Community News Update

13 September 2022

Message from Mayor Lake

Mayor Lisa Lake

On behalf of Cumberland Council may I offer my sincere condolences to the members of the Royal Family for the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at the great age of 96. I acknowledge her strong public commitment to advancing international co-operation through our Commonwealth and on a personal note, her quiet, calm re-assurance to communities at difficult times. Cumberland Council will work with our State and Federal Governments to honour her remarkable contribution of service.

To mark National Child Protection Week, I recently attended the Child Safe Standards: A Local Government Perspective Forum at the Granville Centre. The forum provided community organisations, other councils, and child advocacy groups with an opportunity to share child protection frameworks and raise awareness of the role that local government has as a Child Safe Organisation. Our commitment to child protection began in 2018 when we adopted our Child Protection Policy and since then we have been seen as a leader in child protection across NSW. Our policy aims to create a framework that supports the safety of our children. We have learned that leadership within an organisation plays a significant role in child safety and so it is very important for Council to embed this policy into our culture and organisation.

Community groups have been celebrating the Mid-Autumn Festival otherwise known as the Moon Festival, with several events held over the past few weeks. Just recently I attended an event hosted by The Chinese Australian Services Society (CASS). These cultural events are a great opportunity to celebrate our diversity, bring together family and friends to give thanks, reunite and eat mooncakes. These celebrations are important to many of our community members and I am grateful to have been invited to participate in such a culturally significant celebration.

Myself and community members from CASS at a Moon Festival event.

In other news, I am proud to advise that we have officially welcomed over 400 new citizens that now get to call Australia and Cumberland their home. Council recently held two citizenship ceremonies at the Holroyd Centre in Merrylands to mark Australian Citizenship Day. This day is a national event that is celebrated by thousands across the country on the 17 September each year. The day presents an opportunity for us all to reflect on what it means to be an Australian citizen and appreciate the great place we call home. I send my warmest congratulations to our new fellow Australians.

And lastly, I’d like to congratulate Wenty Leagues Club on their 60th anniversary. It is always great to see community organisations celebrate major milestones. Wenty Leagues Club has been an active organisation in the Cumberland community since 1962, where it has become a popular venue for community members, where many call it a ‘home away from home’. It’s a wonderful place for many to enjoy a meal, celebrate their achievements and mark special occasions. Wenty Leagues has also been very prominent with the community in the areas of sport, community outreach and events which are some of the reasons why they have had continued success over the last 60 years

Mayor Lisa Lake
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Friendship Garden at Auburn Centre for Community

Open Mondays 9:30am to 1:30pm and Fridays 11:30am to 2:30pm

Visit our community garden, a community space for healthy and fun outdoor activities. Grow and share local food, make new friends and share skills while improving community health and wellbeing.

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Have Your Say

Duck River Parklands Draft Strategic Masterplan

Guide the future vision of the Duck River Parklands. Submit your feedback before: Tuesday 4 October

Planning Proposal - 80 Betty Cuthbert Drive, Lidcombe

Comment on a planning proposal to facilitate the redevelopment of the site for a mix of health, education and residential uses. Submit your feedback before: Wednesday 5 October

Pemulwuy Roads, Parks and Reserve Naming

Comment on names selected for 3 roads, 2 parks and a reserve within a greenfield subdivision in Pemulwuy. Submit your feedback before: Monday 26 September

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Get Snapping for our Biodiversity Photo Competition

To celebrate National Biodiversity Month, Council is hosting a photo competition. Send us a photo to enter the competition to win a $100 Westfield voucher.

Choose from one of three categories; plant, animal or eco-system. There will be one winner selected from each category. Enter before Sunday 25 September. 

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Your Rates at Work

Council crews are currently undergoing several projects to maintain and upgrade roads and footpaths. This includes road works in Greystanes along Ballina and Willow Streets. There are works on footpaths in Greystanes at 473 Great Western Highway and in Merrylands West on Como and Bristol Streets. There is also works on a median island at Park Road and York Street in Berala.

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