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SSC Newspaper : March 2014
BAD FOR SHOPPERS I think the reduced number of hours would be bad for shoppers. People won’t have enough time to shop and to eat. My wife owns a restaurant here so if people want to come to have dinner or lunch and maybe do some shopping and their errands, they won’t have enough time. This may force some businesses to close. Jason Lee NOT ENOUGH AS IT IS My biggest issue with the parking in Strathfield is that there isn’t enough – period. And for Strathfield Plaza to say that they want to take away the number of hours from shoppers is not good. Businesses will lose their customers and people will go to Burwood Westfield, which has three hours of free parking. Zoe Zhou HOSPITALITY WILL SUFFER I think it would definitely affect business, especially in the From left: Chris Kang, Zoe Zhou and Jason Lee MARCH 2014 10 Strathfield Scene OPINION Sure, free parking hours should be reduced – if you want people to spend less and run the shop owners broke. – Strathfield resident Monica Cavallaro Asa young teacher of Year 6 back in my early years in the profession, I remember with great fondness (and just a touch of guilt) a very special 12-year-old boy named Victor. Learning did not come easy to Victor. He struggled at most subjects, his handwriting was rarely up to scratch (I was always a bit of a stickler for neat handwriting in those days) and he often found himself outside of the principal’s office to explain his disruptive behaviour. In my naivety, I just thought that Victor was not a very bright young man. That all changed the day I organised a science experiment to teach my class about electricity and current. After some basic instruction about the principles of electricity, I asked the class to devise their own experiment to show that they understood how electricity worked. I quickly realised that this task was beyond the capacity of almost every student. But not Victor. To my amazement, this young man, who could barely spell or whose handwriting was mostly illegible, designed a functional model of an alarm system that not only worked every time but showed a sophisticated understanding of the principles of electricity. That day, Victor became the teacher and I was his student. I learnt a lesson I have not forgotten: every child is different, and a “one- size-fits-all” approach to learning and teaching does not do justice to every student. I recall this story as we once again prepare to celebrate Catholic Schools Week, which this year takes place March 9-15. It is a time when we celebrate the things that make our schools special. This year’s theme is: “Catholic schools – more than a great education”. There will be events taking place in every Catholic school in NSW and the ACT during that week, from open days to technology classes for parents, family barbecues and liturgies. The lesson that young Victor taught me all those years ago is a lesson for us all. We must never forget that every child is unique with his or her own story and set of experiences. As Catholic educators, we have a responsibility to not only provide each student in our care with a great education but to give them every possible opportunity to become the young man or woman that they have the capacity to be. Dr Dan White Executive Director of Catholic Schools, Sydney Archdiocese CONTACT US Do you think Strathfield Plaza should reduce the number of hours shoppers can park for free? YOURSAY email@example.com or facebook.com/ourstrathfield STRATTY SOAPBOX Lessons from a bright spark FREE PARKING A PICTURE OF NOTE Jeremias Zylberberg’s photograph of the Strathfield Symphony Orchestra and the Wesley Institute Choir performing Bach’s Mass in B Minor at our historic Town Hall has been hung at the Australian Centre for Photography. hospitality industry. People like to sit down, chill out and relax. A lot of our customers stay here for quite a long time to catch up with friends or have meetings. People will end up going to Burwood – and Westfield has three hours of free parking and lots of cafes. So it’s an easy choice for them. Chris Kang LESS TIME, MORE TURNOVER I’ve had my accounting firm in Strathfield Plaza for over 20 years and my clients are the businesses here. Some do want the hours reduced so that there is a higher turnover of shoppers because they are finding people just park in the car park and go to appointments. But if it reduced to one hour, then that’s just not enough time for their patrons to get things done. George Myssy PROS AND CONS Two hours is enough. It ensures that people can get some shopping and banking done but not take advantage of the free parking, hop on a train and head to the city. But if it’s reduced further than two hours then that’s ridiculous. It already takes 15 minutes to get into the car park. Paul Young Feedback LET’S SHOP, NOT DROP No, we want to encourage patrons, not restrict them. However, car parking is restricted and hard to find. So I do think customers should be able to provide at least one receipt if asked to prove they’re a shopper, otherwise local business workers will use the car park. Steve Bradford MORE TIME, MORE MONEY Sure if you want them to spend less and run the shop owners broke. I am a shopper and I am sick of timed parking. The longer I spend at a centre, the more I spend. Monica Cavallaro