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Council amalgamation on the cards by Mitchell Jordan

A c ontroversial plan recommending the amalgamation of Sydney councils has inner west councillors up in arms. In its latest report, ‘Future Directions for NSW Local Government’, the Independent Local Review Panel has put forward a bold new vision for the state which would see a massive shake up amongst inner west councils. The report, released last month, is the latest instalment in a long line of suggested changes and follows on from the Barnett Committee 40 years ago, which recommended a reduction in the total number of councils to less than one hundred. Panel chair professor Graham Sansom said that investigations revealed the local government sector is “weighed down” with ideas that are “out-of-date.” “At the heart of the problem we still have too many councils chasing too little revenue,” he said. According to the Future Directions report, in three years’ time 48 per cent of councils could have a weak or worse financial sustainability rating. To combat this, the paper proposes a new ‘global city’ of Sydney encompassing the whole area of the CBD east to the coast and south to Botany Bay, along with reducing local government in the inner west, north shore, northern beaches and southern suburbs of Sydney. While the panel has kept in mind the government’s commitment to ‘no forced amalgamations’, it does propose a wide-ranging package of

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BURWOOD Mother’s Day this year has fallen to the youngest, and secretly I think my 77-yearold Mum is tickled pink. I have no idea what my daughter and father are scheming for Sunday, May 12 but it doesn’t involve cooking or cleaning up.

Hoorah! My mother was a bride in the mid 1950s – smack bang during the wide-skirt new-age post war world, when optimism was high and bright new lives lay ahead. Credit cards didn’t exist, except maybe Diners

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Mum and Dad announcing that we were all off to Fiji or Noosa, a welcome step up for Mum and Dad after decades of hard work. If I asked Mum to look after the children, she was there, if the girls wanted Grandma at a school event, she was there. I was always encouraged to have a go and taught that there were no differences between what girls or boys could achieve if they set their minds to the task at hand. The glass ceiling did not exist in my thinking, but by a curious turn – it is/was that 1950s

thinking that held my mother back. Always impeccably dressed, stylish and going for colour, Mum says now that if she had her time again she would have been a fashion designer. She loves fashion and whilst that gene has missed me completely, Mum sure has passed it along to her granddaughters. Mum, you thought this column last issue about Ken Rosewall was my “best ever”, but this column is for you – to wish you a Happy Mother’s Day, to say thank you and I love you.

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MP Linda Burney with Fabos Place residents


Canterbury MP, Linda rent increases beyond CPI and Burney, has again called on the the leasing of ten unoccupied Fair Trading Minister Anthony units. Roberts to urgently intervene “This matter has dragged on and protect the elderly residents for nearly a year and the stress of the Princess Marina Gardens and strain on residents is taking Retirement Village in Croydon its toll. We are a community of Park - owned by Frank Whiddon various ages ranging from 55 Masonic Homes - from becoming to 95,” spokesperson Wendy homeless. Moyse said. “We support each The residents are still unsure other, in all aspects of life ranging about their future as the property from health issues, shopping remains on the market. At present and checking on each other’s residents are trying to reach a wellbeing.” satisfactory resolution with their “Our lives are here,” said one NEWS 3resident. owners Frank Whiddon Masonic very distressed “The fact that they are not Homes concerning inconsistent 6 October 2011 Residential Tenancy Agreements, renting units which have been

vacant for over twelve months we believe to be unconscionable, considering the number of homeless people in our community and the length of the public housing list,” said Ms Moyse. Previous meetings with management have proved to be confusing said Ms Burney. “The Government needs to get involved and provide certainty for these tenants. I have written to the Minister seeking clear information about the implications of the sale and how the residents will be rehoused,” Ms Burney said.

