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                       Community
                                      Link                                                      September 2011


Aged to benefit
from Mayoral
Charity Dinner
Bankstown City Aged Care
was the recipient of more than
$53,000, raised by this year’s
Mayoral Charity Dinner.
The event was held in the Grand
Ballroom at Bankstown Sports Club
on 12 August and was attended by
more than 450 guests.
“The support for this year’s Mayoral
Charity Dinner was astonishing,
with the Bankstown community
                                           String Angels
once again coming together and
showing their true community spirit
and generosity,” Mayor of Bankstown
Clr Khal Asfour said.
Bankstown City Aged Care was
chosen as the recipient by former
Mayor of Bankstown Clr Tania
Mihailuk.
Bankstown City Aged Care is a local
not-for-profit organisation which
has been providing care for the aged
community for the past 39 years.
                                              Bankstown City
The organisation offers general aged-         Aged Care CEO
care, respite services, at-home care, as      Terry Madden
well as the Betty Sussman Dementia                                           Mayor of Bankstown
Day Care Centre.                                                             Clr Khal Asfour and
                                                                             Mary Coustas as ‘Effie’
Bankstown City Aged Care was the
result of former Bankstown Mayor
Ron Lockwood’s vision to provide
at-home services to the aged               INSIDE THIS EDITION
community.                                 • Bankstown Bites success
“Bankstown City Aged Care is a             • New Mayor for Bankstown
wonderful example of what one              • Eye in the Sky on new Library
person’s insight can achieve within
a community,” Mayor Asfour said.           • Revesby Carpark opens
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    Bankstown Directory                                                     Contents
    Bankstown City Council contacts
                                                                            Mayoral Message                            3
    Bankstown City Council
    Phone:                                   9707 9999                      Bankstown Bites success                    4
    Fax:                                     9707 9495
                                                                            New Mayor for Bankstown                    5
    Website:                                 www.bankstown.nsw.gov.au
    Email:                                   council@bankstown.nsw.gov.au   VCA Monument almost
                                                                            complete                                   6
    Emergency numbers
                                                                            Council environment team
    Fire Brigade                             000
                                                                            commended                                  7
    Ambulance                                000
    Police - general                         000                            Midnight Basketball scores                 8


    Swimming Pools                                                          Eye in the Sky on Library                  9

    Birrong Swim Centre                      9644 8300                      Underpass open                            10
    Revesby Swim Centre                      9771 2148
                                                                            Crime Rates down                          11
    Greenacre Swim Centre                    9796 7015

    Wran Leisure Centre                      9726 2283                      Tree Day record set                       12

    Libraries                                                               Newland Pond renewal                      13

    Bankstown                                9707 9708
                                                                            Sister City Anniversary                   14
    Chester Hill                             9707 9740
                                                                            Students experience Council               15
    Greenacre                                9707 9744

    Padstow                                  9707 9747

    Panania                                  9707 9737




Contact your Council                                                        After hours emergency:        9707 9999
                                                                            Telephone Interpreter Service 131 450

    For more information about Bankstown
    Council’s services, visit our Customer
    Service Centre on the Upper Ground
    Floor of Bankstown Civic Tower from
    8.30am to 5.00pm, Monday to Friday.
    You can phone Customer Service
    on 9707 9999 or visit our website
    at www.bankstown.nsw.gov.au
    If you have any questions or comments
    about this magazine, please call
    Nikki Taylor on 9707 9558.
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                                          Mayoral
                                          Message
                                          Mayor Clr Khal Asfour




