Municipality of Strathfield
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|Municipality of Strathfield
New South Wales
Location in Metropolitan Sydney
|• Density||2,617.8/km2 (6,780.1/sq mi)|
|Area||14.1 km2 (5.4 sq mi)|
Strathfield Council was incorporated in 1885 and originally included the suburbs of Redmire, Homebush and Druitt Town. The name Strathfield was adopted as the name of the new council in 1885. The suburb of Redmire was renamed Strathfield in 1886. Druitt Town was renamed Strathfield South in the early 1890s. Only Homebush survives as an original location name. Since that time, Strathfield has become an important multicultural centre (for Korean, Chinese and Sri Lankan minority populations).
The Municipality of Strathfield today comprises over 14.1 square kilometres (5.4 sq mi) of land and has circa 36,000 inhabitants.
- 1 Suburbs and localities in the local government area
- 2 Demographics
- 3 Council
- 4 History
- 5 Culture
- 6 Education
- 7 Geography
- 8 Incidents within Strathfield
- 9 References
- 10 Further reading
- 11 External links
Suburbs and localities in the local government area
The municipality comprises:
At the 2011 Census, there were 35,188 people in the Strathfield local government area, of these 50.2% were male and 49.8% were female. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people made up 0.3% of the population. The median age of people in the Municipality of Strathfield was 33 years. Children aged 0 – 14 years made up 16.3% of the population and people aged 65 years and over made up 12.0% of the population. Of people in the area aged 15 years and over, 52.3% were married and 7.0% were either divorced or separated.
Population growth in the Municipality of Strathfield between the 2001 Census and the 2006 Census was 15.14%; while in the subsequent five years to the 2011 Census, population growth was 10.02%. When compared with total population growth of Australia for the same periods, being 5.78% and 8.32% respectively, population growth in Strathfield local government area was significantly higher than the national average. The median weekly income for residents within the Municipality of Strathfield was on par with the national average,
|Historical census data for Strathfield local government area|
|Population||Estimated residents on Census night||27,777||31,983||35,188|
|LGA rank in terms of size within New South Wales|
|% of New South Wales population||0.51%|
|% of Australian population||0.15%||0.16%||0.16%|
|Cultural and language diversity|
|Chinese (excludes SARs and Taiwan)||9.3%|
(other than English)
|Median weekly incomes|
|Personal income||Median weekly personal income||A$458||A$558|
|% of Australian median income||98.3%||96.7%|
|Family income||Median weekly family income||A$458||A$1,595|
|% of Australian median income||106.4%||107.7%|
|Household income||Median weekly household income||A$1,256||A$1,421|
|% of Australian median income||107.3%||115.2%|
In 2004 the then Mayor of the Municipality of Strathfield, Alfred Tsang, stepped down after he was caught on film accepting money from a property developer. This resulted in an inquiry by the ICAC, which found against Tsang, former Councillor John Abi-Saab and other associates.
Political movements for amalgamation
Traditionally, the Council has fought amalgamation of their area with other councils, though additional land has been added to the Council since 1885 such as annexure of the unincorporated area of Flemington, merger with the west ward of the abolished Enfield Council in 1949 and merger with the Municipality of Homebush in May 1947. However, they strenuously objected to a push to amalgamate the councils into one mega-council, known as The Greater Sydney Movement, that happened from the early part of the 1890s till the later half of the 1930s. In 1983 it was recommended by the State Boundaries Commission that Strathfield be amalgamated into Burwood, however a great deal of uproar greeted this plan and after the then mayor, Clarrie Edwards, spoke in well attended public meetings the state government abandoned the plan due to a great deal of opposition from residents of the area. In 1999 another proposal was made to merge the Municipality of Burwood with Strathfield Council. However, the residents of Strathfield did not support this proposal and the merger never proceeded. A proposal was lodged by Auburn Council for a boundary change, which had the effect of a takeover of Strathfield Council. This was heavily objected to by residents of Strathfield and did not proceed.
