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SSC Newspaper : January 2011
Late afternoon sun casts a glow over heritage-listed walls SMOKERS’ RIGHTS “I think it’s unfair because it’s outside. The council can do that, of course, but I think they should also consider the freedom of smokers as well. I’m a smoker and I know that it’s not good for people’s health – but then everyone who’s a smoker knows that. We have rights.” Hyeon Jin, 28, student A CUPPA AND A CIGGIE “I enjoy having a coffee and a cigarette. I’d be unhappy if I couldn’t do that anymore. I’m a serious smoker but not a big smoker. I smoke one pack of cigarettes a day.” Chris Choi, local businessman NOT A RIGHT “Smoking is my choice but non- smokers shouldn’t be subjected to it if they don’t want. I’d support the ban. Smokers have to get used to tighter rules. Just smoke at home. Smoking is a privilege, not a right. You don’t have the right to inflict your smoke on everyone else.” Luke Edwards, visitor from Newcastle. SMOKING ARCHAIC “Smoking is invasive and it’s quite archaic that you’re able to smoke in open spaces – especially when they ’re confined spaces. But where do smokers then go? We’re still raising [tax] revenue from cigarette sales. And smoking is still a legal activity, so what’s the answer?” Sharon Orchin, account manager A BIT EXTREME “If the council wants to do that they have my blessing. I only smoke occasionally. But I do think it’s a bit extreme to ban smoking outside. The ancient Greeks said: ‘do nothing extreme’. It’s okay to ban smoking indoors, but out in the square seems a little extreme to me.” Peter Sirigos, 75, long-term Strathfield resident AVOID THE SMOKE “I’m really not sure. It’s not fair for smokers. As a non-smoker I don’t like walking around and smelling the smoke, but I don’t think we can stop it. I personally just try to avoid breathing in other people’s smoke.” Nja Chong , beautician, Flemington SUPPORT A BAN “I would support a ban. Smokers should think about the health of other people. These sorts of bans are happening everywhere in the world. I’m happy to see smoking banned everywhere. I don’t like it.” Pravat Thapa, supermarket employee january 2011 6 Strathfield Scene opinion “Smoking is my choice but non-smokers shouldn’t be subjected to it if they don’t want.” – Luke Edwards. STraTHfIElD HAS the highest proportion of doctors of any suburb in Sydney, according to a recent report in The Sydney Morning Herald. Although it is true that Strathfield is located close to many Sydney hospitals, the large numbers of doctors living here and its association with the medical profession have long been characteristics of Strathfield. Since the 1890s, the number of professionals living in Strathfield (particularly from medicine and law) has been historically one of the highest in Sydney. The 1893 NSW Census reported that 23.8 per cent of the Strathfield population had professional occupations. This was substantially higher than nearby areas. In the 2006 ABS Census, over 33 per cent of Strathfield employees were professionals, with 17 per cent work- ing in health care. The health care sector is currently the single highest occupational grouping in Strathfield. The early residential development of Strathfield in the late 1860s was triggered partly in response to concerns about health. Strathfield was promoted as an escape from the unhealthy, overcrowded living conditions of the city, where the spread of infectious diseases like cholera and typhoid were responsible for many deaths. Early advertisements for land and property in Strathfield promoted its healthy environment and living conditions. The residency of notables such as physician Dr Phillip Sydney Jones of “llandilo”, The Boulevarde (now Trinity Grammar Preparatory School) also enhanced Strath- field’s reputation as a desirable place to live. Jones, the son of retailer David Jones, was knighted in 1905 for his pioneering work in the treatment of tuberculosis. Jones advocated “open air treatment” and promoted fresh air, pure food, and uninfected milk for disease treatment and prevention. Many other prominent doctors have lived in Strathfield, including Col. Dr frederick Macguire, the director of medical services for the Australian Army dur- ing World Wars I and II, and surgeon Dr Walter Burfitt, commemorated by the Burfitt Prize and Medal. Regulating public health has been a feature of local government since earliest times. Strathfield Council’s public health by-laws were overseen and prosecuted by the ‘Inspector of Nuisances’, a position first appointed in 1886. The major health issues were infectious diseases and sanitation, though early reports cover a wide range of investigations, including inspections of milk supplies, sewers, drains, livestock, mosquitoes, safe building and structures and barking dogs. Some of these concerns are still functions of local government. It is a little-known fact that the residents of Strathfield, Burwood, Ashfield and Croydon raised money to estab- lish the Western Suburbs Cottage Hospital on liverpool Road. The hospital was built entirely from community subscriptions and opened in 1893 with no debt. One of the largest donors to the hospital was tobacco merchant George Todman, a resident of Strathfield. The hospital was decommissioned in 1994. Cathy Jones secretary of the strathfield District historical society contact us Send your letters and comments to email@example.com Hyeon Jin Our healthy suburb Stratty Soapbox The place where Strathfield speaks its mind Mark Chipperfield asked commuters and residents what they think of a council proposal to ban smoking from outdoor café and restaurant areas in Strathfield. Your SaY: Pravat Thapa Pic by Upasana Chattopadhyah
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