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20-strong team of medical researchers led by Professor Derek Hart at the ANZAC Research Institute at Concord Hospital is on the cusp of being able to produce an anti-cancer vaccine. All that is required is $5million for

by Belinda Noonan Photos by Lee McCluskey

‘Phase 1’ to make a ‘first in man vaccine’ using the antibody, test it and conduct clinical trials. The potential outcomes for mankind are mind-boggling.

Talking with Professor Hart about his work whilst the Olympics were in full swing, he said: “You could liken the journey as being a marathon, and we are about to run into the stadium.”

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here will never be a more important story than that which is published on page 1 and 5 of this edition. That’s a big statement. Some weeks back, I met and interviewed a man who left me stunned, humbled, in awe and on the brink of tears as I grappled to come to terms with the information he shared over the course of a few hours. Driving home, my first thought was “I have just met the most influential man I will ever

desk By Belinda Noonan

BURWOOD A vision, a promise and a profound day meet - in my lifetime.” Professor Derek Hart, his Associate Professor wife Georgina Clark and their team at the ANZAC Research Institute are on the brink of delivering a

cure for cancer. What they need now is more money, and not a lot of it, relatively speaking. $5million is all they need for Phase 1. Chicken feed! Phases 2 and 3 are not

ridiculously expensive either. The 20-member team of brilliant doctors and medical researchers are not paid the monstrous salaries that a banking sector chairman commands. My impression of the quietly spoken Professor Hart is that he is, in equal parts, understanding, brilliant, compassionate, supportive and a team player with a sense of humour. No crazy professor stereotype here. The fifteen-minute drive home was all it took to decide that, one way or

another, we have to find a measly $5million. There are loads of ways in which you and I can help and yes, a gold coin is a start. I also started thinking about anyone whom I know with either money or influence, because I am coming your way. Be advised! It blows my (obviously tiny) mind that Professor Hart spends half his time searching or applying for funding, when he could be doing more important stuff. Each team-member is a study in barely-contained joy

and optimism, because as we saw first-hand, more discoveries and confirmation of processes which work are only the next minute away. You can send money to the ANZAC Research Institute, Gate 3, Hospital Road, Concord NSW 2139. Anything over $2 is tax deductible. Have a look at www.anzac.edu.au and please read page 5 of Burwood Scene. Our community can help to deliver an outcome for all mankind. That is a big statement.

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Mrs O’Hara said. “Unlike some councils we really are good friends working together For two decades, she has been at for the community.” www.burwoodscene.com.au the helm of activism in Canada Bay, Mrs O’Hara was elected to the but councillor and deputy mayor newly formed City of Canada Bay Jeanette O’Hara has decided to Council in 2004 as part of the leave council. Our Community, Our Council Mrs O’Hara has made the group and has served on various decision to retire as a councillor committees, advisory groups and at the upcoming local government was elected Deputy Mayor in 2004, elections, ending more than two then again in 2006-07, 2008-09, decades of local government duty 2009-10 and 2011-12. – first to Concord Council and The new Canada Bay Men’s Shed, Harry’NEWS s Shed, was3named in honour then to the City of Canada Bay. “It’s been difficult, I’ve enjoyed of Cr O’Hara’s late husband, Harry. 6 Octobershe 2011 Though did not get to see working with council so much,” by Mitchell Jordan

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one of her pet projects come to fruition, Mrs O’Hara holds out hope that a local bus service she fought hard for will return. “My only regret is that I couldn’t get the 460 bus from Drummoyne to Concord Hospital reinstated,” she said. “I made sure a notice of motion was put to my last meeting in the hope our new councillors will keep the issue on the boil.” Mrs O’Hara is challenging Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian to join Council’s Access Committee to travel between Drummoyne and the hospital by public transport.

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Two Enfield mothers are determined to fight for their children’s rights after cuts to school funding for disabled students. Both Samantha Pearce and Prue Ibrahim who have children at Enfield Public School are concerned about the introduction of the Every Student Every School policy, which meant that students, including their children, with low funding support needs lost their individual funding in July 2012, This policy has angered the pair, who are currently involved with concerned parents from other NSW State Schools and collecting signatures for a petition to restore funding to its previous model. They claim that if 10,000 signatures are collected this can be presented in State parliament for review. “These funding cuts will affect everyone,” said Ms Pearce. “The bottom line is there will be less support in public school classrooms because there will be fewer learning support officers, which will mean less direct support for children with disabilities. With less learning support, how are teachers meant to give sufficient attention to all student’s in the classroom?” Ms Ibrahim said that she was “surprised

Disabled students bear brunt of funding cuts Disability insurance support A strong contingent of people with a disability, their families and carers, service providers and advocacy groups met at a forum in Belmore earlier this month to hear Senator Jan McLucas and MP Tony Burke an update on the disability services reform. “A National Disability Insurance Scheme

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has the potential to do for disability what Medicare did for health, and what superannuation did for retirement savings,” Mr Burke said. Mr Burke said that the strength of feeling at the forum demonstrated support for fundamental reform of disability care and support.

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he Inner West’s largest annual free community event, the Burwood Festival, has announced its full list of entertainment. The stellar line up includes internationally acclaimed so You Think You can dance? And X Factor winner Timomatic(left) who tops a bill of class acts such as Young Talent Time winners Lil’ Banditz krew, runnerup and local girl Georgia Mccarthy and up and coming singer-songwriters The harmonicas, all sure to get the crowd singing and grooving along with them. Promoting the best of the Inner West, the 28th annual Burwood Festival on sunday, 16 september is the region’s largest annual free community event where Festival-goers can see farmyard animals up close, to award-winning food from the area to taste and trial, along to the quirky arts and crafts, carnival rides and goodie bags, spectacular entertainment and, of course, the classic car show. Presented this year by The sunday Telegraph in conjunction with Burwood

council, the Main stage, kids’ korner and district Youth all offer different experiences, catering to a range of interests and tastes, with a common focus to provide friends and families with an event to share and celebrate. currently, there’s also a fantastic competition being run online! Be a reporter for Burwood Festival’s BTV! upload a 30 second video of yourself reporting on something that’s happened to you today. The more likes you get, the more chance you have of winning! We’re looking for one guy and one girl aged 13 - 17 years old. hurry, entries and voting close 9 september! simply head to our Burwood Festival Facebook page to upload your video. For more info, visit burwoodfestival.com.au or follow us on Twitter. For sheer fun, discovery and excitement, there’s nothing like the Burwood Festival. For more info, visit burwoodfestival.com.au, like us on Facebook or follow us on twitter.

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he WoodsTock community centre is organising an exciting day trip to the Tobruk sheep station on Thursday 20 september. The Tobruk sheep station located at Maroota, a 1.5 hour bus ride from sydney, is a truly unique rural outback experience. This trip will include billy tea and damper, a sheep sheering demonstration, mustering, yard work and an Aussie BBQ lunch. The cost of the trip is $50 which includes coach fare, entry

fee and lunch. This event is open to seniors from the Burwood seniors social Group. Bookings will be accepted from 20 July and are essential as places are strictly limited. For bookings please contact Burwood council on 9911 9911 When: Thursday, 20 september 2012, 8:30am-4:30pm Where: Woodstock community centre – 22 church street, Burwood.

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he BurWood community’s own fabulous facility, the Woodstock community centre has these past few weeks had some new features added to its already extraordinary offerings. A playground has transformed the outdoor space around Woodstock, with the installation of swings and soft surfaces valued at around $34,800 sure to provide yet another attraction for local families.

The upgrade will replace circular swings with four new swings including a nest swing that children can enjoy, encouraging new ways to play. The swings are all supported by a soft rubber surface that will minimise the impact of falls. council is also in the process of installing ramps at the playground entrance of the Woodstock building with tactile grids at the top and bottom, allowing for easier access.

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he WoodsTock community centre is offering an exercise program designed especially for seniors. The program is aimed at improving strength, stamina, flexibility and balance. Taking place at the Woodstock community centre on Monday mornings, these classes incorporate hand weights, stretches and aerobic movements. The

cost of enrolment is $40 for 9 weeks. enrolment is essential as places are limited. For bookings please call Burwood council on 9911 9911. When: Monday mornings, 23 July – 17 september 2012, 9:00am-10:00am Where: Woodstock community centre – 22 church street, Burwood.

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Yoga For reLaxation s PArT of the Woodstock community centre’s have a Go Programs for adults, relaxation yoga classes are being held at the centre on Tuesday evenings from 6:00pm-7:00pm. The Yoga for relaxation program is suited for both men and women and is designed to improve flexibility, wellbeing and balance. Learn relaxation and breathing techniques and

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improve your concentration ability. classes are offered at a price of $80 for 8 weeks. enrolment is essential as places are limited. For bookings please call Burwood council on 9911 9911. When: Tuesday evenings, 31 July – 18 september 2012, 6:00pm-7:00pm Where: Woodstock community centre – 22 church street, Burwood.

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he WoodsTock community centre is holding low impact aerobic classes for seniors. These classes are designed for people who want to exercise at an even pace. The program incorporates hand weights and stretch bands, and aims to strengthen agility and balance. classes run on Tuesday mornings at the Woodstock community centre and the cost of

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enrolment is $40 for 8 weeks. enrolment is essential as places are limited. For bookings please call Burwood council on 9911 9911 When: Tuesday mornings, 24 July-18 september 2012, 10:00am-11:00am Where: Woodstock community centre – 22 church street, Burwood.


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The “Generals” in our blood stream have been cornered Words by Belinda Noonan & Mitchell Jordan Photos by Lee McCluskey

Dr Christian Bryant in the ANZAC Research laboratory with Professor Hart

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edical research can be a minefield. Terminology, back history and, greatest of all, the risk of uncertainty, can leave many bewildered. However, after talking with the Oxford-educated Derek Hart, who leads the ANZAC Research Institute at Concord Hospital about the enormity of his research, I posed the ultimate question: was he talking about the potential of an anti-cancer vaccine? His answer was simple and direct: yes. A cure for cancer is not something that anyone should take lightly, which is why it is important to understand Professor Hart’s history and mission. It was back in 1973 that Ralph Steinman discovered the “dendritic cell”, which determines how molecules on the surface of white blood cells communicate with each other, and then reject or accept transplanted organs and respond to diseases like cancer. However, it would be another six years before Steinman’s discovery was taken seriously when Professor Hart found the same cell in transplanted heart tissue. The two teams of researchers spent the 1980s convincing “the disbelievers” in the medical community of the importance of dendritic cells as prime communicators with other cells. “Dendritic cells are a sub population of white cells. They are the key to our research because they activate the body’s natural defence against illness and disease - the immune system,” Professor Hart explained. One of the reasons cancer is able to grow and spread around the body is because cancer cells are very good at hiding from the immune system. “During our research at Oxford, we showed that the dendritic cells were important in transplant rejection,” Professor Hart said. “I developed a hypothesis back then.” (which he still has). “If these are the cells, which initiated a direct immune response – then if we figure out how they work, then we might be able to stimulate them for vaccination purposes.” “Dendritic cells call the shots throughout the blood system. Think of them as the ‘Generals’, instructing the sergeants and soldiers. We found a way to identify the Generals and isolate them,” Professor Hart says. In the 1990s Professor Hart and his wife Associate Professor Georgina Clark pioneered more

a part of this phase. Phases 2 and 3 look for efficacy and document outcomes in patient trials and provide proof positive. “We don’t have the money for Phase 1. It’s a big block for us,” Professor Hart quietly says. “Funding to move from

fundamental discovery to clinical practise is very limited in this country.” “You want your research to reach an outcome for people. The most constructive thing I can do is medical research for future remedies.”