Throughout its history, there have been movements to amalgamate local councils in the Sydney area: the first major 'threat' was with the 'royal commission for a greater Sydney (1913)', known as 'The Greater Sydney Movement'. The Royal Commission brought together British Politician Sidney Webb and Australian Politician John Fitzgerald, amongst others, who believed that Sydney should be merged into a single local government area. This was extremely unpopular with both residents and many councils, including Strathfield council, and though bills were raised in State parliament in 1912, 1927 and 1931 they failed to gather any real support and the attempt to force amalgamation failed. In 1947 Homebush and Strathfield councils merged and part of Enfield was added in 1949.
In 1974 two reports, one by J.C. Barnett and the other from the State Boundaries Commission, recommended that Ashfield, Drummoyne, Burwood and Concord should amalgamate with Strathfield. This was energetically opposed by residents and council alderman and this amalgamation also did not come to fruition.
In 1992, a section of the northern part of the Municipality was transferred to the Auburn Council area. In return, the area of and between Boundary Creek and the railway line, occupied by the former Ford factory building, was transferred from Auburn to Strathfield Council.
Current composition and election method
Strathfield Municipal Council is composed of seven Councillors elected proportionally as one entire ward. All Councillors are elected for a fixed four-year term of office. The Mayor is elected by the Councillors at the first meeting of the Council. The most recent election was held on 8 September 2012, and the makeup of the Council is as follows:
The current Council as at September 3 2013 are:
Cr Daniel Bott - Mayor
Cr Sang Ok - Deputy Mayor
Cr Raj Datta
Cr Stephanie Kokkolis
Cr Helen McLucas
Cr Andrew Soulos
Cr Gulian Vaccari
See also: List of mayors of Strathfield
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Strathfield Council was proclaimed on 2 June 1885 by the NSW Governor, Sir Augustus Loftus. The Council was incorporated following petitions by residents of the Redmire area to form local government. This move was opposed by residents of Homebush and Druitt Town, possibly fearing the dominance of the more affluent and politically connected residents of Redmire. Despite counter petitions, the Municipality was incorporated in 1885.
Strathfield Council built the current Council Chambers in 1887, between 1885 and 1887 the Council operated from various private homes in Strathfield, pending the building of a permanent Council Chambers. Until 1923, when the current Strathfield Town Hall was built, the Council Chambers building was used between meetings of Council as a community hall.
The Strathfield Council area has expanded in geography and population over time and now includes the suburbs of Strathfield, Homebush and Homebush West, Flemington, Greenacre, Strathfield South, Chullora (part) and Belfield (part).
The population of Strathfield is made up of a number of ethnic groups, and about 48% of the population born overseas. As a result there are a number of services for newly arrived immigrants and overseas students who live in the area. Two such organisations are the Russian Ethnic Community Council of NSW Inc (RECNSW), and the Sydney Tamil Resource Centre Inc (STRC). RECNSW provides access to information and referral to mainstream services to recent immigrants of Russian and Russian speaking background and disseminates information to remote and offshore areas on a number of issues.[clarification needed] STRC provides resources to Tamil immigrants.
In the 1990s, a large number of South Korean migrants settled in Strathfield. This was mainly due to its proximity to Campsie – which had been a de facto centre of Korean people. The boom in Korean international students and establishment of the Strathfield Korean Uniting Church on Homebush Road were other factors. Strathfield now boasts a large number of shops selling Korean food and cultural items.
Strathfield also has a number of community centres, including a Rotary club, Latvian theatre, Lantern Club, and libraries. The local Rotary club provides support to the community and has a number of projects in the area, as well as a Musical Society (part of Rotary?), which normally produces two shows a year in the Latvian Theatre in Strathfield. Their main social activity is rehearsing twice weekly and they present seven performances of their musical production over two weekends. Strathfield Lantern Club Voluntary is located in Strathfield and provides fundraising organisation for raising funds specifically for the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children in North Rocks.
