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Happy birthday, Lakemba Library!https://www.cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/happy-birthday-lakemba-libraryHappy birthday, Lakemba Library!2022-11-28T13:00:00Z
Exploring joy in times of uncertainty: two new Bankstown Arts Centre exhibitionshttps://www.cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/exploring-joy-in-times-of-uncertainty-two-new-bankstown-arts-centre-exhibitionsExploring joy in times of uncertainty: two new Bankstown Arts Centre exhibitions2022-11-28T13:00:00Z
Showing strength to say NO to domestic violencehttps://www.cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/showing-strength-to-say-no-to-domestic-violenceShowing strength to say NO to domestic violence2022-11-28T13:00:00Z
A CBCity Christmas Carol with Mahalia Barneshttps://www.cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/a-cbcity-christmas-carol-with-mahalia-barnesA CBCity Christmas Carol with Mahalia Barnes2022-11-21T13:00:00Z
Children and Youth awards: honouring our local heroeshttps://www.cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/children-and-youth-awards-honouring-our-local-heroesChildren and Youth awards: honouring our local heroes2022-11-21T13:00:00Z
Christmas in CBCity: Joy to the Worldhttps://www.cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/christmas-in-cbcity-joy-to-the-worldChristmas in CBCity: Joy to the World2022-11-14T13:00:00Z
Take the first step towards singing stardom & audition for TAP!https://www.cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/take-the-first-step-towards-singing-stardom-audition-for-tapTake the first step towards singing stardom & audition for TAP!2022-11-14T13:00:00Z
Join the Tug O’ War Cup & say NO to domestic violencehttps://www.cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/join-the-tug-o’-war-cup-say-no-to-domestic-violenceJoin the Tug O’ War Cup & say NO to domestic violence2022-11-06T13:00:00Z
CBCity awards more than $400k to local organisations in need of financial supporthttps://www.cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/cbcity-awards-more-than-$400k-to-local-organisations-in-need-of-financial-supportCBCity awards more than $400k to local organisations in need of financial support2022-10-23T13:00:00Z
Family day care crisis as centres are increasingly desperate for educatorshttps://www.cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/family-day-care-crisis-as-centres-are-increasingly-desperate-for-educatorsFamily day care crisis as centres are increasingly desperate for educators2022-10-23T13:00:00Z
Canterbury-Bankstown Kids Speak Out at the Children’s Summithttps://www.cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/canterbury-bankstown-kids-speak-out-at-the-children’s-summitCanterbury-Bankstown Kids Speak Out at the Children’s Summit2022-10-16T13:00:00Z
CBCity wins Keep Australia Beautiful “Sustainable Cities” award for recycled glass in road basehttps://www.cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/cbcity-wins-keep-australia-beautiful-sustainable-cities-award-for-recycled-glass-in-road-baseCBCity wins Keep Australia Beautiful “Sustainable Cities” award for recycled glass in road base2022-10-16T13:00:00Z
Explore the hidden stories of Bankstown at the Biennale: SubTerrainshttps://www.cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/explore-the-hidden-stories-of-bankstown-at-the-biennale-subterrainsExplore the hidden stories of Bankstown at the Biennale: SubTerrains2022-10-03T13:00:00Z
Olympic hopeful hel​ps seniors shoot for the starshttps://www.cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/olympic-hopeful-helps-seniors-shoot-for-the-starsOlympic hopeful hel​ps seniors shoot for the stars2022-09-26T14:00:00Z
CBCity adopts new Disability Inclusion Action Planhttps://www.cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/cbcity-adopts-new-disability-inclusion-action-planCBCity adopts new Disability Inclusion Action Plan2022-09-25T14:00:00Z
Bankstown reaches new heights with one of Sydney's largest mobile craneshttps://www.cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/bankstown-reaches-new-heights-with-one-of-sydneys-largest-mobile-cranesBankstown reaches new heights with one of Sydney's largest mobile cranes2022-09-25T14:00:00Z
MEDIA STATEMENThttps://www.cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/media-statementMEDIA STATEMENT2022-09-22T14:00:00Z
MEDIA STATEMENThttps://www.cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/media-statement1MEDIA STATEMENT2022-09-21T14:00:00Z
Roll into new and improved skatepark at Roberts Parkhttps://www.cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/roll-into-new-and-improved-skatepark-at-roberts-parkRoll into new and improved skatepark at Roberts Park2022-09-19T14:00:00Z
22 September 2022 trading hourshttps://www.cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/public-holiday-closures22 September 2022 trading hours2022-09-15T14:00:00Z
Welcome to Welcoming Weekhttps://www.cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/welcome-to-welcoming-weekWelcome to Welcoming Week2022-09-12T14:00:00Z
Let’s Go First Nationshttps://www.cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/let’s-go-first-nationsLet’s Go First Nations2022-09-12T14:00:00Z
Float to Survive with Bondi Rescue starhttps://www.cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/float-to-survive-with-bondi-rescue-starFloat to Survive with Bondi Rescue star2022-08-29T14:00:00Z
Pass some time at the 'Time Pass' exhibitionhttps://www.cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/pass-some-time-at-the-time-pass-exhibitionPass some time at the 'Time Pass' exhibition2022-08-29T14:00:00Z
Facts and Fun at Community Safety Expohttps://www.cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/facts-and-fun-at-community-safety-expoFacts and Fun at Community Safety Expo2022-08-29T14:00:00Z
Winter blues make way for Gig in the Garden - emerging talent on showhttps://www.cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/winter-blues-make-way-for-gig-in-the-garden-emerging-talent-on-showWinter blues make way for Gig in the Garden - emerging talent on show2022-08-21T14:00:00Z
Lebanese Film Festival celebrates its 10th Anniversary in Bankstownhttps://www.cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/lebanese-film-festival-celebrates-its-10th-anniversary-in-bankstownLebanese Film Festival celebrates its 10th Anniversary in Bankstown2022-08-16T14:00:00Z
Join Costa Georgiadis in Bankstown for Jungle Jam: a festival for treeshttps://www.cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/join-costa-georgiadis-in-bankstown-for-jungle-jam-a-festival-for-treesJoin Costa Georgiadis in Bankstown for Jungle Jam: a festival for trees2022-08-15T14:00:00Z
Score with futsal and netball competitons!https://www.cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/score-with-futsal-and-netball-competitonsScore with futsal and netball competitons!2022-08-14T14:00:00Z
The perfect playdate: bring the kids to the fabulous new playground at Parry Parkhttps://www.cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/the-perfect-playdate-bring-the-kids-to-the-fabulous-new-playground-at-parry-parkThe perfect playdate: bring the kids to the fabulous new playground at Parry Park2022-08-14T14:00:00Z

