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SSC Newspaper : August 2010
auguSt 2010 8 Strathfield Scene OPINION "It's incredibly important that the voices of young people across the state are represented in a forum like the NSW Youth Parliament” -- Natalie Czapski, MLC student PUBLIC HOSPITALS need more youth-orientated facilities to help teenagers make the transition from pediatric care to adult care. As one of two students chosen to represent the Strath eld state electorate in the NSW Youth Parliament, I joined a group investigating health and coming up with a bill proposing reforms. My group felt that youth-orientated health facilities was an important issue and one that is directly relevant to our age group. Given the ever-growing ow of young people being admi ed to our state's hospitals, providing an appropriate transition from pediatric care to adult care is a de nite goal to work towards. e proposed Adolescent Oriented Hospital Facilities Bill 2010 is designed to rectify the lack of speci c services for adolescents in hospitals. ere was a need for speci cally trained sta for adolescent care in all NSW public hospitals, and a need to rearrange facilities or build separate wards for adolescents. It's incredibly important that the voices of young people across the state are represented in a forum like the NSW Youth Parliament. ere are some substantive and diverse ideas being proposed by the di erent youth teams, with ideas ranging from making photovoltaic solar cells compulsory in new and renovated homes to improving conditions for juvenile o enders. For three days this week, we will be debating our bills before they are given to representatives of both the Government and the Opposition. We also have an opportunity to discuss issues of importance to us, ask questions, and experience a debate in the NSW Legislative Assembly. On behalf of young people around the state we hope to bring our ideas to the forefront of discussion and hopefully see some of them one day implemented in NSW. I am looking forward to completing my Youth Parliament experience, and I urge any young people who are interested in having their voices heard to consider taking part next year. Natalie Czapski, an MLC student, was one of 90 young people who participated in the recent YMCA Youth Parliament program. HOME GROWN CHILDCARE A er the article on childcare [Strath eld Scene, July] I would like to point out that we are continuing our excellent ser vice. We have been going for four years and have built an excellent facility. We have high accreditation and are a well-resourced centre, and we will be in business next year and beyond. Mary Brennan Li le Academy Childcare PROUD MUM I have seen the article and I am so proud to see my boys' photo [Strath eld Scene, July] in there and on the front page!!! Zara McPherson NOT SURE ey should have more public transport, like trams, if it could work. But I don't know about limiting cars for new homes. I'm just not sure. Belinda Erzetic, 17 DANGEROUS DRUNK Drunk people are coming out of the pubs and ghting on the streets. ey damage property. Gulsum Demiroz, 49 (business owner) RESTRICT PARKING Limited parking wouldn't work for big homes, but it's a good idea for new units. Strath eld isn't pedestrian-friendly. It's a challenge to drive around the station. Tracey Taylor, 50 PARKING NIGHTMARE ere are too many cars. e authorities should try to reduce them, but not limit them per house. ere should be more public transport. Sam Aziz, 22 PEDESTRIAN FRIENDLY What would be nice is if they blocked o part of e Boulevard and kept it for pedestrians. Insung Ruey, 53 NO COMMUNITY FEEL Strath eld has lost its community feel. ere's no sense of belonging. Penny Deeds, 47 T FFIC CHAOS I only own one car. It might be a good idea to change things. It's so congested around here, you can't parking or drop people o . It's absolutely ridiculous. Ma Large, 30 MORE CAR PARKS People want more than one car. I don't believe in governments dictating to people. What we need is more car parks. Howard Slee, 53 ONE CAR , ONE HOUSE Yep, they should limit it to one car one property. I could share a car with my family. Deep Singh, 21 THIN PICKINGS ere's a lack of diversity in the shops (in Strath eld), particularly in the choice of food. Simon Crisp, 50 BE ER ROADS It's the government's job to build be er roads and make the tra c ow be er. Ricky Char, 57 CONTACT US Send your letters and comments to firstname.lastname@example.org e place where Strath eld speaks its mind Reporter Ma Khoury asks residents about restricted parking as proposed by Canada Bay, and other concerns. YOUR SAY: Be er hospital care for adolescents Stratty Soapbox Tracey Taylor Ricky Char Strath eld in the 1930s: is photograph is from an exhibition currently on show at the Strath eld Library.