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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : July 16th 2009
4 INNER WEST COURIER, Thursday, July 16, 2009 MB NEWS www.innerwestcourier.com.au Parents seek more privacy Helen Wong is concerned that the parents' room at Burwood Plaza is not private for mums breastfeeding and using the room. Picture: CRAIG WILSON ~PP296919 Lana Lam '' The men can't help but look. It's not very comfortable and they are kind of embarrassed about it MUMS should be able to breastfeed in a safe and private place, but for Helen Wong that's not the case at Burwood Plaza. The Croydon Park resident has been using the parents' room at the centre since January with her seven-month-old daughter. She spends up to 45 minutes in the room, several times during the week, breastfeeding and changing nappies. However, the layout of the room means that men going to the toilets walk past the entry to the parents' room. ''The men can't help but look,'' she said. ''It's not very comfort- able and they are kind of embar- rassed about it.'' A spokesman for the Plaza said centre management had not re- ceived any complaints. Mrs Wong said a curtain could easily solve the problem and that most parents' rooms in other shopping centres had a separate area for breastfeeding because men also used the facility. ''It wouldn't take much to make the place more pleasant,'' she said. ''In summer, there's not a lot of ventilation so it can be stuffy.'' Mrs Wong said the room also needed a mirror so mums could check themselves after they fin- ished breastfeeding. For months, the lock on the toilet was broken but this was fixed a few days ago, she said. A spokesman for Savills, which manages Burwood Plaza, said the parents' room was refurbished last year to ''latest design'' and that management had not received any complaints about lack of priv- acy. He said management would consider putting in a curtain for privacy and a mirror. He also said the room's aircon- ditioning was upgraded during the refurbishment last year. ''We are committed to providing a safe environment for parents and children,'' he said. Management group to solve traffic jams Kate Carr THE State Government's new Transport Co-ordination Group will iron out traffic flow prob- lems on major arterial roads in the Inner West, according to Transport Minister David Campbell. The co-ordination group, which was announced on Monday by Mr Campbell and Roads Minister Micheal Daley, will manage morning and after- noon peak traffic in the same way special events have been managed. Bringing together experts from across Sydney's major transport modes, the group has been set up by the State Govern- ment in an attempt to minimise the impact accidents and other traffic incidents have on traffic flows. He said Inner West residents should expect to benefit from the new group. ''The Transport Co- ordination Group will have a particular focus on responding to major traffic incidents along the main arterial roads that flow through the Inner West, including the City West Link, Parramatta and Victoria roads,'' Mr Campbell said.
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