Municipality of Strathfield
New South Wales
Location in Metropolitan Sydney
|Population||35,188 (2011 census)|
|• Density||2,617.8/km2 (6,780/sq mi)|
|Area||14.1 km2 (5.4 sq mi)|
|Mayor||Sang Ok (Liberal)|
|State electorate(s)||Electoral district of Strathfield|
Strathfield Council was incorporated in 1885. The Council area originally included the suburbs of Redmire, Homebush and Druitt Town. The name "Strathfield" was adopted as the name of the new council upon incorporation. In 1886, the suburb of Redmire was renamed Strathfield, as did the railway station. The area of Druitt Town became known as 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).
Strathfield Council currently comprises over 14.1 square kilometres (5.4 sq mi) of land and has appriximately 35,200 residents and is made up of residential neighbourhoods and town centres, with significant local heritage, open space, lifestyle amenities, a highly educated, professional and diverse local workforce, public and private schools and access to tertiary institutions such as a campus of Australian Catholic University and the University of Sydney and TAFE Sydney Institute.
Suburbs and localities in the local government area
The Strathfield Local Government Area comprises:
- Belfield (with parts within Canterbury-Bankstown Council)
- Greenacre (with parts within Canterbury-Bankstown Council)
- Homebush West (with parts within Cumberland Council)
- Strathfield (with parts within Burwood Council and the City of Canada Bay)
- Strathfield South
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 Strathfield Local Government Area 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 Strathfield Local Government Area 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%|
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 29 September 2015 are:
|Andrew Soulos||Independent||Deputy Mayor|
|Daniel Bott||Labor||Former Mayor|
|Gulian Vaccari||Liberal||Former Mayor|
|Helen McLucas||Independent||Former Deputy Mayor|
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 Sidney Webb, a British politician and John Fitzgerald, an Australian politician, who, amongst others, believed that Sydney should be merged into a single local government area. In 1947 Homebush and Strathfield councils merged and part of Enfield was added in 1949.
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.
A 2015 review of local government boundaries by the NSW Government Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal recommended that the Strathfield Municipal Council merge with adjoining councils. The government proposed a merger of the Burwood, Canada Bay, and Strathfield Councils to form a new council with an area of 41 square kilometres (16 sq mi) and support a population of approximately 163,000. On 6 May Strathfield Council commenced legal action in the NSW Land and Environment Court against the proposed amalgamation. After the Court heard that there were legal flaws in the report from the State Government appointed delegate who examined the proposal for merging the councils, the NSW Government withdrew from the case and the merger proposal stalled.
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).
Controversy in 2004
On 20 December 2004, Strathfield council's mayor, Alfred Tsang stepped down over allegations of corruption. Pictures had been published in The Australian of him accepting a wad of $100 bills from a developer, Michael Saklawi. However, it was not clear why the money was given to him, though it was alleged that he was talking to Mr Saklawi about the redevelopment of an 800 square metres (8,600 sq ft) council-owned carpark. Mr Tsang had previously released a statement that "Councils need to take leadership roles in this area, we simply cannot continue to support unsustainable development, for the sake of our children, grandchildren and the future environment, we need to make changes now." According to the Australian he was heard to have said that "Basically, we get it for nothing," Mr Tsang says. "I am making Strathfield a better place ... I am doing it for the area." Strathfield council soon afterwards released a press statement that it "will not and does not" tolerate misconduct. The Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) is currently investigating whether claims developers were given inside information about land rezoning proposals put to Strathfield Council have any substance and the pictures taken by The Australian were handed to them for further investigation.
According to The Sydney Morning Herald "behind the Strathfield saga is a ferocious battle among developers for sites. These developers are not from the big end of town; they are locals – many are Lebanese – who regard the inner west as their development playground." She has alleged that more corruption may be revealed as the new year progresses. As the inquiry progressed, former Mayor John Abi-Saab was also investigated.
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.
The former South Strathfield Bowling Club was bought by Strathfield Council and renovated with a grant of $495,00 from the Department of Aging, Disability and Home Care. The building was opened on 3 December 2012 and named in honour of Eve Dutton who was the first female Mayor of Strathfield. It houses Strathfield/Homebush Meals on Wheels and Inner West Community Transport.
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.
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.
Strathfield has made its own unique contribution to pop. Strathfield was home during part of the 1960s to the Bee Gees (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.
The Strathfield Council area 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 and part of Belfield (in Australia, a local government area, incorporates many suburbs into its area). Homebush Bay Drive bounds Strathfield Council 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.
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