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research in Christchurch, then Brisbane, looking at the molecules on the surface of dendritic cells. “These cells can tell the good from the bad and can also communicate with other cells – be they to increase or decrease immune response. By 2000, the work had got to the stage where we could apply what we’ve found out for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes. We were, basically, putting the hypothesis into practise after 20 years of work. This is the fun bit!” What follows is another huge question. “Q: Are you telling me that only $5million stands between you and a cure for cancer?” “A: Potentially – Yes.” When the new Bernie Banton and ANZAC Institute building was opened in 2010 at Concord, the opportunity to found the Dendritic

Cell Biology and Therapeutics Group and to enable it to work closely with collaborator, Professor Ken Bradstock from Westmead and others at Prince Alfred Hospital was realised for Professor Hart. In medical lingo, the group’s focus on dendritic cells is a particular emphasis on the translation of scientific discoveries around surface molecules into diagnostics and therapeutic outcomes. “If we understand how DC initiate or suppress the immune response, then we may be able to increase their activity for (cancer) vaccination and suppress their activity to facilitate transplantation and control auto immune disease,” says the Group’s Business Manager, James Zagarella. “I believe it is a story worth telling the community about.” Currently, drug treatment for

transplants suppress the entire immune system, which leaves the patient vulnerable to infection, but there is a new methodology on the horizon. “Our approach only targets dendritic cells. We’ve made an antibody that removes the activated dendritic cells and have shown that this works as a completely new approach to Immune Suppression. We are looking at the anti-bodies in therapeutic and diagnostic practise,” Professor Hart says. “We’ve developed a way to do that. We’ve tested it and it works on human cells in mice and mice transplants. Bringing the work together across three major hospitals is a significant achievement and we have built a stunning team of young doctors and researchers.” The program at Concord is one of only a few in the world to go from research through to clinical trials. Phase 1, will cost $5 million over two years includes making a safe drug from the antibody (named 3C12 or versions of 3C12). Clinical trials and trials for toxicity and regulatory requirements are also

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Two Strathfield schools received global recognition at a recent international bridge-building contest. It was a 202kg load made by boys at St Patrick’s College that came first, closely followed by Meriden School, whose 78.1kg bridge took out third prize against schools from across Australia and New Zealand at the engineering company Aurecon’s bridge building competition, which finished on 15 August. Year 8 students Emma Copeman (13 years), Genevieve Hopkins (13 years) and Manon Munoz-Ferrada (14 years) competed against more than 20 teams from schools across New South Wales in the competition which tests the aesthetics and load bearing capacity of bridges made out of balsa wood, string, cardboard and glue. Each team was required to construct a bridge from the materials provided and take it

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for testing by global engineering firm, Aurecon. Meriden team member, Emma Copeman, said that it was a tense moment as the bridge was loaded with weight. “I was curious about what would happen when the load was put on,” she said. “I thought it could either collapse straight away or sustain as much weight as we hoped it would. It sustained a pressure of 78.1kg which was much higher than we expected.” As third place winners, the Meriden team received a cheque for $500 for their school.

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on and included topics ranging from ‘Being a young Aboriginal person is a disadvantage’ through to ‘The media concentrates on the negative side of Aboriginal affairs’. Opened by Professor Larissa Behrendt from the Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning, the debate was hosted by two veterans, Sophie Bancroft of Georges River College Oatley Senior Campus and Ryan Ahearn of South Sydney High School. A live audience adjudication system gave the audience the chance to adjudicate as the debate took place.

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PLC puts pets on show Students from PLC at Croydon will celebrate 50 years of raising money for Guide Dogs NSW, at the Annual Pet Show on September 1st from 10am until 2pm The long-term association with PLC Sydney has been an important part of the organisation’s ability

to continue its vital work and also forms part of the school’s service learning program for Year 9 students. “The girls learn about the challenges that a vision-impaired person faces and they are always stirred into action when they

discover how much freedom and dignity a guide dog can bring,” Pet show student organising committee coordinator, Joanna Golotta, said. “The girls run the event themselves, from cold-calling businesses for donations

and organising food stalls, competitions and entertainment.” The goal this year is to raise $30,000 from competitions, food stalls, a silent auction, jumping castle, a fire truck visit from Drummoyne Fire Station and a special guest appearance by Brittany Cairns, a finalist on The Voice. The PLC Sydney Pet Show is held in the College grounds, Boundary St Croydon. Pets are welcome.

