Community News Update

14 March 2023

Message from Mayor Lake

Mayor Lisa Lake

International Women’s Day Awards & Events

Council celebrated International Women’s Day with a series of activities and community events last week which I attended, including the Tamil Valarchi Manram and SydWest Multicultural Services International Women’s Day Conference, the Rotary Club of Granville celebrations and the SEVA International Women’s Day event. Six women were recognised for their hard work and achievements at Council’s International Women’s Day Cumberland Awards Ceremony which was held for the first time this year to recognise and acknowledge the contributions of women in our local community. The award winners were: Shaqaeq Rezai who won the Young Female Ambassador Award, Michelle Pearce who was awarded the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Achievement Award, Janu Dhayanathan who took home the Access and Disability Award, Aynalem Tessema who won the Community Event Award, Pilar Lopez who won the Multicultural Leadership Award and Isabel Lorenzi who won the Local Business Woman of the Year Award. Congratulations to the award winners. I look forward to seeing your ongoing work in our community.

Isabel Lorenzi, Aynalem Tessema, Shaqaeq Rezai, Mayor Lisa Lake, Clr Ola Hamed, Clr Diane Colman, Pilar Lopez, Michelle Pearce, Janu Dhayanathan and Clr Helen Hughes

Nowruz Community Event

Council is gearing up to host its first Nowruz community event this weekend, on Saturday 18 March at the Granville Centre from 5:30pm. Nowruz means ‘New Day’ and marks the first day of spring. It has been celebrated for more than 3,000 years by cultures around the world with significance to countries in the Middle East, parts of Asia and Southeast Europe. The evening will mark cultural traditions with a haft-sin table arrangement featuring the seven symbolic items. There will also be live entertainment and performances from dancers, singers and Turkish drummers as well as a range of food vendors, stall holders and art and cultural activities.

To view the full events program or to find out more information visit

Australia Day and Queens Birthday Honours List

I recently hosted an afternoon tea in honour of the 2022/23 Australia Day and Queens Birthday Honours recipients. The afternoon reception was a lovely opportunity to meet remarkable people who have made a significant contribution in our community and to get to know their unique stories. Congratulations to them all!

Me with the 2022/23 Australia Day and Queen’s Birthday Honours recipients: The Very Reverend Father Peter Williams AM, Melissa Attia PSM, Arthur Watson OAM, Jennifer Mary Jones OAM and Mark Harris PSM.

Kamban Tamil Literary Festival

I recently attended the 17th Anniversary of Kamban Kazhagam Australia’s Kamban Tamil Literary Festival. The evening included readings from Tamil literature, performances from musicians, prayers and the sharing of moral teachings. It was such an honour to be invited to this event as the Tamil community came together to celebrate literacy, enrich their community and preserve their culture.

Celebrations at the 17th anniversary of Kamban Kazhagam Australia’s Kamban Tamil Literacy Festival.

Mayor Lisa Lake
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Your Rates at Work

Campbell Hill Reserve

Council has successfully completed project works at Campbell Hill Reserve with repairs to the timber bridge and removal of overgrown vegetation along Prospect Creek Reserve.

Emu Update

Two juvenile emus who were being cared for at the Central Gardens Nature Reserve in Merrylands have been released into the wildlife park.

Granville Park Field Upgrades

Granville Park Field 3, 4 and 5 Irrigation works have been completed; topdressing and irrigation commissioned.

Floodlight testing completed for fields 3, 4 and 5. Approvals received from Endeavour Energy for substation upgrades.

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Summer Water Safety

Swimming lessons save lives, visit our website to view all children and adult classes available at your local Swim Centre:

Royal Life Saving Australia strongly advises that children be supervised by an adult at all times. Adults should stay within arm’s reach of children when around pools, beaches, lakes and rivers. Remember to always Keep Watch and within arm’s reach just in case of an emergency.

Cumberland Local Heritage Awards and Rebate Program

Entries are now open for Best Maintained Heritage Property Award, Restoration & Development Award, Researching Our Local History Award, The Keeper of the Stone Children’s Heritage Award Colouring Competition and Council’s Rebate Program. Entries close: Friday 14 April.

For more information, or to enter, visit: