Weekly Community News

19 December 2023

Message from Mayor Lake

Mayor Lisa Lake

Cooling Cumberland – Beat the Heat Campaign

Cumberland Council has launched a ‘Cooling Cumberland – Beat the Heat’ Campaign to help residents manage extreme heat events with temperatures expected to soar this summer. The campaign provides a wide range of information and resources on heatwave management, Council’s recreational facilities and will include the extended hours of operation of Council’s Community Centres and Libraries as well as the locations of the free pop-up splash park activations across the Cumberland Local Government Area. It’s important that Council takes proactive measures to help keep our residents safe and to ensure that everyone is well prepared and informed during extreme heat events.

For more information, visit

Celebration Disco

Council recently celebrated International Day of People with Disability (IDPWD) with two free events for the community including the Celebration Disco held on Saturday 9 December and the Festival of Ability Showcase held on Friday 15 December. It was great to attend the Disco and meet members of our community. Council’s IDPWD program aims to showcase and celebrate people with disability, promote understanding, highlight all abilities and raise public awareness of the contributions people with disability make in our community.

For more information about Council’s programs for people with disability, visit

With participants from Council’s Lifestyle and Leisure Links program

Blouza Christmas Festival

Thank you to the Australian Blouza Association (ABA) for inviting me to your Christmas celebration in Granville recently. This year’s festival hosted over 500 attendees and it was wonderful to catch up with everyone to celebrate your achievements this year.

With ABA President Ray Eltakchi, Mayor of Blaouza Antonios Nabih Maroun and Lady Mayoress Naziha Maroun

Merry Christmas from Cumberland Council

Christmas is around the corner, and it has been exciting to see all the festive decorations and community events that have been taking place in Cumberland. Christmas is the time where millions of people around the world celebrate the birth of Jesus, which happened more than 2,000 years ago in a town called Bethlehem. That birth continues to signify a promise of harmony and peace that resonates for all of us.

Regardless of our faith or beliefs we can all share in the spirit of Christmas, knowing that in Cumberland there is a place for everyone, where we celebrate both our shared culture and the wealth we gain through our diversity.

May the New Year be filled with cherished moments with your loved ones, new beginnings, prosperity and happiness. Stay safe over the holidays and I look forward to seeing you all in 2024

With Santa Claus and children at Merrylands Civic Square Christmas Tree

Mayor Lisa Lake
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Your Rates at Work

Road Renewal Projects

Council has completed road works along Daisy Street in Greystanes and at Long Street in Smithfield which included asphalt resurfacing and repairs of damaged kerbs and gutters

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:

Bushcare Volunteer Program

Calling all green thumbs! Council is on the lookout for volunteers to join our Bushcare Volunteer Program. Volunteers assist Council’s Bushcare team by helping maintain and improve Cumberland’s open spaces, parks and bushland.

To join the program or find out more information, visit

Australia Day 2024

Council’s annual Australia Day event will be returning to Holroyd Gardens in Merrylands on Friday 26 January 2024 from 6pm to 9pm. Celebrate Australia Day locally and enjoy the main stage and roving entertainment, guest appearances from Bluey & Bingo, sports and garden games, food and a spectacular fireworks display.

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Bin Collection

There will be no changes to Council’s waste and recycling collection services over the holiday period.

All red, yellow and green bin collection will remain the same.

For more information about your bin collection days, visit:

Slow Down Safety Campaign

Council has rolled out a road safety awareness campaign urging motorists to ‘Don’t Be A Clown, Just Slow Down’.

The campaign seeks to raise awareness about road safety and encourage drivers to slow down to reduce the number of speed-related accidents to keep motorists and pedestrians safe in and around Cumberland.

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