Weekly Community News

20 February 2024

Message from Mayor Lake

Mayor Lisa Lake

Cumberland Emergency Accommodation

Parramatta Women’s Shelter in collaboration with Evolve Housing Limited and Women’s Community Shelters have opened its first Core & Cluster service located in the Cumberland Local Government Area. The Shelter provides a crucial service for women with or without dependent children, who are experiencing homelessness due to domestic and family violence. The Core and Cluster model provides a safe space for women to rebuild and heal in a centralised location with onsite access to caseworkers and community support services. It’s a great milestone moment for Western Sydney to have another women’s refuge in Cumberland.

If you or someone you know needs support regarding domestic, family or sexual violence, call 1800 RESPECT / 1800 737 732 or visit

With Tania Smith from Parramatta Women’s Shelter and Annabelle Daniel OAM, CEO of Women’s Community Shelters

Happy Lunar New Year

Council recently celebrated the Year of the Dragon as part of its Lunar New Year festivities. Held over three days in Lidcombe, Auburn and Berala, the community was treated to a bustling program complete with comedy shows, K-pop, food, arts, dancing, community workshops and karaoke. It was great to see thousands of people come together to take part in a cultural event that has a very long history in Cumberland and is symbolic to many in our community. The event also provided a great opportunity for the community to learn and experience Chinese, South-Eastern and Eastern Asian culture.

With Clr Elmore, Auburn MP Lynda Voltz, Clr Hussein, Prospect MP Dr Hugh McDermott, Clr Hughes and Clr Garrard at Lunar New Year celebrations in Auburn Park

International Mother Language Day

This Friday, Council will be hosting a cultural extravaganza at the Redgum Function Centre in Wentworthville to mark International Mother Language Day. From 1pm to 4pm, attendees will be able to explore a range of stalls featuring cultural art, weaving, language learning, iPad demonstrations, plus a range of free and fun activities for both adults and children.

For more information, visit

Toll Relief Scheme

Did you know that eligible motorists in New South Wales can claim a 40% rebate for money spent on tolls in the 2022-23 and the 2023-24 financial year? As part of the scheme, motorists who have spent more than $375 on tolls during this financial year will be able to claim a 40% rebate of up to $750. Payments to eligible customers will be backdated to July 1, 2022. This decision comes as part of the NSW Government’s commitment to toll relief and ease cost of living pressures on families. If you or someone you know could benefit from this initiative, then I encourage you to see if you are eligible.

For more information, or to apply, visit

Mayor Lisa Lake
8757 9856 |

Your Rates at Work

Community Centre Renewal Works have recently been completed at the Redgum Function Centre in Wentworthville. This included carpet replacement and internal painting, ensuring the centre is fit for community use.

Have Your Say

NSW Government’s Transport Oriented Development Program at Berala and Lidcombe

Council is inviting you to an information session regarding the program to increase housing at Berala and Lidcombe in areas currently zoned for low and medium density development.

Information sessions:

  • Lidcombe: Tuesday 27 February 2024, 4pm to 5pm
  • Berala: Tuesday 27 February 2024, 6pm to 7pm

For more information or to register for one of the sessions, visit:

Cumberland Live and Local

Bring your family and friends along for a FREE evening showcasing Cumberland’s local musicians, food and fun!

Friday 23 February, 6pm to 9pm
Merrylands Civic Square,
203 Merrylands Road, Merrylands

For more information, visit:

Clean Up Australia Day

Join the community effort for Clean Up Australia Day, and let’s make a difference by cleaning up our local parks, creeks and rivers in Cumberland on Sunday 3 March. FREE bbq for volunteers. Equipment provided.

To register visit:

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