Weekly Community News

18 June 2024

Message from Mayor Lake

Mayor Lisa Lake

Australia Post Auburn Post Office Closure

I have joined our Local Members of Parliament in asking Australia Post to urgently reconsider their decision to close Auburn Post Office. This closure would be a huge blow to the local community, with the centre servicing the needs of a large and growing population in Auburn, many of whom are recent arrivals with few resources and limited English. The suggestion that they travel to Lidcombe or Berala for their post office needs is not practical for the elderly or those who do not drive, and it creates a further barrier to services for low-income households. There should be an increased focus on greater accessibility to key services within Cumberland.

2024 National Refugee Week

Council is celebrating diversity, resilience and inclusion within our community for National Refugee Week. This important week raises awareness of issues affecting refugees by highlighting their experiences to the broader community to help foster relationships and an understanding of those resettling in Australia. This week is an important time for our community to come together in unity and think about the millions of refugees who embark on dangerous journeys every day to find safety and refuge. I would also like to acknowledge the work of Refugee Advice and Casework Service (RACS) in Auburn who work closely with people seeking asylum. RACS is an independent public voice that has helped many community members seeking asylum by providing critical free legal advice, assistance and representation.

Youth Hub Launch

Council's Youth Hub launched on Thursday 6 June and was a huge success! The hub is a go-to destination for young people aged 12 to 25 years and will run on the first and third Thursday of the month to help empower and support youth in Cumberland at Merrylands Library from 2:30pm to 5:30pm. The service provides important resources and assistance with health, employment, education and more, including employment support, counselling and family mediation, Centrelink assistance, housing support, resources for young drivers, educational courses and resources, English language skills, digital literacy and self-employment options for those interested in entrepreneurship. For more information about Council’s Youth Hub visit:

With young people and youth service providers at the Youth Hub launch at Merrylands Library

Tom Adams Oval Renaming

I recently attended the renaming plaque ceremony of an oval in Roberta Street Park to Thomas (Tom) Adams Oval. Tom Adams was a long serving club Treasurer and supporter of the Greystanes Cricket Club for over 40 years. The elite title of life member was awarded to Tom for his many years of dedication and service to the club. He was also a life member of the Parramatta District Cricket Association and held various roles on many park committees. His contribution has improved the lives of many, both locally and beyond. For more information, visit

With State MP for Prospect Dr Hugh McDermott, Clr Cummings, Greg Adams, Shirley Adams, Clr Sarkis and Clr Colman at the plaque unveiling

Happy Pride Month

Cumberland is home to a great range of diverse people. As we celebrate Pride Month this June, I would like to acknowledge our Cumberland LGBTIQ+ community as we continue to all work together to ensure equality and dignity for all.

Mayor Lisa Lake
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Your Rates at Work

Playground Upgrades

Works are continuing at Jack and Jill Reserve in Berala, where the space is undergoing a full playground upgrade. As part of the project, new play equipment with a softfall surface, undercover seating areas, sandstone block seats and pathways have been installed with crews soon installing fencing. This project is expected to be completed later this month.

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Have Your Say

15 Neil Street, Merrylands - Draft Voluntary Planning Agreement (VPA2024/0004)

Council is seeking community feedback on the draft exhibition of the Voluntary Planning Agreement (VPA) prepared for 15 Neil Street, Merrylands.

Submissions close: 11:30pm, Friday 5 July

For more information, visit:

National Tree Day

Connect with nature, get your hands dirty and help make a personal difference through positive environmental action by registering for a planting site to help Planet Ark plant one million native trees. Basic tree planting equipment will be provided. Be sure to bring your own water bottle to refill.

Sunday 28 July, 10am to 12noon
Norford Road Park, Chester Hill, Auburn Community Picnic Ground

To register or to find out more, visit:

LGNSW Pre-Election Candidate Briefing

This free information session will provide those interested in becoming a Councillor with a better understanding of the roles and responsibilities as an elected member of Council.

Thursday 27 June, 5:30pm to 8pm
Council Chambers, 16 Memorial Avenue, Merrylands

To register or to find out more information, visit: