B A N K S T O W N C I T Y C O U N C I L’ S M A G A Z I N E
Link September 2011
Aged to benefit
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
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
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.
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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MAYORAL MES SAGE 3
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
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.
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
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
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
Golf Pro Tim Hoskings,
Clr Pam Gavin and
New golf teaching three days a week at Sefton
pro at Sefton and competing on the China PGA
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
introduces residents to a variety
of different sports.
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
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.
Council in “The goal of Council is to be debt
free by 2018, and thanks to sound
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
“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.
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
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
of these centres,” said Mayor of
Bankstown Clr Khal Asfour.
“The additional parking in the
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
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
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
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).
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.
Crime rates Not only has Bankstown seen a drop
in the rate of Robbery Without a
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.
Road Local families are invited to
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
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
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.
Mayor Asfour and Chullora
Public School students
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
“Bankstown has a proud connection Wildlife display.
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
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
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.
Members of Bankstown City
Council’s TAP program and
Broken Hill youth singers
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
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
meet new people.
Class timetables are available at
Silver City celebrate the 21st anniversary
and evening classes will be available
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
Bankstown City Council staff member Angela Tocher
and students from Birrong Girls High School
In Australia, one in three
women will be assaulted
or abused in her lifetime,
according to the White
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
Chester Hill Chullora
Sefton Mount Lewis
Regents Park Bankstown
Potts Hill Punchbowl
Bass Hill Panania
Georges Hall East Hills
Bankstown Airport Padstow Heights
Condell Park Revesby Heights
Milperra Picnic Point
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