Community News Update

1 March 2022

Message from Mayor Lake

Mayor Lisa Lake

I had the pleasure of attending the 80th Anniversary of the 1942 Bombing of Darwin and the Re-dedication Service for the Wilbert ‘Darky’ Hudson MM Memorial that was held at Charles Mance Reserve on 19 February.

It’s interesting to know the history of Wilbert Hudson as he was a local hero, he was born in Merrylands in 1920 and lived in Addlestone Road before being sent to Darwin in 1941, after joining the Service at the age of 19. He was nicknamed Darky by his army mates and was stationed at the Berrimah Anti-Aircraft Battery, where he ultimately ended up defending against Japanese air strikes and brought down the first enemy aircraft ever destroyed on Australian soil. In June 1942, after an incident that left Wilbert badly injured, he spent 4 months in recovery before being welcomed back home at a reception in the Merrylands School of Arts Hall and years later went on to marry and raise a family in Greystanes. He was a true Australian hero.

Council continues to be dedicated in its efforts to encourage residents to stay safe and get vaccinated against COVID-19. I encourage you to keep your vaccinations up to date at the vaccination hub at The Granville Centre, 1 Memorial Dr, Granville. You and your family can get either your first, second or booster dose here and I recommend you make a booking by visiting the Western Sydney Local Health District portal at, or walking in.

Finally, I’d like to thank all of the community members who have shown me such hospitality and support since I’ve become Mayor. The people of Cumberland care deeply about our local area and many are being very generous to me with their time. I’m really looking forward to working further with our community members over the coming months to advance the interests of the Cumberland area.

Mayor Lisa Lake
8757 9856 |

Have Your Say

Help us make Cumberland more inclusive.

Submissions close: Monday 7 March

Fill out our survey to help us create the Disability Inclusion Action Plan 2022-2026.

This will help Council build a plan about people with disability to improve access to services, facilities and employment opportunities, create more liveable places and inclusive communities, recognise the rights and contributions of people with disability and champion diversity in our community.

There is also an Online Focus Group on Thursday 3 March.

Book your place or have your say:

Learner Driver Supervisor Workshop

If you are teaching someone how to drive, come along to this free workshop for parents who supervise learner drivers.

Thursday 24 March 2022, 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Sommerville Room, Auburn Town Hall, 1 Susan Street, Auburn
Learn more: or email

What’s On

Clean Up Australia Day in Cumberland City

Mayor Lisa Lake

Sunday 6 March 2022, 9am to 12:30pm
Holroyd Gardens Corner Pitt and Walpole Streets, Merrylands

Join us on Clean Up Australia Day at Holroyd Gardens to help us work towards a cleaner, greener Cumberland. Equipment and free lunch provided.
Register now:

Cumberland City’s Native Plant Giveaway

We are giving away native flowering plants, shrubs and trees to residents of Cumberland City to help add greenery to homes and make our suburbs an even more beautiful place to live.

Planting trees in your yard will provide more shade, habitats for our wildlife, more privacy and cleaner air. Register now to select up to 2 free plants per household, while stocks last!
Register now or learn more: Call 8757 9000 or visit

Seniors Festival 2022 Bus Trip

Tuesday 29 March

Enjoy lunch and see the Swell Sisters Show at Ettalong Diggers

Pick-up Locations:

  • 8:30am Holroyd Gardens – Corner of Pitt and Walpole Streets, Merrylands
  • 9am Auburn Centre for Community – 44A Macquarie Road, Auburn

Tickets are available by ballot only.

Ballots are available at:

  • Cumberland Council – Merrylands Service Centre, 16 Memorial Avenue, Merrylands
  • Cumberland Council – Auburn Service Centre, 1 Susan Street, Auburn
  • Cumberland Council Libraries
  • Online

Ballots close: 4:30pm, Friday 4 March

Submit your ballot now or find out more:

ETS Gym Open Week

To launch the opening of the new ETS Gym, we are inviting you to come and try it out for free between 8:30am to 4pm, from 7 to 11 March.

Check out the facilities, workout in the gym or attend a Wellness Class, no bookings required. Attend classes outside opening hours, explore our class timetable. See instructor on arrival.

Check out the Wellness Class timetable online at: