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HAVE YOUR SAY: City of Canterbury Bankstown - Draft 2020/21 Operational Plan Budget and Schedule of Fees and Charges

At the 28 April 2020 Ordinary Meeting, Council authorised the public exhibition of the draft 2020/21 Operational Plan, Budget and Schedule of Fees and Charges.

This document outlines the projects that Council will deliver in the coming year as we work to achieve the community goals and priorities outlined in the City’s community strategic plan - CBCity 2028. We are working to keep our City thriving, dynamic and real, and this exhibition includes the upcoming capital investment for roads, footpaths, parks, buildings, and sporting fields throughout the City.

Due to current health concerns, we will not be hosting face to face information sessions nor will printed copies of the documents be available at libraries and customer service centres. We understand this is not ideal and ask residents, businesses, sporting associations and community groups to view and provide comment over the digital platform – Have Your Say.

Council would appreciate your assistance in sharing this information with people, local businesses, and sporting or community organisations that you believe may be interested but not already able to access.

Your feedback is most welcome and written submissions will be accepted up until the close of business 5pm on Friday 29 May 2020 via

on-line submission form on Council’s Haveyoursay online forum
• by email to: [email protected]; or
• by post to: General Manager, City of Canterbury Bankstown, PO Box 8 Bankstown NSW 1885 – Attention Integrated Planning.

If you would like more information or would like to speak with us please contact Rebecca Bell, Integrated Planning on 9707 9990 or Graham Humphrys from Engagement on 9707 9602.

More financial support for people affected by coronavirus

From Services Australia....

The Australian Government has announced more payments and streamlined claims for people affected by coronavirus.

We’ll pay a temporary fortnightly $550 Coronavirus Supplement from 27 April 2020 if you’re getting an eligible payment.

We’ll extend eligibility for the first $750 Economic Support Payment to pay it from 31 March 2020. This is if you’re getting an eligible payment on any day from 12 March to 13 April 2020.

We’ll also pay a second $750 Economic Support Payment from 13 July 2020. This is if you’re getting an eligible payment or have an eligible concession card on 10 July 2020. You won’t get this payment if you’re getting the Coronavirus Supplement.

We’ll expand eligibility for some payments and make them easier to claim.

We’ll make a one off Crisis Payment available if you’re in severe financial hardship and either:

- need to self-isolate
- are caring for someone self isolating.

A crisis payment is one week of your base income support payment rate.

Find out more at Services Australia

NSW Government supporting International students through COVID-19

NSW Government MEDIA RELEASE

Following an announcement by the NSW Government on Friday 15 May 2020, please find information below about support for International Students during COVID-19.

The NSW Government will fund temporary crisis accommodation for stranded international students as part of a $20 million package protecting the vulnerable and maintaining the State’s track record as a leading global study destination.

Minister for Skills and Tertiary Education Geoff Lee said helping international education meant helping the whole State of NSW.

“International students are an integral part of our communities and our economy,” Mr Lee said.

“Thousands of families around the State depend on the sector – whether through direct employment, homestays or other services.

“The package includes a temporary housing scheme, targeted at students in genuine need and delivered through approved student accommodation or homestay providers.

"It also provides increased support via the International Legal Service NSW, making available 50,000 free subscriptions to the multilingual My Legal Mate student app".

A new 24/7 international student support service, through the NSW Government COVID-19 hotline (13 77 88), will offer free advice and information about other measures, including the moratorium on rental evictions and medical, mental health, legal and emergency support.

Mr Lee said international students make a huge contribution to NSW and deserve a helping hand.

“Many have lost their part-time jobs, are unable to return to their home countries and do not qualify for Commonwealth Government support programs,” he said.

“The additional support being announced today complements efforts of our education institutions, highlighted by a combined $180 million commitment from NSW universities for their international and domestic students.”

Council of International Students Australia (CISA) president Ahmed Ademoglu welcomed the announcement.

“We are pleased to see the NSW Government focus on crisis accommodation for vulnerable international students, which is something that we as an association have been calling for,” Mr Ademoglu said.

Call the Service NSW hotline (13 77 88) for further information on COVID-19 support available or visit the website here.

For any other enquiries please email [email protected]

COVID updates from Fairfield Police NSW: Short message and police activities (1)

Message from Sussanne Jabur, Multicultural Community Liaison Officer, Fairfield City Police Area Command │NSW Police Force

Please find the attached documents, the information outline the Police activities and short message to our community in regards to COVID 19 new rules and restrictions in different languages , we would like to request from you all to please circulate and share the information widely through your programs and/ or any other available avenues to assist our community understands some of the new recent changes introduced.

Resources also available in Arabic, Persian, Italian, Greek, Korean

Corona Virus (COVID- 19) Police Activity in Maintaining the law and Ministerial Directions

  • What you need to know

Police are there to support the safety and wellbeing of the whole community at this time of the Corona Virus pandemic. Any breaches will be considered serious and responded to and acted upon by police.

