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SSC Newspaper : September 2012
VahidaSalyedPamLiellWingHarahapWayneBlackl ock TanyaSykesKusumAnandDavidLiell By Joanne Tran and Peter Lynch S trathfield residents will be thinking about transport and traffic more than any other issue when they decide who to vote for this weekend. A quarter of the Scene’s 100 poll respondents said transport and traffic policy is what will win their support for election to council in the September 8 poll. Some detailed traffic grievances, citing clogged roads on Smallwood Avenue and Churchill Avenue as black spots. Others mentioned Flemington Station. There were numerous complaints about parking and the state of our roads in general. The traffic issue also dominated concerns of those who identified the expansion of the Australian Catholic University as a major deciding factor for their vote. Twelve electors claimed that the university’s expansion and the over whelming parking problems that surround the campus was their primary concern. And on a broader level, the general character of Strathfield is also under the microscope in this weekend’s elections, with eleven poll respondents believing that changes in planning laws is Strathfield’s biggest concern. One respondent identified the mysterious proposal to construct three high rise buildings near Parramatta Road as something they’d like September 2012 8 Strathfield Scene Revealed the hot-button issues for strathfield voters “I decided to become a councillor so I can provide a motive for the younger generation to contribute more to Australian politics.” — Liberal candidate Sang Ok issues strathfield voters want resolved 1. TrAnsporT And TrAffIc 2. AusTrAlIAn cATholIc unIversITy expAnsIon 3. plAnnIng lAw chAnges 4. AmAlgAmATIon of councIls 5. polIce And crIme Strathfield First also has strong support, with 11 of the decided votes. Labor had a surprisingly low five per cent sure votes from the poll of 100 locals. Strathfield First’s strength can be attributed to their anti-amalgamation stance, with six of the 11 Strathfield First supporters citing their fear of amalgamation as the most influential issue to their vote. Other elector’s votes were decided along party lines. Five said they would vote according to party loyalty. Three are Liberal voters while two are loyal Labor supporters. The Liberal Party can thank Labor’s poor performance for part of it’s success, with three Liberal votes coming from residents who said to avoid. Another mentioned maintaining Strathfield’s traditional identity as their priority, while another said infrastructure in Strathfield is “atrocious” and needs attention. Despite candidate attempts to claim it as a non-issue at the start of campaigning, amalgamation is another hot topic, with nine voters saying it will decide their final vote. Most are against joining with neighbouring councils. In the poll, one respondent said: “ We don’t want to amalgamate with Auburn, and Burwood experiences different council rates and lower overheads; there’s a conflict of interest.” There was surprisingly little concern for crime and policing – an issue which only figured in campaigning towards the end of the campaign. And only one voter mentioned the Town Centre redevelopment as a concern – an issue championed by one independent group. However, almost two thirds of votes are still up for grabs. Admittedly conducted before the intensity of the last week of polling , in the Scene’s poll, 69 voters said they had not decided and 62 said they were not aware of the candidates and what they stood for. Many are relying on the pamphlets given on the day for their how-to-vote information. One told the Scene: “I’m going to look at the candidate’s policies on the day and then decide.” In what is believed to be in close alignment with internal party polling, the Liberals leads in our poll, securing 15 of the 31 decided votes. they will vote for “anything but Labor”. Door-knocking and connections to the community were cited as strong deciding factors for voters. Three Strathfield First votes were attained from close connection to the candidates. Similarly, two of the Liberal votes came from electors having met the candidates. Labor secured one vote in the same way. But according to our poll, Strathfield Unity, United Strathfield and independent Edward Crematy have yet to make an impression. Other issues mentioned by electors as important to their vote included local schools, health, support for small business and general street maintenance. election special *Telephone and face-to-face interviews conducted between August 20 and 29, 2012, among Strathfield electors in Strathfield and Homebush. Top 5 CathyCliftBradNicholsJoshuaMartin
September Election 2012