Since being elected Mayor                 Significant progress has been made
in June 2011, I have kept                 on a number of projects as part of
busy with many key projects               the CBD Renewal Program including
                                          the recently completed $6.5 million
and events.
                                          Bankstown Underpass. Residents will
Two of our city’s signature events        have noticed that since it’s opening,
were recently held, Bankstown Bites       traffic flow has improved significantly
Food Festival and the annual Mayoral      in the CBD with increased safety for
Charity Dinner. I was thrilled to see a   pedestrians and cyclists.
crowd of 20,000 people turn out for       Work is also continuing on Bankstown’s
this premier celebration of our local     new Central Library and Knowledge
cuisine. With perfect weather and a       Centre. Partial demolition of the
great mix of cooking demonstrations       former Town Hall site is now
and entertainment, the event was          complete and a building tender is
                                                                                       Mayor of Bankstown Clr Khal Asfour and
once again a huge success.                expected to be announced very                former Mayor Clr Tania Mihailuk
                                          soon. Once completed, the project,
On a personal note, I would like to
                                          valued at more than $20 million, will      Upgrade works with a combined
thank everyone who attended the
                                          provide our residents with a state-of-     value of more than $3 million are
2011 Mayoral Charity Dinner at            the-art facility.
Bankstown Sports Club. The event                                                     also scheduled for Punchbowl and
raised over $53,000 for Bankstown         The upcoming completion of the             Panania and will include various
City Aged Care.                           Women’s and Children’s Health              improvements to the streetscapes
                                          Centre in Jacobs Street, Bankstown         and infrastructure.
For close to 40 years, Bankstown          will provide residents with an
City Aged Care has been a beacon                                                     I recently announced the establish-
                                          integrated health facility within          ment of a Bankstown Sporting Hall
in our community, providing quality       walking distance of the CBD and            of Fame. To be housed at the soon
care for the frail and aged residents     public transport. This is a project that   to be redeveloped Memorial Park
of Bankstown. The evening was an          was championed by former Mayor             Sports Centre, the Hall of Fame
opportunity to honour and celebrate       and now State MP Tania Mihailuk.           will be an exciting recognition of
this contribution and give something
                                          As the current Mayor it is now             the contribution made by people
back to their dedicated staff and
                                          my goal to continue the great work         from our sporting community. It
volunteers.                                                                          will feature a mix of memorabilia,
                                          Clr Mihailuk began, and further the
Bankstown Council is in a sound           relationships between Council and          exhibitions and audio visual displays
financial position and under my           the community.                             and will allow both residents and
mayoralty I am committed to                                                          tourists to appreciate the City’s rich
                                          I am also proud of the work we
ensuring that Council is debt free                                                   and diverse history of sport and
                                          are doing around our local town
by 2018. Should a carbon tax be                                                      sporting greats.
                                          centres. Works as part of Council’s
introduced, I would like to assure        Town Centre Improvement Program            I am proud to have been elected
residents that Bankstown City             have previously been undertaken at         Mayor of this great city and I look
Council will not be increasing rates      Chester Hill, Condell Park, Georges        forward to working together with
above the level set independently         Hall, Greenacre, Padstow, Sefton,          our community to make Bankstown
by the NSW Government.                    Villawood and Yagoona.                     a place we can all be proud of.
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    Bankstown Bites
    Satisfies the Taste Buds
    Bankstown’s signature                     Discovery Food Tours. All 30 tours
    event, Bankstown Bites                    were fully booked with visitors
    has once again been hailed                enjoying a range of multicultural
    a success by thousands of                 cuisine around the Bankstown CBD.
    festival goers.                           Celebrity Chef, Darren Simpson
    Glorious weather combined with the        used his Irish charm to entertain his
    freshest of ingredients and the talents   audiences by whipping up a feast
    of local and celebrity chefs, made this   of Italian delicacies on stage and
    year’s event a memorable one.             giving patrons a taste of his signature
                                              Pappa al Pomodoro and Spaghetti
    “With more than 20,000 people             alla Vongole as part of the cooking
    from across Sydney enjoying the           demonstrations.
    taste and experience of Bankstown,
    the festival has again lived up to        Local chefs Antonios Chayna, Ben
    its reputation as one of Sydney’s         Ndreka, Robert Green, Hung Le
    premier food events,” Mayor of            and Junior Chef Lena Dovan added
    Bankstown Clr Khal Asfour said.           their personal touch to the festival,
                                              showcasing some of our local
    “The blend of cooking demon-              favourite dishes.
    strations, live performances,
    international food stalls, creative       Bankstown Bites is an initiative
    workshops and kids activities was         of Bankstown City Council, with
    a perfect recipe and ensured a great      the support of sponsors the Torch
    day out for all who attended.”            Newspaper, Bankstown RSL
                                              Club, Bankstown Sports, Revesby
    Attracting people from as far west        Workers Club, and the Canterbury-
    as the Blue Mountains, the festival’s     Bankstown Express.
    main attraction was once again the
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   Mayor of Bankstown Clr Khal Asfour and Deputy Mayor Clr Allan Winterbottom




New Mayor for Bankstown
Ensuring Bankstown remains                    Mayor Asfour is a life-long resident of
a city of progress is one of                  Greenacre, having also completed his
new Mayor Clr Khal Asfour’s                   education in the area. He continues to
top priorities.                               live in Greenacre with his wife Sally
                                              and their newborn son Elias.
On Monday, 27 June 2011, Clr Asfour
was voted in as Mayor of Bankstown            When speaking of his vision for
following Clr Tania Mihailuk’s                Bankstown, Mayor Asfour also paid
decision to resign as Mayor to focus          tribute to outgoing Mayor Clr Tania
on her obligations as the State               Mihailuk on her achievements, strong
Member for Bankstown.                         leadership and dedication to serving
                                              the community.
Mayor Asfour, 33, has been involved
with Bankstown City Council since             Working alongside Mayor Asfour
2004 when he was elected as an East           is new Deputy Mayor Clr Allan
Ward councillor. He was then voted            Winterbottom.
in as Deputy Mayor in 2008.                   Clr Winterbottom said he is looking
In accepting the role, Mayor Asfour           forward to supporting Mayor Asfour
said it was a privilege to be elected as      and believes their leadership qualities
Mayor of the great city he grew up in.        compliment each other.

