City of Canada Bay receives grant to support a stronger community

Community & events | 29 August 2022

The City of Canada Bay has received an $88,000 NSW Local Government Social Cohesion Grant.

The grant will be used to run a 20-week leadership and mentoring program for emerging leaders in our community.

The Nurturing Emerging Leaders Program will begin in October and aims to support community members to build their skills in community engagement, leadership, and advocacy. It will also support the realisation of projects, events and initiatives aimed at strengthening our community.

Local government is well placed to support grassroots initiatives that enhance community cohesion and cultural inclusion. This program will build on the relationship between Council and our local community groups, promoting stronger networks and participation from the wider community so that we can better collaborate to address community needs.

Applications are now open for emerging leaders from diverse backgrounds to take part in this program. Visit our Collaborate page for more information.

Mentors will be drawn from Council staff, as well as our project partner organisations: the Ethnic Communities’ Council of NSW and Burdekin Association.

"Ethnic Communities' Council of NSW is proud to be working with the City of Canada Bay on this social cohesion project, which will help to build capacity in active advocacy, community leadership, and civic involvement and engagement,” said Mary Karras, CEO of Ethnic Communities’ Council of NSW.

Mentors and participants will represent a range of genders, age groups, abilities and culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.  

“This program is a wonderful opportunity to engage with key young people in the City of Canada Bay and foster their leadership and advocacy potential for the benefit of all young people and the wider community as a whole,” said Graham Bargwanna, Head of Business and Stakeholder Development at The Burdekin Association.

“We’re looking forward to playing our part and assisting to achieve positive social outcomes for the City of Canada Bay.” 

The City of Canada Bay was one of six Councils to receive a share in the inaugural round of Social Cohesion Grants funded by the NSW Government.

Community & events | 29 August 2022