March 2018 Croydon Park Business Chamber Community update
Dear Croydon Park Business Chamber Members and Community Members,
Your Chamber is delighted to be able to provide you with an update of ongoing and completed matters which the Chamber has and continues to actively lobby for.
Below are many initiatives and outcomes we have been able to achieve in 2016/2017 Financial year.
1. The Croydon Park Festival held in November 2016 was a resounding success and despite the heat on the day, was extremely well attended.
2. A Community QandA and AGM was held on December 5, 2017. We thank the community members who took the time to come along, participate and pose questions and complete the survey.
3. Croydon Park Clock – we now have a welcoming clock on the corner of Beaufort Street, Croydon Park. The CPBC had lobbied for many years for its installation.
4. We now have many Cafes and Restaurants in Croydon Park which have fantastic outdoor seating to enable greater enjoyment and helps to create a Village feel.
5. Our Croydon Park Business Chamber website continues too evolve and we hope to bring you further interesting content and information throughout 2018 and beyond.
6. Jodi McKay, Member of the Legislative Assembly and Member for Strathfield, held a very successful “Pollies in Cafes” session at Caffettiera, on Georges River Road in November 2017.
There are several matters the Chamber discussed with Mayor of Burwood, John Faker at our meeting on 13th February 2018 and we intend to hold our elected Burwood, Inner West and Canterbury Council representatives accountable for these and will provide you updates on our website as we progress;
1. Croydon Park Clock – needs completion to include a dedication/ memorial remembering Croydon Park soldiers and others who have supported our community.
2. Cafes and Restaurants in Croydon Park – we are lobbying to extend the 12 months free period offered by Burwood Council to businesses for outdoor seating costs. Our aim is to continue to enhance the Village look and feel we are striving for which will entice people into our neighbourhood.
3. Christmas Tree – a Christmas tree for Croydon Park has been committed by Mayor, John Faker from 2018 onward. A location for this is to be determined as it must comply with OH&S matters.
4. “Movies/Concert or Opera in the Park” – Chamber raised the possibility of an event of this type with Mayor Faker, possibly to be held at Croydon Park (end of Croydon Avenue and Brighton St, Croydon Park). Event management and funding will need to be lobbied for and will involve Burwood, Inner West and Canterbury Councils.
5. Street Lights – we raised the matter of more appropriate illumination which helps to showcase individual businesses. Mayor Faker will follow up on this and we hope then that Canterbury Council will follow.
6. Dirty footpaths and Pidgeon Droppings on bins, awnings and footpaths. Pidgeon droppings may carry lice and are generally a health hazard. Mayor Faker advised an annual clean of the footpaths takes place. We have requested Mayor Faker advise us when this cleaning will next occur as it seems quite some time between cleaning. The Chamber is considering supplying pidgeon spikes to individual business owners when renewing their membership with the Chamber.
7. Murals – We have a number of suitable sites for murals to be painted and, Burwood Council has advised they are interested in supporting Croydon Park as a trial for Mural/s. Chamber is currently sending photos of potential sites for assessment to Burwood Council.
8. Croydon Park Festival – Burwood Mayor, John Faker suggested the Australia Day event, which is usually held at Burwood Park, could be shifted to Croydon Park in 2019 as an alternative event. Burwood Council will review the feasibility of this.
9. Funding Grants – Burwood Mayor, John Faker has agreed he would provide the Chamber Letters of Support to accompany any grants the Chamber applies for. The next round of Grants submissions take place in December 2018 and the CPBC will make applications.
10. Dart Thru Lane – this lane is at the rear of many Croydon Park shops and adjacent to Club Croydon Park. Currently the lane is a No stopping and No parking zone, which makes loading into the shops very difficult. We have requested assistance with either a timed loading zone or business and resident stickers. Mayor Faker has advised the RMS is responsible for this, however, he will raise this with Burwood Council Traffic to discuss with the RMS for options.