“Since being elected to Council, I have       “Bankstown is a great city and I am
worked hard to deliver important              extremely proud of my achievements
infrastructure improvements,                  as a Councillor, and how much
encourage business growth and                 Bankstown has developed during
provide support to our community              the years.
based organisations and service clubs,”       “I look forward to working with
he said.                                      my fellow Councillors to continue
“As Mayor, I look forward to                  to deliver great things for our
continuing to ensure that Bankstown           community,” he said.
remains a city of progress and
will lead a Council committed to
delivering positive outcomes for our
community.”
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                                                                                           VCA
Golf Pro Tim Hoskings,
Clr Pam Gavin and
Mayor Asfour



                                                                                           Monument
                                                                                           almost
                                                                                           complete



    New golf                                 teaching three days a week at Sefton

    pro at Sefton                            and competing on the China PGA
                                             Champions Tour.
    Sefton Golf Course has recently          “I like Sefton it’s a good course, close to
    welcomed the services of a new           home and I know the locals,” he said.
    golf professional.                       Mr Hosking offers a range of junior
    Golf pro Tim Hosking has been            clinics from beginners to advanced,
                                                                                           The VCA monument is in the making
    appointed as the club’s Teaching and     as well as group and individual lessons.
    Service Professional.                    Lessons range from half-an-hour to
    Mr Hosking completed his junior          one-hour on a nine-hole or 18-hole            The development of a
    career at Bankstown Golf Club before     course and cover all areas of golf.           Vietnamese Boat People
    playing golf all around the world,       Mr Hosking will also be available for         monument, to be located
    including the South Pacific, Africa,     services such as club fitting and repair.     in Saigon Place, is well on
    Asia, U.K, U.S.A and Canada.             For more information, please contact          its way to completion.
    He is now dividing his time between      Sefton Golf Course on 9743 9436.              Blue Mountains sculptor Terrance
                                                                                           Plowright is working on the
                                                                                           monument which is expected to be
    Million dollar                                                                         installed at Saigon Place in October.


    makeover for
                                                                                           Bankstown City Council was
                                                                                           approached late last year by the
                                                                                           Vietnamese Community in Australia-
    town centres                                                                           NSW Chapter, to assist in building a
                                                                                           fitting monument to reflect the history
    Punchbowl and Panania Town                Mayor Asfour and Councillors                 and contribution of the Vietnamese
                                              meeting at Panania Library
    Centres are set to receive a $3                                                        community in Bankstown.
    million plus makeover as part of         Designs have been completed for               “Being involved in the creation of
    Bankstown City Council’s Town            the Punchbowl Town Centre and a               this very important monument is a
    Centre Improvement Program.              preliminary concept plan is being             wonderful opportunity for Council
    Works at Punchbowl are expected to       developed for Panania. Council will           as it offers us the chance to celebrate
    be completed by the end of this year,    be seeking community feedback on              the Vietnamese community and their
    while Panania works are scheduled        the initial ideas very soon.                  contribution to Bankstown,” Mayor
    for completion in late 2012.             To find out more about Bankstown              of Bankstown Clr Khal Asfour said.
    Both improvement programs will focus     City Council’s Town Centre                    Once completed the bronze
    on beautifying the area and supporting   Improvement Program go to                     monument will depict four
    the viability and operation of both      www.bankstown.nsw.gov.au                      Vietnamese boat people and
    Punchbowl and Panania Town Centres.      or contact Council on 9707 9999.              a baby in a vessel at sea.
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Environment team commended                                                                                     Members of Council’s
                                                                                                            Resource Recovery Team




The commitment of Bankstown                 As a result of researching behavioural     learnt is how powerful simple
City Council’s Resource                     psychology, the team developed a           feedback can be.”
Recovery Team was recently                  campaign which has reduced incorrect       “Every day members of the Research
acknowledged with a High                    recycling techniques of household          Recovery team go out and choose
Commendation by the NSW                     rubbish in Bankstown by half.              household bins at random and leave
Government.                                 The simple, non-confronting system         feedback cards,” Ms Santucci said
                                            uses two cards, one with a smiley face
The team, led by Daniela Santucci
                                            and the other with a frowning face,
Coordinator of Research Recovery,
                                            to let residents know how well they
was recognised for its innovative
                                            have recycled their domestic waste.
approach to encouraging members of
Bankstown’s multicultural community         “The biggest lesson the team has
to Recycle Right.




