Weekly Community News

13 February 2024

Message from Mayor Lake

Mayor Lisa Lake

Safer Cities: Her Way Program

Council has started construction on Guildford Laneway as part of the Safer Cities: Her Way Program, following community feedback from a series of consultations held last year. The upgrades will include new furniture including tables and benches, installation of smart technology, lighting, CCTV cameras, mobile phone charging stations and public art. Guildford is undergoing a transformation as part of the Safer Cities: Her Way Program, which aims to improve the perception of safety for young girls and women in public spaces. This project is due to be completed in May 2024, weather permitting.

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Safer Cities: Her Way is part of the wider Safer Cities program led by Transport for NSW.

Cumberland Young Writers Awards

Cumberland’s youngest wordsmiths have been recognised and celebrated at the Cumberland Young Writers Awards held at Granville Library recently. The creative writing competition provided young writers and illustrators aged 8 to 18 years with an opportunity to showcase their talents through poetry, short stories and graphic stories. I was very impressed with the creativity and talent from our local children and youth. Congratulations to the winners, finalists and all involved! To read the entries, visit your local library branch.

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With winners and finalists of the Cumberland Young Writers Awards, Clr Colman and Deputy Mayor Hamed at Granville Library

Learn to Swim safely this Summer

Council offers a range of swimming programs which are held weekly at five Cumberland Swim Centres. Learn to Swim classes are suitable for infants, toddlers, children and adults. Learning to swim and being safe in and around water is very important with statistics from Royal Life Saving Australia revealing that drowning is a leading cause of death in children aged 1-3 years. It’s really important that we encourage our residents to take advantage of our programs so that they are equipped with water safety skills.

To sign up, or to find out more information, visit

Cumberland Live and Local

Council will be hosting an evening of music, community and good vibes at the first ever Cumberland Live and Local event on Friday 23 February at Merrylands Civic Square, and everyone is invited to join the fun! This free family friendly event will showcase some of the best of Cumberland’s local musicians, with performances from Anton Aktila and Cobalt Blues, as well as a range of food stalls. It’s a great opportunity to get out and about, relax and enjoy the sounds of summer.

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Easter 2024

Council will be hosting Easter celebrations on Saturday 9 March from 10am to 2pm and is seeking stallholders to provide food and suitable activities to be part of this fun event. To be considered for this event, please complete the form on our website by Monday 19 February at

With Easter Bunny and children

Mayor Lisa Lake
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Your Rates at Work

Footpath Renewals

Council has recently completed renewals at Birmingham Street in Merrylands, Nyrang Street in Lidcombe and Bayfield Road in Greystanes with over 500m of footpath upgrades to enable easier access for pedestrians.

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:

Have Your Say

Proposed Naming of Hayat Lane, Granville

Council is seeking feedback on the proposed naming of an un-named laneway in Granville. Your feedback will inform the decision to name the laneway as Hayat Lane to commemorate the late Hayat Francis who contributed significantly to the local community. Submissions close: 6pm, Monday 11 March 2024

Planning Proposal Request – 4-4A Terminal Place, Merrylands

Council is seeking feedback on the planning proposal request to amend planning controls for 4-4A Terminal Place, Merrylands. Your feedback will inform the decision to increase the residential capacity in a part of the proposed development which adjoins the existing Merrylands bus and rail interchange site. Submissions close: 11:30pm, Wednesday 28 February 2024

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Household Chemical CleanOut

Drop off your unwanted chemicals at Council’s free Household Chemical CleanOut on Saturday 24 February, from 9am to 3:30pm at Oriole Park Carpark, Euston Road, Auburn. For other household waste, residents have access to 4 pre-booked collections per year.

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Library Programs

Baby Rhyme Time
0 to 12 months Introduce your baby to stories, songs and rhymes.

Toddler Time
1 to 3 years Join this active session of stories, songs and rhymes for wriggly toddlers.

Preschool Time
3 to 5 years Includes stories, songs and simple crafts. A different theme will be explored each week.

For more information and the dates and times of these FREE programs, visit