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SSC Newspaper : October 2013
OCTOBER 2013 8 Strathfield Scene OPINION It is the biggest Korean festival in Sydney, and more than four decades old. Small wonder, then, that Strathfield’s own Korean community was bursting with pride when the area was selected to host it. Four warrior horsemen armed with swords and arrows rode down Homebush Road at the start of a spectacular opening which included everything from traditional dance to K-pop – the music sweeping the world (who doesn’t know Gangnam Style?). Sang Ok, a Korean member of Strathfield Council, was particularly pleased. Wearing a traditional costume, he walked through the crowd stopping to greet attendees with a deep bow and two-handed handshake. He told the Scene: “This is the biggest festival in the Korean community and I’m happy that we all worked together on this.” Mayor Daniel Bott said he, too, was honoured. “Events like this is a great way to showcase culture but to also bring people together,” he said. State MP Charles Casuscelli added: “ When I talk to immigrants at citizenship ceremonies I always ask them to participate in the life of their community, to share their culture, heritage, customs and traditions and it is at events just like this that it actually happens. What a great day for our diverse community.” This year is likely to go down as a big one for Strathfield’s Koreans. Councillors visited Gapyeong, our twin city. Cr Ok organised a Korean cultural event at the town centre, which is hoped to become an annual fixture. Plans for the Australian and Korean Memorial Gardens, a permanent showcase, are expected to be exhibited soon. Strathfield can already lay claim to voting in Australia’s first Korean mayor when Cr Keith Kwon held office in 2008. Yet despite having eight per cent of the population, our Koreans are seen as underrepresented in local activities. This is strange considering so many local businesses are run by Korean speakers. Many hope Saturday’s event is a sign that Strathfield’s Korean population is ready to take a more central role in developing our proudly multicultural community. STRATTY SOAPBOX Strathfield adopts Korean style EUROPE IS CHEAPER I’ve been living in Sydney for two years, but I’m from Milan. I’m renting and I find that compared to European cities, Sydney is really expensive to buy and to rent. Luckily, the pay in Australia is better so people can try and pay for a house or apartment, but it’s still very expensive. I’m going back to Milan in November and at the moment I wouldn’t be considering moving here because of the prices. Sandro Torchio, 34 MOVING AWAY I live at home at the moment and I haven’t really looked at buying a house. I do want to move out at the end of next year and I’m looking at a shared house in Penrith because I’m doing clinic work at a hospital there and because it’s cheaper than living closer to the city. Ben Trebitt, 24 TOO EXPENSIVE I use to live in Strathfield, but now I live in Glebe. In either suburb housing is just too expensive. At the moment I’m lucky ‘cause I live in a privately owned property and it isn’t too expensive. But I was talking to my neighbour and she is looking for a new place to rent but everywhere you look 60 other people have applied. I want to move out of my current place in the next year because I need something bigger and I’ll probably have to move back out this way. Danielle Dent, 35 OVERPRICED Houses are so expensive right now and rental is just crazy. I’ve been looking at rental prices for a friend who is currently in Europe. She’s been there for six years and she always telling me that compared to rental properties in Europe, Australia is just overpriced. I’m living at home and honestly I have no plans to move out because I’m a university student and I can’t see how I’d afford it. Jessie Lin, 23 CRISIS LOOMING The government needs to do something about the housing situation and its affordability. Past and present leaders aren’t doing enough, they aren’t putting money toward affordable housing and it’s going to lead to a crisis. I’ve been renting for a while and I often wonder how are young people going to be able to afford to move out. Unless you come from a wealthy family and you can get that leg up it’s almost impossible for young people to move out or even buy their own home. Debbie Blake, early 50s PAYING FOR CONVENIENCE I’m renting a place in Strathfield at the moment and it is extremely expensive to live here compared to other suburbs. I like it here because it’s got the train station and it’s easy to catch a train to other parts of Sydney from here. I wouldn’t even consider buying my own place at the moment. Mukunda Aryal, 25 BUSY MARKET I’m not moving out anytime soon, I have it too easy at home and I wouldn’t rent because the rental market is very busy. Rental properties are barely staying on the market for a day in this area. In terms of buying, it’s a good market for investors but for young people and young families it’s especially hard. Aref Elmustapha, 26 Ben Trebitt, Danielle Dent and Jessie Lin CONTACT US Are residents being priced out of the neighbourhood? YOURSAY Email your letters and comments to firstname.lastname@example.org PRICED OUT OF THE MARKET STRATHFIELD’S OWN ANTIQUES ROADSHOW Arthur Street resident Bert Houtepen with some of the goods he’ll offer in the nationwide Garage Sale Trail on Saturday October 26. To register or search sales in your area, visit www.garagesaletrail.com.au.