Giving residents a voice

Bass Hill ward councillors Rachelle Harika and Alex Kuskoff have established a committee, made up of local representatives, to listen to residents.

Story appeared in: Torch | November 7th, 2017

WITH a population of over 350,000, Canterbury Bankstown Council has a difficult job ahead of it listening to the needs and wants of residents, says one councillor.
In an effort to open up better communication with residents of the 40 suburbs within the 72-sqkm local government area, Cr Alex Kuskoff believes community committees should be established across the five wards.
"Not only is the council large, but each ward is larger than many councils across our state," Cr Kuskoff said.
"Its imperative that our residents' concerns about traffic, overdevelopment and community needs are not lost given the sheer size of the council."
Last Friday the Labor councillor launched the Bass Hill Ward Community Committee with fellow councillor Rachelle Harika and concerned residents.
"It's hoped the committee will meet regularly and be a voice for residents in our ward," he said.
Committee member and Chester Hill resident Harry Allie is delighted with the concept.
"It's a good way for locals to raise awareness and to ensure that our area's needs are not forgotten," he said.
Georges Hall resident Connie Griebe said the committee was a step in the right direction.
"We need to have a voice on the council," she said.
"We have so many of our own traffic issues and concerns, and I do worry that we will be lost with such a large council."
Expressions of interest are open for residents and community groups to participate in the committee, which will meet monthly and focus on issues of interest in the area. Applications can be made by emailing

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