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Councillors stick together on amalgamtion ›› Continued from page 1 financial and other incentives for voluntary mergers. Burwo od mayor John Faker told Burwood Scene that honouring this commitment was one of the positive results of the report. “We welcome the panel’s re-emphasis that there will be no forced amalgamations,” he said. “However, overall, the final discussion paper is an anticlimax as it doesn’t reveal anything more than we already knew.” Canada Bay mayor Angelo Tsirekas says there are implications for his council “The latest report released by the Independent Local Government Review Panel obviously has implications for the City of Canada Bay with the recommendation of

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an amalgamation with other inner west Councils of Ashfield, Burwood and Strathfield. I will be meeting with other inner west Mayors about this issue and discussing the implications with my fellow Councillors and will keep our community updated. Our community over whelmingly rejected forced amalgamations in an independent poll earlier this year and that obviously needs to be taken into account with any future decisions,” City of Canada Bay Mayor Angelo Tsirekas said. Mayor of Strathfield, Gulian Vaccari and mayor of Ashfield, Morris Mansour both told Burwood Scene that they were against amalgamations. “As one of the more viable

councils in Sydney, we will be opposing being amalgamated with Burwood, Canada Bay, Ashfield or Leichhardt. I understand that these councils feel similarly,” said Cr Vaccari. C r Ma n s o u r re c e nt l y supported his motion to reaffirm its opposition to forced amalgamation. “Local councils provide residents [with] direct access to their representatives and enable decisions to be made by locals at the local level,” he said. Professor Sansom, however, dismissed the idea that less councils would result in a smaller voice for residents, citing place management approaches, use of wards, citizen’s panels and modern customer service systems. But joining forces could also turn into a battle of the egos

for some. Strathfield councillor Helen McLucas was left especially sour at Professor Sansom’s criticism of some councils. “What is surprising is that the report does not mention well-run councils like Strathfield,” she said, taking a swipe at others in the area. “We are well-run and financially sustainable, unlike our neighbouring councils. Further insult comes as Burwood is recommended as the location for the administration for the newly amalgamated councils. Goodbye, Strathfield!” The panel’s final report is due out in September. Its Future Directions consultation will include visits to 29 regional cities and towns and eight locations in the Sydney metropolitan area from 9 May to 14 June.

councils will be held in Ashfield on 13 June from 2 to 5pm. The metropolitan hearing takes place from 6 to 8 pm.

Burwood Scene polls local councillors on their views regarding the Future Directions paper What they said

Ashfield “I don’t see how our council could run anymore efficiently. We already gain a lot of scale of efficiency by being part of Southern Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (SSROC) and I’m not sure if a case has been proven for a larger council.” Alex Lofts, Labor Burwood “Increasing the size of a Council also leads to increased staffing just to maintain the level of service – particularly on the ground – that residents expect. The more people, the less of a chance they have to have a voice in what is their biggest investment: the place where they live. Even our local State MPs have smaller areas to represent than what is currently proposed


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Building and Development Committee Meeting – 14 May 2013 at 6.00pm in Council Chambers Council Meeting – 28 May 2013 at 6.00pm in Council Chambers

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am pleased to announce that Burwood Council remains in a strong position to continue carrying out the vision of the Burwood2030 Community Strategic Plan, with more investment in major capital works and ongoing maintenance of local infrastructure and amenities.

to deliver new footpaths, roads, kerbs and gutters and improve community services that make the area a point of pride for residents.

There are numerous exciting major projects scheduled for 2013 which will further solidify Burwood as the hub of the Inner West.


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This includes a new Library, a new wetland oasis in Wangal Park, a new community hall at Woodstock, and a program of playground upgrades, while continuing


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have safety concerns over the property on the corner of Burwood Road and Duff Street, Burwood which is in a derelict state. In addition, a wired temporary fence surrounds the boundary of the property that may not comply with our current policy. I have asked Council to investigate

what options can be taken and whether Council is able to serve an order to ensure the safety of residents and visitors nearby. If you have any concerns regarding this matter, please don’t hesitate to contact my office on 9911 9916 or mayor@

Maintenance works and upgrades are scheduled for the following locations:

- Burwood Park (footpath upgrades)

