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SSC Newspaper : April 2012
Strathfield Scene 3 news www.ourstrathfield.com.au Kids pioneer safety vests Food tours start in Strathfield Correction Keen gourmets will have the chance to take part in five food tours of Strathfield over the next six months. Tours will be run around four local restau- rants by the Benevolent Society, using a bus pro- vided by Strathfield Council, councillors heard on Tuesday. “The food tour is a great opportunity to en- hance Strathfield’s position as a genuine food hub in Sydney and complements the council’s initiatives, the Strathfield Good Food Guide and the Strathfield Food Festival,” said a council re- port. Ticket prices for the tour are $121 for adults and $75 for children aged between five and 12. The Benevolent Society reinvests its profits into social enterprise programs as part of its long- term community development aims. The tours do more than just highlight good food, according to the Benevolent Society. “They are a social enterprise designed to strengthen community connections, bridge cul- tural divides and develop local employment and training opportunities,” said the society’s CEO Anne Hollonds. “All tours are led by local guides, giving visi- tors some real inside knowledge of local hidden gems, giving residents an opportunity to gain qualifications and local employment and giving the region’s businesses a bit of a boost at the same time,” she said. The group also wants to get involved in this year’s Strathfield Food Festival on October 28. In addition, the society will run three food walk- ing tours on the day. Dates for the food tours are July 14, August 18, September 15, October 21 and November 10. Call 1800 819 633 to book. In our March review of Strathfield’s fro- zen yoghurt parlours, the Strathfield Scene would like to correct the names of the owners of Moochi, whose names are Caleb Hong and David Bae. The Scene apologises for the error. Crash site upgrade Australia’s worst traffic blackspot is the junction of Cosgrove and Liv- erpool Roads in Strathfield – where 56 motorists have been in- jured in car crashes over the past five years. The intersection was identified as one of 277 crash sites across the nation under the Black Spot Pro- gram for urgent funding to improve signage and barriers this year. Police, parents, state govern- ment departments and traffic ex- perts drafted a list of 96 accident black spots in NSW to receive $19.9 million of funding. In Strathfield, $485,125 will be spent at the notorious junction to install signs advising drivers of the curve, paint a double centre line, install a high-friction road surface and add a wire rope barrier. By Sarah Macklin Children at St Martha’s Primary School in Strathfield are pioneering a national road safety campaign by wearing bright vests emblazoned with 40km/h speed-limit signs. They were the first in Sydney to try the yellow vests, supplied by Strathfield-based non-profit group Foundation 40 Australia, formed last year to reduce deaths and injuries in school zones. A trial late last year on kindergarten pupils at St Martha’s has now been extended to children in the first and second years, said principal Maria Maiorana. “The jackets increase the visibility of students around the school so that they are more easily seen by drivers,” she told the Scene. “And the parents have really come on board with the scheme because they can see it is a good initiative. “Little children are often difficult to see, espe- cially as we have such a tight school exit and a narrow road. The vests highlight the fact that children are in the area.” Parent Jane Leroi, president of the school’s Parents and Friends Group, welcomed the move. “It’s a very busy corner, so we’re trying to make it safe for kids to get to and from school. The reflective vests are great because they make parents more aware of the dangers.” The vests cost $10 each, said Jim Austin, ex- ecutive director of the Strathfield-based Foun- dation 40 Australia, which developed the idea. “We wanted to keep costs low for parents, and they’re made out of lightweight material so they’re not too hot in summer,” he said. “The idea is gradually being taken up by other schools in New South Wales, down in Wagga Wagga and Temora and up in the Blue Moun- tains. We hope by the end of the year, the vests will have spread throughout the state and to the rest of Australia,” said Austin, a former transport safety officer and pilot. A range of fluorescent backpacks and caps for older school children was in development, he added. Using bright clothing was sparked by a visit taking kids from Sydney Children’s Hospital to a wrecker’s yard in Blacktown, he explained. “ When we saw the fluorescent protective cloth- ing they had to wear on the site, we thought it would be a great idea to make children more vis- ible when they were going to and from school.” Foundation 40 is fighting for flashing lights indicating all school zones in Australia, a move backed last week by the NSW Staysafe Commit- tee. About 60 children a year are involved in school zone accidents across the nation each year, he said, with about 16 deaths. “Less than 1 percent of school zones have speed cameras installed. Our program partner, the Sydney Children’s Hospital, says that about one child each day arrives at the hospital need- ing resuscitation after a motor vehicle accident both in and out of school zones,” Austin said. A state government Staysafe committee last week recommended that all 40km/h school zones should be fitted with flashing lights and drivers should face steeper fines. How safe are our children? See page 11 Bright and beautiful... from left, St Martha’s pupils Benedict da Cruz, Jaeda Boateng , James Austin and Natalie Guerreiro.