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Stronger Communities Funds allocated

Stronger Communities Funds allocated The remaining $5.4 million of the Stronger Communities Fund Major Projects Program has been allocated to a number of initiatives, including investing in an interactive litter capture device for the Cooks River. Yes  

The remaining $5.4 million of the Stronger Communities Fund Major Projects Program has been allocated to a number of initiatives, including investing in an interactive litter capture device for the Cooks River.

When the City of Canterbury Bankstown was formed in May 2016, the NSW Government allocated $10 million, under the Stronger Communities Fund - $9 million for major projects and $1 million for community grants.

To date, Council has invested $1 million in 27 community group projects.

Council has also invested $3.6 million in four major projects, including:

  • Providing a multi-purpose synthetic surface at Jensen Park;
  • Constructing an all-abilities playground at Bankstown City Gardens;
  • Designing and developing the Canterbury Road Cycleway Underpass; and
  • Commencing the master planning process and works in upgrading Wiley Park.

More than 11,000 residents then helped identify further priorities for the City, through surveys and consultation sessions.

Mayor Khal Asfour said one was improving the health of Cooks River.

"We are now the host Council of the Cooks River Alliance, and it’s our priority to improve the water quality, so native habitat and wildlife prosper," Mayor Asfour said.

"A new pollution control device will complement Council’s existing measures to remove rubbish, which will improve the health of the river."

Two litter booms and traps have already been installed in the Cooks River, one at Boat Harbour, Hurlstone Park, and another at Fifth Avenue, Campsie.

"These traps have been instrumental in helping remove rubbish that has ended up in the Cooks River," Mayor Asfour said.

"Each week they capture up to 20 cubic metres of rubbish – that’s equivalent to you putting a full garbage bin out every week for three years.

Other major projects identified include providing a community engagement vehicle for Council to better connect with residents and investing in a portable all-abilities facility to be used at community events.

 3/04/2018 1:47 PM