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Drought help from our friends in Bankstown

Saturday, 1st September, 2018

Khal Asfour, mayor of Canterbury Bankstown. Khal Asfour, mayor of Canterbury Bankstown.

By Myles Burt

The Canterbury Bankstown City Council is giving $10,000 to Broken Hill and Cobar to help with the drought. 

Canterbury Bankstown mayor, Khal Asfour, said it was a way of supporting their sister cities.

“Here in Sydney we’re hearing a lot about the drought and how it’s affecting Western NSW,” said Councillor Asfour.

“I think it’s only fitting that our communities can help each other out in difficult times.

“That’s why we’ve decided to donate some money to the Broken Hill community and the Cobar community,to help them, hopefully, relieve themselves of these difficult weather conditions.”

The city of Canterbury Bankstown has had a Sister Regional Council relationship with Broken Hill and Cobar for more than 25 years. 

Mayor Asfour said the donation could be the start of more help.

“I think it’s only fitting that as a council and having sister city relationships that we begin having that conversation,” he said.

“If we can do more, we will do more.

“The city of Canterbury Bankstown is fully behind helping our country cousins.”

Schools and community and religious groups had got right behind fundraising for the “Buy a Bale” campaign because they knew how much farmers and graziers do for the country, Clr Asfour said.

“Our communities are 100 per cent behind this,” said Clr Asfour.

“When communities are struggling from no fault of their own, it’s only fitting that a sister city council such as us, that has the means to help and support, does that.

“This is what I think sister cities are all about.”

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