover the mother lode in a musical script written by Franz Liebkind (a ex-Nazi storm trooper), which tells the story of Hitler’s rise to power in song and dance. The Producers run for eight performances over two weekends at the Concord RSL Club Auditorium on 24th, 25th, 31st May and 1st June 2013 at 8 pm and 25th, 26th May and 1st, 2nd June 2013 at 2 pm.

Australia’s top comedy export, Joe Avati is coming to Burwood RSL.

30-year celebration for Snap Burwood Despite a common perception that print is long dead, printing business Snap Burwood has just celebrated 30 years. Snap Burwood has a long history which saw them start as a print and copy service in 1980, evolving during the 1990s to a full digital and offset print service, and now offering many additional products and services. The business’s current owner, Sanjay Siva has built Snap Burwood since buying it in 2009 by working to provide great service to the local business community and proudly supports many local schools and charities. “When I bought the Snap Centre in Burwood in 2009, I saw a great opportunity to build a relationship with many of the local businesses,” he said. “Over the years as a Snap franchise owner I have understood the challenges of running a small business in these

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hard times. At Snap Burwood we love to help other business owners to promote their products and services.” To celebrate this significant

milestone, Snap Burwood is offering a 15% discount off any orders placed in May and June as a thank you its clients for their support over the years.

Life is going full circle for comedy star Joe Avati when he returns for an all-new hilarious four-man show ‘The Good, the Bad and the Ethnic’ at Burwood RSL next month. The son of Italian migrants, Joe grew up in Burwood and went to school at Christian Brothers Lewisham before studying Food Science at Sydney Uni, from where he launched his particularly funny brand of self-mocking ‘wog’ humour that propelled him to Sydney’s Comedy Store and then the world. “Growing up with an Italian background, I remember how, at school, I always wanted to be like the normal ‘Aussie’ kids. I clearly remember show-and-tell when the Aussie kids would talk about how they’d gone skiing, hiking or whatever and I had to talk about getting up at 6.30am to help

with the tomato sauce, make salami or kill the pig!” Joe says with a laugh. The new show with Joe, George Kapiniaris, Tahir and Rob Shehadie comes from the Producers of IL DAGO and Comicus Erectus and pokes fun at all things politically incorrect. “Our new show is all new material and is very different to anything we’ve done before. There’s a mix of stand-up, sketches, songs, comedy magic and pre-recorded video sketches,” Joe said. “It’s fast-paced and clean – no swearing” Forget your run-of-themill stand-up comedy act, The Good The Bad And The Ethnic is like no performance audiences have seen before. Audiences can expect some surprises never before seen in this genre of comedy alongside some classic comedy that has become a

Ravin ranks as St John member Two familiar faces have moved up the ranks at the St John team. Kurt Ravin has been admitted to the order grade of member. Kurt joined St John as a cadet in 1992 at Glebe Cadet Division and was promoted to Cadet Leader in 2000. Since being promoted to the Cadet leader he has trained many Kurt Ravin with St John Patron and of the cadets for first aid NSW Governor Marie Bashir AC CVO competitions eventually becoming very active as a Demonstrating strong competitor himself. Kurt was leadership skills and a passion promoted to the Officer in for mentoring and supporting Charge in 2005, a position he Cadets, Kurt’s commitment held until 2010. to past and current cadet Kurt has been responsible members has fostered their for ensuring that cadet transition to adult divisions. members receive the Long-time member, necessary training so that Geoffrey Ticehurst who has they meet the objectives given more than 49 years of of the youth development service has been promoted to program. the grade of Commander.

feature of these well-loved productions. As one of Australia’s top comedy exports Joe is one of the most recognised faces on Australian television along with George Kapiniaris, known to most as ‘Memo’ from Acropolis Now. Tahir is better known to most as ‘Habib’ of Fat Pizza fame and the talented Rob Shehadie, was ‘Rocky’ from Fat Pizza and Housos. Joe is looking forward to a home-coming. “Wogs buy in groups – 20 or 30 tickets at a time. It will be awesome.” The Good The Bad And The Ethnic is on at Burwood RSL on Friday June 28 at 8.30pm. Tickets are selling fast and a second show is on the cards. Be quick. Tickets cost $43.50 and are on sale at Burwood RSL, Shaftesbury Road, Burwood or online at