There are several new rules that apply.

1. Public Health Order

(a) You need to comply with social distancing requirements. This means you must stay at least 1.5 meters away from other persons and do not engage in public greetings such as shake hands, hug or kiss.
(b) If you go out it can be with only one other person (i.e. 2 people)
(c) As of 31st March, you are only to leave home for necessary reasons –
a. To go to work if necessary
b. To buy food or medical supplies
c. To go to the doctors or to a medical appointment or compassionate visit
d. To go out to exercise (alone or with one other person)
(d) You cannot go and sit in to eat at restaurants, cafes and other food and drink venues It is take away food only.
(e) You can no longer go Gyms, health studios, pools, indoor sports venues, outdoor skate parks, playgrounds or cinemas, theatres concert halls.
(f) You cannot go to Churches, Mosques or other places of worship
(g) If you are attending a wedding or funeral, there are strict rules regarding numbers and ensuring social distancing occurs
(h) Current personal hygiene – washing hands, coughing into the elbow or into a tissue and keeping away from anyone exhibiting flu like symptoms apply for ALL persons

2. Quarantine Order

a. If you have come into Australia from overseas you must quarantine – this means you must not come into contact with others. Police Commissioner is oversighting the placement of all arrivals into quarantine within hotels.

b. If you have flue like symptoms you also must self-isolate – stay at home with no direct content with others – for a minimum of 14 days and in consultation with your doctor.

  • What Police have the power to Do?

1. NSW police will be proactively conducting patrols in every Police Command and District to make sure that people in public spaces are obeying the social distancing guidelines

2. Police have the power to issue a Penalty infringement notice, or an On the Spot fine, if a person is not doing what the new laws and Ministerial directions require. This is a fine of $1,000.00 for individuals or $5,000.00 for businesses.

This means that if someone is ordered to self-isolate and they do not, or if people are not complying with social distancing rules, police WILL issue them with a fine.
A person may also be issued with a Court Attendance Notice (for other breaches?) with a penalty of up to $11,000.00 or 6 months in prison

3. Also, Police will be enforcing the following Ministerial Directions: They will act in relation to:
(a) Self isolation of persons diagnosed with the Corona Virus
(b) Self isolation of travellers coming into Australia or returning to Australia
(c) Gatherings of large groups of people. These are called ‘mass gatherings’
(d) Closure of places where people gather socially - pubs, clubs, restaurants

4. Community reporting of breaches of the public health orders

NSW Police Force has also asked for community assistance. You can report breaches of the public health orders through CRIMESTOPPERS on www.nsw.crimestoppers.com.au
Please use this responsibly.

Corona Virus (COVID- 19) Police Activity in Maintaining the law and Ministerial Directions

Police are there to support the safety and wellbeing of the whole community at this time of the Corona Virus pandemic. Any breaches will be considered serious and responded to and acted upon by police. There are several new rules that apply. These rules are about many things such as social distancing, going out of the home for non-essential reasons, quarantining or isolating yourself if you have come into Australia from overseas and following personal hygiene.

Police have the power to issue a Penalty infringement notice, or an On the Spot fine, if a person is not doing what the new laws and Ministerial directions require. This is a fine of $1,000.00 for individuals or $5,000.00 for businesses.

To know more visit: https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19

Stay Home stay safe

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COVID updates from Fairfield Police NSW: Short message and police activities (2)

Message from Sussanne Jabur, Multicultural Community Liaison Officer, Fairfield City Police Area Command │NSW Police Force

Please find the attached documents, the information outline the Police activities and short message to our community in regards to COVID 19 new rules and restrictions in different languages , we would like to request from you all to please circulate and share the information widely through your programs and/ or any other available avenues to assist our community understands some of the new recent changes introduced.

Resources also available in simplified Chinese, Japanese, Portuguese, Vietnamese and Spanish

Corona Virus (COVID- 19) Police Activity in Maintaining the law and Ministerial Directions

  • What you need to know

Police are there to support the safety and wellbeing of the whole community at this time of the Corona Virus pandemic. Any breaches will be considered serious and responded to and acted upon by police.

There are several new rules that apply.

1. Public Health Order

(a) You need to comply with social distancing requirements. This means you must stay at least 1.5 meters away from other persons and do not engage in public greetings such as shake hands, hug or kiss.
(b) If you go out it can be with only one other person (i.e. 2 people)
(c) As of 31st March, you are only to leave home for necessary reasons –
a. To go to work if necessary
b. To buy food or medical supplies
c. To go to the doctors or to a medical appointment or compassionate visit
d. To go out to exercise (alone or with one other person)
(d) You cannot go and sit in to eat at restaurants, cafes and other food and drink venues It is take away food only.
(e) You can no longer go Gyms, health studios, pools, indoor sports venues, outdoor skate parks, playgrounds or cinemas, theatres concert halls.
(f) You cannot go to Churches, Mosques or other places of worship
(g) If you are attending a wedding or funeral, there are strict rules regarding numbers and ensuring social distancing occurs
(h) Current personal hygiene – washing hands, coughing into the elbow or into a tissue and keeping away from anyone exhibiting flu like symptoms apply for ALL persons

2. Quarantine Order

a. If you have come into Australia from overseas you must quarantine – this means you must not come into contact with others. Police Commissioner is oversighting the placement of all arrivals into quarantine within hotels.

b. If you have flue like symptoms you also must self-isolate – stay at home with no direct content with others – for a minimum of 14 days and in consultation with your doctor.

