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Westside Place Makers Grants
Place Making: (verb) ‘the act of reimaging everyday spaces into places where people love to gather and connect.’

We help fund and support bold, creative and inventive ideas that bring life to public spaces in Charles Sturt. Applications for Autumn/Winter 2018 close on Friday 16 February. For more information and guidelines call 8408 1111, email or visit

Smoke-free Bowden Town Square
The amenity of Bowden Town Square will soon be enhanced, with the area becoming a declared smoke-free zone from Monday 5 February. Recent community engagement showed overwhelming support for the proposal, which has now been approved by the State Government. Signs will be placed at the boundary of the smoke-free area to increase awareness, and a number of bins will be installed to allow for the responsible disposal of cigarette butts. On the spot fines of $75 can be applied to anyone found smoking in smoke-free precincts.

Our Children’s Programs are changing at the Library
Starting Monday 29 January, the Library will be making some small changes to our weekly sessions of Babytime and Storytime, and introducing new programs: Toddlertime for 1-3 year olds, and Little Bang Discovery Club for 3-5 year olds. For the new times and locations, please visit any of our branches, call us on 8408 1333 or visit

Draft Public Consultation Policy
The City of Charles Sturt is committed to delivering effective public consultation to identify and understand community concerns and aspirations, build partnerships and encourage an engaged community. We have drafted a new Public Consultation Policy that clearly articulates the steps we will take under the Local Government Act 1999 in relation to public consultation.  The new policy responds to the scrutiny by the Supreme Court regarding the Coast Park project, where our policy and procedure was found to be open to debate and legal interpretation. The draft policy is now a stand-alone document that clearly aligns to Council’s statutory obligations to engage with the community.

We invite community feedback on the draft Public Consultation Policy prior to its adoption. Consultation closes Friday 2 March 2018. For more information, drop into our Civic Centre, Libraries or Community Centres, or visit

The Deeper Inner Poetry Launch
Come along to the launch of the second poetry anthology by Martin Christmas, ‘The Deeper Inner’ at the Civic Library on Friday 2 February from 6-8pm. Martin is a local writer who lives in the City of Charles Sturt and his work has been published in Australian, North American and UK literary magazines. This is a free event with light refreshments provided.

Resilient Leaders Workshop
Are you a leader from a local sporting club, community organisation or group and keen to learn how you can support your community in preparing for, responding to and recovering from emergencies?  You’re invited to nominate for the Resilient Leaders Workshop by Red Cross on Tuesdays 6, 13 and 20 February from 5.30-9pm at The Brocas at 111 Woodville Road.

This free workshop includes interactive activities, stories from real disasters and a panel discussion with a number of emergency management agencies. At the conclusion of Resilient Leaders, you will have new skills and knowledge that will enable you to better support your community through emergencies. There is no cost for participants, as Red Cross is delivering the workshops as part of the disaster resilience partnership with the City of Charles Sturt. To nominate please contact Bec Lyons on 8408 1394 or 

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