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Strathfield Council Candidates Candidates SOULOS Andrew EDWARDS Anna KREBS John CHEUNG Jennifer DEVATHI Krishna FORD Dale McLUCAS ROMANOUS Sarah GAUGHAN Nella ANANDAN Victor DORAN Marlene PENSABENE Julia BARRON Paul VACCARI Gulian OK Sang KOKKOLIS Stephanie

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Candidates Party Affiliation or Independent TANNOUS Pierre Liberal BHANDULA Rajiv Liberal CARNEY Mira Liberal DATTA Raj Labor BOTT Daniel Labor CAI Benjamin Labor PUVANENDIRANATHAN Labor Vasantha YUN Su Labor SMYTHE Susan Labor HEIDARI Sakineh Labor LEUNG Pinkie Unity Party KIM Thomas Unity Party PACKANEN Daniel Unity Party DUONG Krystal Unity Party CAI Xiaobing Unity Party HAVEA Phillip CREMATY Edward Independent

Local politicians make Strathfield United publish good study subjects their own 8-page paper Sydney University Master’s student, Jian, who is studying Strategic Public Relations, needed to find a candidate contesting the Local Government Election for her research project, and with the clock ticking down to the 8 September election, she needed to find one quickly. After searching and a few rejections, Jian found Burwood Mayoral candidate, Lesley Furneaux-Cook and her local residents’ party Burwood Community Voice. “We have been studying many political campaign models but I want to see what really works on the ground,” said Jian. Lesley was willing to lend a hand to the Chinese-born overseas student. “I love the idea of young people getting

involved in local government, especially a grass roots campaign in action,” said Ms Furneaux-Cook. “I was a bit worried when Jian wanted to meet at our campaign office and I had to say – ‘actually, that’s my kitchen table’. Then I thought, that if she wants to see grass roots, she’s got grass roots.” Jian has been surprised at the variety of tasks involved in delivering a message to voters and has also observed Lesley handing out flyers at The Strand shopping village in Croydon. “That was great fun” said Jian. “People are really friendly and Lesley seemed to know most of them! They took flyers and many took the time to chat with her about local issues.”

Cut the queues this Council election More than 4.7million NSW electors will go to the polls on 8 September to choose their council for the next four years. Voting is compulsory for Australian citizens, 18 years of age or older. The penalty for not voting is $55. There is no absent voting so you must vote at a polling place or pre-poll issuing votes for your local council. The Electoral Office for Burwood, Strathfield and Ashfield municipalities is at Burwood Council,1-17 Elsie Street, Burwood - open during normal council business hours. The postal address is PO Box 25 BURWOOD NSW 1805. Call 9745 4074 or for general enquiries, call 1300 135 736. The Electoral Office for The City of Canada Bay is at 142 Great North Road Five Dock - open during normal business hours. The postal address is PO Box 1028 FIVE DOCK NSW 2046. Call 1300

135 736. Postal Vote Applications close at 5pm Monday on 3 September. Postal Vote Packs will be despatched from Wednesday, 15 August. Allow five business days for the Postal Vote Pack to be received. Completed Postal Vote Declaration envelopes and ballot papers must be received by the Returning Officer servicing your council by 6pm Monday, 10 September (the Monday following election day). Apply online for a Postal Vote - it’s quick and easy. Or print and complete a Postal Vote Application. Once completed, this form must be posted, faxed or emailed to the NSWEC Postal Voting Centre (details are on the application) by 5pm Monday, 3 September. Sydney Town Hall will also be a polling place on election day. You may also be able to pre-poll vote at Sydney Town Hall from the 31 August, if you are eligible.

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Blind or vision impaired people can register for ballot papers to be provided to them in Braille for the 2012 Local Government Elections. Braille ballot papers are available to people who are blind or vision impaired and on the electoral roll for one of the councils the NSW Electoral Commission is conducting the election. Braille voters can vote by post or at an early voting (pre-poll) centre before election day or at a polling place on election day. Braille ballot papers will be posted to you at home or an address that you choose or delivered to an early voting (pre-poll) centre of your choice or to a polling place that you choose. To register for Braille ballot papers call 1300 135 736 until Wednesday 8 August. A verbal declaration that you are eligible for Braille voting is required. You will need to provide your full name, date of birth, the address where you live, your choice of method and place of voting (that is, postal, pre-poll centre or polling place) and your telephone contact details. The NSW Electoral Office are able to suggest a pre-poll or polling place that is convenient for you.

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Burwood Council Elections and a city vote Burwood voters will elect six Councillors and for the first time, a Mayor. A Poll Question will also be decided Candidate FURNEAUX-COOK Lesley ENTWISLE Tim BUCKLEY Ken SOCHAN Bea SCLANDERS Rhonda BEEKMAN Tony FAKER John WONG Ernest DEANS Sally MANNAH George GRAY Christopher CACCIOLA Gaetano EASSON Louise WEILEY David TURCO Angela BURNS Pamela WEILEY Vanessa TAUNTON Justin DOUEIHI Tony LIANG Henson DIXIT Raj SUNG Suk YU Ellen

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by a majority vote. “Are you in favour of Burwood Local Government Area being proclaimed a City to be known as Burwood City?”

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City debate heads to the polls Should Burwood Local Government Area be known as Burwood City? That’s the question voters will be asked at next month’s election. If the change gets the go-ahead, Burwood Council would join other Local Government Areas such as Auburn, Canada Bay, Canterbury, Hurstville, Kogarah and Rockdale with city status. During consultation in 2010 for the Burwood2030 plan, residents and business owners made it clear that they are interested in making Burwood a city and taking the

debate to the community. The Burwood2030 Community Strategic Plan outlines the future based on feedback and input from the local community and highlights the community’s vision which acknowledges the importance of heritage and lifestyle whilst striving to continue to be progressive, innovative and sustainable and a safe place to live and work. “There are some very passionate voices on both sides of this debate,” said Burwood Council General Manager, Mr McMahon.