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Permanent Burwood amphitheatre to attract major events A multi-purpose entertainment structure with a sleek modern design that will allow sitting room for more than 2,000 people has been approved by Council for construction in Burwood Park and is expected to be completed by late 2014. The proposed waterproof, modern-style amphitheatre will be built between Burwood Park Community Centre and the Rotunda, with a preliminary cost estimate of $350,000. “It is anticipated that the setting will be an amphitheatre style to complement the surrounding area and will include storage space, lighting and audio equipment,” says Burwood Mayor, John Faker. “It will be covered with anti-graffiti coating and CCTV cameras will be installed to protect it from damage.” The decision to erect a state-ofthe-art open air stage follows the success of last year’s Burwood Festival. “The new entertainment structure will attract major events to Burwood, including music concerts, theatre performances and dance recitals in addition to enhancing the experience at our much loved events and services including the popular Burwood Festival, which drew a crowd of over 100,000 last year,” says Cr Faker. A Development Application was approved for a multi-purpose

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shade and waterproof structure to suit multiple activities in 2010, after users of the park, including those who regularly practice Tai Chi, requested a large shade structure in Burwood Park. “The Events team have said that a facility like this will suit a number of events and ceremonies throughout the year and will save Council approximately $20,000 per annum in costs to hire marquees and stages,” the mayor advised. Annual events in Burwood Park are held at Christmas and Easter, for Lunar New Year, the ANZAC Service, the Sandakan Memorial Service and Burwood Festival. The new structure, which will go to tender, will be available to hire for the public and will be able to accommodate concerts, ceremonies, public addresses, private functions, Tai Chi exercises and other events. The multipurpose structure is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2014.

An artist’s impression of the Burwood Park multi-purpose stage The crowd at last year’s Burwood Festival on the grassed area between the community centre and the Rotunda.


Libraries Development Grants $2.5 million will be spent on public libraries this year by the NSW Government, with $200,000 allocated towards building the new Burwood Library and Community Hub. Strathfield Library will receive $68,989 for the implementation of Radio Frequency Technology. “Public libraries play a critical role in our communities by providing access to collections, information and technology,” Strathfield MP, Mr Casuscelli said. “These grants enable libraries to respond to the changing needs of their clients, through the creation of flexible public spaces, improving public IT services, and reaching out to communities both in the online environment and on-site through targeted events and programs.” Minister for the Arts, George Souris said that, “We are particularly interested in supporting innovation and this year’s grants include one to establish ‘pop-up libraries’ in areas of tremendous population growth.” The program is administered by the State Library of NSW for the Library Council of NSW.

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“On behalf of the team, it feels absolutely amazing to be recognised in this way and something that we’re all immensely proud of,” he added. The founder of the awards and managing director of Precedent Productions., Steve Loe congratulated Devine Real Estate saying “The small business champion awards is a way to give back to the backbone of the Australian economy.” “Every business that entered displayed passion, innovation and entrepreneurial spirit and, in my eyes, every Australian small business is a winner in their own right.” 39 small business categories, including two entrepreneur categories and one business growth category, were presented on the night. Award recipients demonstrated the strength of the Australian small business community during economic times.

Strathfield’s Devine Real Estate was named champion real estate agency at the Australian Small Business Chamber awards ceremony last month. The awards are a national program to recognise the achievements and performances of small businesses. Steve Devine is thrilled with the recognition and credits team-work for the award. “There are so many elements involved in getting to a point where you’re recognised as the best in the business. For us the most important aspect is our people, for it is our people who create the experience. When you have a team of people who simply want to produce the best results time after time and you mix that with innovative processes and marketing, then you throw in the latest in technological advances, you have a winning combination. For us that’s what Devine is all about, Steve said.

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Cucina Espresso on Majors Bay Road at Concord is one of the stand-out eateries along the famous restaurant strip and it’s no wonder with chef Carlo Calautti in charge. The renowned local chef has 30 years experience and learned to cook when he was young as he helped his mother prepare Italian family feasts. “The basics don’t change, but I do enjoy working with new ingredients and there is no compromise for the freshest produce,” Carlo explained. Brother Rocco agrees. “We pride ourselves on good, fresh food that is made on the premises. Our coffee is great and now we have expanded into catering for small business functions.” Cucina Espresso is open for breakfast and lunch seven days a week (6am weekdays and 7am on the weekend). The mouth-watering menu includes their all-day house special, Uovo Ragu alla Bolognese e Piselli, which are eggs poached in a Wagyu Bolognese sauce with peas and buffalo mozzarella, served with Italian bread for $16.50. For a value-priced, tasty Italian meal, it’s hard to beat.

