Weekly Community News

6 February 2024

Message from Mayor Lake

Mayor Lisa Lake

Lunar New Year Celebrations

This weekend, Council will be ringing in the Year of the Dragon across Auburn, Berala and Lidcombe as part of our Lunar New Year celebrations. Over three days, from Friday 9 February to Sunday 11 February, everyone is invited to explore the block party which will feature some of the best Asian cuisines in Western Sydney. You can also enjoy the range of cultural performances including live music, lion and dragon dancing, lanterns, community crafts, food and market stalls and more! For more information, visit

1000 Books Before Kindergarten Program

Council has launched a new early literacy reading program called ‘1000 Books Before Kindergarten’ at Granville Library. This program encourages children to read 1000 books before they start school, to help develop early literacy skills and a love for reading from a young age. Any book read can contribute to the program including those found at home, borrowed from the library, and even from story time, playgroups or childcare. Parents can register online or at any library in Cumberland. This free program is open to infants and children aged up to five years and each registered participant will receive a free starter park, which includes a reading log to track their progress. To register or for more information, visit

With Deputy Mayor Hamed, Clr Colman, parents and children at the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten Program Launch at Granville Library

Australia Day Citizenship and Awards Ceremony

Council held its Local Citizen of the Year Awards at The Holroyd Centre in Merrylands on Australia Day. The accolades are awarded to members of the community who have tirelessly devoted their time and energy to make Cumberland a great place to live, work and play. A special congratulations to:

Renee Alame – Sportsperson of the Year
Zainab Jalloh – Local Young Citizen of the Year
Alan Patterson – Local Senior Citizen of the Year
Bulent Ada – Local Citizen of the Year
Auburn Hospital Recyclers – Environmental Person of the Year

The event was also held in conjunction with the first Citizenship Ceremony of the year where over 50 new residents officially made Cumberland home. Congratulations to all the winners and to the newest members of our community. For more information about the award winners, visit:

With Local Senior Citizen of the Year, Alan Patterson and Australia Day Ambassador Amelia Farrugia

Mayor Lisa Lake
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2024 Lunar New Year

Free Entry

Friday 9 February - Lunar Block Party 5pm to 10pm Joseph Street, between Bridge and Railway Streets, Lidcombe
Saturday 10 February - Lunar Concert 5pm to 9pm Auburn Park, Auburn
Sunday 11 February -Lunar Local 10am to 1pm Berala Community Centre, 98-104 Woodburn Road, Berala

Funding for this project has been provided by the NSW Government.

Your Rates at Work

Road Renewals

Council has recently completed road renewals at Hopman Street in Greystanes and Mountford Avenue in Guildford, where 550m of road in total was resurfaced and new asphalt was laid. Crews also repaired over 600m of road at Pavesi Street in Smithfield.

Let us know of any issues in your area by using the Snap Send Solve mobile app which can be found on Council’s website:

Hopman Street, Greystanes

Have Your Say

Draft Library Strategy 2024-2027

Council is seeking community feedback on the Draft Library Strategy, which outlines the vision for Cumberland to continue providing sustainable, innovative, accessible and inclusive library services to the community and will guide the direction and delivery of our library services over the next 3 years

Submissions close: 6pm, Monday 19 February

For more information, visit:

Summer Water Safety

All children must be supervised by an adult when in or around Council pools, backyard pools, beaches, lakes and rivers. Ensure you are within arms’ reach at all times and be ready to enter the water in case of an emergency. Swimming lessons save lives, visit our website to view all children and adult classes available at your local Swim Centre.

Join now or for more information, visit: