Weekly Community News

19 March 2024

Message from Mayor Lake

Mayor Lisa Lake

Nowruz Community Event

This weekend, Council will be hosting a community event to mark Nowruz on Saturday 23 March from 7pm to 10pm, at Merrylands Road between Treves Street and Memorial Avenue, and Merrylands Civic Square. Attendees can experience a night of vibrant celebrations with live music and performances. 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. For those celebrating this week, I wish you all a Nowruz Mubarak. May you and your loved ones be blessed with happiness, health and prosperity for the coming year.

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Easter Celebrations Wrap Up

Council recently held its Easter celebrations at Central Gardens in Merrylands West. It was wonderful to see all the community members who turned out to mark the important occasion and take part in the activities, stage shows and easter egg hunts and take a wander through the market stalls. Easter marks the end of the Lenten season on Sunday 31 March with devoted prayer, fasting and penitence and is celebrated all over the world, honouring the Resurrection of Jesus Christ three days after his death.

2024 Australia Day and 2023 King’s Birthday Award Recipients Reception

I recently held a special afternoon tea to honour the recipients of the Order of Australia Medal and Young Citizen of the Year Award. The afternoon was a great way to catch up with the winners and find out what they had been up to since receiving their accolades as well as what they have planned for the future.

Community Grants Program

Applications are now open for the third round of the 2023-2024 Cumberland Community Grants Program. This program supports local projects and services that provide assistance to people in Cumberland. If you have a small business, community event or run a community education program and are looking to secure extra funding, then apply now. Applications close: Thursday 4 April.

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Mayor Lisa Lake
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Your Rates at Work

Eric Tweedale Stadium

Council’s Open Space teams have completed maintenance works including; cutting and rolling the main playing surface, line marking and liquid fertilising to ensure the grounds remain in great condition for the current season.

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Have Your Say

Chadwick Reserve Park Upgrades

Council is seeking your feedback on the proposed upgrades to Chadwick Reserve in Lidcombe. Upgrades include a new pedestrian pathway through the park from Olympic Drive to John Street, a playground upgrade, new outdoor fitness equipment, new park seating and an Exeloo toilet.

Submissions close: 6pm, Friday 12 April

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New Program!

Splash into Aqua Aerobics at the Wentworthville Memorial Swim Centre! Classes are held every Monday and Wednesday from 11am.

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Heritage Awards

Submissions for the Cumberland Local Heritage Awards and Heritage Rebate Programs for 2024-25 are now open! The awards celebrate the people and heritage of our local area, and recognise those who demonstrate an interest in learning about local history and play an active role in preserving and maintaining our heritage.

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Ramadan Storytime Sessions

Council is holding Storytime sessions for children aged 3 to 5 years and their carers. Sessions start at 11am, no bookings required.

  • Greystanes Library - Wednesday 20 March
  • Lidcombe Library - Wednesday 20 March
  • Guildford Library - Friday 22 March
  • Bilingual Storytime: Auburn Library - Thursday 28 March (English and Farsi)

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