Illegal dumpers beware
Bankstown City Council has                  prosecute illegal waste dumping
joined forces with the Regional             offenders in the Bankstown area,”
Illegal Dumping Squad (RID)                 Mayor of Bankstown Clr Khal
to stop illegal dumping in our              Asfour said.
local area.                                 In an effort to further combat the         Clr Alex Kuskoff, Mayor Asfour,
                                                                                       RID Squad Investigator Darren Riding
The collaboration commenced in 2000,        issue of illegal dumping in our city,      and Council Ranger Malcolm Hawkes
and Bankstown City Council has so far       Council recently adopted a Notice of
been involved in 2,230 successful illegal   Motion by North Ward Councillor
dumping investigations and issued more      Alex Kuskoff to establish a task force
than $110,000 worth of fines.               to focus on illegal dumping.
The joint effort has also allowed           Council spends more than $500,000
Council to trial a range of new             each year on illegal dumping. This
surveillance and deterrence strategies,     includes clean up costs, prevention
including regular patrols and video         and enforcement.
surveillance of hotspot areas.              To find out more about the RID Squad
“With the help of the RID Squad and         or to report someone dumping waste
local residents, Council can continue       illegally contact Bankstown City Council
to identify, investigate and successfully   on 9707 9999 or RID on 131 555.
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    Midnight
    Basketball
    scores well
    with youth
    Registrations are now
    open for Bankstown’s
    second Midnight Basketball
    tournament set to begin on
    Saturday, 22 October 2011.
    Following the success of the
    first program, Bankstown City
                                                                                                    Mayor Asfour with Midnight
    Council is proud to once again                                                                  Basketball participants
    offer the program to youth in the
    Bankstown area.
    The tournament will run
    on Saturday nights for eight
    consecutive weeks, offering
    participants a nutritious dinner,
    life skills workshop, three
    competition basketball games
    and a bus ride home, all at no cost.   Join the
    The success of this program is
    largely due to the collaborative       Active
    effort between Bankstown City
    Council, local Police and local        Bankstown
    community organisations involving
    and working with the youth of          Club
    Bankstown.
                                           Join Bankstown City Council’s
    Midnight Basketball aims to give       Active Bankstown Club and
    Bankstown youths aged 12 to 18
    the opportunity to develop their
                                           keep fit and healthy this
                                           summer.                                   Free Youth
                                                                                     Sports
    basketball skills and provide a
    positive, safe and fun activity on     This fantastic club includes Sport
    a Saturday night.                      A Month, a free program which
    In conjunction with the
    motto NOWORKSHOP
                                           introduces residents to a variety
                                           of different sports.
                                                                                     Program
                                                                                     During the July School Holidays,
    NOJUMPSHOT, participants will          In September try Martial Arts,
                                                                                     Bankstown City Council offered a
    be required to attend a range of       October Bushwalking and in
                                                                                     free youth sports program for young
    compulsory workshops focusing on       November learn how to Fly Cast.
                                                                                     people aged between 9-18 years. The
    essential life skills such as health
                                           By joining the Active Bankstown Club,     two-day program saw more than 40
    and wellbeing, conflict resolution,
                                           residents will learn about Council’s      young people participate in drills and
    communication and decision
                                           sports programs and events, as well       games which taught them skills in
    making, cultural development
                                           as receive a free welcome pack, the       oztag, soccer and teamwork.
    and awareness, and community
                                           chance to win fantastic prizes and gain
    engagement skills.                                                               The sports program was held at Ruse
                                           access to ‘members only’ events.
    To register for the second program                                               Park, Bankstown and all participants
                                           Membership is free. Simply register       got active and enjoyed a free BBQ
    contact Margaret Southwell
    on 9707 9471 or visit www.             online at www.bankstown.nsw.gov.au        lunch. To find out more about future
    midnightbasketball.org.au/             or call Council’s Recreation Officer      school holiday activities around the
    bankstown                              on 9707 9999 and we’ll send you a         Bankstown area, call 9707 9605 or
                                           registration form.                        visit www.bankstown.nsw.gov.au
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Eye in the sky on library
The development of                         a webcam on the roof of the                To view the webcam images as a
Bankstown’s new Central Library            Civic Tower building to record             slideshow go to www.bankstown.nsw.
and Knowledge Centre, worth                photographic images each day of            gov.au and click on the major
more than $20 million, is the              the development.                           projects link.
largest infrastructure project             The first image was taken on Tuesday,
announced by Bankstown City                12 April at 9am with an additional
Council in the past 20 years.              image taken every hour since. To date
                                           approximately 2,000 images have
To ensure every historical moment
                                           been taken of the development in
is captured, Council has installed
                                           its various stages.




Keeping the
community safe
                                           Council in                                 “The goal of Council is to be debt
                                                                                      free by 2018, and thanks to sound


                                           the black
                                                                                      financial management we are well
The safety of residents is important
                                                                                      placed to deliver a large number of
to Bankstown City Council, and in                                                     service improvements across the city.”
support of this, a free Safety Expo        Bankstown City Council will be debt        As part of its long-term financial
will be held on Saturday, 8 October        free by 2018 and $132 million will be      plan, Council is committed to not
2011.                                      invested into Capital Works projects.      increasing rates above the level set
                                           These are two highlights from the          by NSW Government.
To be located in the Centre Court at
Centro Bankstown, Council staff and        2011/12 Budget and four-year
other safety experts will be on hand       Financial Plan adopted by Council
to provide information on emergency        in June 2011.                                As part of Council’s Community
and support services, practical            These decisions represent a major            Plan 2021, adopted in February
advice on personal and property                                                         2011, priority projects for
                                           milestone in setting a clear long-term
safety, as well as performances and
                                           agenda for Council and will ensure it        2011/12 include:
demonstrations on stage throughout
the day.                                   remains financially sustainable.             • The construction of the new
The expo will include information stalls   Mayor of Bankstown Clr Khal Asfour           $20 million plus Central Library
from Bankstown City Council, NSW           said the Budget for 2011/12 will deliver     and Knowledge Centre
Fire Brigade, Police, Neighbourhood        more than $52 million in Capital             • A $14 million transport and
Watch, NSW State Emergency Service,        Works and build on the $4 million in         infrastructure program
St John Ambulance, NSW Ambulance           cost savings achieved since 2009.
Service and Bankstown Multicultural                                                     • $6 million investment into
Youth Service.
                                           “During the next four years,                 parks and recreational programs
                                           Council will invest $132 million
For more information contact               into the Capital Works Program               • Continued Town Centre
Bankstown City Council’s Community         and use existing funds to improve            improvement program focusing
Safety and Crime Prevention Officer                                                     on Panania and Punchbowl.
                                           city assets and community
on 9707 9471.
                                           infrastructure,” he said.
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Revesby Carpark Opens
 Revesby residents now have              Mayor of Bankstown Clr Khal
 135 reasons to shop locally.            Asfour said Council was proud to         Member for Bankstown Tania
                                         be involved in the delivery of such      Mihailuk, local resident Jan
 A new carpark which can be                                                       Toiach and Mayor Asfour
                                         important infrastructure to the
 entered via Simmons Street or
                                         Revesby community.
 The River Road now offers 135
 three-hour-limit spaces for shoppers.   “Our local town centres are vital
                                         community hubs, and Bankstown
 The new car park also contains lift
                                         City Council is committed to the
 access, security lighting and CCTV
                                         future development and growth
 surveillance.
                                         of these centres,” said Mayor of


