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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : November 19th 2008
MB INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, November 20, 2008 7 NEWS www.innerwestweekly.com.au New-look plaza makes its mark See more pictures More photographs available at www.innerwestweekly.com.au Kitchen artist Charlie Yan, of Yan's Great Garnishes, shows off his melons. Picture: David Hill PP217396 STRATHFIELD Plaza has undergone a massive makeover in the past two years and to celebrate this new-look, an official opening was held on Saturday. The launch included a food fair with lion dancing, cooking demonstrations, guest retailers, free food tasting and free kids' entertainment. The plaza had several upgrades in its amenities and services and according to the centre manager, Carol Lazarevich, the completion of the facade renovation transformed Strathfield Plaza. ''We are excited about this renovation. It's been a long time coming,'' she said. ''Strathfield Plaza is a major landmark within the Strathfield community and lifting up the image of Strathfield Plaza will also lift up the image of Strathfield as a whole. ''The facade refurbishment includes work on The Boulevarde . . . replacing the glass dome with a sleek stainless steel design and transforming it into a modern and chic venue,''she said. Strathfield Mayor Keith Kwon, State MP Virginia MP, and council general manager David Backhouse cut ribbons to mark the launch. New centre's grounds to be reduced KIM SHAW state parliament FALLOUT from the State Govern- ment's much-derided Mini Budget continues, with news that part of the much-hyped Grosvenor Centre, being rebuilt in Summer Hill, is to be sold. Within the Ageing and Dis- ability portfolio, ''rationalisation'' and sale of sites, including the Grosvenor Centre, is expected to raise $13.8 million by 2010/11. In February, the centre was described by local MPs and former Disability Minister Kristina Keneally as a $7.7 million state-of- the-art home for the disabled. A Department of Ageing and Disability spokeman said resi- dents would be moved into a new centre being built on the site sometime next year, and a portion of the land would then be sold. Further west at Sydney Olympic Park, the decision not to proceed with upgrades of the convention facilities at Sydney Showgrounds was expected to save $71 million over four years. The move copped criticism for being short-sighted and a damp- ener on the State's ability to attract tourism investment. Also in Olympic Park, the sale of NSW Lotteries was strongly criti- cised by the Public Service Union, which picketed Parliament House shortly after the announcement. Union secretary John Cahill said the mini-Budget was a disas- ter of job cuts and privatisation. ''NSW Lotteries is a licence to print money for the government and again this valuable public asset will be handed over to the private sector,'' he said. Two thousand jobs will go im- mediately, Mr Cahill predicted, with a further 2000 each year because of a recruitment freeze. Meanwhile Drummoyne Labor MP Angela D'Amore talked up some of the positives. These included the $150 million Principal's Priority Building Program which will fund a new roof at Concord High and security fence at Lucas Gardens School. However, the highly popular school rainwater tank program will also be ''rationalised'', cut by $12.4 million. Travelscene at Laze Away Travel, Five Dock and Globus, Cosmos and Avalon Waterways wish to invite you to our FREE presentation featuring Earlybird Europe & UK Coach Tours and European River Cruising in 2009. 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