It seems to me that people are mixing the "I don't want to live there" factor with an investment decision. Others complain about racism and rubbish in the streets. Really enjoyed reading this Jo, all the best with your next adventure! I lived, four years, in North Sydney; I have three incidents, with people used abusive language against me…That’s why I fear about my children. They're appreciated. If it’s a no-go zone for anyone, then chances are you’re a no-go person. None of the areas you've mentioned are, IMO, all that convenient for going to the usual tourist haunts. Lakemba is safe, although I think many western women would find Haldon Street(main shopping strip) on any given day pretty off putting. She wears the headscarf also known as the hijab. Dr Chant said the aim is to get to a point where there is no community transmission of the virus before Christmas and end of year celebrations. This difference is not always welcome within the urban ‘norms’ of the city, curbing the mobility or mobility decisions of these women. Her son is a couple of months older than my grandson. At St Therese’s Catholic Primary School Lakemba, we provide authentic learning experiences in an environment that champions collaboration, excellence and innovation.Our dynamic team of committed professionals caters to the individual learning needs of each … Yes there will be four people in total. Neighbouring Campsie is a similar area - pretty dim with lots of flats. Copyright 2020 StreetAdvisor PL. Never had a problem here- lived here 18 years- walked around the streets a lot by myself at night-. Just go about your business, treat people the way you’d like to be treated and all is sweet. As the Joanne behind Travel with Joanne, I hope to encourage you to explore Sydney beyond the usual tourist sights. We are in late 40s and no kids. Lakemba is a suburb in south-western Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. It’s not joking…Not much for me personally…for my daughter or son. Women here dress modestly. On the other hand, Lakemba, as a ‘no-go area’ and a feared space, actually offers Muslim women sanctuary. Except it's far more multicultural. A waiting customer tells me that as long as I make the bakery famous, the proprietor won’t mind me taking photos. The other pillars of Islam are Shahada (faith). St Andrew’s Church on the corner of Quigg and Lakemba Street is a brick building built in 1923. Being Arabic and likely from Iraq, she asks me “Can you wear colour in Iran?”. Little is known about how the residents who live in this ‘no-go’ area actually feel about living here. He explains where to go telling me “Don’t tell anyone I told you”. I suppose it depends on where you are going to work and what particularly you are looking for in a suburb. Lakemba has a convenient train station and perhaps some parts of Lakemba are ‘nicer’ than others. Lakemba is in the Cooks River watershed. I am way out of my comfort zone. ta.queueForLoad : function(f, g){document.addEventListener('DOMContentLoaded', f);})(function(){ta.trackEventOnPage('postLinkInline', 'impression', 'postLinks-30955902', '');}, 'log_autolink_impression');Blue Mountains and city if you drive. Apparently, women who dress according to their Islamic culture and religion feel safe in Lakemba as they don’t stand out. << what times does night fall in Mid-March >>,…. People question whether Lakemba is safe. Carrying out ethnographic research, she examines the suburb of Lakemba in Sydney beyond the headlines using an intersectional approach. They are quite different. EVIDENCE-BASED POLICYMAKING DURING THE PANDEMIC. I buy my favourite Arabic pastry (Ladies fingers) at King of Sweets for an after-dinner treat. The more time I spend here, the less confronted I am by the different dress code. If you are a resident of another country or region, please select the appropriate version of Tripadvisor for your country or region in the drop-down menu. While Iranian women are required to dress conservatively, many are quite fashionable within the constraints of the dress regulations. Do you know anything about this area and if it's included in the 7-day rail pass or is it too far out? The owner of The Bee Shop, Sayed, sits outside on a chair in the sun. It's not the crime, it's not the mosque, it's not the traffic. Thank you EJ for your comments. Hiroko subsequently moved to live in Lakemba after her experiences in these two suburbs. Most women cover their head and hair. Shondesh is made with ricotta while barfi is made with milk powder. The sweet, rich and delicious cha reminds me of my trip to India last year. Then I taste the tiniest drop of ginger oil. Friendly neighbours. I feel underqualified to advise you on whether or not to live in Lakemba, but I can say I felt quite safe and welcome on my day walking through the suburb. You can go there and feel safe. I know I have used that at certain points but I just need to explain it," Dr Chant said. As the train approaches the station, my anxiety increases. We are Hindus from Fiji and India, but quite used to Muslim culture and people all around us. I recognise lemongrass, fennel, lots of coriander, rhubarb, spring onions, silver beet and snow peas. Lakemba is located 15 kilometres south-west of the Sydney central business district, in the local government area of the City of Canterbury. I will answer however I can. A passerby asks me if I want to have a look inside. Escort girls and clients: individuals and lives beyond representations, Researching COVID-19 and its impact on families: some ethical challenges. Thanks Becky. Many feel less safe in other areas of Sydney. A glass partition separates the balcony from the men’s area below. To improve your experience, All the latest breaking news in our liveblog here. Like Clint, we’re an anglo, non-religious family and I’m looking forward to raising our kids in this wonderfully diverse and family-oriented community. It may not display this or other websites correctly. From soldiers to scapegoats: Why blaming citizens in the pandemic may help extremist parties, DID BEHAVIOURAL SCIENCE COST LIVES? Wajihah Hamid is a PhD research scholar at the department of Sociology, Macquarie University, Sydney Australia. ‘I feel very safe because I didn’t have to deal with, how am I going to walk down the street?’ were the words by Rahma when asked about how she felt living in Lakemba. The relentless media attention coupled with rising global Islamophobia has led the moral panic to be extended to Lakemba marking it out as an unsafe no-go zone. I don't mind taking a 30-minute train into town if it's a bit out of the way either. more. A quick internet search has conflicting advice. Two women cross the road side by side pushing identical empty grey strollers. Thanks Clint for sharing your experience. Shelves of children’s books beckon to me from the Darussalam Islamic Bookstore. Ingelburn is further out on the Southern and Airport Line,maybe about 45 minutes travel into town,unless you catch an express service.Basically it is similar to Lakemba,but the main shopping area has a quaint village feel about it,with a number of different resturants scattered around it.Liverpool and Campbelltown are close by,and the M5 is maybe 5 minutes away,so again easy access to the Southern Highlands and (ta && ta.queueForLoad ? I assume there’s a play group in progress, but then discover that Anglicare offers free food from a mobile community pantry once a fortnight. When it comes to attitudes to women they are pigs! Best area to stay in while visiting Sydney? My research has revealed that in fact residents such as Hiroko amongst others, used to live in other ‘mainstream’ suburbs and it was their experiences where they were made to feel unwelcome and marked out as different that pushed them subsequently to move to places such as Lakemba, where such differences are accepted. Muslims make up just 2% of the entire Australian population, those living in Sydney and New South Wales number around 3.6%. As it has a very high % of immigrant residents and one of Australia largest mosques in Wangee Rd it has quite diverse dining options and a generally different cultural feel.. I also saw some on (ta && ta.queueForLoad ? Feeling like an intruder, I steal up the darkened stairwell. Some plots are better attended than others. Entering Al Aseel for a Lebanese lunch, a man welcomes me to Lakemba.