                                                                                  Bankstown
                                         Bankstown Clr Khal Asfour.
                                         “The additional parking in the


                                                                                  Underpass
                                         heart of Revesby is a strong
                                         example of Council listening to
                                         local residents and taking action
                                         to meet community requirements
                                         and fulfil the needs of our local
                                         residents.”
                                                                                  open
                                                                                  Bankstown’s new $6.5 million
                                         Construction of the carpark began
                                                                                  Underpass project officially
                                         in March 2010 and took about one
                                                                                  opened to traffic on Monday,
                                         year to complete.
                                                                                  18 July 2011.
                                         Working in partnership with the
                                                                                  The Underpass has gone from
                                         NSW Transport Construction
                                                                                  providing two traffic lanes to
                                         Authority, Council was able to
                                                                                  four, with signalised intersections,
                                         negotiate the development of the
                                                                                  pedestrian pathways and improved
                                         carpark, as well as upgrades to
                                                                                  bicycle access.
                                         nearby Paul Caldron Reserve.
                                                                                  Mayor of Bankstown Clr Khal
                                                                                  Asfour said the new Underpass
                                                                                  will have a positive impact on
 Switch on                               Bankstown City Council’s
                                         first e-waste collection, held
                                                                                  relieving traffic congestion within
                                                                                  the Bankstown CBD.
 to electronic                           earlier this year, attracted a
                                         NSW record of 1,300 vehicles             “The delivery of this project is

 waste
                                                                                  an important aspect of Council’s
                                         and 70 tonnes of material.
                                                                                  commitment to upgrading and
                                         Don’t miss out on your                   renewing our city’s assets and
 recycling                               opportunity to recycle your
                                         e-waste for free at the next
                                                                                  infrastructure,” he said.
                                                                                  “The new Underpass will significantly
                                         community collection day on
                                                                                  improve traffic flow, reduce traffic
                                         Saturday, 15 October 2011
                                                                                  congestion and provide pedestrian and
                                         at the Bankstown Paceway
                                                                                  cycle access between North and South
                                         (Eldridge Road, Condell Park).
                                                                                  Terraces.”
                                         Gates open at 9am and close at           Additional features of the Underpass
                                         3.30pm. Residents can bring along        include crash barriers to prevent
                                         old, unwanted or out-of-date             possible damage caused by an over-
                                         electronics such as TVs, computers,      height vehicle, improved street
                                         printers, small electrical appliances,   lighting and footpaths on both sides
                                         battery of power operated tools and      of the rail bridge.
                                         toys, mobile phones and other such
                                         materials.                               The stormwater drainage capacity
                                                                                  has also been increased to provide
                                         For more information visit               better access during large storm
                                         www.bankstown.nsw.gov.au or              events and the rail structure has
                                         call the Resource Recovery Team          been designed to reduce noise levels
                                         on 9707 9999.                            of passing trains.
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Crime rates                              Not only has Bankstown seen a drop
                                         in the rate of Robbery Without a


down in
                                         Weapon, but a steady decrease has
                                         also been recorded for Break and
                                         Enter-Dwelling, Steal from a Person,

Bankstown                                Malicious Damage to Property and a
                                         number of other crime categories.
Data released by the NSW                 Bankstown City Council has
Bureau of Crime Statistics and           also been working in partnership
Research (BOCSAR) reveals a              with Canterbury Council and the
steady decrease in the rate              Bankstown and Canterbury Domestic
of reported crime in the                 Violence Liaison Committee to raise
Bankstown local government               awareness about domestic violence
                                         issues in our local communities.
area, over the the past
ten years.                               In 2009, Bankstown City Council’s
                                         It’s Time to Talk program was awarded
Bankstown City Council in
                                         a Certificate of Merit in the National    For more information on crime
conjunction with the local Police, and
                                         Crime and Violence Awards.                rates in Bankstown you can visit
community services have worked hard
to improve safety and reduce criminal    While Domestic Violence is                www.bocsar.nsw.gov.au or visit the
activity in the Bankstown area.          traditionally an under-reported crime,    Council’s website to see our current
                                         programs to raise awareness and           community safety projects at
BOCSAR data also shows a 65 per                                                    www.bankstown.nsw.gov.au
                                         reduce the stigma associated with
cent reduction in local Motor Vehicle
                                         reporting violence in the home has led
Theft, a 54 per cent decrease in Steal
                                         to a 36 per cent increase in reporting
from Motor Vehicle and a 44 per cent
                                         of incidents in Bankstown in the last
reduction in Steal from Retail Store.
                                         10 years.




