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SSC Newspaper : June 2013
By Joanne Tran For years, traffic around Strathfield town centre has been clogged by cars queuing at the entrance to a multi-storey car park. Then last month, in one mighty gridlock, traffic was completely halted. The effect in lost time and damage to the environment was considerable. For Councillor Daniel Bott, enough was enough, it was time to act. But instead of passing on the problem to the traffic committee or town planners, he took to the streets armed with a camera and clipboard to see for himself if a solution could be found. That’s when he had a light-bulb moment. Now Cr Bott is being hailed for coming up with a simple fix that has eluded planners for years. All he has to do now is persuade MemoCorp, the Strathfield Plaza’s owners, to adopt it. He identified the entrance and exits of the car park as the trouble spots. “It can take over 30 minutes to exit the car park. We all know that’s not fun,” he said at this month’s council meeting. But because the boom gates were just off Churchill Avenue, cars queuing to get in and out trap other vehicles. Why not move the boom gates from the bottom of the ramp to the top – so waiting motorists don’t clog the streets? His suggestion was immediately backed by councillor colleagues, who endorsed his suggestions to contact the plaza owners. “I want to write to Strathfield Plaza management regarding traffic congestion, which has caused us so much grief purely because of the car park entrance,” he said. “ We’re looking at different possibilities to alleviate the congestion by maybe limiting cars that can access the car park or maybe move the entry gates to the plaza car park higher.” The founder of Moochi, David Bae, whose store sits directly opposite the Churchill Avenue entrance, said moving the boom gate further up would definitely ease traffic congestion. “It will make a heck of a difference. The left lane on Churchill Avenue is always full of cars waiting to get into the car park. It’s the primary problem,” he said. Mr Bae believes congestion is a huge drawback that both affects Strathfield commuters and businesses. Mayor Gulian Vaccari suggested better signage could redirect traffic to other entrances and exits. Strathfield Scene 5 news www.ourstrathfield.com.au “It can take over 30 minutes to exit the car park. We all know that’s not fun.” — Councillor Daniel Bott Solved in a flash – a traffic nightmare Cele b rating 125 years of educatio n exce lle nce and co mmunity firstname.lastname@example.org | (02) 9704 5666 | www.plc.nsw.edu.au | Boundary Street, Croydon Fund Raising Francesca wins hearts and funds The Strathfield South community has dug deep to the to help one of its own – six-year-old Francesca Canturi. Her mother, Angelina, owns Cibo & Cibo Deli/Café, a favourite for coffee and imported cheeses or hams. Mrs Canturi hung a poster of herself and Francesca at the deli to raise awareness of the Cerebral Palsy Alliance. Francesca is a sufferer. “Over the course of nine months the community has raised $600. It might not be a lot, but every dollar counts.” Francesca is a year one student at St Martha’s Primary School in Strathfield, which Mrs Canturi said had helped in so many ways. “ We had to speak to the school and the Catholic Education Board because Francesca needs a full-time super visor to help her with her communication device or to turn on her iPad. We are so grateful for ever ything , so we wanted to give something back.” In Brief Councillor Daniel Bott, who’s simple fix promises to end one of the town centre’s worst gridlocks.
SS July 2013