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Winner’s night draws closer Anticipation is building with the announcement of the 2013 Inner West Local Business Awards winners to be announced at the gala presentation evening on Wednesday, 29 May at Canterbury Hurlstone Park RSL. Judging is underway ahead of the presentation evening, which will be a celebration of

the achievements by all finalists. Attendance also offers an excellent networking opportunity with other local business people sponsors and dignitaries. The 2013 Inner West Local Business Awards are made possible by the unwavering support from Sponsors Burwood Council, Ashfield Council, Leichhardt

Leading salon for Ella Rouge The diploma trained and qualified therapists at Ella Rouge in Burwood Westfield are doing something right – their salon has consistently achieved the highest success across all the Ella Rouge salons for previous six years. Franchisee Rima Marouche, along with Burwood Manager Jessica Lawless and therapists

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Inner West Local Business Awards finalist and Enfield resident, Clara Cetrangolo was shocked to find her home-based business Clara’s Flower Studio on the list for best florist. “The call was such a surprise. I don’t have a shop front because I run a specialised, personal floristry service for events and special occasions, so I wondered who had voted for me,” Clara said. “It was wonderful news

and I’m very grateful.” Clara brings 20 years of high-level experience to her art with a strong understanding of what excites people visually and with her drive for excellence, the results are inspirational. From corporate events to grand weddings or special occasion, Clara brings her business to you to review and sample exactly what you require. “I love creating the right

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Australians have traditionally kept mortgages on variable rates, only opting to fix when interest rates go sky high. But the attractive fixed rates on offer these days are being snapped up like never before. You can lock in all or part of your mortgage at 4.89% for 2 years (Comparison Rate 5.75%), 5.09% fixed for 3 years (CR 5.58%) and perhaps more interestingly 5.39% for 5 years (CR5.62%), but rates on offer can differ massively depending on which bank you are with. What we do know is that fixed rates on offer are a combination of the ‘money market’ and also each banks’ appetite to lure new customers to switch – and it is this appetite which is at an all-time high. So should you fix or not? A good mortgage advisor would recommend fixing if you indicated that you would face financial difficulty if rates went up by 1 or 2%, or if you have borrowed right up to the maximum value. So the

good thing about fixing a mortgage is it provides certainty so you can pass the ‘pillow test’ (get to sleep easily every night). But you can be up for break fees if you sell or refinance during a fixed term, so the ‘certainty’ costs you a little ‘flexibility’. If your loan is all fixed, you generally can’t be graced with the power of an offset account with linked credit card - which if you read my columns know exactly how pedantic I am about that! That’s why it’s usually advisable to split your loan, with at least a small portion left on a variable rate. It shouldn’t cost any extra, so why not get the best of both worlds? It can also let you cleverly structure your loan/s to maximise lifestyle & tax benefits. If you are a bit confused, get some advice that’s relevant specifically to you and your situation. The iChoice Free Info Night with eight speakers is on May 14 at Concord RSL from 7.30pm until 9pm.

To show Mum you care this mother’s day why not let someone else do the work by treating her to a delicious lunch. Club Burwood RSL are still taking reservations for their Mother’s Day Big Buffet on Sunday May 11. A spectacular array of food

is on offer from 11am includes fresh prawns, oysters, smoked salmon, muscles, sushi, roasted sirloin of beef, lamb cutlets and more and includes and a selection of desserts plus tea and coffee. All this is at unbeatable value of $39 per adult, $19 kids 10-16 years,

$9 kids 2-9 years and under 2 years free.  Bookings are essential and you can book by calling 8741 2888, online www.burwoodrsl., or in person at the Club prior to Sunday. Burwood RSL is located at 96 Shaftesbury Road, Burwood.

Recycle your old electronics and help make a difference Australians generate 140, 000 tonnes of electronic waste each year and this waste is growing at three times the rate of ordinary household waste. Burwood Council will hold a free electronic waste collection day on Sunday, 19 May 2013 at the Conder Street Carpark (corner of Conder Street and Belmore Street) from 9am to 3.30pm.

