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SSC Newspaper : July 2010
JULY 2010 10 Strathfeld Scene OPINION "Strathfield is a nice suburban area but there are not many good cafes around. But on the other hand, we have some great parks and a major train station” – Steph Kaiser, resident INTRUDERS have been in ltrating the quiet streets of Strath eld. Now I'm not referring to aliens or children. But I'm talking about cheeky Burwood residents taking advantage of the sought-a er free parking around the train station and leaving Strath eld drivers nowhere to park. Dozens of neighbourhood intruders ood into the area every morning around 7am sparking a mad scramble for car parks and antagonizing many Strath eld residents. Strath eld train station is a major interchange hub for the inner-west, crossing 11 rail lines. Obviously this fact makes the station a popular and convenient place to catch the train to the city or into North Sydney. And with no parking restrictions and few patrols by parking rangers, no wonder outsiders are taking advantage of this situation. e worst areas are around Beresford, Albert and Churchill roads which, although there are clearly indicated 2P signs, are rarely patrolled by parking rangers. Nearby on Everton Road, right across the road from the station, is a number of prized free all-day parking spots, unlike Burwood where all the streets are metered or restricted to two hours only. As Strath eld residents, we should have the advantage of the primary parking spots, not outsiders. Our rates pay for the amenities. So why are we being ousted out of our own area? Consider this though, Strath eld is an extremely spread out suburb and the bus frequency is extremely poor. Even during peak hour, my local bus from the end of my street to the station comes once every 20 minutes which is appalling for such a highly populated part of Strath eld. ese parking spots are vital for people who are unable to walk to the station. Perhaps there needs to be more permits for residents, tighter restrictions or perhaps we should nd a way to di erentiate Strath eld cars from intruder cars. Perhaps it's going as far as issuing parking permits stamped with a capital S speci cally for Strath eld residents. Or perhaps there should be more council parking buildings such as in Kogarah or in Mosman. Whatever the solution, the residents of Strath eld are fed up -- Bernade e Chua. FINAL CURTAIN? Opened in 1925 Homebush Cinema has been an ice rink and reception centre, but is now closed to the public. Picture: Bob King. MORE PARKING, PLEASE e population is growing. More and more students keep coming here which means there is less parking and more people. Shaley Choprah BE ER THAN BONDI It's such a big widespread suburb it doesn't feel overpopulated at all. People keep talking about how it's a high growth area but I haven't noticed. It's not like Bondi. Wendy Ziade. ENOUGH ALREADY I think [ Julia] Gillard is already making good decisions. e population minister has been put in line -- we really don't want a bigger population in the inner city suburbs. Small towns can handle it but the Inner West is ge ing very busy. Weekend tra c is ge ing beyond a joke. Peter Gainsbury SHOPPING IS DIRE I wish we had more shops. ere are some good restaurants but we need be er shopping. I have to go to Burwood. It would be nice to have it here. Anthea Koh BRING IN THE LIONS We need more entertainment. Like a Zoo or something. Guy Cowell CRIME FEARS I heard crime is ge ing pre y bad around here so I don't let my kids walk around at night. Nothing's happened to us but it doesn't feel that safe. ere have been a few reports in the papers. Robberies and bashings and stu . It's weird because it's relatively rich area. Tony Vella CHILDCARE PROBLEMS ere is de nitely a shortage of places for babies in Strath eld. Wehadtosendourtwokidstoa daycare place in Haber eld. Pia Atwood T FFIC HAZARD e tra c around Meriden [school] can get banked up. e lights around the area that lead into Raw Square should be timed more appropriately so the tra c ows be er. Ben Turner CAFFEINE SHORTAGE Strath eld is a nice suburban area but there are not many good cafes around. ere is not much of a community feel. But on the other hand, we do have some great parks to walk in and it's great that we have a major train station. Steph Kaiser SIGNS ARE CONFUSING It's frustrating that the whole Boulevard is a school zone and during school days, it's chaotic. Aside from this, there is not enough signage near the speed cameras to indicate whether the Boulevard is a 50km or a 60km zone. Bernard CONTACT US Send your letters and comments to email@example.com e place where Strath eld speaks its mind We sent reporters Jess Noble and Bernade e Chua out onto the streets of Strath eld to ask residents to share what's on their minds. YOUR SAY: How parking ends are ruining my day Stratty Soapbox IF you lived in the Strath eld district before 1930, it is likely your home was located by its name, not street number. Names served to assist the postman to deliver mail and ensured that tradesmen made their deliveries to the correct address. e origin of names includes the birthplace of owners (Llandilo, Redmire), Aboriginal words (Amaroo, Carinya), location names (Strathcourt, Strathalbyn), names from literature (Abbotsford, Camelot, Tara). Street numbering commenced in the 1920s as the number of dwellings increased. However, many homes in Strath eld still display their original name or now incorporate the name into their address. For more information visit www. strath eldhistory.org or contact firstname.lastname@example.org Does your house have a name?