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Strathfield Council is a medium sized Council located in Sydney’s Inner West. The area of the Council comprises approximately 14 square kilometres and has an estimated population of 46,000 residents, which is growing at 2.5-3% annually.  Based on NSW Government projections, the population will increase to over 80,000 by 2036.

Strathfield Council has seven councillors, including the Mayor who is elected by the Councillors. The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) is appointed by the Council to manage the administration of the Council and in turn, the CEO appoints staff within Council.

Strathfield’s Community Strategic Plan provides a preferred vision of the Strathfield Local Government Area (LGA), the local community’s long-term desirable future and a common direction for the Municipality. It ensures that as an organisation Council anticipates and is prepared for future challenges.

The incorporation of local government in the Strathfield district commenced on June 1885 when the Municipality of Strathfield was incorporated covering the suburbs of Redmire (renamed Strathfield), Homebush and Druitt Town (now part of Strathfield South).

The Homebush Municipal Council was incorporated on 13 June 1906. In 1947, Homebush Municipal Council amalgamated into Strathfield Council. On 1 January 1949, the Municipality of Enfield was abolished and the former West Ward was joined to Strathfield Municipality.

Further changes to the structure of local government were made on 1 July 1993, when the NSW Local Government Act took effect. This Act changed the responsibilities of the Mayor and Councillors and separated the functions more clearly from those of the General Manager. The new Act required local government to become more responsible, accountable and transparent in its operations.

Further information

Strathfield Council’s Library Local Studies Section holds considerable information on the history of the Strathfield district. Local Studies is located at Strathfield Library, 65-67 Rochester Street Homebush.

The Strathfield-Homebush District Historical Society publishes extensive information on the history of the district at www.strathfieldheritage.org

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Video – Strathfield Spring Festival

Councillors

Mayor of Strathfield
First elected to Council: September 2017
Address: PO Box 120 Strathfield NSW 2135
Telephone: 0428 098 069
Fax: 9764 1034
Email: cr.doueihi@strathfield.nsw.gov.au

Antoine Doueihi

Deputy Mayor of Strathfield
First elected to Council: September 2017
Address: PO Box 120, Strathfield NSW 2135
Telephone: 0428 410 856
Fax: 9764 1034
Email: cr.pensabene@strathfield.nsw.gov.au

Karen Pensabene

Councillor
First elected to Council: September 2017
Address: PO Box 120, Strathfield NSW 2135
Telephone: 0428 952 095
Fax: 9764 1034
Email: cr.blackmore@strathfield.nsw.gov.au

Matthew Blackmore

Councillor
First elected to Council: September 2017
Address: PO Box 120, Strathfield NSW 2135
Telephone: 0428 779 701
Fax: 9764 1034
Email: cr.duggan@strathfield.nsw.gov.au

Maryanne Duggan

Councillor
First elected to Council: September 2017
Address: PO Box 120, Strathfield NSW 2135
Telephone: 0428 307 097
Fax: 9764 1034
Email: cr.hall@strathfield.nsw.gov.au

Nella Hall

Councillor
First elected to Council: September 2012
Address: PO Box 120, Strathfield NSW 2135
Telephone: 0427 521 467
Fax: 9764 1034
Email: cr.kokkolis@strathfield.nsw.gov.au

Stephanie Kokkolis

Councillor
First elected to Council: September 2012
Address: PO Box 120, Strathfield NSW 2135
Telephone: 0498 201 304
Fax: 9748 9902
Email: cr.vaccari@strathfield.nsw.gov.au

Gulian Vaccari

Our History

Aboriginal History

The Strathfield district was once inhabited by the Wangal clan of the Darug tribe.

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European Settlement

European settlement of the Strathfield district commenced in 1793 in the area which is the current day Homebush.

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Subdivision & Early Development

The Redmire Estate was subdivided in 1867 and smaller lots of land were offered for sale. The first property built was Thomas Henderson’s ‘Seven Oaks Farm’, a dairy farm located around Victoria Street Strathfield.

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Strathfield Council history

As the population of the Strathfield district (then known as Redmire) grew, local people wished to form their own council so they could have a say in how their district developed and was managed.

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Council Crest and Logo

Strathfield Council is symbolically and officially represented by the Strathfield Council Crest and Council’s Corporate Logo.

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History of Strathfield Council Chambers

Strathfield Council was incorporated in June 1885.

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Former Mayors of Strathfield

A list and biographical information of the former Mayors of Strathfield and biographical information is available from the Strathfield Heritage website.

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Area Facts

Town Centres

Strathfield Town Centre

Strathfield Town Centre is the major transport and retail centre of the Strathfield district. In the…
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Homebush Village shopping centre

The is known for its pleasant heritage ambiance and streetscape and close proximity to the historic…
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Homebush West Town Centre

The Homebush West residential and shopping centre, Flemington Rail Station and Sydney’s Stockyards (now Sydney Markets)…
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Strathfield South Shopping Centre

The Strathfield South Shopping Centre is located on the ‘crossways’ of Liverpool Road and Liverpool Road…
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Agency Information Guide

The Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 requires Council to publish an Agency Information Guide. This publication guide describes the structure and functions of Council, the various kinds of information Council holds and how the public can access the information.

Strathfield Council’s Agency Information Guide can be viewed or downloaded (see below).

If you require any further information, please contact Council on 9748 9999.

Council Regulatory Officers

Strathfield Council’s Regulatory Officers are responsible for investigating complaints and enforcing laws. Some of the areas of Regulatory Officers responsibility include:

  • Abandoned vehicles – for Regulatory Officers to take action the car must be illegally parked in a public place and/or out of registration.
  • Footpath obstructions – Regulatory Officers can investigate obstructions of footpaths eg cars illegally parked.
  • Illegal building works eg out of hours building and non-authorised/approved building
  • Parking – Regulatory Officers monitor Council car parks, enforce fines for illegal and dangerous parking.
  • Parks – Regulatory Officers monitor and investigate illegal activities in parks
  • Stormwater pollution
  • Trucks – Regulatory Officers can investigate improper use of roads by trucks eg heavy trucks on light vehicle roads and uncovered trucks

You can contact a Council Regulatory Officer, Monday to Friday between 8.30 and 4.30pm by telephoning Council’s Customer Service Centre on 9748 9999. For out of office hours, call Council’s emergency after hours number on 9748 9999…

To prevent bogus calls you will be asked to leave your name and address – the Regulatory Officer will not pass these details onto anyone they investigate.

If you have received a fine from one of the Council Regulatory Officers which you wish to challenge you must call Revenue NSW on 1300 130 112.  Fines cannot be overturned by Council once they have been issued.  Further information can be obtained at Revenue NSW.

For any law problems not dealt with by Council Regulatory Officers you should contact the Police.  Strathfield Municipality is serviced by the Police – Flemington Local Area Command, which is located at the corner of Rawson and Station Streets, Auburn.  Police  can be contacted on 9749 8599.

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Maps & References

Last updated 8 June 2020.

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