Community News Update

2 August 2022

Message from Mayor Lake

Mayor Lisa Lake

The program for this year’s Sydney Cherry Blossom Festival has now been released. Held over nine days, the festival is set to feature crowd favourite Hello Kitty, a flower rave, a 9-hole Harajuku themed mini golf course, Japanese flower arranging and more. There will also be a range of pink themed specialty dishes to sample in the Japanese Food Village including a huge selection of Japanese fusion food exclusive only to this festival. To book your tickets or view the full festival program visit

At Council’s meeting on 6 July, Council resolved to donate $10,000 from the Emergency Relief Fund to NSW Flood Relief after months of flooding in NSW. Council also resolved to donate $5,000 to UNICEF to help children in Afghanistan, as a result of the devastating 6.2 magnitude earthquake. More than 6,200 of our residents were born in Afghanistan, so I’m pleased to be able to help the people of Afghanistan and their loved ones in Australia during this time.

A series of dementia information sessions called ‘Let’s Talk About Dementia’ have recently been held and received a great response from the community. I am pleased to confirm that the program has now been extended and information sessions will continue to be provided each month at different locations across the Cumberland Local Government Area. For more information and locations, visit

Council is now able to bring our services closer to residents in Greystanes with the opening of the new Customer Services Centre at Greystanes Library. The service will be available on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30am to 4pm and will be able to assist with general enquiries, bookings and payments. Justice of the Peace services are also available on these days between 9:30am to 11:30am. For a full list of Customer Service Centres around Cumberland, visit

Lastly, I would like to acknowledge the late Beryl Amy Caroline Gunther who recently passed away. Beryl was an active local member of our community who made a significant contribution to the Cumberland area. Beryl was a founding member of a number of community groups including the Granville Community Group, the Granville Historical Society, Vietnam Veterans Ladies Auxiliary Committee, Parramatta Bicentenary Committee and many others. She was also a driving force behind the book “History of Granville” and was awarded the Parramatta Council Community Service Award and the NSW Government Community Service Award. Beryl passed away on 1 June this year. On behalf of Council I would like to recognise Beryl’s significant contributions to the Granville community and pay my respects to her family.

Mayor Lisa Lake
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Sydney Cherry Blossom Festival
20 to 28 August 2022 | Auburn Botanic Gardens

Bring your appetite and discover an array of exciting and exclusive pink cherry themed cuisines at the festival’s Food Village.

  • Cherry blossom waffles, Sakura burgers, cherry blossom lamingtons, cold brews, coffee, sodas and bubble tea.
  • Plus Japanese fusion food including ramen burgers, tempura mushrooms, steamed bao buns and much more.

Don’t miss out! Book your tickets now:

Your rates at work

Council staff have been working tirelessly to make Cumberland City’s roads and paths safer and more reliable for residents and commuters following the severe weather we have been experiencing.

Over the last year, Council has successfully:

  • Repaired over 6,000 potholes
  • Laid over 15,700 tons of asphalt
  • Resealed 9.2kms of roads
  • Renewed over 3.7kms of footpaths
  • Installed over 4kms of new footpaths

If you come across any issues on our roads or footpaths, use your smart phone to notify Council via the Snap Send Solve mobile app which can be found on Council’s website.


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  • Thursday 11 August: Healthy soil healthy planet – Role of the garden
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