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SSC Newspaper : August 2011
A HAPPENING PLACE It is one of the most happening places in the inner west. Creating an underground hub would help the traffic issue. If they improve the retail here, more people would want to come to shop here instead of going out of the area. Puneet Benjamin, 29 MORE SHADE, PLEASE The town centre is all right. It’s a pleasant place to sit and have a coffee. I don’t use it that often but when I am here it would be nice to have more undercover shade, especially when people are waiting to catch the bus or are waiting for appointments. Nora Scott, 59 IT’S SO DEPRESSING It definitely needs a facelift. It’s depressing, the shops look cheap and do not look inviting at all. It’s a pretty depressing place to hang around. I wouldn’t be here by choice but it’s just that I am meeting a friend here. Jennifer Jameson, 50 MORE PARKING NEEDED I like the town centre the way it is. I’m so used to it; I couldn’t think of it any other way. My only issue is the parking. I own a shop here and my customers have nowhere to park. Sarah Yu, 25 DIVERSITY LACKING It needs to be a little bit more diverse. I love Korean food but if there were more shop fronts we could have different types of cuisines. I am Chinese and I don’t want to keep on going out of Strathfield to Burwood for Chinese food. Also, I think the fountain area could be improved. Shirley Cao, 24 IT CAN’T BE SAVED By improving the town centre, it won’t help the traffic congestion issue; it’ll just make it worse. By creating more retail, more people will be coming into Strathfield. Construction would also mean roads will be closed off and people can’t access the train station. So I can’t see how there will be a solution, even by creating a better town centre. Annais Leonard, 26 TRAFFIC A HASSLE The thing I’d like to see change is the parking around here. There is a congestion problem so if they put more parking either underground or build a multi-storey complex that would really help. Anee Pandeng, 25 EXPAND THE SHOPS I like the town centre. There are many different people here, which means a variety of shops, but a bigger retail area would help. It would mean shoppers wouldn’t have to drive out of Strathfield to do their shopping. Mohn Pandeng, 27 Puneet Benjamin Shirley Cao Anee Pandeng august 2011 8 Strathfield Scene opinion “I like the town centre the way it is ... I couldn’t think of it any other way.” – Sarah Yu our week always begins on a wednesday night. we meet for training, learn something new and then it’s the start of being on call for the week. For this diary, we kick off on 20 July, 2011, a day that seemed to start fairly routinely: bright and early with a spot of flooding. Wednesday: even before the normal working day begins, the pager goes off for a call of “flooding street: property threatened” in Belfield. After checking the property is safe, we determine the nearby area is in a reasonable condition, the sewers have begun to cope and the flooding is receding. Later we introduce a few recruits who had risked the torrential rain to sign up in orange. what a good day to start. Thursday: Midnight, and the pager goes off. As much as one loves to be a volunteer, it can be a little difficult to leave a warm and comfy bed so late. After speaking with the resident, we discover part of the ceiling had collapsed due to the rain. Fortunately we could assist by isolating that part of the house. The resident gets a repairman out that day. Not that Thursday finishes then. In the afternoon we receive two calls: a leaking roof needs a tarp and an underground garage has flooded. Friday: After a few calls we decide to cancel our fundraiser at Santa Sabina because the ground is too wet. we get a call from a woman getting married the next day. She says her roof has been leaking. we are able to organise a team to go round later. This is the tricky bit! There is no damage, no holes, no missing tiles and the gutters are all clear. Saturday: About lunchtime a nice old gent calls about his tree that had fallen in Strathfield. After checking it out, a team is called: the whole street has to be closed because the tree is leaning out over the road. And because it is such a big tree, the police, rTA and State Transit attend. Sunday-Monday: we finally get some welcome respite as the rain and wind ease. Tuesday: Another quieter day that ends with a call about a tree that has fallen in a resident’s yard. A telephone service has been cut. Wednesday: The week is over and the next team takes over. Training again, this time with cake, as we celebrate a birthday. For now it’s back to normal – unless nature decides otherwise. JOANNE GIANOTTO, Deputy local controller, Strathfield SES. SES is seeking funds for a new headquarters. For more info see strathfield.ses.nsw.gov.au CONTACT uS Thinking outside the square Reporter Bernadette Chua asks locals if they approve of proposals to transform the existing town centre. Your saY Send your letters and comments to firstname.lastname@example.org Focus of attention: All eyes are on this happy lad at the Crack the Code installation at Sydney Olympic Park. Picture courtesy of Sydney Olympic Park. Floods, dangerous trees and cut phone lines. Welcome to a week at the Strathfield SES. Stratty Soapbox