11. Seymour Street exit onto Georges River Road (GRR); Chamber has requested this end of Seymour Street be made a one way Left Turn onto GRR, as it poses significant risk to traffic and pedestrians when cars attempt to turn right onto GRR where cars heading toward Croydon Park Public School, do not give way or allow merging right into traffic. Further, Chamber has requested KEEP CLEAR signage be painted on the road at the Seymour Street and Beaufort Street intersections, so that merging traffic onto GGR can do safely and that pedestrians are also safe as traffic approaches the school.
12. CPBC have been a Voice for the local Businesses and Community since 2003 when the Banks shut their doors and has been recognized and awarded;
CPBC also has a Youth Committee, who have over the years been involved in many great events , and were nominated by the Children’s Medical Research Institute and won the Prestigious Award from Rotary Club Burwood Business Community 2016.
Croydon Park Business Chamber is here to engage, encourage, and empower local businesses and our community. Run by volunteers, the Chamber has been operating since 2003. Since then, we have achieved many great successes through hard work and persistence. Many of our loyal members have been with us since then and we are very happy to invite new members.
Croydon Park Business Chamber
MP Sophie Cotsis takes leave of absence to fight breast cancer.
Messages of support have flown in for MP and mother-of-two Sophie Cotsis who announced at the weekend she is battling breast cancer.
The Canterbury state Labor MP will take a leave of absence while receiving treatment, but said it would be “business as usual” for her electorate office staff, who will continue in her absence.
“This is a difficult time for me and my family and I deeply appreciate the steadfast support of my wonderful family, friends, my local community, staff and colleagues,” Ms Cotsis said.
“I look forward to getting back to work and to fight the 2019 NSW State Election as the Member for Canterbury.”
Here’s a small contribution to Enfield and Strathfield Anglican Church’s work in our community. Fifteen thousand dollars from the Community Building Partnership program will help improve disability access to St Andrew’s Anglican Church.
#SeniorsFestival programs are filling up! There’s lots to do with dancing, music and outings. Register now to avoid disappointment! http://www.strathfield.nsw.gov.au/community/senior-and-disability-services/seniors-festival/
Last Thursday, St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Burwood organised a community hub where residents were able to speak to representatives from government services and community organisations such as Centrelink, Housing NSW, Legal Aid and NSW Police, Mission Australia, St Vincent de Paul and Dress for Success.
This was a truly wonderful initiative which was attended by many local residents.
We are a Party that supports and encourages women in Parliament. I have so many amazing colleagues in NSW. Happy International Women’s Day!
Plz follow us on our social media platform so you can get updates when we post things up online.
Do you know someone worthy of recognition? We want to know all about them!
The 2018 Strathfield Community Service Awards recognises two individuals who have contributed extensively towards our community.
For eligibility or more information, visit my website at https://www.jodimckay.com.au/copy-of-community-grants.
The Mudcrabs who have been cleaning up the Cooks River for years, have also been long time supporters of our Business Chamber by volunteering at our festivals.
Lend your support to the Mudcrabs at this Sunday’s Clean Up Australia campaign. Register at
Burwood Council wants to hear from you. Log onto their website to “Have Your Say” Http//:www.burwood.nsw.gov.au
And look out for our Survey Answers from the Q/A session at the CPBC AGM 2017, coming soon!
#croydonpark #croydonparkbusiness #innerwestchambers #thinklocal #haveyoursay #burwoodcouncil
Thankful I now look at the fabulous photography of Students of Burwood Girls when I visit Westfield Burwood
The Italiano’s and the Food Trail in Croydon Park
What a great night! Special thank you to Luciano and Martino – The Italianos, Club Croydon Park, Rene’s Pizzeria Restaurant, and Maranello’s Veloce. It was great to spend time with a wide range of people, the food was fantastic, and we even had a sing-a-long with The Italianos – that’s amore!
Thank you Silvana and Grace from Franze Event Management for organising a brilliant night!