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One-year on

One-year on Today marks one-year since the creation of the new City of Canterbury Bankstown. No One-year on Today marks one-year since the creation of the new City of Canterbury Bankstown.  
Amalgamation 1 Year

Today marks one-year since the creation of the new City of Canterbury Bankstown.

Administrator Richard Colley thanked the staff for the progress made over the first 12 months of the amalgamation.

"This transition period has been a very busy time, with the alignment of contracts, processes, procedures and systems," Mr Colley said.

"Bringing two large organisations together takes time but I am so proud of how hard the staff have worked together to achieve this.

"But the job is far from finished, with plenty of work still to do, however we have made terrific progress.

"We have already achieved $4.5 million in savings and are on track to double that by the end of the year. Those savings are already being directed into new programs, such as the Campsie Graffiti Removal Program. We are also working on the introduction of a single call centre system by the end of the year, which will further reduce response times in our Customer Service Centres.

"We are working with the community to find out what major infrastructure projects they believe should be considered to make the city an even better place to live, work and enjoy. They can visit haveyoursay.cbcity.nsw.gov.au to provide that information."

Important projects that have recently been completed, or are in the process of being delivered, include:

  • Construction of $2.5 million multi-purpose community centre in Gazzard Park, Yagoona; 
  • $2.5 million upgrade of Wagener Oval, Ashbury; 
  • Stage two of Lake Gillawarna Playground improvements; 
  • Vale of Ah Reserve lighting project at Milperra; 
  • $1 million all-abilities playground at Bankstown City Gardens; 
  • $1.45 million refurbishment of Campsie Library; and 
  • Creation of city’s ninth off-leash dog park at Band Hall Reserve, Birrong.

Other achievements include:

  • Introduction of new Code of Conduct, and Fraud and Corruption Prevention Policies, reviewed by the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC);
  • Introduction of city-wide Independent Hearing and Assessment Panel which determines development applications submitted by Council, a Councillor, a Council Officer, subject to a Voluntary Planning Agreement with Council, or can’t be determined by Council officers under their delegation of authority; and
  • Review of proposed development in the Canterbury Road Corridor.

"I am confident, come the September Council election, solid foundations will be in place for the new Councillors to hit the ground running," Mr Colley said.

"The decisions we have made are aimed at improving the delivery of services."

Key achievements:

Governance 

  • Establishment of Independent Hearing and Assessment Panel (IHAP) cb.city/IHAP 
  • Introduction of new governance framework, including Code of Conduct, and Fraud and Corruption and Prevention Policies, reviewed by the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC), also Gifts and Benefits Policy, Statement of Business Ethics, Public Interaction and Meeting Disclosure Policy, and Councilor and Staff Interaction Policy. 
  • Council resolved to provide pensioners in Canterbury with a $290 annual rebate from 1 July 2017, in line with the Bankstown pensioner rebate.

Frontline Community Services 

  • Lodgment of development applications at either Customer Service Centre.
  • Payment of rates at either Customer Service Centre.
  • Return of borrowed resources to any Council library.
  • Use of leisure and aquatic centre membership at any of Council’s five facilities.
  • Expansion of Bankstown Business Advisory Service to Canterbury.
  • Holistic review of city’s Leisure and Aquatics Centres underway to ensure funds are invested appropriately (recommendations considered by new Council).
  • More than 130 swimming instructors, including 20 new instructors, employed to keep up with increase in number of children registered in Council’s Learn to Swim Program.
  • More than $100,000 invested in upgrade of facilities at Canterbury Aquatic and Fitness Centre.
  • $200,000 secured from NSW Government’s Public Library Infrastructure Grant Program for new resources for the new Riverwood Library.
  • $120,000 Federal Government grant secured to deliver Bangawarra: Connect and Create, a program to increase knowledge and connection with Aboriginal culture and identity at Canterbury-Bankstown Arts Centre.

Roads and Footpaths 

Major Projects

  • $2.5 million community centre in Gazzard Park, Yagoona (scheduled for completion in October this year).
  • Campsie Library reopened after a $1.45 million refurbishment (one of Council’s busiest libraries with more than 470,000 people visiting each year).
  • More than $900,000 invested in improvements at Vale of ah Reserve, Milperra;
  • More than $1.1 million invested at Lake Gillawarna.
  • $2.5 million upgrade of Wagener Oval, Ashbury.

Litter and Waste

  • Annual savings of $1 million achieved through alignment of Canterbury and Bankstown insurance premiums.
  • Annual savings of $200,000 achieved through alignment of former Canterbury and Bankstown household waste collection and processing contracts.
  • Two new waste management campaigns in Campsie and Greenacre town centres. The Keep Campsie Clean, and Locals Like Greenacre Litter Free campaigns, saw installation of more bins, education of residents and businesses through increased signage, and introduction of daily litter-picking.
  • Introduction of Campsie Graffiti Removal Program.

Stronger Communities Fund

  • Total of $987,546 allocated to 27 local not-for-profit organisations under the Community Grants Program (remaining $12,454 allocated this year).
  • $3.6 million allocated to four long-term major projects (multi-purpose synthetic grass pitch at Jensen Park, Stage 2 of all-abilities playground at Bankstown City Gardens, widening of Canterbury Road underpass for cyclists, and upgrade of park at Wiley Park).
  • Community consultation underway to identify further projects using remaining $5.4 million.

City Brand

  • More than 2,000 residents took part in the development of a ‘place brand’ for the new city. The Canterbury-Bankstown "Where Interesting Happens" brand was unveiled in April and will be available for businesses and community groups to use once guidelines are finalised.

Strategic Partnerships

  • Working with NSW Government to finalise Sydenham to Bankstown Corridor Urban Renewal Strategy.
  • Council provided submission to Greater Sydney Commission on draft South District Plan.
  • Working with NSW Government agencies to review planning controls along Canterbury Road Corridor.

 15/08/2017 11:06 AM