Residents can drop off computer equipment, mobiles, home office equipment, electronic games and entertainment equipment. There will be a limit of 20 items per person and proof of address is required. For more information please contact Burwood Council on 9911 9911 or email council@burwood.nsw.

New Chamber for Majors Bay Road Shoppers, residents and business owners will be better served by a dedicated Majors Bay Chamber of Commerce that will be launched on May 8 at the Concord Function Centre from 6.30pm by Chamber President, Mario Mazzeo. The thriving restaurant and services hub has not had a direct

voice to Canada Bay Council on issues directly affecting the Majors Bay Road commercial precint. “In about October last year, a group of business owners formed the Majors Bay Road Chamber of Commerce with the aim of promoting the local business precinct and its interests in

Majors Bay Road,” Mr Mazzeo and Secretary, Joe Calabrese stated in their letter to businesses. Canada Bay mayor, Angelo Tsirekas will officially launch the new Chamber. If you want to support the Chamber or become a member call 0438 869 883 or email

Energy rebate fires up debate John Murphy MP for Reid has encouraged families to look at their eligibility for the NSW Family Energy Rebate. “Even though 540,000 families across NSW are eligible for an electricity bill rebate, very few people are aware that they could apply for a NSW State Government subsidy for electricity bills that could be worth $75 in 2012 – 2013, $125 in 2013-2014 and $150 in 2014-2015,” he said. The payments are only available to families with household incomes of less than $150,000 per annum and who are on the Federal family tax benefit part A and B. Opposition member for Reid, Craig Laundy lashed out at Murphy’s comment that: “It is a disgrace that Barry O’Farrell has failed to advertise this important scheme.” “Christopher Hartcher [Minister for Resources and Energy] is on record saying he is delighted with the uptake of the scheme,” Laundy told Burwood Scene. “I’m delighted to be part of a team that on 14 September will provide a real solution to people’s power bills by abolishing the carbon tax.” Claims for 2012 energy rebate need to be lodged before 14 June 2013 either through an online form at https://applications.fer. or by submitting a paper form.


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Open day puts PLC on display To celebrate its 125th anniversary, PLC is opening its doors to the public on 11 May. Kicking off at midday, the highlight of this year’s Open Day will be the evening markets and restaurants, a Vivid Sydney-style light show and fireworks display. Other new attractions include the Gravity Defier ride, JollyBops science show, and cooking demonstrations with seafood expert, Brigid Treloar. The Open Day and Fair will also include many favourite regular activities such as the carnival rides, international food stalls, and silent auction with a range of items up for bid, such as tickets to the 2013 New Year’s Eve Party at the Loft Bar at King Street Wharf. As part of the Open Day visitors will be able to join tours of the college campus and see academic displays along with student

performances and demonstrations. Executive Principal, Dr Paul Burgis believes that the 2013 Open Day and Fair will provide a wonderful opportunity to commemorate PLC Sydney’s long history and showcase many of the school’s facilities and strong community spirit. “This year’s Open Day and Fair is particularly special as it invites the whole community to participate in the celebration of 125 years of quality girls’ education,� he said. “As the P & F Association’s major fundraising activity for the year, event organisers have worked very hard to ensure that there are many exciting new attractions for the whole family to enjoy.� The PLC Sydney Annual Open Day and Fair will be held on Saturday 11 May 2013 from 12.00 noon to 8.30 pm on the school grounds in Boundary Street, Croydon.

Schools set for an overhaul Inner west schools will benefit from a $5 million injection from the NSW Government, according to member for Reid, John Murphy. Under the plan, the Gillard Government will invest $2 for every $1 the state government contributes. Mr Murphy said the historic agreement ensures every child in Reid receives a world-class education. “This agreement will drive long term improvements in NSW schools and deliver better outcomes for all students,� Mr Murphy said.

Mr Murphy also cast doubt on the future of Australian schools after this year’s federal election. “I’m really concerned about what Tony Abbott’s cuts could mean for them if he is elected,� he said. These concerns were rejected by shadow minister for education, Christopher Pyne MP. “The Federal Coalition has no plans to cut funding from any school - the only cuts to education have been Labor’s $11 billion in cuts from late last year and in the upcoming Budget,� he told Burwood Scene.

