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CBCity hosts Australia’s largest citizenship ceremonyhttps://cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/cbcity-hosts-australia’s-largest-citizenship-ceremonyCBCity hosts Australia’s largest citizenship ceremony2022-05-10T14:00:00Z
It’s time for a festival!https://cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/it’s-time-for-a-festivalIt’s time for a festival!2022-05-09T14:00:00Z
Keep Connected, stay inspired – meet our local heroeshttps://cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/keep-connected-stay-inspired-–-meet-our-local-heroesKeep Connected, stay inspired – meet our local heroes2022-05-02T14:00:00Z
Campsie streets to come alive with major food and arts festivalhttps://cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/campsie-streets-to-come-alive-with-major-food-and-arts-festivalCampsie streets to come alive with major food and arts festival2022-04-25T14:00:00Z
New look for water tanks adds more beauty to our parkshttps://cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/new-look-for-water-tanks-adds-more-beauty-to-our-parksNew look for water tanks adds more beauty to our parks2022-04-18T14:00:00Z
2022 Easter and ANZAC day opening hourshttps://cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/easter-opening-hours2022 Easter and ANZAC day opening hours2022-04-12T14:00:00Z
Popular free swim instructor course returnshttps://cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/popular-free-swim-instructor-course-returnsPopular free swim instructor course returns2022-04-10T14:00:00Z
New life for Kelso waste facilityhttps://cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/new-life-for-kelso-waste-facilityNew life for Kelso waste facility2022-04-10T14:00:00Z
Let your hair hang down at Youth Festivalhttps://cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/let-your-hair-hang-down-at-youth-festivalLet your hair hang down at Youth Festival2022-04-03T14:00:00Z
Save on School Holiday activities this Autumnhttps://cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/save-on-school-holiday-activities-this-autumnSave on School Holiday activities this Autumn2022-04-03T14:00:00Z
Finding a job and having fun – CBCity’s Youth Weekhttps://cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/finding-a-job-and-having-fun-–-cbcity’s-youth-weekFinding a job and having fun – CBCity’s Youth Week2022-04-03T14:00:00Z
Ramadan Nights Lakemba: Take your tastebuds on an island adventurehttps://cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/ramadan-nights-lakemba-take-your-tastebuds-on-an-island-adventureRamadan Nights Lakemba: Take your tastebuds on an island adventure2022-03-27T13:00:00Z
Ramadan Nights Lakemba returns in full swinghttps://cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/ramadan-nights-lakemba-returns-in-full-swingRamadan Nights Lakemba returns in full swing2022-03-23T13:00:00Z
Celebrate cultural diversity with CBCityhttps://cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/celebrate-cultural-diversity-with-cbcityCelebrate cultural diversity with CBCity2022-03-13T13:00:00Z
Celebrate 50 years of Vietnamese culture with CBCityhttps://cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/celebrate-50-years-of-vietnamese-culture-with-cbcityCelebrate 50 years of Vietnamese culture with CBCity2022-03-06T13:00:00Z
Reconnecting local seniorshttps://cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/reconnecting-local-seniorsReconnecting local seniors2022-03-06T13:00:00Z
City of Canterbury Bankstown wins Bluett Awardhttps://cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/city-of-canterbury-bankstown-wins-bluett-awardCity of Canterbury Bankstown wins Bluett Award2022-02-28T13:00:00Z
Belmore Town Centre upgradeshttps://cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/belmore-town-centre-upgradesBelmore Town Centre upgrades2022-02-27T13:00:00Z
CBCity to be 100% powered by the sunhttps://cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/cbcity-to-be-100-powered-by-the-sunCBCity to be 100% powered by the sun2022-02-23T13:00:00Z
Local Swim School breeds championshttps://cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/local-swim-school-breeds-championsLocal Swim School breeds champions2022-02-21T13:00:00Z
CBCity's Innovative Sustainability Program acknowledgedhttps://cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/cbcitys-innovative-sustainability-programs-acknowledgedCBCity's Innovative Sustainability Program acknowledged2022-02-20T13:00:00Z
Oodles of Noodles: Campsie's Lunar New Yearhttps://cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/oodles-of-noodles-campsies-lunar-new-yearOodles of Noodles: Campsie's Lunar New Year2022-02-15T13:00:00Z
CBCity's Bushcare Program inspire local Picassohttps://cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/cbcitys-bushcare-program-inspire-local-picassoCBCity's Bushcare Program inspire local Picasso2022-02-14T13:00:00Z
Have a say on revised draft Campsie Master Planhttps://cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/have-a-say-on-revised-draft-campsie-master-planHave a say on revised draft Campsie Master Plan2022-02-14T13:00:00Z
CBCity's Back to Events with Movies Under the Starshttps://cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/cbcitys-back-to-events-with-movies-under-the-starsCBCity's Back to Events with Movies Under the Stars2022-02-07T13:00:00Z
First Sydney Muslim Writers Festival held in Banskstownhttps://cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/first-sydney-muslim-writers-festival-held-in-banskstownFirst Sydney Muslim Writers Festival held in Banskstown2022-02-06T13:00:00Z
Lunar New Year Mural telling stories of emerging Artists in Western Sydneyhttps://cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/lunar-new-year-mural-telling-stories-of-emerging-artists-in-western-sydneyLunar New Year Mural telling stories of emerging Artists in Western Sydney2022-02-01T13:00:00Z
Vandals delay Splash Park openinghttps://cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/vandals-delay-splash-park-openingVandals delay Splash Park opening2022-01-31T13:00:00Z
Glass scraps to cultural masterpieceshttps://cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/glass-scraps-toGlass scraps to cultural masterpieces2022-01-30T13:00:00Z
World-Class sounds to echo through Bankstownhttps://cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/world-class-sounds-to-echo-through-bankstownWorld-Class sounds to echo through Bankstown2022-01-30T13:00:00Z

