Community News Update

14 February 2023

Message from Mayor Lake

Mayor Lisa Lake

Earthquake in Turkiye and Syria

It is with great sadness that I acknowledge the thousands that have now lost their lives and the thousands injured by the devastating earthquake that struck Turkiye and Syria last week.

On behalf of the Cumberland community, I offer our deepest condolences as we remember those that have lost their lives so suddenly and the families forever changed by grief and loss. May I wish them all moments of peace and comfort as they remember their loved ones that were taken from them too soon.

To our Turkish and Syrian communities in Cumberland, please know that the broader Cumberland community shares your sorrow and is thinking of you all through this very difficult time.

The Western Sydney Leadership Dialogue

The Western Sydney Leadership Dialogue held the first Greater Merrylands Partnership Forum at the Holroyd Centre recently. Federal Member for Parramatta, Dr Andrew Charlton, myself and representatives from government bodies, industry, businesses and community groups attended the forum.

Merrylands is our largest strategic centre and is expected to double in size by 2036. With a focus for planning, growth and development in areas of housing, infrastructure, amenities and open spaces, it will provide significant opportunities for investment into the area.

Nowruz Celebrations

I’m pleased that this year Council will be celebrating Nowruz with a community event. Nowruz is the celebration of a ‘New Day’ and has been observed by cultures around the world for more than 3,000 years. The event will be held at the Granville Centre on 18 March from 5:30pm - 9:30pm and will feature a line-up of food, live entertainment and cultural activities. Council is currently hosting community consultations for this event. For more information or to take part in the community consultation visit:

St. Mary’s Ethiopian Women’s Association Inaugural Cultural Festival

I recently attended St. Mary’s Ethiopian Women’s Association Inaugural Cultural Festival. Member for Granville, Ms Julia Finn, representatives from other African community groups and community members attended the festival. The festival was a great way to promote and showcase Ethiopian culture and tradition to the community. St. Mary’s Ethiopian Women’s Association in collaboration with other Ethiopian associations and civic organisations in Sydney work tirelessly to offer social activities and support services to women, single mothers and families in Cumberland.

Mayor Lisa Lake
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Your Rates at Work

From 30 January – 3 February Council crews successfully:

  • Repaired 172 pot holes
  • Trimmed 102 street trees
  • Cleaned 14 stormwater pits

Merrylands Civic Square Update:

  • Stage 1 – A new bus shelter has been installed in McFarlane Street
  • Stage 2 – Tree vault works are underway

Works undertaken at Council Parks and Open Spaces:

  • Maintenance works at 213 parks which included mowing, garden bed maintenance, bush regeneration and litter collection.
  • 94 playground safety and compliance inspections
  • Renovation works including topdressing at Everley North and Bathurst Street Park.
  • Creek maintenance and clearing works completed at Leeton Street Park.
  • Playground maintenance repairs which included top of soft fall mulch.

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

Draft Media and Social Media Policies

We want to hear your thoughts on the Draft Media and Social Media Policies. Your feedback will inform Council’s procedures for responding to and initiating media contacts and the administration and management of its social media platforms. Submit your feedback before Friday 3 March 2023 For more information visit:

Professional Headshots for Job Seekers

Council is offering people who live or work in the Cumberland area the opportunity to have a FREE professional headshot photograph taken. People who are unemployed, seeking work or looking to advance their careers are eligible. A professional picture can often assist candidates to put forward the best impression of themselves and Council is keen to do whatever we can to help people who live and work in Cumberland to succeed.

Express your interest before Wednesday 22 February at:

Stay Safe and Beat the Heat

Heatwaves or extreme heat events can have serious impacts on your health.

To avoid overheating, you can:

  • Avoid being outside during the hottest part of the day
  • Ensure you and your children have adequate fluid intake
  • Never leave children alone in a car
  • Drink plenty of water and avoid sugary and alcoholic drinks

For more information, visit: