Weekly Community News

2 April 2024

Message from Mayor Lake

Mayor Lisa Lake

Harmony Day 2024

I recently attended a special Harmony Day Lunch hosted by the MatruChhaya Indian Women’s Refuge for Domestic Violence Victims Incorporated at Council’s Domestic and Family Violence (DFV) Hub. The not-for-profit organisation is dedicated to providing culturally appropriate counselling by professional social workers, legal aid services, support projects, art therapy, cooking demonstrations and mental health assistance with psychologists. MatruChhaya aims to have a culturally appropriate refuge and accommodation for women of Indian origin and their children. Participating in Harmony Day provided an opportunity to connect with people who work in these outreach services while fostering unity and inclusion in our community.

With Domestic Violence support workers, Cumberland Police Area Command, community members and Council Staff

Queen’s Scout Award Presentation

Last week I attended the Queen’s Scout Award Presentation at the 1st/2nd Merrylands Scout Hall in Merrylands. The ceremony was held to honour the achievements of local Scout member, Monique Romer. It was great to hear about the journey with Scouts since joining in 2012. Over the years, Monique has developed a range of skills to withstand challenges and support life experiences. Congratulations to Monique for achieving such a prestigious award!

Monique Romer at the Queen’s Scout Award Presentation in Merrylands

Nowruz Celebrations

Council recently held their Nowruz community event. Hundreds of people of all ages flocked to the streets of Merrylands to mark the arrival of spring, and the beginning of the new year, which is celebrated by more than 300 million people all around the world. The evening was vibrant and rich in culture and traditions. It was lovely to embrace the spirit of Nowruz and celebrate our cultural diversity with the wider Cumberland community.

With Uncle Shane Laws, Clr Elmore, Federal Member for Parramatta, Dr Andrew Charlton, State Member for Auburn, Lynda Voltz, State Member for Granville, Julia Finn, and Clr Colman at Nowruz Celebrations in Merrylands

Youth Week 2024

Young people aged 12 to 24 years are invited to express, empower and get loud this April as Council gears up to take part in this year’s Youth Week from 11 to 21 April. There will be a range of activities on offer including a Paint and Snack Workshop, sporting sessions and more. There will also be an 80s themed party to close the week. To book your place, or for more information visit

Mayor Lisa Lake
8757 9856 |

Your Rates at Work

Wentworthville Memorial Swim Centre Council has completed the installation of new shade sails and outdoor umbrellas at Wentworthville Memorial Swim Centre. The sails will provide sun protection for children and families and will help create a more enjoyable environment for residents, families and visitors to the pool.

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Have Your Say

Join our Local Planning Panel

Do you know a local who could play a part in good planning outcomes for our community? We’re seeking expressions of interest for the Cumberland Local Planning Panel.

Submissions close: Wednesday 17 April 2024

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Merrylands Swim Centre

Merrylands Swim Centre will be extending its seasonal hours until Sunday 28 April.

The centre will be open:

Monday - Friday: 6am to 7pm
Saturday, Sunday & Public Holidays: 7am to 4pm

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Author Talk – Ron Inglis, Auburn ANZACs

As part of the Australian Heritage Festival and to begin ANZAC Day celebrations, Council is pleased to host the author talk “Auburn ANZACS, Auburn’s fallen soldiers of the Great War” by Ron Inglis.

6pm, Tuesday 23 April 2024
Auburn Library Civic Place, 1 Susan Street, Auburn

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