Go bush to help

Chance to win holiday by trip to fire impacted

RESIDENTS are being urged to head to one of the many regional communities devastated by bushfire and “go spend”.
Unveiling the ‘Go Spend Send’ bushfire relief initiative last night, Canterbury Bankstown Mayor Khal Asfour says the campaign aims to support the rebuild of communities hit by bushfires over summer for the next six months and beyond.
He says the initiative encourages people to ‘go’ to fire impacted areas for a day, a weekend or a week and ‘spend’ money and time.
“This initiative is underpinned by a competition, because everyone that ‘sends’ a photo of their stay during the six month period, has a chance to win a holiday that will also be supporting fire affected areas,” he said.
“There will be six chances to win a prize, each worth up to $1,200, all funded from the Australia Day Pool Party event entry fee.
“I will also be calling on local businesses to hold or move their meetings, workshops and training days where possible, to the areas impacted by fires.”
Kicking off the initiative, Mayor Asfour says his family will visit to the Shoalhaven region this weekend.
“I will spend money, by staying overnight, eating at local restaurants and cafes, and visiting shops and markets,” he said.
“I will send photos so others can get involved.
“Rebuilding communities, starts with supporting local businesses. Together we can show Australia, that Canterbury Bankstown City cares.”
He said the council’s response to the bushfires which caused such a devastating loss of lives, homes, businesses, wildlife and natural bushland over summer, had included cancelling Australia Day fireworks and redirecting the $10,000 to the Red Cross Bushfire relief fund.
To get involved in the Go Spend Send initiative and competition visit