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SSC Newspaper : March 2013
on the nose I generally like the town centre, but in the station, there needs to be cleaner lifts and the concourse needs to be maintained better. It smells horrible in there, but on the outside, I like the aesthetics and the shops it provides. Johnson Tan, 25 more shops There should be more lifts for the elderly as they struggle to get up the ramps. And there does need to be better amenities in the town centre. It needs a greater variety of shops. Camille Carlos, 25 ease congestion There needs to be better traffic flow to ease the congestion in the town centre. It’s a major problem and it affects every street. Traffic from The Boulevarde, Churchill Road and Albert Avenue affect the entire area. Dalemy Ang, 30 FoUntain UpgraDe There definitely needs to be more parking lots because that is a major issue that affects the traffic flow into the area. Also, it would be nice if they could revamp the fountain and make it look a bit more appealing. Steven Wiseman, 25 no room to move Traffic congestion is a problem and the cars just don’t move. I’m not sure what can be done because there is no more room to expand the streets. The best thing about the area is the public transport. Judy Pernipa, 43 start small The area looks terrible. There are so many problems, but start with small fixes. Unlike areas such as Balmain, Paddington and Leichardt, where I was from, a village feel is lacking in Strathfield. I’ve lived here for four years and I always try to avoid the town centre because it’s not a pleasant place. Joyce Micallefe, 42 Free parKing A parking lot would help. There is a massive problem with the lack of car space here. If they implemented something like Strathfield Plaza where the first three hours are free, it would be a great option. Anonymous DirtY oUtlooK They need to beautify the area because it’s just unpleasant. When you’re sitting in a cafe and looking out on the town centre, it looks unappealing and dirty. Robert Khoury, 68 FresheD Up Maybe if they put more greenery and lighting around the town centre, it might improve the look of the area. It smells and feels dirty and I try not to spend a lot of time here. It’s just a transit area to get from being dropped off to the station. Sam Lightbody, 20 plentY oF potential There needs to be more shops and a greater diversity. This area has so much potential because of the amount of people who use the station. The entire town centre needs to be improved. Traffic congestion must be dealt with and there needs to be a separate area for buses, bigger parking lots and better retail. Emily Danes 42 From left: Camille Carlos, Dalamy Ang and Johnson Tan. march 2013 10 Strathfield Scene OpiniOn “The entire town centre needs to be improved. Traffic congestion must be dealt with and there needs to be a separate area for buses, bigger parking lots and better retail.” — Strathfield resident Emily Danes If , like us, you are beginning to feel a little left out as the Prime Minister tours Western Sydney promising to fix everything from jobs to traffic jams, never fear. According to Penrith City Star editor Roslyn Smith, Strathfield is actually part of Western Sydney. Ms Smith told ABC radio’s Fran Kelly this week that Western Sydney stretches from “Strathfield to Springwood”. Channel Seven’s Sunrise team did the same, prompting scores of Twitter followers to tell them their geography left much to be desired. This set us thinking. The Inner West may be a pretty cool place to live, but it is sandwiched between the city and, well, that other city (Parramatta). And much as we love our powerhouse corridor, it is rather overlooked. We have some key marginal seats: John Murphy looks in trouble in Reid and Watson seems rocky. But we still don’t rate a prime ministerial stay like Julia Gillard’s sojourn at Rooty Hill. We don’t even get Wayne Swan, the Treasurer who can’t add up. Just because we don’t have bikies and bogans doesn’t mean we should be taken for granted. Tony Abbott has also slighted us. When he came to anoint Strathfield publican Craig Laundy as Liberal candidate for Reid, the closest he could get to the Inner West was Lidcombe. Don’t want to be cruel, but we’re not sure Lidcombe qualifies. According to Wikipedia: “ The Inner West is a general term which is used to describe the metropolitan area directly to the west of the Sydney central business district... The suburbs of the Inner West are predominantly located along the southern shore of Port Jackson (Parramatta River), stretching south to the shores of the Cooks River ... The Australian Bureau of Statistics limits its Inner Western Sydney statistical region to the local government areas of Canada Bay, Ashfield, Burwood and Strathfield. The NSW Government’s Metropolitan Strategy adds the local government area of Leichhardt to its Inner West sub-region. Local newspaper the Inner West Courier includes ... the local government areas of Leichhardt and Marrickville and some western suburbs of the City of Sydney, such as Glebe and Erskineville ... Newtown may safely be classified as the cultural epicentre of the Inner West.” We might quarrel with the description of Newtown; clearly the writers have never been to the Russian Club on a Saturday night – the real epicentre of the Inner West. But let’s not be diverted. If federal politicians are going to win our votes, we demand they come and visit the Inner West and show our electors the same respect as those of Rooty Hill. If you want our votes, you’ ll have come on down and mingle with us locals before the WestConnex whisks everyone past us and straight to the Sydney CBD. The Strathfieldian contact us Strathfield Station is being refurbished. Should we take the opportunity to revamp the town centre? YoursaY email your letters and comments to firstname.lastname@example.org Stratty Soapbox We’re not Westies! not so tidy town finishing touch Korean folk dancers preparing to appear at the Korean lunar new year celebrations in strathfield town square.