Canada Bay steers sustainable businesses Local business owners learned all about sustainable practices at a launch in Five Dock last week. Canada Bay mayor, Angelo Tsirekas attended the launch of Resourcewide for the 2046 area, where business owners had a chance to hear about Council’s sustainable tips program on how to save money while being sustainable, cutting greenhouse emissions and water use. Joining the mayor was Ken Diaz of Club Five Dock RSL, who shared the club’s journey of adopting more sustainable practices, along with Glen Haron of Haron Robson, and Samantha Bones, sustainable business officer for council’s program.

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Strathfield street safety in the spotlight

KIDS KARNIVAL SHOW TIMES Bananas In Pyjamas 11.00am Dirt Girl 11.35am Justice League 12.00pm Peppa Pig 12.35pm Bananas In 1.00pm Pyjamas Dirt Girl 1.35pm Justice League 2.00pm Peppa Pig 2.35pm © 2009 dirtgirlworld productions pty ltd and DECODE Entertainment Inc. dirtgirlworld™

Showstoppers for free KIDS KARNIVAL Every kid’s favourite TV characters are set to burst into life on stage at this year’s Sydney Paddy’s Markets Kids Karnival. Held on Sunday 26 May at Sydney’s Paddy’s Markets Flemington, the not-to-bemissed day, which is one of the largest free kids’ events in

Sydney, will be hosted by Giggle and Hoot’s Jimmy Giggle and feature live stage shows from none other than Peppa Pig, Bananas in Pyjamas, Justice League and Dirtgirl World. All your favourite characters will also be available to meet and greet before and after each show.

The NSW Government has awarded Strathfield Council $50,000 for a strategy to reduce the number of people being robbed in public places. Member for Strathfield C harles C asus cel li and Attorney General Greg Smith SC announced the funding earlier this month. “Council will use proven Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design techniques to increase safety at locations where bag snatchers have struck repeatedly,” Mr Casuscelli said. “Lighting will be improved and trees and shrubs will be trimmed to optimise visibility

and make it harder for thieves to avoid being caught.” “Warning signs will also be erected to encourage pedestrians to protect their belongings.” The strategy will focus on parts of the Homebush West CBD, including the council car park and the key commuter routes from the railway station and shopping precinct. Council will also conduct a safety expo and street barbeques to inform community members about how they can reduce the risk of being targeted by thieves. Local police will attend the barbeques and information will be available in the most common languages spoken in the

Father Riley salutes volunteers “The 13th to 19th May is an important week in Youth Off The Streets calendar. It is a time that we reflect on the work of and thank the individuals that commit their time and passion towards helping the disadvantaged young people in our programs. I am often mentioned in the media for the work done at Youth Off The Streets, but I would like to pay my gratitude and voice my appreciation for the people who go unnoticed in our work but who contribute so much towards our kids.

National Volunteer Week is the largest celebration of volunteers and volunteerism in Australia. These unsung heroes are giving up their time, donating their skills and making a commitment to the needs of the young people that we support every day. Volunteering is integral to each of our services and we would not be able to provide the range of programs that we do without their assistance. Our volunteers, aged between 21-80 years old, work beside our staff to provide the best quality of care for our

young people and contribute to an estimated value of just under $2.9m to our organisation. My experience in youth work has shown that there are many more individuals just like the volunteers that we are lucky to have assisting us, working across the sector to make a difference in the lives of others. This is a commendable act of selflessness, generosity and dedication to those out there that can do with a helping hand. Every day we take the opportunity to thank our

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Promises, promises The Gillard Government upped the stakes in last week’s Federal Budget by promising $1.8 billion in the 2013-2014 Federal Budget for the M4 and M5 Sydney motorway extensions, which exceeds Tony Abbott’s $1.5 billion, but with a rider that no tolls could be imposed. “It will extend the M4 to Sydney Airport and duplicate the existing M5 East as an integrated scheme,” said the Member for Reid, John Murphy. NSW Treasurer Mike Baird dismissed the announcement as meaningless saying the federal government was not serious about the WestConnex motorway and that the model could add $6 billion to the overall cost.