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Ashfield Council Candidates Running from the Hills

12 Councillors to be elected in the East Ward, North Ward, North East Ward and South Ward. Candidate EAST Ward PASSAS Julie CARRIE Thomas TYDEMAN Marcia DE ROOY Peter LOUDON Iris RIX Rosslyn STOTT Caroline CHAPMAN Gregory TERRAVECCHIA Susan LOFTS Alex GONSALKORALE Dinesh ADDERLEY Melinda NORTH Ward WANG Jeanette TUCKER Greg THANAPHONGSAKORN Ausseela RAIOLA Adriano SANTORO Elia RAIOLA Giuliano WANGMANN Monica LLOYD Kerrie GRAY Cecily WIGBOUT Caroleena KERR Anna COOPER Stephen MANSOUR Philip ZHAO Jizhen YANG Yaxi

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Candidate NORTH EAST Ward CALVERT-KILBURN Michelle LYNCH Alex LEES Nina CASSIDY Ted LALICH George VELLA Luigi McKENNA Lucille CROW Vincent STEPHENS Tim RACITI Vittoria RACITI Rosalba RAIOLA Kerry SOUTH Ward MANSOUR Morris MANSOUR Cronia MOUSSA Mar RAIOLA Max RIZCALLAH Jeannette PASSAS Bill DRURY Mark SEARLE Rosalind CARLISLE Jo RERCERETNAM Marc McPHAIL Keiran WOODWARD Suzanne MAJEWSKI Mark

Party or Independent The Greens The Greens The Greens Independent Independent Independent Labor Labor Labor Liberal Liberal Liberal No listing No listing No listing Liberal Liberal Liberal Labor Labor Labor Independent Independent Independent Independent

No deal, says United Strathfield Offers to exchange preferences with other candidates have been rejected by the United Strathfield group, which is determined to stand alone. In a statement, Andrew Soulos, leader of United Strathfield and president of Strathfield Chamber of Commerce, hosed down rumours and made it clear that his group is not exchanging preferences with any other candidates or groups of candidates. “The United Strathfield group aims to get elected several of our own candidates,” he said. “Our candidates represent a wide cross-section

of the Strathfield community with its common and diverse interests.” Mr Soulos also claimed to be “the only real independent option”, which was fast challenged by an elected Liberal Strathfield councillor, Helen McLucas who did not gain pre-selection and is standing as an independent with Strathfield First party. “[Strathfield First] is independent too and we also have two non-grouped independents,” she said. Mr Soulos said that it is his mission to remove politics from local council.

by Belinda Noonan

The Hills Liberal Deputy Mayor, Justin Taunton wants to be the Mayor of Burwood, despite not attending any community functions in his new-found inner west area, which he has called home for the past 21 months. As a parliamentary staffer for Hawkesbury MP, Bart Basset, Mr Taunton says that Burwood’s proximity to the city for work, the heritage houses and vibrant culture encouraged his move from the Hills District. “I work mostly in the city at Parliament House and Burwood is closer. The inner-west differs from the Hills district where I grew up, with a more vibrant culture and heritage homes such as the Californian bungalows,” the single 37 year-old said. Cr Taunton comes to Burwood under somewhat of a cloud, as a result of an independent review by Stephen Blackadder of Blackadder Associates, initiated by Baulkham Hills Council (The Hills), that found from March to September in 2010, Mr Taunton had used Council’s CabCharge card for $1813.54 and a council car for personal purposes, which coincided with the time period when Mr Taunton lost his license for six months. Cr Taunton repaid $1400 and apologised in a public address in June, 2011.

‘‘An independent Review Report into my use, on one occasion, of the Councillor car and on a number of occasions the Councillor cab charge facility has determined that I have derived a personal benefit from that use,” Cr. Taunton’s address stated. “At the time of that use I believe, based on Council’s policies, that my use was permitted. I now accept that some of my uses were not permitted,” he said. On Burwood matters, Taunton is basing his platform around protecting the council area from unwanted high rise and greater community consultation. “There is a lot of concern about where development is going [to be built]. We need more community engagement and more resident input and involvement. I am proposing conciliation conferences between developers and objectors that would be automatically triggered by ten or more objections,” he said. “Protecting heritage areas like Croydon and making sure proper planning programs are in place is important.” Heat is on for Mayor Burwood Community Voice will preference the Liberals in a move to have their leader, Lesley Furneaux-Cook elected as mayor of Burwood, their spokesperson, Ian Hammerton, has said. “BCV will benefit by preferencing the Liberals,” Mr Hammerton said. “We have done this arrangement [with the Liberals] to bring Lesley up.”

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The former Member for Strathfield, Virginia Judge, has hit back at the leading Strathfield Labor candidate, Raj Datta, for unauthorised use of her image in his campaign to get elected onto Strathfield Council on September 8th. Ms Judge, who now works in the not-for-profit sector as the National Manager for Strategic Partnerships and Capital Works Program for The Children’s Medical Research Institute at Westmead, issued a statement to say that she has no involvement with the council elections and that she does not endorse her image being used by Mr Datta. “I was not aware that my image (photo) was being used for the purposes of a political campaign for Strathfield Municipal Council by Mr Raj Datta,” Ms Judge stated. “I have had no involvement in the Strathfield Council Elections and have no interest in being involved. Mr Datta did not seek my view or ask my permission and I am hoping that he will withdraw any material that is either on the web or in print that has any reference to me.” “As a former local Councillor, Mayor and Member of the NSW Parliament for the electorate of Strathfield, I was very honoured and privileged to serve my community for many years,” she added. “I wish all candiates well.” Ms Judge moved out of the area in October 2011.

