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SSC Newspaper : September 2010
SEPTEMBER 2010 8 Strathfield Scene OPINION "Their links back to their countries of origin can give Strathfeld an international network which could never hope to set up alone.” -- Dr Ingrid Schraner ETHNIC BUSINESSES PLAY AN important role in the local economy of a culturally and linguistically diverse place like Strath eld, which is why the local council needs hard data. Ethnic businesses not only contribute to employment, skills base, economic growth and general vitality of an area, they also make speci c contributions to the local economy through their contacts within their own communities here and abroad. eir links back to their countries of origin can give Strath eld an international network, which it could never hope to set up alone. is can create opportunities for the whole local economy, including imports and exports, skills swaps and tourism. Students from the School of Economics and Finance at the University of Western Sydney asked: What can we learn about Strath eld's migrant ethnic businesses from the data held by the Australian Bureau of Statistics? ey found that the Chinese population is the largest ethnic group in Strath eld, followed by South Koreans, Indians, Lebanese and Italians. Except for Italians, Strath eld has a higher percentage than for the inner-west region as a whole, which in turn has higher percentages than Sydney, except for the Lebanese group. Comparing the share of population with the share of business owners, Chinese and Indians have a larger share of population, while Italians, South Koreans and Lebanese have larger shares of business owners. In other words, of all the business owners in Strath eld, the percentage that are Italians, South Koreans and Lebanese is higher than the share these groups have in the overall population. is means that local economic development e orts can support the links and opportunities these businesses can provide for the bene t of the overall Strath eld economy. Dr Ingrid Schraner, Senior Lecturer University of Western Sydney e report was prepared by Ali Ja i and John Benham as part of a UWS Winter Vacation Project. e research was co-ordinated by Nathan Pra , Strath eld Council's Economic Development O cer, and supported by the Social Justice Social Change research group at UWS. e report was based on earlier research undertaken in the Economics and Finance Engagement Project. OFTEN DANGEROUS e town square is good, but some of the roads around here are quite small and sometimes it can be dangerous -- especially in the early hours of the morning.Maeuhu Suthari BRIDGE THE GAP No, I wouldn't stand as a councillor, but the thing about Strath eld is that the newly elected councillors and mayor need to bridge the gap between the cultural segregation in Strath eld. Anonymous BUILD A STAGE Strath eld Town Square is pleasant but it could do with a stage. It's nice to see families out and about in the area. Aiden Roberts FEWER BIRDS I wouldn't really change anything about the square, but there are too many birds. Dami Shin LOVE THE ATMOSPHERE I come from the city to work here and I really love the atmosphere. James Lee UNDERPASS IS UGLY I think the tunnel going underneath the railway line is pre y dirty and dark, but otherwise everything else [about the square] is good. William Cheng UNIQUE PLACE TO LIVE ere is such a broad range of homes close to the commercial town centre. We've got federation homes and modern mansions. is combination gives Strath eld a unique ambience. Barton Jones DO SOMETHING ABOUT PARKING Yes, if I was elected as a councillor I would change the parking situation in Strath eld. I'd like there to be more unlimited parking around. Charber Abouraad WOULDN'T RUN FOR COUNCIL No I wouldn't run as a councillor but if I was elected, I would clean the streets up. It's very dirty so I would de nitely clean up the area. Jaga Nash NEW TAXI NK e plaza isn't too bad but sometimes it gets too crowded. ey should change the taxi rank though because the tra c gets banked out. Cleo King BE ER PAY I don't think councillors are paid enough for what they do. Robert Vranic FAN OF OUR COFFEE I'm not really around the area that much but I love the co ee here. Joe Elmosri MORE FOR KIDS I don't nd the plaza area that dynamic and I think there needs to be a playground or an outdoor area for children.Zinta (surname withheld) MORE LIVE MUSIC It would be nice if there was a stage in the town square and there is always the possibility of ge ing a li le creative with the space. It's a great area for buskers. Paul Miller CONTACT US Send your letters and comments to firstname.lastname@example.org e place where Strath eld speaks its mind Reporter Bernade e Chua asks residents for their opinion of Strath eld Town Square, the prospect of running for council and other ma ers. YOUR SAY: Why ethnic businesses ma er STRATTY SOAPBOX Maehu Suthari Jaga Nash e future of Town Square: the subject of debate. Photograph by Upasana Cha opadhya