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Campsie Lunar Noodle Markets: Lion dancers, lanterns and all the colour of Lunar New Yearhttps://cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/campsie-lunar-noodle-markets-lion-dancers-lanterns-and-all-the-colour-of-lunar-new-yearCampsie Lunar Noodle Markets: Lion dancers, lanterns and all the colour of Lunar New Year2023-01-29T13:00:00Z
Most outstanding honoured with CBCity's Australia Day Awardshttps://cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/most-outstanding-honoured-with-cbcitys-australia-day-awardsMost outstanding honoured with CBCity's Australia Day Awards2023-01-26T13:00:00Z
Welcoming CBCity’s new Aussies is the best way to celebrate Australia Dayhttps://cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/welcoming-cbcity’s-new-aussies-is-the-best-way-to-celebrate-australia-dayWelcoming CBCity’s new Aussies is the best way to celebrate Australia Day2023-01-19T13:00:00Z
Celebrate Australia Day & cool down at CBCity’s Pool Partieshttps://cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/celebrate-australia-day-cool-down-at-cbcity’s-pool-partiesCelebrate Australia Day & cool down at CBCity’s Pool Parties2023-01-16T13:00:00Z
Spectacular new water park opens at Greenacrehttps://cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/spectacular-new-water-park-opens-at-greenacreSpectacular new water park opens at Greenacre2023-01-13T13:00:00Z
Better Homes and Gardens star named CBCity's Australia Day Ambassadorhttps://cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/better-homes-and-gardens-star-named-cbcitys-australia-day-ambassadorBetter Homes and Gardens star named CBCity's Australia Day Ambassador2023-01-09T13:00:00Z
Media alerthttps://cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/media-alertMedia alert2023-01-09T13:00:00Z
Our free 'bus to the beach' is back: take the hassle out of getting to the beach in Januaryhttps://cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/our-free-bus-to-the-beach-is-back-take-the-hassle-out-of-getting-to-the-beach-in-januaryOur free 'bus to the beach' is back: take the hassle out of getting to the beach in January2023-01-08T13:00:00Z
Summer funhttps://cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/summer-funSummer fun2023-01-08T13:00:00Z
Local seniors celebrate togetherhttps://cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/local-seniors-celebrate-togetherLocal seniors celebrate together2023-01-08T13:00:00Z
Celebrate Lunar New Year in spectacular style in CBCityhttps://cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/celebrate-lunar-new-year-in-spectacular-style-in-cbcityCelebrate Lunar New Year in spectacular style in CBCity2023-01-04T13:00:00Z
Christmas and New Year 2022 Trading Timeshttps://cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/christmas-and-new-year-2022-trading-timesChristmas and New Year 2022 Trading Times2022-12-11T13:00:00Z
Win for Canterbury-Bankstown Council in the battle for Ashbury's Peace Parkhttps://cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/win-for-canterbury-bankstown-council-in-the-battle-for-ashburys-peace-parkWin for Canterbury-Bankstown Council in the battle for Ashbury's Peace Park2022-12-07T13:00:00Z
Generation STEM: inspiring our kids to pursue a career in science, tech, engineering and mathshttps://cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/generation-stemGeneration STEM: inspiring our kids to pursue a career in science, tech, engineering and maths2022-12-05T13:00:00Z
Padstow Heights family lights up for brain cancerhttps://cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/padstow-heights-family-lights-up-for-brain-cancerPadstow Heights family lights up for brain cancer2022-12-04T13:00:00Z
CBCity's Mayoral Christmas toy and hamper drive: Spreading cheer for those in needhttps://cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/cbcitys-mayoral-christmas-toy-and-hamper-drive-spreading-cheer-for-those-in-needCBCity's Mayoral Christmas toy and hamper drive: Spreading cheer for those in need2022-12-04T13:00:00Z
Campsie Master Plan wins national urban design awardhttps://cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/campsie-master-plan-wins-national-urban-design-awardCampsie Master Plan wins national urban design award2022-12-01T13:00:00Z
Canterbury-Bankstown to host live screening of Socceroos VS Argentina World Cup matchhttps://cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/canterbury-bankstown-to-host-live-screening-of-socceroos-vs-argentina-world-cup-matchCanterbury-Bankstown to host live screening of Socceroos VS Argentina World Cup match2022-11-30T13:00:00Z
Happy birthday, Lakemba Library!https://cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/happy-birthday-lakemba-libraryHappy birthday, Lakemba Library!2022-11-28T13:00:00Z
Exploring joy in times of uncertainty: two new Bankstown Arts Centre exhibitionshttps://cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/exploring-joy-in-times-of-uncertainty-two-new-bankstown-arts-centre-exhibitionsExploring joy in times of uncertainty: two new Bankstown Arts Centre exhibitions2022-11-28T13:00:00Z
Showing strength to say NO to domestic violencehttps://cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/showing-strength-to-say-no-to-domestic-violenceShowing strength to say NO to domestic violence2022-11-28T13:00:00Z
A CBCity Christmas Carol with Mahalia Barneshttps://cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/a-cbcity-christmas-carol-with-mahalia-barnesA CBCity Christmas Carol with Mahalia Barnes2022-11-21T13:00:00Z
Children and Youth awards: honouring our local heroeshttps://cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/children-and-youth-awards-honouring-our-local-heroesChildren and Youth awards: honouring our local heroes2022-11-21T13:00:00Z
SASSi Campsie: bringing Anzac Mall to life to support local businesseshttps://cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/sassi-campsie-bringing-anzac-mall-to-life-to-support-local-businessesSASSi Campsie: bringing Anzac Mall to life to support local businesses2022-11-21T13:00:00Z
Christmas in CBCity: Joy to the Worldhttps://cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/christmas-in-cbcity-joy-to-the-worldChristmas in CBCity: Joy to the World2022-11-14T13:00:00Z
Take the first step towards singing stardom & audition for TAP!https://cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/take-the-first-step-towards-singing-stardom-audition-for-tapTake the first step towards singing stardom & audition for TAP!2022-11-14T13:00:00Z
Join the Tug O’ War Cup & say NO to domestic violencehttps://cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/join-the-tug-o’-war-cup-say-no-to-domestic-violenceJoin the Tug O’ War Cup & say NO to domestic violence2022-11-06T13:00:00Z
Playground upgrades in time for warmer weatherhttps://cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/playground-upgrades-in-time-for-warmer-weatherPlayground upgrades in time for warmer weather2022-11-06T13:00:00Z
Canterbury-Bankstown's $20 Million Makeover Planhttps://cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/canterbury-bankstowns-$20-million-makeover-plan-(2)Canterbury-Bankstown's $20 Million Makeover Plan2022-10-30T13:00:00Z
CBCity awards more than $400k to local organisations in need of financial supporthttps://cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/cbcity-awards-more-than-$400k-to-local-organisations-in-need-of-financial-supportCBCity awards more than $400k to local organisations in need of financial support2022-10-23T13:00:00Z

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