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After being advised that the new Canterbury Bankstown Council will implement an Environment and Sustainability Committee I decided to talk to a manager about how it might work.

I was really impressed by some of the activities the former Bankstown Council has been carrying out. Canterbury Council was doing some similar activities but there are differences between what the two were doing.

Firstly we discussed the Litter Prevention Program. It started when the team wanted to know what they needed to do to change people’s behaviour. They decided to target the river areas where people regularly went and where there was significant amounts of litter. They asked people they saw littering whether they felt responsible for the litter. The majority did. A number believed that Council was also responsible. This led to a change of bins, and “The Pledge” where people made a commitment not to litter.

Different types of bins were trialled for a year. People won’t use bins that aren’t easy to use, are overfilled, or that are dirty to touch. Every summer staff would target popular areas of high litter count and ask people to put rubbish in the bin, then take a pledge to not litter. Photos were taken and displayed.

After 4 years the scheme was evaluated and, as a result, expanded.

Next to be targeted were spots where takeaway food packaging was dumped. Many people didn’t think what they were doing was littering. There was a trial of flashing signs in some key areas, such as parks: two weeks of “Do the Right Thing”;  one week of “Fines for Littering Apply”. Surveillance teams operated at different times and on different days, including Sundays, for a number of weeks.

Town centres were targetted next with similar programs. All three programs have had a positive impact in reducing litter.

Meanwhile a project initiated by the former Canterbury Council has received a NSW Excellence in the Environment Award for a new recycling initiative program. The construction of new apartments generates a lot of packaging and material that is thrown out. Bays were made available to store the unwanted materials and extra collections were organised as needed.

Canterbury Bankstown Council will set up a Program for City Resilience within the context of one for the whole of Sydney. City resilience is about anticipating the inevitable events that cause disruption and then developing strategies to reduce their impacts to the greatest extent possible.

The Council also has a focus on energy, combining the “Our Energy Future” program with the “Our Solar Future” program.

Finally we discussed natural resources. Work is being done on catchments and biodiversity with: ibis plan, rabbit control, habitat boxes, National Tree Day, and backyard biodiversity.

I still think that the merger of the two councils has led to a municipality that is way too big, but in regard to environmental and sustainability issues, I am excited about combining Canterbury’s activities and knowledgeable staff with Bankstown’s. I’m hopeful the new committee will have plenty to do to assist and support working to improve the sustainability of our environment in Canterbury-Bankstown and beyond.

Cr Linda Eisler

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Save our Valley covers Bardwell Park, Earlwood and Turrella.
They had 5 questions for Candidates at the Local Government elections on September 9. These are the answers given by Linda Eisler, Greens Canterbury Ward candidate in the Canterbury-Bankstown Local Government Election.
Please answer the following five questions. The questions are constructed to enable you to provide a Yes or No answer but leave space for any qualifications you may want to provide. Delete NO if your answer is YES and vice-versa and type in any comment. Please return the document by email to by Wed 6 September.
• : Do you think that being declared a Priority Precinct is a positive for the suburbs of Bardwell, Earlwood, Turrella? YES NO Comment/Qualification
No. None of the Priority Precincts are positive. I don’t believe they are well thought out in terms of providing the necessary infrastructure like schools, green space, community facilities, hospitals, aged care, public transport and so on. The planning departments seem to be just putting down circles and saying to developers: Go for it.
You can have development, but it needs considered planning so that people have livable, sustainable cities. It does appear that these precincts are political. These aren’t Liberal areas.
• Would you be supporting rezoning of properties in the ‘blue zones’ identified by the Dept of Planning and Environment? YES NO Comment/Qualification
No. Planning by zones or circles is not the way to go because it doesn’t take consideration of the topography or any other impacting factors. There needs to be a wide setback from the river for environmental and social reasons. There appears to be no understanding of the social or environmental implications of what they are zoning. They need to consult with locals who live there and understand their area. Wolli Creek Preservation Society for instance!
• Do you think that owners of properties outside the blue zones should be compensated for the relative loss of value of their properties? YES NO Comment/Qualification
Not at this stage. We need to be rejecting the blue zones and stating there needs to be a realistic look at the plans before considering accepting plans and talking of adequate compensation. Once satisfied with the plans we can look at who is impacted and discuss adequate compensation then.
• Are you confident that the long-term jobs created by re-development will exceed those lost from the local area by the loss of the Turrella industrial area? YES NO Comment/Qualification
No. What has been offered? How will it be created? Will the State Government actively create long-term jobs, or, leave it to market forces?
• Do you accept the contention by DoPE that the cost of additional infrastructure needed as the result of increased population should in part be met by Council ratepayers? YES NO Comment/Qualification
Definitely not! Councils don’t have the funds to meet the needs of existing residents. This is the State Government’s Plans. The whole point of priority precincts is that they put in the money to make the plans work. That’s meant to be the plus! They support the infrastructure.

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Linda Eisler was a Greens Councillor on Canterbury Council from 2008 till 2017. She did not become part of the amalgamated council’s advisory panels, as she believes the community has not been adequately consulted on the amalgamation. However, she has continued to represent the community with the new administration and has liaised successfully.

She has always demonstrated honesty and has been outspoken in her representation of residents and community groups. She is reliable and fearless in her commitment to her constituents.


While on council she has consulted widely from her participation in a large number of working groups like disability, multicultural, floodplains management. She established the Environment and Sustainability Working Group. Amongst her achievements was the establishment of a regional energy study; developing the Interfaith Talks; chairing the GreenWay.
Linda believes that the community needs to understand and have a say in what Canterbury-Bankstown looks like and how it develops in the future. Greenspace and public facilities like schools and good public transport are vital to a healthy community. So is reasonable and sustainable development.

You can help re-elect Linda by supporting her campaign:

Phone her on: 0400426424

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From the Canterbury Bankstown Express

“The Wolli Creek Preservation Society has shone some light on serious environmental concerns over the potential M5 East Tunnel duplication.”


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Min. No. 147 RESOLVED (Councillors Eisler/Adler)


  1. Council request the Southern Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (SSROC) to develop material about responsible tree planting that can be distributed on an annual basis with Rates notices. The brochures should include information about:
    • Trees that are particularly unsuitable for small suburban blocks and likely to cause damage, for example, camphor laurels, liquidambars and willow trees;
    • Where to locate trees to prevent trouble, for example, distance from fences, buildings;
    • How to trim trees to minimise overhang;
    • Trees that are particularly suitable for small blocks; and
    • Where people can get advice about tree planting.
  2. If SSROC is not the appropriate body, Council develop its own brochure.

FILE NO: C-123-6 PT4, T-37-1 PT2

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