  • What Police have the power to Do?

1. NSW police will be proactively conducting patrols in every Police Command and District to make sure that people in public spaces are obeying the social distancing guidelines

2. Police have the power to issue a Penalty infringement notice, or an On the Spot fine, if a person is not doing what the new laws and Ministerial directions require. This is a fine of $1,000.00 for individuals or $5,000.00 for businesses.

This means that if someone is ordered to self-isolate and they do not, or if people are not complying with social distancing rules, police WILL issue them with a fine.
A person may also be issued with a Court Attendance Notice (for other breaches?) with a penalty of up to $11,000.00 or 6 months in prison

3. Also, Police will be enforcing the following Ministerial Directions: They will act in relation to:
(a) Self isolation of persons diagnosed with the Corona Virus
(b) Self isolation of travellers coming into Australia or returning to Australia
(c) Gatherings of large groups of people. These are called ‘mass gatherings’
(d) Closure of places where people gather socially - pubs, clubs, restaurants

4. Community reporting of breaches of the public health orders

NSW Police Force has also asked for community assistance. You can report breaches of the public health orders through CRIMESTOPPERS on www.nsw.crimestoppers.com.au
Please use this responsibly.

Corona Virus (COVID- 19) Police Activity in Maintaining the law and Ministerial Directions

Police are there to support the safety and wellbeing of the whole community at this time of the Corona Virus pandemic. Any breaches will be considered serious and responded to and acted upon by police. There are several new rules that apply. These rules are about many things such as social distancing, going out of the home for non-essential reasons, quarantining or isolating yourself if you have come into Australia from overseas and following personal hygiene.

Police have the power to issue a Penalty infringement notice, or an On the Spot fine, if a person is not doing what the new laws and Ministerial directions require. This is a fine of $1,000.00 for individuals or $5,000.00 for businesses.

To know more visit: https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19

Stay Home stay safe

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DCJ COVID-19 response to domestic and family violence

The link bellow gives some important message and useful information from the Department of Communities and Justice
about domestic and family violence during COVID-19.

https://coronavirus.dcj.nsw.gov.au/services/domestic-and-family-violence

Canterbury Bankstown Cares: volunteer your time to assist the local community

Canterbury-Bankstown Council

Council’s Community Planning & Development Team hopes you and your organisation are managing as best you can in this unprecedented period.

The Council has launched Canterbury Bankstown Cares, which is a package of assistance being offered to local organisations and businesses. As part of this a register of local people interested in volunteering their time to assist the local community has been developed.

If your organisation is seeking volunteers to assist with your service, please reply to this email with your contact details and information on the tasks you require and we will endeavour to match skills and refer people to you.

If you are seeking further information please contact Tony on 9707 9540

Support People impacted by COVID-19 (Volunteering)

In times of crisis, Australians love to help.

Volunteering can provide crucial support to people in the community who are impacted by an emergency. That’s why we’re calling on all people who can lend a hand to register their details to become a volunteer.

Find out more at https://emergency.volunteer.org.au

Sydney Water Payment Assistance Scheme

Qualified case managers provide holistic solutions for customers experiencing affordability issues. SW offer direct financial support through our Payment Assistance Scheme (PAS). SW also aim to improve our customer’s financial wellbeing, inclusion and resilience by referring customers to external services based on their needs.
This may include referrals to other agencies for other types of help including:
· emergency relief
· financial counselling
· personal counselling
· advocacy
· housing
· NILS
· EAPA

Customer Care staff also educate customers about water efficiency and make referrals to our PlumbAssist Program for emergency and essential repairs.

Eligibility Criteria is specific to:
· owner occupiers who do not own more than one property
· private tenants with NSW Lease Agreement
· properties must be individually metred.

Customers can call our contact centre on 13 20 92 and ask for our Customer Care team. Alternatively, they can be referred by one of our PAS accredited community agencies.

If you are a service provider and would like to know how you can refer your customers and become an accredited agency, email us at [email protected] We are now able to provide PAS training using the Microsoft Teams App

Service NSW: Emergency relief packages

If you've been directed to self-isolate, and have no family or friends able to help you with shopping, emergency relief packages are now available.

The packages contain 2 weeks of food and personal care items, such as:
- pasta
- long life milk
- canned vegetables
- toilet paper.

The Office of Emergency Management together with Foodbank are coordinating the supply of the packages.
If you, or someone you know is in need, please call Service NSW on 13 77 88

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