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SSC Newspaper : April 2013
Build up There needs to be more high-rises and strata buildings. Parramatta Road is a good place to put them, but we need to improve our public transport system first. There’s too much congestion and bringing in more people will make that worse. Lewis Burton, 20 A stAte proBlem There is definitely a housing shortage. Look at the growing population and the new families. Look at the traffic around here. We need more houses, but this needs to coincide with street and road developments. You can’t just add high-rise on it’s own because it will create more congestion. The local council should leave it to the State Government to sort out. Housing developments should also be spread out to places outside Strathfield. Eric Pawlowski, 39 move out There’s enough housing in Strathfield. There would need to be a larger shopping centre and more amenities to create jobs if we brought more housing here. Strathfield and Burwood are already quite developed with lots of restaurants. We should build elsewhere like Epping or North Ryde. We should also build further from Sydney and give people the opportunity to move further out. Walker Zhang, 22 HeigHt is no proBlem There just isn’t enough housing. The government needs to release more land for developments. Prices are going up, up and up. Everyone wants a house, but it’s too expensive. So if units are the solution then we should build those. To me height is not a problem. Teso Moe, 40 A city viBe As a university student I have friends who look for housing around Strathfield and it’s very difficult to find something suitable. We should invest in roads first. And it’s not just Strathfield that needs more housing. In regards to high-rises, there are positives and negatives. It will bring in a city vibe and take away the village feel of Strathfield. But we do need more houses so perhaps council could be more lenient with height restrictions. It all depends on where you put the building. Mary Chbib 18 more trAnsport There needs to be more housing around suburban areas such as Strathfield. The government needs to make transport more accessible for people out west. Council should consider the outcomes of where buildings are, such as whether it affects the view of existing buildings. Janice Yeung, 20 rising AnXiety There is a housing shortage in Sydney, but where we should build depends on where people want to live. If they are willing to travel further then they can have bigger spaces out west. We don’t need more high-rises in Strathfield. There are already too many here, which can lead to people feeling alienated and anxious. More housing is inevitable, but it should be done further away from the city. Hilda Chan, 40 From left: Mary Chbib, Eric Pawlowski and Walker Zhang april 2013 10 Strathfield Scene OpiniOn “We need more houses, but this needs to coincide with street and road developments. You can’t just add high-rise on it’s own because it will create more congestion.” — Strathfield resident Eric Pawlowski, Strathfield is known for big houses and big blocks of land. But look into a crystal ball, as our town planners have been doing of late, and you will see all that may be about to change. Strathfield MP Charles Casuscelli sees “tall, skinny, elegant towers”. Not everywhere, of course, but certainly in those areas earmarked by the Local Environment Plan and along Parramatta Road. This will increase the concern about a divided Strathfield: one in which the haves live on quarter-acre blocks or more, and the have-nots, if they are lucky, own a balcony. There is no doubt we must build upwards if we are to help house Sydney’s burgeoning population. And while residents in some parts of Strathfield are upset about the effect on their amenity, it appears to be a price we must pay. But how do we ensure those living the high life also get the chance to be, well, a little more down to earth? As a kid, growing up in a modest Strathfield home, I had a backyard where I could play on my jungle gym. As part of a school project, I tended my vegetable and herb garden. For those born into cities in the sky, the opportunity to get down and dirty with nature will be limited. Enter the Strathfield Community Garden Project. After several meetings with residents, Sue Stevens, the council’s Project Officer, tells us there has been an overwhelming response, especially from residents who don’t have large blocks of land. “ We’ve chosen Laker Reserve because it’s right next to high-rise apartments and it’s an opportunity for people who don’t have much space to grow something,” she said. “But at the end of the day, it’s also about creating a community environment. Although residents may live in such a condensed space, they can feel isolated and a community garden can solve that problem. They have the opportunity to get out and meet people in their community.” As a resident who lives in an apartment with a limited amount of balcony space, Andrew Clancy said the community garden will be a way for him to exercise his green thumb. “ We don’t have a lot of space at the moment. I do have a small herb garden, but it will be nice to be able to grow fruits, vegetables and flowers,” he said. “I love gardening and it’s been a change moving from a house to an apartment building, but the project means that I’ll be able to meet other keen gardeners and I’ll be able to be involved in a community experience.” The Strathfieldian To find out more about the Strathfield Community Garden Project, email email@example.com contact us Is there a housing shortage in Strathfield? What do you think State Government and the council should do? YoursaY email your letters and comments to firstname.lastname@example.org Stratty Soapbox Gardens for the future move up or move out Why laughter is the best medicine... trussing up team mate michael lowe during a rescue demonstration for mp John murphy gave strathfield ses volunteers and local controller darrin parkin some well-deserved comic relief from a tough job.