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volunteers for what they do for the lives of our kids, and I encourage you to take advantage of National Volunteer Week by congratulating those around you that are giving their time towards the wellbeing of others. Or you can make a commitment to volunteering yourself by contacting a charity in your area where I am sure your skills and time will be greatly appreciated.” Yours Faithfully, Father Chris Riley

Strathfield Local Government Area, including English, Arabic, Chinese and Korean. Mr Smith said people should avoid carrying large amounts of money and should keep valuables tucked away in places that are hard for bag snatchers to access. “Put your wallet inside your jacket or in a front pocket instead of in your bag so that if your bag is snatched your wallet will still be safe,” he added. One hundred and ten ‘steal from person’ offences were recorded in the Strathfield Local Government area last year, according to the Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research.


Sydney residents have a chance to air their opinion on the future of the inner-west at the NSW Independent Local Government Review Panel’s discussion forums next month. The forums come following the release of the Panel’s ‘Future Directions for NSW Local Government’ paper last month, which could potentially see a merger of all four inner-west councils. “At the heart of the problem we still have too many

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councils chasing too little revenue,” said Panel chair professor, Graham Sansom. The forum for the inner west will be held in the Activity Rooms on the ground floor of Ashfield Council on 13 June, starting with a Metropolitan Councils Workshop from 2 to 5pm. The metropolitan hearing, focussing on the community, takes place at the same venue from 6 to 8 pm.

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Strathfield SES volunteers headed to the Blue Mountains National Park this month to learn the skills they need to take part in wilderness navigation exercises. The course consisted of map reading, orientation, finishing with a field navigation exercise near Tunnel View Lookout outside Glenbrook. Strathfield SES Local Controller Darrin Parkin said that rural and wilderness navigation is an important skill for the role of an SES volunteer, even in the inner west of Sydney. “This is another useful skill that forms part of the training of a NSW SES volunteer,” Mr Parkin said. “It’s not just floods and storms that SES volunteers can be called on to assist with in a time of crisis.” Mr Parkin said that NSW SES volunteers are often called-in to conduct missing persons searches in wilderness areas. “Navigation and orienteering are also vital skills for when we have to work out of area,” he added. The Strathfield group are currently looking for new volunteers. Anybody interested can call 9763 2144.

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The boys and girls in blue have hit the road in the inner west following a boost to local police numbers after the NSW Government welcomed a further 202 officers into the NSW Police Force at the graduating ceremony in Goulburn last month. Member for Strathfield, Charles Casuscelli said he was

delighted that the local area had received a further 11 officers. Of these 11 new officers, six will be stationed at Flemington, four at Ashfield and one at Burwood. “Since the election, the Government has delivered 370 additional positions into the NSW Police Force and we are on target to deliver 859 extra positions,” he said.

Avoid high energy bills Electricity network Ausgrid is reminding households to keep a cool head when buying a new heater this winter because choosing the right one could make a big difference to the winter energy bill. Ausgrid’s energy efficiency expert Paul Myors said portable electric heaters like bar radiators

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and fan heaters are the cheapest to buy but expensive to run. “A household can expect to spend more on electricity in one week from using a personal fan heater than the cost of the heater itself,” Mr Myors said. “They’re best for personal heating or smaller spaces, but avoid using them for long periods.”

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The simple things in life draw a crowd Furry chicks, baby animals, Real Estate Agents and Haus a super fun slide and great Real Estate. local entertainment drew a 1. Discovering and comparing steady crowd on a beautiful baby chicks day at the 4th annual May 2. Enjoying the May Fair for Fair in Strathfield Square. locals and visitors The Strathfield Chamber 3. The Girl Guides and Scouts of Commerce, led by Sue signed up many youngsters. McDonald, hosted the event 4. The Business Professional CLASSIFIEDS with help from Strathfield Women’s (BPW) club StrathCouncil. Major sponsors field. PIcutred are Faye Helou included Strathfield Partners and Shaun Summers

