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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : January 28th 2009
www.innerwestweekly.com.au THURSDAY, JANUARY 29, 2009 PHONE 9018 3592 80c incl. GST New and old Aussies celebrate the nation New and old Aussies celebrate the nation New and old Aussies celebrate the nation New and old Aussies celebrate the nation New and old Aussies celebrate the nation New and old Aussies celebrate the nation New and old Aussies celebrate the nation New and old Aussies celebrate the nation New and old Aussies celebrate the nation Cop shop shuts SHIREEN KHALIL STRATHFIELD police station will close and move to an undisclosed location ''nearby''. A spokesman for Police Minis- ter Tony Kelly confirmed this week ''negotiations are under way to find a new location for Strathfield police station''. ''NSW Police Force advice is that the level of service to Strathfield will be unchanged at the new premises,'' he said. Strathfield State Labor MP Virginia Judge said the move had been prompted by a rent rise. ''I understand that the NSW Police Force were faced with an increase of nearly 50 per cent in annual rent for the existing lo- cation,'' she said. ''That is clearly an unacceptable position to be in and so it is little wonder the NSW Police Force sought an alternative location in the same area. ''My job is to make sure that the people of Strathfield receive the same level of police presence from the new location.'' It is understood the lease on the current premises in The Boulevarde expires in March. The real estate agent did not return our calls yesterday. Outspoken Strathfield council- lor Danny Lim criticised Ms Judge. ''The Member for Strathfield has yet again failed to stop another cop shop chop and it's not the first, when you recall the closure of the Flemington and Enfield police stations a few years ago,'' Cr Lim said. ''Just as Nero fiddled while Rome burned, Virginia has pro- crastinated while crime in Strathfield has escalated and police stations have been unjustifiably closed.'' Bureau of Crime Statistics re- search of trends in Strathfield LGA from 2003 to 2007 show fraud was up by 16.9 per cent over the three years and stealing from a motor vehicle was up 10.8 per cent over that period. Other categories had dropped or were stable. THULLII Dreamtime Performers welcomed the crowd at Strathfield Park on Australia Day with an indigenous smoking ceremony and dancing. Some of our newest citizens learnt about the nation's indigenous heritage as well as some new dance moves. About 1500 people attended the morning's event in Strathfield while later in the day Burwood Council hosted a record 3000 at Henley Park, Enfield. Aboriginal performances were also part of Burwood's celebrations, while a carnival atmosphere featured at both. Picture: PHIL BLATCH More pictures: See Page 5
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