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speak up to the governJustices meet in ment at an event in June. Burwood AccordingNEWS to Silvana The next meeting for the MONTHLY COMMUNITY Franze, secretary of the New South Wales Justices Chamber, three local Association of the Ashfield councils, State MPs, and a / Burwood branch will be number of financial instituheld on Wednesday 15 May tions have all been invited at 7.15pm at Burwood RSL to attend on Tuesday 4 Club 96 Shaftesbury Road, June. Burwood. “If they attend, [business The speaker will be owners] will have a direct Jeanette Boland from the opportunity to tell them Australian Federal Police. what matters,” she said. All Justices of the Peace This night will also be welcome and encouraged an excellent networking to attend. event.” Between 60 to 100 bags Business Chamber will be handed out on the speaks up evening. Small business owners are “Members are welcome to being urged by Croydon contribute a flyer or one Park Business Chamber to

Have your Say: Dear Editor, I read with interest, and somewhat disgust, your story “Lease of life for Woodstock” on page 12 of your publication Burwood Scene, dated 10th April 2013. Points that the article does not cover include – l That parts of the historic

Woodstock building are to be demolished to make way for the new community hall

l Woodstock is on the NSW

Heritage Office’s register as being a building of NSW State significance. Listing

is on page 4570 of the NSW Government Gazette No.84, dated 21st July 1989, listing No.0019 l That Woodstock is a

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promotional item showcasing their business, free of charge. Non members can submit one item at the cost of $1 bag,” Ms Franze added. The event, Small Business: Too Big to Ignore, will be held at 6pm, Western Suburbs Football Club, 40 Hampton St Croydon Park. Ferragosto invites stallholders Places are now open for sponsors and stallholders to take part in the annual Italian cultural event, Ferragosto in August. “We are encouraging businesses to celebrate the 16th annual Ferragosto and

the Woodstock car park Surely your comment that the selection of the builder was “... decided in a closed session (of Burwood Council) on March 26 ... “ would have alerted you that there appears to be something ‘clandestine’ about Burwood Councils actions. Yours sincerely, John Elwell Lakemba NSW 2195 We welcome your Letter to The Editor, which must be supplied with your name, address and telephone number. Burwood Scene takes no responsibility for the views expressed in any Letter to the Editor.

contact Council on 9911 6555.

works program is part of the NSW Government’s $61.8 billion infrastructure program.

More power to local school View Club meeting While students and staff Concord West View Club were on school holidays will hold its next luncheon Chalmers Road Public School for disabled children meeting on Wednesday, May 22 at Burwood was turned into a construcR.S.L, Shaftesbury Road, tion site as upgraded Burwood. The guest electricity systems were MONTHLY COMMUNITY speakerNEWS will be Stephainstalled. nie, who will talk about “The upgrades at Chalmers flower arranging. View Road Public School also Club ladies actively raise provided an enormous money for The Smith boost to our economy Family to educate children – with local tradespeoof needy families. For all ple employed to carry out enquires please call 9747 these works,” said Strath2829. field MP Charles Casuscelli. The education capital

Makeover for new Irish pub in Enfield PJ Gallagher’s launched their classic Irish pub in Enfield on Coronation Parade last month, transforming the old hotel into a stunning new venue for inner west residents to enjoy award winning pub food, an authentic Irish fit-out. “Giving the local community a place where they can dine in a relaxed environment, with authentic, quality food is our primary aim at Gallagher Hotels,” said the St. pat’s Old Boy, Patrick Gallagher. “We’re excited to provide the growing pockets of Irish communities in the inner-west with an authentic taste of home.

Strathfield Deputy Mayor, Andrew Soulos (centre) officially opened the new Irish pub for Patrick Gallagher (left). There has been a lot of buzz in the community and we’ve already had many residents

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the shelf Celebrate Law Week at Burwood Library Burwood Library will be hosting a series of seminars and workshops as part of Law Week 2013 (13-19 May). Each session is tailored to provide information on important legal issues such as strata, investing in real estate and advice for seniors. Bookings are essential, for more information contact Burwood Library on 9911 9999 or library@ Legal issues for older people Friday, 17 May 2013 10.00am - 11.30am Moving in with family or helping them financially? What would happen if your circumstances or that of family members alters? A legal representative experienced in this field will be available to provide legal information and to answer these questions and much more in this seminar.

