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Aussie icon Bryan Brown books out Bankstownhttps://www.cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/aussie-icon-bryan-brown-books-out-bankstownAussie icon Bryan Brown books out Bankstown2024-05-27T14:00:00Z
Discover hidden gems of Canterbury-Bankstownhttps://www.cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/discover-hidden-gems-of-canterbury-bankstownDiscover hidden gems of Canterbury-Bankstown2024-05-22T14:00:00Z
Bee educated this World Environment Dayhttps://www.cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/bee-educated-this-world-environment-dayBee educated this World Environment Day2024-05-20T14:00:00Z
Polluting builder cops a double whammyhttps://www.cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/polluting-builder-cops-a-double-whammyPolluting builder cops a double whammy2024-05-05T14:00:00Z
Bondi Vet star offers tips and tricks at Pet's Day Outhttps://www.cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/bondi-vet-star-offers-tips-and-tricks-at-pets-day-outBondi Vet star offers tips and tricks at Pet's Day Out2024-04-28T14:00:00Z
Children brush up on reconciliation to winhttps://www.cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/children-brush-up-on-reconciliation-to-winChildren brush up on reconciliation to win2024-04-28T14:00:00Z
Council's road safety plea: Slow down in Canterbury-Bankstownhttps://www.cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/councils-road-safety-plea-slow-down-in-canterbury-bankstownCouncil's road safety plea: Slow down in Canterbury-Bankstown2024-04-28T14:00:00Z
Lakemba War Memorial restored - "It means everything to us"https://www.cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/lakemba-war-memorial-restored-"it-means-everything-to-us"Lakemba War Memorial restored - "It means everything to us"2024-04-21T14:00:00Z
Bryan Brown returns to Bankstownhttps://www.cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/bryan-brown-returns-to-bankstownBryan Brown returns to Bankstown2024-04-14T14:00:00Z
New program to help youth slam dunkhttps://www.cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/new-program-to-help-youth-slam-dunkNew program to help youth slam dunk2024-04-08T14:00:00Z
Tip truck dumpers caught on camerahttps://www.cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/tip-truck-dumpers-caught-on-cameraTip truck dumpers caught on camera2024-04-08T14:00:00Z
Express, Empower and Get Loud at Youth Week in CBCityhttps://www.cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/express-empower-and-get-loud-at-youth-week-in-cbcityExpress, Empower and Get Loud at Youth Week in CBCity2024-04-01T13:00:00Z
School Holiday Activities That Won't Break The Budgethttps://www.cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/school-holiday-activities-that-wont-break-the-budgetSchool Holiday Activities That Won't Break The Budget2024-03-24T13:00:00Z
Dodgeball tournament to 'hit' CBCityhttps://www.cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/dodgeball-tournament-to-hit-cbcityDodgeball tournament to 'hit' CBCity2024-03-03T13:00:00Z
Canvassing culture: local youth to create and siphttps://www.cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/canvassing-culture-local-youth-to-create-and-sipCanvassing culture: local youth to create and sip2024-03-03T13:00:00Z
Rare Disease Dayhttps://www.cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/rare-disease-dayRare Disease Day2024-02-28T13:00:00Z
Council and Bulldogs team up to clean uphttps://www.cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/council-and-bulldogs-team-up-to-clean-upCouncil and Bulldogs team up to clean up2024-02-28T13:00:00Z
Community leaders connect to tackle big issueshttps://www.cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/community-leaders-connect-to-tackle-big-issuesCommunity leaders connect to tackle big issues2024-02-26T13:00:00Z
CBCity Seniors Festival to 'Reach Beyond'https://www.cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/cbcity-seniors-festival-to-reach-beyondCBCity Seniors Festival to 'Reach Beyond'2024-02-25T13:00:00Z
Chicken shop caught dumping oilhttps://www.cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/chicken-shop-caught-dumping-oilChicken shop caught dumping oil2024-02-25T13:00:00Z
Community centre named in honour of former Mayorhttps://www.cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/community-centre-named-in-honour-of-former-mayorCommunity centre named in honour of former Mayor2024-02-25T13:00:00Z
New lantern festival to light up Campsiehttps://www.cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/new-lantern-festival-to-light-up-campsieNew lantern festival to light up Campsie2024-02-11T13:00:00Z
School zone safety successhttps://www.cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/school-zone-safety-successSchool zone safety success2024-02-11T13:00:00Z
Dodgy developer slapped with hefty finehttps://www.cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/dodgy-developer-slapped-with-hefty-fineDodgy developer slapped with hefty fine2024-02-04T13:00:00Z
Deterring dumpers and greening the Cityhttps://www.cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/deterring-dumpers-and-greening-the-cityDeterring dumpers and greening the City2024-01-28T13:00:00Z
From Bankstown to the beach: Council's FREE bus is backhttps://www.cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/from-bankstown-to-the-beach-councils-free-bus-is-backFrom Bankstown to the beach: Council's FREE bus is back2024-01-02T13:00:00Z
A meals on wheels milestone: Lynn's golden jubilee of servicehttps://www.cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/a-meals-on-wheels-milestone-lynns-golden-jubilee-of-serviceA meals on wheels milestone: Lynn's golden jubilee of service2023-12-10T13:00:00Z
Streets to sparkle with Christmas lights comphttps://www.cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/streets-to-sparkle-with-christmas-lights-compStreets to sparkle with Christmas lights comp2023-12-03T13:00:00Z
Tots, teens & the in-betweens: Council's School Holiday program caters for allhttps://www.cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/tots-teens-and-the-in-betweens-councils-school-holiday-program-caters-for-allTots, teens & the in-betweens: Council's School Holiday program caters for all2023-12-03T13:00:00Z
Community pulls weight against domestic violencehttps://www.cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/community-pulls-weight-against-domestic-violenceCommunity pulls weight against domestic violence2023-11-27T13:00:00Z

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
Holding hands

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.”


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