With winter approaching, NPS MedicineWise is reminding Australians that anyone can catch the flu and that having the flu vaccination is the single best way to protect against the infection, and its potential complications. “We’re urging people who are most at risk to have the flu vaccination this autumn, because influenza can lead to serious complications, including pneumonia,” says NPS MedicineWise clinical adviser Dr Philippa Binns. AND DINE “We know that every year in Australia, it is estimated there are up to 2,500 influenza-related deaths, and up to 18,000 people hospitalised.Those at risk include people who are 65 years or older, pregnant women, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who are 15 years or older, people who are obese, and those with a pre-existing medical condition such as a weakened immune system, diabetes, lung disease, heart disease, or chronic neurological conditions.” The flu vaccine is available free, through the National Immunisation Program, for more than 5 million Australians who are more at risk of severe disease. A health professional can tell you if you are eligible for a free flu vaccine. The 2013 flu vaccine for Australia is different from the 2012 vaccine, and

Korean culture evening for Rotary Each year the Strathfield Rotary Club host a multicultural evening focussing on one country. This year all things Korean will be celebrated with a special menu including traditional Korean dishes, includes the most common flu virus dancers in national costume and a short strains that are causing infection around film provided by the Korean National the world this year. Tourism Organisation. “People who were vaccinated in 2012 Strathfield Rotary is encouraging still need to be vaccinated again this members of the local community to year to ensure protection against the flu join them for this special evening on strains thatFRIENDLY are causing infection this flu TOWednesday, June 12DINE at Strathfield Golf THE PLACE SHOP AND season,” says Dr Binns. Club from 6.30pm.   “It’s also important for parents to “The Korean people are doing such know that there are several brands of wonderful things in Strathfield,” said flu vaccines that can be given to eligible Rotary member and event organiser, children aged 6 months or older. Recent Anuradha Kamkolkar. “We would love safety studies have found that there are to welcome any visitors to a Rotary night no specific concerns associated with and this event is special.” using these specific vaccines in children. Tickets for the night cost $35 per But some brands should only be used for person. Raffle tickets for prizes donated adults, so people should always talk to by the Korean community will also be on their doctor if they have any questions or sale . Call Anuradha on 9742 5347 concerns.” or 0412 612 310.

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Asia’s best kept secret will wake up your taste buds

Fashionistas spill the beans No one could ever accuse former Vogue Australia editor Kirstie Clements of being fashionably late. Less than a year after she was unceremoniously sacked from the top job, which she had held for 13 years, Clements penned a memoir The Vogue Factor. Far from an angry rant about her dismissal, the book is more like an extended essay on all things fashion: the increasing pressure on editors to please everyone, the rise of online, social media and fashion bloggers and, most interestingly, Clements’ thoughts on models who are dangerously skinny. Clements even reveals that some models “snack” on tissues. Ironically, the skinny issue is what carries the most weight in this book, which is rather thin on Clements the person. True, while most editors already have inflated egos, she was never one for hogging the limelight, though it would have been nice to understand her a bit more. (Burwood Scene’s request for an interview with Clements was ignored by her publisher. Perhaps appearing in a community newspaper would be considered a fashion faux pas?) By contrast, Grace, a memoir by former model and creative director of Vogue America’s Grace Coddington is a much more personal account of one of fashion’s most influential people. Though she writes

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dismissively of The Devil Wears Prada, it’s likely that had the film – which was as exaggerated as it was realistic in its depiction of magazine publishing – never been created, then it’s questionable whether Vogue would have ever made its own documentary, The September Issue. It was in the latter film that Coddington became something of a hero. Gutsy, outspoken and not afraid of legendary editor-in-chief Anna Wintor, known as the “ice queen”, she was proof that even in the most superficial of industries there are people who keep it real. In her memoir, Coddington reveals her absolute refusal to even take part in the film. Lucky she did, otherwise it would have been a yawn fest. Worth pointing out is that Grace was co-written with Michael Roberts. Coddington even admits that she’s only ever read a handful of books and is not a writer, and it’s this honesty that endeared most of us to her in the first place. Drawings by Coddington, which are often humorous, also add to her charm. While both Clements and Coddington both have interesting stories to tell, what will be most interesting is to see how long it takes for Anna Wintour to pen her own memoir.

