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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

Success of Australian-first program

Success of Australian-first program A number of families seeking asylum have benefitted from an Australian-first pilot program introduced this year by City of Canterbury Bankstown. No Success of Australian-first program A number of families seeking asylum have benefitted from an Australian-first pilot program introduced this year by City of Canterbury Bankstown. News Columns; News and Updates
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A number of families seeking asylum have benefitted from an Australian-first pilot program introduced this year by City of Canterbury Bankstown.

Canterbury-Bankstown has one of the largest populations of people seeking asylum in Sydney, including 78 children aged five or under. While Lakemba is the suburb with the highest number of people on bridging visas in Australia.

As a result, Mayor Khal Asfour launched Council’s Asylum Seeker Family Partnerships program, supported by the Asylum Seekers Centre, Sydney Alliance, and Uniting.

“It is one of my proudest achievements as Mayor,” he said.

“As we draw to the end of the 12 month trial, we have been able to help nine families to date.

“These families are among the most vulnerable in Australia and deserve a break. They face many challenges when they arrive in Australia, including learning English and going through the time-consuming process of applying for asylum. By providing this opportunity, parents are able to do that, knowing their children are also socialising with their own age, at the same time.

“Unfortunately, asylum seeker families seeking child care do not qualify for the Government subsidies which makes child care that much more unreachable, robbing both parents and children of the many opportunities and benefits that come from early childhood education.

“Our program is a win win for the families and our residents because, importantly, it doesn’t come at a cost to ratepayers, with only vacant places not taken up by local families at our children’s services facilities, allocated.”

The program is part of the City of Canterbury Bankstown’s commitment to being a Refugee Welcoming City, the first council to achieve such status in Australia, after signing the Refugee Council of Australia’s Refugee Charter, in 2008.

“We will shortly assess whether we have the capacity to continue the Asylum Seeker Family Partnerships program next year,” Mayor Asfour said.

“We are also aware of other councils which are looking at the possibility of introducing similar programs in their local areas. I hope our success makes their decision an easier one.”


 8/01/2020 3:43 PM