Canterbury-Bankstown mayor joins fight against State Government cash grab

Canterbury-Bankstown mayor joins fight against State Government cash grab Canterbury-Bankstown Mayor Khal Asfour has joined other councils calling on the NSW Government to abandon its plan to divert local government funds into State revenue. Yes Canterbury-Bankstown Mayor Khal Asfour has joined other councils calling on the NSW Government to abandon its plan to divert local government funds into State revenue. News and Updates; Media Releases
Canterbury-Bankstown Mayor Khal Asfour has joined other councils calling on the NSW Government to abandon its plan to divert local government funds into State revenue.
The NSW Government is attempting to take up to half of local government “developer contributions” – the money councils levy developers to help pay for local infrastructure such as playgrounds, sports fields, libraries and parks.
“This is a blatant cash grab by the Government that will impact our community,” Mayor Asfour said.
“Under this radical plan, they want to rob us of vital infrastructure contributions and then funnel the funds into other areas.
“If this plan was approved today, it would cost us something like $72 million dollars over the next 10 years.
“These contributions are used to fund vital local infrastructure projects like parks, playgrounds, kerb and gutters, community halls and libraries.
“And what is the Government’s response to us, you can raise your rates!”
City of Canterbury Bankstown and 22 other councils have published an open letter in in metropolitan newspapers, including the Torch, to raise public awareness of the detrimental impact this levy change will have on their communities.
The councils argue developer levies should be spent where they are raised to ensure new development is accompanied by appropriate investment in the surrounding area.
If approved, local councils will only be able to levy local development for “essential infrastructure” and will be left with shortfalls in funding for playgrounds, open space, sports and community facilities unless they raise rates.
For more information, visit www.saveourcommunities.com


The open letter reads:
Dear Premier,
As you know, the NSW Government imposes housing targets onto local Councils to accommodate Sydney’s population growth.
And in turn, our communities rely on our Councils to deliver the essential facilities and infrastructure needed to support this growth and make people’s lives and local environments better.
This infrastructure includes everything from roads and footpaths, to sports fields, parks and netball courts, to playgrounds, pools and libraries.
We can only deliver these facilities because we are able to collect contributions from property developers to help fund them.
However, the changes now being planned by the NSW Government will divert a large proportion of these developer contributions away from Councils and into a Treasury-controlled fund, with no clear accountability or transparency of how it will be spent.
And the Government is proposing Councils raise rates to make up the revenue we are losing.
This breaks the nexus between where contributions are made and where they are spent. This threatens the ability of every Council to deliver much-needed new community facilities and transfers that burden onto our ratepayers.
Premier, you are forcing us to choose between cancelling projects and raising rates. And this is at a time of pandemic-induced financial hardship for many people in the state.
On behalf of our communities, we urge that you withdraw the changes currently before Parliament.
The other signatories are: Bayside, Blacktown City, Blue Mountains, Burwood, Campbelltown, City of Sydney, Cumberland, Hawkesbury, Hunter’s Hill, Inner West, Lane Cove, Liverpool, Mosman, North Sydney, Penrith, Randwick, Ryde, Strathfield, Sutherland Shire, Waverley, Willoughby and Woollahra.

 1/10/2021 12:13 PM