Asia’s long held delicious secret, the custard apple, is expected to be a big hit amongst Australian foodies this autumn. According to MasterChef Series 2 winner Adam Liaw, Aussies are now embracing the quintessential dessert fruit as they broaden their palates and experiment with more exotic foods when it comes to home cooking. “Custard apples have long been a classic Asian dessert ingredient. In the Philippines, they’re an ingredient in a kind of chiffon cake and in India, they’re mixed with cream or used in traditional sweets. Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia also use them in desserts, such as ice creams,” says Adam. “In Australia, custard apples are becoming increasingly popular for their delicious sweet flavour and soft creamy texture, and they can be used to give a tropical accent to drinks and desserts like cheesecake and smoothies.”  Adam urges Aussie foodies who haven’t yet tried the fruit to not be put off by the rough exterior of the custard apple.  “The beauty of the custard apple lies beneath the bumpy surface. This flesh is sweet and creamy with a wonderful unique flavour and texture, making the fruit ideal for dessert recipes,” says Adam.   “I’ve loved custard apples since I was a kid and growing up I would eat them raw; it’s the simplest and easiest way to eat the fruit.   “Another way I like to enjoy custard apples is to freeze the fruit’s flesh in a bowl with natural yoghurt and honey, then pop it in a food processor and blend until smooth,” adds Adam.  

Adam Liaw’s top five custard apple tips:

l Custard apples make a delicious and easy snack. Simply split them in half, separate the flesh from the seeds with your hands and scoop the contents out with a spoon l The sweetness and unique flavour of the custard apple makes it a perfect puree for dessert recipes, including fruit sorbets, ice creams, cakes and pies l Custard apples are a terrific addition to juices and smoothies. Simply peel, remove the seeds and add the flesh to a blender with some milk, sugar and ice cubes l They can be sliced raw and tossed through Asian salads, or added raw along with other tropical fruits to savoury dishes to spruce up simple autumn meals l Custard Apples are a wonderful ingredient added to hot dishes such as Thai red curries with chicken and stir fries. To ensure they don’t lose flavour and texture, avoid heating the fruit over 50 degrees. They can be bought ready to eat, or still hard to the touch and allowed to ripen over a few days. A custard apple is ripe if it has a pale green colour and moves with slight pressure. To hasten ripening, keep the fruit at room temperature. Once ripe, store your custard apples in the fridge and eat within two days.

Custard apples are highly nutritious; 100 grams of their sweet flesh provides 110 per cent of the recommended daily intake of vitamin C. They are also low GI, and a source of protein, fibre, vitamins and minerals.   


A custard apple is ripe if it gives slightly when pressed gently (similar to a ripe avocado). Custard apples can be bought ready to eat, or still hard to the touch – simply allow them to ripen over several days. To speed ripening put the fruit into a brown paper bag with a banana and leave it on the kitchen bench. The banana will accelerate the ripening of the custard apple.

STORAGE l Fruit will not ripen under 14oC. l Store hard fruit between 8°C to 12°C for up to 5 days only, longer than this and chill injury occurs (most refrigerators are set between 2°C and 5°C). l In winter store fruit in a warm area and cover – the custard apples will hold their own warmth.  l Best temperature range for ripening is 18° to 24°C.  l Soft fruit may be kept in the refrigerator for a couple of days.

Mortlake development approved Canada Bay mayor Angelo Tsirekas says the community and council have been ignored after the Planning Assessment Commission (PAC) gave the go-ahead to build 391 residential units in a 15 multi-storey development on Hilly Street at Mortlake. “We are shocked by the PAC decision to approve it,” Mayor Tsirekas said. “The development is twice the density permitted in this area and our studies show that the local road network will not be able to handle the level of traffic generated from a development of

this scale, particularly given there is also a lack of public transport in this area.” “What is most disappointing is that the only new infrastructure that the State Government is requesting are upgrades to two intersections on Concord Road and Wellbank and Patterson Streets.  It’s a joke.” “This approved project is in direct conflict with our planning strategy for the area and will most likely set an unwanted precedent.”




