Expat Tales

Sudave Singh, now a statistician with the United Nations, reminices about his youth in Strathfield.

Sudave Singh is a Strathfield boy made good. The Trinity Grammar School graduate grew up on High Street and once launched a campaign to save Edwards Park from property development. His passion for civic activism led to his current role as a statistician for the United Nations.

What are your fondest memories of Strathfield?

I loved going to this little corner store up near South Strathfield Public School to buy ice-cream with my mum after school.

My fondest memory is of playing with my dad in Edwards Park. We used to have a lot of fun kicking around a ball and flying kites. You’d see the same people walking their dogs and playing with their kids and having fun outdoors rather than playing video games, like many people do these days.

How is Strathfield different from other suburbs?

It’s such a multicultural suburb. If you go to the town centre there’s every type of food you can imagine. You'd never go hungry; it’s great.

Best thing about Strathfield life

Movies in the Park’ nights at Strathfield Park.

Worst thing about Strathfield life

We don’t have any 24-hour coffee joints.

What community groups were you involved in?

At a very young age, with my dad I set up a community action group called ‘Save Edwards Park’ because there was speculation, rumours really, that it was going to be destroyed with new property development plans. We went door-to-door with a petition to send to Council – we wanted new facilities and improvements for Edwards Park to protect it from the possibility of development. Now, it’s nicely landscaped and there’s even a new library in the Park. When I was about 19, I also organised a team to work on Clean up Australia day in our local area.

Does Strathfield have enough community facilities?

Absolutely – there are so many parks, restaurants and clubs for people to get together. We have a brilliant library too.

How did your UN role come about?

I got my Chartered Accounting qualification; I wanted to get some international experience and I stumbled on this role with the UN.

What is your advice for young people in Strathfield?

Get involved in the local community. It’s a stepping stone to working internationally. There are local youth fairs and a Rotarian program, activities for Australia Day and so on. All these little extra-curricular things can contribute to who you become. It’s also a great way to build on your skills outside the office and also meet people and find opportunities for your business and career.

Hopes for Strathfield’s future?

Strathfield has a lot of history and culture. That’s reflected in its architecture. I hope that continues to be preserved because it adds to the atmosphere. It really has an impact on you when you’re driving around.


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