The Council operates two libraries: the Central Library in Homebush and a Branch library in Strathfield South. The central library, located in Homebush, was demolished in 2002 and a new library was built and opened in 2004. The Branch Library in Strathfield South was rebuilt and opened in 2008.
Whilst not perhaps basking in quite the same popular musical glory as neighbouring Burwood with its links to the formation of the Easybeats and AC/DC, Strathfield has made its own unique contribution to pop. Strathfield was home during part of the 1960s to The BeeGees (Redmyre Road) and several Australian indie rock and indie pop bands have emerged from Strathfield including Prince Vlad & the Gargoyle Impalers, Lunatic Fringe, The Upbeat, Women of Troy member Paul O'Reilly, and The Mexican Spitfires. Grant McLennan of The Go-Betweens also lived in Carrington Avenue, Strathfield for a number of years in the 1990s.
- Cruising down Woodward gotta find me some action
- Looking for a lover with a power reaction.
Strathfield also has a number of High Schools, Primary Schools and a University campus. The High Schools include Strathfield Girls High, Homebush Boys High, St Patrick's College,Trinity Grammar School, Santa Sabina College, Sydney Adventist College, Meriden and Chalmers Road Public School. A campus of the Australian Catholic University, Mount Carmel Campus, is located in Strathfield. There are some 8 Public and Independent Primary Schools in the area.
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People educated in high schools in Strathfield include:
Business and academia
- John Symond - founding and Managing Director of the Aussie Group - attended Homebush Boys High
- Richard Collins - Emeritus Professor of Physics, University of Sydney - attended Homebush Boys High
- Tom Keneally - author and historian - attended St Patrick's College, Strathfield
- Bob Debus - Australian Federal Minister for the Environment and Minister for the Arts - attended Homebush Boys High
- Jim Lloyd - Federal Liberal Party Politician and Federal Minister - attended Homebush Boys High
- John Brogden - former State Opposition Leader - attended St Patrick's College, Strathfield
- Tony Burke - Federal ALP Politician and Federal Minister - attended St Patrick's College, Strathfield
- Cynthia Mitchell, Paralympian (skiing), attended Santa Sabina College
- Gordon Bray - Australian sports commentator, 'Voice of Rugby' - attended Homebush Boys High
- John Ballesty - played Rugby Union and League for Australia - attended St Patrick's College, Strathfield
- Rodney Blake - Rugby Union player, Queensland Reds and Australia - attended Homebush Boys High
The Municipality of Strathfield is located at 33°52'10" North, 151°5'59" West (33.8717, 151.0899). It covers a total area of approximately 14.1 square kilometres (5.4 sq mi) and includes the suburbs of Strathfield, Strathfield South, Homebush, Homebush West, Greenacre, Flemington, part of Enfield and part of Belfield (in Australia, a local government area, incorporates many suburbs into its area). Homebush Bay Drive bounds the Municipality of Strathfield to the north, Powells Creek, The Boulevarde and Coronation Parade bounds it to the east, Punchbowl Road and Juno Parade form the southern border and Roberts Road, Chullora rail yards, Rookwood Cemetery and the Sydney Olympic Park Rail line bound the Municipality to the west.
For NSW state elections, the Municipality of Strathfield is divided between the Strathfield, Drummoyne and Canterbury electorates and for Federal elections it is in the electorates of Reid and Watson.
Incidents within Strathfield
On 17 August 1991, seven people were killed, when Wade Frankum stabbed a fifteen year-old girl to death, before running amok with a rifle in the Strathfield Plaza shopping mall, and then turning the weapon on himself. This is commonly known as the Strathfield Massacre and it shocked the nation. A Memorial plaque is located at Churchill Avenue, Strathfield.
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- "Mayor stands down over cash wad claim". The Sydney Morning Herald. 20 December 2004.
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