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Miss out on $200m boost

RESIDENTS are being called on to help Canterbury Bankstown Council take a stand against what it says is a NSW Government “rort”.

Mayor Khal Asfour has slammed the State Government after Canterbury Bankstown missed out on the latest funding allocation.
He has now set up a petition on the council’s website for residents to “let the NSW Government know that now is the time to give us our fair share of the money we were rorted out of so that we can get on with delivering much needed infrastructure, and stimulate our flagging Covid-19 economy”.
“The council received its original Stronger Community Fund allocation for specific community projects when we merged, conveniently we were forgotten when it came time to consider the allocation of the additional $200 million,” he told the council.
“At the time, I wrote to the then Minister for Local Government, Gabrielle Upton, requesting additional funding to meet our needs and received a very clear response that there was no money available.
“You can imagine my shock to hear so many Liberal councils received buckets of money I was told didn’t even exist.”
He says the council has $5m of shovel-ready projects waiting to go right now and another $571m in the pipeline.
“Now is the time for the NSW Government to give us our fair share.”