Community leaders work to help Bankstown thrive

Fighting joblessness and poverty will be a priority for the new Bankstown Local Advisory Group and Community Action Leader.

Minister for Human Services Senator Kim Carr said he looks forward to working with the Bankstown Local Advisory Group.

“People with local knowledge will play a very important role in making social services work better for people in need in Bankstown,” said Senator Carr said.

“There is no ‘one size fits all’ solution to joblessness and poverty – that is why communities must work together to develop projects to help stop people from falling through the cracks.”

Bankstown is one of the 10 regions across Australia which will be able to put innovative ideas into action through funding from the $25 million Local Solutions Fund.

Local Federal Members welcomed the involvement of community members in this project, with Carol Gereige providing support to the Local Advisory Group as Bankstown’s Community Action Leader.

Member for Blaxland Jason Clare said local community leaders will play a key role in the Local Advisory Group.

“They will help work with the community to identify service gaps and create practical solutions for our local area,” said Mr Clare.

Daryl Melham, Member for Banks, said: “By working closely with the Government and the community, they will be able to improve job and training opportunities for locals.”

“It’s great to be part of the Local Advisory Group and I know we’ll be doing some great work to find creative and practical ideas that help locals improve their work skills and find jobs,” said Ms Quinn.

Local businesses and organisations in Bankstown are encouraged to call Carol Gereige on 02 8935 6854 or email email/carol.gereige)( for more information about the Local Advisory Group or the Local Solutions Fund.

Information is also available at

Bankstown’s Better Futures, Local Solutions Local Advisory Group

Background Information

Bankstown’s Local Advisory Group had its first meeting on 23 March 2012.

Local Advisory Group members

Bankstown’s Local Advisory Group members include:



Ms Cathy Quinn (Chair)

The Benevolent Society

Uncle Harry Allie

Indigenous Elder

Ms Mary Malak

Bankstown Multicultural Youth

Ms Jenny Reid

Creating Links

Ms Dale Donadel

Chester Hill Neighbourhood Centre

Rev David Deal

Heartbeat Community Care

Ms Sulabha Pawar

The Smith Family

Mr David Puckeridge

Local Employment Coordinator

Ms Therese O’Dwyer

Regional Development Australia

Local Advisory Group priorities

Bankstown’s new Local Advisory Group has identified some key priorities which it will work to achieve in the local community:

  • Establish new approaches to enable greater social and workforce participation
  • Increase access and participation in services and programs for the local community
  • Deliver sustainable employment, education and training outcomes for the local community