Road                                     Local families are invited to

Education
                                         participate in a free cycle
                                         training day at the Community
                                         and Road Education Scheme

Scheme                                   (CARES) Centre at Bass Hill.
                                         To be overseen by Bankstown City
                                         Council, the workshop will provide a
                                         combination of practical activities for
                                         cyclists to develop a greater degree of   Keep your
                                         road safety knowledge.
                                         The program focuses on road safety,       child safe in
                                         bicycle skills and coping with traffic,
                                         with a date for the workshop to
                                         be set once enough families have
                                                                                   the car
                                         registered their interest.                This September, Bankstown
                                                                                   residents can have their child’s
                                         CARES will also hold an open              safety restraints checked by an
                                         day at the centre on Wednesday, 5         RTA authorised fitter, free of
                                         October 2011 to allow residents to
                                                                                   charge.
                                         see what programs are on offer. The
                                         day will be run in conjunction with       By law, children under the age of
                                         Bankstown Council and Bankstown           seven must be restrained in a suitable
                                         Police Local Area Command.                and approved child restraint when
                                                                                   travelling in a vehicle.
                                         To register for the upcoming
                                         weekend cycle training workshop,          Places are limited and bookings are
                                         or the CARES open day, please             essential, so please contact Council’s
                                         contact Council’s Road Safety             Road Safety Officer on 9707 9424 to
                                         Officer on 9707 9424.                     make a booking.
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                                                                                          Mayor Asfour and Chullora
                                                                                              Public School students




                                                                                          The National
 Show us your                                                                             Tree Day event
 HomeGrown                                      The HomeGrown competitions
                                                include a total prize pool of more
                                                                                          Bankstown is now home to
                                                                                          Australia’s highest number of

 spaces                                         than $1,200, so get creative.
                                                Entries close on Wednesday,
                                                                                          National Tree Day participants.
                                                                                          On 31 July 2011, more than 100
 Bankstown City Council has                     21 September 2011.                        residents took part in the event,
 two competitions running,                      Top photos and garden images will         held at Carysfield Park at Bass Hill.
 to celebrate local living spaces,              be exhibited at the new Bankstown         “The Bankstown area is home to some
 as part of its HomeGrown                       Arts Centre. Come along to the            amazing natural space and bushland
 program.                                       exhibition between 13-20 October          areas, and National Tree Day is an
                                                to check out the images of                opportunity for the whole community
 The first is a photographic competition,       Bankstown’s beautiful living spaces       to celebrate and enhance these
 and the second a garden competition.           captured by our local residents.          important community spaces,” Mayor
 To enter the photo competition, get            1-21 September                            of Bankstown Clr Khal Asfour said.
 snapping and send in your photos               Entry period for HomeGrown                Since the event began in 1996, more
 for either the ‘My Place’ or ‘Wildlife’        photo and garden competitions             than 3,000 trees, shrubs and grasses
 categories. Show us your favourite                                                       have been planted at Carysfield Park
 natural spaces and what you like               13-20 October
                                                                                          with each planting session adding
 doing there, or the amazing plants and         HomeGrown Exhibition at                   to the park’s natural beauty and
 animals that make Bankstown home.              Bankstown Arts Centre                     biodiversity.
 Is your garden your pride and joy?             Monday - Friday 9.00 - 5.00
                                                Saturday 10.00 - 4.00                     Local schools also got involved in this
 Sign up for the garden competition                                                       year’s event, with Council delivering
 and show off your garden to the                Go to www.bankstown.nsw.gov.au or         more than 2,500 plants to 40 schools
 rest of Bankstown. Local homes,                call 9707 9431 for more information.      as part of the national effort on
 schools or business gardens can                                                          Schools Tree Day.
 enter. Bonus points are given for                                                        To find out more about Bankstown’s
 features like native plants, frog                                                        natural space and bushland areas go
 ponds or large trees.                                                                    to www.bankstown.nsw.gov.au or
                                                                                          contact 9707 9999.


 Celebrating NAIDOC Week                                                                  with Indigenous culture and history
                                                Bankstown residents recently              in our area,” he said.
                                                showed their support for the area’s
                                                                                          “I am proud to see how many
                                                Indigenous community with more
                                                                                          residents of Bankstown came out
                                                than 1,500 people taking part in
                                                                                          to acknowledge the contribution
                                                NAIDOC Week celebrations.
                                                                                          Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
                                                Mayor of Bankstown Clr Khal Asfour        residents make to our community.”
                                                said the NAIDOC Week celebration,
                                                                                          The event included the raising
                                                held in July, was a great opportunity
                                                                                          of both the Aboriginal and Torres
                                                for Council and residents to show their
                                                                                          Strait Islander flags, Aboriginal
     Mayor Asfour with Members of Parliament,   support for the Indigenous community.
                                                                                          dance displays and an Australian
     Bankstown Councillors and members of the
     ATSI committee
                                                “Bankstown has a proud connection         Wildlife display.
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Bringing
Newland Pond
back to life
Newland Reserve pond is being
brought back to life as part of
a major upgrade being carried
out by Bankstown City Council.
The rejuvenation works are currently
in progress and include draining of
the entire pond to improve water
quality, planting of aquatic flora and
the temporary relocation of the area’s
resident turtle population.
The turtles have been re-homed            “Bankstown City Council has                  from storm water and make the
at Sefton Golf Course and will be         committed significant resources into         pond easier to maintain.”
reintroduced back into the pond           the improvement of water conditions          The Newland Reserve upgrade
once the works are complete.              in the Newlands Reserve pond.”               project is expected to be completed
“The Newland Reserve pond is              “This project is part of our asset           later this month.
a vital asset to the community,”          renewal program and will include
Mayor of Bankstown Clr Khal               the installation of a new sediment
Asfour said.                              basin which will collect sediment
                                                                                        Report It,
                                                                                        Don’t Ignore It!
International                             out first place in the grand final debate.
                                          The debating competition covered a
                                                                                        Police are asking residents to report any
                                                                                        criminal activity they may witness in the

