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SSC Newspaper : February 2014
CLOSE EARLY ON WEEKDAYS Once I was at a pub and there were two young boys that had been drinking and they just suddenly started fighting. It was scary for people watching. I think during the week pubs should close around 5pm or 6pm. It’s not necessary for them to be open late during the week, and it’ll stop high school kids and university students from going there after school. Bibek Zaddaula, 18 PEOPLE DRINK AT ALL TIMES I think pubs should close earlier but I don’t know if it will help. People drink at all times of the day; there should just be tougher laws to stop them. Mohamed Zalfa, 57 DRINKERS ALSO RESPONSIBLE I think pub owners should have more responsibility when it comes to how much alcohol they give their patrons, but also I think people should be more From left: Bibek Zaddaula, Kamini Khubchandani and Harry Byth FEBRUARY 2014 10 Strathfield Scene OPINION Yes, pubs should close earlier. I’ve seen two drunks bashing each other in the subway under the railway on Everton Road. There was a lot of blood. – Strathfield resident Steve Bradford Strathfield’s citizens are certainly taking the message to save energy to heart – as our state MP found out recently. Several approached Charles Casuscelli accusing the railway station authorities of wasting money and energy. Mr Casuscelli was happy to take up the cudgels on the residents’ behalf, as a member with extremely green credentials. And he certainly went at the problem in his customary scientific way. According to Mr Casuscelli, the station platform fluoro lights were on all day. “I calculated there are 100 lights per row in four rows, and that means 400 lights per platform. Four platforms equals 1600 lights, each 13 watts, equals 20.8 kilowatts. “Assume 10 hours of daylight per day, which equals 200.8 kilowatt hours. Assume they burn 365 days per year: that equals 73,292 kWh per year. “Assume the cost of electricity at 20c per kWh (most usage in peak period). That makes $15,000 per year. “Multiply that by however many stations across the rail network and you have a substantial sum.” Mr Casuscelli suggested light sensors of timers might do the trick. “There is no reason to have these lights on when the ambient light is sufficient, and this is during the substantial part of the day. “ The energy costs and the replacement costs of the lights – because they only last half as long – should spur some action by Transport for NSW.” Possibly. But not quite yet. According to Transport for NSW, managers are looking into the problem and are hoping to report back. Now we don’t want to appear churlish. After all, our station has been undgoing something of a transformation recently. The retail kiosks within the concourse area have been removed and the passenger information display systems moved to increase space and reduce congestion for commuters. New display systems with larger screens will be installed to allow customers to read more information at a glance, reducing the time spent viewing them. All very high tech. But back to the lights... Of course, just asking a member of staff to turn them off is out of the question? It would seem so. Pity someone at Transport for NSW can’t have a light bulb moment... CONTACT US Should pubs close earlier to prevent alcohol-fuelled fights? YOURSAY firstname.lastname@example.org or facebook.com/ourstrathfield STRATTY SOAPBOX Let there be light – but a little less of it KING HIT VIOLENCE ALL TOGETHER NOW... Strathfield’s Korean community, including councillor Sang Ok (left) sent a solidarity message to their counterparts as they celebrated Korean New Year. responsible when drinking. If you want to go out and have a drink that’s fine but you don’t need to go out and get drunk to the point where you were fighting for no reason. Kamini Khubchandani, 63 I DON’T GO OUT AFTER TEA I’ve never seen alcohol violence because I don’t go out after tea but I hear about it on the news and I don’t like what’s going on. When I was younger we never had violence or alcohol violence, I could walk my wife from St Peters to Bexley and feel completely safe. In my opinion all pubs should close at 12 – that should be plenty of time for people to enjoy their night and pubs to make sure people aren’t drinking too much. Harry Byth, 82 MORE EDUCATION FOR YOUNG I think pubs should close early. I avoid going out at night, especially on Friday and Saturday because they’re drunk and it’s worrying. There needs to be more education for young people so they know the effects of alcohol and more police to monitor them. Smika Khubchandani, 65 TOO MUCH ALCOHOL Yes, pubs should close earlier. I’ve seen two drunks bashing each other in the subway under the railway on Everton Road. There was a lot of blood and police were called but after about 20 minutes no one turned up and both drunks were carried away. Steve Bradford RAISE LEGAL AGE FOR DRINK The government should raise the legal drinking age and shut outlets by midnight. It won’t stop them but it will curb many. I once had a drunken guy run up from behind to try and king hit my partner at the time. No provocation, no words or even a look was exchanged. Monica Cavallaro Feedback