SES says farewell to Norma Burwood SES paid its respects to the late Norma Carter who worked tirelessly as a volunteer with the group for two and a half years. Mrs Carter, who tragically passed away last month aged 82, was “a friendly person who always smiled and welcomed everybody”, according to SES Local Controller Ray Johnston. The Burwood unit performed a guard of honour at her funeral and also provided an SES flag to Mrs Carter’s family in recognition of her time in the service

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Her involvement with Burwood SES began after she attended an information evening. “She was very forward in putting her hand up whenever we needed assistance,” recounted Mr Johnston Mrs Carter, whose ties to the inner-west were strong, having lived in both Burwood and Ashfield, also volunteered at the premier’s office. During her time at the SES, she performed a number of tasks.

“Norma took part in a search for a missing person in the Penrith area as a member of the NSW SES. In that role she acted as a sector controller to keep an eye on everyone,” said Mr Johnston. The Burwood team found Norma’s Mrs Carter’s positive attitude particularly endearing. “She was very well-liked both in our unit and other units we interacted with. One person commented that she was an inspiration to other people because of her age,” said Mr Johnston. Norma Carter

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Investing in real estate and options available to finance investment Tuesday, 14 May 2013 6.00pm - 7.30pm Do you want to buy a property to live in or to rent? Are you thinking about commercial or residential property? What options are available for financing a purchase? This one and a half hour seminar will address the legal issues surrounding investing in real estate. Strata living - know your rights Monday, 13 May 2013 6.00pm - 7.30pm What do I own in a strata scheme? Who is responsible for repairs? Can I keep a pet? This workshop is designed to answer questions on strata living. Burwood Library 4 Marmaduke Street, Burwood 9911 9999


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Following community consultation, Burwood Council has developed the following documents: 1. Draft Community Strategic Plan 2. Draft Delivery Program 2013-17 3. Draft Operational Plan 2013-14 These plans are the community’s plans - they set priorities for the future of the Burwood local government area. The documents are on public exhibition until Monday 3 June 2013. You can view them at:

- Burwood Council Chambers, Suite 1, Level 2, 1-17 Elsie Street, Burwood - Burwood Library, 4 Marmaduke Street, Burwood - Online at We’d like to hear your views on the Plans. Submit your feedback by: - Sending an email to - Writing to the General Manager at PO Box 240, Burwood NSW 1805 You can also join our online discussion by posting a comment on our Facebook page For more information on the draft Burwood2030 you can contact Council’s Communications team on 9911 9819. Language aide staff are available at the Council Chambers.

She’s bold, brave and a breath of fresh air in the often-superficial world of public relations. Last month, veteran PR queen and media commentator Prue MacSween returned to the small screen as a contestant on Celebrity Apprentice. MacSween is no stranger to television, having given her opinion on almost every news and lifestyle program that’s ever aired, along with spending many years as an agony aunt panellist on Beauty and the Beast. In spite of a healthy public profile, MacSween admitted to feeling “a bit scared” in the lead up to the show’s debut. “You never know how you’re going to come out of it – television shows can be edited in many different ways,” she told Burwood Scene. Of all of the contestants on

Celebrity Apprentice, MacSween developed close friendships with boxer Jeff Fenech and swimmer Stephanie Rice. “I think we’ll be friends forever,” she said. The same may not be said of Sweaty Betty publicist and socialite Roxy Jacenko. “We had a huge barney; she tore strips off me,” MacSween revealed. “She’s incredibly ambitious and intent on winning at all costs.” MacSween is uncertain how soon she will be back on TV once the show finishes, though the experience has opened her eyes to a potential new hobby: boxing. Thanks to Celebrity Apprentice, she’s already found the perfect teacher. Celebrity Apprentice is on 8.40pm, Channel Nine.