POLL OF ELECTORS TO BE HELD ON SATURDAY 8 SEPTEMBER 2012

Council has resolved to hold a Poll of Electors on Saturday 8 September 2012 at which voters will be asked the following question:

“Are you in favour of Burwood Local Government Area being proclaimed a City to be known as Burwood City?” ‘YES’ CASE (City Status)

‘NO’ CASE (City Status)

The Geographical Names Board defines a city as a centre of population, commerce and culture with all essential services, significant size and importance. The Burwood Local Government Area meets the criteria for city status.

The granting of city status to other local government areas does not appear to have significantly changed those areas. Many of the possible benefits of a change of name are questionable and may never eventuate. Why should Burwood bother going through this process if things aren’t going to change?

Burwood provides a high level of commercial, retail, medical, educational, legal and administrative services to the local community and this has been recognised by the State Government in the identification of Burwood as a major centre.

Burwood is too small to be a city. Even though we may meet the criteria for being a city, Burwood just doesn’t seem big enough. Some areas in Sydney might call themselves cities but that doesn’t mean that Burwood needs to be a city.

In Sydney, areas such as Canada Bay, Canterbury, Hurstville, Kogarah and Rockdale are classified as cities. Burwood provides proportionate facilities and services for its community. It is not equitable that Burwood does not have the same status.

The Burwood local government area has been in existence since 1874 and the name has historical importance. The change may result in loss of identity for the Burwood area.

The term City carries with it prestige and status. Prestige and status may influence decisions such as:

Why change something that we are all used to?

• organisations and businesses would look to Burwood as a location of choice for offices and headquarters that could potentially result in more job opportunities for locals and local youth • funding decisions by State and Federal Government bodies • where visitors conduct business or shop • where people conduct their recreational and leisure activities The costs associated with changing the name can be minimised and spread over time.

The costs associated with changing the name will be borne by the ratepayers.

As the administrative, medical and educational centre of the region the recognition of Burwood as a City would formally acknowledge and align the role of Burwood with our peers Canada Bay and Canterbury Councils.

The outcomes of Burwood receiving city status are not fully known. It may lead to impacts that were not foreseen or may result in undesirable consequences for our local area. Authorised by: Michael McMahon, General Manager, Burwood Council Suite 1 Level 2, 1-17 Elsie Street, Burwood


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Heritage plans hits a hump

Award winning hairdresser expanding After many years in the Murray Arcade, Belinda and Peter Rossa have moved their award winning salon, Unique Hairdressing, to sleek brand-new premises on Elsie Street and have expanded their services, offering a full range of beauty treatments. The 2010 Inner West Local Business Awards winners for Best Hairdressing are celebrating the move with red-hot specials for a limited time for waxing, pedicures, manicures and facials and $10 off your next hair appointment during week days. Opening specials start as low as $6 for lip and chin waxing and a deluxe facial for only $56 (a $14 saving). Burwood May o r, John Faker joined the Member for Drummoyne, John Sidoti, to officially open the salon on August 9th, wishing Belinda, Peter and their team all the best.

by Mitchell Jordan

One Croydon resident is up in arms over a proposal to turn the Rathgael Estate into a heritage conservation area. The proposal is part of Ashfield Council’s Draft Local Environmental Plan (LEP), which was on exhibit until 21 August. Croydon’s Peter Mottee, however, is strongly opposed to the proposal, which he fears is “a hurried push to have a blanket conservation area thrust upon us.” Mr Mottee was particularly critical of the consultation process. “The letter addressed to each [householder], which was undated and not signed was a joke,” claimed an angered Mr Mottee. “It only made them aware of Council ranking given to their house. If they wished to learn more about the proposed conservation area they would need to visit certain locations to view plans. I visited these locations and found the information very difficult to decipher as it came from about 1000 pages of Council gobbledygook .” An Ash f i el d C ou nc i l spokesperson defended its communication. “The extended exhibition program outlined here goes well beyond the minimum exhibition requirements for the Draft LEP process required by the State Government,” said the spokesperson.The spokesperson also listed the LEP website, five information sessions, advertisements and separate letters regarding the conservation areas as an example of comprehensive engagement. One of Mr Mottee’s greatest fears regarding the Rathgael Estate proposal is that – if approved – he could not develop his house. “How dare this Council tell us we cannot enlarge a two-bedroom house to the same specifications as my neighbours across the road,” he said.“This is Big Brother with a hump.”

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Unique Hairdressing in now located at 7a/1-17 Elsie Street, Burwood. For hair dressing appointments call 9744 6522 and for beauty treatments, call 8086 2882. Parking under the building is available in the Burwood Council car park off George Street. Pictured ( left to right) Burwood Mayor John Faker and Drummoyne MP John Sidoti congratulate Belinda and Peter Rossa at the official opening of the new Unique Hairdressing salon.

