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SSC Newspaper : November 2010
november 2010 8 Strathfield Scene OPINION Legislation is needed for council rangers. By Bernadette Chua SWEARING and cursing loudly at senior ranger Brady Clarke, the irate truck driver leaps in his vehicle and drives o in a hu down Madeline Street a er being told he is in a No Stopping zone. Although the language on this occasion is pre y bad, Clarke tells the Scene he has su ered much worse as we accompany him on his rounds last week. He has been spat on by a truck driver and is o en the target of face-to-face heated exchanges. In fact, the verbal and physical abuse has become so bad and so common that Strath eld Council now wants to take action against the perpetrators and hit them with a $300 on-the-spot ne. "I think this kind of legislation is needed for council rangers and when I was working with the National Parks and Wildlife Service, we were able to issue nes to people who were abusive to us," says Clarke. "Hopefully, other councils will adopt this policy along with Strath eld Council." With the proposal for the ne currently being considered by the Local Government Association executive, the Scene went on patrol with Clarke around the streets of Strath eld. As deputy ranger, Clarke's responsibilities include patrolling the local government area for mulch and asbestos dumping, heavy vehicle weight violations, disputes between neighbours and complaints of noise pollution. One of the rst jobs for the day is driving out to Parrama a Road near the exit of the Sydney Markets, where Clarke, a relaxed but professionally minded individual, routinely nds trucks carrying loads exceeding their legal weight. "We have problems with truck drivers exiting the Sydney Markets and not securing their loads or the weight they are transporting exceeds the legal limit," he says. "A couple of weeks ago, I caught a truck driver transporting an array of goods in residential streets, which have a four-tonne limit. He was six tonnes over and our residential roads are not made for heavy vehicles." Luckily for Clarke, there is no argument from the truck driver in question who only receives a warning on this occasion. But we later encounter a very unhappy truck driver in Greenacre who is parked in a no-stopping zone and becomes very defensive when challenged. " ere is sometimes a lot of arguing and in the past I've had someone spit on me," he says. "It's all in a day's job but I do enjoy my job because I get to do something di erent every day. I get to meet di erent types of people, some of which are nice, some of which are not." When Clarke's patrol nished, I hop out of the car with a great sense of admiration for the upbeat and positive ranger who keeps our streets clean and safe and our roads in good condition despite the verbal abuse he cops during the morning patrol. A BIG THANK YOU ank you to all the customers of the Ta Fong Noodle House for their donations which raised $4,600 for charity. It was your e orts that made it possible to raise that amount. Peter Quach, Ta Fong Noodle house SCHOOLS ARE ORDINARY I can't think of any good public schools in Strath eld. Most of the kids I see are commuting to Burwood for public education. Other wise, I think the council takes care of the area. e parks on my street are well kept, so I am proud of my area. Manish Jethaliya ASBESTOS AWARENESS (Responding to Cr Hope Bre -Bowen raising awareness about asbestos). is is a really important step for ward in the ght against asbestos. Any awareness raised is great. In the UK most organisations are aware of the dangers of asbestos. We seem to have tougher rules surrounding it, but the more research I do, the more I see problems in other countries, so it's great to see those in power ghting for change. An asbestos solicitor LOCAL POLITICS I do like Strath eld, but I'm not so active in local politics. Lidia PHOTO WAS DISTASTEFUL I thought the photo of Danny Lim in last month's Scene was distasteful and a blight on the community. I was annoyed because we are trying to get Strath eld back on track. Marlene Doran, Homebush PARKING ME IN e reason why I moved to Strath eld is because it's so close to the train station. I can just hop on and o the train when I work late at night. e only major problem I have in the area is that people seem to park on the edge of my driveway. Since I live near the station, this happens on a daily basis when people are trying to look for parking. Pratik Bha CONVENIENT SUBURB My wife and I moved out of Strath eld about 18 months ago because the price of apartments and houses was ge ing too much. What I liked about the area was how convenient it was to get into the city. In regards to the Strath eld Council being in the media a fair bit, there have always been problems in the council -- so it's not something that's new. Nigel Ward DIVORCE REPORTING I thought that the reporting of divorces died out with the demise of that scurrilous Norton rag e Truth (Refers to pg 3 in the October edition). E. Werkhoven Publisher's Note: We set out to cover a story about a house sale. Ms Judge's o ce sent us the release about her divorce for publication. CONTACT US Send your letters and comments to email@example.com e place where Strath eld speaks its mind Readers tell e Scene about the current local issues of concern, om schooling to parking. YOUR SAY: Manish Jethaliya Pratik Bha Circles in the sky at Homebush West Photograph by Upasana Cha opadhyay Protecting the protectors Stratty Soapbox
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