Feedback sought on Oz Day site

Roselands Ward Councillor Nadia Saleh, left, wants Australia Day celebrations in Gough Whitlam Park, while Bass Hill Ward Councillor Rachelle Harika is keen for a Lake Gillawarna Park celebration.

Story appeared in: Torch | March 13th, 2018


THE decision on where Canterbury Bankstown's Australia Day celebrations should be staged has become a lot more difficult with the amalgamation of two council areas.
Debate is underway on whether a major celebration should be held at Lake Gillawarna or Gough Whitlam Park - or both. The two parks, one at Georges Hall and the other 25km away at Earlwood, were both the former Bankstown and Canterbury councils' preferred locations for their respective celebrations prior to amalgamation.
Councillors from either end of the 72sqkm local government area, with a population of over 340,000 residents, have began flying the flag for the two parklands.
The council is seeking online feedback to assist in the review of its major events calendar, including Australia Day celebrations.
At the last meeting of the council, Bass Hill Ward Councillor Rachelle Harika asked for the celebrations to be brought back to Lake Gillawarna.
"I grew up celebrating Australia Day at Lake Gillawarna for many years, finishing off the day with evening fireworks and there is no better sight seeing thousands of local families and children celebrating Australia Day at Lake Gillawarna," Cr Harika said.
"For this reason, the council should reconsider bringing Australia Day Celebration back to Lake Gillawarna, Georges Hall, as in my opinion, would cater for all generations, from infants to seniors, also given the success of it, in previous years."
Across town, in the Roselands Ward, Cr Nadia Salah asked the council to consider Gough Whitlam Park.
"Gough Whitlam Park is big enough to accommodate such a celebration, so I have put it forward as a location for consideration in the council's survey," Cr Salah said.
The council is reviewing Australia Day celebrations after a request from Mayor Khal Asfour.
Residents have until this Friday to have their say, by completing the survey at

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