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Roll up, roll up for ye Olde Fashioned May Fair The May Fair on Saturday May 11 at Strathfield Square will feature a long list of performers, stalls, rides, animal farm, and information booths that are guaranteed to keep everyone happy from 10am until 4pm. Hosted by the Strathfield Chamber of Commerce and the Korean Society of Sydney, the 4th annual May Fair aims to keep the fun simple, whilst showcasing local groups and businesses. Ride tickets are free with a purchase in any local participating store and performers include Salvation Army Brass Band, Homebush Boys’ High School Drum Corps, a Zumba demonstration by Alexis Lara Rivero, the Star Dust Kids show, belly dancing, Korean band ‘Drawbridge’, the Strathfield Musical Society, Tae Kwon Do and a dance demonstration by Dancexcite. Book lovers will pick up a bargain at the second-hand book stall and Eurella Community Services have hand-made goods that are perfect as Mother’s Day gifts. Anything you want to know about cycling is covered with Ashfield Cycles returning this year as are the Strathfield Men’s Shed members, Strathfield Rotary, the Australia Korean Welfare Association, Burwood

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Lions and the Leukaemia Foundation. The newly chartered Business Professional Women’s club Strathfield (BPW) will be on hand to explain the benefits of this world-wide and United Nations recognised organisation.

Young people can check out the local Scouts and Guides club, or just have fun on the giant slide, jumping castle and games. The events major sponsors are HAUS Real Estate, Strathfield Partners Real Estate and Strathfield Council.

Salvos will knock on your door Young golf star, Doey Choi.

Dream, Believe, Succeed works for Doey 13-year-old Santa Sabina student Doey Choi has been named the U14 Australian Girls Amateur Champion at the recent Australian Girls’ Amateur Championship in Perth. Doey, who cites Rory McIlroy as her favourite golfer, has played for four years and became interested in the sport after watching her father play socially. Her string of wins include the City of Sydney Junior Open in Bondi, the Bayview Junior

Open, Metropolitan Junior Open and the NSW Women’s foursome. “Santa Sabina has been a tremendous support to Doey and has helped her in pursuing her golf ” said KC Cho, Doey’s mother. Doey has a scholarship from Concord Golf Club and practices daily and says her mantra, ‘Dream, Believe, Succeed’ will see her achieve her goal of representing Australia at the Rio Olympics in 2016.

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Drivers are needed to transport 300 Strathfield high school students throughout the area for this year’s Red Shield Appeal on 26 May. Peter Smith, chairman of the Strathfield branch, believes that the annual fundraiser plays an important part in characterbuilding for the youth from six different high schools in the area who participate. “Things like this [Red Shield Appeal] didn’t happen when I was at school. Kids today are more socially aware,” he explained. All the funds from the appeal go towards the Salvation Army’s welfare programs. Mr Smith, who has been door-knocking for “what seems like forever”, believes that while Strathfield residents are still as generous as ever, students are facing new challenges. “Strathfield is more difficult to collect with high-security homes and access to buildings becoming harder,” he said. “We combat this by collecting at Strathfield station

Salvos in Burwood by Belinda Noonan

five days prior, which can raise as much as $4000.” In his years as a collector, Mr Smith is continually inspired by the people he meets. One standout incident was a few years ago when he noticed a man surreptitiously attempting to place an envelope in the collection bucket. “He was an alcoholic and a gambler who ended up on the streets, having lost his home and family,” Mr Smith recounted. “The Salvos picked him up, cleaned him out and he made a promise to himself that he would give his first pay cheque to them.” To help driving on the day call Peter Smith on 0412 232 753.

The Salvation Army is asking Burwood residents to donate their time to collect during its Red Shield Appeal Doorknock weekend on 25-26 May. “You will be helping us to assist thousands of Australians, including people in Burwood, who will do it tough in the year ahead,” says Burwood Salvation Army Captain Rhombus Ning. “For some people on low incomes or government benefits, once they pay the rent they can have as little as $50 a week to live on. It doesn’t matter how frugal you are, or how good at budgeting, the money left after the rent is paid is simply not enough to cover a family’s basic needs.” To volunteer call 13 SALVOS, see or call 9747 5537. You can also donate at any Westpac branch.

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