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Rare Disease Dayhttps://cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/rare-disease-dayRare Disease Day2024-02-28T13:00:00Z
New lantern festival to light up Campsiehttps://cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/new-lantern-festival-to-light-up-campsieNew lantern festival to light up Campsie2024-02-11T13:00:00Z
School zone safety successhttps://cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/school-zone-safety-successSchool zone safety success2024-02-11T13:00:00Z
Dodgy developer slapped with hefty finehttps://cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/dodgy-developer-slapped-with-hefty-fineDodgy developer slapped with hefty fine2024-02-04T13:00:00Z
Deterring dumpers and greening the Cityhttps://cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/deterring-dumpers-and-greening-the-cityDeterring dumpers and greening the City2024-01-28T13:00:00Z
From Bankstown to the beach: Council's FREE bus is backhttps://cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/from-bankstown-to-the-beach-councils-free-bus-is-backFrom Bankstown to the beach: Council's FREE bus is back2024-01-02T13:00:00Z
A meals on wheels milestone: Lynn's golden jubilee of servicehttps://cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/a-meals-on-wheels-milestone-lynns-golden-jubilee-of-serviceA meals on wheels milestone: Lynn's golden jubilee of service2023-12-10T13:00:00Z
Streets to sparkle with Christmas lights comphttps://cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/streets-to-sparkle-with-christmas-lights-compStreets to sparkle with Christmas lights comp2023-12-03T13:00:00Z
Tots, teens & the in-betweens: Council's School Holiday program caters for allhttps://cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/tots-teens-and-the-in-betweens-councils-school-holiday-program-caters-for-allTots, teens & the in-betweens: Council's School Holiday program caters for all2023-12-03T13:00:00Z
Community pulls weight against domestic violencehttps://cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/community-pulls-weight-against-domestic-violenceCommunity pulls weight against domestic violence2023-11-27T13:00:00Z
Bankstown Arts Centre explores Western Sydney's landscapehttps://cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/bankstown-arts-centre-explores-western-sydneys-landscapeBankstown Arts Centre explores Western Sydney's landscape2023-11-27T13:00:00Z
A Christmas homecoming: Paulini returns to CBCity for Carols in the Parkhttps://cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/a-christmas-homecoming-paulini-returns-to-cbcity-for-carols-in-the-parkA Christmas homecoming: Paulini returns to CBCity for Carols in the Park2023-11-27T13:00:00Z
Mayoral toy drive delivering joy this Christmashttps://cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/mayoral-toy-drive-delivering-joy-this-christmasMayoral toy drive delivering joy this Christmas2023-11-20T13:00:00Z
Canterbury-Bankstown's oldest citizen sworn inhttps://cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/canterbury-bankstowns-oldest-citizen-sworn-inCanterbury-Bankstown's oldest citizen sworn in2023-11-19T13:00:00Z
Happy 100th Birthday Reg! Local veteran celebrates a centuryhttps://cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/happy-100th-birthday-reg-local-veteran-celebrates-a-centuryHappy 100th Birthday Reg! Local veteran celebrates a century2023-11-19T13:00:00Z
A CBCity Christmas: Council spreads festive cheerhttps://cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/a-cbcity-christmas-council-spreads-festive-cheerA CBCity Christmas: Council spreads festive cheer2023-11-12T13:00:00Z
Elite squad coach takes on 40km swim for charityhttps://cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/elite-squad-coach-takes-on-40km-swim-for-charityElite squad coach takes on 40km swim for charity2023-11-12T13:00:00Z
Bankstown Airport: Where the sky's the limithttps://cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/bankstown-airport-where-the-skys-the-limitBankstown Airport: Where the sky's the limit2023-11-07T13:00:00Z
Cameras to watch illegal dumpershttps://cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/cameras-to-watch-illegal-dumpersCameras to watch illegal dumpers2023-11-05T13:00:00Z
Upgrades make for a safer walk to schoolhttps://cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/upgrades-make-for-a-safer-walk-to-schoolUpgrades make for a safer walk to school2023-11-05T13:00:00Z
End of year household clean-up spots filling fast!https://cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/end-of-year-household-clean-up-spots-filling-fastEnd of year household clean-up spots filling fast!2023-10-29T13:00:00Z
eWaste collection returns to CBCityhttps://cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/ewaste-collection-returns-to-cbcityeWaste collection returns to CBCity2023-10-29T13:00:00Z
Clean out the cleaners this chemical cleanout dayhttps://cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/clean-out-the-cleaners-this-chemical-cleanout-dayClean out the cleaners this chemical cleanout day2023-10-22T13:00:00Z
Tug O' War cup takes on domestic violencehttps://cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/tug-o-war-cup-takes-on-domestic-violenceTug O' War cup takes on domestic violence2023-10-15T13:00:00Z
Nominate a mate for CBCity's Australia Day Awardshttps://cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/nominate-a-mate-for-cbcitys-australia-day-awardsNominate a mate for CBCity's Australia Day Awards2023-10-15T13:00:00Z
Four teams go head to head for Griffith Park designhttps://cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/four-teams-go-head-to-head-for-griffith-park-designFour teams go head to head for Griffith Park design2023-10-08T13:00:00Z
Free info sessions to help pensioners cut costshttps://cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/free-info-sessions-to-help-pensioners-cut-costsFree info sessions to help pensioners cut costs2023-10-08T13:00:00Z
From Cadet to Commended: Council officer wins top honourhttps://cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/from-cadet-to-commended-council-officer-wins-top-honourFrom Cadet to Commended: Council officer wins top honour2023-10-04T13:00:00Z
Campaign for kids to read 1,000 books before schoolhttps://cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/campaign-for-kids-to-read-1-000-books-before-schoolCampaign for kids to read 1,000 books before school2023-09-28T14:00:00Z
Starlit cinema brings movie magic to the great outdoorshttps://cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/starlit-cinema-brings-movie-magic-to-the-great-outdoorsStarlit cinema brings movie magic to the great outdoors2023-09-28T14:00:00Z