Youth Day                                 number of topics, including democracy,
                                          religion and social media.
                                                                                        Bankstown local government area.
                                                                                        Bankstown City Council, in partnership
A debating competition to                 The debating competition was an               with the Police, will use information
mark International Youth Day              initiative of Bankstown City Council’s        gathered from reports to identify crime
2011 was held by Bankstown                Youth Advisory Committee (YAC).               ‘hot spots’ in the area.
City Council’s Youth Advisory             The purpose was to provide young              According to the NSW Police Depart-
Committee (YAC) on Friday,                people opportunities to have their say,       ment, there is a number of factors which
12 August.                                and to develop their skills in public         prevent people from reporting criminal
                                          speaking and gain confidence.                 issues in their local areas.
The competition targeted year nine
students from five local high schools,                                                  These include the person feeling that
                                          YAC is a committee of young people
including Sir Joseph Banks High School,                                                 the issue is too minor to be a concern,
                                          selected by Bankstown City Council            that someone else will report it or
Bass High, Georges River Grammar,         to advise and assist Council in making        they feel that there is nothing that
Birrong Boys and Birrong Girls.           decisions on issues and strategies that       can be done.
Students from Sir Joseph Banks took       affect the area’s youth.
                                                                                        Police say residents are in the best
                                                                                        position to identify suspicious or anti-
                                                                                        social behaviour in Bankstown, and
                                                                                        crimes such as graffiti on private and
                                                                                        public property, littering and dumping,
                                                                                        malicious property damage, and
                                                                                        dangerous driving.
                                                                                        This information will assist Police, in
                                                                                        partnership with Council, to address
                                                                                        concerns before they escalate.
                                                                                        To report a crime in Bankstown, call
                                                                                        Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or
                                                                                        the Police Assistance Line on 131 444.
Mayor Asfour with teacher and students
from Sir Joseph Banks High School                                                       In an emergency always call 000.
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 Members of Bankstown City
 Council’s TAP program and
 Broken Hill youth singers




                                                                                    Get active
                                                                                    in the water
                                                                                    Aqua aerobics is a great way to get
                                                                                    fit without impacting your joints.
                                                                                    Residents can try aqua aerobics classes
                                                                                    at one of Bankstown City Council’s
                                                                                    leisure centres.
                                                                                    Aqua aerobics is an activity for all
                                                                                    fitness levels and is a perfect option
                                                                                    for seniors, pregnant women and those
                                                                                    wanting to lose weight. The classes are
                                                                                    not just for women, with a number of
                                                                                    men also participating.
                                                                                    Classes are held in the indoor pools

 Anniversary                                                                        at Birrong, Revesby and Wran Leisure
                                                                                    Centres, and are also a great way to


 in the
                                                                                    meet new people.
                                                                                    Class timetables are available at
                                                                                    www.leisure.bankstown.nsw.gov.au

 Silver City                              celebrate the 21st anniversary
                                                                                    and evening classes will be available
                                                                                    during summer.
 Bankstown City Council’s                 of the partnership.
 Talent Advancement Program               It wasn’t all hard work though,
 (TAP) recently visited Broken            with TAP soloists enjoying an
 Hill to celebrate the 25 year            itinerary of sight-seeing in the
 anniversary of Council’s first           iconic Aussie city. All of the soloists
 Sister City relationship.                were home-hosted by Broken Hill
                                          families and enjoyed a real city          Enrol your child now for term
 In the late seventies, the Broken        meets country experience.                 four of Swim School before
 Hill artist group ‘Brushmen of the                                                 summer arrives.
 Bush’, exhibited their artwork at the    Celebrating the silver anniversary
 Bankstown Town Hall. This initial        doesn’t end with TAP on tour.             The program, proudly owned and
 contact led to Council’s first Sister    The celebrations will conclude            managed by Bankstown City Council,
 City relationship being formalised       with the annual youth sporting            caters for all ages and swimming
 in 1986 and 25 years later the           exchange from 23 – 30 September.          abilities. It focuses on teaching local
 relationship is stronger than ever.      This exchange will see 200 youth          swimmers the importance of safety in
                                          and supervisors from a number of          an aquatic environment and provides
 To celebrate this milestone, 16          sporting codes travel to Broken Hill      the skills needed to be safe in and
 members of Bankstown’s TAP group         for a week of friendly competition.       around water.
 embarked on an amazing week-long
                                          During the sporting exchange a            The program also has a focus on
 journey to the Silver City.
                                          silver anniversary function will be       enhancing social, emotional and
 Selected to represent Bankstown,         hosted by the Mayor of Broken             physical health, and will operate from
 the TAP soloists collaborated with       Hill which will incorporate the           Revesby, Birrong and Wran leisure
 other youth artists from Broken Hill     signing of a Memorandum of                centres. Drop into the centre of your
 to perform song and dance at a silver    Understanding (MOU) between               choice or call 9707 9296 and enrol
 anniversary concert on Friday, 8 July.   our two cities. This MOU will             today. Lessons are $13 per student and
 The concert marked the second            shape the progress of the Sister          discounts are available for subsequent
 trip made to Broken Hill by TAP          City relationship over the next           children from the same family.
 performers. In 2007, performers          25 years in the fields of sport, art,     Private lessons are also available upon
 also shared their gift of song with      culture and Council to Council            request and start from $30 per lesson.
 Broken Hill, having travelled there to   support and exchange of expertise.        www.leisure.bankstown.nsw.gov.au
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                                                                                         White
Bankstown City Council staff member Angela Tocher
and students from Birrong Girls High School




