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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:
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 wsroc.com.au/projects/project-turn-down-the-heat
29/11/2017 4:43 PM