Success of Australian-first program

Success of Australian-first program A number of families seeking asylum have benefitted from an Australian-first pilot program introduced this year by City of Canterbury Bankstown. No Success of Australian-first program A number of families seeking asylum have benefitted from an Australian-first pilot program introduced this year by City of Canterbury Bankstown. News Columns; News and Updates
Holding hands

A number of families seeking asylum have benefitted from an Australian-first pilot program introduced this year by City of Canterbury Bankstown.

Canterbury-Bankstown has one of the largest populations of people seeking asylum in Sydney, including 78 children aged five or under. While Lakemba is the suburb with the highest number of people on bridging visas in Australia.

As a result, Mayor Khal Asfour launched Council’s Asylum Seeker Family Partnerships program, supported by the Asylum Seekers Centre, Sydney Alliance, and Uniting.

“It is one of my proudest achievements as Mayor,” he said.

“As we draw to the end of the 12 month trial, we have been able to help nine families to date.

“These families are among the most vulnerable in Australia and deserve a break. They face many challenges when they arrive in Australia, including learning English and going through the time-consuming process of applying for asylum. By providing this opportunity, parents are able to do that, knowing their children are also socialising with their own age, at the same time.

“Unfortunately, asylum seeker families seeking child care do not qualify for the Government subsidies which makes child care that much more unreachable, robbing both parents and children of the many opportunities and benefits that come from early childhood education.

“Our program is a win win for the families and our residents because, importantly, it doesn’t come at a cost to ratepayers, with only vacant places not taken up by local families at our children’s services facilities, allocated.”

The program is part of the City of Canterbury Bankstown’s commitment to being a Refugee Welcoming City, the first council to achieve such status in Australia, after signing the Refugee Council of Australia’s Refugee Charter, in 2008.

“We will shortly assess whether we have the capacity to continue the Asylum Seeker Family Partnerships program next year,” Mayor Asfour said.

“We are also aware of other councils which are looking at the possibility of introducing similar programs in their local areas. I hope our success makes their decision an easier one.”


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