MS ball rolls on St Thomas gets historical Winner of Australia’s Got Talent, Jack Vidgen will take to the stage to help raise money for multiple sclerosis at next month’s Kiss Goodbye to MS ball. The ball takes place on Saturday 15 September at the Hilton Sydney and is hosted by reporter, Kieran Gilbert. Strathfield resident Niall King OAM urged the community to get involved. “We are unique to many other charities as all funds we raise from the Kiss Goodbye to MS Ball – and indeed all our fundraising efforts – go directly to the cause,” he said. Trish Foundation chairman, Carol Langsford said that the theme for this year’s ball is closely linked to the recent national campaign of the same name, which also f ocused on the goal of finding

164-year-old St Thomas church in Enfield will open its doors to the public on Saturday 15 September as part of History Week. Parishioners will be running guided tours of the church, which was established in 1848, and grounds at 1pm and 3pm. Displays of church and local heritage interest and records of the cemetery will be available to view, and people can see for themselves the results of extensive renovations in recent years to the church spire, interior and church hall. In the afternoon, there will also be a recital on the historic 1908 organ, which was restored last year with assistance from the NSW Community Grants program. Interested attendees can contact Rev. Syd Clay on 02 9642 3171 or enfieldparish@yahoo.com.au.

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a cure so we can kiss goodbye to MS. “Having raised $2.5 million for MS research over the past decade, the Trish Foundation continues to make a significant contribution to MS research in Australia,” she said. “We’re also contributing to the world-wide effort and are very proud to be contributing to research projects which h ave m a d e wor l d - f i rst groundbreaking findings that are moving ever closer to unlocking the mysteries of MS to find a cure.” Tickets for the Kiss Goodbye to MS ball include pre-dinner drinks, a three-course meal and beverages, plus all entertainment and can be booked by calling 9403 3320.

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Justices meet again The next meeting for the New South Wales Justice’s Association of the Ashfield/Burwood branch will be held on Wednesday 19 September at 7:15pm at Burwood R.S.L Club. During the meeting, a training course will also be conducted. All Justices of the Peace are welcome to attend.

a fete on Saturday 6 October from 10am-3pm on the corner of Burlington Road and Meredith Street. Stalls will include cakes and sweets, plants, books, art and craft, raffles and lucky dips.

25 years of Indian dance Three generations of Lingalayam dancers will perform a visual interpretation of the songs of Force is still with retirees Annamacharya at the Riverside Retired police will return to the force once more as part of this year’s Retired Theatre on September 7 and 8. Founded in 1987, Lingalayan is an Police Day on Thursday 6 September Australian entity, having played a vital at Burwood Police Station. role in creating awareness for the Launched in honour of their Indian classical arts and contributing contribution, sacrifice and ongoing legacy, Burwood Local Area Command significantly to the cultural diversity of THE PLACE SHOP AND DINE dance in Australia. is invitingFRIENDLY all retired NSW Police officers TO The performance, ‘Planes of from the Burwood and Flemington/ Devotion’ is dedicated to dance icon Auburn Local Area Commands to Vempati Chinna Satyam who passed attend this special event. away on 29 July, 2012.Public forum for All eligible retired officers who Parkinson’s disease attend the event will be presented with a commemorative 150th A public health Anniversary Retired Police Pin. panel at Concord This event, which kicks off at 11 Hospital will focus on Parkinson’s am, recognises the work of former disease next month. police, and provides an opportunity The panel will be held on Monday, 3 for yesterday’s officers to meet those September at 6.30pm for a 7pm start of today at Concord Hospital’s Clinical Science Building, Hospital Road, Concord West. Fete fun in Homebush This free forum will provide Homebush Uniting Church is holding

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scrutinise over. Indeed, there are numerous internet forums dedicated to mulling over which destination will be more memorable. Part of the problem is that the proximity between Cinque Terre and the Amalfi Coast is, well, not so close at all. If you’re flying then Pisa is the closest airport to the former, while from Naples the start of the Amalfi Coast is just over one hour by bus, which gives some indication as to why it’s

the shelf Burwood Library is not only a place for great books. The Library will also be hosting many great social events in the coming months. History Week History lovers can take a step back in time during History Week from 8 to 16 September. On Saturday 1 September, the public can uncover some fascinating facts about family history from 1 to 3pm. Light refreshments will be served. For enquiries, please call 9911 9999 or email: library@burwood. nsw.gov.au The write stuff Budding writers can learn all the tricks of the trade at two upcoming workshops facilitated by presenter and author Keith Whelan. On Saturday 8 September from 12.30pm-2.30pm, Whelan will run an Introduction to Creative Writing. This will be followed on Saturday 15 September, 12.30pm-2.30pm with Focus on the writing essentials: character, setting, plot and dialogue session and ends with a presentation of work on Saturday 22 September. Places are limited and bookings are essential. To book, call Burwood Library on 9911 9999 or email: library@ burwood. nsw.gov.au Burwood Library 4 Marmaduke Street, Burwood 9911 9999

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such a difficult decision to make. With plenty of time, not enough money but a love of all things Italian, your writer set out to discover whether life really is a beach in Italy. Cinque Terre The five gorgeous villages that make up the UNESCO-listed World Heritage site of Cinque Terre in the Liguria region are each as diverse as one another. Flashy Monterosso is where you go to lie by the beach, drink cocktails and swim, while Corniglia, possibly the most different of the five, is set on a steep terrace, making it

only accessible after ascending 377 steps. Cinque Terre’s major draw, however, is the breathtaking hiking trail that links the five villages together and was once the only way of moving from town to town. The views are amazing: the path is both challenging enough for those who like to be active, but not too taxing for the less-fit and you can take it easy by calling in to each town along the way or jump back on the train. After natural disaster all but ruined Monterosso and Vernazza last year there has never been a better time to show your patronage by visiting and helping the area get back on its feet.