Canterbury-Bankstown mayor joins fight against State Government cash grab

Canterbury-Bankstown mayor joins fight against State Government cash grab Canterbury-Bankstown Mayor Khal Asfour has joined other councils calling on the NSW Government to abandon its plan to divert local government funds into State revenue. Yes Canterbury-Bankstown Mayor Khal Asfour has joined other councils calling on the NSW Government to abandon its plan to divert local government funds into State revenue. News and Updates; Media Releases
Canterbury-Bankstown Mayor Khal Asfour has joined other councils calling on the NSW Government to abandon its plan to divert local government funds into State revenue.
The NSW Government is attempting to take up to half of local government “developer contributions” – the money councils levy developers to help pay for local infrastructure such as playgrounds, sports fields, libraries and parks.
“This is a blatant cash grab by the Government that will impact our community,” Mayor Asfour said.
“Under this radical plan, they want to rob us of vital infrastructure contributions and then funnel the funds into other areas.
“If this plan was approved today, it would cost us something like $72 million dollars over the next 10 years.
“These contributions are used to fund vital local infrastructure projects like parks, playgrounds, kerb and gutters, community halls and libraries.
“And what is the Government’s response to us, you can raise your rates!”
City of Canterbury Bankstown and 22 other councils have published an open letter in in metropolitan newspapers, including the Torch, to raise public awareness of the detrimental impact this levy change will have on their communities.
The councils argue developer levies should be spent where they are raised to ensure new development is accompanied by appropriate investment in the surrounding area.
If approved, local councils will only be able to levy local development for “essential infrastructure” and will be left with shortfalls in funding for playgrounds, open space, sports and community facilities unless they raise rates.
For more information, visit www.saveourcommunities.com


The open letter reads:
Dear Premier,
As you know, the NSW Government imposes housing targets onto local Councils to accommodate Sydney’s population growth.
And in turn, our communities rely on our Councils to deliver the essential facilities and infrastructure needed to support this growth and make people’s lives and local environments better.
This infrastructure includes everything from roads and footpaths, to sports fields, parks and netball courts, to playgrounds, pools and libraries.
We can only deliver these facilities because we are able to collect contributions from property developers to help fund them.
However, the changes now being planned by the NSW Government will divert a large proportion of these developer contributions away from Councils and into a Treasury-controlled fund, with no clear accountability or transparency of how it will be spent.
And the Government is proposing Councils raise rates to make up the revenue we are losing.
This breaks the nexus between where contributions are made and where they are spent. This threatens the ability of every Council to deliver much-needed new community facilities and transfers that burden onto our ratepayers.
Premier, you are forcing us to choose between cancelling projects and raising rates. And this is at a time of pandemic-induced financial hardship for many people in the state.
On behalf of our communities, we urge that you withdraw the changes currently before Parliament.
The other signatories are: Bayside, Blacktown City, Blue Mountains, Burwood, Campbelltown, City of Sydney, Cumberland, Hawkesbury, Hunter’s Hill, Inner West, Lane Cove, Liverpool, Mosman, North Sydney, Penrith, Randwick, Ryde, Strathfield, Sutherland Shire, Waverley, Willoughby and Woollahra.

 1/10/2021 12:13 PM