                                                                                         Ribbon Day
                                                                                         In Australia, one in three
                                                                                         women will be assaulted
                                                                                         or abused in her lifetime,
                                                                                         according to the White
                                                                                         Ribbon organisation.




Students                                       Bankstown City Council Policy
                                               Analyst, Angela Tocher joined

experience                                     with a number of Council
                                               employees to provide students with

working life                                   opportunities to work in Council’s
                                               Business Advisory Centre, customer
                                                                                         Mayor Asfour, Council staff and community
                                                                                         representatives participating in the 2010 White

at Council                                     service, environment and waste
                                               management teams.
                                                                                         Ribbon Day workout

                                                                                         The White Ribbon Campaign
A new partnership developed                    A graduation ceremony held at the         aims to raise awareness amongst
between Bankstown City Council                 Council Chambers gave the students        Australian men and boys about
and Birrong Girls High School has              an opportunity to speak about their       the roles they can play to prevent
allowed six Year 11 students studying          experience. All six students described    violence against women.
Business Services as part of their             their time at Council as both
HSC, to experience real-life work              inspiring and valuable.                   The campaign calls for men across
scenarios.                                                                               Australia to speak out and pledge
                                               Work placements are a mandatory           not to commit, condone or remain
The six-week program allowed the               component of a number of industry-        silent about violence against women.
students to develop a variety of new           based vocational education and
skills by working with employees               training (VET) courses that students      On Friday, 25 November a number
who act as mentors in a number                 can choose as part of their study for     of events will be held across
of workplace environments.                     the Higher School Certificate.            Bankstown to raise awareness about
                                                                                         the issue of violence against women,
                                                                                         and allow local men to take part in
                                                                                         this national campaign.
                                                                                         Men can sign up to participate in

Bankstown
                                               The festival will celebrate the           an exercise workout in Paul Keating
                                               cultural diversity of film and give the   Park before work, enjoy a BBQ
                                               community a chance to see some great
celebrates                                     foreign films on the big screen.
                                                                                         lunch at Bunnings Milperra, sign the
                                                                                         White Ribbon Day Commitment

international
                                               Included in the line up of films are a    book, attend the youth showcase
                                               Japanese animation, an Arabic love        in Bankstown Plaza or purchase a
                                               story and a French drama.
film
                                                                                         white ribbon or wristband from any
                                               Films will be shown on the last Friday    of the local libraries or Council’s
                                               night of every month until June 2012.     customer service centre.
Bankstown City Library Services                Bookings and inquiries can be made        For further information regarding
                                               on 9707 9708 and a booking fee of $3      each event contact Bankstown
has launched an International
                                               applies for each session. Refreshments    City Council’s Community Safety
Film Festival, right in the heart              will be provided and films will be        and Crime Prevention Officer on
of the Bankstown CBD.                          shown 5.30pm – 7.00pm.                    9707 9471.
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                       How to contact your local Councillors




     PAM GAVIN (Lab)       ALEX KUSKOFF (Lab)   MICHAEL TADROS       TANIA MIHAILUK (Lab)   NAJI NAJJAR (Lib)      KHAL ASFOUR (Lab)
     M 0434 359 215        M 0403 602 924       (Lib)                P 9707 9536            M 0421 057 244         Mayor
                                                M 0434 315 963                                                     P 9707 9523




     North                                                                                                          East
     Chester Hill                                                                                                  Chullora
     Villawood                                                                                                    Greenacre
     Sefton                                                                                                     Mount Lewis
     Regents Park                                                                                                Bankstown
     Potts Hill                                                                                                  Punchbowl
     Birrong
     Yagoona




                                                                                                             Padstow
     Lansdowne                                                                                                Revesby
     Bass Hill                                                                                                Panania
     Georges Hall                                                                                            East Hills
     Bankstown Airport                                                                               Padstow Heights
     Condell Park                                                                                     Revesby Heights
     Milperra                                                                                             Picnic Point

     West                                                                                                       South


     IAN STROMBORG (Lab)   GLEN WAUD (Lib)      ALLAN WINTERBOTTOM   LINDA DOWNEY (Lab)     GLENN BROOKES (Lib)    MAX PARKER (Ind)
     T 9771 4843           M 0434 360 791       (Lab) Deputy Mayor   M 0411 462 287         M 0412 956 427         M 0411 464 647
     F 9772 3770                                P 9785 9091
                                                M 0412 788 235

				
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