Book Bites with Mitchell Jordan The Black Path By Asa Larsson Although it hasn’t been as popular as Stieg Larsson’s trilogy, fellow Swedish crime writer Asa Larsson is fast blazing a trail as a writer to watch with her Rebecka Martinsson series. The third instalment, The Black Path, focuses on the discovery of a woman’s body found on a frozen lake, bearing the marks of grisly torture. Inspector Anna-Maria Mella soon enlists the help of Rebecka, who delves into the affairs of the victim’s boss, the founder of Kallis Mining, whose relationship with the dead woman was complex and obsessive. It’s a gripping story that won’t disappoint fans of Larsson’s previous work. Not surprisingly, film rights to the books have already been sold.

My Droving Days By Peter and Shirley Moore Husband and wife duo Peter and Shirley Moore have teamed up to document Peter’s droving days during the 1950s. Beginning at the age of 21, when he left the city behind and spent the next decade sleeping in a swag under the stars with dogs and horses for company, the book is both a nostalgic and reflective look at a life that seems beyond the realms of normal for most of us. The book’s collection of high drama stampedes, run-ins with wild animals and rough-and-ready conditions will appeal to anyone who isn’t fond of the city, or those who prefer to experience the outback from the comfort of our lounge chair.

Amalfi Coast It was chosen as the filming location for the upcoming Kath and Kimderella movie, and it’s certainly a nice – sorry, noice – place to crack open the chardonnay. The road to the Amalfi Coast is long, winding and dramatic and anyone arriving by public transport will immediately regret not being able to get off the bus and take photos of the famous striking cliffs overlooking the ocean. Positano is the place – and beach – to be seen, while Amalfi’s old streets and Saint Andrew’s Cathedral have a charm of their own. When staying in the area, do not miss

the chance to take a ferry from Sorrento to the island of Capri. Another option for those tired of the sun and sand is Pompeii or Herculaneum, neither of which are too far away. Verdict: It’s a hard choice but there can only be one winner and for me it’s Cinque Terre. While both are crawling with tourists, it’s harder to escape the crowds in the Amalfi Coast, while Cinque Terre’s hiking trails make it easier to appreciate the beauty of Italy at your own pace. Don’t believe me? Better head to Italy and decide for yourself.

A taste of Sicily

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University campus fears continue to grow Dear Editor Your article on the revised plans for the Australian Catholic University in last week’s Burwood Scene, had a beautiful photo of the University Campus showing the heritage buildings in all their splendour. Should the University succeed in getting its plans approved and you sent your photographer back to that same spot to take that same picture

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all you will get is a photo of the ground floor windows of a three storey building. What a shame! What the University proposes is nothing short of vandalism of the site and the surrounding residential area. Regards Susan Crematy Strathfield

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Paolo Gatto is on a mission to bring the taste of Sicily to Five Dock with his new restaurant, Gattomatto Trattoria Seven months ago, the 30-year-old owner and head chef opened the restaurant off the busy Great North Road after mastering the art of cooking in his hometown of Catania Messina. From the age of 13, Paolo began working at his uncle’s fine dining Italian restaurant where his passion for food and cooking began. Having always worked for

someone else, Paolo decided that it was time to become his own boss and pursue his lifelong dream of owning his own restaurant. He moved to Sydney in 2005 with his wife and son and has since been living in Leichhardt. “I am a true Italian,” he said. “I like to stay where there are Italian people.” It was a big gamble, but he is so happy with the decision that in the coming months he will open another restaurant in Balmain. “Australia is a country full of opportunity. It is the most beautiful place – second of course to Italy,” he said.


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Fathers feel the love Father’s Day isn’t just another day for dads across the inner west. On Sunday 2 September fathers around the country will be made a fuss of by their partners and children. For some, like Croydon Park father of two Nathan Smith, the day tends to be low-key but he is still looking forward to it. “It’s becoming more and more significant as I get older,” he said. “It’s recognition of what you have been doing day in, day out.”

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Make the most of multicultural grants Residents in the Strathfield Electorate area are encouraged to apply for Multicultural Advantage Grants, to advance the benefits of NSW’s diversity. Member for Strathfield, Charles Casuscelli RFD MP, is strongly urging residents of different cultural backgrounds to get involved especially considering the diversity of the local area. “We are fortunate to be part of a community which is such a vibrant mix of different cultures. More than half of the people in the Strathfield electorate were born overseas,” Mr Casuscelli said. “This diversity is one of the things that make our area

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As for receiving presents goes, Nathan values the presence of his boys far greater than the thought of a new Mercedes or boat. “Just having my wife and boys there and spending the day with them is what’s most enjoyable for me,” he added. Father of three, Paul Vecchio in Belfield has no idea what he will be doing on the day, and for him

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Reality check for student drivers Inner-west high school students were among 18,000 who took part in a confronting youth road safety initiative, bstreetsmart, in an attempt to keep them safe on the roads. Since its inception in 2006, the event has provided road safety education to 56,000 young drivers from across NSW and the ACT. Students from local high schools were shown a chilling car crash re-enactment,

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given dinghy sailing a boost so we are expecting a bumper crop of people discovering sailing this year,” he said. Each Saturday afternoon a large number of dinghies take part in racing on the Parramatta River between Ryde Bridge, Majors Bay and Brays Bay. The club has been sailing on the river for over 65 years. Several different types of dinghies take part including: Spirals, Tasars, NS14s, Herons, Sabots, Optimists, Catamarans and Firebugs.

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Sailors of all skill levels are catered for, from beginners to state and national champions. The club also has an active cadet fleet and popular Discover Sailing program. The first of the Family Discover Sailing courses commences on Tuesday 9 October. This course consists of five Saturday mornings on the water and five Tuesday-night theory classes from 6:30pm to 8:00pm. Juniors and adults can both join up.

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