Community News Update

10 January 2023

Message from Mayor Lake

Mayor Lisa Lake

Hello and welcome to 2023!

I hope you had a wonderful time over the break and are feeling fresh and rejuvenated as we embark on another year together. January is shaping up to be a very busy month for Council with a number of community programs, events and activities in the works.

Australia Day Celebrations and Citizenship Ceremonies

As part of our Australia Day celebrations this year, Council will be hosting Citizen of the Year and Community Pride Awards, held in conjunction with a special Australia Day Citizenship Ceremony at the Holroyd Centre on Thursday 26 January. Every year on this day Council welcomes new residents into our community that get to call Cumberland home. An Australia Day event will also be held at Holroyd Gardens from 6pm to 9pm. The event will feature entertainment from main stage performances, with a variety of food vendors, sports and backyard games, an outdoor cinema and a spectacular fireworks display! Australia Day gives people from all walks of life an opportunity to come together and celebrate what it means to be Australian, and I hope to see you all there. For more information visit

Seniors Festival

Council’s popular annual Seniors Festival will be returning this year from Wednesday 1 February with “Celebrate Together” as the central theme. The 12-day program will feature a range of activities for our senior community including bus trips, a golf day, a picnic in the park and online workshops just to name a few. The Seniors Festival is a great opportunity for Cumberland’s senior residents to get together, try something new and meet new people. To register your place or for more information about the festival visit

Lunar New Year Celebrations

To celebrate Lunar New Year, Council will be hosting a number of events this year as we mark the year of the Rabbit. The weekend of festivities will be held from Friday 3 February to Sunday 5 February. The three-day festival begins with movies in the park on Friday night at Wyatt Park in Lidcombe, followed by a Lunar Concert on Saturday at the Auburn Central Forecourt and a day full of activities, workshops and performances on Sunday at the Berala Community Centre. This is the first time since the start of the pandemic we have been able to celebrate Lunar New Year with our community, so I encourage you all to come along and join in these celebrations. For more information visit

Mayor Lisa Lake
8757 9856 |

Your Rates at Work

Within the last month, Council crews successfully:

  • Repaired 204 potholes
  • Swept 1,435 kilometres of roads
  • Cleaned 13 stormwater pits

Completed footpath renewal project:

  • Belimla Street, Auburn - 245 metres

Completed road renewal projects:

  • Guildford Road, Guildford – 1,130 metres
  • Junia Avenue, Toongabbie – 210 metres

Open space works carried out over the Christmas and New Years period:

  • Soil moisture and impact monitoring of sports fields to ensure surfaces are fit for intended use
  • Synthetic fibres stitched into high use areas at one of our premium facilities to ensure wear areas are kept to a minimum whilst maintaining aesthetics
  • Renovation works including topdressing and fertilising
  • Irrigation maintenance and repairs

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:

The ETS Gym

It is the perfect time of year to get healthy and trim at the ETS Gym! Explore our weekly fitness classes, regular women’s classes and membership packages with Council’s Swim Centre classes. This new facility is fully airconditioned with great views overlooking the sportsground and park plus free parking. Memberships from $10 per week.

The ETS Gym is located inside The Eric Tweedale Stadium
Granville Park, 10 Montrose Avenue, Merrylands
Open 7 days: 6am to 12 midnight

To view all operating hours, visit:

Australia Day

When: 6pm to 9pm on Thursday, 26 January 2023

Where: Holroyd Gardens, Corner Pitt and Walpole Streets, Merrylands

What: Fun for the whole family including main stage performances, delicious food, games, activities, an outdoor cinema and a spectacular fireworks display!

Cost: Free entry

For more information visit:

Assisted by the Australian Government through the National Australia Day Council.