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hall of St Thomas Anglican Uniting Church hall as Be part of history Church, Coronation Parade part of their Sunday Lovers of history can meet and King Street Enfield at others who share the same at 7pm program 2pm on Saturday 25 May. on Sunday, May 26. passion by joining StrathThe guest speaker will be Topics include,What is field District Historical Dementia and what causes a representative of the Society, which is currentNSW Rose Society.  Advice it? Also covered is why ly conducting a memberwill be given on how to dementia more common, ship drive. look after the roses in guidelines for communiMembership costs $18 the church grounds and cating with people with for the year, and includes Mother’s Union garden. dementia and improving a bi-monthly newsletter covering interesting topics the quality of life of people For the energetic, there will be a working bee from with dementia. Find out mainly about the Strath9am to noon. Call 9715 about local resources and field area. 7865. preventing dementia. The The group holds regular speaker will be Dr Bates. talks every second month. THE FRIENDLY PLACE TOUniting SHOP ANDCelebrating DINE Homebush Church This month, Claude volunteers is located on the corner of Bennie, an ex-employee The Canada Bay based Meredith St and Burlingof Arnott’s Biscuits, gave Communities for ton Road, Homebush. a talk on the way biscuits Communities charity, were produced in the early Enquiries: 0419 449 590 which has raised over days of the local Arnott’s $1million, celebrated its Interested in roses company. volunteers on Wednesor cemeteries? For further enquiries day May 15 at PJ’s Irish Pub about joining the Historical To learn more about roses in Drummoyne. “Whether or become involved with Society, contact president you’ve volunteered on one the Friends of St Thomas Jan Viney 9746-8732. Cemetery, which is helping event or at many in our eleven years, we say thank to preserve the oldest What causes you,” said President Jacque building and cemetery in dementia Burwood, go along to their Weaver. A talk on dementia will next meeting in the lower be held at Homebush


Go the extra mile The Rotary Club of Burwood held its Pride of Workmanship Awards night last week at Burwood RSL. Among the many awardees was Anthony Starkey, the Operations Manager of Club Burwood, who was nominated by the Business Professional (BPW) club of Strathfield. This year’s awards acknowledged people in the local area who ‘Go the Extra Mile with a smile’. “Anthony was really blown away by the nomination and thoroughly enjoyed the Awards Presentation. He even won a raffle prize,” said BPW Strathfield President, Faye Helou.

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and wife, Mary. The Great Depression struck as Patricia finished her school years and a barter system became the only form of currency. Patricia became a skilled seamstress and was employed on this barter system by local businesses. During WWII, having trained as a nurse, Patricia moved to Melbourne to work before Mrs McDonald marrying Donald (Bill) McDonald at the end of 17 March, 1915 the war. The couple settled – 10 March, 2013 Strathfield has lost a long-time in Petersham before moving to Girraween to resident. Patricia McDonald run a poultry farm and passed away on March 10 Vivid begins welcoming a daughter, at 98 years of age, having Vivid Sydney 2013, FRIENDLY the Patricia son Brian. The livedPLACE on Liverpool Road at THE TO SHOP ANDthen DINE annual festival of light, Strathfield since 1957. Patricia family moved to Strathfield music and ideas, lights up in 1957 where Bill and was born in Corowa in the on Friday May 24 at the Riverina on the Murray River, Patricia volunteered for St. Sydney Opera House at Vincent de Paul and local the second of eight girls to 6pm to midnight every schools and parishes. coach driver James Kearney night until June 10.





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Ashfield bike shop celebrates 35 years

Five stars for swim centre Sydney’s oldest freshwater pool at Enfield has received a five star safety rating, placing it among the top aquatic facilities in Sydney in a recent audit conducted by Royal Life Saving NSW. The Enfield Aquatic Centre, which opened nearly 80 years ago, received perfect scores in pool supervision, learn to swim and administration. During last summer the addition of the new water play park and cafÊ was completed.

Mulit-medal winners, Milly Marks and Rhiannon Carr

Bethlehem divers bring home the medals


Become a Two Bethlehem College Burwood students have won first place Scene at a recent diving competition facebook fan the NSW Combined Catholic Colleges competition (NSW CCC) at Homebush recently. or Milly Marks achieved first place in both the 12-13 follow us year’s springboard and open onCLASSIFIEDS twitter platform and has gone on @BurwoodScene

to the NSW All Schools and won the 12-year springboard competition.

Joining her in diving success was fellow student, 13-year-old Rhiannon Carr who won the 50m butterfly and took the silver in the 400m freestyle at the NSW CCC. Rhiannon won another silver in the 50m butterfuly at All Schools. Both Milly and Rhiannon will compete in the National Schools competition to be held in Adelaide later this year.


employed numerous John Michell’s Olympians as well as Ashfield Cycles is a providing advice to leader in the cycling recreational riders. world and after 35 “Over the years I’ve years, his business and sold thousands of bikes reputation grows each to cyclists at all levels year, and in the process, and seen many changes. he has encouraged Bikes have become thousands of people lighter and faster and to get fit and healthy the gears and brakes by riding a bike. have improved. I’ve also The inner-west seen the introduction resident started out of mountain bikes as a 25 year-old on and triathlon bikes. Parramatta Road in Plus, road bikes have Ashfield before moving become more and more to his present location popular,� he explained. on Liverpool Road in “The popularity of the mid-1980s. road bikes has meant Over 35 years John that I’ve been involved has seen many changes bike clubs like to the SydneyTHE cyclingFRIENDLY PLACE TO SHOP ANDwith DINE Dulwich Hill Bicycle scene and the local area. Club and Lidcombe“I grew up in Auburn Cycle Club Ashfield just a few (LACC), which I’ve hundred metres from John Michell celebrates sponsored for many the shop and I’ve seen 35 years at Ashfield Cycles. years, plus I’m now many changes in the local community. I’ve also seen children and there’s a huge range sponsoring the LACC Women’s many changes in the clientele,� of models, plus many different race team.� Ashfield Cycles is a Specialized John said. reasons for riding like getting “Back in the 70s and 80s, healthy, commuting, family bike dealer at 353 Liverpool most of my customers were activities, racing and even Road, Ashfield and stocks a wide range of bikes, apparel, men and there wasn’t a huge socialising.� variety of bike types. Now my Over the years John has shoes and accessories, as well customers are men, women and supported, encouraged and as servicing all types of bikes.


Stallholder applications now open

BURWOOD FESTIVAL SUNDAY 22 SEPTEMBER 2013 10am – 5pm Burwood Park, Burwood Featuring � �

f you are a merchandise, specialty, or food stallholder and are interested in participating in this spectacular event visit or contact Burwood Council’s Events Coordinator on (02) 9911 9935 or email events@ for more information. Hurry as places fill fast!

Call for buskers and street performers

Call for sponsors


ake part in the biggest Festival in the Inner West

Burwood Festival is calling for sponsors for the upcoming event on Sunday 22 September 2013. With exposure to over 100,000 visitors Burwood Festival will provide your business with the opportunity to support an event that brings the community together and will enable you to promote your products, service and message to an important and diverse section of the community.

  I Classic Car Display

f you are a talented busker or street performer then Burwood Festival wants you!

Live Stage Entertainment


Roving Performers


Fantastic Carnival Rides


International Food and Merchandise Stalls


Stunning Model Boats Display


Pony Rides

Petting Zoo ‌and so much more �


The call has gone out for expressions of interest for singers, dancers, jugglers, stilt walkers, pavement artists and street performers to get involved in this year’s Burwood Festival, the largest spring festival in the Inner West.

In addition to offering eight different sponsorship opportunities, each with its own exclusive benefits, the Festival team can also tailor packages to meet your unique needs.

 We will program some performers to take to the main stage whilst others will be set up in busking stations across the Festival site. All buskers and street performers need to register their expression of interest. Performers can contact Burwood Council’s Events Coordinator on (02) 9911 9935 or email events@burwood. for more information.

For more information contact Burwood Council’s Events Coordinator on (02) 9911 9935 or email events@burwood. for more information.



8 May 2013

Burwood Scene  

Burwood Scene