Thursday, April 25, 2024

Canterbury Bankstown connects to tackle big issues

Tackling domestic violence, homelessness and the cost of living were some of the key topics of discussion at City of Canterbury-Bankstown Council’s inaugural CommUNITY Connect conference last week.

Representatives from more than 60 different community and Government organisations came together over the two-day conference to share ideas and come up with strategies to better address community needs.

Discussions focussed on intersectionality at all stages of life and targeted marginalised communities including people who are culturally and linguistically diverse, first nations people, people who identify as LGBTQIA+ and people with disability.

Canterbury-Bankstown Mayor, Bilal El-Hayek said the conference was a first for Council and a huge success in bringing local organisations together.

“Council cannot tackle the big issues alone and it’s great to see so many organisations offer up their ideas and solutions,” Mayor El-Hayek said.

“Issues like domestic violence, homelessness and the cost of living are crippling our community and we must work together to stamp them out.

“All information collected from the workshops will shape Council’s strategies and plans for the next year.”

Council says the outcomes from the conference will determine the priorities for its 2024 Community Grants Program.

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