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Upping the ante on turning down the heat

Upping the ante on turning down the heat As part of its continued dedication to building a City that’s cooler, resilient and more liveable, the City of Canterbury Bankstown has increased efforts to turn down the heat. No  

As part of its continued dedication to building a City that’s cooler, resilient and more liveable, the City of Canterbury Bankstown has increased efforts to turn down the heat.

Council has thrown its support behind the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils’ (WSROC) Turn Down the Heat campaign. The campaign aims to tackle the urban heat-island effect in Western Sydney, which is where metropolitan areas like Canterbury-Bankstown are significantly warmer than surrounding rural areas.

Council has undertaken a number of initiatives to cool Canterbury-Bankstown down, including:

  • Installing LED lighting in more than 14 Council buildings and offices;
  • Installing energy efficient lighting in three CBD car parks;
  • Fitting 275 kilowatts of solar panel systems across eight community buildings, library and knowledge centres and Council depots;
  • Installing energy-efficient heating ventilation and air-conditioning in all new Council-owned buildings and offices, including the Morris Iemma Indoor Sports Centre, Bankstown Library and Knowledge Centre and new Yagoona Community Centre;
  • Implementing the Our Energy Future program;
  • Planning renewable energy strategies;
  • Accelerating the introduction of new energy efficient street lighting;
  • Installing eight new water stations across the City;
  • Providing 3,000 plants to schools; and
  • 2,000 plants planted as part of events such as National Tree Day.

Mayor Khal Asfour said, as the largest Council in NSW by population, Canterbury-Bankstown was prone to increased urban heat in the City.

"One of the biggest contributing factors for this rise in temperature is the lack of vegetation and open green spaces, which provide additional shade and help lower surface temperatures," Mayor Asfour said.

"Even something as simple as dark surfaces on our buildings and roads, not to mention the heat generated by more than 350,000 residents, can add to the urban heat-island effect."

Mayor Asfour said combatting environmental challenges in our growing City was particularly important, especially with summer around the corner.

"Last summer was Sydney’s hottest ever, with average daily maximum temperatures nearly three degrees higher than previous years," Mayor Asfour said.

"Council is proud to be a part of this campaign which helps us continue to lead in building a more resilient and sustainable City for future generations."

For more information on the Turn Down the Heat campaign, visit

 29/11/2017 4:43 PM