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SSC Newspaper : June 2010
10 Strathfeld Scene "Congratulations! Strathfeld is one of Sydney’s oldest and greatest municipalities, highlighting the best multicultural Australia has to offer” – Barry O’Farrell, NSW Liberal leader EXPAT TALE What are your fondest memories of Strath eld? I loved going to this li le corner store up near South Strath eld Public School to buy ice-cream with my mum a er school. My fondest memory is of playing with my dad in Edwards Park. We used to have a lot of fun kicking around a ball and ying kites. You'd see the same people walking their dogs and playing with their kids and having fun outdoors rather than playing video games, like many people do these days. How is Strath eld di erent om other suburbs? It's such a multicultural suburb. If you go to the town centre there's every type of food you can imagine. You'd never go hungry; it's great. Best thing about Strath eld life? 'Movies in the Park' nights at Strath eld Park. Worst thing about Strath eld life? No 24-hour co ee joints. What community groups were you involved in? Atayoungage,withmydadIsetup a community action group called 'Save Edwards Park' because there was speculation that it was going to be destroyed with new property development plans. We went door- to-door with a petition to send to Council -- we wanted to protect it. Now, it's nicely landscaped and there's even a new library in the park. When I was about 19, I also organised a team to work on Clean up Australia day in our local area. Does Strath eld have enough community facilities? Absolutely -- there are so many parks, restaurants and clubs for people to get together. We have a brilliant library, too. How did your UN role come about? I got my Chartered Accounting quali cation; I wanted to get some international experience and I stumbled on this role with the UN. What is your advice for young people? Get involved in the local community. It's a stepping stone to working internationally. ere are local youth fairs and a Rotarian program, activities for Australia Day and so on. All these li le extra-curricular things can contribute to who you become. It's also a great way to build on your skills outside the o ce and meet people and nd opportunities for your business and career. Hopes for Strath eld's future? Strath eld has a lot of history and culture. at's re ected in its architecture. I hope that continues to be preserved because it adds to the atmosphere. It really has an impact on you when you're driving around. ST THFIELD SNAP! Send us your pictures of the hidden pockets of Strath eld you love, so we can share them. e picture above was taken by Bob King. SIGN OF THE TIMES "Signage for buses is a big problem around the station. People have no idea where to go. And the street signage is pre y poor as well. Albert Road is not correctly signed. ere is nothing at the entrance to the station. It's ridiculous."Warren Harvey ROAD TO NOWHERE " e roadworks block o the taxi stand and I can't drive through. It's chaos. It takes 30 minutes to get the car out because of the bus congestion. Also, people drop o at the station and there is no set drop- o area which adds to congestion." Marco Giuliani LUNCH BREAK " We need more parking around Strath eld station. It's really hard to nd parking at lunch time." Jun Kim WEEKEND WORK "It's really annoying that there is always track work around the station on the weekends. We need to be pre-warned or something."Janine Bines "Parking is a huge problem in this area. Parking is only two hours. at's about the only problem." David Porcellato STREETS OF SHAME "Our area has gone to the dogs. Tenants throw stu out all over the streets when they vacate. Around Parnell Street it's an eyesore. It's dirty. Filthy." Paul Smith TREASURE ISLAND "Strath eld has changed dramatically from the 1940s when I rst came to live here -- in those days, we spoke of 'going down to the village' to do our shopping. I remember well Dash's Pharmacy, Dunlop's Haberdashery and the wonderful aroma of walking past e Treasure Island Chocolate Shop in e Boulevard where the chocolates were made on the premises. However, I nd Strath eld today an exciting place to be with its multicultural avour and I also think that while some of the houses are too big for the land, the development has completely revitalised the area." ea Heness CONTACT US Send your letters and comments to email@example.com The place where Strath eld speaks its mind For this, our launch issue, we sent reporter Jess Noble out onto the streets to ask residents to share what's on their minds. OLD SYDNEY "Strath eld really is a beautiful area. I go to ACU and the buildings around there are really stunning. It's kind of an 'Old Sydney Town' in its architecture." Bradley Hanly BREAK AND ENTER "People think that Strath eld station is one of the most dangerous train stations in NSW, but it's really not as bad as some. e break-and-enters are much more of an issue." Anonymous police o cer YOUR SAY: HAPPY MEMORIES "I was born in Ash eld and came here to Strath eld when I was 13 years old. It was very di erent back then. When I rst moved here I started doing domestic work and then I started making shoes and boots. I remember the migrants from Poland and France moving to Strath eld a er the war -- back then we called them new Australians. I remember feeling so sorry for them. ey went through so much during the war, but we would tell them to try and think of happy memories. e sad memories were too much to bear. I would teach them how to make the shoes and they were very good people ... I remember one day this young man was being chased through the streets of Strath eld by the police. He thought he was in trouble, so he ran. When they eventually caught him, it turned out they were trying to reunite him with his family. He had been separated from his family, but couldn't speak English so he didn't understand why they were chasing him. Strath eld is not the same as it used to be but it's still my favourite suburb. I still like it." Dora Lane, 101, a Strath eld resident for 88 years Sudave Singh is a Strath eld boy made good. e Trinity Grammar School graduate grew up on High Street and once launched a campaign to save Edwards Park om property development. His passion for civic activism led to his current role as a statistician for the United Nations. June 2010